THE NUSA DUA
Top eight Nusa Dua day-tripping attractions
Bali residents and tourists to the island have discovered day excursions to Nusa Dua are relaxing and varied. Here are our top picks for enjoyable activities within the Nusa Dua enclave.
Water blow and picnic under the trees
Grab a blanket, picnic lunch and cold drinks and head to the Nusa Peninsula for a lazy afternoon. Here the attraction is the jagged limestone crags located above the pounding Indian Ocean waves that surge 30 metres high in places. There are plenty of shaded areas under the trees that make for a soothing afternoon.
Manarai Beach House: Eat, drink, swim, repeat.
Manarai Beach House in Nusa Dua is the newest daytime destination that’s still a bit of a secret, and considered the only beach club, restaurant and wine shop concept on the island. Far more laid back than Seminyak or Canggu, Manarai Beach House is perched on the shoreline with lounge music and its own character. There’s an ideal blend of modern design, tropical milieu and traditional Balinese craftsmanship with the comforts of a crisp air-conditioned restaurant if needed. https://www.ismaya.com/eat-drink/manarai
Art class at Museum Pasifika
Museum Pasifika consists of eight pavilions and 11 exhibition halls featuring 600 artworks from some 200 artists who were inspired by Asia Pacific. Where better for day-tripping art enthusiasts to unleash their creativity. Museum Pasifika provides everything day visitors require for painting, batik and word carving, as well as gamelan and Balinese dance. https://museum-pasifika.com/activities
Learn to surf & turf
Easy to see why the artificial waves at Surf & Turf appeal to beginners. This beach club is designed to satisfy casual visitors seeking a chance to wave ride in a relaxed setting with plenty of helpful staff in a safe environment. The facility opened as the first of its kind in Bali, along with two water slides and a “space” bowl. Beach activities include canoeing and cycling, plus there are relaxing sun loungers and a swimming pool overlooking Nusa Dua Beach. http://www.surfturfbali.com/
Mengiat public beach & esplanade
There are a number of accessible beaches in Nusa Dua, although the simple charms of Mengiat standout. Here the calm, shallow waters make for a chilled afternoon, a location ideal for children. The beach is located on the eastern side of Bali, popular for sunrise. Park and get settled under a rented parasol, then enjoy walks along the esplanade that leads to numerous dining options.
Sofitel Sunday brunch & swim
Cucina Osteria & Enoteca at the Sofitel resort is likely the island’s best Sunday brunch, wildly popular for its signature “charcuteries,” along with an array of à la carte offerings. It’s not just the variety on offer but the quality of epicurean dining in an indoor and outdoor space set by the pool. Brunch à la Française provides dining guests access to the pool and La Villa Des Enfants Kids Club. https://sofitel.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9078-sofitel-bali-nusa-dua-beach-resort/index.shtml
Pirates Bay Treasure Hunt
Parents who wish to relax or have an ocean swim take note of this little gem of a destination to keep young ones occupied. Kids dress up and pretend to be swashbuckling Jack Sparrow-like pirates in a large relic filled, ocean-side space perfect for active imaginations. Here they will discover well-organised entertainment with image and symbol clues part of the hunt. Prizes on offer. https://www.thepiratesbaybali.com/activities/
Golf lessons and driving range
Bali National Golf Club is home for the famous Leadbetter Golf Academy. It is equipped with a driving range featuring both open-air and undercover teeing areas, chipping and putting greens. The driving range is located parallel to hole #1 and open from 6.30 am – 6:00 pm. Note there is a free golf clinic for visitors every Wednesday and Sunday from 4-5 pm. https://balinational.com/course-layout/driving-range/