Nusa Dua Beaches have some of the most pristine white sand and crystal clear waters in all of Bali. Nusa Dua is located to the south of Bali and is a popular getaway for families and tourists. It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax in one of the many luxury beachfront resorts that are available. Many of the beaches in Nusa Dua have calm waters and low tides, making it ideal for swimming and also snorkelling.
How to get to Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is located at the southern end of Bali. It’s roughly a 1 hour drive from the main tourist areas like Canggu, Seminyak and Kuta. We recommend taking at least two days to visit all the beaches in Nusa Dua. There are a variety of accommodation options available that are located close by to the beaches. We stayed at Novotel Bali Benoa and found it to be the perfect place to stay while we visited the beaches. The resort was in a great location, being only a few minutes away from the main beach. Our tropical terrace room was beautiful and was the perfect place to relax after a long day.
Nusa Dua Beaches – 5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua
1. Pandawa Beach
Entrance fee: Entry costs 15K IDR ($1.50 AUD) per person.
Located a little further away from the other beaches, Pandawa Beach is set amongst the massive limestone cliffs. The steep road leading down to the beach provides some impressive views from the cliffs. There are also a few lookout points where you can stop to take some pictures. Pandawa Beach is quite large with a few different parking bays available. We found that parking lot 4 was the best spot on the beach. The others are quite touristy and you’ll find that there will be a bunch of locals trying to sell you all sorts of water activities. The area just in front of parking lot 4 is the most chill and is where most of the foreigners hang out. There is also a cool and trendy bar with its own fenced off area of the beach.
The water at Pandawa Beach is insanely clear and calm which makes it the perfect spot for a refreshing swim. You’ll also see a bunch of people kayaking up and down the coast due to the calm conditions. Once you’ve finished swimming, there are plenty of warungs that line the beach. You can enjoy a cheap lunch and some drinks by the ocean. Prices are standard for typical Indonesian food. Nasi Goreng will cost you around 25K IDR ($2.50 AUD). Additionally, you can rent one of the many available beach chairs to lounge on for the rest of the day!
2. Nusa Dua Beach
As the name suggests, Nusa Dua Beach is the main beach in Nusa Dua. It’s located in the beautiful garden complex that belongs to the Bali Tourism Development Centre. The garden complex is stunning and you’ll find everything you need like small shopping centres, restaurants and plenty of luxury resorts. Inside the garden complex is where you’ll find a few of the beaches, Nusa Dua beach being one of them. There is no entry fee into the complex. However, you will have to pay for parking as you leave. Parking costs 3K IDR ($0.30 AUD) for motorbikes.
To our surprise, Nusa Dua Beach is actually very well maintained and felt quite pristine. Many 5-star resorts are situated along the beach which is probably why it’s kept so clean. Unlike many of the other beaches around Bali, this beach has clean powdery sand instead of coarse sand made up of broken shells. The water close to the shore is also very calm, making it ideal for snorkelling and swimming. There are a few warungs close by to the parking area where you can grab a bite to eat or some snacks.
3. Samuh Beach
Located right next to Nusa Dua Beach, Samuh Beach is fairly similar. Samuh Beach is also located in the garden complex. There is a carpark right before the main parking area for Nusa Dua Beach which gives you direct access to Samuh Beach. Parking will also cost you 3K IDR ($0.30 AUD).
Samuh Beach has some of the calmest water out of all the beaches in Nusa Dua. When we visited around lunch time, the tide was really far out which only left a few places to swim. This beach is also a great place to watch the sunrise. You’ll even find an ocean hammock and swing which is sure to look incredible in photos when the tide is right!
4. Geger Beach
Geger Beach is a one of a kind beach compared to the others in Nusa Dua. The beach is small but hidden away amongst the rocks. We found no one else around and were able to explore this unique beach to ourselves. There are 2 parts to Geger Beach. On the left side is where you’ll find the popular resorts and a long stretch of beach. The right side is more secluded and undiscovered which is where we decided to explore.
As you make your way to the beach, you’ll be stopped at a boom gate where you’ll have to pay a small entrance fee. Entry costs 2.5K IDR ($0.25 AUD) per person. Continue following the road until you reach the bottom. You can park your bike to the right instead of following the slight left bend. Just beside the parking area is where you’ll see some stairs leading to the secluded beach.
There’s not much space to chill at this end but we had a great time exploring amongst the rocks. There are some awesome caves and pathways leading through the rocks which make for some great photos. When we visited, there was no one else around except a local fisherman. If you prefer a more open beach where you can relax for the day, you’ll want to head to the other side of Geger Beach. The left side is a lot more popular so you’ll find more tourists and locals around.
5. Sawangan Beach
Sawangan Beach isn’t as calm as the others but it’s still a beautiful spot to spend your day. Located at the bottom of a steep hill lies this little secluded paradise. Parking and entry for this beach is also free. Sawangan Beach is less popular than the other beaches in the area which is good if you’re after something more private. It’s located just behind the Hilton Resort so you’ll mostly only find guests of the resort relaxing here. There isn’t a reef break at this beach so the waves are often a lot bigger. There’s only a small warung that offers some lunch options and refreshments.
Where to Stay in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is a popular vacation area for families and tourists looking for the ultimate beach getaway. There are plenty of high end beach resorts that are sure to accommodate to all of your needs. Nusa Dua is the perfect place to stay if you’re after pristine white sand beaches.
Novotel Bali Benoa – Luxury: Novotel Bali Benoa is a super relaxing and cosy getaway. The staff are incredibly nice and always accommodating. There are 2 beautiful pools with one of them being right by the beach. The food is also delicious and the dinner buffets have a large variety that changes every night. If you’re looking for a place to unwind and relax, Novotel Bali Benoa is a great place to stay while visiting Nusa Dua!
Swiss-Belhotel Segara Resort – Midrange: Located a little further away from the beaches, this resort has everything you need so you won’t have to leave. The property features 2 large pools and even offers a free shuttle service to Geger Beach and a nearby shopping centre.
Chicha House – Budget: Chicha Guesthouse is perfect for budget travellers looking for a central location. It’s 10 minutes away from Nusa Dua Beach and they rent motorbikes for a very affordable price. The guesthouse is new with clean rooms and all necessities.
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