Bali with its endless charm. Many interesting destinations, rich culture and extraordinary nature to discover. Nusa Dua is one of the beautiful places in the island that complete your Balinese experience in just one stop area. Located around 40 km, south bound from Denpasar city center, and only 30 minutes away from Bali’s famous Kuta Beach. Nusa Dua, which literally means ‘two islands’, undoubtably will make you laze around in seafront hotels. Nusa Dua was built and developed to hold the world’s best beach resorts for the growing tourists in the 1970’s. Today, it boasts a wide range of luxurious accommodations where you can leave all your worries behind and get some incredible leisure.
Nonetheless, Nusa Dua is also a perfect place for art, cultures, and history enthusiasts as it offers water-sport tourism, historical point of interests, cultural sites, world class exhibitions and international venues.
Here are 5 spots that allow you to enjoy your visit in Nusa Dua:
1 | Witness how tolerance is highlighted in Puja Mandala
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Indonesia, diverse with six official religions and also a lot of local beliefs, is widely known among world’s most tolerable country. While in other side of the globe you might hear clashes breaking out due to religious difference, Puja Mandala shows you the other way around.
Puja Mandala is a local compound that proudly showcases tolerance with five houses of worship standing side by side. There are Agung Ibnu Batutah mosque, Pura Jagatnatha Balinese Hindu temple, Maria Bunda Segala Bangsa Catholic church, GKPB Jemaat Bukit Doa Protestant church, as well as Vihara Buddha Guna Buddhist temple.
In this 2-hectare religious complex, you will find an antique prayer drum and a handwritten Quran in the mosque. Meanwhile, the Protestant church provides an international service with it holding worships both in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
All the holy houses are open for visitors regardless their backgrounds. However, you need to check the houses’ worshiping or any other schedules in advance as sometimes they are closed for public due to some events.
Address: Jalan Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Price: Free Admission
2 | Get to know a glimpse of the Indonesian cultures through Devdan Show
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Indonesians often say “tak kenal maka tak sayang” which means “Unknown, unloved.” Get to know Indonesia, and Bali to be particular, by witnessing the archipelagic nation’s cultural diversity through Devdan show.
Devdan is a 90-minute show where you will see a mesmerizing collaboration genre of Indonesia folk and contemporary dance– and even a hiphop dance! During the show, you will be amazed by an incredible tour about the Indonesian Archipelago and see Indonesia’s diverse culture; from Bali to Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and Papua.
The show is even more stunning because it features world-class acrobatic attractions, dazzling costumes and sophisticated special effects. Hence, the Devdan show is not only entertaining for adults but also for kids.
The performance plays four times a week. Ticket prices are Rp520k/Rp1200k/Rp1560k. Children are charged half of the rates.
Address : Bali Nusa Dua Theatre – Devdan Show, Kompleks ITDC, Nusa Dua, Bali
Phone : +62 361 770197
Price: Price may vary according to currency rate, starting from USD 38 to VIP ticket sold for USD 114 per person.
Website : www.devdanshow.com
3 | Fly boarding like a hero
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Now, you can fly above the sea like a superhero as seen on TV. Nusa Dua has a wide range of exciting water sports and games in Tanjung Benoa area. One of them is fly boarding.
Flyboarding was first created by former jet-ski champion, Franky Zapata. It combines surfboards and jet-ski motors. Flyboarding is suitable for you who love adrenaline rush, as you will be thrust up to the air by very high water pressure power. However, this adventurous sport is strictly for 14 - 65 years old.
Aside from flyboarding, Tanjung Benoa also offers other popular water activities, like parasailling, banana boat and jetski. Most operators provide locker facilities, towel rentals, and restaurants. If you want to book a water activity, try to check the tidal time to make the most of your day to be under the water.
Address : Tanjung Benoa peninsula, 25 minutes from Kuta beach and 45 minutes from Sanur beach
Prices: Price may vary according to flyboarding operators, starting from USD 118 per person for 20 minutes.
4 | Admiring art galleries of Pasifika Museum
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Pasifika Museum is a must-visit site you need to put on your list when you visit Nusa Dua. You will be pampered by hundreds art collection boasting the cultures of Asia Pacific region.
The museum features 600 works made by 200 inspiring artists coming from 25 countries all around Asia Pacific. It even showcases the wonderful creations of Balinese painter Nyoman Gunarsa and Indonesian legendary painter Raden Saleh.
Pasifika Museum, which opens daily until 6 PM, consists of 8 pavilions and 11 main display rooms. Each of the exhibit room has different work from various regions; from Indonesia, South East Asia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands.
Address: Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Phone: (0361) 774935
Prices: Entrance for adult is USD 8 per person. Children under 10 years old are free of charge.
5 | Shopping Spree time in Bali Collection
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Like any other touristic area in Bali, Nusa Dua is also haven for those who love to shop. The Bali Collection is, a luxurious shopping, dining and entertainment complex provide to indulge your time.
Sitting on around eight-hectare plot of land, the Bali Collection curates high-end retails and dining outlets from both local and international brands. It, however, mostly showcases clothing and shoe lines, such as Nike, Surfer Girl, and Ralph Laurens.
Bali Collection, which opens every day from 10 AM to 11 PM, also offers art souvenirs and handcrafts from Balinese artists. Apart from that, the shopping center provides some of international fine dining restaurants, lounge bars, cafes, and health and beauty spa.
Address: Komplek ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363
Phone: (0361) 771662
Prices: Free admission
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