The place name Nusa Dua can be used in two ways: either it can refer to the entire eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula at the southern tip of Bali, or it can refer to the purpose-built, safe and rather sterile tourist enclave (Kawasan Pariwisata, quite literally Tourism District) at the southeast side of this peninsula.
This article covers everything in the Nusa Dua enclave plus the Tanjung Benoa peninsula and a few points west of the enclave to the village of Sawangan. Everything on the Bukit Penisula to the west of Sawangan is covered by the Uluwatu article.
As well as a host of luxury hotels, Nusa Dua is home to the most popular golf course in Bali and the main convention centre on the island.
The beaches here are glorious – white sand, deep, long and safe for swimming. The public beach at Geger is the best to head to if you are not staying at Nusa Dua. This is also home to one of the best museums in Bali. The museum is nearly always empty.
The Nusa Dua enclave has three manned gates and everyone entering is subject to a security search. This can have a slightly claustrophobic effect according to some points of view, and in other points of view makes guests feel more secure. While some may criticize this for creating the sense of an “artificial location”, given the prior acts of terrorism in Bali some guests do appreciate the fact that security checks are made to enhance their safety.
There is one spot in the area of Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, called “Water Blow” which is a rock formation where waves colliding onto the rock wall creates a giant splash like the water is “blowing up”. Water Blow is located on the Nusa Dua peninsula on Nusa Dua Beach just north of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This amazing attraction is located on the far edge of the peninsula, on which is usually held a big international invent such as the Nusa Dua Festival, World class exhibitions, and others international events. This area has dangerous cliffs which recently were managed by the BTDC by creating a path and guardrail. Not only that, an open-roofed building and was built at one end of the cliff. The interesting mechanism of Water Blow is that on the cliff, face-to-face with the Indian Ocean, there is a large narrowing gap. When the wave rolls in and hits the cliff, it is caught in the gap and slammed into the top. From a distance it appears like a huge white foam dancing to the top. As larger and faster waves approach, the higher waves tower over the cliff. If not careful, you will get wet.
Bali, the famous “Island of the Gods”, is blessed with an interesting landscape of hills and mountains, long sandy beaches, turquoise seas rich in marine life, rugged coastlines, lush rice terraces, swift rivers, unique culture, colorful festivals and hospitable people, making this island a virtual paradise on earth. This is one of the world’s most popular island destinations, which has consistently won travel awards for its charm and beauty.
Most visitors come to Bali for its stunning beaches, world-class surfing and diving, white water rafting on the mighty Ayung River and the breath-taking sunset from the fabulous seaside temple of Tanah Lot. However, there is another side to Bali that is just as fascinating – its rich culture and history, spectacular ancient temples (pura) and natural wonders. There is also a wide range of accommodations to suit all budgets, from beach huts to budget hotels and luxurious resorts and villas. With so much to offer to all market segments it is no wonder that almost 80% of visitors to Indonesia holiday in Bali.
Bali is home to about four million people. Unlike the rest of Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim, about 93% of the island’s population adheres to Hinduism as a result of the existing local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia. The local Balinese is very friendly, adding to the islands charm.
Bali’s largest city and capital is Denpasar, located in South Bali. It is also is the seat of government in Bali and is therefore home to the provincial governor’s office and the administration of the Regency of Badung. This is a bustling, multi-cultural city filled with temples (pura), palaces and museums. There is also a big shopping centre, which will please even the most discerning shopaholic.
Bali is located in the westernmost end of Nusa Tenggara, and is between Java to the east and Lombok to the east. It is about nine degrees south of the equator with the Java Sea in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south.
The Island has a tropical climate due to its proximity to the equator with year round temperatures of between 20ºC and 31ºC. The wet season is between October to April when the West monsoon brings heavy rains and high humidity. The dry season is from May to September with low humidity and occasional rain at night or early morning. The weather in the central mountain areas is cooler than the lower coastal areas. The best months to visit Bali are from May to August as the climate is cooler and the rains are the lightest.
Bedugul is a mountain lake resort area in Bali, Indonesia, located in the center-north region of the island near Lake Bratan on the road between Denpasar and Singaraja. Bedugul is located at 48 kilometers north of the city of Denpasar. Other nearby lakes are Lake Buyan, and Lake Tamblingan.
Bedugul enjoys a mild mountain weather due to its location at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above the sea level.
Major sites in Bedugul are the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple and the Eka Karya Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Garden, opened in 1959. With a total area of 157.5 hectares (390 acres) is the largest in Indonesia.
Eka Karya Botanic Garden
The Eka Karya Botanic Garden was established under the auspices of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, on July 15, 1959. It is located on 157.5 hectars land ranging 1,250 meters to 1,450 meters above sea level with 2,000 species of plants and 20,000 plant specimens ranging from orchids, roses and medicinal plants to palms and Cyatheas. It also has a stunning view of Buyan Lake.
The Eka Karya Botanical Garden has won the Cipta Pesona Award 2011 from the Culture and Tourism Ministry in recognition of natural tourist attractions, cultural tourist attractions and artificial tourist attractions
Exploration of the Bedugul Geothermal Field started in 1974, as part of a New Zealand bilateral aid project. Exploration was continued by Pertamina from 1978 until 1987. In 1994 Bali Energy, a joint venture between California Energy and a local company, signed a joint operation contract with Pertamina to develop a 4×55 MW geothermal power plant. In 2008, the estimated power production capacity of 175 MW corresponded to about half of the whole island’s electricity needs. However the project was put on hold, after being opposed by local residents, who feared that it could damage a sacred area and affect water supplies from the nearby lakes.
Since the 18th century Kuta has served as the entry for foreigners visiting southern Bali. In the1830s Kuta was the a thriving slave market, attracting a wide variety of international ‘lowlifes’. Since its rediscovery by hippies and surfers in the 1960s, Kuta and Legian have expanded so rapidly that the district is now one of the busiest tourist areas in the world. At three hundred year ago, in this place had been built a Konco (Buddhist Temple) located beside of Tukad Mati (Dead River) where it river can be navigable at that time. The boat steps into the hinterland of Kuta, so that Kuta is a port trade. Mad Lange is a merchant from Denmark in 19 century had built its trade station in the river periphery. During living in Bali, he often becomes the medium between king of Bali and Dutch. Mad Lange has mysteriously died and his grave is located inside of Konco (Buddhist Temple) right in the river periphery. Kuta is quiet fisherman countryside in the past, but now is has been turned into the hilarious town and it is completed by post office, police office, market, pharmacy, photo center, and shop. There are a lot of hotels which are designed luxury and comfortable set in a long side of white sandy beach of Kuta.