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.