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5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua (Southern Bali), Indonesia

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Nusa Dua is Bali’s most carefully designed high-end beach resort luxuriates along a coastal stretch of reclaimed mangrove swamp, some 14km southeast of Kuta. It was designed to be an ‘all-inclusive’ type of tourist destination. You’ll see there thing like the pristine Bali Tourism Development Centre’s (BTDC’s) complex of world-class hotels, an up-market shopping complex with well-maintained facilities, and a luxurious 18-hole golf course.

Halfway down the shoreline, the land blossoms out into two little clumps, or “islands” (Nusa Dua means “Two Islands”), with a temple standing on each one. For art lovers, there’s Museum Pasifika, which houses a nice collection of rare art from around Asia and the Pacific region.

But what draws most visitors to Nusa Dua is its beaches, comprising Pantai Samuh in the top end of the area, Nusa Dua Beach aka Pantai Mengiat at its midsection, Geger Beach further down with its picturesque cliff-top temple, Sawangan (also called Nikko Beach, because it forms part of the Grand Nikko Bali beachfront), and Pantai Pandawa even further south.

5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua (Southern Bali), Indonesia

Samuh Beach (Pantai Samuh)-5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua

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Samuh beach is located on the border of the tourist area of Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. It has the calmest waters among the beaches in Nusa Dua and is well-known as one of the best spots in Bali to see the sunrise. It serves as a place for Melasti ceremony, Nyegara Gunung ceremony, and Nyekah ceremony. It is also home to the preservation of coral reefs, coastal ecosystems, marine life, and reef fish.

Nusa Dua Beach (Pantai Mengiat)-5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua

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Nusa Dua Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Mengiat, is the main beach in the area accessible from one of the main gateways near the midsection of the Bali Tourism Development Complex gardens. The coast spans the beachfronts of several five-star resorts, including the Grand Hyatt Bali and the Ayodya Resort. Featuring an offshore reef break, the waters closer to the beach are calm and great for swimming and snorkeling, while the waves beyond offer great surfing playgrounds. Some of the local fishermen also head out to sea from this beach with their traditional wooden boats, while tour operators offer glass-bottom boat rides and fishing trips. It’s also perfect for a sunrise.

Geger Beach (Pantai Geger)-5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua

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Hidden away at the bottom of a steep set of steps with white sands, crystal clear waters, and a peaceful ambiance, Geger beach is a nice place to be. It is a historical and cultural bastion amidst the modern five-star luxury resorts that dominate the Nusa Dua beach resort area. Namesake of the stretch of white sand that it looms over from above a limestone cliff, the temple offers a great setting for those who love landscape photography, and on clear mornings you can enjoy panoramas north over the bay with Mount Agung on the horizon. Once a quiet and barren coastline with local seaweed farmers tending to their crops, the bay now adjoins the beachfront of the five-star Mulia Resort.

Sawangan Beach (Nikko Beach)-5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua

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It looks similar to its neighbours in the north, but the waves here are much bigger. What it’s becoming famous for is Bali Camel Safari. Well-trained camels take you on a steady and peaceful ride along the gorgeous white-golden beach of Nusa Dua, starting from the beachfront of the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa. Various packages are available, with combinations of lunch, water sports and extra excursions. If you opt for a tour that includes meals, the lunch stop will be at Geger Beach. Camel rides are for a minimum booking of two persons, and the more the merrier as you go down the beach on a Sahara-like caravan with friends or family.

Pandawa Beach (Pantai Pandawa)-5 Best Beaches in Nusa Dua

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Pandawa Beach is within eight kilometres’ drive southwest from the main Nusa Dua hub. It features a kilometer-long coast that is ‘hidden’ behind limestone cliffs. The beach offers impressive ocean panoramas and huge limestone cliffs that were cut through to make way for its winding road. The ocean-facing cliffs down the slope feature deeply carved arches installed with large statues, each depicting a hero from the Mahabharata epic, the ‘five Pandawas’ — hence the name of the beach.

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