With three days in Nusa Dua, you can branch out from luxurious resort life and see a bit more of the island. Besides Nusa Dua’s beaches and spas, savor thrills and spills from white-water rafting to fire-dance performances and seafood feasts, and perhaps even a trip to another island as well. Read on to discover more.
Day 1: Decadent Delights
Long, sandy beaches and warm, clear waters make Nusa Dua one of Bali’s water-sports hot spots. Spend the morning on a Jet Ski, banana boat, or parasail; walk on the seabed with the Seawalker diving helmet; or soar above the ripples on jet-powered boots. In the afternoon, relax under the expert hands of a Balinese massage therapist. Refreshed and relaxed, travel to clifftop Uluwatu Temple, savor a dazzling sunset, then watch the traditional kecak monkey dance and a dramatic fire performance. Wrap up the night with a feast of fresh-grilled seafood on the golden sands of Jimbaran Bay.
Day 2: Inland Adventures
Take today to see a different, more traditional side of Bali, as you head inland to the lush, green rice terraces around Ubud. Go white-water rafting down the Ayung River with a guide, through unspoiled forest and rice fields. After a buffet lunch, see more of the landscapes around Ubud, perhaps on an ATV adventure or a cultural tour of the region’s craft villages. Be sure to see the grey macaques at the jungle-clad temple known as Ubud Monkey Forest; consider a visit to a holy water temple; and, if shopping is your thing, don’t miss Bali’s wood-carving capital, Mas Village. Heading back down south, get a fresh perspective on the ocean and the island with a catamaran dinner cruise.
Day 3: Eastern Extravaganza
Nusa Dua’s position on the eastern side of the island makes it a great base for day trips to points east. Instagrammers and culture vultures will enjoy an east Bali highlights tour, including the mesmerizing Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple and the Tirta Gangga Water Garden. Families are well-positioned for a day out at Bali Safari Marine Park, the island’s signature animal attraction, and adventurous travelers will adore Penida Island, with its rugged cliffs, striking beaches, and the chance to snorkel with giant manta rays. Back in Nusa Dua, after an early beachfront dinner, head to the Devdan Show, a showcase of acrobatics, dance, and drama that’s Nusa Dua’s answer to Cirque du Soleil.