The palm-fringed beaches and calm sea of Nusa Dua, close to the airport in south Bali, make it one of the island’s premier resort districts. One day in Nusa Dua gives you the chance to immerse yourself in some of the area’s signature delights: water sports, spa treatments, seafood, and even a show. Here’s how.
Morning: Water Wizardry
If you only have a day in Nusa Dua, you’re going to want to spend a chunk of it on the beach, so slap on the sunscreen and spend the morning sampling the wealth of water sports on offer. Besides classic seaside fun, such as Jet Skiing, banana boats, parasailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, make time to experience some more-unusual attractions. The Seawalker helmet, supplied with air by a long hose, enables even nonswimmers to walk on the ocean floor surrounded by tropical fish. Or try flyboarding on jet-powered boots, dive on an underwater scooter, or brave the Jetovator flying machine.
Afternoon: Spa Session
Bali is known for its spas, and whether you’re a spa virgin or already love a good massage, time at a spa is a Nusa Dua essential. After a leisurely lunch, settle in for a pampering session, perhaps with traditional treatments such as Javanese massage and “lulur” body scrubs, elaborate facials, or romantic rituals such as a shared flower bath. Many packages include time to unwind by the pool and herbal tea and snacks, while others include a dinner element for maximum relaxation.
Night: Dinner and a Show
If you’re staying in a hotel with a beachfront restaurant, make the most of it, savoring a feast of local seafood with the sand between your toes. Alternatively, consider dining at one of Nusa Dua’s elite hotels, beach clubs, or beachfront grills. Wrap up in good time to enjoy the Devdan Show, a feast of dance, drama, acrobatics, and song that’s Nusa Dua’s (and Bali’s) answer to Cirque du Soleil. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of Indonesia’s rich and diverse culture, geared to explore as many of its 18,000 islands as you can.