Nusa Dua has some of the best beaches in Bali with soft golden sand and calm turquoise blue waters. The Nusa Dua beaches are easy accessible with plenty of facilities around. Because most of Nusa Dua is focussed on 5 star hotels there are some parts that belong to the Bali resorts. But there are also plenty of public beaches where you can relax, rent a sun bed and enjoy the beautiful beach vibes. But if you’re looking for more action, then there are also a few fun water sports activities to do at the Nusa Dua beaches. Read in this blogpost about the 8 best Bali Nusa Dua beaches and the things to do. 


How to get to Nusa Dua Bali

Nusa Dua is located on the south eastern tip of the Bukit Peninsula and takes about 45 minutes driving from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. You can easily get a taxi from the airport to get to Nusa Dua. However if you rent a motorbike it will be easier to move around between the different Nusa Dua beaches. 

Best time to visit Nusa Dua

The best season to visit Nusa Dua and enjoy the Bali beaches in general is during the dry season that roughly goes from May until October. In the rainy season there will be more cloudy and rainy days. In terms of the best time of the day to visit the Nusa Dua beaches, you can enjoy the beach all day long of course, especially with an umbrella to give you some shade. But to be sure to have a sun bed and umbrella it is best to arrive around 10 – 11 AM before the crowds arrive. 


Nusa Dua beach

The main, and probably most beautiful one of the Nusa Dua beaches is Nusa Dua beach. Also known as Mengiat beach by the locals. This beautiful wide beach has perfectly calm turquoise water that is great for swimming. In general the Nusa Dua beaches are very clean because they are being well maintained by the resorts that are located along the beaches. 

At Nusa Dua Beach you can rent a sun bed with umbrella to have a relaxing and comfortable beach day. And if you’re in for more action, then there are plenty of water sports activities to book.   

The parking fee is 2000 IDR for motor bikes. 

Location: Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia

Things to do at Nusa Dua Beach 

  • Rent a glass bottom boat to explore the underwater sea life without getting wet
  • Go snorkelling to see some fishes
  • Visit the water blow to see the power of the waves crashing against the rocks
  • Watch the sunrise from Nusa Dua Beach. Facing east this is the perfect spot to watch sunrise in Bali
  • Rent a jetski for some adrenaline fun
  • Go parasailing to see Nusa Dua from a higher perspective 
  • Rent a kayak to explore the bay and get some exercise 

Sawangan beach 

Sawangan beach is also known as Nikko Beach and is a very quiet beach with only some guests from the Hilton hotel. The short stretch of beach has perfectly soft wide sand and is a perfect fit for the ones looking for a less popular beach away from the busy areas in Nusa Dua. 

There are not much facilities around, so if you plan on some time of relaxing here, bring your own drinks and snacks. However, you can also buy a drink at the swimming pool of the Hilton hotel that welcomes visitors from outside, as long as you buy something in return. 

Location: Karang Duwur Ayah, Kebumen, Indonesia


Pantai Tanjung Benoa

Benoa used to be an old Fishermans village but nowadays the area is completely built with luxury all inclusive resorts. This takes away the charm of how this place used to be, and to be honest we didn’t liked this beach that much. It isn’t the cleanest beach in Nusa Dua and seems more like the centre of where all the water sports activities take place. You will see lots of banana boats, jet ski’s and Fishermans boats here. So for a relaxing beach day Tanjung Benoa isn’t the best option, but if you want to book a fun tour it is the place you have to go! 

The water sports activities are:

  • Jet Ski
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea walking
  • Single or tandem parasailing
  • Banana boat, flying fish or rolling doughnut rides
  • Flyboarding
  • Snorkelling

Samuh beach  

Samuh beach is directly next to Nusa Dua beach located. Also at this beach you will find some sun beds and umbrellas for rent. Along the beach there are some cafes that can serve you some refreshing drinks and tasty snacks. No need to bring your own food here. 

The sea at Samuh beach is also very calm which makes swimming a great activity. However, the sand wasn’t as nicely soft and clean as on Nusa Dua Beach and there were more boats docked on the beach and in the shore when we visited. 

Location: Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia


Pura Geger beach Nusa Dua 

Just to clarify, Pura Geger Beach and Geger Beach are both two different beaches in Nusa Dua. Pura Geger Beach is located near the temple that is situated on a cliff and looks out over the ocean. This beach is very small but has some beautiful rocks and cliffs to explore. However, it needs to be low tide if you want to walk on the beach. With low tide you van explore the little caves and temple that is tucked away between the cliffs. This is absolutely a beach for the ones that are looking for an off the beaten path experience and don’t like to be surrounded by other tourists. The views on the green cliffs here are incredible! 

Entrance to the beach is 5000 IDR. 


Geger beach 

Geger Beach is the bigger brother of Pura Geger beach and is located at the other side of the temple that separates both beaches. Here you will find a long stretch of soft sand accompanied by resorts and tourists enjoying the beach. There are much more facilities around here. You can rent a sun bed and umbrella. Or if you want a more luxurious experience you can get a day pass to enjoy the beach and facilities at the 5 star resort Mulia. You will also find a few restaurants and beach cafes here for when you need a refreshing drink or some food.


Gunung Payung beach 

Gunung Payung beach is a real gem near Nusa Dua. This beautiful beach takes a bit more effort to get to and is therefore probably not a very busy beach. However it has a beautiful stretch of soft sand, lovely turquoise water to swim in. And.. even a very cool cave to explore! Once you arrive at the entrance of Gunung Payung beach, you will have to pay the 8000 IDR entrance fee. Then you can park your vehicle where you will find the warungs, and from there the little hike down to the beach starts. You will have to conquer 500 steps down until your feet hit the soft sand. Definitely worth it for the ones looking for an off the beaten path beach in Nusa Dua. You will maybe see some surfers in action, or locals trying to catch dinner (fish). There are no beach shacks down at the beach. So be prepared to bring some drinks and eventually snacks if you’re planning on spending some time down at the beach.  


Pandawa beach

Pandawa Beach is another beautiful white sandy beach on about a 30 minutes drive from Nusa Dua. The biggest difference with Pandawa beach in comparison to the Nusa Dua beaches is that this beach is surrounded by high limestone cliffs. Also here you will find the aqua blue water of the Indian Ocean. The approximately 1 km long beach is flanked by two small capes on the left and right side as a kind of barrier. It makes the beach look like a crescent moon when seen from the sky. With stunning panoramas and a serene and quiet atmosphere, this beach is perfect for a day of relaxing, snorkeling and enjoying one of the best beaches in Bali. 

Read in our complete guide everything about Pandawa beach


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