Nusa Dua either refers to the entire eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula at the southern tip of Bali, or it more commonly refers to the purpose-built, gated and beautifully maintained tourist enclave (Kawasan Pariwisata - Tourism District) at the southeast side of this peninsula.
Nusa Dua is home to some of the most exclusive international hotel brands in the world, including St Regis. All of these hotels are unobtrusively built to strict environmental covenants and contains the most popular golf course in Bali and the main convention centre on the island.
The beaches at Nusa Dua are glorious - white sand, deep, long and, being reef-protected) very safe for swimming and largely devoid of sellers and hawkers. There is also a public beach here Pantai Geger/Geger Beach. This is the best place 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.
Nusa Dua enclave has three manned gates and everyone entering is subject to a security search. While some may criticize this for creating the sense of an "artificial location", given the prior acts of terrorism in Bali many guests appreciate the fact that security checks are made to enhance their safety.
Immediately north of and a continuation of the Nusa Dua enclave beach is the peninsula of Tanjung Benoa that includes some less exclusive hotels and the Benoa village. A multi-denominational area, Tanjung Benoa includes a mosque and Chinese and Hindu temples in close proximity.
Benoa Port is also located here. Previously only used for yachts and small ships, in December 2012 it became Benoa Cruise International Terminal- a turnaround port serving both embarkation and debarkation of cruise passengers. As a turnaround port tourists can arrive by plane and leave by a cruise ship or conversely.
On December 26, 2012 the Bali Governor signed a permit to utilize, develop and manage the Benoa Bay area. Reclamation of an 838 hectares by PT Tirta Wahana Bali International will be used for luxury tourist facilities such as hotels, villas apartments, international hospital, and entertaintment centers including a Disneyland-like theme park.
- Anton Mujahir (July 1, 2014). "Behind the Luxurious Nusa Dua".
- "Benoa becomes turnaround port". December 26, 2012.
- "Green light for Benoa Bay development". July 9, 2013.
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