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Nusa Dua is an impressive region on the Bukit Peninsula, along Bali’s south east coastline. Home to some of the nicest resorts in Bali, Nusa Dua is widely considered Bali’s most luxurious town.

Aside from jaw-dropping resorts, there are also some amazing beaches to discover. Here’s our guide to the 8 best Nusa Dua beaches you must check out when you’re in Bali. 

Best time to visit Nusa Dua Bali

Bali is the last place you want to be during the wet season, so you’ll want to time your trip to Nusa Dua with dry season, which is from April to October. You can try your luck with the shoulder months of March and November for fewer tourists, but you may still cop some rainy days.

If you’re wanting to surf, you can check the Nusa Dua surf report here.

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How to get to Nusa Dua Beaches

Nusa Dua is located on the Bukit Peninsula, the southern part of Bali, about 30 minutes from the Denpasar International Airport. We recommend hiring a driver on Grab, GoJek or in advance on GetYourGuide.

Once you’re in Nusa Dua, the best way to get around all the beaches is by scooter. You can arrange a scooter rental from your accommodation, and if you hire for multiple days you can usually haggle down to around 60,000 IDR per day. If you want a scooter delievered to you, you can order a rental from GetYourGuide here.

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Budget for Nusa Dua beaches

Entrance fees for the beaches range from nothing to 10,000 IDR plus parking of 2000 – 5000 IDR. You should also bring extra for a sun bed and umbrella rental plus food, drinks and souvenirs.

If you want to get the full Nusa Dua experience, we recommend trying out one of the amazing watersports in the area. Each tour is a different price so we have linked the individual tours below.

Tours in Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is home to some of the best water activities in all of Bali. If you want to get the full experience, we have listed a few of the best tours you should consider doing while in the area!

GetYourGuide is an amazing company that makes booking a tour so easy and convenient. We have experienced using this tour company personally so we can say from personal experience how great they are. They pick you up from your location and handle all the busy work to make sure you just focus on having fun!

Self Drive Jet Ski Experience
Watersports Fun Package (Parasail & Jetski)
Bali Flyboard Experience
Scooter Rental to Visit All 8 Beaches

Best Nusa Dua Beaches

1. Pandawa Beach

Whether you’re wanting to spend the day just relaxing on a stretch of golden sand or looking for a little bit of adventure kayaking , Pantai Pandawa Beach is one of the best beaches in Nusa Dua for both.

This beach itself is one of the most popular beaches in Nusa Dua, drawing a crowd of mostly local Indonesians on any day of the week. Read our complete guide for all of the details!

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2. Gunung Payung Beach

Entrance fee: 8000 IDR

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Gunung Payung Beach is definitely one of our favourites in all of Nusa Dua.  This beach is a lot more low key than the others, making it the perfect spot to unwind and relax.

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If the tide isn’t too high, you will want to make sure you walk down the beach a little bit and explore an amazing cave that’s been carved from the cliffs above. There are also some kayaks for rent (50,000 IDR/hour – always negotiable), so make sure to bring some extra spending money!

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Gunung Payung Beach – Best Nusa Dua Beaches

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Entrance fee: None

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Pantai Sawangan Beach is a long stretch of golden sand that lies mostly in front of some big resorts.  That being said, there is still plenty of sand to go around and a perfect spot to relax and chill.

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The resorts do a good job of keeping the beach clean, but only the sand that lies directly in front of their property.  If you decide you want to stay away from the crowds, you may have to share the beach with some washed up seaweed. If you’d like to lay out in front of a resort, you’ll just need to purchase some food or a drink.

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Entrance fee: 5000 IDR

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Pura Geger Beach is probably one of the smallest beaches in Nusa Dua, but if you have the time, it’s definitely worth visiting!

If the tide is too high, you may not have much beach at all, so make sure you plan accordingly.

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Pura Geger Beach – Best Nusa Dua Beaches

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Entrance fee: 5000 IDR

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Geger Beach is the bigger brother of Pura Geger Beach, which is located on the other side of the cliff.  This long stretch of sand is the perfect spot to rent a beach chair and relax under the umbrella.

There isn’t a whole lot to do on this beach like some of the others, but if you’re just looking for an amazing beach to relax on, this is your place!

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Geger Beach – Best Nusa Dua Beaches

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Entrance fee: 5000 IDR

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Nusa Dua Beach consists of a few beaches but the main one is locally referred to as Mengiat Beach. This beach is probably the nicest part of Nusa Dua Beach and we recommend you visit here.

While you’re in the area, it is definitely worth visiting Peninsula Island as well as the amazing development around it. 

To the east of the statue during high tide is just sand bags and no beach, however the west side has nice sand and few beach clubs to enjoy. You’ll also see a high-end estate with immaculate landscaping and palm trees. There is a 3000 IDR fee to drive through here, but it gave us major Hawaii vibes and it was worth the small fee. 

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Entrance fee: 5000 IDR

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Out of all the beaches in Nusa Dua, Pantai Samuh is our favourite. This beach is super developed, extremely clean, and felt really similar to a lot of resort beaches in Oahu, Hawai’i. The surfing spot is called Sri Lanka by many of the locals.

If you don’t want to rent an umbrella on the beach, you are likely able to find a spot in some shade as there are a good amount of palm trees planted throughout the area.

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Whether you want to relax under an umbrella on the beach or go out on a jet ski, Pantai Samuh has it all! If you have enough people in your group, you can also play a game of sand volleyball.  A few other activities are available on this beach such as windsurfing, hair braiding, henna tattoos, manicures and massages.

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Last up on our list is Tanjung Benoa. If we’re being totally honest, this is definitely our least favourite of all the beaches in Nusa Dua. If you are looking for a nice place to lay down and relax, this is not your place.

However, if you want to enjoy a variety of water sports like parasailing or riding on a banana boat, this is where you’ll find it. There are also a few warungs (shops) along the beach where you can grab a bite to eat.

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Uluwatu has been blessed with some of the beaches in all of Bali. Check out the 12 best beaches in Uluwatu!

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