Nusa Dua (and around), Bali – Not Only For The Elites

Submitted by indohoyindohoy on 13 June 2012   •  Itinerary   •  3 Day 2 Night

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Traveled Nusa Dua in May 2012

Who says Nusa Dua is only for the rich? Well, it may be full of luxurious resorts and overpriced goods, but look closer and you budget travelers will find a lot of things to enjoy with that little money pouch you’ve got. Having said that, we don’t mean that you shouldn’t splurge a little now and then, cos you can’t really put a price on experience. So in this post you will see an eclectic series of activities and others, ranging from the cheap to the costly, all from our weekend trip in Bali. Above all that, we didn’t forget to have fun! 😀

Waterblow, Nusa Dua  

 

ACTIVITIES

 Devdan Show

We call it an introduction to Indonesian cultures, mostly music, costume and dances. Held 4 times in a week at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre.

Ticket prices start from US$ 42 for child and S$ 65 for adult.

More of the prices, schedule and who’s responsible of what can be viewed here. We’ve also blogged about what we think (and feel) of the performance.

http://devdanshow.com

 

Bali Collection – shopping

Boutiques, department stores, gift shops, they’re all here at the Bali Collection complex. If you’re not in the mood for shopping, you can always sit at the park or hangout at the coffee shops.

http://bali-collection.com/

 

Water Blow

Located among the resorts of Nusa Dua, it’s famous for the sunrise view and the high water blows against the rocks. No entrance fee required, everyone is welcome to see.

 

Tanjung Benoa – parasailing

It’s a cape less than 30 minutes drive from Nusa Dua and it’s where tourists go for water sports in Bali. Parasailing costs IDR 100,000 / 5 minutes or less. Other options: jet ski, flying fish, scuba dive, etc.

 

Balangan and other beaches

Balangan beach is on the southwest coast of Bali, one of the many surfing beaches at the area. It’s a public beach, simple diners on stilt houses are available, where you can sit and watch surfers while sipping and scooping out coconuts.

 

 SLEEP

The Studio One

Located at Nusa Dua, it’s a budget hotel at the elite vicinity.

Rates start from IDR 430,000 / night.

Contact them at info@hotel-studioone-bali.com or Phone/Fax: +62.361.7410946

Address:

Jl. ByPass Nusa Dua 7X, Nusa Dua 30363

Bali – Indonesia

Annika Guesthouse

It’s located in Tuban, near the Ngurah Rai International Airport. We spent our first night there considering we took the night flight.

We paid IDR 400,000 / room / night, but that’s cheaper than the published rates on their website, http://www.anikaguesthouse.com/rates.html

 

 EAT  

Bali Collection – restaurants

Other than the breakfast at the hotel, we only ate at a restaurant in Bali Collection. Yummy, aaaand…I forgot about the prices. Available options are Italian, Russian and Indonesian restaurants among others.

KFC

You can’t go wrong with KFC. Yeah it’s junk food, but it’s one of the best junk food. Located about 100 meters from The Studio One hotel, on the Jalan ByPass Nusa Dua.

 

GETTING AROUND

Sarbagita bus

It’s the Balinese version of TransJakarta (in Jakarta) and TransJogja (in Yogyakarta/Jogja) buses. Only IDR 3,500 per ride, no matter how many stops. Available route for now is from Batu Bulan to Nusa Dua. Last departure from both terminals at 9 pm.

Car rental

Car rentals are actually spread out all over Bali. The one where we rented a car was at Union Rental & Tour, on Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai no. 82, Nusa Dua, exactly across to The Studio One hotel.

Rental fee starts from about IDR 200,000 / 24 hours for foreign tourists.


Devdan Show

Those of you who’ve been to Bangkok (which I bet most of you have) have probably seen the Siam Niramit show. Watching it in 2008 made me wonder, when will Indonesia have a show like that, since I’m sure we have so much heritage cultures and arts that can be adopted into a wonderful stage performance. Earlier last year, my wish started to be granted. I saw the Bali Agung show at Bali Safari and Marine Park, a show about a fragment of Bali history and culture. And now I got my early Christmas gift. There’s a show called Devdan in Bali Nusa Dua Theater.

Devdan show - Nusa Dua - Legong dance

It’s an introduction to Indonesian cultures, not just about Bali, and it’s consisted of music, costume and dances. Everything is traditional with a touch of modern modification that takes it to a new level. They even combine it with acrobat and trapeze! The storyline starts with a group of tourists visiting the Monkey Forest. Then a girl and a boy separated themselves from the group and found this box of Indonesian heritage tokens, which became the links to performances of several Indonesian cultures.

 Devdan show - Nusa Dua


You see, when you talk about Indonesian cultures, it’s actually an ambiguity because we are made up of so many diverse cultures. That’s why we said that Devdan is only an introduction to our cultures because they show only a glimpse of the whole in the 90 minute performance. The ones being shown are from Sumatra (mostly West Sumatra and Aceh), Java, Borneo, Papua, and of course Bali. All in the forms of dances, music, clothes, iconic objects and backdrops. They took my breath away with Aceh’s Saman dance, West Sumatra’s everything, the magical trick in a Javanese war scene, and many many more. They plan to make some enhancements in the future, such as adding or replacing some routines with the ones that aren’t shown now, like the Sulawesi or Moluccas cultures.

Devdan show - Nusa Dua

Devdan show - Nusa Dua

Thanks to Mrs. Lindratini Liauw Suparsono who initiated this program, with much help from Hengky Hartadi the creative director, Bimo Wiwohatmo the coreographer, Kinting Handoko the costume designer, and many other highly experienced behind-the-scene people, Bali now has one more good stuff you can put in your holiday itinerary (as if there were not enough before..LOL).

The dancers were auditioned from all over Indonesia, mostly Bali and Java. The chosen 63 were then drilled in Surabaya for 6 months before they were ready to perform in September 2011. The show is held 4 times a week, with each and every dancer performing in every show, playing more than one role.

Devdan show - Nusa Dua

Ticket prices start from US$ 42 for child and S$ 65 for adult. More of the prices and schedule can be viewed here. Tickets can be purchased online, at ticket booth of Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, or at hotels in Bali. Throughout June 2012 they’re having a discount program for Indonesian viewers, but you’d have to contact them for confirmation or just ask for a promo price at the booth. If you feel it’s too much trouble, we can help you out with it. That’s how bad we want you to see this amazing show!

More of what we think of the show can be read here.

http://devdanshow.com

 

Bali Collection – shopping

Underestimation often leads to satisfaction. Truthfully, I thought Bali Collection would be a dead boring has-been touristy place, judging from the pictures I found on the net. So I checked it out because it’s right across the Sarbagita Bus last stop at Nusa Dua and I happened to try out the route and hop off there.

Bali Collection, Nusa Dua

Turns out, yes Bali Collection is touristy and sells a lot of overpriced souvenirs, but it’s also a quite nice place to kill some time. It’s consisted of rows of shops and boutiques (surf brands, lacey craft and clothes, paintings, souvenirs and accessories), restaurants and – guess what – a department store.

 

Judging from the name I thought Bali Collection was a place that exclusively sells stuff that are unique to Bali, like the paintings, sculptures, cloth, and so on. Whaddya know, you can also find the American perfume brands, Indonesian souvenir shop that also opens in Jakarta, etc. So to me it just felt like strolling down at a shopping mall in Jakarta, only people dressed much more casual and ‘benches’ are provided at the outdoor garden. 

 Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua

Bali Collection isn’t really a suitable place for budget travelers, but some of the stuff (and food) aren’t that expensive either. And oh, there’s a Starbucks Coffee there, if you’re looking for something familiar.

http://bali-collection.com/

 

Museum Pasifika 

Have you tried googling about Nusa Dua? You’ll see a lot of Museum Pasifika in the results. I didn’t go further than the reception area cos I went just to see what it was about, but I wasn’t really in the mood for paintings, sculptures and such. If you’re interested, the entrance fee is IDR 75,000 / pax. It’s located right behind the Nusa Dua Sarbagita bus stop.

Nusa Dua

http://www.museum-pasifika.com/

 

Water Blow 

Located among the resorts of Nusa Dua, it’s famous for the sunrise view and the high water blows against the big rocks. No entrance fee required, no stage, no limited show time, water blow is a performance in itself and everyone is welcome to see.

 Nusa Dua

There are a couple of spots where the water blows against the rocks at that small cape. You can stand at the edge of the balcony look-alike, and when the blow is high enough the water will pour down on you too. It’s not often you can stand so close to a water blow. Take a chance and create a picture with you infront of it. It could be your next avatar of profile picture.

We came here for the sunrise at 6:30ish AM. The sunrise itself was an okay view to me, nothing really special, but obviously was a favorite object by photographers. However, it was nice to just sit at the wooden benches, watching and listening to the sea, and being a part of the healthy activities in the park on our way to the Water Blow (many people jogging, biking and playing ball). The lawns are neatly mowed and there are sandy beaches where you can relax.

Nusa Dua

Watching the sunrise obviously meant we had to wake up very early. Afterwards, we went to a beach near the parking lot. I went jogging a couple of minutes at the shore line, then we slept for maybe half an hour, right on the sandy beach. We only left the beach because we were hungry. Yeah, nothing can beat hunger 😛

 Nusa Dua

 

Tanjung Benoa – parasailing

It’s a cape less than 30 minutes drive from Nusa Dua and it’s where tourists go for water sports in Bali. It’s also where we went to look for breakfast after watching the water blow. No specific reason, we just wanted to drive around, look for food and check out the famous Tanjung Benoa.

Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa areas at 8ish a.m. haven’t opened much for business yet. It’s probably too early for the tourists. But we finally found a row of restaurants that also offer water sports service. I think the food is actually included in the water sports package. So when we asked people on the street about places for breakfast, we saw some confused look followed by offers to do some water sports with breakfast.

Tanjung Benoa watersports

We made sure we only wanted breakfast and finally found a restaurant to eat at, with the beach view. People were busy preparing for scuba diving, parasailing, flying fish etc.. and we were finally tempted to try as well 😛

We chose parasailing only. The staff told us it was gonna be 15 minutes long per ride, and it cost IDR 100,000 for locals. Unfortunately that was not the case, we were pulled down in only 5 minutes or less. But to us it was a really great 5 minutes to be ‘flying’ up there above the water, looking down at the roofs of boats, houses, villas, and the tree tops.

Tanjung Benoa watersports

Tanjung Benoa watersports

I screamed when we (the tandem instructor and I) took off out of excitement and I could only said “ooh” “wow” “woohoo!” when we were – approximately – 20 meters up in the air. I saw what the cape shape looked like from bird’s eye view. The operator didn’t actually approve me taking my camera for the ride cos he was afraid I was gonna drop it, but I had to take the risk. There’s no way I wasn’t documenting the view from above!

Tanjung Benoa watersports 

Tanjung Benoa watersports

I used to think that I’m kind of afraid of heights. I could never jump off of a high rock into the water, like when we were in Pindul Cave. But now I conclude that I’m not actually afraid of height, I’m just afraid of falling, cos I really loved getting up there on a parasail. And oh how I wish I could stay up there much longer!

The water sport operators along the Tanjung Benoa offers packages you can choose from, depending how many people in a group and what activities you choose. Besides parasailing, you can also choose jet ski, flying fish, scuba dive, banana boat, snorkeling, etc. These aren’t exactly a budget activity, but it’s nice to try something different and a bit more daring once a while 😀

 

Balangan and Other Beaches

Our aim was to get to Bingin beach, but somehow we weren’t so sure on where to go. As we’ve also heard that Balangan is also hot stuff, we took a turn when the road said Balangan from the main road to Uluwatu. Man was it a great detour!

Balangan Beach 

Balangan Beach

Balangan beach is located on the southwest coast of Bali, one of the many surfing beaches at the area, not far from Bingin. It’s a public beach, on the way there you will see a lot of surfer dudes carrying surfboards on their motorcycles.

We’re no surfers, but we sure enjoyed watching them dudes with their six pack abs surfin’ the pipes. Swimming wasn’t really an option for me cos the water was pretty wavy, so I finally decided to join Mumun at a wooden stilt diner. You know you’re having a fine afternoon when you’re sipping and scooping out coconuts while guessing what those surfers are talking about when they’re out there in the middle of the sea waiting for the pipes. What do you think they’d be talking about? The 2013 dreadlock trend, perhaps?

Balangan Beach

Balangan Beach

Here’s Mumun’s take of our visit to Balangan:

It had never occured to me that watching surfers would be so interesting. Watching the guys beat each other in riding waves and then ripping them up is entertaining, especially if you have a sense of how extreme waves are. From the wooden stilt diner, the view was perfect! I could imagine how awesome it would be during competition season.

Balangan beach was probably what Dream Land use to look like, with the wooden huts and the laid back people serving you. How I wish I could have enjoyed Dream Land back in the days.

Balangan Beach

 

Where To Eat

Bali Collection – restaurants

 

There are a lot of options of restaurants at the Bali Collection. Once you’re tired shopping, just pick a place to eat, may it be Italian, Russian, Indonesian or others. I had my chicken betutu for lunch, a Balinese special, at one of the restaurants with eclectic menu. The food taste was good, the place was cozy, the waiters were friendly. It was a bit overpriced but it was backed up but the infrastructure. There weren’t many people, it seemed most people go to Bali Collection towards the night when it’s not as hot.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua 

Nusa Dua


http://bali-collection.com/

 

KFC

You can’t go wrong with KFC. Yeah it’s junk food, but it’s one of the best junk food in the world. And there’s one only about 100 meters from The Studio One hotel, on Jalan ByPass Nusa Dua. There are some diners and restaurant closer to the hotel, but sometimes you just need something more familiar, right?


Where To Sleep In Nusa Dua

 

Annika Guesthouse

We were informed that this guesthouse was only a 5-minute walk away from Ngurah Rai airport. Fact? We walked almost half an hour to get there, thank you very much! They probably meant 5 minutes from the gate, while we thought it was from the Arrival Gate.

Thankfully, we were satisfied with everything they had to offer. Clean and tidy room, a double bed comfy enough for the 3 of us to snooze (I was with Norman & Vindhya, who were on their way to Ende the next day). They charged us IDR 400,000 / room, complete with a simple breakfast (our choice was fried rice), clean towels, a mini swimming pool or an oversized jacuzzi.

Tuban

 Tuban

Tuban

Tuban

But the best thing about this guesthouse is the location, so close to airport. If you’re catching a morning flight or have only an overnight stay between flights, Annika guesthouse can be your option. It’s even closer than the one we stayed in last year. And this guesthouse is apparently known for its cooking lessons as well. As we munched on our breakfast, groups of about 10 Caucasians walked in to the dining area for their cooking lesson. They charged about US$ 75 per person for the cooking lesson. Way too much for my budget this time 😛

 

http://www.anikaguesthouse.com

Jalan Elang No.3, Komplek Burung, Tuban, Bali 80361 – Indonesia

Phone : 62 361 – 766133, 766791 – Fax : 62 361 – 766134

Email : info@anikaguesthouse.com

 

 

The Studio One

 

Entering an air conditioned room in the midst of hot sunny day is always a pleasure. And that’s what I felt when checking in the Studio One hotel in Nusa Dua. It may not offer grand design nor anything luxurious, but it’s only a 2 minutes walk away from a Sarbagita bus stop, which connects you to many strategic spots in the southern Bali and all the way to Gianyar. Two of which are the Bali Collection (one stop shopping and culinary center) and Museum Pasifika that exhibits the arts from the – wait for it – Pacific.

Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua

 Nusa Dua


We’ve blogged about it and just click this if you want to know more about this hotel that’s located at Nusa Dua.

Prices start from IDR 430,000 / night.

 

http://www.studioonebali.com/

Jl Bypass Nusa Dua 7X Nusa Dua – Bali

Phone: +62 361 7410946

Email: info@hotel-studioone-bali.com

 

 

Getting Around Nusa Dua

Sarbagita bus

 

This is the answer to the public transportation hassle of Bali. Well, there’s only 1 long route that operates, the Batu Bulan – Nusa Dua route, but it’s a great start. You only need to pay IDR 3,500 per ride, no matter how many stops, with its last departure from both terminals at 9 pm.

 Sarbagita

Sarbagita

It’s the Balinese version of TransJakarta (in Jakarta) and TransJogja (in Yogyakarta/Jogja) buses.  It’s comfortable, equipped with AC, buses are in good condition (maybe because it’s only been operation a few months but hopefully it’ll stay that way), and they only stop at their official stops (unlike some buses in some cities of Indonesia).

As a person who doesn’t drive a car nor motorbike (I know, I’m helpless that way), getting between places in Bali can be a hassle sometimes. Cabs aren’t always around, and when they are sometimes traffic is a bitch. I’d go for ojek but unfortunately ojeks aren’t popular in Bali, there’s almost none of it. So I’m hoping that more Sarbagita routes will operate in Bali.. yay!!

 

Car rental

Car rentals are actually spread out all over Bali. The one where we rented a car was at Union Rental & Tour, on Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai no. 82, Nusa Dua, exactly across to The Studio One hotel.

Bali car rental

A Karimun (small city car that sits 4 or 5 if you’re Asian size) costs IDR 150,000 / 24 hours excluding gas, or IDR 200,000 for a family car like Avanza that sits up to 8 people. Hiring a driver would cost you about IDR 150,000 more per day. But, sorry to disappoint you once again.. these were prices for local tourists. They charge about IDR 50,000 extra for foreign tourists.

There’s also a car rental exactly next to the hotel, but they charged slightly more expensive than the Union one.

 

Union Rental & Tour

Contact person: Ketut Budiarsa

Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 82, Nusa Dua, Bali

Phone +62 361 744 6693 – Fax +62 361 771 702

Mobile +62 813 387 83083 – E mail: budirental@yahoo.com

 

 


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riri
4 years 9 months ago

I think Dreamland is one of the prettiest beaches in Bali, more so than Balangan, Bingin, and the sorts. Made a promise to myself that I would spend a few nights at the 50k rooms with the hill view of the beach in the morning. Well, that was 7 years ago, and I havent been there since -__-. Not that interested to go back since they tore the huts down 🙁

Kinda scared that Balangan and Bingin will get ruined as well T_T. One of the cheapest places where you can still get a beachfront view in Bali for under 150k.

vira
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4 years 8 months ago

yeah.. tourism is such a double-edged sword, isn’t it..?

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