No matter how good Nusa Dua hotels are, all the fun begins at their doorstep. There are more than 20 thousand temples on the “Island of Gods and Demons”. One of the most ancient – Pura Luhur Uluwatu, located on the west coast of Bukit, just 17 km from the resort. Founded in the 11th century, it is one of the six most revered temples on the island. Once upon a time, only members of the royal family of Denpasar could pray in it. By some miracle, Uluwatu caught on to the very edge of a cliff rising above the sea to a height of 90 m. It is best to come here in the evening at five o’clock to enjoy the sunset. And sunsets in the tropics are magical.
According to simplyyellowpages, the temple is dedicated to the goddess of the wind Rudra and the goddess of the sea Devi Laut, but the real mistresses of the monkeys here are the most arrogant in Bali. Broken glasses, a camera or a bag, they will not return even for a banana.
Every evening, on the stage next to the Uluwatu temple, about 100 men and women dressed in national costumes perform a spectacular Balinese kechak dance, the plot of which is based on the ancient Indian epic Ramayana.
An even more grandiose show “Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago” (off. site) takes place 4 times a week on the stage of the Bali Nusa Dua Theater. The scope of the performance is truly Broadway – with stunning costumes, special effects, dancing and acrobatics.
The fact that Bali is an inexhaustible source of inspiration is easy to see in the Pacifica Museum (off. site in English), which appeared thanks to the French collector Philippe Auge and the Indonesian businessman Moetaryanto. This is one of the largest collections of paintings by European artists and Asian masters whose work is associated with the Pacific region. One of the halls presents Balinese ritual masks and costumes.
The most popular natural attraction in Nusa Dua is a high stone ledge jutting out into the ocean with a Waterblow observation deck (“Water blow”) in the center of the beach. Falling into a narrow crevice on the outer side of the ledge, the waves soar high with a roar, dousing the audience with millions of salt spray – a truly mesmerizing sight.
6 things to do in Nusa Dua
- Go on a cruise on a sailing catamaran.
- Admire fantastic purple sunsets.
- Take a Balinese dance class.
- Walk through the scenes of the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.”
- Treat yourself to a Balinese massage while admiring the blooming orchids.
- Find out why woodcarving is considered a sacred art in Bali.
The land of eternal summer is Bali, located in the southern hemisphere near the equator. Therefore, during the year there are no significant differences in air and water temperatures, and day and night divide the day exactly in half – the sun rises at about 6:00 and sets at about 18:00.
The climate is equatorial monsoon with two seasons – dry and wet. Dry lasts from April to October, the best time to travel is July-August. The wet season is from mid-October to March. The rainiest months are December and January. Precipitation, as a rule, is not prolonged and falls more often at night. Much more trouble at this time can be delivered by currents that bring garbage and plastic waste to coastal waters and to the coastline. No wonder the wet season is often called the “garbage season”. In refined Nusa Dua, at this time, the beaches are cleaned several times a day.
Ebb and flow
When making plans for the day ahead, it is worth checking them against the tide table, which is in every hotel. Otherwise, once you come to the beach, you can find a bare seabed instead of an ocean that has gone somewhere beyond the horizon. The strength and timing of the tides depends on the phases of the moon. The most powerful fall on the new moon and full moon. In this case, the water level difference can reach 2.5 m. During the day there are 2 high water maxima and 2 low water minima. They alternate every 6 hours. During the day, the peaks shift by about an hour. In addition to time, the corresponding water level is indicated in the adjacent column of the table. In Nusa Dua, swimming is possible at a level of 1.5 m and above.