Lives in Ballina, Australia
Since Jun 2007
50-64 year old female
From 1985 - 1992 I lived and worked in Jakarta, Singapore and Bali. From 1992 - 2000 I lived in Jakarta and then Probolinggo in Java. I have been back living in Australia since 2000 and have holidays to Bali and meet up with family twice a year.
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Whitish sand, warm water, and a sheltered location (protected by an offshore reef) make Geger a popular choice for beach goers. Hire a sun lounger and umbrella, sit back, and have a cold drink brought straight to you.
Overlooking the turquoise waters and sitting almost directly on the white sands of Geger Beach, Nusa Dua Beach Grill offers outside seating with uninterrupted views of the ocean. The extensive menu has a lot to offer, including fresh seafood, pasta, salads, woodfired pizza and sandwiches. As they say, 'come chill at the grill!'
Often overlooked, the impressive Museum PASIFIKA is one of Bali's best-kept secrets. With more than 600 items (paintings, sculptures, masks, and carvings) in its permanent collection, the museum gives a good introduction to Asian Pacific works of art.
This mall in Nusa Dua features a variety of commercial tenants, including traditional handicrafts and souvenirs, international fashions, spas, money changers, and book shops. Plus, there's the Sogo Department store and Coco Supermarket and a big choice of dining options. Add in free live music in the park, and you've got yourself a good all-around place to pause for a while.
If you are looking for authentic Balinese food, cooked and served the traditional way, look no further than Bumbu Bali. Most Balinese food is meant to be shared, and here they stay true to this ritual, presenting your order in the middle of the table.
The Bali Fun Ship is a full day of entertainment and activities, starting with an 8:30am pick-up from your Nusa Dua accommodation and ending with a 5pm drop-off. You'll begin with a cruise to Lembongan Island (90 minutes away), where you'll berth beside a pontoon just off the island. Then the water sports begin! Two hours of waterslides, banana boats, snorkeling, kayaking, and glass-bottom boat explorations is enough to build up a big appetite. Cue a scrumptious buffet lunch before your boat trip over to Coconuts Resort on Lembongan, where you can sit at the bar and enjoy the resort pool, or walk around parts of the island (guided or unguided).
If you are looking for a good spa facility that is not attached to a hotel complex, Bali Refresh Spa fits the bill. The staff is friendly and professional, the premises are clean, there's plenty of air-con, and the atmosphere is nice and relaxed.
When you've had a long a day and just want a laid-back dining option, Mai-Mai is for you. The food is tasty, the staff is friendly, and the outdoor courtyard — complete with fairy lights in the trees — is a little oasis of calm. There are three Restaurant Mai-Mais in Nusa Dua, so just pick the one closest to you. All serve the same tasty food.
Commonly known as TCEC, this center is situated on Serangan Island, where the local community was once involved in the black market trade of turtle meat and products. The TCEC was set up not only as a hatchery and rehabilitation center for injured turtles, but also as an education and research center, and to offer the inhabitants of Serangan alternative employment. It also act as a watchdog for turtle trade in Bali.
Set on the white sands of Nusa Dua, Pirates Bay is a pirate and castaway-themed cafe complete with a replica pirate's ship. It is not only a place for the kids to act out Pirates of the Caribbean, but somewhere for the whole family to join in the fun. Apart from the pirate ship (The Black Pearl), there are bamboo treehouses, tree swings, flying foxes, towers, tents, and huts. Plus, the pleasant al fresco café serves a good variety of food, including an extensive pirate's menu for kids.
High Tea served by white-gloved waiters, with the sound of classical piano music in the background? Yes please! Enjoy all the usual delicacies here including petit fours, scones, pralines, smoked salmon, pastries, and lobster pie....time to be treated like royalty.
This magnificent show takes you on a 90-minute magical journey through the islands of Papua, Sumatra, Bali, Java, and Borneo. The dancers, songs, costumes, aerial acrobatics, and lighting make it a truly unforgettable experience.