Two days in Nusa Dua gives you enough time to experience the area’s highlights—and more. Besides water sports, beach, pool, and spa therapy, you can get a good taster of Balinese culture, be that touring a temple, watching a fire dance on the top of a cliff, or riding an all-terrain vehicle through the rice fields. Read on to find out how.
Day 1: Decadent Delights
Morning: Make the most of Nusa Dua’s golden sands and crystal waters with a water-sports session. Ride a Jet Ski, brave a banana boat, or take to the skies with a parasail. You can also try your hand at unique experiences such as the Seawalker diving helmet or flyboarding on jet-powered boots.
Afternoon: Balinese massage therapists are in demand at spas and on cruise ships around the globe. Find out why with a leisurely pampering session, perhaps a full-body massage with herbal scrub, a deep-cleansing facial, or a romantic flower bath. Once you’re done, unwind with a ginger tea.
Evening: Head across the island to clifftop Uluwatu Temple for a sunset to remember, as a male choir performs a kecak dance, and a solo dancer works with fire. After the performance, travel to pretty Jimbaran Beach for a feast of fresh-grilled seafood on the sand.
Day 2: Island Ideals
Morning: Take the chance to see a different side of Bali, with a white-water rafting adventure down the Ayung River gorge. As you bounce and bump along the river with a dedicated rafting guide, admire jungles, rice fields, waterfalls, and wildlife. Refuel with a buffet lunch once you’re done.
Afternoon: Keep the adrenaline high with an all-terrain-vehicle adventure in the center of the island. Roar through rice fields, villages, and bamboo forests on your sturdy 4-wheeler with a guide. If time permits, get up close and personal with macaques at the notorious Ubud Monkey Forest.
Night: After dinner in Nusa Dua, perhaps at a beach club, a beachfront grill, or that hotel restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, discover Bali’s answer to Cirque du Soleil. The Devdan Show, a blend of acrobatics, dance, and drama, explores some of Indonesia’s most important cultures—and will leave you rapt.