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Although located inside Nusa Dua’s BTDC complex, fronting the Grand Hyatt, Ayodya, St. Regis Hotels and Amanusa Beach Club, this vast and lovely stretch of white soft sand can be unexpectedly empty. The public portion may be accessed without staying in any of the luxurious aforementioned five-star hotels.
Mengiat is usually clean and well maintained with locals raking the sand in the mornings while the hotels maintain their beachfronts. Also called Nusa Dua Beach, it’s especially popular with local Bali expats and families. Protected by an offshore reef that prevents waves from breaking on the beach, the water is calm, shallow, easily swimmable and ideal for children.
There are stunning views, gorgeous clear blue water, volleyball games and women braiding hair and offering massages. Loads of activities: flying fish, donut, banana boat, jet ski, parasailing, etc. Sellers on the beach are friendly and not annoying. Visit the blowhole, walking distance from the small lookout. Get there early before the tide goes out in the early afternoon, exposing a huge expanse of coral. If you take goggles rock pools in the shallows reveal puffer fish, hermit crabs, sea urchins and baby lobsters.
Local fishermen still cast their nets in the surf, put in their boats to fish before sunrise and launch traditional jukung to take surfers out to the reef. Surfboards are for rent but this coast is not the best for snorkeling. Glass bottom boats frequent the area. Sunbathers are charged Rp25,000 to rent a lounge chair and umbrella all day. Showers, lockers and restroom facilities are available.
A beachside restaurant, run by the village-based fisherman’s cooperative Yasa Segara, serves great seafood. Parking is reasonable and safe. The entrance to Mengiat is near the exit of BTDC across from the Courtyard Marriott. See the sign for Jl. Pantai Mengiat, then head straight down a quiet road for 600 meters until you reach the beach.