Surf & Turf Beach Club is a great beachfront venue to head to in Nusa Dua for some light bites, beers, cocktails and hours of fun thrills at its waterpark, which is also home to Bali’s first flow rider. Great for families, a main freeform pool borders a kiddie pool and mini playground, while parasol-shaded lounges make for cosy chilling overlooking the white sand bay.
The water park has several waterslides including a circling slide called the ‘space bowl’ which is a huge hit with the young and the young at heart. The flow rider is a 16x10m bright blue ramp basically built up of a sloping pool with padded sides, which is fed with a steady surge of freshwater concealed to imitate a constantly breaking wave. Pros can do their thing as they please, while budding surfers can pick up the very basics in an hour or two.
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Don’t worry if you’re a beginner. You can easily hold on to a guiding rope led by an instructor who stands on the front border of the arena. The boards used in the activity are specially designed, resembling a skateboard. We were told that if you’re used to skating, the ride feels pretty much similar. And there’s the other option of body boarding, for a different set of manoeuvres and tricks that you can pick up even on your first try.
Admission fees start from USD 30 per adult on weekdays. This entitles you to a surf ride, the waterslides, the space bowl and a soft drink. The weekend package at USD 35 lets you enjoy the added features of canoeing and the use of the bicycles for a tour around Nusa Dua’s landmark peninsula. You can even go for a private Flow Rider Package to bypass queuing, starting at USD 250 per lane, per hour. Two riders can share the arena at the same time, battling out their moves on two lanes divided by a buoy line.
The ‘high-speed’ waterslide starts from a six-metre high tower, followed by a steep splashing descent into a square landing pool. An adjacent red family slide offers a softer ride. Nevertheless, a 150cm minimum height restriction applies for all slides. The circular ‘space bowl’ in particular, is strictly for adrenaline junkies. This wet roller coaster starts a further six metres up from the two main slides, and a long tube descent sends you through a dizzying spin, before splashing into a 1.7m-deep mini pool.
To normalise adrenaline levels, head to the loungers, or snuggle inside shaded cabanas. These are close by a bar to help you quench with a selection of signature cocktails (IDR 95,000), mocktails (IDR 45,000) and beers. We loved the Rolling Bubble, made of strawberry and blueberry juice, lychee and lemonade, as well as the aptly named Thirst Quencher, of cranberry, orange, lemon juice and ginger ale.
The menu at the two-storeyed restaurant features a good mix of western and Asian cuisine. The pan-seared barramundi (IDR 140,000) comes highly recommended, served tender, zesty and doused in orange butter vinaigrette. Local must-try specialties include the famous beef rendang and nasi goreng fried rice (IDR 80,000). There’s also a special kids menu with fun dishes in smaller portions, such as mini pizzas, spaghetti and fish n’ chips, from IDR 40,000 per serving.
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Surf & Turf Beach Club
- Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 22:00, Sat – Sun 10:00 – 24:00
- Location: The Bay Bali Lot C-0, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 938 8007
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/surfandturfnusadua