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About Bali

Pack your bathers. Your ship calls at Benoa, on the tip of the Nusa Dua Peninsula, which has ocean on both sides, white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and calm water, making it the water sports centre in Bali. There's plenty of room on the beach, mind you. Everyone's in the water parasailing, wind surfing, jet skiing, banana boating, snorkeling and reef fishing. Yet, if you can tear yourself away from the water, Benoa rewards the explorer with its traditional fishing village charm and maze of winding lanes lined with shops, temples and houses huddling harmoniously together. As you'd expect, there's an abundance of fresh seafood on offer in the many restaurants.

 

Shore excursions in Bali

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bali Introduction

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

Visit the artistic centre of Ubud and enjoy refreshments with a family of woodcarvers at Bali Budaya.

Travel to Klungkung Kertagosha, a building designed and built in 1710 by the best artisans in the country. The area contains a beautiful floating pavilion, Bale Kambang and the Royal Court of Justice, Kertagosa, with elaborate ceiling murals. Continue onto Gianyar, a town famous for Balinese hand-woven fabric.

In Kemenuh, visit a family of skilled carvers who turn slabs of teak and ebony wood into masks, religious figures and intricate wall decorations. Before you leave, you will have the opportunity to browse in the large gallery where you may purchase the finished products as well as enjoying refreshments of tea or coffee, a sandwich and Balinese cakes.

Finally, visit Ubud, an artists’ colony famous for its painters and artists’ studios, galleries and museums. You will also have the opportunity to visit Ubud Palace and Ubud Market in the centre of town.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour

Children's Village and Local Life

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 8 hours

Witness the good work of the SOS Children’s Village Organisation, as well as stopping at a local home for refreshments.

Your scenic drive to Tabanan, will stop at the Royal Temple, Taman Ayun. The temple was constructed in the 17th century and is surrounded by ponds and features beautiful Balinese architecture.

Tabanan is a district in the west of Bali which is famous for the huge production of rice. Drive onto Bantas Village, home to the SOS Children’s Village. Inaugurated in 1991, the village consists of 12 family houses, each being home to around 8 children. In charge of each house is a foster Mother who takes care of the children and is responsible for their education, health and psycho-social support until they become fully independent adults.

Spend an hour at the village meeting the residents and co-ordinators and learning of their lives and stories. On the return drive, stop at a local Balinese home to discover the daily activities and lives of local people as well as enjoying refreshments of coffee and traditional Balinese snacks.

Spend an hour at the village meeting the residents and co-ordinators and learning of their lives and stories. On the return drive, stop at a local Balinese home to discover the daily activities and lives of local people as well as enjoying refreshments of coffee and traditional Balinese snacks.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of moderate walking on this tour over some rough ground and steps; please wear flat comfortable shoes, a hat and sun block. This tour includes a donation of $25 per person in the costing for the Children’s Village but if passengers wish to give anything extra i.e. stationery, canned foods etc it will be welcomed, however we suggest that this is done directly to the SOS representative to ensure equal distribution. Please note that the order of visits may change in accordance with the co-ordinators at the village. Whilst photography is allowed, we ask that for any portraits, prior permission is obtained from the person.

Nusa Dua On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

This transfer is designed for those of you who wish to explore Nusa Dua Area on your own during our call into Bali. Relax, unwind and soak up the rays at a luxury hotel resort in Nusa Dua.

Travel to ‘Nusa Dua’ which is known as an enclave of large international 5-star resorts in south-eastern Bali. Nusa Dua is located 40 kilometres from Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. Nusa Dua means two islands (Nusa 'island', Dua 'two'). On arrival you can enjoy up to 4 hours of free time to explore the Resort and use their facilities such as the swimming pool and private beach. Why not use your free time and indulge in a little retail therapy, shopping in the larger group of shops in Nusa Dua area known as the ‘Bali Collection’ (They are located within a 10 minute walk from the resort or a free shuttle can be arranged based on availability).

Essential information

This excursion operates by by coach and on foot. Please note this is a transfer to a luxury hotel resort and includes return transfers, swimming pool and beach access. All other charges are at your own expense.

Rural Bali and Mt Batur

Activity highMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 8 hours

Meet local Balinese farmers; have lunch overlooking a volcano and lake as well as a visit to a wood-carving studio.

A warm welcome awaits at a Balinese home, where Balinese Cakes will be served with coffee or tea. Walk through the local farms to experience the real life of Balinese farmers working in the rice fields, learning more about the simple and traditional irrigation system called Subak, the process of rice growing, from planting the seedlings, to harvesting and even cooking the rice.

Next stop is Pura Kehen, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the ‘Kori Agung’ (stone capped gateway); there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as Bali was never home to its own elephants. Once inside the temple, there is a small compound which is guarded by a mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon), which has a magic stone inside it. Apparently the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided.

Proceed onto Penglipuran Village where life has barely changed in over a century. Following this fascinating local insight, continue to Kintamani, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking Mount Batur, an active volcano, and the picturesque Lake Batur, in the crater.

In Kemenuh, visit a wood carving studio to discover skilled carvers who turn slabs of teak and ebony wood into masks, religious figures and intricate wall decorations. Take the opportunity to browse in the large gallery where there will be the opportunity to purchase the finished products.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over some rough ground.

Scenic Bali

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 8 hours

Visit villagers in their community, see the Pura Kehen Temple and have lunch overlooking the paddy fields.

Visit Klungkung Kertagosa, a building designed and built in 1710 by some of the best artisans in the country at that time. Also known as ‘Taman Gili’ (the Floating Garden), this is where the King of Klungkung dealt out harsh punishments to criminals of the day.

Your tour continues on to Subak Guliang village, which presents an opportunity to meet with local Balinese farmers. After a warm welcome to a Balinese home, where a traditional breakfast will be served with Balinese coffee or tea, you’ll then explore the local farms to experience the real life of Balinese farmers.

The next stop is the Pura Kehen Temple, which was constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the ‘Kori Agung’ (stone capped gateway), there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as elephants are not native to Bali.

Pass through Selat and enjoy lunch in a restaurant with magnificent views of the terraced rice fields, which have been in existence for thousands of years.

Round off your tour with a stop at Tenganan - a walled mountain village where the Bali Aga live. These people are descendants of the original Balinese people, and are very proud to maintain their pre-Hindu culture.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour with steps at Pura Kehen Temple.

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