Once a modest fishing village, the port of Benoa in Bali has evolved into one of Asia’s most iconic and upscale cruise destinations. From its legendary beaches to majestic volcanoes, tiered rice paddies, and over 20,000 spectacular temples, it’s no surprise that the appeal of paradise has caught on.
A common route cruising from Singapore to Bali is nothing short of magical, and Bali land tours truly astound. The island is known for its numerous religious sites—many of which are already located in exceptionally scenic locales—along with picturesque resort villages, yoga and meditation retreats, and tranquil pavilions.
There is certainly no shortage of options for touring and sightseeing in Bali. For an example of how you might expect to spend time in this idyllic destination, explore some of the incredible shore excursions offered by Cruise Specialists’ partners.
AZAMARA — ULUWATU TEMPLE AND LOCAL CULTURE
This 90-minute journey visits one of the island’s most sacred and famous religious sites, the Uluwatu Temple. Perched atop a rocky bluff high above the Indian Ocean, the architecture and views are equally stunning. One of the six most important spiritual pillars of Bali, Uluwatu is truly sacred to the Balinese people. Appreciate its splendor before visiting one of the largest statues in Southeast Asia, Garuda Wisnu Kencana. You’ll also have an opportunity to shop for local treasures at the market in the charming fishing village of Jimbaran. You may also make friends with the lively and uninhabited local Macaque monkeys, known for impressing visitors with their lively and boisterous antics.
REGENT SEVEN SEAS — TRIBAL DINNER & KECAK DANCE
As the sun sets in hues of pink and gold on this tropical paradise, an air of mysticism descends on Bali’s magical Bird Park. Travel by coach to the center of the park for an open-air traditional Indonesian dinner before one of Bali’s revered performances: the Kecak Dance. Illuminated by glowing torches, performers in colorful costumes chant and dance the narrative tale of Ramanyana, an ancient Indian epic. Their resonating chants and graceful flowing movements are a beautiful representation of the rich Balinese culture—peaceful, yet intense and effortless. It is a mesmerizing experience not soon to be forgotten.
OCEANIA CRUISES — ROYAL TEMPLE & TANAH LOT
Discover two spectacular spiritual sites and witness traditional Balinese artisans at work on Oceania’s half-day excursion of the Royal Temple and Tanah Lot. Once the center of a powerful kingdom, the small town of Mengwi is now home to a large Indonesian treasure: the Royal Temple of Pura Taman Ayun. Surrounded by a wide moat and adorned with ornate gates and wooden shrines, this temple is a significant site for anyone visiting Bali. You’ll also visit Tanah Lot Temple. A 16th century shrine sitting atop a rocky outcrop surrounded by the pristine blue waters— Tanah Lot is a dream for history buffs and photographers alike. Before returning to the pier, pay a visit to a traditional Batik workshop and discover handmade treasures and souvenirs to bring home.
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If you’re interested in learning more about voyages in Bali, be sure to discuss all of your options with one of our experienced luxury cruise specialists—like Joe Lucero!