Known for forests, beaches, and volcanoes, the cruse port of Bali, Indonesia is a tourist favorite. The port at Benoa Harbour (otherwise known as Tanjung) in the southern part of the island received the "Best Port Welcome 2010" award from a London magazine, creating even more of a buzz. This particular port is close to the cities of Denpasar, Kuta, and Seminyak, so travelers have multiple choices when it comes to sightseeing and activities. Bali has been around since ancient times, with history very much alive in modern times. Here you'll also find signs of the island's religious beliefs, thanks to the numerous temples scattered throughout. Stick close to Benoa in South Bali to mingle with the largest number of tourists, which includes many resorts as well as towns such as Sanur, which is great for families. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Benoa (Bali), Indonesia:
- A popular area beach is Kuta Beach (which can get crowded). Here you can swim, surf, and parasail, and Bali is a fantastic place for diving. The beer is relatively cheap, and the sunset here is especially spectacular.
- Also in Kuta is the Bali Bomb Memorial, located where old Paddy's Bar used to be. This is a tribute to the 202 people who perished during the Kuta bombings in 2002 and a place for reflection; don't be surprised if a local politely requests you to pay your respects.
- One of the best temples in the area is in Pecatu. In case Uluwatu Temple (Pura Uluwatu) on its own weren't spectacular enough, its location will take your breath away. You can walk the temple grounds at any time, but may be restricted from entering the central courts during certain periods. Keep an eye out for thieving monkeys; you may also have to dress in a sarong and sash to enter the temple, which larger facilities will happily rent to you.
- For another excellent beach, head to Jimbaran Bay with its fine, white sands and calm waters. It's the place to go if you're looking for a quieter experience than in Kuta.