Once a simple fishing village grown into an upscale destination, Benoa’s charms are most evident in Nusa Dua, one of the most beautiful beaches in already-legendary Bali. In this land of rice terraces, spectacular volcanoes and over 20,000 temples , the main destination is the 17th-century royal temple complex of Pura Taman Ayun in nearby Mengwi, surrounded by a lotus- filled moat, giving it the feel of a garden sanctuary. Highlights include elaborate wood carvings of Balinese deities and tranquil pavilions. Another favorite is the Sunset Temple, Tanah Lot, dramatically perched on a rocky outcrop, making for an ideal photo opportunity. And don’t miss the batik factories for that perfect gift or souvenir.

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Bali (Benoa)

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Event - Elephant Safari Under the Stars

    Enjoy an afternoon and evening at the beautiful Elephant Safari Park in Ubud, Bali. An official member of the World Zoo Association, the Park is set in more than 2 hectares of exotic landscaped botanical gardens and surrounded by national forest. Get up close and personal with these incredible animals in a beautiful tropical park setting. Elephants can be seen immersing themselves in the park lake, painting or other activities. Hand feed them, touch them, take photos with them, and learn more about the elephant’s ancestry and diversity at the Park’s historical and graphic displays. Enjoy a magical Talent show at dusk followed by the musical sounds of nature in the early evening as you enjoy a sumptuous meal by candlelight at the Pachyderm Palm Grove by the Lake.

  • Balinese Arts & Crafts

    This tour provides an excellent introduction to Bali's essential sights as well as its religion, art and culture. Bali's population is approximately 3.5 million, of which 85% are Hindus and the remaining 15% are either Moslems or Christians. The island's rich art and culture have been traditionally passed down from generation to generation by means of the local community centers and this excursion takes you to several of these key communities where you can see first-hand how Bali's past is infused with the present day.

    Your tour first travels to Tohpati village, well-known for processing exceptional Batik cloth. Here, you'll have a unique opportunity to observe skilled artisans at work as they use the different methods of applying the colors and printing to the fabric. Continuing on, you'll make your way to Celuk village, a center of gold and silver work where over half the village's population is involved in the silver industry. Original designs in delicate filigree make Balinese jewelry one of the most remarkable styles in Asia. As with most Balinese crafts, gold and silver work is largely a hereditary trade with apprentices beginning to train at a young age and by the time they reach the age of 12, already producing fine ornaments.

    From Celuk, it's on to Kemenuh village, a major woodcarving center. Renowned for its wood-carving, you will be able to watch the local craftsmen as they turn slabs of teak or ebony wood into intricate statues and masks. Of special interest here are the huge carved statues that depict mythical figures, such as the Garuda.

    Another interesting stop on this tour is at the village of Bona, which specializes in bamboo furniture products. You’ll have the opportunity to view the various types of furniture produced here.

    As your tour draws to a close, you'll make a final stop at Peliatan village, a village noted for its painters. Traditional Balinese painting was strictly limited to three basic kinds. Most of the paintings were narratives with mythological themes, illustrating stories from Hindu epics and literature. Under the influence of western painters who settled in Bali in the 1930s, Balinese artists began painting single scenes instead of narrative tales, using images from everyday life as their theme. Your visit to Peliatan includes time at one of the local galleries where you can view the beautiful works created by gifted Balinese artists.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and a few steps. However, the sites are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

  • Discover Bali

    This day spent discovering the fascinating and vibrant culture of Bali begins with a picturesque drive to Tohpati Village for a demonstration of Batik cloth processing. Along the way, you'll stop and enjoy a Barong dance performance. This well-known and theatrical Balinese dance tells a story of the fight of good vs. evil via a colorful performance. Arriving at the village you'll have a unique opportunity to observe skilled artisans at work as they use the different methods of applying the colors and printing to the fabric.

    Continuing on, you'll travel to a Traditional Balinese house compound. The Balinese home is often viewed as a living organism. Much like a human being, it has a head (the ancestral shrine), arms (the sleeping quarters and living room) and legs and feet (the kitchen and rice granaries.) This up-close look allows you a glimpse into conventional Balinese life.

    Your next stop is at the Singapadu Temple or Pura Puseh. Built in the 17th century and guarded by four statues of Wisnu that rest on carved pedestals, the temple continues to be used by the local village community for religious ceremonies.

    Your final tour stop is at the Bird Park. This amazing attraction is where you'll find the largest collection of Indonesian birds in the world, as well as many varieties from Africa and South America. Covering nearly 5 acres of botanical landscape, the Park provides sanctuary to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species. Taking an innovative approach, the birds are showcased not only in their natural habitats and large walk-in aviaries, but also as free range throughout the Park. Adding to the Park's appeal is a remarkable display of tropical plants and trees which also serve to attract a significant butterfly population.

    Following your time at the Bird Park, you'll re-board your coach for the relaxing drive back to the pier in Benoa.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking and steps; however, the sites are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

  • Tribal Dinner & Kecak Dance

    As evening descends on this tropical paradise and the last rays of the setting sun light up the sky with a warm red glow, the shadows and sounds of the night join together to cast a spell over the island, infusing it with an aura of mysticism. As twilight falls, you'll travel by coach to Bali's own amazing Bird Park. Here, an open-air dining area located in the center of the Park provides the setting for a delicious traditional Indonesian dinner. As you relax and enjoy your meal, the unique sounds of the native birds as they settle for the evening provide a tranquil background of nature's own music.

    Following your meal, you'll be transported to a nearby stage where you'll witness the utterly unique and fascinating performance of the Kecak Dance. Kecak is a ritual dance that recounts a tale from the Ramayana, an epic story that found its way from India to Indonesia. During the dance, the only musical accompaniment is the chanting that is supplied by men who are positioned in a concentric circle on the stage. As the men chant and rhythmically sway to the music, colorfully costumed dancers weave and intertwine their way amongst them. With the stage lit only by glowing torches, the shadows cast by the dancers combined with the haunting chanting, create a truly mesmerizing and unforgettable experience.

    A pleasant drive back to the pier concludes this very special evening of Balinese entertainment.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking and steps. Lightweight clothing, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

  • Balinese Cultural Experience

    This interesting and entertaining tour is geared toward those who like to immerse themselves in a destination's culture and daily activities. Meeting your coach at the pier, you'll travel into the beautiful Nyuh Kuning countryside to the Bali Classic Culture Center.

    Upon arrival, you'll be warmly welcomed by a group of Balinese women wearing their exquisite traditional dress, who will present you with a flower to wear behind your ear. As a Bleganjur music group performs for you, you'll be escorted to the lobby area where a refreshing drink awaits. Following a welcome dance, there's an opportunity to observe a colorful temple ornaments parade procession before setting off to explore the many activities and attractions housed at the Culture Center. These include a museum, a Balinese dance performance and numerous workshop activities where you can learn how to perform a traditional dance, play the gamelan, paint and weave handicrafts. There are also areas where you can observe daily Balinese activities such as Menumbuk Padi (paring of the paddy) and making coconut oil. Before departing the Culture Center, you'll be treated to a delicious Indonesian buffet lunch and dance performance.

    Your afternoon includes a stop at Kemenuh village, known for its wood-carving. Here, you can observe the local craftsmen as they turn slabs of teak or ebony wood into intricate statues and masks. Leaving Kemenuh, your coach travels back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and a few steps. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

  • Bali Terraces & Ulun Danu Temple

    This lovely tour highlights what Balinese are so proud of, namely the beautiful rice terraces, which are mostly found in the mid-western part of the Island. For the majority of Balinese, agriculture is their livelihood. Villages are mainly found centered around or near the rice fields and every farmer who owns one or more rice plots or sawahs, is compelled to join a subak, an agricultural society that controls the distribution of irrigation water to its members. As you travel through these verdant farming communities, you'll no doubt agree that the cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape.

    Starting off from the pier, a leisurely drive takes you into the countryside to Baha Village is dominated by workers and the traditional farming community, who own wide rice fields, and by the "Subak" organization that mainly functions to regulate water distribution for irrigation. The uniformity of the typical entrance gates of the family compounds combines with the traditional housing structure present a charming appearance for the village. The workers and the traditional farmers are the major population in Baha. The uniqueness of this traditional village is the uniformity of the entrance gates of the family compounds combines with the traditional housing structure, which portrays a fascinating appearance for the village. Then, proceed to Bedugul, enjoys mild mountain weather due to its location at an altitude of about 1,500 meters (4,900 ft) above the sea level. Major sites in Bedugul are the Ulun Danu Temple or Pura Bratan, is a major Shivaite and water temple in Bali. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association (subak). Lake Bratan is known as the Lake of Holy Mountain due to the fertility of this area.

    As you head back to the pier, your route will take you through the towns of Batunye, Carang-sari and Luk-Luk, where there will be additional photo stops made.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and a few steps. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

  • Royal Temple & Tanah Lot

    This fascinating half day excursion provides an excellent opportunity to discover Bali's intriguing world of gods and temples, along with its traditional arts and crafts.

    Traveling along a scenic route from the pier, you'll first make your way to the magnificent Royal Temple, found in the town of Mengwi which was once the center of a powerful kingdom. A spectacular landmark of historic architecture built in the 17th century, Pura Taman Ayun served as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty, whose kingdom survived until the late 1800s. This wonderful temple complex includes a wide moat, exquisite wooden shrines and beautifully carved gates, making it one of the area's main attractions.

    Leaving Mengwi behind, you'll continue on to Bali's most photographed temple, Tanah Lot. Also referred to as the Sunset Temple, the impressive black lava towers of this sacred 16th century temple are dramatically situated on a rocky outcrop that extends 656 feet offshore. Surrounded by pristine aqua waters and the white surf that crashes against the rocks, it's easy to see why this location has become a favorite with photographers.

    Re-joining your coach, it's a leisurely drive to your final stop, a popular batik workshop. This lovely Balinese tradition has been passed down for generations and at the workshop you will have an opportunity to admire the distinctive artistry and technique that goes into producing the famous batik cloth. There will be time afforded here to shop for a souvenir to take home.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and some steps. However, the sites are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

  • Colors of Bali

    A full day exploring Bali's essential highlights awaits you on this comprehensive excursion. Often referred to as the Island of Gods, you'll spend your day discovering elaborate temples and observing some of Bali's enchanting dances, all the while enjoying the island's outstanding natural beauty.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll first be transported to Batuan Temple, which for over a thousand years has been the place of legends and mysterious tales. This colorful Hindu temple is considered one of the finest and oldest temples in Bali and with its stunning design and intricate ornaments, is a treat for photographers. You’ll then travel to a nearby village, for a special performance of the delicate Barong dance.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, your tour continues to the Kemenuh village, well-known for its wood-carvings. Here, local craftsmen turn slabs of teak or ebony wood into intricate statues and masks. Of special interest here are the huge carved statues that depict mythical figures, such as the Garuda. During your visit, you will be able to admire some of these delicate works of art. You will also have the opportunity to glimpse at one of the local houses. The Balinese home is often viewed as a living organism. Much like a human being, it has a head (the ancestral shrine), arms (the sleeping quarters and living room) and legs and feet (the kitchen and rice granaries.)

    Before returning to the pier, a final stop is made in the capital of Semarapura, to visit Kerta Gosa, the ancient Court of Justice. This historical landmark, of traditional Balinese architecture, features exquisitely painted ceilings.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and a few steps. However, the sites are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

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