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Being nearby, affordable and sun drenched all year round, Bali has long been favourite holiday destination for Aussies. But beyond its beaches and the resorts (though they are a fine example of the lifestyle that this island stands for) is a place that embodies the essence of the Eastern world.
Here, monkeys scurry around forest flanked sacred temples, rice paddies lie perched on the hillsides and coffee, banana, cacao and spice plantations line the roads.
This is your chance to experience culture and history that stretches back to 2000BC, as well as all the natural beauty that draw so many here. From lunch overlooking an active volcano, shopping tours and elephant safaris, to all the thrills of white water rafting, catamaran cruising and a visit to a local waterpark, a visit to Bali manages to encapsulate just what a holiday should be, no matter what your idea of that might be.
4,225,000 (2014) - Bali
Bahasa & Balinese
If you are looking for a relaxing day at the beach you can’t go past Nusa Dua, located at the southern tip of the island. In this upscale resort area you will find a variety of restaurants and boutiques, Bali’s finest spas, plus the clean white sand beaches and good surf that make it so popular. Sanur by contrast is a little more casual with a similar collection of resorts and water sports. Kuta is a much busier area, packed with shopping, nightlife and tourist facilities.
There is a lot to see in Bali’s capital city of Denpasar, including the Denpasar Museum and Arts Centre, endless street cafes and colourful street markets that criss-cross the shopping district.
Kuta Art Market has a multitude of shops selling a wide variety of goods including sarongs, handicrafts, jewellery, clothing, furniture and leather goods. Whatever you buy, make sure you haggle. Bargaining is a way of life here, so offer half the marked price and work your way up from there.
Your ship will anchor in Benoa Harbour. The wharf is in close proximity to the resort hotels of Nusa Dua Beach and is only six kilometres from Denpasar.
Taxis are available near the wharf.
There are a few cafes in the village near Benoa Harbour, however if you travel further afield to Kuta and Nusa Dua you’ll find an abundance of food options. Bali’s traditional drinks are arak (a clear spirit), brem (a fermented rice wine) and tuak (a palm wine). Be careful where you purchase arak as there have been several poisoning cases. It’s recommended that you only drink bottled water in Bali. For quarantine reasons, please do not take any food or drink (other than bottled water) off the ship.
Shopping in Bali is very cheap. There are a few small shops/stalls in Benoa Harbour, while Nusa Dua has a collection of boutiques and art stores. Please ensure that any items you purchase do not contravene Australia’s or New Zealand’s strict quarantine laws.
Bali has a tropical climate. The average temperature hovers around 25 degrees all year round.
Credit cards are widely accepted at large tourist attractions and in major towns. Automatic teller machines are widely available in populated areas and can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are available at the wharf. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and insect repellent.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Bali. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. During your time ashore we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.
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