Thanks to its spectacular natural beauty and rich culture, Bali has long been Indonesia’s most popular destination. Stone inscriptions dating from around the 9th century A.D. are the earliest records found on Bali; by that time, the island was already developing irrigation systems and a lifestyle that drew many comparisons to what visitors find here today. The Hindu-Balinese faith touches every aspect of the people’s life. Every community has at least one temple. View more
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Capture the idyllic beauty of the Eastern Balinese countryside from up-close during this scenic half-day journey on the road less-travelled.
Depart the pier in Padang Bai via van for the drive through lush greenery en route to Tenganan Village.
This Balinese Aga village is home to an ancient culture where strict customs and cultural taboos are still rigidly enforced, and the gates to the village are locked each night. Tenganan’s unique architectural style and rare weaving methods are distinctly different from other villages. During your visit to this unusual locale, you can photograph your surroundings and browse the stalls offering specialty crafts for sale.
Leaving Tenganan, your tour continues with a drive through a verdant landscape dotted with rice paddies, coffee plantations and snake fruit groves en route to the Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden.
One of three such sites in East Bali, Tirta Gangga was one of the architectural ‘follies’ built by Amlapura’s water-loving king in 1947. Here, natural springs gush forth from animal statues, and fountains feed a series of beautiful pools. Acclaimed as a cultural site in Bali, the Water Palace and Gardens still belong to the royal family of Karangasem.
Following a photo stop at this idyllic place, your panoramic drive continues on with a visit to the Putung Viewpoint.
This 2,300-foot-high (701-metre) lookout point offers splendid vistas and photo opportunities; in clear weather, the majestic beauty of Mt. Agung can be seen.
Following refreshments at the Putung Viewpoint restaurant, re-board your van for the 1-hour return drive to the pier via through stunning landscapes of lush, green hillsides, serene valleys and rice terraces.
This tour involves driving on narrow roads that are bumpy in stretches, and walking at the Tirta Gangga Water Gardens. This tour operates in air-conditioned vans.
Bali's picturesque beauty is yours to discover during this relaxing visit to the Candi Beach Cottage.
Depart the pier for the 15-minute drive to Candi Beach passing by mountains and village markets. See the lush vegetation that includes papaya, jack fruit, cacao on either side of the road leading to the beach.
On arrival at the hotel, lovely girls in traditional dress will greet you with a welcome drink followed by an Indonesian lunch buffet. Then enjoy the use of the cottage swimming pool and other facilities during your stay. From the Cottage, you will see the ship, and off in the distance, see the neighbouring islands of Peneeda and Lembongan in the distance.
Following your visit, re-board your coach for the 15-minute return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. Those who utilise a wheelchair must be able to transfer from the chair to the coach. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. Towels will be available at the gangway area.
Explore Bali's essential highlights on this comprehensive sightseeing programme. Visit one of the oldest temples, watch a traditional dance performance and marvel at the natural beauty of the Island of the Gods.
After tendering ashore, begin this outing with a scenic drive of approximately 75 minutes to the village of Batuan, known for centuries as the centre of lore and legends.
Visit this colourful, 250-year-old Hindu temple and marvel at its stunning design and intricate ornaments, truly a photographer's delight.
Amazing Statues & Barong Dance
Proceed to the small village of Batubulan. Here, stone statues line the roadside in an impressive array. The village is also famous for its traditional Barong dance. Sit back and watch as the epic tale of the mythical Barong creature unfolds before your eyes.
Leaving Batubulan behind, continue driving toward Ubud and the Cahaya Dewata Hotel for a Balinese buffet lunch. The hotel enjoys a splendid location high above the winding Ayung River and overlooking terraced rice fields. After lunch, head next to Kemenuh village, renowned as a major woodcarving centre.
Here, observe the local craftsmen as they turn slabs of teak and ebony wood into beautiful statues. Time is afforded to allow you to browse and perhaps purchase some of the smaller items. The final highlight is undoubtedly a visit to Semarapura, once home to an illustrious dynasty.
Court of Justice
Evidence of Semarapura's glory days can be seen in its Court of Justice, part of the royal palace of Klungkung. Climb the stairs of the Hall of Justice to view the exquisite paintings covering the ceiling. The paintings depict punishment in hell, the rewards in heaven and other aspects of moralities. Not to be missed is the Floating Pavilion with its equally beautiful décor.
Leaving Semarapura village, a 40-minute drive takes you back to Padang Bai.
This tour involves extensive walking and some 20 steps at the Court of Justice. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and lightweight clothing. Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and your camera.
Explore Bali’s religious past and the verdant beauty of the island’s lush countryside during this temple tour, and a scenic visit to Bali’s Orchid Garden.
Depart Padang Bai for the drive to Mengwi. En route, a visit to a batik workshop offers a unique opportunity to admire the artistry and techniques involved in producing the famous batik cloth, a tradition that has been passed down for generations.
Next, proceed to the Royal Temple in Mengwi, once the centre of a powerful kingdom.
Pura Taman Ayun
This amazing, 17th-century temple complex served as the family temple of the Mengwi Dynasty, whose kingdom survived until the late-1800s. Mengwi’s main attraction, the temple is adorned with a wide moat, exquisite wooden shrines and beautifully carved gates.
Following your visit, your journey continues with a drive toward the Southwest Coast, and a stop for a buffet lunch at a restaurant overlooking the sea.
After lunch, a visit is made to Tanah Lot, Bali’s most photographed temple. The black lava towers of this sacred, 16th-century temple stand on a rocky outcrop 656 feet (200 meters) offshore. Although crossing to the temple is only possible during low tide, you can photograph it from the opposite shore.
Leaving Tanah Lot, a 45-minute drive brings you to the Bali Orchid Garden, located near Sanur.
Bali Orchid Garden
Opened in 1999, the Bali Orchid Garden provides a relaxing, tropical haven where you can stroll amidst a wide variety of exotic flowers and plants. However, the garden’s most noteworthy exhibit is its fabulous orchid collection.
Following this delightful visit, your scenic journey through Bali concludes with a 1.5-hour return drive to the pier in Padang Bai.
This tour involves extensive walking. Guests are advised to wear lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes, and bring a sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship.
Capture the essence of Balinese cooking during this memorable, hands-on cooking demonstration at Bali's Alila Manggis Resort & Spa.
Bali is known for its flavourful cuisine and attractive presentation. This outing offers a unique culinary and cultural experience led by the chef of the Alila Manggis Resort, a member of Design Hotels.
After tendering ashore, depart for a drive to a local market to browse colourful displays of vegetables, fruits and spices. Then continue on to Alila Manggis, a luxury seaside resort and spa.
Alila Manggis Cooking School
A warm welcome awaits your arrival at this secluded, stylish resort; one of Bali's best-kept secrets. At the resort's Cooking School, which is integrated with its award-winning Seasalt Restaurant and nestled amidst delightful outdoor surroundings, the hotel's chefs will share the true essence of Balinese cooking with you.
Fresh ingredients and local produce are the true taste of Bali. During your hands-on cooking class, you can learn about the different ingredients and preparation techniques involved in this style of cooking. You can also try your hand at the Balinese mortar and pestle, blend spices and discover how to create the delicate balance of curry, or 'bumbu'.
Following your cooking demonstration, a leisurely lunch will be served in the hotel's restaurant, which is situated in a traditional pavilion overlooking a lotus pond and the ocean.
After lunch, you can take a stroll through the beautiful grounds, relax by the pool or take a swim before departing for the brief return drive to the pier in Padang Bai.
This tour has limited participation. Bring a swimsuit and change of clothes if you wish to take a dip in the hotel pool after lunch.
Explore Bali’s pristine natural beauty from a unique perspective during this fun-filled safari adventure atop an elephant’s back.
Depart the pier for a scenic drive through the verdant countryside, and past the village areas of Karangasem and Bangli. After continuing through landscapes of lush greenery and rice fields, a refreshment stop will be made en route to the hills of Taro. The road then climbs and descends before arriving at what is thought to be the world’s best elephant park.
Elephant Safari Park
This beautiful park at Taro spans more than 5 acres (2 hectares) of exotic, landscaped botanical gardens that provide an ideal home for 27 rescued Sumatran elephants. Plant species as close as possible to those found in the elephants’ wild habitat are part of the landscaping. This provides lush foliage for the park and proper nutrition for its inhabitants.
Nothing can quite prepare you for this rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with these gentle giants at the Elephant Safari Park. Upon arrival, a guided walk along landscaped pathways will lead you to the starting point of your elephant ride.
From a raised platform and assisted by professional staff, you will climb into the wooden seats atop the elephant’s back (2 guests per elephant). Your 30-minute trek proceeds along a forested trail, with the last part through an immense pool; an enjoyable experience for elephants and riders alike.
Following your elephant-back ride, there will be time for photographs and an opportunity to observe these gentle giants from up-close before proceeding to the open-air restaurant for a buffet lunch.
After lunch, you can take a stroll through the garden on your way back to the exit. En route, a stop is made at the small museum featuring elephant memorabilia and the only mammoth skeleton in Southeast Asia.
Your tour concludes with a return drive to the pier in Padang Bai.
This tour is conducted via mini-van, and involves a 2-2.5-hour drive to/from the Safari Park on winding roads that can be bumpy at times. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight pants or shorts with comfortable walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship.
Discover the scenic beauty of Bali’s stunning volcanoes, terraced rice paddies, verdant valleys and historic temples from high above during this exclusive flight-seeing excursion, followed by lunch at the Four Seasons Resort.
Depart the pier in Padang Bai for the 1-hour drive to the Ngurah Rai Airport, and your awaiting helicopter. After your pre-flight briefing and boarding instructions, your helicopter takes off on an exhilarating experience.
Your flight proceeds along a southerly route, and passes over diverse landscapes en route to the famous Tanah Lot Temple on Bali’s West Coast. From here, your helicopter turns north toward the centre of the island and Mount Batur Volcano. The crater is a remnant of a huge explosion that occurred thousands of years ago, and the site of Lake Batur, Bali’s largest lake.
Heading in an easterly direction, the aircraft begins climbing to 11,000 feet (3,353 metres) to reach the crater of Mount Agung. In 1963, an eruption of this massive volcano caused the death of more than a million people, and the destruction of thousands of acres of farmland and forests.
Spectacular views and photo opportunities abound as your pilot circles the crater, then descends toward Besakih Temple. Bali’s biggest temple complex, the Besakih Temple is located at the foot of the mountain.
As your flight starts heading back, you might catch a distant glimpse of Mount Rinjaini on the neighbouring island of Lombok, and view the beaches of Sanur.
Upon arrival at Denpasar’s Domestic Air Terminal, your awaiting van will transfer you to the Four Seasons Hotel at Jimbaran Bay.
After lunch at PJ’s, the resort’s luxury restaurant, your exclusive flight-seeing excursion concludes with a 2-hour scenic drive back to Padang Bai.
This tour operates in a 4-seat Bell helicopter. The flight time is approximately 90 minutes. Participation is limited to 2 or 3 guests, depending on weight. This tour may be cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions
For those guests interested in touring independently while in Padang Bai, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for a full day’s discovery of the city and its surrounding areas at your leisure, in the comfort of your own private van. Enjoy the flexibility of creating your own itinerary in which to explore this fascinating region of Bali with friends and family, if you wish.
Your full-day outing includes an air-conditioned van with driver and an English-speaking guide. Participation is limited to 4-6 per van. Price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party need reserve this program.
This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in Padang Bai. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Please see the Tour Office on board to arrange your individual itinerary.