Bali, Indonesia - Far East Cruises

It is a vision of ethereal beauty, where ribbons of white unravel along an azure sea, emerald rice terraces and stone-carved temples pierce a jade landscape; and Hindu gods inspire the highest form of human creativity. Bali is a place of such physical, cultural and spiritual beauty; it can truly be called a paradise.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Bali Introduction

    Visit the artistic centres of Mas and Ubud and enjoy refreshments with a family of woodcarvers at Bali Budaya.

    Bali Introduction

    Travel to Klungkung Kertagosha, a building designed and built in 1710 by the best artisans in the country. The area contains a beautiful floating pavilion, Bale Kambang and the Royal Court of Justice, Kertagosa, with elaborate ceiling murals. Continue onto Gianyar, a town famous for Balinese hand-woven fabric.

    In Kemenuh, visit a family of skilled carvers who turn slabs of teak and ebony wood into masks, religious figures and intricate wall decorations. Before you leave, you will have the opportunity to browse in the large gallery where you may purchase the finished products as well as enjoying refreshments of tea or coffee, a sandwich and Balinese cakes.

    Finally, visit Ubud, an artists’ colony famous for its painters and artists’ studios, galleries and museums. You will also have the opportunity to visit Ubud Palace and Ubud Market in the centre of town.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    BLI_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Children's Village & Local Life

    Witness the good work of the SOS Children's Village Organisation, as well as stopping at a local home for refreshments

    Children's Village & Local Life

    Your scenic drive to Tabanan, will stop at the Royal Temple, Taman Ayun. The temple was constructed in the 17th century and is surrounded by ponds and features beautiful Balinese architecture.

    Tabanan is a district in the west of Bali which is famous for the huge production of rice. Drive onto Bantas Village, home to the SOS Children’s Village. Inaugurated in 1991, the village consists of 12 family houses, each being home to around 8 children. In charge of each house is a foster Mother who takes care of the children and is responsible for their education, health and psycho-social support until they become fully independent adults.

    Spend an hour at the village meeting the residents and helpers and learning of their lives and stories. On the return drive, stop at a local Balinese home to discover the daily activities and lives of local people as well as enjoying refreshments of coffee and traditional Balinese snacks.



    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot.There is approximately 1½ hours of moderate walking on this tour over some rough ground and steps; please wear flat comfortable shoes, a hat and sun block. This tour includes a donation of $25 per person in the costing for the Children's Village but if guests wish to give anything extra i.e. stationery, canned foods etc it will be welcomed, however we suggest that this is done directly to the SOS representative to ensure equal distribution. Please note that the order of visits may change in accordance with the co-ordinators at the village. Whilst photography is allowed, we ask that for any portraits, prior permission is obtained from the person.

    Tour code

    BLI_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Rural Bali & Mt Batur

    Meet local Balinese farmers; have luncheon overlooking a volcano and lake as well as a visit to a wood-carving studio.

    Rural Bali & Mt Batur

    A warm welcome awaits at a Balinese home, where Balinese Cakes will be served with coffee or tea. Walk through the local farms to experience the real life of Balinese farmers working in the rice fields, learning more about the simple and traditional irrigation system called Subak, the process of rice growing, from planting the seedlings, to harvesting and even cooking the rice.

    Next stop is Pura Kehen, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the ‘Kori Agung’ (stone capped gateway), there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as Bali was never home to its own elephants. Once inside the temple, there is a small compound which is guarded by a mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon), which has a magic stone inside it. Apparently the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided.

    Proceed onto Penglipuran Village where life has barely changed in over a century. Following this fascinating local insight, continue to Kintamani, where you can enjoy luncheon overlooking Mount Batur, an active volcano, and the picturesque Lake Batur, in the crater.

    In Kemenuh, visit a wood carving studio to discover skilled carvers who turn slabs of teak and ebony wood into masks, religious figures and intricate wall decorations. Take the opportunity to browse in the large gallery where there will be the opportunity to purchase the finished products.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over some rough ground.

    Tour code

    BLI_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Tenganan & Water Palace

    Visit the walled mountain village of Tenganan and enjoy refreshments with Balinese cakes at the Water Palace.

    Tenganan & Water Palace

    Visit Tenganan a walled mountain village, which is the ancestral home of the Bali Aga people and even today retains a pre-Hindu culture. The settlement features the most unusual layout on Bali, with two identical living compounds arranged in rows and streets that run the length of the village. It is here that you will find the unique Kamben Grinsing (flaming cloth), which the villagers believe protects its wearer from evil.

    Continue the journey through Bungaya village, with views of some of Bali’s most astonishing rice terraces. It is not uncommon to see farmers planting and harvesting their rice, the same way they gave done for thousands of years.

    An Indonesian buffet luncheon will be served at the Rama Candidasa Resort.

    The tour visits Taman Soekasada Ujung Water Palace, which was launched in 1912. The water palace was constructed by the late King of Karangasem, I Gusti Bagus Djelantik that reigned in Karangasem from 1909 until 1945. This water Palace was originally constructed in order to welcome and to serve important guests and Kings from neighboring countries, as well as for the pleasure of the King and his family. The palace was largely destroyed in WWII when the Japanese dismantled the iron bars to be used for weaponry production. Relax with tea, coffee and Balinese cakes at this interesting location.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour and some rough ground and a few steps at the Water Palace.

    Tour code

    BLI_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Scenic Bali

    Visit villagers in their community, see the Pura Kehen Temple and have luncheon overlooking the paddy fields.

    Scenic Bali

    Visit Klungkung Kertagosa, a building designed and built in 1710 by some of the best artisans in the country at that time. Also known as ‘Taman Gili’ (the Floating Garden), this is where the King of Klungkung dealt out harsh punishments to criminals of the day.

    Your tour continues on to Subak Guliang village, which presents an opportunity to meet with local Balinese farmers. After a warm welcome to a Balinese home, where a traditional breakfast will be served with Balinese coffee or tea, you’ll then explore the local farms to experience the real life of Balinese farmers.

    The next stop is the Pura Kehen Temple, which was constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the ‘Kori Agung’ (stone capped gateway), there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as elephants are not native to Bali.

    Pass through Selat and enjoy luncheon in a restaurant with magnificent views of the terraced rice fields, which have been in existence for thousands of years.

    Round off your tour with a stop at Tenganan - a walled mountain village where the Bali Aga live. These people are descendants of the original Balinese people, and are very proud to maintain their pre-Hindu culture.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking on this tour with steps at Pura Kehen Temple.

    Tour code

    BLI_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Sights & Sounds of Bali

    Experience the artistic side of Bali at the villages of Tiingan, Peliatan and Batuan with luncheon at Ubud.

    Sights & Sounds of Bali

    Visit the village of Tiingan, which is famous for the production of Balinese musical instruments such as the Gamelan. The Gamelan orchestra features a series of gongs that represent a sound which is very typical of Balinese music, and an important part of Balinese culture.

    Continue to the village of Batuan to visit the home of legendary dancer, Ni Ketut Cenik, a Balinese woman who was a living legend of Balinese dance. She sadly passed away in July 2010 and would normally greet all guests personally at her home. Instead, her son Jimat and family members will extend the same warm welcome. A local Balinese Gamelan orchestra will play their beautiful music and refreshments of coffee and tea will be served.

    Being the artistic capital of the island, no visit to Bali would be complete without seeing the work of local artists at Peliatan Village. Proceed to a local restaurant in Ubud, where you will dine on delicious Balinese cuisine whilst overlooking the rice fields close by.

    In Kemenuh, a visit to the Bali Budaya wood carving studio is the perfect place to find skilled carvers turning slabs of teak and ebony wood into masks, religious figures and intricate wall decorations. Before departing, take the opportunity to browse in the large gallery where you may purchase the finished products.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour over mostly paved surfaces with some rough ground at Tiingan Village.

    Tour code

    BLI_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7½ hours

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