Bali Cruises via Benoa

Sculpted Rice Paddies
Ubud: Bali’s Cultural Heartland
The Bali Safari and Marine Park

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Denpasar, the vibrant capital of Bali overlooks beautiful Benoa harbour. This MSC World Cruise destination is known for its tropical beaches, picturesque rice paddy fields, and majestic temples. Immerse yourself in Indonesia’s colourful heritage with a visit to the Ubud cultural centre, or honour your wild side by interacting with an array of animals on an adventurous Balinese safari.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:

• Sculpted Rice Paddies
• Ubud: Bali’s Cultural Heartland
• The Bali Safari and Marine Park

The island of Bali is renowned for its unspoilt coastline and heavenly hinterland marked by emerald green rice field terraces. On an MSC Cruises excursion you’ll venture through the rolling Indonesian countryside to the picturesque village of Baha. Take in breathtaking views as you ascend to Bedugul mountain village to visit the Shaivite Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple on the enchanting shores of Lake Bratan. Then, enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant overlooking a backdrop of glorious rice paddies.

Located in the heart of Bali, the town of Ubud has established itself as a key cultural, artistic, and holistic centre. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll tour this significant Indonesian settlement which is surrounded by terraced rice paddies, ancient Hindu sites, and lush vegetation. Later, wander among charming shops and stalls at the local market, where you’ll appreciate Bali’s outstanding artisan craftsmanship. On the fringes of Ubud, visit the hidden sanctuary of the Sacred Monkey Forest, home to hordes of playful long-tail macaques!

One of Bali’s most popular attractions, the Bali Safari and Marine Park, is a family-friendly wildlife habitat boasting over 100 different species. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to see Komodo dragons, orangutans, tigers, zebras, lions, Balinese starlings, and other fascinating species. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll move through the conservation centre where you’ll enjoy a number of informative shows. Marvel at the incredible beauty of a collection of rare animals obtained from all over the world.

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    A vast archipelago
    A vast archipelago

    The Indonesian archipelago spreads over 5200km between the Asian mainland and Australia, all of it within the tropics, and comprises 17,000 islands to explore. Its ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is correspondingly great – more than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 250 million people, whose fascinating customs and lifestyles are a major attraction.
    A cruise to Indonesia features highlights across the archipelago, beginning in Medan on Sumatra’s north-east coast. From here, the classic itinerary runs to the thick jungles and orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang and down towards the lakeside resorts on Pulau Samosir in South-east Asia’s largest lake, Danau Toba. Just across the water from Java sits Bali, the long-time jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism, a tiny island of elegant temples, verdant landscape and fine surf.
    The biggest resorts are in the party conurbation of Kuta-Legian-Seminyak, with the more subdued beaches at Lovina and Candi Dasa appealing to travellers not hell-bent on nightlife. Most cruisers also spend time in Bali’s cultural centre Ubud, whose lifeblood continues to be painting, carving, dancing and music-making.
    The islands east of Bali – collectively known as Nusa Tenggara – are attracting increasing numbers of travellers, particularly neighbouring Lombok, with its beautiful beaches and temples.