When cruising to Bali, we dock in Benoa, a community dedicated to the cruise terminal and looking very much like the fishing village it is. We have sailed into Benoa and watched fishermen, only yards from the ship, pulling in their catch.
Cruise ships are always greeted with music and traditional dance. Outside the terminal taxis are available as well as drivers offering their guide services for the entire day for amazingly affordable prices. There are several interesting areas to visit. Nusa Dua is the resort area with fabulous hotels, restaurants, and beaches. Denpasar is the capital city of Bali and is the main market area. Mas is the district of woodcarvers. Batubulan is known for its stone crafters and sculptors. Tohpati is the hub of Batik weaving. Ubud is the artistic cultural center.
On this visit, we joined another couple, hired a car and driver and drove to both a batik factory and a wood carving gallery before visiting the main attraction, Tirta Empul Temple (aka Tirtha Empul). This temple was founded in 962 A.D. around a large water spring. The spring is the source of the Parkerison River. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god. Tirta Empul is famous for its holy spring water. This is where Balinese Hindus come for ritual purification. The temple pond is fed by the spring. After our Temple visit, we visited the Rice Terraces of Ubud where we enjoyed a typical Balinese lunch before returning to the ship. It was a lovely day.