Tanjung Benoa cruise port is the main port on Bali Island, Indonesia. It is located close to popular places like Nusa Dua, Sanur, Kuta, Denpasar.
Denpasar airport is only 12 km (7,5 ml) away from the cruise port and there are a lot of good hotels in the area. Bali is a great resort vacation destination with a huge variety of city tours and shore excursions. The cruise ship schedule offers attractive voyages. The most attractive cruises in the itinerary are during the Nyepi Day (the Silent Day corresponding to the New Year in Bali) in March.
In 2017 started construction works of Benoa's new cruise terminal (read more in the "terminal" section below). The decision for the port development project was based on the booming East Asia-Australia travel market, with over 3 million cruise ship tourists booked in 2017. Of those, due to lack of modern and big-capacity facilities, Indonesia received only around 200,000 foreign tourists.
With the new Benoa cruise terminal, Indonesia hopes to increase its cruise ship tourism capacity up to 0,5 million passengers by the year 2019. Apart from Port Benoa, Indonesia also started developing the Makassar ports Belawan, Tanjung Priok, Tanjung Perak, and Soekarno-Hatta.
In December 2017, Genting's new luxury brand Dream Cruises added the Indonesian ports Surabaya (Java) and Celukan Bawang (Bali) to the Genting Dream ship's regularly scheduled 7-night roundtrip Singapore itinerary program.
In March 2018, the state-owned port operator company Pelindo 3 contracted the Holland-based company Van Oord (specializing in dredging, marine engineering, offshore projects) to carry out dredging works in Port Benoa. By deepening the port's access channel and turning basin, port access will be improved, allowing bigger vessels to enter and berth safely. For the dredging works, Van Oord deployed a large cutter suction dredger (equipped with a rotating cutter head) to dredge a total of 5 million m3 of seabed material.
Benoa cruise terminal
Benoa Cruise Terminal (BCT) hosts passenger ships of all sizes. There is a good anchor holding in the sea bed. Among the cruise lines with ships docking at the main cruise ship terminal are Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, P&O Australia, Cunard, Costa. Legend of the Seas (Marella Discovery 2) was the first large vessel to dock at Benoa Cruise Terminal.
- Tanjung Benoa port is accessed by 2-miles long channel and has two berths.
- The East Berth is the main one. In front of it, there is a modern cruise terminal building with a lot of facilities. Its length is 290 m the depth is -11 m 00 LWS.
- Tanah Ampo International Port (just like Benoa Port) is located in the Bali Island's southern part. Another port is called Celukan Bawang Port - in the island's northern part.
The South Berth is an alternative one. It has a -7 m 00 LWS depth and it is 206 m long. At the Bali Cruise Port Terminal, the passengers can sense the authentic atmosphere because of the Balinese culture and art demonstrations. There are sculptures, paintings, batik paintings, and woodcarvings.
As a part of the Master Plan, the Bali Cruise Terminal is constantly upgraded.
(new) Benoa-Bali Cruise Ship Terminal
On August 1, 2017, Benoa Port Authority announced plans for building a new cruise terminal facility. Construction works started in September 2017, with scheduled completion in December 2018. The project was assigned to the state-owned port management company PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (aka Pelindo 3) specializing in port terminal operator services.
The new cruise port terminal has the capacity to handle even the world's largest passenger vessels (with capacity up to 5000 passengers plus 1500 crew). Apart from the new passenger terminal, there are plans for the development of Celukan Bawang Port (northern Bali). This project was scheduled for the period of December 2017 - March 2018. After its completion, the cruise port's capacity was increased to 7 cruise liners berthing simultaneously, each ship with capacity up to 1000 passengers. Celukan Bawang Port provides easy access for tourists-serving vehicles.
At the new Benoa-Bali terminal, cruise vessel docking fees were reduced by 50%. The Benoa Master Plan (port development project) also included dredging to max draft 12 m (40 ft) and enlarging the berth to 200 m (656 ft).
Benoa tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Bali is a large island and a famous Indonesian resort. This place is amazing with its sunny beaches, beautiful tropical forests, and volcanic mountains. It offers terraced rice fields and thousands of great temples. The Bali Cruise Terminal is located close to famous attractions and places for fun activities like water sport or haggling for bargains. Bali has survived two bombing accidents and has revived in an amazing place for a great vacation. The tour operators offer interesting activities like surfing, playing golf, workshops attending and watching Balinese dance performances in the evenings. Also, you can visit interesting places like:
- Kuta Beach: Bali’s most developed and most popular beach. You can see a memorial to the 2002 bombing victims. There are a lot of surf shops, cafes (including Hard Rock Cafe) and several not so big shopping malls.
- Ubud: Bali’s cultural center. Take a tour at museums and temples, you can also visit a monkey sanctuary.
- Sanur: resort town near the beach.
- Denpasar: Bali’s capital, the biggest city on the island. Good for shopping and temples’ tour.
- Nusa Dua (Tanjung Benoa): resort area with a public beach located at Geger. The area is across the harbor from Bali Cruise Port.
- Seminyak: located north from Kuta, a high-class resort with SPA and boutiques.
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