Tanjung Benoa is pretty much like the other beach side destinations in Bali. This used to be a fishing village and an old dock. Development of the peninsula has been very significant and most of the shore-side properties have now become resorts, hotels, and water sports operators. Read on to discover the best ways to spend your time in this Indonesian paradise.
1. Tanjung Benoa Beach
Tanjung Benoa Beach is located in the north of the Nusa Dua enclave of resorts, which is the area where a more affordable neighborhood is located close to the gated property that houses some of the biggest names in the resort business.
Tanjung Benoa is nowhere near as clean as Nusa Dua, but it is also not as crowded or rowdy like Kuta. The area is more mature and family-friendly - you will find a lot of surfers tend to steer clear of Tanjung Benoa’s sedate waves, thus leaving the waters clear for kayaks, jetskis, parasailers, and banana boats.
Tanjung Benoa Beach
Address: Tanjung Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
2. Caow Eng Bio Chinese Temple
This temple really stands out because of its bright red color and also some wonderful carved wood and stone. The temple itself is limited in terms of access, as it’s for the Buddhists to pray. However, it is fairly open and you can see the intricate details of the design. There is a beautiful dragon boat sculpture beneath a beautifully carved pagoda, which seems to watch over the temple. It is located at the tip of Tanjung Benoa.
Caow Eng Bio Chinese Temple
Address: Jln Tanjung Sari, Kuta, Badung, Sanur Kauh, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80115, Indonesia
3. Pura Dalem Ning lan Taman Beji Temple
Tanjung Benoa has a few local Balinese temples that have a significant presence - large towering gates and heavily decorated walls and shrines. Most of them are part of the village community’s functioning temples, but they are also good examples of Balinese architecture if you haven’t had a chance to travel elsewhere in the island.
One such temple displaying Balinese architectural grandeur is the Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji, which is within walking distance to the Caow Eng Bio Chinese Temple. This makes it a great stopover to enjoy two landmarks in a single trip. This temple’s façade comprises of three majestic temple gates made up of white sandstone called ‘kori’, each gate framing ornately carved wooden doors that are painted in gold. The temples are mostly only open during religious ceremonies and rituals, but friendly locals who frequent them with daily offerings will be happy to explain their temple’s culture and history.
Pura Dalem Ning lan Taman Beji Temple
Address: Tanjung Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
4. Bali Turtle Conservatory
Wish to interact with the animals and also help in a small way to preserve the future of the turtles? Visit the Bali Turtle Conservatory in Tanjung Benoa. It can seem a bit commercial but nonetheless, makes for a visit. You might need to pay approximately USD 60 per head as entry fee. The conservatory is open everyday from 8 am until 5 pm - do check the timings before planning your trip.
Bali Turtle Conservatory
Address: Jl. Tukad Punggawa, Serangan, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80229, Indonesia
Website: Turtle Conservatory
5. Benoa Harbour
The main port of Bali island is at the entrance of Benoa Bay, also referred to as Teluk Benoa. Benoa Harbour is on the northern side of the bay – a square of docks and port buildings on reclaimed land. It is linked to mainland Bali by a 2 km (1.2 mi) causeway which is now also part of the Bali Mandara Toll Rd. It’s referred to as Benoa port or Benoa Harbour to distinguish it from Benoa village, on the southern side of the bay.
Benoa Harbour is the port for some tourist day-trip boats to Nusa Lembongan and for Pelni ships to other parts of Indonesia.
Address: Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
6. Tanjung Benoa Water Sports
Are you are looking to try water sports at Tanjung Benoa? You can enjoy activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, seawalking and flying fishing here in Tanjung Benoa. Tanjung Benoa Water Sports is the perfect water sports center in Bali because the waves in Tanjung Benoa Beach are calmer and safer for water sports activities. This is entirely different from that at Kuta Beach, which has big waves and is suitable for surfing. Tanjung Benoa Water Sports is a good website where you can get a list of packages at affordable costs.
Tanjung Benoa Water Sports
Address: Jalan Gunung Agung No.4, Klungkung, Bali 80716, Indonesia
Website: Tanjung Benoa Water Sports
7. Cooking lessons
Bumbu Bali is a lovely school where you can learn how to cook local Indonesian delicacies. Classes start with an early morning visit to the local vegetable and fish market where many of the ingredients are purchased for the day’s program. This includes spices, meat, chicken, cakes and the freshest available seafood. Learn how to choose the freshest of fish, vegetables and how to use spices in your food.
Cooking School - Bumbu Bali
Address: Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, P.O. Box 132, Nusa Dua 80363, Bali, Indonesia
Website: Bumbu Bali
8. Have a spa treatment
The Biwana Spa at Grand Aston in Tanjung Benoa offers some really wonderful treatment options for everyone. Refer their website for more information. This service is open for hotel guests as well as others not staying on site.
Address: JL. Pratama No. 68X, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua 80363, Bali, Indonesia
Website: Biwana Spa
Experience a real vacay in Tanjung Benoa
Complete with water sport activities, temples, and turtles, what more can we ask from a holiday? Enjoy your stay in Tanjung Benoa!
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