Paul Gauguin Cruises has been offering a specific single destination focus to the South Pacific longer than any luxury cruise ship in history. So it only makes sense to choose the luxury cruise liner built specifically for sailing the idyllic waters of French Polynesia, Bali and the South Pacific. Aside from technically advanced ships, the crew and expedition leaders have in-depth knowledge into these award-winning itineraries that they can not wait to share. To get you even more excited about the island paradise, here are just a few examples of what Paul Gauguin Cruises has lined up in Bali.
Royal Temple & Tanah Lot
This half-day excursion is an excellent way to discover Bali’s intriguing world of temples, along with traditional arts and crafts. Stop at a popular batik workshop, a lovely Balinese tradition which has been passed down for generations. Proceed to the magnificent Royal Temple, in the town of Mengwi, which was once the center of a powerful kingdom. This amazing temple complex includes a wide moat, exquisite wooden shrines, and beautifully carved gates, making it one of the area’s main attractions. Then, enjoy a leisurely drive to the final stop, Tanah Lot, Bali’s most photographed temple. Known as the “Sunset Temple,” the impressive black lava towers of this sacred 16th-century temple are dramatically situated on a rocky outcrop that extends 656 feet offshore.
Spend the day discovering the fascinating and vibrant culture of Bali. Begin your journey with a scenic drive to Tohpati Village for a demonstration of Batik cloth processing, followed by Batu Bulan Village for a look into the famous Barong Dance. This popular Indonesian dance demonstrates the struggle between good and evil and is a classic example of the Balinese way of acting out mythology. Continue to a traditional Balinese house for an up-close look into Balinese life. Your journey concludes at the Bird Park, a stunning five acres of botanical landscape showcasing the most extensive collection of Indonesian birds in the world, as well as many varieties from Africa and South America.
Balinese Arts & Crafts
Delve into Balinese arts and crafts by exploring different villages, each producing unique and traditional crafts. From the magical Barong Dance at Batu Bulan Village to admiring fine art of woodcarving at Kemenuh Village, this excursion explores the multifaceted worlds of Indonesian culture. Continue to Celuk Village, home of silver and gold jewelers, before your last stop Tohpati Village, where you will visit Bali’s Batik Wand Weaving Center.
Denpasar Highlights departs from the current capital of Bali Province, Denpasar City. Venture on to observe Bajra Sandhi, a monument to the one-time struggle of the Balinese people. Named after Bajra, the bell is used by all Hindu Priests when reading mantras at religious ceremonies. Next, visit a traditional local market before seeing the Bali Museum, strategically located in the heart of town. Finally, on the north side of the island, visit the glorious temple of Jagatnatha temple, a Hindu Kahyangan Temple.