View of the Nusa Dua Beach on a sunny day in Bali, Indonesia
The beaches at Nusa Dua are known for being some of Bali's cleanest and most beautiful, as well as its least crowded. Relax in the white sands at Pantai Geger — the water temperatures here are among Bali's warmest. Then, take the boat out to Turtle Island, where you can see the area's cutest aquatic animals in a protected conservation area.
Uluwatu Temple Pura Luhur in Bali, Indonesia
You don't need to be religious to feel divine upon arriving at Uluwatu Temple, a famous oceanside Hindu shrine that's only a short drive from Benoa. Gawk at the scenic views you enjoy from the top, or make friends with the mischievous monkeys who call the temple grounds home.
Speaking of Balinese heritage, stopping in Benoa also puts you in easy reach of the Pasifika Museum with your Bali cruise. Here, you can discover artwork both from renowned local Balinese artists and notable European immigrants, as well as historical artifacts from the greater South Pacific region.
Hindu Bali is notable as the only island of an otherwise Muslim Indonesia. That means that pork is served, and Babi Guling — whole roasted pig, Balinese-style — is the traditional preparation. But other great eats aren't far away, either. Try satay, grilled meat skewered and served with an accompanying sauce: Seafood versions like prawns are popular here. Vegetarians can enjoy tofu dishes or sayur mesanten, veggies braised in coconut milk.
Benoa doesn't have a central shopping area, so you'll need to visit the gift shops of local hotels for the best souvenir shopping. Popular choices include Melia Bali and the Goodway Hotel, where you can buy colorful Batik fabric or traditional Balinese incense during your Bali cruise.
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