Blogs from Benoa, Bali, Indonesia, Asia


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa May 16th 2018

We are now a week into our Bali experience And we continue to learn about the Balinese way of life. Everywhere we have traveled we have encountered numerous temples, ranging from small ones out front of each house to the larger ornate temples at places of worship. Entrances into most buildings are through the traditional “split gates”. Some are quite plain but others are extremely ornate and very beautiful. We had registered our trip with the Canadian Government before leaving and right after the bombings in Jakarta a few days ago, we received an “alert notice” from the Canadian Embassy advising us to stay out of Jakarta. Nice to know they are keeping tabs on us! That being said, we returned from a dinner out in the community last night about 9:00 and had just got ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa May 11th 2018

Our first day was set aside to rest and recover. We got up about 9 o’clock local time and got ready to go downstairs for breakfast. The restaurant was very “cruise ship like” in that there was a wide array of offerings already to go as well as a station where you could order omelettes with any number of fillings. There was a wide range of fruits, breads, rice dishes, sliced meats and cheeses, pastries (the chocolate croissants were especially tasty), juice, coffee, etc. There were lots of things that were traditional dishes as well but we decided to leave the experimentation until tomorrow. The restaurant was open to the outdoors and there was a good stiff breeze blowing this morning. The temperature was 30 degrees with clear blue skies. After breakfast we met with the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa April 28th 2016

BALI - 20th March Bali forms part of the Indonesian archipelago which lies between Australia and Singapore, it is one of the smallest islands measuring 93 miles east to west an 57 miles north to south. A Thousand years of Hindu influence has been mixed with various cultures to produce a glittering and sophisticated culture of its own. Landing at Padang Bay by tender took us passed the water sports playground with jetskis and parascending boats all jockeying for position. Bali is a favourite haunt for Australian tourists so the bay was full of people enjoying themselves. Known as the island of a 1000 temples, Bali may have ten times that number to service the dense population. There are more than 100 ethnic groups speaking more than 300 different languages but they all seem to live ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa May 7th 2015

I interrupt your travel blog browsing to announce I AM MARRIED! That’s right my hubby Matt and I tied the knot on May 1st at Hamilton in Brisbane, Australia. The wettest day recorded for Brisbane in over 20 years! We didn’t let the rain dampen our spirits and quite literally had the best day. Despite our friends and family telling us we were batsh*t CRAZY for it, we had about three hours sleep after the reception before getting up at 5am to board a flight to Bali. Our itinerary would take us south to Nusa Dua, central to Ubud, north-west to Pemuteran, east to Candi Dasa and across the Lombok Strait to Gili Menoisland. We honeymooners kicked off our relaxing two-week stay in the south at the beachside area of Nusa Dua, specifically at Novotel Benoa. ... read more
Novotel Benoa Lobby
Tanjung Benoa
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa October 1st 2014

We left early out of the narrow entrance the next morning and it had been 2 days since my repair to the engine to stop air getting in the fuel so I was getting confident the problem had been solved. As you might have guessed this was not the case. We had no wind all day, motoring over glassy water when the engine started making its familiar rev fluctuations until it conked out! I could bleed it and restart it but each time it would not last as long. We were aiming for a small flat coral island just off the NE coast Lombok and we were ahead of the other boats going the same way - but as our engine stopped repeatedly they overtook us. They were all anchored as we closed in on the ... read more
Luna Ray at NE lombok
Luna Ray passing north of Lombok Island
fishermen almost net us

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa January 13th 2013

Bali Way of Life tour at our 14 Night gems of Southeast Asia cruise on celebrity Millennium. We were tended into Benoa harbor, where the tour bus was waiting. First stop was at a silver smithy in Celuk - the silver smithy was not so interesting, but it was very interesting to see the property and how the rich houses are decorated. We continued to Bangli where we visited a Hindu temple - here they were getting ready for a big ceremony next weekand the temple was being dressed up for the celebrationwith plenty of decorating. Everybody entering the temple are required to wear a sarong . After the temple we drove to Penglipuran, where we visited a traditional Hindu village where we had free time to wander around the village. The local people were very ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa January 12th 2013

Tendering process in Benoa, Bali at the 14 night Gems of Southeast Asia cruise on Celebrity Millennium. Tendering time from the Millennium into Benoa harbor was approx. 40 mins and in order to get all the passengers ashore in a timely matter, Celebrity had made arrangements with local companies and 2 large boats were doing the tendering in addition to the Millennium lifeboat tenders. The local captains on the two large boats were not experienced with tendering and did have some problems getting alongside the Millennium. Also the sea was quite choppy. In the early afternoon we took a tender into Benoa - a trip of about 30 minutes - here we took a taxi to Kuta a seaside resort on the southeast coast - we walked around town a few hours and then at the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa November 12th 2012

Welcome to the world of Bali. Approximately 13 years ago I was very fortunate to visit this beautiful Island. Much has changed.......Starbucks at the Denpasar Airport, A&W, Kentucky Fried Chicken, paved roads, tons of vendors and 5star hotels dotted along the coast. What hasn't changed is the people, they are still a very gracious, hospitable and welcoming. Our group of 15 ladies are staying at the beautiful Grand Mirage Hotel in Benoa. The Badung Strait offers a gentle breeze, lots of sun and tons of walking vendors. The majority of the Balinese are Hindu, with a Muslim and Christian minority. The spirits are honoured almost everywhere with offerings made of flowers, incense, fruit and many other items. These offerings are found in Balinese public temples (pura), places of business, restaurants and on the streets. Thousands of ... read more
Pura Taman Ayun Temple
Pura Taman Ayun Temple
Tenah Lot Temple

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Benoa October 19th 2011

Our time in Bali has come to an end, but a lot of great experiences were had by all. Most of my free time was spent at the beach surfing and hanging out, or traveling around and seeing a bit of the island. Driving in Bali is pretty nuts--there are pretty much no rules at all. It's like the Dominican, but with 20 times more cars and scooters on the road. Just before we took off for the first time on the scooters, which I had never really driven before, the only bit of advice I got from my friend was 'If you see a cop trying to flag you down, just go around him and keep going, he's only trying to get money off you'. The traffic is dense, and headlights are optional, choosing a ... read more
Bali Marina
Earthquake Damage
They love the Sox out here regardless

Tot: 0.165s; Tpl: 0.006s; cc: 8; qc: 87; dbt: 0.0836s; 1; m:domysql w:travelblog (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.2mb