As cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Watch a destination video.
Padang Bay (often spelt Padangbai). Padangbai is lively harbor used as a starting point for ferries and was where the first Dutch fleet found shelter. The beach-fringed village is a veritable melting-pot of Indonesia's myriad cultures and races and of seafarers who came to trade and stayed.
Padang bay offers some of the best diving in Bali. Shark are seen on almost every dive, ocean sunfish are regularly spotted, fish life is exceptionally rich, the coral is healthy and the water is crystal clear. Padang Bay dive sites have strong currents and swell coming from Lombok Strait, creating unpredictable water movements. This is place to both careful and respectful.
Negotiate a taxi/van for the day (small van only about US$50) There'll be plenty of taxis/vans at the jetty, they know when a cruise ship is due. Drivers are well-used to catering for cruise ships, they can suggest an itinerary, & they know the importance of back-on-board time. As usual, agree a price before you get in, pay on return.
- for arts & crafts (the Balinese are a very talented race), the Ubud region - super monkey sanctuary with tourist shopping street adjacent, & various nearby craft villages each specialising in stone carving, wood carving , jewellery, painting, etc
- for scenery, Kintamani volcano/Lake Batur.
On the way back down, be sure to stop off for lunch at the terrace buffet restaurant overlooking paddyfields. Super spread, silly-cheap. And feed their pet bats, hanging at the front door .
In Indonesia eating with your hand (instead of utensils like forks and spoons) is very common. The basic idea is to use four fingers to pack a little ball of rice, which can then be dipped into sauces before you pop it in your mouth by pushing it with your thumb. There's one basic rule of etiquette to observe: Use only your right hand, as the left hand is used to clean yourself in the bathroom. Don't stick either hand into communal serving dishes: instead, use the left hand to serve yourself with utensils and then dig in. Needless to say, it's wise to wash your hands well before and after eating. Eating by hand is frowned on in some "classier" places. If you are provided with cutlery and nobody else around you seems to be doing it, then take the hint.
ATMs are common in any major cities in Indonesia.
Be careful when using credit cards, as cloning and fraud are a major problem in Indonesia. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express can be problematic. At smaller operations, surcharges of 2-5% over cash are common.
The sole official language is Indonesian, known as Bahasa Indonesia.
Internet: Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp 5,000 per hour. In large cities, there are free hotspots in certain shopping malls, McDonald restaurants and Starbucks cafes. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby.
mobile phones emergency number: 112
December/January Idul Fitri, the celebration of the end of Ramadan.
January 1 New Year's Day ( Tahun Baru).
March/April Nyepi, Balinese saka New Year.
March/April Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
May Idul Adha (Hajh), Muslim Day of Sacrifice.
May Waisak Day, anniversary of the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha.
May/June Ascension Day.
June/July Muharam, Muslim New Year.
July/August Maulud Nabi Muhammad, the anniversary of the birth of Mohammed.
August 17 Independence Day ( Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan) celebrates the proclamation of Indonesian Independence in 1945 by Dr Sukarno.
December Ascension Day of Mohammed.
December 25 Christmas Day.
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