Who goes there: Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises
Cruisers like: With an extra day sometimes available here, guests may have time to take a day trip to the volcanoes and temples to the north of the island, via the artist-centre of Ubud. Alternatively, visit the capital, Denpasar, with its “Gold Street” and bustling four-storey market one day, then concentrate on the beaches and bars, cafes and restaurants at Kuta, or the high-end resorts (spa treatment, anyone?) of Nusa Dua. Around the port area, every kind of water sport is available, with good surfing off the east coast.
Don’t miss: Ubud’s town centre with its artists’ galleries and quirky cafes, the maze-like central market and across the road, a palace, which is still home to members of local royalty. Not far away is the Holy Spring temple and Monkey Park, and a wide range of coffees at a plantation in Gianyar.
Best for: All ages, romantic couples, surfers, shoppers, art-lovers.
Getting around: The cruise terminal port of Benoa is about 12 kilometres from Denpasar and around 10 kilometres from the international airport. There are many taxis outside the terminal and you can hire a car or van and driver for about US$65. Make sure your driver speaks some English.