5 Best Things to Do in Tanjung Benoa

What is Tanjung Benoa Most Famous For?

Tanjung Benoa is a small peninsula in the south of Bali that’s famous for its many water sports, which continuously draw adrenaline junkies to its tropical shores. Located just north of the 5-star resort enclave of Nusa Dua, the combination of white sand and calm seas make it a great alternative tourism destination, where you can enjoy the thrills of jet skis, fishing tours, parasailing and banana boat rides – and that’s just for starters.

Apart from the endless action to be had, Tanjung Benoa is also home to cultural attractions like one of the island’s leading Balinese cooking schools and some especially interesting temples. Look out for shrines made of coral, as well as one of the island’s oldest Chinese temples.

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    The main beaches of Tanjung Benoa are found along its 3 km eastern coastline, easily accessible from the Nusa Dua hub. A single road – Jalan Pratama – runs parallel with the coast, connecting the collection of beachfront resorts, restaurants, art shops and water sports operators.

    The waves here are generally much calmer when compared to Bali’s other beaches, including neighbouring Nusa Dua. Beaches nearer to the north of the peninsula are dominated by water sports, while those to the south are great for swimming and snorkelling. The clean, white sand here is ideal for strolling or sunbathing. Read More...

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    Tanjung Benoa is home to Bali’s main water sports playground. It’s the place to go to zip across the waves on a jet ski or hover high up in the air for a bird’s-eye view of the peninsula from a speedboat-towed parasail. Jet ski rides usually have an instructor riding on the back while you take the controls, and they last about 15 to 20 minutes of fun and splashing thrills.

    You can also take a ride on banana boats and flying fish, neither of which is for the faint of heart. The latter glides 2-5 metres up in the air as it gains speed! Water jetpacks are also available letting you soar above the sea like Iron Man. Underwater adventures include scuba diving, sea-walking adventures, underwater scooters, which let everyone enjoy the lush coral gardens. Most of the operators are found along the northern coastline. Read More...

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    Caow Eng Bio is one of Bali’s oldest Chinese temples. It’s certainly worth a visit for the culturally inclined, especially as it serves as a contrasting highlight against the modern hotels, boutique resorts and the buzzing water sports action of the coast. The Chinese temple, built by Chinese merchants and early immigrants of a bygone era, is also said to predate some of the Balinese Hindu temples along the peninsula.

    The temple is hard to miss, with its bright red walls, roof tiles and intricate Chinese-Buddhist ornaments and figures. It’s located right on Jalan Segara Ening, in the northernmost area of the peninsula. Through an ornate wooden door, the central pavilion filled with statues of Chinese deities is only for those praying. It has a cooking area and a small room for the ‘god of kitchens’ on the right side of the compound, as well as another pavilion on the right side functioning as a public hall. Open every day, the best time to visit is around the Lunar New Year, usually between February and April each year. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 9pm
    • Location: Jalan Segara Ening No.14, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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    Bumbu Bali is a pioneering Balinese cooking class that also takes you to the traditional morning markets of Bali and show you the many fresh ingredients that make up Balinese cuisine. Having haggled for the necessary ingredients, you head back to the kitchens in Tanjung Benoa to turn them into great dishes. But before picking up any cooking utensils, you enjoy a satisfying breakfast of Balinese cakes, fresh fruits, black rice pudding and a bowl of tender sweet rice flour dumplings in palm sugar coconut sauce.

    The kitchen is built to closely resemble a traditional Balinese one, complete with unique utensils that you might never have seen or handled before. You don the black and white aprons and learn the many secrets, flavours and techniques from Heinz von Holzen, author of several highly acclaimed cookbooks and former chef of a 5-star resort in Nusa Dua. The joy of lunching away on your own Balinese dishes is unparalleled. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am to 2pm
    • Location: Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali 80361, Indonesia
    • Tel: +62 (0)361 772299
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    Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji Temple

    Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji Temple

    Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji consists of 2 temples – Pura Dalem Ning and Pura Taman Beji. The first used to belong to the royal family of Pemecutan while the second is where people come to cleanse their pretimas (Bali's statuettes of each deity, made of sandalwood). Details to look out for include the 3 majestic gates of white sandstone around gold-painted doors. Taman Beji’s shrine is made of cut coral stones and is also worth a look

    Buddhists are allowed to come and pray in the Hindu Pura Dalem Ning, as agreed between ancestors from both religions. While the temples are only open for special holidays, there are at least 12 of them a year. Some ceremonies last for 24 hours while the bigger ones last for at least three days.

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