Bali (Benoa), Indonesia
Immerse yourself in the rich and colorful culture of this bewitching island. Enjoy the scent of blossoms on the soft morning breeze, and notice the exquisite daily offerings of flowers and tropical fruits everywhere. Listen for the strains of the gamelan in the background, and keep your eyes open for the endless processions en route to myriad temple ceremonies. Unlike most Indonesians, the people here are predominantly Hindu. Volcanoes cluster in the center of the island. The tallest is Mount Agung, Bali’s spiritual center and the location of its most important temple, Besakih. But the most dramatic temple is Ula Watu, perched atop sheer cliffs dropping straight down into the surf. The views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Bali is one of the world’s most artistic cultures, with individual villages famous for specific crafts and dance performances, with Ubud as the cultural core. Bali is also a place for relaxation and contemplation. There are scenic views for yoga and meditation and day spas providing Balinese massage. And every evening at dusk up to 20,000 large herons fly into the trees in the village of Petulu, to find their perches and settle in for the night.
This was a wonderful experience thanks largely to the size of the ship and the wonderful staff – they made it memorable. Mr & Mrs Patrick BoyleJohannesburg, South Africa
I hate Commercial Cruises. So I reluctantly signed up for a SeaDream, and after a week on the boat, I could not think of one thing that was not done to perfection. The food was great, the staff was spectacular, and having only 50 couples made this a private yacht cruise. I have signed up for my second cruise, and probably will only Yacht with SeaDream in my future. Pat McGroganFernandina Beach, Florida
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