Benoa Harbour is Bali’s main port and can be easily seen as you are coming into the airport. The difference in tides means some days you see enormous cruise ships docked in the bay, and sometimes you see fishermen waist deep in water almost a kilometre off the shore!
Bali Hai actually regularly charters it’s vessels for tender service / crew transfer services for prestigious, world-renowned cruise companies arriving in Bali via Benoa harbour such as Royal Caribbean cruises, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruises.
Benoa is a commercial harbour with small fishing jukungs sitting alongside cruise boats, flat bottomed barges, and the beautiful old timber fishing boats that would go out for days at a time.
It always looks like a boat carpark and sometimes the boats are so closely ‘parked’ you could simply step from one to the other.