Located north of the luxury resort town of Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa is the water sports capital of Bali and is situated on a southern peninsula. A haven for adrenaline junkies, Tanjung Benoa is also home to unique Balinese shrines, Chinese temples, calm water, white sand and one of the first Balinese cooking schools. The tropical shores of Tanjung Benoa offer an exciting tourist alternative with an almost endless range of water activities including fishing tours, banana boat rides, jet skiing, parasailing, underwater ‘sea walks’, water jetpacks and ‘flying fish’.
Aside from all the action of water sports, some of the most popular Tanjung Benoa attractions include the beautiful Tanjung Benoa Beach, the Caow Eng Bio Chinese Temple, Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji Temple and the Bumbu Bali Cooking School. Tanjung Benoa Beach offers much calmer conditions than many of the other Bali beaches and while the northern beach is a hub for water sports, the southern end offers beautiful coconut palm-lined beach with clean white sand and is deal for strolling, sunbaking, swimming and snorkelling.
The bright red and intricate ornaments of Caow Eng Bio Chinese Temple are difficult to miss and no visit to Tanjung Benoa would be complete without checking it out. One of the oldest Chinese temples in Bali, it’s a wonderful cultural experience that contrasts beautifully against the boutique resorts, modern hotels and fast-paced water sports. Within walking distance you’ll also find Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji Temple, a stunning example of Balinese architectural grandeur. Featuring heavily decorated shrines, walls and towering white sandstone gates known as ‘kori’, the temple also boasts intricately carned wooden doors painted gold.
The Bumbu Bali Cooking School pioneered cooking classes on the island and is the perfect way for you to learn some skills and take the taste of Bali home with you. Taking you through the traditional morning markets, you’ll head back to the traditional Balinese kitchens to learn the techniques, flavours and secrets of Bali’s cuisine from an acclaimed cook book author and former chef of a 5 star resort. Discover unique Balinese utensils that you may not have seen before and dine on your own dish.