Bali Hai Cruises is a boating company well known for their concern on environment issues. They have a choice of 3 cruises. The Lembongan Island Reef Cruise moors the luxury catamaran alongside a pontoon in Lembongan Bay. You can view the coral reefs and marine life on semi submersible and glass bottom boats, or by snorkeling and diving. There’s unlimited banana boats rides and a cultural tour of the island. A luncheon buffet is served on board. Their Lembongan Island Beach Club cruise takes you to Lembongan Island where you can enjoy their private Beach Club.
Bali Hai cruises also have a sunset dinner cruise around Benoa Harbour with buffet dinner, live Batakos Singers and a disco.
Beluga Marina in Tanjung Benoa have cruises to the island of Nusa Penida abroad the Quicksilver catamaran. Mooring alongside a pontoon for the day you can go over to the island to visit the village of Bodang or explore the waters through diving and snorkeling.
Beluga also have sunset cruises dolphin spotting cruise and submarine safaris. Island Explorer Cruises also have day cruises to Lembongan by yacht or power boat and can also arrange an overnight stay on the island if required.
Rasa Yachts also sail to Lembongan for day cruises or can help you make your own itinerary to explore Bali and beyond.
Wakalouka Cruise’s luxury 23 metre catamaran takes limited numbers of guests to their Wakalouka resort on Lembongan island. Spend the day at the resort, swimming, snorkeling or relaxing. Wakalouka also offer special packages called the “Wakalouka Experience” – three or six day packages, combining sailing and diving trips to Wakalouka’s island and mountain resorts.
Climb aboard the Simone Ill if you’d like to try your hand at game fishing. A state of the art Blackwatch game fishing vessel, the vessel is also available for private charters for surf diving tours or extended fishing trips. A wide variety of fish can be caught in the waters within a range of one hour from Bali. Tuna, wahoo, mackerel, marlin, mai-mai, snapper, cod and coral trout are all possiblilities depending on sea condition. Buffet lunch and refreshments are provided on board.
If you want to go to Lombok by sea you can travel with the Mabua Express, a jet powered sea shuttle. The trip takes two and half hours and refreshments are served on board. Aloha Sailing Tours offer a totally different sailing experience on their fleet of hobby cats.
Spice Island Cruises
For extended cruising, Spice Island Cruises offer 3 & 4 day cruises aboard the Bali Sea Dancer. You can explore the islands to the east of Bali where many different ethnic tribes maintain a unique lifestyle through music, dance, religion, indigenous craft traditions and ancient languages. The three day cruise travels to Sumbawa and Komodo Islands. Badas (Sumbawa besar) is the ancient capital of West Sumbawa and in the 14th century was famous for it’s trade in horses, sandalwood and timber. You will have the chance to visit the Sultan’s palace and Pamulang village where buffalo races and cultural dances will be performed. Komodo Island is home to the largest prehistoric lizard – the Komodo dragon, and is part of the Komodo National Park.
The Sea Trek
The Sea Trek company offers extended sea voyages from 8-18 days aboard Buginese schooners (pinisi). Taking in such destinations as the lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, Irian Jaya and Sulawesi, Sea Trek emphasizes that these destinations are hardly visited by tourists and Sea Trek’s way of travelling does not disrupt the local infrastructure or local traditions, as many tourist developments have in Indonesia.