Bali Hai Sunset Cruise – A Mesmerising Evening
Bali Hai Sunset Cruise is the best way to enjoy a romantic tropical evening in Bali. The cruise combines a magical experience of cruising on the magnificent coastline of Bali and watching one of the most spectacular sunsets of your life. This is followed by a sumptuous buffet dinner, live music and entertaining performances. The cruise goes way beyond being just a romantic night. It creates some of the most memorable moments and unforgettable memories for life.
We were picked up from our hotel Ayodhya and arrived at the Benoa Harbour, Denpasar, where an impressive luxury catamaran Bali Hai II awaited us. We were warmly welcomed by the friendly crew members with a frangipani flower garland. Before boarding the cruise, we got an opportunity to get clicked with the catamaran and the traditionally dressed dancers. We liked the photograph they clicked and bought it as souvenir. They also clicked a number of photographs for us with our camera.
As the cruise started moving, we enjoyed the cool breeze brushing through our hair and the view of the majestic Benoa Harbour while sipping on our welcome drink and nibbling the canapés onboard. There was a live band singing pleasant songs and playing mellow music on the open-air upper deck.
The magic began as the sun started going down casting an incandescent glow over the shimmering sea waters. The dancing clouds in the sky and the florescent orange glow of the sun created an ethereal ambience. This was one of the most hypnotic sunsets I witnessed in my life.
The changing colours of the sky from the shades of blue to the the shades of orange, red and purple with a spectacular sunset at the backdrops was a perfect fairy tale moment. We wondered at the magnificence and the mysterious art of Mother Nature.
After witnessing the hues of romance and clicking some of the most memorable pictures, we headed from the open deck to the main deck that resembled a large dining room. We occupied corner seats near the window to get some more enthralling views of the intoxicating evening and paired it up with some heady cocktails. Non-alcoholic drinks are free onboard, however, you need to pay for the cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.
The buffet dinner included a wide variety of delicious Indonesian and International cuisines. Their lavish menu ranges from an alluring array of salads to cold dishes like smoked marlin, California sushi, fresh prawns, asparagus and ham to hot dishes like chicken satay, sweet-and-sour seafood, grilled beef steaks in barbecue sauce, vegetable ratatouille, fried glass noodles, and deep-fried fish served with steamed rice. The desserts include fresh fruits, fruit pies, pastries, assorted cakes and an extensive selection of cheese.
The sumptuous dinner was followed by live cultural performances. The romantic ambience of the night was illuminated by traditional Balinese dances, melodious music, pop songs and entertaining cabaret shows. You can enjoy all this sipping on some tea/coffee served with some delicious little cakes, biscuits and tarts after dinner. This was then followed by karaoke you can participate in and dance on some hip hop disco songs.
Last but not the least, we enjoyed the cool night relaxing on the open-air upper deck and gazing the stars as our cruise headed back to the Benoa Harbour. Bali Hai Sunset Cruise was a euphoric three-hour experience we would so love to enjoy again the next time we visit Bali.
Have you enjoyed any sunset dinner cruise? Please leave a comment below about your experience. I would love to know your thoughts. Thanks for reading.
P.S. : This is not a sponsored post. We booked this tour on Viator. All the views are based on my own experience with Bali Hai Sunset Cruise.