North Bali Tourism
In the early decades of the 20th century, all passenger and cruise ships visiting Bali called at the northern port of Celukan Bawang where passengers disembarked their ships and traveled overland to Denpasar where limited hotel and tourist services were available.
With Bali’s growing popularity as a port-of-call for cruise ships, the north Bali port of Celukan Bawang is enjoying renewed popularity as more and more passenger ships are stopping on the Island’s north shore.
Mainly used for cargo and goods ships, the Celukan Bawang Port lacks the needed supporting infrastructure for cruise ships carrying hundreds of passengers. Managed by the State-owned company PT Pelindo III, Celukan Bawang can only accommodate vessels with a maximum length of 200 meters.
Quoted by Balipost.com, PT Pelindo’s Commercial Manager at Celukan Bawang, Irfan Adistya, said five cruise ships visited the port in 2016.
Adistya said that the current condition of the pier at Celukan Bawang was inadequate for cruise ship service. With a length of 160 meters, the pier can only berth ships with a maximum length of 200 meters. Many ships wishing to call at the port are longer than 200 meters.