Tanah Ampo, Bali, Indonesia
Tanah Ampo Cruise Terminal is located at Karangasem Regency, East Bali. Construction has only been completed in 2011, with plans to further extend the facility in the future. This East Bali region boasts natural habitat ranging from lush forest, black sand beaches to the mighty Mount Agung and popular seaside resort town of Candidasa.
Besakih Temple (Pura Besakih) is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bali. It is considered by the Hindu Balinese to be their mother temple. This is the single most important temple on the whole of the island and is dramatically located on the slopes of Mount Agung.
Another attraction in the region is the Bali Aga (original Balinese) village, located in the hills 4km inland from Candidasa. The Bali Aga people have retained an ancient pre-Majapahit Balinese culture. The villagers maintain a strict adherence to ancestor worship, cosmology and other animist beliefs as well as a rigid social organization. Villagers must live inside the village, marry from within and the village is closed to outsiders after dark.
Things to See & Do
* The Mother Temple of Besakih
* Tenganan - a Bali Aga village
* Beach town of Amed
* Tirta Gangga - mountains, the water palace & rice terraces
* Mount Agung
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Rupiah (IDR)
Language - Indonesian
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Population - 500 approx
Land Area - 839.54 km2 (Karangasem Regency)
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code - +62
Port Location - Tanah Ampo cruise terminal is located in Karangasem regency, East Bali.
Travel Links - Karangasem is accessible by bus and bemo from Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Padang Bai and Lovina.
There are public ferries from Lembar (Lombok) to Padang Bai every hour, 24 hours a day. The trip normally takes four hours (but it can be considerably longer in poor weather).
Perama runs a daily ferry service from Lombok and the Gili Islands to Padang Bai one way including bus transfers.
There are fast boat services from the Gili Islands to Padang Bai. These have been something of a movable feast with operators coming and going, but one constant has been the Gili Cat service. Travel time is 2 hours.