It goes without saying that Bali is the perfect destination for lazing on the beach, exploring ancient temples and tucking into delicious Indonesian cuisine. But that’s certainly not where the fun stops. In fact, there are so many other amazing things to do in Bali, no list could really do them all justice. To give you a taste of some of the adventures Bali has in store, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 activities to enjoy on your holiday in Bali.
Surfing in Bali
With an entire island’s worth of incredible coastline, Bali has a wonderland of surf spots to choose from. Peak season for surfing is between April and October. But the warm water, great swell and tropical weather welcomes avid surfers all year round. Over 60 surfing hotspots provide the perfect conditions for beginners and gurus alike, with certain beaches and reefs being popular for various degrees of skill. For novices, the laid-back waves of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are your best bet. Kuta and Legian provide average-sized waves, great for getting the hang of hanging 10. Seminyak ups the ante with larger but still manageable swell. Batu Bolong Beach has something for everyone with consistent waves for newbies and more challenging waves for pro’s further off shore. Don’t know your paddle board from your long board? No worries! There are plenty of fantastic surf schools to choose from, all taught by fully trained and certified surf teachers in safe ocean areas.
Want to get off the beaten track but had your fill of hiking? Just hop on a bicycle and pedal your way to an awesome holiday adventure! With countless bike paths and off-road tracks winding across the island, cycling is by far one of the best ways to experience Bali’s most scenic spots. From relaxing meanders through lush rice paddies and local villages to thrilling downhill adventures over volcanic craters and steep mountain ranges, there’s a cycling activity to suit your mood and your fitness level. Challenge yourself to the rough terrain and frozen lava trails of Mount Batur, Bali’s second tallest peak. Head to Ubud for easy rides through the town centre and beautiful temples. Discover the secrets of rice paddy farming in the verdant village of Jatiluwih. Meet friendly locals in Putung and Sidemen. Explore the majestic Taman Ujung Water Palace near Carangsari Village. Or chase the sunset with an easy cycle along Sanur Beach.
Kick your Bali holiday into gear with a wild buggy or ATV ride through tropical jungles, rugged roads and rural villages. These four-wheeler ATVs and two-seater buggies pack enough power to breeze over any terrain, allowing you to explore much more of the island than you could on foot. Novices will get a crash course on how to ride before hitting the road. Your exciting trip will take you through scenic rice fields, challenging mud tracks, bamboo forests and mountain paths. Different tour groups offer various exciting stops along the way. Tuck into a traditional lunch in a local village. Get a caffeine kick at a coffee plantation. And spot chattering monkeys and colourful birdlife. Some combo tours also throw canyoning and tube riding adventures into the mix.
White Water Rafting in Bali
Grab your oars and get ready to paddle your way to an awesome adventure. From raging rapids to gentle currents, white water rafting in Bali is fun for all ages and experience levels. One of the most popular rivers for white water rafting in Bali is Telaga Waja River. Starting at the foothills of sacred Mount Agung, it’s one of the longest rivers in eastern Bali and offers over 2.5 hours of thrilling rapids ranging from level two to four. Conveniently located near Ubud Village, Ayung River is also a great place to kick off your river rafting adventure. Paddle through lush rain forests while spotting rare local birdlife and wildlife along the way. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, Melangit River is just the spot. With extreme rapids classed from level three to five, expect sharp bends, thrilling twists and plenty of adrenaline rushes.
Leave the shore behind and head out into the warm ocean waters on a leisurely boat cruise. Bali offers plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful neighbouring islands with full- or half-day cruises. Set sail on a stylish catamaran to beautiful Nusa Lembongan Island where a world of activities awaits. Go snorkelling and scuba diving amidst colourful reefs and tropical fish. Hang ten with some surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Or just relax with a cocktail or two on the sun-kissed beach. For something a little more secluded, take a castaway cruise to idyllic Nusa Penida. Diving and snorkelling are also on the agenda here, along with some excellent birdwatching. Or indulge in a romantic sunset cruise around Benoa Harbour. And that’s just to name a few.
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