7 of the Most Exciting Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia
If you’ve chosen Bali as your next holiday destination you’re probably already picturing yourself on the beach with a fruity cocktail in hand. But there’s so much more to Bali than just sun and sand, so once you’ve had time to rest up and are ready for something a little more adventurous, you might want to consider some of the following activities.
Keep in mind, though, that some of these activities may not be covered by a regular travel insurance policy, so be sure to do some research and map out what you intend to do in Bali before you leave.
1. Scuba diving or snorkelling
If scuba diving is on your bucket list, you should know that Bali has some of the best scuba spots in the world, from the USAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben to the coral reefs off Menjangen Island. There are numerous dive centres located throughout the island, but if diving is not your thing, many of them also offer snorkelling trips, which will provide you with a glimpse of Bali’s magnificent underwater world while being cheaper and requiring no training beforehand.
2. White water rafting
Along with the thrill of hurtling through the rapids, white water rafting is also a great way to see some of Bali’s gorgeous inland scenery. The Ayung River, Telaga Waja and Melangit River are all suitable for rafting, although the Ayung and Telaga are by far the most popular. Ayung River is calmer and thus best for beginners, while the Telaga Waja is longer and a bit more challenging. Melangit River is better suited to more experienced rafters, but if you’re up for the challenge, it also offers spectacular views of an unspoiled tropical rainforest thanks to its remote location.
3. Volcano hiking
For those looking to test their fitness levels, there are a number of volcanic mountains on Bali, including a few active ones. For a short and relatively easy hike, Mount Batur is a good option. The trek takes about two hours and most tour providers offer early-morning hikes that will get you to the summit just in time for the sunrise. If you’re looking for something a little more physically demanding, a six to seven-hour climb to the top of Mount Agung will definitely push you to your limits, and the views from the top make it well worth the effort.
4. Mountain biking
Although mountain biking may not be the first thing you imagined doing in Bali, there are some excellent off-road trails that will take you through jungles, rice fields and mountains, giving you a chance to see the island in a new light. There are plenty of tour companies that organize day rides, but for a more extreme adventure, Infinity Mountain Biking offers hike and bike tours that last anywhere from two to four days and take you all over the island.
Canyoning is a relatively new sport that combines an unusual mix of outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, rappelling and abseiling through waterfalls. Bali’s diverse landscape with its natural waterslides and waterfalls, rock pools and springs makes it the perfect place to try this unique sport. Many tour providers offer both shorter introductory-type outings for beginners as well as longer and more adventurous trips for thrill-seekers.
6. Quad biking
Whether you’re kicking up some sand on the beach or racing down a muddy jungle trail, quad biking is a fun way to explore the island and enjoy its nature. You’ll have a chance to zip through rice paddies, past remote villages, along the beach or over mountainous terrain, and if you’re a family with kids or a group with a few inexperienced riders, some tour providers also offer tandem quad biking.
7. Surfing, in its many forms
Kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, body boarding, fly boarding or plain old surfing – no matter what type of board you choose, surfing in Bali is bound to be a memorable experience. Bali is well-known for its world-class waves and attracts surfers from all corners of the globe, but even if you’re not an experienced surfer, there are plenty of spots where you can practice your moves amongst other beginners and gain some confidence, including Kuta and Seminyak Beach.
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