Bali has all the right to be called a traveller’s paradise for its extensive collection of scenic wonders which are hard to count. From peaceful and sandy beaches for you to relax under the sun, to dense and lush jungles for you to feel closer to wildlife, Bali has everything in store for its visitors. Apart from witnessing its sheer beauty, another aspect which attracts millions of tourists each year to this land is the plethora of adventurous activities that you can do while staying in Bali. The list starts with surfing and scuba diving at the beach and ends with an exploration trek and hikes to the mountains. This never-ending list of activities is indeed the reason for it being one of the top preferences among visitors all around the world.
Here is a list of 40 adventurous activities that you can indulge in to make the most of your Bali trip:
Mount Batur weighs in as one of the most iconic spots in Bali where you can enjoy jaw-dropping views and lush greenery. But for that, you first need to get ready for a nice long trek with your group. The place rewards you with serene coffee plantations, waterfalls, and hot springs which will certainly leave you wanting more. Taking a trained guide would be a good idea who’ll make you versed with all the spots that this place has in store for you. The entrance to Mount Batur will cost you around $20. If your trekking temptation is still alive, heading to Mount Agung which is the highest peak in Bali would definitely be a great option.
If you are a beginner in the surfing game then Kuta is sure to please you, being one of the most popular surfing spots in Bali. Having the smallest waves among all other surfing spots, Kuta is a destination for all. The place includes two different spots dedicated to beginners and intermediate to advanced surfers, namely Halfway Kuta and Kuta Reef. Halfway Kuta which is expected to be more crowded is preferred by beginner surfers while Kuta Reef is for advanced surfers who like consistent waves. However, if you wish to up the level then you can also give go-to spots like Canggu, Seminyak, and Berawa which also behold beautiful beaches to enjoy surfing to the fullest.
The green paradise that Ubud encompasses makes for a long exploration day and there’s nothing better than taking your bike to stroll around the undulating terrains of Ubud. Be sure to get dumbfounded by the Tegalalang rice terraces which is a fabulous display of rice plantations and irrigation systems. The ideal time for mountain biking is from June to September when you can expect the clouds to be a bit nice to you. The activity costs you around 1,000,000 IDR per person and costs you cheaper if you take a group along. The best part about Ubud is that it is away from the hustle and bustle of city life and is really suitable for a peaceful trip in Bali.
When we talk about some of the most thrilling activities in Bali then canyon tubing finds its place among the best. The crystal clear river which flows through a secluded canyon in the north of Payangan guiding you across the dense forest is a feeling worth experiencing. The speedy flow of the water introduces you to serene views of the forests. If you’re considering bringing your children along then you need not worry since adequate safety measures are taken. This experience costs around $88 for adults and $65 for children.
Tanjung Benoa offers a plethora of water activities that you can enjoy solo or with your loved ones. First of them all and something worth mentioning is Fly Fish. We are sure you haven’t heard the name of this activity before. Well, we are also sure that you’ll be tempted to take another ride after your first experience. If we consider not describing the scenic beauty of Tanjung Benoa Beach then trying Fly Fish alone will make your day. Once you’re done with Fly Fish it's time for a Banana Boat ride and a Donut Boat ride. Be ready for the sharp turns during your thrilling 15-minute ride before the boat turns upside down and you make a splash into the seawater. There are also options for parasailing, wakeboarding, and flyboarding which make you feel like a superhero flying high above the sea waters. Next comes the glass bottom boat ride. A portion of the boat’s floor is glass bottom which offers you a clear picture of what’s underneath. You get a chance to witness around 900 species of fish which will surely be a treat to the eye. An adventurous tour in Tanjung Benoa is incomplete without riding a jet ski on the clear blue waters.
An adrenaline boost calls for a speedy ATV ride in the Taro village. The ride offers you 2 hours of thrill and exploration of the bamboo forests, rice fields, and plantations. Trained professionals are always there to teach you how to drift your ATV around the terrains of the village. You need not worry about hurting yourself as every necessary piece of equipment is provided to you for your safety. The ride will cost you around 850,000 IDR if you're riding solo and as low as 600,000 IDR if you're coming with your group mates.
Truly one of the most exciting activities to try with your groupmates, river rafting is a must-try. Costing you not more than 600,000 IDR, this 12 kilometre along activity provides you with a 3-4 hours experience of fast-flowing river water hitting you and taking you across charming waterfalls, lush green, ricefields, and carved stone walls. The great thing is that this activity can be enjoyed with children as young as 9 years of age which gives you an idea of how safe the river is for rafting. There are many other spots where you can enjoy rafting including the likes of Sungai Ayung and Telega Waja.
It's absolutely not a problem if you can’t swim, you can walk rather. A place is well known for its watersports and other activities by the beach, Nasa Dua provides a brilliant opportunity for sea walking on the seabed close to marine life, that too without getting your hair wet. Put your underwater helmet on and witness a plethora of tropical fish and colourful coral reefs. A team of instructors are always there to serve you a 1-hour experience of memorable exploration. If you’re around Depansar city, then you can also enjoy sea walking at Sanur Beach.
The monkey forest located in the village of Padantegai is home to a population of long-tailed macaques which are quite more social towards humans than other species of monkeys. The forest being away from the city noise provides for a nice long walk across the dense wildlife which is food for the soul. The months of June, July and August are the best time to visit the forest. It is advisable to visit the forest during the early mornings to avoid crowds.
Being a land of iconic beaches, Bali encompasses the famous Tulamben Beach which is one of the most sought-after diving spots bringing you across an extensive variety of life under the water. It might take you some work to walk from the rocks to the shore, but views of tropical fishes and coral reefs make everything worth it in the end.
One of the most beginner-friendly and easy-to-access waterfalls in Bali, the GitGit waterfall is a must-visit for a water baby like you. This 35-meter-high waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery which is sure to leave you awestruck. You may visit the spot anytime before 10 in the morning to avoid crowds. The good part is that the list of majestic waterfalls in Bali doesn’t end here. You can head out to the Munduk waterfall, Sekumpul waterfall, and the NungNung waterfall to complete your soul-rejuvenating experience.
If you're looking for something to spike your adrenaline levels to the fullest then challenging your friends to a buggy ride won’t be a bad idea. The buggy rides take you across several twists and turns which will keep your mind engaged in the activity for 5 kilometres. Do not forget to stop by and appreciate the lush greenery of the forests. There are plenty of Jungle buggy tour options you can choose from which take you on a ride across the jungle. However, kids below the age of 12 are not allowed to engage in this activity for safety reasons.
However many people go to Padang Bai village for scuba diving and snorkelling, fishing is another popular activity people look for while visiting the place. You can hire a boat charter driven by a skilled boat crew which guides you to the best fishing spots around the village. If you’re lucky enough to catch a fish, you can ask a local restaurant nearby to prepare a dish for you for some extra money. It is best to fish in the morning time when the sun is right above you.
Nothing can match the satisfaction of watching the sunset from the sea. If you wish to have an all-in-one experience which includes relaxing on beach shores and trying out different water activities then a cruise at Nusa Lembongan is the right pick for you. Bali boasts several cruises you can enjoy with your loved ones taking you on a memorable ride across the sea. Enjoy spectacular views from the dock while you dig into a scrumptious dinner. Many tours also include other activities like snorkelling, diving, and banana boat riding from a private pontoon boat. The charges for the cruise fall around 160,000 IDR per person.
Canggu boasts the biggest field for paintball in Bali where you can have a fun game with your friends to see who comes out as the winner. You get to play the game in three different fields: Bamboo village, Speedfield, and Woodland, so you can pick whichever matches your gaming fantasy. Apart from Canggu, Badung is another place quite popular for paintball. Costing you around 270,000 IDR per person it is surely a worth trying an activity with your mates.
Canoeing is another addition to the list of off-beat activities you can enjoy along with your group mates in Bali. If you are that person who loves to savour the silence of the forest and the amusing sound of the flowing water from the river, then it is never a bad idea to head out to Ubud for a canoeing tour.
Enter a bet with your friends and see who wins at a dirt biking race. You can race across the towering mountain terrains and eye-catching waterfalls which are sure to grab your attention again and again. This tour covers a distance of 40 kilometers along the coastline taking you to rivers, vegetation, and rice fields including the famous Jatiluwih which is a UNESCO world heritage rice field. You may consider trying biking during the Wet season from December to May when the ground is slippery making it ideal for dirt biking. The Kintamani volcano is another place worthy of consideration.
We can understand that many of the adventurous activities are not open to children. Bali has a plethora of options for children to take part in activities as thrilling as what adults get to experience. One such place is Bounce Bali in Kabupaten Badung which is Indonesia’s first and only air-conditioned trampoline park where your little ones can reach the heights together. The entry fee for the trampoline park is 520,000 IDR for adults and 370,000 for children for 1 hour of experience full of jumping and bouncing with your little munchkins.
Another addition to the list of thrilling activities your kids can enjoy, Bali has an amazing theme park in Kuta which goes by the name, Circus Waterpark, where your little ones can enjoy exciting water rides making for a great time with their family. Some of the other highly popular theme parks in Bali you can consider include the Krisna Funtastic Land, Waterbom Bali, and Nirmala Waterpark.
The butterfly park in Tabanan is one of the renowned places in Bali where you and your loved ones can spot the rarest to rare species of butterflies including the swallowtail and the Great Mormon butterfly. The park has an indoor hatchery where you can find giant Borneo stick bugs and Atlas moths. Not just this, you get to hold leaf bugs and Goliath beetles as well.The entry fee is 50,000 IDR for adults while it is free of cost for children. There is a butterfly park in Kemenuh which provides you with a much similar experience.
The Bali Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar present you with different colours of wildlife including a total of 400 wildlife species including endangered animals like the Komodo Dragon, Sumatran Elephant and Orangutan. You are escorted on a 4 by-4 jeep to the lush green jungle stopping by each eye-catching view on the way. The safari is safe for people of all age groups and is led by a guide to making you versed with the animals. The safari will cost you around 540,000 IDR and is a must-try if you’re in Bali with your kids.
The Mahan Point Cliff located in Nusa Ceningan rates the highest among the cliff jumping spots in Bali. The cliff has a diving board of 5 metres and 10 metres so it is not for the weak-hearted. Other famous places for cliff jumping include the Devil’s Tears cliff jump, Dream Beach cliff jump, and the Atuh beach cliff jump.
Enjoying the views of the sea from as high as 30 ft above is indeed an experience that every tourist to Bali deserves. The specially designed thrusters help you stay above the sea which is actually much more interesting than it sounds. The Jetpack experience makes you feel like the main character straight out of a video game. While Kuta is one of the most popular spots for jet-pack rides, you can also head to the famous Tanjung Beach to enjoy this activity.
Everybody knows Ubud for its popular monkey forest and jungle safari. But one should not miss out on trying their hands on paragliding which will turn out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Right from the moment you make a jump from the cliff you are rewarded with awestruck views of the waves hitting the shore and the lush greenery of trees. The best time to try this activity is the months between April and November when the chances of rain are bleak. If you’re not around Ubud, then you can try paragliding at Nusa Dua and Kuta.
Horse riding is something many people wish to try at least once in their lives. You must have made plans of strolling around the beach with your partner but we don’t think you would have ever thought of riding a horse by the seashore. Well, it is real and as exciting as it sounds. The island of Gianyar encompasses multiple centres for horse riding. The ride will cost you around 600,000 IDR for a 1-hour ride. Apart from Gianyar, Kuta and Dipansar also have numerous centres where you can enjoy horse riding with your family.
We are sure you won’t regret planning a camp 1300 metres above sea level in Pinggan village which offers you views of four active volcanoes in Bali; Batur, Abang, Rinjani, and Agung. The white layer of fog covering towering mountains is a view which will always get your attention. The locals are always there to help with directions to scenic spots. Do not miss out on witnessing the sunrise and sunset of the village. The best time for camping in Pinggan village is from September to November.
Ubud is a centre for cycling tours, the reason for which is simple; the silence around the city. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you can take your group for a cycling tour around the forests and varying terrains in Ubud. The tour takes you on a stroll across the countryside of Bali which is a great getaway from your tiring schedules. The cycling tour will cost you around 250,000 IDR per person.
When we say that Ubud is a traveller’s paradise in itself, we really mean it. Once you're free from exploring the jungles, it's time to pick an ATV and stroll through the natural tunnels in the place which lead you to even more eye-catching sceneries. Ubud introduces you to small T-shaped tunnels that have alcoves where offerings are placed. The activity is safe to try and the necessary equipment for safety is provided to tourists.
Mount Agung is one of the active volcanoes which offer you mesmerising views of Bali. But before the views are there to reward you, you need to hike up the hill and make sure you're there before the sun leaves. The hiking tour brings you across paths filled with fern and pine trees and dense vegetation which is enough to motivate you to hike more and more till you make it to the top. The best time to visit Mount Agung is between the months of June and October.
The clear white waters and marvellous waterfalls make for an amazing kayaking tour across the Ayung River. Professional kayaks are always available to guide you throughout your journey. The river guide will escort you through 33 rapids that are available at Ayung River. You an also consider kayaking at Livadi Beach and Mount Batur. The best time for kayaking at these spots is during the dry season in the months of March, June, and August.
To complete the long list of activities, it is worth mentioning sky diving which you should surely try at least once in your life. Diving from around 10,000 feet above sea level is an experience which only some get to witness. A team of instructors make sure you make a safe landing and return with memories which make you come again for another great adventure. The charges for skydiving in Kuta range from around 3,600,000 IDR per person.
Located on Bisbis hill, the journey to this temple demands you to climb a total of 1700 stairs tlll you finally get to witness the charming architecture of the temple. Get dressed in the traditional Balinese costume – Sarong to feel like a part of the culture. The temple is decorated with fine sculptures depicting scenes from the Mahabharata.
The Bali Swing offers you the most iconic views of the Bali landscape enriched with green paddy fields and marvellous waterfalls. This swing in Ubud is a great option to witness panoramic views of the dense rainforest from a height of 33 feet to almost 256 feet. In addition to this, a transfer service is also provided to ensure a hassle-free journey to and from the Bali swing.
Children are sure to love their time in Bali after visiting the Bali Zoo which guards around 450 unique species of animals in a green lush surroundings. You can also enjoy an elephant safari and Pony rides if you feel like giving your legs a break. The pathways in the zoo lead you to jaw-dropping views of rare species, including Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, kangaroos, sun bears, binturongs, and orangutans. You may visit this place anytime between 9 in the morning and 5 in the evening.
Batubulan encompasses a bird park which is home to more than 250 species of birds. Being in the bird park you get to witness how the birds live around their habitat, breed, and play. It is also a place for several bird shows and feeding activities which will be thoroughly enjoyed by kids. Entry to the bird park will cost you around 385,000 RP.
Nusa Penida Island is one of the most famous islands for snorkelling of the three islands in the Klungkung residency. You can expect the currents to be calm relative to other snorkelling spots in Bali. The best time to snorkel in Nusa Penida Island is during the dry season which guarantees decent visibility up to 20 meters during the daytime. The activity is open for tourists to try throughout the day.
A muck diving experience in Padang Bai can involve encounters with Seahorses, turtles, and octopuses which is sure to excite you. This 75-minute experience is guided by a team of professionals who educate you about various aquatic animals you encounter during your diving time. July and October are the most preferred months for this activity. The activity costs you around IDR 1,080,000 per person.
GIlli Trawangan is home to one of the world’s most charismatic marine ecosystems which are perfect for a Buddha. During your diving experience, you get to witness seahorses and vibrant coral reef points including the ‘Shark Point’. A team of professionals are always available to provide you with all the valuable information you need during your diving experience hence it is not necessary for you to be an advanced-level swimmer.
Located at the Southwest corner of Nusa Penida, the Manta Point boasts a huge number of Manta rays which will amaze you with their sheer elegance. If it's your lucky day you might be able to spot a bamboo shark and octopus resting on the limestone rocks. The dive site is a 45-minute journey from the Sanur harbour and the views of colourful corals along with astounding species of fish make the journey worth the effort.
When talking about various adventurous activities in Nusa Ceningan, ziplining at Abyss Zipline is surely one thing you should not miss out on. Nusa Ceningan is known for its towering cliffs. So we guess a Zipline across these gigantic cliffs would be even more fun than watching them. This 30-second ride takes you through sceneries including iconic rock formations and calming waters. The fee for this ride falls around 100,000 IDR per person.
With such a long list of adventurous activities you can indulge in, Bali is sure to leave no stone unturned in providing you a complete experience. The mesmerizing spots like Ubud, Kuta, Mount Batur, and Tanjung Benoa are hotspots for some of the most exciting watersports and thrilling activities by the land. In addition to this, the environment that Bali beholds is perfect for you and loved ones to rejuvenate their souls. There are numerous packages for these activities which can be opted for easily without making a hole in your pocket. Considering the range of exciting things you can experience during your time in Bali, it deserves to be at the top of your bucket list.
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