Bali’s forested landscapes, volcanic mountains, lush green paddy fields, countless beaches take you back to another world. Amidst all this nature, this Indonesian paradise offers plenty to do for the intrepid tourist, family with children – something for everyone. Here are 10 activities in Bali, some that might change your outlook to life. And to take a refreshing break in Bali, all you need to do is go the Pickyourtrail way, check it out!
1. Mount Batur Trek
Bali is probably one of the few places in the world where you can climb up the face of a live volcano, to reach the top of the crater. Mount Batur volcano is one of the most sacred mountains in Bali. But what makes the trek even more special is that you can actually trek the terrain in the cover of darkness, to arrive at the summit at daybreak. The sunrise from the peak of Mount Batur looks absolutely breathtaking, with mists shrouding the lush green landscape and lake Batur visible as a blue mirror to the sky. While some take the trek as a challenge, others climb Batur to enjoy the view. About 1.5 hours from the slopes of the mountain to the top, you would be able to view the sunrise and the Lombok island from a distance. The caldera of Mount Batur is populated and includes the four main villages of Kedisan, Songan, Trunyan and Toya Bungkah.
Activity level: Easy-Moderate
What you should know: To catch the magical sunrise, you need to start at 1 am. Staying at Ubud would give you a head start to the summit. Do take along some warm clothes, as you might have to wait to watch the sunrise. Trust us, this would definitely be one of the most incredible activities in Bali
2. Ayung White Water Rafting
This is one activity in Bali that is a must-do activities for the adventure enthusiasts. You would descend through a lush tropical forest to the heart of the Ayung River, discover hidden waterfalls and enjoy a swim in pristine waters and gain an insight into the river ecology with the help of guides. The course of the river takes you through paddy fields, small villages and also passes local Balinese temples, with carved cliff faces on either side. It is really an experience worth remembering, due to the sheer diversity of the terrain you can pass through. The Ayung river is also the longest river on the island of Bali. It can be considered the best white water river rafting experience in Bali – the perfect place for beginners or the family looking for some fun! Bali not only has the ocean surrounding it, but also lots of options for river rafting within the island.
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate
What you should know: Easily access from Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran and Kuta.
3. Bali Safari and Marine Park
Bali’s Safari and Marine Park is home to hundreds of amazing animals representing more than 50 species, including some of the rare and endangered species. Combining Balinese cultural ambience with African Savannah, this park features the Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, white tiger, leopard, komodo dragon and cheetah which are just some of the fascinating creatures that can be seen here. It is no surprise it’s one of the leading family activities in Bali.
Activity Level: Easy
What you should know: Keep aside at least half a day, the park deserves 3 hours!
4. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving in Bali is competing with the best in the world. From the bright reefs alive with innumerable varieties of fish in the shallow tranquil waters to the deep sea full of pinnacles, mounts and walls guarded by sharks, Bali has something for everyone. Scuba diving in Bali is simply a must for all kinds of travellers and gives you a thrill of an experience! If you are a beginner don’t miss the chance while you are in Bali for a safe and fun introduction to scuba diving. Along with Scuba diving, include some time for snorkelling as well on your Bali vacation.
Activity Level: Easy to Difficult
What you should know: The best dive for beginners are Amed, Padang Bay and Pulau Menjangan. Advanced divers can try Nusa Peninda, Nusa Lembongan and Candidasa.
5. Ubud Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex. Officially called the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, it is a popular tourist attraction, often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month.The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village’s residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.
The forest forms a sanctuary for the monkeys, who are considered sacred and well protected; there’s even a temple inside the forest where people go to worship. Somewhere along the line, the forest also became a tourist attraction. Visitors can stroll through it and see the monkeys up close, watch them play, and eat as well.
Activity Level: Easy
What you should know: Watch out for the monkeys, they may want to try out your sunglasses or food you are carrying.
6. Learn Surfing on Kuta Beach
If your wish was to learn surfing, Kuta is the place to be! There are a number of local schools as well as freelance surfers who will take you on surfing lessons. The sea and breakers here is conducive to beginner surfers, as well as for slightly advanced ones. In addition, Kuta has a glitzy nightlife with loads of expat clubs and bars. Are you thinking, plenty of things to do in Bali? So right!
Activity: Moderate to Difficult
What you should know: Peak season in Bali is from April to October, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua and Kuta are where you should go. If you want smaller and less intimidating waves, then November to March is when you should plan your trip.
7. Golfing and Tanah Lot Temple
The Tanah Lot temple is located literally on the sea, and is a beautiful sight at sunset. There is an additional air of mystery as the waters around the temple are teeming with banded sea kraits, which are said to protect this holy place. And after visiting the temple, you can head on to your 18-rounds on a beautiful golf course situated not too far away.
What you should know: When you play at the Nirwana Golf course, hold yourself together as you reach the 7th hole. This is where the scenic Tanah Lot is at its best. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you!
8. Deep Sea Diving at the Liberty wreck
Tulamben is a divers’ paradise because of the sheer variety of marine life available there. As an added thrill, there is the wreck of the cargo ship, the USAT Liberty, which lies between the depths of 3 metres to 35 metres, one of the best activities in Bali. Due to this range of depth, the site is particularly suitable for novice as well as experienced divers. There are a number of local diving schools which will certify you after a 3-day course. You are likely to come across a variety of sea-life like colourful corals, sponges, parrot fish, moray eel, turtles, barracudas and the occasional black tip reef shark.
What you should know: Helps to know swimming. But if this is too much, there’s always the Seawalker for you – like this Bali Honeymoon trip couple that tried it out.
9. Kecak Dance at Ulu Watu:
The Kecak Dance is a unique and traditional dance of Bali, where no music is used. Instead, the dancers dance to the beat and chant provided by a hundred voices. This dance is a re-enactment of the Ramayana, and is enacted at the temple of Ulu Watu every evening at 6pm. It is truly a one of a kind experience, and surely one of the things to do in Bali for all.
What you should know: The show is fun but avoid the dinner following the dance as it is mainly a tourist trap.
Take some time off from touring with an itinerary and just head off on a leisurely tour of Ubud and its surrounding areas on a bicycle. Multi-day bicycle tours are organized by a number of locals in Bali. The must-see places to visit on this beat are Monkey Forest of Bali, and the Goa Gajah holy cave, which is set in a stunning surrounding.
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