If you prefer to skip lazy days on the beach and rather fill you day with adrenalin-fuelled activities, such as climbing active volcanoes, white water rafting or abseiling from canyons, read on. The ‘Island of Gods’ offers an abundant amount of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, regardless if you’re just new to the game or a veteran.
Here are the Top 10 Outdoor Activities you shouldn’t miss when visiting Bali:
- Hiking at Mount Batur
Located in the Kintamani district of eastern Bali, Mount Batur at 1717m is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes and surrounded by a massive crater which is 14km in diameter. The trails on Mount Batur are relatively easy to hike and therefore even suitable for children. It takes just a bit more than one hour to reach the peak. Although you can trek the mountain at almost any time of the day, you should make the effort to start early in the morning to watch a spectacular sunrise.
Canyoning is still a relatively new sport to Bali, but what exactly is canyoning? It’s a sport which aims to explore a canyon through a combination of different methods, such as rappelling, wading, scrambling, caving, jumping and abseiling down natural slopes. The adventure takes place in Bali’s picturesque Gitgit area, in the northern part of the island which features the perfect environment and canyons to choose from, whether you’re a beginner or pro!
- White Water Rafting
Ubud in central Bali is probably best known as the centre of Balinese art, however, it also features a stunning natural site ideal for anyone to explore. Get ready to navigate down the thrilling streams of the Ayung River, but be careful though – you get easily distracted by the magnificent landscape of Tabanan! As crazy as it may sound, but white water rafting in Ubud is a perfect sport which is even suitable for kids. The rapids here are classed between II to III, speaking it may get a bit rough but not life threateningly.
- ATV Biking
Love the extreme but don’t like pushing your body to the physical limit? Don’t worry – just jump on an ATV and let it do the work! Bali offers several terrains which are perfect for ATV rides – whether along the marvellous black beach of Yeh Tangga, a seaside village near the famous Tanah Lot or through the rain forest along the hills of Bedugul, central Bali, rest assured it will make a hell of fun!
Every year from May to October the southerly trade winds allowing perfect conditions to soar like an eagle for a 12 kilometres flight around the Bukit Peninsula, Bali’s southernmost tip. And once you have done the tandem flight, why not opting for a paragliding course which would eventually allow you to fly everywhere?
Fly…what..? Okay, think Ironman on the water – yep, that’s right; you stand on a board attached to a jetpack which is strapped around your back and – due to high water pressure resulting into propulsion- lifts you about 10 metres up and at 45 kilometres per hour lets you easily fly above the water. It’s definitely one of the coolest experiences around!
- Bali Tree Top Adventure Park
Remember when you were a child and always dreamed of swinging from tree to tree like Mowgli from the Jungle Book? Well, luckily other people thinking the same! This outdoor adventure park features 72 jaw-dropping challenges such as flying-fox (up to 160 metres), swings, suspended bridges and more. The park is ideal for families and is located within the Bali Botanical Garden in Bedugul.
- Sea Walker
If snorkelling is too boring for you, but you can’t dive yet, Sea Walker is your answer. The Sea Walker allows anyone to enjoy the beautiful marine world of Bali without the technical stuff (and knowledge) needed. You wear a helmet which is connected to an oxygen pipe with the boat, allowing you to breathe as you do above the water and making it easy and comfortable to walk at the bottom of the sea.
- Dolphin Cruise in Lovina
The beautiful and laid back town of Lovina in northern Bali is considered to be the best place around the island to watch these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Be prepared to wake up early: trips starting just before sunrise with a so called ‘Jungkung’, a traditional Indonesian fishing vessel and take about 1.5-2 hours. If you shouldn’t stay around Lovina the transfer may take up to 2 additional hours.
- Visit Menjangan Island
Menjangan is an uninhabited island located about 10 just off the mainland’s coast. The island is part of the West Bali National Park, the only national park in Bali. It features several great trails for exploring, however, this can be only done with an official guide. You can watch an abundance of various bird species on the island or alternatively, you can opt for snorkeling and enjoy the mesmerizing underwater world with one of the island’s most beautiful (and colourful) coral reefs.