Top 10 Things To Do In Bali, Indonesia

Most people know Bali for its stunning beaches and unique culture, but it has a lot to offer if you're looking for an adventurous vacation. You wouldn't be bored and surely find something to do that will suit you. With plenty of options to choose from, below are Top 10 activities you shouldn't miss out on your visit to Bali.

Things To Do In Bali

1. Rafting

Bali Raftingflickr/Sue Waters

You'll get drenched, but you'll love it. White water rafting through the middle of Bali will thrill your heart and scare your mind. The calmest river is actually the River Ayung, which flows through Ubud. It’s a great idea to start off early in the morning as the midday can get quite hot. You will feel like moving through a privileged offstage portion of the Island, and that's obviously a great experience. Just check with your driver or guest house for any necessary arrangements to be made.

2. Jungle Trekking

Jungle Trekking in Baliflickr/Aleksandr Zykov

Jungle Trekking is a family activity where you can explore Bali's wonderful plant life and animals in the natural reserve of Mt. Batukaru. This off the beaten path adventure gets you into the fresh and cool setting of a tropical rain forest. You can feel the hidden world of Bali's flora and fauna. Halt for a picnic lunchtime by a mountain stream before moving forward to the traditional temple of Batukaru.

3. Snorkeling

Snorkeling Baliflickr/Robertus B. Herdiyanto

Bali's coast and a lot of other offshore islands provide a wide range of snorkeling locations. A full-day snorkeling trip is completely inclusive of snorkeling equipment, meal and drinks, guide, and also transfer. Ample marine life can be enjoyed on the reefs of Benoa, Nusa Dua, Sanur – all are easily accessible by boat and where you can hire necessary equipment and gears. Surrounded by amazing coral reefs, Menjangan Island is considered the best spot in Bali for snorkeling. All that's needed is a snorkel and a mask. For deeper dives fins or flippers are handy.

4. Waterpark

Waterbom Baliflickr/Aiko Konishi

Waterbom Bali is an ideal spot for the entire family or for an amusing vacation. Waterbom features more than twenty top notch water-slides and fun facilities. Located in the middle of Kuta, Waterbom is literally a retreat enclosed by tropical gardens. Thrilling water-slides spread around 3.8 hectares of land offering hours of entertainment and fun for everyone. You can find entire facilities within the park including restaurants, eateries, spa, bars and entertainment, kid’s park and sports courts. Things are all set among wonderfully landscaped tropical gardens, beautifully incorporated into the surrounding environment to please even the most discerning tourist.

5. Mountain Climbing

Mt. Agungflickr/Jesse Wagstaff

Your breathing will be heavy as you take the final steps to arrive at the summit of the highest point in Bali, Mt. Agung. The climb is possible in 2 to 4 hours, but may take longer time based on route, health and fitness as well as weather conditions. Special mountain climbing equipment is not needed, but jackets are necessary. Unless you're a professional climber you must hire a tourist guide and start off at around 4am to hit the summit at 6am to see the sunrise. If you're interested in something much more challenging, you need to visit Lombok and ascend Mt. Rinjani. The view from Mt. Rinjani’s is probably the most magnificent you will ever come across.

6. Surfing

Surfing in Baliflickr/Marc oh!

Bali owns some of the finest surfing spots on earth. If you want to surf reef, then you have got Bingin, Uluwatu, and Balangan beaches. If you are a beginner, you can learn surfing in Seminyak and Kuta – there’s something for everybody. You will also find Nusa Dua, Canggu and Sanur to keep you amused. Apart from that, Bali also has several good surf training schools for quick lessons and training on your stay. You can also rent boogie boards and surf boards in all surfing spots.

7. Cycling

Cycling in Baliflickr/David Harris

There a variety of cycle tours coming up in Bali now mainly because it's such a wonder to delve into the culture of Bali this way. If you would like to go independent, you can rent a bi-cycle and start exploring. A few of the places to check out are the native villages and rice-paddy fields, soaking in the culture and the untiring locals. Also explore Monkey Forest to see the macaques and then move to Goa Gajah, one of the holiest places in Bali.

8. Fishing

Fishing in Baliflickr/Victor Ulijn

Fishing can't be separated from Balinese heritage and its day-to-day life. The Greater Bali region with Lombok and Nusa Penida Islands, Taka Bonerate and The Komodo National Park are some of the best fishing locations in Bali. These waters offer year round fishing with Blue Marlin, Yellow fin Tuna, Dog-tooth Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Giant Trevally and Sailfish being caught often. Bali follows tag and release of all sharks and billfishes.

9. Paragliding

Paragliding in Baliflickr/Lim Ashley

If you wish to adventure Bali Island as seen through the eyes of a high-flying eagle, then you must try paragliding. One of the most common spots to do paragliding is from the steep rocks at Timbis beach located on the Bukit Peninsula. Take one step off the high cliff and you will be flying just above the sea with all the local birds. If you goals are bigger, you'll find training programs lasting from a couple of days to one week. As you get some experience, a much more breathtaking flight is waiting for you, like circling the volcanic crater of the Mt. Batur.

10. Diving

Diving in Baliflickr/eljosafat

While Bali has a lot to offer on beaches, land and mountains, don't forget the wonders of what is underneath the sea. Here, the sea is rich in marine life such as green turtles and manta rays while enclosed by lovely coral reefs. To get the best snorkeling experience, catch a boat on the shoreline to Lembongan Isle, where the reefs are amazing. If you stay on one of the native islands like The Gilis or Nusa Penida, you'll readily find a diving operator who will take you discovering the Balinese waters.

As you can see, there are plenty of options for outdoor activities in Bali. The stunning beaches have a magical power that attracts tourists from all around the world to Bali, but the culture and traditions brings them back.