Bali, an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches, coral reefs, inexpensive partying, and iconic religious sites such as the cliff-side Uluwatu Temple. The rapidly growing tourist destination offers a lot more than being just another relaxing beach destination though. Our latest travels took us to this island filled with gorgeous waves and dramatic cliff drops. Along with it being extremely cheap, we were also blown away by the plethora of adventure activities on offer. So here’s a list of our top adventure activities to indulge in while in Bali!
(We were also scheduled for the Gili islands, but had to change our plans because of the earthquake. Nusa Lembongan made for an amazing substitute though. It had a lot of great adventure activities, some pristine beaches, and gorgeous cliffs)
The Sunrise Volcano Trek at Mt. Batur
Located about 45 minutes to an hour’s drive away from Ubud, the Mt. Batur sunrise trek is said to be one of the best sunrise spots in Asia. A relatively easy trek that takes you atop the 1717m tall active volcano, it can be completed in around 90 minutes by a healthy trekker and around 120 minutes by the not so fit. There is also an option to skip some part of the trek thanks to bikers. They will transport up a considerable part of the trek, for a fee of course, but you will still have to do the start and end on your own. Once on top, you can sit back with some hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or even beer, as the sun rises to reveal a majestic landscape against the backdrop of a volcano.
Snorkelling at Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is part of a small island group that’s located at a short 30 minute ferry ride from the Sanur Harbour on the main Bali island. It offers a great getaway from the city crowd, and you can do a day trip, or even an overnight stay (we stayed for two nights). You can rent scooters to explore the many beaches, cliffs, and other visual treats that the island has to offer. We went snorkelling one day across three of the best points the waters had to offer, and it made for quite an amazing afternoon!
Right from when you land at Denpasar airport, you’ll find people walking around with their surfboards. That’s because Bali offers some of the best surf conditions across it’s many beaches. Surf schools are lined across the popular Kuta and Seminyak beaches, but our favorite surf spot was at Nusa Lembongan. Green wave after green wave rolled in against the reef breaks here, making for one of the best mornings on the trip.
Cliff Jumping in Nusa Ceningan
Another great reason to head to the Nusa islands. Located in Nusa Ceningan, Mahana Cliff Jump point is a restaurant that has built ledges out onto their restaurant as diving points for cliff jump enthusiasts. They offer two heights to jump from depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, and charge for their jumps. Unfortunately the low tide at the time we went didn’t let us jump, but if you want a safe jump spot that’s monitored by people, this is the one to go to.
River Rafting in Ubud
The Ayung River Rafting located close to Ubud made for an extremely fun outing. While the rapids itself didn’t really push your adrenaline, it was a great overall experience. The guides also initiate water fights between rafts to keep the fun going, and the route was extremely scenic too!
While not really an adventure activity, the Tegenungan waterfall in Bali is a nice swim spot close to Ubud. A popular tourist destination, the waterfall also has some great picture opportunities. They’ve specially added props to enhance the pictures for all you Instagram lovers.
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