These best activities in Bali are for those wanting to take a break from Bali’s shopping, dining and nightlife. It’s easy to get absorbed into all the things that this island is best known for, but there’s a lot to discover than meets the eye. Why not enjoy a splashing day at the island’s premier water park, or head to the hills and race through jungles on all-terrain vehicles? Along the coasts, Bali also has treasures to discover on the waves and under. Surfing is what the island became best known for, and there are magnificent reefs teeming with life beneath the surface. The best part about Bali is that it’s one of the places that you can enjoy as much or as little as you want, without breaking the bank. Here’s our compilation to help you get out and have fun with the most exciting things to do in Bali.
Catch challenging waves at mid and high tides at Canggu or Sanur beach on this reef trip. Indulge your sense of adventure and love for extraordinary surfing as you ride a wave, stand up, and glide toward the beach.
Once you are picked up from your Bali hotel, head to the Legian surf school. Catch a glimpse of Bali’s awe-inspiring coastline as you arrive at Canggu or Sanur beach with your experienced guides. At Canggu, jump into the water and surf the big, slow rolling waves at Old Man’s reef. As you get familiar with the water, challenge yourself with more powerful waves at Tugu’s reef and take the opportunity to surf from left to right and vice versa.
If you want to avoid the wind and powerful water conditions of Canggu, opt for surfing in Sanur. Take an exhilarating ride as you maneuver through the sheltered reef break. Feel the wind blow through your hair as you ride the large waves at mid and high tides.
At the end of your trip, return to the Legian school and review your thrilling excursion while your transfer takes you back to your Bali hotel.
2. White Water Rafting
Combine an exhilarating river rafting experience on Bali’s longest river with a revitalizing 60-minute spa treatment and dinner. Indulge in a Japanese-inspired Shinto Spa experience and an exclusive dinner at Yanie’s Restaurant & Bar.
Begin your adventure with pickup from your hotel and then travel to the spectacular Ayung River. Upon arrival at Ubud Adventure Center, listen to a short training session and instruction by professional guides before setting off on your river adventure. Brave your way through vortexes of swirling water, natural ramps, and sudden drops in elevation—over 33 challenging rapids.
After your rafting experience on the river’s Class 2 and Class 3 rapids, pamper yourself with a 60-minute spa treatment of your choice—either a foot massage, stress relief massage, or even a hair treatment. Put your relaxation in the hands of a skilled therapist who provides you with delicate, professional service that caters to your needs. Conclude your evening with an exquisite dinner in the exclusive Yanie’s Restaurant before your return transfer.
3. Taman Ayun, Monkey Forst & Tanah Lot
Discover Bali’s cultural heritage and natural beauty on this full-day tour. Marvel at the ancient temple complex and gardens of Pura Taman Ayun, see playful primates in the Kedaton Monkey Forest, and watch a spectacular sunset at Tanah Lot, a temple perched on a rocky outcrop in the sea.
Get picked up from your hotel and stop for a 15-minute leisure walk along the scenic terraced rice fields. Cultivated in unique Balinese style, the surrounding coconut trees, tropical scenery, and the gentle flow of the river will introduce you to the magical of Balinese culture
Next, journey through the Balinese countryside to Pura Taman Ayun, a temple compound with lush gardens, water features, and beautiful renovated structures. Soak in the serenity of this moat-flanked water temple with its multi-tiered shrines, grassy courtyards, and lotus-dotted pools.
From there, make your way to the Kedaton Monkey Forest and Sanctuary, where hundreds of gray macaques swing from the treetops and approach visitors. Walk among these curious critters and as the afternoon winds to a close, ride to Tanah Lot, a pilgrimage site and temple set dramatically on a rock in the sea. Watch the surf crash around the base of the temple as the sun sets on this picture-perfect scene.