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Sports fanatics: Top 15 exhilarating activities to do in Bali


1. Surf: You’re in Bali after all

Let’s start with the most obvious one: a surf lesson or two won’t hurt your pocket and will promise you lots of fun. Adrenaline junkie or not, the sensation of catching your first green wave is just unbeatable. Seminyak beach breaks and Batu Bolong and Old Man’s in Canggu are perfect spots for beginners. There are also plenty of surf schools around to choose from. We also operate a surf school, Surfisupbali, focusing on semi-private surf lessons with a 2 to 1 student to surf guide ratio. Feel free to check out our Trip Advisor link to see what customers are saying about us.

2. Yoga: Ommmm they say

Canggu and Seminyak are playing catch up with Ubud in the number of yoga studios popping up everywhere. If you are in Canggu, you can choose from The Practice in Batu Bolong, Samadi at Padang Linjong or the first ones to open here, namely Serenity and Desaseni – just to name a few. Seminyak is proud of its Jiwa Bikram Yoga and its Seminyak Yoga Shala. Apart from these, there are literally yoga studios for all types and levels. You can also practice a one to one yoga session in the privacy of your villa. Just message us or your villa manager and we will sort you out.

3. Diving: Catch some reef sharks in action

Watch the colours of the reef come to life with colourful fish, sea turtles and harmless reef sharks. Padangbai in Bali is the place to go and this can be easily arranged if you book with one of the many diving schools in the area. Geko Dive is also a  good option but there are plenty more. It is approximately 2 hours from Canggu and 1.5 hour from Seminyak and some diving schools will include transportation to and from this spot in their package.

4. Hike to the top of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise

A relatively easy climb starting in the early morning with the single aim of watching the most amazing sunrise from the top of the 2nd largest mountain in Bali. The colours of the sunrise and the view from the top are incomparable to any other Bali dawn. The walk down offers some breathtaking scenery that you never knew existed when you were climbing up the mountain in the early morning hours. Packages include pick up and drop off as well as English speaking guides. Prepare yourself for 1am wake up call to start this adventure – but it’s all worth it.

5. A white water rafting craze

If you like challenges, try out Bali’s longest and fiercest white water rafting at Telaga Waja river. The 14-kilometre course is Bali longest white water track with some sizeable waves and considerable drops and a 3-4 out of 6 River Scale difficulty. As well as the adrenaline buzz you’ll get from the experience itself, you will stop and swim in crystal clear waters with mini waterfalls. And if you don’t feel so brave, no worries, there is also Ayung river which is very suitable for beginners.

6. Dirt bikes: For the adrenaline junkies

Bali offers some world class routes for Enduro lovers of all levels from the black lava tracks in Kintamani to the Kintamani Forest to Tabanan Jungle and Tabanan Beach. Jaw dropping forest, jungle or beach views: you name it.

7. A horse ride on the beach

If you love horses and the beach, then you should not resist trying a horse riding session by the beach. You can book a horse ride by the beach at Kuda P Stables in Pererenan or Bali Equestrian Centre in Berawa – the first is a better value for money option. An early morning or sunset walk, when it is not too hot, is the perfect way to start or end your day.

8. Flyboarding: Feel like a super hero for a day

Pretend you are Superman and fly up to 10 metres from the sea. Perform any tricks you like just to impress your friends. And the best part of it: flyboarding is relatively easy. Most people stand up within 2 to 10 minutes as it comes as naturally as walking. And once you get the hang of it, your only limitation is your creativity. Head off to Tanjung Benoa and try out this exciting and relatively new water toy.

9. Seabreacher: Fly out and dive into the water

Carve left and right, jump over, dive under, cut though the waves and even do a 360 degree barrel roll on the water! If this sounds like science fiction to you, come to Tanjung Benoa and try out Seabreacher. It can reach a speed of 80 kilometres per hour and dive 2 metres under the surface of the water where you can navigate with a speed of 40 kilometres per hour. For the fearless, you can also jump 6 metres out of the water. And don’t worry, it is a 100% safe thanks to F16 fighter-grade glass. This aqua revolution of a vehicle means some endless fun.

10. Hop off on a biking tour

Explore the smoky Mount Batur and the misty Lake Batur in Kintamani, explore the secret trails of Ubud, get ready for some jaw dropping views at Jatiluwih rice paddies or just rent a bike and cycle your way through the paths less travelled,  starting from the north of Pererenan in Canggu and all the way to Seseh and Tabanan. The options are endless with this fun way to see Bali while doing some exercise. For the most adventurous, there are also downhill options available.

11. Go downhill

Go on a Cross-country, Downhill and Enduro track in Bali Bike Park which offers some steep slides and amazing mountain views through bamboo and coconut forests. The day ends with swimming and a much needed slap up lunch: though if you’re really keen, you can skip lunch and take a 2nd shorter trail instead.

12. Canyoning: Get your muscles pumping

Head off to Kerenkali Canyon in Gitgit Waterfalls: this is perfect for beginners to experience the thrill of climbing up a real waterfall. Canyoning is one of the few activities that will exercise all of your muscles so you might feel sore the next day but your fitness levels will have benefited! For the experienced canyoneers, do try Aling Gorges in Sambangan – this one is more challenging.

13. Wakeboarding: Get your adrenaline levels up

Bali Wake Park promises endless fun for wakeboarding fans. The park is set in 5 hectares and unlike other wake board parks, you are not pulled along by a speed boat but instead by cable systems that are built throughout this manmade lake. This means you can wakeboard as much as you like and even practice your tricks on a series of obstacles and slides. The cable system is also ideal for beginners.

What’s more, the park offers Asia’s biggest Aqua Park consisting of a series of inflatables over 8 metres high. Jump, roll, slide and challenge your friends and family. The fun never ends here.

14. Watersports: Splashtastic fun

Banana boat, parasailing, flying fish, rolling donut, jet ski: the choice is endless. Head off to Tanjung Benoa in Nusa Dua and you will discover a world of watersports that you will never want to leave behind. If you don’t know which to choose, try them all out and see what you like best.

15. Sea walker: Walk with the fishes

If you are not a great fan of diving and not the best swimmer to try snorkelling but still want to explore the marine life of Bali, hop off to Sanur and try out a sea walking tour. You will go at a depth of seven metres and will be able to see colourful fish, sea turtles and other marine life. The tour lasts 30 minutes and is a bit expensive but definitely worth it if you want to see what the Indian Ocean has to offer.

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