Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Bali

Bali is the place to go in Indonesia to have fun and it has all sorts to offer. There are best beaches, nightlife, shops, bars, restaurants and many more.

Among tourists, the most popular type of fun in Bali come in the form of outdoor activities and adventures. If you are planning a visit to Bali and would like to enjoy yourself out there of what the best nature can offer, then look no further than right here where you can get inspiration for the top 10 outdoor activities in Bali to enjoy.

Golf

Golf is a relaxing outdoor activity to try out while visiting Bali. Though it does seem out of the norm, golfing is quite popular among tourists visiting Bali. This might be due to the fantastic view that golfing offers to tourists in Bali and in fact there are many different kinds of golf course available in Bali, including a 9-hole course and an 18-hole course. There’s a spot in the mountains near Bedugul that is quite popular among golfers in Bali.

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting in Bali, Indonesia

White Water Rafting in Bali, Indonesia

One of the most popular outdoor activities is whitewater rafting. Rafting in Bali is not just an exercise for tourists, it also provides a way to view what Bali has to offer, in terms of rice terraces, lush green scenery, rainforests, and rivers. The perfect rivers for white-water rafting activities are the Ayung and TelagaWaja rivers. There are really nice rafting activity packages, which include lunch, showers, insurance and towels if you shop around.

Hiking Mount Batur

Mount Batur comes up when hiking activities in Bali are discussed. This is because Mount Batur is a great place for tourists that enjoy nature and hiking. Located in the east of Bali, the sunrise is one not to be missed when hiking Mount Batur in Kintamani because it is a view of nature in its purest form. Hiking this 1700 meters active volcano, which takes about two hours, is the ultimate outdoor activity for tourists that visit Bali.

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali

Bungee Jumping

Bali’s most popular type of outdoor activities comes in the form of bungee jumping. It’s quite a popular activity among extreme sports lovers as bungee jumping gives tourists a rush of adrenaline like no other sports. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, bungee jumping is available in many hot spots in Bali, including a cascade and a high tower.

Freediving

Freediving is a great way to get up close and personal with some of the best diving destinations in the world. It is a great way for underwater enthusiastic to enjoy a wide variety of marine life in the ocean. It is quite an imagination how beautiful the underwater scene is in Bali since Bali is known to be in the centre of the coral triangle, which boasts of the biggest range of marine life in the world. One of the most popular freediving spot in Bali is the best-kept secret – Amed, where you can sign up with one of the numerous freediving courses here.

Diving

Diving Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Diving Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Diving is one of the favourite outdoor activities in Bali as there are many interesting dive spots in Bali. One of the most popular ones is the Barat National Park. In Barat National Park, the Pulau Menjangan is considered one of the best spot for diving in Bali. Another popular spot is located at Tulamben as you can find the wreck of the Liberty, a US Army Transport ship sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942, here.

There are also nice diving spots in Sanur, which is near Denpasar and also in Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan islands. Guides are provided in diving packages in Bali, as well as many other interesting deals. There are crystal-clear waters, where diving can be done and also where there are large varieties of tropical fishes and sea turtles.

Canyoning

Canyon is an extreme sport in Bali that is considered a popular outdoor activity among tourists. In many ways, canyoning plays a huge part in helping tourists get closer to the unspoilt nature of Bali. It is a great adventure, where tourists in groups or on their own can get close to exciting streams and many kinds of plants species while canyoning in the forms of walking, caving, scrambling, jumping, sliding and abseiling. A lot of canyoning packages are available with this extreme sport, including professional river guides, equipment, towels and much more.

Surfing or Kitesurfing

It is well known that Bali as some of the best surfing spots in the world. The west coast of Bali is really popular among tourists for its surfing activities. Everyone, from a beginner to an expert, is welcome to surf in Bali. There are courses for surfing available on hand to help tourists, who are beginners. There is also a range of surfing clothing in Bali, so tourists do not need to over pack their luggage with surfing gears. There’s also another kind of surfing that can be enjoyed in Bali, which is known as kitesurfing. Kitesurfing activities in Bali come equipped with the same kind of facilities that are offered for surfing activities.

Surfing in Kuta, Bali

Surfing in Kuta, Bali

Trekking

Trekking is a really popular outdoor activity among tourists visiting Bali. Best done in the early morning, trekking provides some of the best visual sights tourists can witness in Bali. Tropical Trekking is considered a very affordable outdoor activity and most of the packages include hiking sticks, hotel transfers, torches, breakfast, a guide and wet weather gears. Trekking can also be done in jungles, villages and rice paddies. There are naturally many trekking tours to choose from in Bali.

Trekking through rice fields, Bali

Trekking through rice fields, Bali

Snorkeling

Snorkelling is a fun activity that many tourists in Bali enjoy. It’s a great way to get close to underwater nature surrounded by a huge range of exotic fishes and other sea creatures without the need for a lot of gears. It is one of the simplest yet fun underwater adventures in Bali, where you can find many snorkeling tours and packages that will take you out to sweets spots around Bali for the best snorkelling experience.

In Bali, a range of outdoor activities is available for tourists to quench their adventure thirst. From water sports to activities on land, Bali has everything ready for tourists to enjoy. You just have to choose which activities that interest you and book your time before you land in Bali, so as not to miss out of the fun outdoor activities.

Photo credits from top: Fabio Achilli, Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten, Paul Hessels, Egor Pasko and Bonita de Boer

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Top 10 Places to Surf in Indonesia

Indonesia is not unknown to many surfers around the world to have many perfect surf spots around its many beautiful islands surrounded by many choices of waves. Be it that you are an advanced surfer or a beginner, you will be sure to find a place to surf here.

Many surf travelers will come to Indonesia for its perfect surf breaks, white sand beaches, warm and sunny weather and local friendly people. This is almost a perfect setting to make Indonesia an ultimate surfer’s paradise.

The swells come from the south and southwest of Indonesia, so all the coastlines facing in these directions will get a good amount of waves to surf. This includes places like Bali, Lombok, Java, Sumatra, Flores, Sumbawa, Sumba and Timor, just to name a few of the thousands of islands in Indonesia.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Places to Surf in Indonesia:

Surf waves in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Surf waves in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia


Bali

With as many as 100 surf spots in Bali, it can be best known for surfing in Indonesia, not just because it is the main tourist place in Indonesia. Bali is known for surfing places like Padang and Uluwatu which is famous for its entry cave. The full force of wind comes from southern ocean swell therefore, its southwest or southeast coasts are dotted with many surf spots. Come during the dry season from June to September for perfect surf conditions though this is also the peak season so be prepared for the crowd.

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Surfing in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Surfing in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Lombok

Next to Bali, is the less crowded Lombok but no less in beauty. This may be your answer to perfect surf without fighting for space. One of the famous secret yet not so secret anymore surf place is The Desert Point. There are good surf breaks here in surf spots like Mawi, Mawun and Point X along the southern coast of Lombok. The best season to come here to surf is from April to October and the swell comes from southern wind as well.

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Surf Desert Point, Lombok, Indonesia

Surf Desert Point, Lombok, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan or Gili Air

Two of the three famous Gili Islands in Lombok deserve top places on their own for having own unique surf breaks. Though the frequency is not as good as the other spots in Lombok, this place promises good surf for the experienced surfers if they manage to catch the breaks. Many of the locals come here to enjoy the surf in secret and when in good timing it will swell more than you expect but do be careful as it can be unexpected.

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Surfing in Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

Surfing in Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

Sumba Islands in East Nusa Tenggara

In the East Nusa Tenggara, the waves are different from the rest of Indonesia. If you don’t mind the basic setup of this place, then you will be rewarded with high-quality waves in between major breaks. Nihiwatu offers many reefs, bays and river mouths and the waves are just insane. Go during the dry season of March to October for the Indian Ocean swells, which can be up to 12-15 feet high from the southwest direction. The wind here does not blow consistently though unlike Bali nearby.

Sumbawa Islands, Lesser Sunda

Finally an excellent surf place for all levels of surfer, this site gives a massive swell to break before sucking out on the inside reef. Located east of Lombok, you may find it less touristy and more space for you to surf. Go to offshore for good surf breaks. Best time to come here is also the dry season from April to October for its southwest wind.

Surf Lakey Peak, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia

Surf Lakey Peak, Sumbawa Island, Indonesia

Panaitan Islands in West Java

At West Java, facing the southwestern wind from the Indian Ocean, Panaitan offers one of the best waves in Indonesia. You will find good waves here with less the crowd in comparison to places like Bali and Lombok. The dry season of April to October is the best time to come for reliable surf breaks. The surfing spots like Apocalypse in Panaitan Islands had been touted to be epic where if you score this place you will get tubed.

Grajagan (G-Land) in East Java

Another epic surf place that many people love, where it is touted to be adventurous with minimal crowd. It has different sections along 2km long point, from hollow walls to shallow and dangerous reef. G-land also has world-class barrels on lower tides and bigger days but be careful of sharp reefs at the break, therefore booties are a must. It is also known of its consistent offshore trade winds.

Surf G-Land, Java, Indonesia

Surf G-Land, Java, Indonesia

Mentawai Islands in Sumatra

At the West of Sumatra, the Mentawai Islands have the most consistent surf breaks in Indonesia making it one of the preferred choices for serious surfers. Surfing spots here include like E’bay, Beng-beng, Nipussi and Pitstop. Best time to come here is during the dry season of May to October. Here you can get many islets and flawless reef with sun blue waters, and also offshore winds and spitting tubes. The most choices of places to stay on Mentawai Islands would be on the big island of Pulau Siberut *. You may also find some remote and luxurious choices at Sipora Island, for example, the Simakakang Villa *.

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Hinako Islands in North Sumatra

Remote location that takes you into the deep water trenches which funnel in the southwest Indian ocean swell. Here choose Asu or Bawa for its reputation for consistent overhead surf. You get surfing on outer-islands reefs and crystal clear water. Come here in between May to October during dry season for the best surfs.

Surfing Mentawai Island, Sumatra, Indonesia

Surfing Mentawai Island, Sumatra, Indonesia

Nias Islands in West Sumatra

Nias Island is famous internationally as a surfing destination with the famous Sorake Bay. This place provides both left and right-hand breaks. Although it saw fewer travelers due to the earthquakes in 2004 and 2005, it had picked up again in recent years, and as always the waves still rush to shore. Like Hinako Islands, come here during the dry season of May to October too.

Photo credits from top: Madeleine Holland, Siim Teller, Mike Slagter, Mike Slagter, Edouard Brèthes, Sunova Surfboards, Imanol Sorazu and clogwog

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