Many tourists love Bali for its luscious paddy fields, golden sunsets, and platter after platter of seafood. However, if you’re someone who appreciates climbing through canyons or tackling rapids on a raft, here’s 10 of the best adventurous activities to try the next time you’re in Bali!
1) Embrace the Force of Mother Nature with Tegegunan Waterfall
The true power of nature resides in the thrashing Tegegunan Waterfall. Absorb the natural force of the waterfall, as you walk down the stairs to the entrance of this natural wonder. Arrive at 8am for the luxury of the entire place to yourself: take a dip in the pool, or the get your perfect Instagram shot here!
Entrance Fee: S$1.44 (15,000 rupiah)
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm
Address: Jl. Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80581
2) Dive into the USS Liberty Shipwreck in Tulamben
Located in the eastern coast of Bali, Tulamben is a popular diving site in Bali, and not surprisingly so. Apart from a wide variety of marine life, a dive here will reveal an extremely rare find — the ruins of a US liberty ship hit by a Japanese torpedo during WWI. This playground stretches across 120m, and is great for both new and seasoned divers. Best still, diving in Tulamben will offer a quieter, less crowded alternative to the highly populated diving sites in the Seminyak region.
Tour Cost: S$140.80 via Klook
Tour Hours: 7AM – 5:30PM
3) Hike up Mount Batur for Azure Sunrise Views
Alas, the majestic Mt Batur is a must-do in Bali. This mountain is dubbed the “most climbed by tourists” volcano, and is a great experience for beginners. The route will leave your muscles burning afterwards, but not until the pain feels unbearable. In fact, experienced hikers probably wouldn’t feel a thing!
The route is pretty straight forward and you will reach the summit in under 2 hours. But note that it’s compulsory to hire a guide if you’re attempting the pre-sunrise hike. The view at the top will leave you breathless, literally.
Tour Cost: S$50 via Klook
Tour Hours: 2AM – 12:30PM
Address: Batur Caldera | Desa Batur, Kintamani 80652, Indonesia
*Pro-tip: Keep your bottles and food inside the bag or the monkeys will probably help themselves to it.
4) Climb through the Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang
Step into a whole new world with the Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang, where rugged walls of rock is the only way forward. With a tall canopy of trees, and 30m high boulders, this location looks like a movie scene, starring you as the main lead. With your friends trailing behind you, you can either clamber across the jagged rocks, or embrace a fall straight into the deep rivers.
This adventure requires a reasonable level of fitness and fearlessness, but an experienced guide will show specific footholds and handholds throughout the trek. Choose to spend 3 hours in the rugged canyon by exploring a section of the Oos River between Ubud and Sanur, or leave mid-way after a 1.5 hrs trek.
– Entrance Fee: S$1.50 (15,000 rupiah/pax)
– Guide (for up to 4pax): S$10 (100,000 rupiah/pax)
Opening Hours: 8AM – 5:30PM
Address: Jalan Sahadewa, Banjar Wangbung, Guwang, Sukawati, Guwang, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582
*Pro-tip: Check the water levels by checking the Beji Guwang Facebook page — during periods of high tides, waters could reach up to neck level.
5) Slide down Extreme Rides at Waterbom Bali Waterpark
Crowned the Best Water Park in Asia by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice™ 2017, Waterbom Bali is indeed the best place to be on this hot, tropical island.
A top hit amongst adrenaline seekers, this place offers extreme thrilling rides that will send you swooping down the best mat racing slide in Asia — Twin Racers, or plunging vertically down into nothingness with Smash Down 2.0.
After a day of adventure, you and your friends can enjoy a massage, grab a bite at its various restaurants, or simply soak in the atmosphere with a float on the Lazy River.
Cost: S$44.7 via Klook
Opening Hours: 9AM – 6PM
Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Bali 80361 (Located in Central Kuta, near Kuta Beach and Discovery Shopping Mall)
6) Pump up your Adrenaline with Water Sports
Head to any beach in Bali, and you’re likely to have a splashing good time with a good range of water sports. These adventurous activities are best enjoyed for group travellers, and will last about 15mins/pax.
7) Rev Up the Engine with an ATV Quad Bike Adventure
Challenge yourself to the most exciting ride of your life with an ATV Quad Bike Adventure in Pertiwi (~S$70)! The sharp turns, narrow pathways and difficult terrain makes this trip rather thrilling for most. The best part — you don’t need to know how to drive to try the ATV. For those who prefer to take the backseat, there’s also guides ready to drive the ATV for you, while you experience the speed and prowess of its engine.
Tour Cost: S$71.60 via Klook
Tour Hours: 7:45AM – 2PM
*Pro-tip: Do not wear white, wear covered shoes, and bring an extra set of clothes.
8) Cycle through the Glorious Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Cycle through Bali’s famed rice paddies and nature rich Sribatu Valley. Through the less commercialised 20km route, you will get to retrace the footsteps of a local’s everyday life — bamboo forests, temples, traditional village, and rice fields. With potholed roads as your terrain, you will have to be careful to avoid a bumpy ride.
If any part of the tour interests you, feel free to stop the guide anywhere along the way to learn more about the Balinese lifestyle. With the majestic Mt Batukaru as your backdrop, the 20km biking tour will be a breeze for you and your friends.
Tour Cost: S$78.80 via Klook
Tour Hours: 8.30am – 1pm
*Pro-tip: Bring some cash to purchase local souvenirs sold in the villages along the way
9) Go White Water Rafting Down The Ayung River
Rush through the rapids of Bali’s longest river, with nature and canyon wall carvings guiding your route with every paddle. Fit for a group of 6, each raft will bring you through an exciting (and bumpy) ride along the famed Ayung River. Although the adventurous activity is safe for beginners and families, it still has its fair share of surprises, and thrills throughout this 2-hour path. Make the best out of your trip by booking through Bali Sobek, which provides internationally safety-certified equipment and reliable services.
Tour Cost: S$50 via Klook
Address: Jalan Gunung Agung No.4a, Semarapura Kelod Kangin, Kecamatan Klungkung, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80716
Opening Hours: 7.45am – 5.30pm
10) Jump off the 10m Kembar Waterfall
Hop on a day tour to explore the lesser known northern regions of Bali. Start the day off with sightseeing and an early breakfast at the scenic Ulun Danu Water Temple. After a local-style meal, walk deep into the heart of Ambengan Village, and you will find an astounding huge rice terrace known as the Secret Garden. Finally, end the day taking a leap of faith with a whopping 10 meter waterfall jump at the twin Kembar Waterfall’s refreshing waters. This free-fall, will definitely be a moment to remember.
Tour Cost: S$120 via Klook
Opening Hours: 8.30AM – 2PM
Address: Jalan Sahadewa, Banjar Wangbung, Guwang, Sukawati, Guwang, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 8058