Bali — Things to Do
Even in the wet season, sunshine is usually sufficient for tourists to enjoy the many outdoor activities on the island. Surfing is a major enticer of international tourists, and Bali boasts a plethora of surfing meccas. Even though it is possible to take surfing lessons on the mainland beaches of Legian, Kuta and Seminyak, most of the best breaks are found “offshore”.
Surfing enthusiasts can hire boats for an hourly rate of about Rp 200,000. This enables access to some of the best surfing spots around the island, including the memorable Hyatt Reef break, the Sanur Reef break and the southeastern island of Nusa Lembongan.
Surfing is not the only major water activity luring travelers. Padang Bai, which is located some 50 kms to the east of Denpasar, contains serene underwater reefs that are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. In addition, Tulamben, Nusa Penida and Menjangan Island are among the more popular scuba diving spots. Travel to these destinations via one of the PADI or SSI affiliated dive centers.
There are other water sports to be experienced here. The Waterbom theme park is found close to the beaches of Kuta. Ubud has plenty of reliable whitewater rafting operators. Sport fishing is another main activity available to travelers in Bali.
Moving away from the water, Bali has a plethora of adventure activities to thrill and excite visitors. Jungle trekking and hiking have become popular. Tourists should head to the interior of for the best trekking routes. Ubud hosts many rice paddy hikes which are recommended for outdoor enthusiasts. Whitewater rafting down the Ayung river in Ubud is popular, as is the Elephant Nature Park.
Nature buffs have plenty of choices too. Bali Zoo is perfect for families and rests in the town of Singapadu. Bali Marine and Safari Park, Taro Elephant Park, Bali Treetop Adventure Park and Bali Bird Park are also renowned wildlife locations that will captivate travelers.
If Bali is memorable for one thing, it can undoubtedly be its spa and massage treatments. In general, a typical Balinese massage is done using specific local oils and herbs. Massages on the island are widely available in major settlements like Legian and Seminyak, and are extremely great value in comparison to Western prices. The hot springs of Lovina and Toya Bungkah are certainly worth visiting for rejuvenating purposes, too.