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Who says Bali isn’t the best destination for the adventurers among us? I’ll prove them wrong by describing these 7 awesome and adventurous Bali adventures!
Bali is known for its stunning rice fields, ancient temples, and beautiful beaches. With all that, it might sound more like a cultural destination than an adventurous one, and although it is very cultural, you can definitely get an adrenaline rush as well!
Let’s go ahead and see what adventurous things there are to do in Bali!
7 of the most adventurous things to do in Bali
- White water rafting
- Zipline and jungle swing adventure
- Unique and wild canyoning experience
- Bali adventure: ATV buggy ride
- Camp at the top of a volcano
- Swim with manta rays at the Nusa islands
- Black lava cycling tour
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1. White water rafting
Where: Ayung river (close to Denpasar)
Duration: 3 hours
Book your tour here: Ayung River: All-Inclusive Rafting Adventure
Ayung river is the longest, biggest and wildest river of Bali! That for the perfect place for a white water rafting experience and a Bali adventure! It makes it even more special as the surroundings are absolutely stunning!
If you are comfortable enough to take your sight off your raft and the river, you’ll be overlooking mountain Abang and there are also some beautiful stone carvings along the river.
All equipment you need, like a helmet, the raft, paddles, lifejacket and even a free shower and towel are included. This tour also includes insurance and a delicious Indonesian buffet-style lunch.
Pick up and transfer services from and back to your hotel is included from certain areas in Bali.
2. Zipline and jungle swing adventure
Duration: 5 hours
Book your tour here: Half-Day Zipline and Jungle Swing Adventure
Wander through the jungle, cross hanging sky bridges and soar through the coconut trees on a jungle swing. Rappel down to the forest floor and climb up into the trees again and feel that adrenaline rush when you zipline through the jungle while you hear the monkeys screaming!
After this Bali adventure, there’s time to relax at a natural swimming pool deep in the jungle of Ubud. Go for a swim and taste some real Balinese coffee.
Entree fees, equipment, a professional guide and hotel pick-up and drop off are included. Don’t forget to bring proper shoes, lunch and some money for personal expenses.
3. Unique and wild canyoning experience
Where: Tamata Canyon (Deep in the Balinese Wilderness)
Duration: 7 hours
Book your tour here: Bali Adventure Canyoning: Tamata Canyon
The canyoning experience in the Tamata Canyon in Bali is one of a kind adventure! It is more than a simple descent, it is an authentic trip deep in the Balinese wilderness.
You feel the adrenaline rush from the start till the end when you abseil down the many shorter and longer waterfalls. Make sure your condition is good enough to be active for several hours, as there is no other way back than going downstream!
The trip includes all the equipment you need, professional insurance, a light breakfast, lunch, and several snacks. You’ll be guided through the rainforest by locals and supervised the whole tour by professional ICOpro-qualified instructors and assistants.
Pictures are taken during the tour and the only thing you have to do to get them is bringing a USB! Also, don’t forget to bring a spare set of clothes, swimwear, sunscreen, drinking water, and a waterproof camera if you have one.
At the end of the trip you have access to a shower and a towel is provided. When ready to go, you’ll be transported back to your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan.
NOTE: This experience is not suitable for pregnant women, children under 18 and people with mobility or back problems.
4. Bali adventure: ATV buggy ride
Where: Balinese Jungle
Duration: 4 hours
Book your tour here: Bali: ATV Jungle Buggy Adventure
Feel like a rally driver on this ATV track deep in the Balinese jungles, which is created with only the toughest adventure seekers in mind! It is a challenging and varied trail which provides an intense driving experience!
After driving a high-end jungle buggy on a challenging course there is some time to relax. Sip a drink or take a swim at the pool, overlooking the amazing rice paddies.
Hotel transfer, safety equipment, insurance, use of locker and lunch are all included in this Bali adventure. Just don’t forget to bring your driver’s license and some sturdy shoes!
NOTE: The driver must be 18 years or older and passengers need to be at least 12 years old.
5. Camp at the top of a volcano
Where: Mountain Batur
Duration: 2 days
Book your tour here: Bali: 2-Day Sunset and Sunrise Camping at Mt. Batur
A camping experience like no other! Spend the night under a canopy of stars and take part in campfire traditions while enjoying a freshly prepared meal.
The first day you’ll hike up to mountain Batur in 2 to 3 hours. Take in the incredible panoramic views on your way and pitch your tent at the top, which is situated over 1700m above sea level. See the sunset from the top of Mountain Batur, while enjoying a snack prepared with the steam of the volcano.
Next morning you’ll see the sky changing colors from black to red, purple, pink, orange, yellow and eventually blue during the sunrise. On a clear day, you can see other islands, like Lombok.
On your way down, you’ll hike to the 3 main craters of the volcano and see some of the recent black lava flow! The tour ends at the natural hot springs of Batur, where you can relax and recharge body and mind before you head back to your hotel.
All camping equipment (like a tent, sleeping bag, warm jacket, and head torch) are included, even as dinner, breakfast, afternoon tea, and snacks. Pick up from and back to your hotel is all arranged, just make sure to wear proper hiking shoes and don’t forget your swimwear and camera to make this an unforgettable adventure!
6. Swim with manta rays at the Nusa islands
Where: Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan
Duration: 9 hours
Book your tour here: From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida
Explore the underwater world and dive into some of the most diverse reefs on the planet with the possibility to swim with Manta Rays at the Nusa Islands! These islands are much less developed than Bali and remain home to some impressive nature.
You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Bali and take the fast boat transfer from Sanur. Marvel at the dramatic landscapes and steep cliffs along the coast as you make your way to some of the island’s best snorkel sites.
At the protected bay of Manta Bay, you can spot Manta Rays that can have a wingspan of up to 4-5 meters! This is where the adventure gets real. Do you dare to go into the water where these beautiful creatures swim less than 1.5 meters from the surface of the sea?
After this stop, you’ll have an Indonesian buffet as lunch break at a white sand beach before you head towards other snorkel sites along the islands. You’ll also get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or private gondola.
Hotel transfers, the ferry, transport around the Nusa islands, lunch and snorkeling equipment are all included in the tour. Don’t forget to bring your camera and swimwear to make this tour a Bali adventure to never forget!
NOTE: Seeing or snorkeling with the manta rays is not always guaranteed on every tour, as it depends on weather and water conditions
7. Black lava cycling tour
Where: Mountain Batur
Duration: 9 hours
Book your tour here: Mount Batur: Black Lava Cycling Tour w/ Natural Hot Spring
Leave other touristy itineraries behind you and get off the beaten track to go on this Bali bicycle adventure! Ride 11km in 2 hours along the most challenging track with rock and lava remains from past eruptions.
You’ll pass a volcanic landscape that is complete with walls, cones, geothermal areas, a lake, lava flows, and more. Stop at one of the hot springs that are situated at this unique terrain to relax your muscles during this adventure.
After the ride, you’ll be transferred in an air-conditioned minivan to Toya Bungkah Village where you can enjoy the beauty and fresh air of the mountain and the lake.
Before the tour ends there is a stop at another natural hot spring where you can relax and admire the clear blue water of the spring.
Pick up from and drop off at the hotel are all included, even like all necessary mountain bike equipment, breakfast, a professional guide, and a shower and towel.
So, you just have to bring comfortable shoes, sunglasses and a hat, sunscreen and swimwear to make this day a unique and incredible adventurous experience!
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Thank you for checking out these 7 incredible Bali adventures! Hopefully, you found one or even more, you like to do when in Bali. Did you do any of these tours or do you have a question? Please let us know in the comments below!