That Bali is one of the preeminent beach vacation destinations in the world is well known. But are beaches all there is to this tropical paradise of south east Asia? Bali is a treasure house of so much, from culture to cuisine, and it’s well worth venturing beyond the beaches. While the beaches are magnificent Bali also offers up a host of adventure sport opportunities, breathtaking sights, marine life and a colourful culture. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Bali.
White Water Rafting
If adrenaline pumping sports are on your list of Bali things to do Bali’s Ayung river offers some truly challenging and fun white water rafting opportunities. Get in touch with one of the several local organizers and they will arrange a pick up and training sessions overseen by trained professionals. After that, you will be all set to tame the river and its adrenaline pumping swirls and rapids. The river Ayung is full of class 2 and 3 rapids making it an enjoyable and hair raising experience. When Barak Obama was recently on holiday in Bali with his family, it’s one of the things he choose to do – now there’s an endorsement!
Enjoy a Stay in a Luxury Villa
Villas provide the perfect place to stay in Bali when you’re traveling with a group of friends or family. The best Bali villas command some of the finest views of the Indian ocean and feature landscaped gardens and pools. You will get a level of service that is customized and personal. And best of all, villas allow for more space and more privacy, you’ll get to enjoy your own private pool and spacious living areas for socializing as a group. Bali Villas and More offer a range of villas around the island. If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, you’ll find cozy 1 bedroom villas perfect for families. If you’re travelling with family and friends, there’s everything from centrally located 3 – 4 bedroom villas where you can stay in the heart of the action in popular areas such as Seminyak, or book a ten-bedroom country estate in stunning tropical scenery.
Hike Through the Jatiluwih Rice Paddies
The Jatiluwih Green Land are so precious and so magnificent, they have earned a nomination from UNESCO for designation as a world heritage site. Hikers and trekkers though these rice fields often find themselves mesmerized by the contoured terraces, serpentine pathways, and a highly sophisticated communal irrigation system. The charming villages and the green tropical slopes will make you want to stay there for long as you can.
Go on a Quad Bike Tour
Thrill seekers can enjoy a great way to enjoy the scenic Balinese landscape, with an ATV Bali adventure. It’s a great way to combine fun and sight seeing, and will get you out of the main tourist areas whilst having a complete blast! Bali Island ATV are based in Yeh Gangga, they’ll pick you up from your hotel and in under an hour from Seminyak you’ll be at their base on the beach, just along the coast from Tannah Lot. This quad biking tour can be done solo, or riding tandem with two people on a bike making it great fun for all the family. Speed along the deserted black sands of Yeh Gangga beach, experience tranquility as you explore tracks through one of the largest areas of rice paddies in Bali. You’ll also explore traditional Balinese villages before heading back to base to end your trip with a BBQ Sausage Sizzle.
Get face to face with USS Liberty shipwreck
For those who love shipwrecks, there is a bonanza awaiting them in the form of USS Liberty shipwreck. The bonus? It also happens to be one of Bali’s finest diving spots. The ship was hit by a Japanese torpedo during the world war 2 and following a volcanic eruption, slipped onto the ocean floor. A truly fascinating adventure.
Dance the Night Away
Bali is a great place for a night out, with a vibrant nightlife scene – it’s often referred to as the Ibiza of Asia. Head on down to Sea Vu Play in central Petitenget for a fun night out. There’s a nautical theme here, there bar’s shaped like a boat, and the vibe is all about the good time! They’re open from 11am daily and also have a regular schedule of sports screenings. Sea Vu play is also one of the best Seminyak restaurants – line your stomach with some food from their delicious menu, inspired by Mediterranean and Asian flavours. After that take your time exploring the drinks menu – particularly the rum based cocktails and dance the night away to beats provided by the islands best DJs.
Book a Romantic Retreat
It may be your honeymoon or it may be just you and your loved one wanting some time away together. Bali is the perfect destination for a romantic break. Hu’u Villas located in Petitenget, Seminyak are perfect for such a trip. These contemporary villas mix the feel and style of loft living with a tropical vibe. Each villa has a private pool, and fully air conditioned living areas, which include a lounge area, dining area and equipped kitchenette. The bedrooms importantly have large comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms. Hu’u villas are some of the very finest Bali villas Semiynak. Enjoy a host of extras with your stay including airport transfers, free mini bar and VIP treatment at Sea Vu Play, which is just next door.
Learn Yoga with a Guru
Yoga is both a physical and spiritual exercise, and Bali is just the perfect spot for it owing to its Hindu traditions. You will discover a number of highly acclaimed yoga studios as well as yoga gurus who teach this ancient art to small groups of individuals as well as larger classes. Ubud is unquestionably the yoga capital of Bali, and you’ll find numerous world class yoga studios here, attracting teachers and disciples from around the world. If you’re looking for a one of class, or maybe a yoga retreat, no matter what school of yoga you follow, or your level of proficiency, you’ll find your zen here. Visit www.yoga-retreats-bali.com to find your Bali Yoga retreat.
Attend a Kecak Uluwatu performance
The Kecak dance performance is held during the sunset at the Uluwatu temple. The backdrop is a glazed sun setting gently into the Indian Ocean as performers dance to recreate the ancient tale of Rama and Sita. The chanting by 50 performers truly makes the place come alive and imparts a surreal feel.
Luxuriate at a Spa
Bali, the global spa destination, will spoil you with its many world class spa facilities. The spas are simply havens of undiluted luxury and tranquility, and none more so than AMO Spa. Chic, stylish and relaxing, you can find AMO Spas in Petitenget and Seminyak, and soon in Canggu. AMO Gained their reputation for excellence as a nail salon by turning out the perfect manicures and pedicures and have now expanded their range of treatments to a full range of massage, beauty, hair and nail treatments. Relax with a specially designed massage over 60 or 90 minutes, have revitalizing and refreshing skin treatments, and let one of their make up artists leave you looking simply stunning for that special event.
Enjoy an Early Morning Trek to Mount Batur
Witnessing the sunrise atop the active volcano on Mount Batur is very simply a spiritual and life affirming experience, and one that no visitor to this island should miss. The trek to the top takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on your fitness. Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast even as the sun emerges over the bed of clouds. The sweeping views of the island from up above further adds to the thrill of this trek. Set in the Kintimani area of Bali, Batur offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the island from rugged mountain sides, to forests, lakes and traditional villages.
Visit the Gili Islands
The Gili Islands, consisting of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan are a apopular destination for visitors who come to Bali. This islands all have a unique character, but all share the common themes of gorgeous beaches back by palm trees, warm waters rich in marine life, perfect for swimming or snorkeling and a lack of traffic. That’s right, there are no motorized vehicles on the Gili Islands. You can make your way around by horse and cart, bicycle or on foot. The best way to get there is bay fast boat and the Patagonia Xpress is the newest, most reliable and safest to get there. Think Gili Gili fast boat, think Patagonia Xpress.
Enjoy Some Serious Beach Time
You’re in the tropics, you’re on holiday, so it’s only natural that for most visitors part of your time on holiday is going to be spent on the beach! From the fun of Kuta Beach to the quiet isolation of beaches in the Pemuteran, you’ll find one for you. And if being at the beach is what you’re here for, then why not stay in one of the many fantastic Seminyak Beach hotels You’ll have the convenience of being amongst all the amenities that Seminyak has to offer, and meet your aim of clocking up those beach hours!