13 Most Popular Bali Tours And Activities

21 July 2015
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Bali may be small, but this Indonesian island packs enough natural charms and cultural experiences to keep regular visitors coming back year after year.

From world-class surfing and diving among the colourful reefs to inland 4WD and rafting adventures, mystical temples, picturesque rice terraces and wildlife encounters, Bali has plenty to offer thrillseekers and curious travellers on any budget.

If you're eager to connect with the local culture during your visit, you can join a traditional dance, yoga or cooking class to take home more than just photos from your Bali adventure.



Waterbom Park

Home to one of the world's longest water slides and 16 other exhilarating rides and activities designed for all ages, Waterbom Park is the king of Bali's water parks and a top family attraction.

The park is set among 3.8 hectares of shaded tropical gardens in the heart of Tuban and is close to many of Bali's leading hotels. If the rides don't appeal, you can treat yourself to spa therapies and beauty treatments while the kids have the time of their lives.

Lembongan Island Reef Cruise

Located 11 kilometres offshore, Nusa Lembongan is a protected island and one of Bali's natural wonders.

Cruises depart every day from Benoa Harbour by air-conditioned catamaran, offering a scenic tour of the island before you step ashore on to a private pontoon. Here, you can spend the rest of the day enjoying a number of activities on the reef, including snorkelling and banana boat rides.

The Lembongan Island Reef Cruise is suitable for the whole family and includes a buffet lunch, snacks and hotel transfers.

 Lembongan Island - a Bali natural wonder (images: Getty)


Tanah Lot Sunset With Cocktails

An icon of Bali, the trip to Tanah Lot Temple is mandatory for any first-time visitor.

This afternoon tour begins with a stop-off at the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest to hang out with the local macaques. From here, you’ll proceed to the beautiful Taman Ayun Temple complex at Mengwi before arriving at Tanah Lot just in time to watch the sun go down.

Whitewater Rafting

Bali may be known as a surfing mecca, but you can find many thrilling activities inland, too – none more so than whitewater rafting.

Depending on where you're staying on the island and the time of year, the two most popular destinations for rafting are the Ayung River close to Ubud and the Unda River near Klungkung.

Both destinations have a number of operators offering tours on grade two to grade four rapids to suit beginners and veterans alike. Beyond the thrills and spills, you'll have the chance to explore the real Bali as you pass by rice terraces and secluded villages.

Jimbaran Sunset Dinner

Watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while dining on fresh seafood and sipping cocktails at Jimbaran Bay's premier restaurant on this evening tour.

Jimbaran is conveniently located between Kuta, Nusa Dua and Ubud, and while an abundance of five-star hotels and resorts mean it's no longer the backwater town it used to be, the local fishermen haven't lost any of their talents.

The beachfront restaurants propped on the white sand are still essential ports of call for seafood lovers.

 Sunset at Jimbaran


North Coast Singaraja Tour

Discover Bali's former capital and second largest city on a full-day tour of Singaraja's temples, palaces and markets.

Heading north from Kuta, you'll leave the tourist bustle behind for a more authentic experience of island life, passing by rice fields before taking a tour of the old city's sights by horse cart.

Highlights include the magnificent Royal Palace (still the home of the royal family), Ling Gwan Kion (one of the only Chinese temples in Bali) and the Pasar Anyar night market (the perfect place to pick up bargain souvenirs).

Cycling Tours (Half And Full Day)

Bali's beautiful countryside is best seen by bike, allowing you to immerse yourself in the pristine surroundings and breathe in the fresh air while getting a great workout.

Although you can find bicycles for hire all over Ubud, joining a half- or full-day tour gives you the chance to see the very best of the island in the company of like-minded travellers and an expert guide.

These cycling tours take you to traditional villages, temples, rice fields, and banana and coffee plantations, and most include food and drink.

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Cooking Classes (Half And Full Day)

If you're a keen chef looking to add to your culinary repertoire, taking a cooking class is one of the best ways to connect with the local culture during your stay in Bali.

Bali's tropical cuisine is one of its many charms, and you'll learn to prepare a variety of traditional dishes, from spicy satay and salads to fruity desserts.

Many cooking classes also include a visit to a morning market to pick up the day's ingredients, giving you the chance to practise your bargaining skills.

Pro Surf Lessons

Surfing is how Bali tourism began, and the island's legendary waves still draw surfers of all skill levels from Australia and even further afield.

Whether you're a beginner on the board or looking to hone your skills, you'll find plenty of qualified instructors offering pro surf lessons for competitive rates at Bali's surfing hotspots.

You can find most of these on the southern coast and the Bukit Peninsula, from the bustling tourist beaches of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak to the more challenging Ulu Watu – strictly for the experts.

 Riding a wave in Bali

Tropical Trekking Tour

Ancient traditions and culture are still alive and well in Bali, and you can discover them for yourself on a Tropical Trekking Tour visiting remote villages.

This full-day tour passes through Tegalalang, famous for its exquisite wood carvings and scenic rice terraces, before reaching the highland village of Taro, home to one of the island's oldest temples and sacred white cows. After touring the villages, your expert guide will take you through the teeming bamboo forest before a buffet lunch at the Elephant Safari Park.

Ubud Artistry Tour

Ubud is Bali's arts and culture capital, and the Ubud Artistry Tour is the perfect introduction to the region's artistic heritage.

This half-day tour begins at the Neka Art Museum, where you'll have plenty of time to admire the paintings, sculptures and archaeological finds from across the island's history, before a trip to the market to see today's talented artists selling their wares.

The tour also includes a visit to the Royal Palace to admire its exquisite architecture and free time to explore Central Ubud.

 A typical Bali rice paddy


Ubud & Rice Field Tour

Whether you're already staying in Ubud or getting picked up elsewhere on the island, this half-day tour of Bali's cultural capital and surrounding regions could help you better understand what the Bali hype is all about.

You'll visit famous local landmarks such as the ninth-century Goa Gajah 'Elephant Cave’ and the Purbakala Archaeological Museum, and you’ll have free time to explore the rice fields and art market of Tegalalang, where you can pick up unique handmade souvenirs.

Uluwatu Sundowner Dinner

In a prime position on a sea cliff 100 metres above the ocean, Tanah Lot, the 11th- century Uluwatu Temple, is breathtaking to say the least.

This tour will pick you up from your hotel at 4pm, arriving at Uluwatu with plenty of time to catch the spectacular sunset as well as Kecak and fire dance performances, lively retellings of the Hindu epic of Ramayana.

The day concludes at Jimbaran Bay, where you can enjoy Bali's finest seafood on the white sand beach.

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