Bali may have a reputation for being a tropical paradise where poolside drinks never run dry and the perfect tan is indication of a holiday well spent, but don't be fooled. She has a wild side as well. Thrill seekers that delve a little deeper will be richly rewarded with a swathe of activities designed to get that adrenaline pumping! From coast to hinterland, pump up the adventure with these thrilling activities.
This high-speed activity will get you off the beaten track. Literally. Heading inland from Kuta, dirt biking tours will see you navigating secluded trails and hidden tracks. Zip along beaches, past picturesque waterfalls and over ricefields as you explore parts of Bali often overlooked. All experience levels are catered to and multi-day tours are available.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to fly through the air, this Bali activity will be right up your alley. Flyboarding is somewhat new to the thrills and spills scene, seeing participants soar into the air up to five metres with the help of powerful water jets. Experienced instructors will show you how to control the board before setting you loose over the ocean to zip, flip, turn and twirl before diving into the water.
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Speaking of upping the ante with water-based fun, water tubing is a great way to inject a little adventure into your Bali holiday. There are plenty of tours available that will get you in the water, floating the white-capped rapids of Bali's streams. When you're not navigating rapids, you'll float along with the current spotting flora and fauna as you go. This includes cheeky monkeys playing in the forest and rare native birds.
If you've mastered surfing, why not add wind to the equation for something a little different? Windsurfing is a great way to add a little adventure to your holiday. This extreme sport is very popular in Bali, with lessons available to show you the ropes. There are classes to cater to all levels of experience, allowing you hands-on experience with the equipment and in the water. It won't be long before you're managing your sail to catch the perfect wave!
If heights are no problem, you may want to take to the skies for a paragliding experience. Just outside of Denpasar you can take off from the top of beachside cliffs to be lifted by the Southern Trade Winds in an incredible gliding experience. Once the thrill of taking off subsides, you'll be set to take in incredible bird's eye views along the stunning coastline. There are a number of operators that provide tandem flights, ensuring there's an experienced guide to hold your hand the whole way.
In the northern reaches of Bali, canyoning has become quite the draw for extreme sport enthusiasts. Think climbing, swimming, abseiling and caving all wrapped into a single experience. You'll be strapped up and set loose on some of Bali's most amazing rivers, gorges and waterfalls, negotiating tight crevices, swishing down natural waterslides and ascending sheer drops. It's an adventure to test even the most fearless of travellers.