Bali Adventure Guide

Whitewater Rafting, Cycling, Trekking, Waterfalls and Natural Springs

Whitewater rafting, river kayaking and cycling are just a few of the activities on offer around Bali's beautiful interior. Mountain trekking and climbing ancient volcanoes are among the more exotic pastimes on such a small island. No wonder it's frequently nominated and even popularly voted as the best island destination by readers of international travel and leisure publications.

You can soak up refreshing jungle sights and sounds at Bali's lush forests, national parks and botanical gardens; have a splashing time at Bali's waterfalls, or dip into the mineral-rich and crystal clear waters of Bali's waterfalls and freshwater springs. Here are some of the highlight activities that will promise you a great experience in the Bali outdoors.

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Cycling Tours

A perfect way to see the countryside - these "gentle adventures" offer a ride through rainforest, ricefields and the Bali backwaters with a few climbs up one or two hills!

Local guides will give you an insight into Balinese rural life, customs and religion, en route. An excellent way to quietly slip into the Balinese lifestyle.

Nature Adventures and Challenges

Wandering around... It is truly a treat to be able to wander freely around the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugul, central Bali. Established in 1959, it is a rambling 120 hectares, high on the slopes of forested mountains; with a massive collection of trees; and five hundred species of exotic orchids!

The West Bali National Park is a conservation park spread over almost the whole of the island's western tip. It is bordered by open savannahs, dense rainforests, tangles of mangrove swamps, and the colourful coral reefs of the renowned Deer Island, locally called Pulau Menjangan, habitat of the rare Java Deer.

Trekking in Bali

There are some places where you simply just can't take a bike... a volcano, for instance. Bali's ancient and rugged landscape is well represented by Mount Batur, also known as the 'Kintamani volcano'. The natural formation rises to a towering 1,717 metres, and remains one of Bali's natural wonders.

Best viewed in the early morning at sunrise, Mount Agung, Bali's highest and most revered mountain, home to the island's famous 'Mother Temple' of Besakih, is the island's ultimate trekking challenge. It is not difficult to climb, but you need a reasonable level of fitness. Start really early - a few hours before sunrise. You'll need a guide to take you up in the dark. The locals are well used to starting at 3am so don't worry. They'll show you a trick or two about avoiding loose shale under your feet, and even demonstrate how to boil an egg on the hot rocks!

Some of the locals (obviously triathlon candidates) will climb ahead of you (actually they whizz past) just to have a coke or water ready when you reach the top. They've made the effort to climb, so don't begrudge the slightly higher price for a drink! After all, how many people can say they sat on a volcano at sunrise and were waited upon?

Do remember to report to the police station at Selat before start off on your excursion, and drop by again on your return. A guide is necessary, and one can be pre-arranged in Selat or Muncan by just asking around the markets, or by contacting the Selat police station.

Waterfalls & Hot Springs

Splashing around... The cascading Gitgit Waterfalls close to Singaraja, present a spectacular 40 metres of crystal clear water rushing headlong into a seemingly bottomless pool. This alluring pool carries its own tale which can only be unlocked by a visit.

The Blahmantung Waterfalls in Pupuan takes long walk to reach but is really worth the effort. The Sing Sing Waterfall west of Lovina, actually means Daybreak Waterfall, gushes will all the possibilities and strength of a refreshing brand new day.

Another spot well known for its waters are the pools of Yeh Sanih. The attractions here are freshwater springs channeled into clean and tempting swimming pools, amid charming garden surroundings.

The steaming Banjar Hot Springs in south-eastern Bali are also worth a few days of heavenly soaking. Located close to the Brahmavihara Arama in Banjar, Bali's only Buddhist monastery, with a handsome structure offering inspiring views of land and sky meeting sea.

Whitewater Rafting

The spectacular Ayung gorge provides the setting for one of the most exhilarating of white water rafting adventures. The shallow winding river Ayung offers an adrenaline pumping ride with stops along the truly idyllic shoreline.

A number of experienced companies run by veteran river guides operate tours including the adventure specialists SOBEK who also operate mountain treks and cycling tours. 

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