9 Adventurous Things to Do in Bali

Most Popular Bali Nature and Adventure Tours

These adventurous things to do in Bali can add more thrills to your holiday in Bali, particularly if you prefer the great outdoors over the confines of a hotel. There's a great variety of landscapes just waiting to be discovered: lush mountain valleys and scenic lakes, challenging white-water rapids, and remote villages where ancient traditions thrive.

We’ve handpicked activities that show you the beauty of Bali’s less-travelled areas, mostly off the beaten tracks that are ‘in the middle of nowhere’. Longer excursions allow you to enjoy the island’s immersive natural beauty, from rice field treks for a closer view of Bali’s agricultural heritage to climbing some of the island’s tall peaks in time for the dramatic first light of day.

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    Trunyan is one of Bali’s earliest inhabited places and the lakeside village can evoke awe and wonder through its unique rituals and customs. The village is located on the eastern side of Lake Batur.

    One of Trunyan’s most interesting features is its burial rites – deceased villagers are wrapped and brought by boat to a dedicated burial ground and laid out around a large old fragrant tree that is believed to only grow here. The tree’s fragrance miraculously neutralises any odour from the decomposing bodies. It's a truly unique (and macabre) spectacle but a totally adventurous site to explore! The tour takes about 8.5 hours. Read More...

    You can enjoy challenging whitewater rafting on the Ayung River near Ubud. The river has Bali’s longest and largest rapids. A team of professional rafting guides assist you with the equipment and gear, while the action and thrills start as soon as you board your rafts and work together on paddling and steering through the Grade 2 and Grade 3 course.

    Vortexes of swirling foamy water, natural ramps, cool waterfalls and sudden drops are all part of this rollercoaster of nature. After the wet joyride, you can then dry off and replenish with a delicious gourmet buffet lunch. Allow up to 5 hours to enjoy this adventure. Read More...

    Both adventurous and accessible, this great Bali excursion packs a guided market tour, a nature trek and waterfall tour into a fun day out in central Bali. The tour takes place around the lush Balinese village of Blahbatuh in the Gianyar regency, with walks through the picturesque expanses of rice paddies in Antungan where you can refresh mid-journey with fresh young coconut and tasty local lunch.

    An ensuing ascent through a narrow forest trail leads you to the waterfalls of Blangsinga for a cool dip while admiring the views. The excursion includes a stop at Kemenuh Butterfly Park where you can see a small sample of Bali's magnificent winged specimens. Allow up to 8 hours to enjoy this tour. Read More...

    A climb up Mount Batur allows you to fully take in the magical sunrise over the vast caldera lake. At the peak, enjoy a unique breakfast: egg and banana cooked over the hot steam emitted from the volcano itself. Your hike down the slope traverses local plantations where you'll see fresh local produce and taste many different coffee brews available, including the world-famous civet-cat coffee, known as kopi luwak.

    Then, take a soothing dip in a hot spring at the western side of the lake, where the 40°C water makes for a warming respite to rejuvenate tired muscles. Allow up to 10 hours to enjoy the full adventure. Read More...

    The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is often nicknamed Bali’s ‘sea of green’. This calm and cool highland countryside offers one of the most scenic panoramas on the island, thanks to its expanses of deep emerald rice terraces. The region offers a combination of plantations and rice fields, alongside thick tropical forests around the slopes of Mount Batukaru.

    The mountain is also home to the ancient Batukaru Temple, which is also an included stop on this tour. The whole journey to this western part of the island takes up to 8 hours. Read More...

    The village of Tenganan Pegringsingan in East Bali is one of Bali’s oldest civilisations. It’s where ancient traditions and ways of life still live on to this day. The village is also famous for some of the world’s rarest tie-dye cloths, known as gringsing, which makes up the village’s name.

    This tour takes you to the heritage site where villagers uphold their ancient traditions, and besides admiring the ancient fabrics, you can also taste locally produced palm wine and admire masterfully handcrafted items. This full-day adventure ends on the golden sands of Virgin Beach in the coastal village of Perasi. Allow up to 8 hours to enjoy the tour. Read More...

    This adventure is great for Bali's nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. You’ll zip through a highland forest and along plantation trails around the village of Payangan in the central highlands, several minutes north of Ubud. You'll be riding ATVs (quad bikes) or specially designed dirt buggies.

    The action-packed ride concludes with a unique thrill to cool down – cruising along the region’s Siap River rapids in large inflatable tubes. Wetsuits, helmets, lifejackets and safety harnesses, as well as a delicious Balinese lunch, are all included. The thrill ride and river adventure takes up to 7 hours. Read More...

    Journey into Bali’s rugged interior on a 4x4 ride and enjoy a wealth of sights ranging from rice paddies and ancient quarries to high mountain peaks. One thing for certain is that you’ll get a feel for the character of Bali’s central heartland and the spectacular landscapes. The trip starts in the morning with a stopover at an old Balinese village with an ancient sandstone quarry where life-size masterpieces are carved by skilled artisans.

    You can trek through lush rice fields and learn to make Balinese flower offerings or canang sari before going up into the mountains via the rice fields of Jatiluwih. Lunch is served as part of the trip with Balinese delights and coffees. Allow up to 8.5 hours to enjoy the tour. Read More...

    For a short and simple tour to experience Bali’s green countryside, this tour is just right. Located close to the popular southern resort areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, you can tour the green rice paddies of the Kerobokan area where expanses of green and verdant farmlands can still be found, which can provide you off-the-beaten-track experience.

    The guided trek through rice fields can provide you with plenty of insights and includes a detour to an eclectic warehouse packed with unusual antiques, as well as a stopover at a local traditional market. The short tour requires only 3 hours. Read More...

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