(Update: Bali Paintball Arena closed down in late 2017)
Recently unveiled with a major facelift in brand and fresh, expansive grounds in Ungasan, the Bali Paintball Arena welcomes those with a penchant for adrenaline rushes and fast-paced fun to try out this competitive sport. It’s a good way to spend an exciting day with a group of friends, and for families with teens who need to take their sibling rivalry to the field – in a positive way!
The cliff-top arena is the only dedicated site in Bali where you can experience this sport, especially for the ‘woodsball’ or natural open environment aspect of this sport. It comprises three separate playing fields on over two hectares of hilly terrain with natural undergrowth and manmade wreckage hideouts, bunkers and various obstacles throughout.
The Bali Paintball Arena sits on scrubland within Bukit Ungasan, a rural region part of the island’s southern Bukit peninsula. Getting up here from the other main areas gives an ‘into the wilderness’ edge to your journey. It is a half-hour trip from Nusa Dua and an approximate hour’s drive from Kuta. The operators provide free hotel transfer services as part of their packages. Just after the welcoming drinks briefing and trial sessions are held with a weapons and gear tour.
Bali Paintball Arena stocks all the latest imported equipment. These include semi-automatic guns that provide accuracy and reliability, and most of all are lightweight and easy to operate. Slip into the military-styled camouflage jumpsuits, don headscarves, pick one of the awesome-looking Anex masks and feel like Rambo. The equipment is both neat and high-tech. The masks incorporate a double-lens face protector system – the most advanced form of eye and face protection on the market. The jumpsuits are thick drill woven to protect you from the rigours of combat.
At target practice, the instructor shows you how to handle a gun, load, point and then shoot at a coloured bull’s-eye. The gelatine shelled capsules simply splat on impact, leaving bright marks on the dartboard-like metal plate. After everyone gets a hang of it, the battle sessions begin!
In any game of paintball, the more the merrier, as you can form into groups to compete against each other in various forms of game setups. The battle atmosphere changes depending on the weather. In the rainy season the trees grow green and lush, but in the dry season the plants will wither and players will rely more on the various artificial barriers to hide and survive.
The two-hectare compound consists of Castle Island, The Kampung and an upcoming Speed Arena. These arenas are adjustable in accordance to the number of players. Castle Island suits games in the manner of ‘capture the flag’ that involves teamwork and strategy. Each team begins with the division of tasks among players and discusses winning strategies. Kampung Bali resembles a mission to seize a kampung or village. One team defends while the other tries to invade. During the struggles, casualties on both sides will fall. The team with the most survivors wins.
Various packages are available, but all include playing gear, a hundred or more paintball charges with extras available for purchase, game sessions on different battlefields, mineral water, a light meal and soft drinks, and insurance coverage. At the value package of Rp 400,000 per person, you get 100 balls and two game sessions to play in. The property also features staging and spectator areas for troopers ‘gone MIA’, locker and changing rooms, a large lobby with satellite channel television feeds, and a wide parking area.
Bali Paintball Arena
- Location: Jalan Alas Arum, Banjar Jaba Pura, Kutuh, South Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 889 6672