Aqua Star Bali
Aqua Star Bali lets you ride tandem using specially designed vehicles at a steady speed of up to 7kph down to 4m. At its pontoon, a 15-minute boat ride off the main coast of Tanjung Benoa, you take the dip down a ladder as oxygen steadily flows into your helmet. Take a seat, and after a signal from the instructor, you’re in control of the scooter, with around four instructors aiding and escorting you throughout your exploration of the coral gardens.
When you’re not leisurely cruising along past the colourful reefs, throughout your ride, the instructors will occasionally hand you a bottle full of fish feed with a perforated cap. This allows the tiny pellets out into the open with every squeeze. The ensuing swarms of parrot fish, vividly coloured triggerfish, clownfish and schools of angelfish around your helmet and scooter are simply part of the immersive underwater sensation. Don’t forget to have your picture taken.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 21:00
- Location: Jalan Pratama No. 112A, Tanjung Benoa
- Tel: +62 (0)812 3759 6410
Bali Wake Park
Bali Wake Park broke grounds with a splashing wakeboarding festival in mid April 2015, as Bali’s one and only water sports arena of its kind. The park is hard to miss, located near the entry into the Bali Mandara toll road and Benoa Marina in Pesanggaran, and features five hectares of artificial lakes and verges sculpted
Bumbu Bali Seafood Market Trip
As the Bumbu Bali uses the freshest seafood every day, you can go along with their chef’s daily expedition to the local fish market. You will be charged per trip, which is limited to four people at an affordable price which includes transport and morning tea. Apart from having beautiful local moments to take photos of, you will observe traditional market trading.
- Location: Bumbu Bali 1 – In front of Klinik Nusa Dua
Bumbu Bali 2 – In front of The Bu’Bu artshop in Jalan Pratama, opposite Kind Villa Bintang Resort
Both The Tree and Bumbu Bali restaurants feature cooking class programmes, though the latter is longer as it includes a market visit early in the morning. The Tree provides soft drinks, coffee, tea, Bintang beer, and Hat’ten wine, a CD of photos, a PT Sendok Bali’s cooking apron, and a certificate in their price; while Heinz von Holzen gives breakfast, non-alcoholic beverages, a course handout and certificate, as well as lunch. At the Tree, the teaching covers one kind of soup, two types of dessert, and five main course dishes. The Bumbu Bali five-hour class introduces you to exotic ingredients and 22 Balinese recipes. The Tree’s free pickups operate in Nusa Dua, Kuta, as well Sanur, while Bumbu Bali picks you up in Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, as well Jimbaran.
- Opening Hours: Bumbu Bali: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 06:00 – 15:00
The Tree: Thursday, 10:30 – 13:00
Glass-Bottom Boat Rides
Glass-Bottom Boats are perfect for those of you coming to Tanjung Benoa water park with toddlers! The boat’s number one feature is its view of the underwater beauty. You can also scatter pieces of bread over the water surface then hundreds of colourful fish will show up. Afterwards, you will be taken to the Turtle Island (Pulau Serangan) to visit a turtle breeding pen, a journey of approximately 20 minutes. In addition to observing various turtle species of all ages, you will see wild animals such as sea eagles, hornbills, bats, and snakes there.
- Location: Along Jalan Pratama
Jet-skiing through the waves in the sun is a truly exhilarating experience. In Tanjung Benoa, beginner's riding a jet-ski without an instructor is not allowed since the water park is busy with moving and stationary crafts. Don’t worry, an instructor will get on the back seat and leave the handlebars to you when you’re far enough from the beach and they’re sure that you understand the basic techniques as well as precautions. Now that you’re in control, enjoy the 15-minutes of fun speeding on the water or even making crazy turns if you’re an adrenaline lover!
- Location: Along Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa
Speedboat Towing Activities
A lot of the marine recreational activities in Tanjung Benoa involve being towed by a speedboat. The Banana Boat, the Rolling Doughnut, and the Flying Fish are inflatable rides; the first two are rough rides, even sometimes throwing you off into the sea, while the Flying Fish rises two-to-five metres high in the air on a rubber float like a kite. Water skis and wakeboards are also available along the beach, as well as parasailing up to 100 metres above the water surface. You can request for an instructor to guide and accompany you if you don’t want to do it on your own. Speedboat-drawn rides last approximately 15 minutes, while parasailing lasts up to five minutes.
- Location: Along Jalan Pratama
Tanjung Benoa Spa Centres
Tanjung Benoa is sprinkled with five-star hotels and resorts, most with spa centres ready with calming, rejuvenating, and revitalizing treatments. Thalasso Bali at the Grand Mirage Resort claims to be more than just a spa, offering healthy interventions and therapies using elements fresh from the sea. The trained masseurs at the four-star Bali Tropical Resort & Spa will help you regain your youth and uplift your spirit, while Mahalaya Spa at the Bali Khama aims at relieving your tension as well as indulging you in beauty treatments.
For options outside hotel complexes, you will find a wide range of soothing spa places along the main road. Baliwis Spa is the biggest stand-alone Balinese spa centre to rebalance your mind, body and spirit with its private rooms (VIP and standard), villas, beauty salons, Jacuzzis, sauna, as well a jet pool. Jari Menari stands out for its blend of ‘long massage strokes’, rocking, stretching, and palm pressure therapies.
Observing the underwater world is one of the marine recreational activities in Tanjung Benoa. Scuba diving and sea walking will allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the sea bed, while snorkelling gives you the views beneath the waves with relatively little effort. The business operator will provide you with the appropriate equipment depending on your choice of activity: masks, fins, vests, snorkels, wet suit, underwater helmet, weight belts, gloves, boots, and the breathing apparatus. Underwater cameras can be hired.
- Location: Operators along Jalan Pratama, to various dive sites at sea