Aqua Star Bali
Aqua Star Bali lets you ride tandem around a coral reef using specially designed submersible vehicles. Cruise at a steady speed of up to 7 km/h at a depth of about 4 metres. You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications as you would on a diving trip.
You depart from a pontoon that’s a 15-minute boat ride off the main coast of Tanjung Benoa, then climb down a ladder into the water as air steadily flows into your helmet. Take a seat and, after a signal from the instructor, you’re in control of the scooter, with around 4 instructors aiding and escorting you throughout your exploration of the coral gardens.
The trip includes the opportunity to feed the tropical fish, surrounding you with a swarm of parrotfish, vividly coloured triggerfish, clownfish and schools of angelfish. The instructors will also take your photo, to give you a memento of the experience.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 10pm
- Type: Pantai Melasti, Jalan Tukad Punggawa, Serangan, South Denpasar, Bali 80229, Indonesia
- Tel: +62 (0)812-3759-6410
Glass-bottomed boat rides
Glass-Bottom Boats are a great option for those of you coming to enjoy the underwater world near Tanjung Benoa with toddlers. Through the clear panel in the floor, you can get a good view of the shallower reefs and the wealth of marine life they support. You can also scatter pieces of bread into the water to attract hundreds of colourful fish.
As part of the trip, you’ll be taken to Turtle Island (Pulau Serangan) to visit a turtle breeding pen – a journey of about 20 minutes. In addition to observing various turtle species, you’ll see wild animals such as sea eagles, hornbills, bats, and snakes there.
Jet skiing across the sea off Tanjung Benoa is a truly exhilarating experience. Beginners riding a jet ski without an instructor is not allowed here since the water park is so busy. 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 and precautions. When 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!
A lot of the marine activities in Tanjung Benoa involve being towed by a speedboat. The banana boat, the rolling doughnut, and the flying fish are all inflatable rides. The first 2 are rough rides, even sometimes throwing you off into the sea, while the flying fish rises 2-5 metres into 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. 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 for about 5 minutes.
Tanjung Benoa spa centres
Tanjung Benoa is sprinkled with 5-star hotels and resorts, most with spa centres ready with calming, rejuvenating, and revitalising 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 4-star Bali Tropic 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 with beauty treatments.
For options outside hotel complexes, you’ll find a wide range of soothing spas along Jalan Pratama. 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.
While most of the marine fun around Tanjung Benoa is on the surface, observing the underwater world is just as enjoyable. 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.
Business operators along Jalan Pratama will provide you with the appropriate equipment, depending on your choice of activity: masks, fins, vests, snorkels, wetsuit, underwater helmet, weight belts, gloves, boots, and breathing apparatus. Underwater cameras can also be hired.