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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular outdoor activities in Bali?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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The thought of holidaying in Bali must have already set you off imagining yourself on the sea-loungers soaking up the dazzling sun by the Indian Ocean watching the sunset and sunrise over the expanse of azure blue. Well, get up off the sand and sit up- Bali is calling you outside to play. From hiking and cycling through the luxuriant green of rice fields and deep into river valleys to climbing active volcanoes, Bali provides you with fantastic outdoor adventure activities. Some of the popular outdoor activities to indulge in are


  • Biking/Cycling


For those who believe that getting wet on beaches is enough water sports and find seawater to be a little too wobbly and deep to venture forth, Biking or cycling through the beautiful coast roads and mountain trails of Bali is one terrific outdoor adventure activity to indulge in, wherein not only will you be able to cover many sightseeing options along the way and soak up the scenery, but also find it beneficial for your health, environment and wallet-a win-win for all. There are plenty of trails and paths in Bali that offer excellent cycling options. In Nusa Penida, between Toyapakeh and Samplan the beautiful, flat coast road is one such option. Within Ubud, the Monkey forest road, that features a number of shops renting out mountain bikes, heading southwest to the village of Nyuhkuning and Penestanan, is another path, meandering through paddy fields and local artists’ studios, that is suitable for cycling. Also the temples of Pejeng and archaeological sites of Bedulu are perfect for exploration on the back of a cycle.

Bali is filled with such cycling routes and you would do well to arrange with a cycling tour agency within Bali. It will eliminate the hassle of searching through the shops renting out mountain bikes for a good one, arranging for necessary accessories as well as searching for the suitable paths and routes to take, not to mention helping you figure your way out of traffic rules and local signs. Many combine cycling tours with other cultural activities. There are varied packages to choose from and you can opt for the one that suits you the most.


  • Rafting


Ideal for first time rafters and to a limited extent for the more seasoned kayakers of you, Bali has two main rivers for whitewater rafting-Ayung outside Ubud and Telaga Waja at the foothills of Mount Agung. Hardened rafters may find the rafting opportunities a little unexciting, given that both the rivers are class III, but coupled with the scenery and almost rugged backdrop, rafting is the one of the most fun filled activities you will get to indulge in Bali and the quickest way to get all wet and wild.


  • Surfing

        

Surf’s up in Bali, so where are you? Take your board into the deceptively calm stretch beyond the breakers and charge into the incoming waves. Bali is a surfer’s paradise and long known by that moniker. The beach break, off shore near the Hotel Istana Rama in Kuta is the best place to learn to surf. Old hand at surfing? Then head over with your board to the shifting sandbars off Legian, around the end of Jl Padma and at Kuta reef, 1 km out to the Tuban beach. If you know your surf boards, you can buy one at the several shops that line Jl Legian or better, rent one from the smaller shops on the side streets. Look for boards that are in good condition.

If the surf breaks in Kuta have only whet your appetite, then head to South Bali for bigger challenges. Northwest from Pecatu village, passing a rugged side road that branches off at Binging, a beach popular for its savage surf. Ulu Watu together with Pantai Suluban has been drawing surfers since 1970s and is legendary for its breaks.

Keep in mind that the breaks at a particular site depend on the season. From April to September, you can find the best breaks on the west coast and Nusa Lembongan, while in the monsoon season from Nusa Dua to Padangbai. Consult the local surfing schools and guides you tie up with for gear and classes and they will guide you the best on where to catch the best breaks.

There are a number of places where you can learn the basics as well as more advanced levels of surfing like Quicksilver Boarding School and School of Surf in Kuta.

        

  • Scuba diving


Bali’s underwater exploration is just as rewarding, vast and rich as the land up above, making it one of the best and most popular diving destinations where people keep coming back for more. Deep drop off, steep banks, shipwrecks, coral ridges, volcanic outcrops make it ideal for the more hardened divers and the novices alike. Teeming with diverse marine life, you will have manta rays, eels, crabs, mimic octopus, ghost pipefish swimming alongside you, or catch the vanishing tail of a turtle through the tangle of seagrass. Whalesharks and manta rays make an appearance year round while Mola-Molas make one from July to November. To get a facefull of the Bali diving experience, head over to south of Lombok at Belongas Bay. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air may be the more popular diving spots, but nothing beats the possibilities offered by the Lombok strait. Other diving sites to explore are Tulamben, Secret Bay and Amed. April to June and September to November are the ideal time of the year to indulge in scuba diving off the straits of Bali.

Go through a scuba diving outfitter as they will be your best source for reliable diving information, gear as well as ensuring your safety and giving necessary guidance. Some of the popular ones are:


  • Bali Scuba

  • Address: Duano Poso, 36

Sanur

Bali

80228                

Indonesia

Telephone: +91-361-288610

Official website: www.baliscuba.com


  • Atlantis Bali

  • Address: AquaLung Partner Center

By Pass Ngurah Rai, 96E

Sanur

Bali

Indonesia

Telephone: + 62-361-284131 / 286 367


  • Yoga


Considering it was Yoga and the possibility of a blessed life that lured people across the world to Bali, Yoga gets more of an honorary mention here, not only because it is one of the must engage in activities of Bali for just the reasons portrayed by Julia Robert in Eat Pray and Love. The number of posters and advertisements that you see across the island advertizing private yoga classes are proof enough of the number of people who come to Bali for getting a start on the spiritual path. You will find a number of big and small retreats, dedicated to meditation and holistic practices. Join one to first see what the fuss is all about and soon enough you will very well be on your journey to mind, body and soul harmony.


  • The Yoga Barn

  • Address: Jalan Raya Pengosekan (behind Siam Sally Restaurant)

Ubud

Bali

Indonesia

Telephone: +62-361-971236 / 971407

Official website: www.yogabarn.com


  • Bali Spirit


Address: Pengosekan

Ubud

Bali

Indonesia

Telephone: +62-361-970992


Make underwater friends, swim through shipwrecks, underwater mangroves and reefs, cycle through Bali’s cultural overlay, dive within to find your peace and sense of balance, even while you figure out your sweet spot on the surfboard as you ride the plunging waves-you will never want to come up for air.

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