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What You Should Know More About Adventure in Bali
To reach Bali from India, you must follow the steps below:
Visa on arrival is offered in Bali for Indian passport holders. Visa on arrival is acceptable in Bali but limits your stay for a maximum of 30 days. You can seek to extend your visa or another 30 days by paying a fee of US$35. There are many travel agents around the airport who would be helpful in getting your Visa extended.
Getting a visa on arrival is, however, a pretty straightforward process in Bali and you won’t have to wait for too much to step into the country.
The local currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah wherein 1 Indian Rupee amounts to 206.39 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Several hotels will however accept payment in US$ too.
The local language is Balinese. However, you will be able to well converse in English at most places around the country.
The most popular season to visit Bali is during the months of May, June and July. This is when Bali is the coolest. After July, Bali gets annual rainfalls and won’t be too suitable for day trips. Other times of the year are too hot. However, you will always get high humidity regardless of the time you visit Bali.
While even a lifetime won’t seem enough to explore the beautiful Balinese Islands, you can hope to make a decent vacation in two weeks. This includes being a part of all major activities, visiting all popular places and being a part of the Balinese culture and celebrations. If you are taking a honeymoon, a week of stay should be enough. However, if you want to exploe the country fully, as a traveler, use your 30 days of visa!
Bali is quite humid all round the year. The days are always hot with the sun shining at its best! The average temperature during the day is about 26 degree Celsius. Nights are more comfortable but still humid. You will want to pack your bags likewise.
You won’t need to carry too much on your trip to Bali and even if you have forgotten something, you will most likely be able to buy it locally. Being one of the most frequented islands, you are never far from supplies, whatever it may be. This also gives you the advantage of being able to carry a lighter bag.
Overall, your Bali packing should be about:
Bali is one of the least expensive countries to explore. You can hope to make a budget trip under INR20,000 for a week and inclusive of stay, food and transports. The overall trip cost will depend on the kind of vacation you are looking for. Staying in cities like Seminyak wil cost you more but you will have access to all things luxurious. However, if you have a tight budget, you can find really cheap accommodations in places like Ubud.
The same goes for transportation and food. Going by public transport would be the cheapest option but you would be limited by timing and route flexibility. At the same time, you can also hire a bicycle at a very cheap rate to go around the country.
Bali is full of natural and outdoor escapades. If you have been looking to challenge yourself, there are many ways you can feel the adrenaline rush in your blood!
Here are some of the things that you can choose from:
Top opportunities for extreme sports in Bali include:
The best beaches in Bali for water sports are:
Cycling in Bali involves making steep climbs, peddling across the dense jungles, sailing through the beaches and getting back in touch with nature. There are a lot of places that you can explore by cycling and includes temples, volcanoes, villages and rice fields. One of the best park of the journey is the Tegalalang Rice Fields.
Whether you are alone or traveling with your partner, it would be a peaceful experience that you would treasure for a lifetime. Renting a cycle is easy and is also the safest and cheapest means to get around the country.
If you are planning to learn surfing, there are several beaches that offer low waves and the perfect stage for practice. There are several kinds of course available and with experience instructors and gears. The west coast of Bali, especially Kuta is where you would want to learn to surf. The surfing scene is prevalent all round the year.
However, for average and safe waves, it is recommended that you hit the ocean in the months of June and July. During the rainy season, the swell can get unmanageable for inexperienced surfers.
Apart from the rainy season, between August and December, Mount Batur would be a great experience all round the year. However, it is also recommended that you check the weather prediction for the day you plan the trek. the total height of the mountain is 1717 meters and it would take about 30-45 minutes for an average person to make the climb.
Bali offers a range of river rafting opportunities for both learners and professional adventurers. Regardless of your experience, river rafting is a convenient safe activity as you will always be accompanied by trained instructors and you would always be required to wear special gears to meet eventualities.
The top places for river rafting include:
The best time to go river rafting is in the month of June and July when the waters are relatively safe. However, if you have been looking for more adrenaline rush, monsoons would be a very exciting opportunity. This would be the months between August and December when it rains.
The Buffalo Race or the Mekepunk Races happen every year between July and October and on most Sundays across the island country. It is necessary that you check out the weekly calendar as the races don’t happen every week. The event is a major ritual in Jimbaran, West Bali and features hundreds of paired buffalos team up together with their jockeys handing the controls.
The fastest in each of the races will take part in the big annual event, also known as the Jimbaran Regent’s Cup and the Governor’s Cup. Checking out the buffalo race is free of charge but there is always a degree of risk being close to the powerful racing animals.
It is one of the newest water sports inclusions across Bali and is seriously exciting and exhilarating. It a modified form of jet skiing wherein you can feel like the iron man going up into the air! Learning to fly board is easy and you can go up to 5 meters in the air but jetting water into the sea.
Professional fly boarders can go up to 10 meters! The top beaches to fly boarding include Legian, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Kuta and Tanjung Benoa. The minimum age for fly boarding is 14 years.
The road distance from Bali City to Mahana Point is about 56 kilometers. It is the only place in Bali where you can seek to do a cliff jump.
One of the most extreme of sports, cliff jumping requires true guts! For those pursuing the adrenaline rush, Mahana Point can be a great experience. The jump is pretty straight forward and it is highly recommended that you jump during the sunset. It’s an amazing experience. The cliff is about 7 meters high but it is necessary that you wait for the high tide before the jump. Low tides can risk serious injuries.
Cave Diving in Bali is one of the most unique ways to check out the incredible marine life of the Indian Ocean.
The top cave diving sports include:
Cave diving is recommended for professionals or divers with prior scuba experience. Regardless of your scuba skills and experience, you will always be accompanied by an experienced instructor and are also required to wear all safety equipment necessary for the dive. This also goes on to make the dive completely safe.
Free diving is both a highly challenging and exciting experience. Its diving underwater without any oxygen apparatus. The dive depends on how long you can hold your breath under water. The most popular spot for free dicing is the Tulamben shipwreck, located in East Bali. With plenty of colorful coral reefs around, it’s an out worldly experience. Most free diving is level 1 course, wherein you will have to be accompanied by an instructor.
You can expect to pay about US$260 for a 2 day course.
Kite surfing is modified form of board surfing but you are attached to a parasailing kite that is propelled by the wind. Using the rope, you can change directions and ride the wave at top speeds in the direction of the wind. It’s a surface water sport that calls for enthralling adventure.
If you have wanted to do kite surfing in Bali, the popular beaches would include:
Water tubing, also known as bumper tubing or simply tubing, is an adventure sport where the participant rides in the inner circumference of the tube while it is dragged across a water surface.
The best places to water tubing in Bali include:
Paragliding is an amazing way to get the birds eye view of the picturesque Balinese Islands above the blue Indian ocean. As the wind hits your face, you are transformed into a different world altogether.
Paragliding opportunities are available in:
While rock climbing in Bali is still in its infancy, there are a few places where you can choose to harness your climbing ropes. The limestone sea cliffs around Pecatu are the most challenging of rock faces to climb. However, if you are inexperienced, you would probably want to check out the controlled indoor climbing arena in Seminyak.
When rock climbing, it is important that you:
Popular places offering quad biking adventures in Bali include:
The only place to do a bungee jumping in Bali is located inside the grounds of the Double Six Night Club. It’s a 150 feet tower that has been purposefully built across the beach ad gives you an amazing experience. The jump site is one of the most dramatic bungee experience designed in the world.
Reaching the top requires you to get on an elevator and you cannot take the stairs just to check out the view! After all, the view is meant to serve a very adventurous purpose. However, do check the availability of the Bungee before you reach the site. Your hotel in Bali would be able to help you with information.
There are popular submarine ships that allow tourists an experience of the under waters. It’s perfect even for those who don’t know swimming. The decent is usually for a 45 minute and takes you across the colorful reefs of the Indian Ocean. The submarines are purposely built for the comfort of the tourist and you can even seek to sip on a glass of wine while experiencing the magical marine life. Myriads of fishes and other sea creatures in various shapes and colors make for a unique visual treat.
Plunging up to a depth of 15 feet, sea walking is yet another way to experience the sea life around Bali. A sea walking tour takes you into the shallow ocean waters where you can experience coral and myriads of colorful fishes and other marine creatures. Sea walking is safe and open for all. You can actually get deeper into the sea by wearing a sea helmet and come face to face with some of the most exciting creatures inhabiting this planet.
The Seawalking will be accompanied by trained instructors who will make your tour comfortable as you get busy admiring and clicking photos of unseen life forms. Seawalking in Bali doesn’t need prior training and you also don’t need to know swimming. You will actually be walking on the sea floor!
The Elephant Safari Park in Taro, Bali offers the opportunity to hop on the back of elephants and check out the lush natural setting of the jungle. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the pristine environment while getting up and close to the beautiful and gentle giants.
You will also get to see other wild elephants go on with their usual activities around the natural habitat and it would be an exciting experience for all. Further, you can choose to hand feed the giants, take selfies with them and even pet them for a while! The Elephant Safari Park is a hit with both adults and kids!
It is highly recommended that you don’t do alcohol before any kind of adventure activities. Most adventure sports require your full stamina and alcohol increases your blood pressure to a great extent. The results can be fatal. Alcohol consumption in Bali should be strictly reserved for your dinners and when you can allow your body to rehydrate.
The temperature across the day is hot and even if you aren’t planning on doing any adventure activity, alcohol consumption in this highly humid climate can make you dizzy. You don’t want to have a headache when checking out one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Depending on the kind of medical situation you land yourself in, it is necessary that you visit the nearest hospital and clinic. Medical facilities around Bali are pretty good and it shouldn’t take you too much time to reach the nearest one. The BIMC chain of hospitals is one of the most recommended for their prompt services and high end medical facilities.
Getting ill in Bali is easy if you haven’t been taking care of yourself. The climate is hot and humid and there are pretty good chances of contamination if you have been eating and drinking from local shops. While prevention is always better than cure, finding a hospital should be the first course of action when you land yourself in an un-pretty situation.
Bali is a foodies delight. The best thing is that you don’t need to be hardcore seafood over to enjoy the cuisine of Bali. There’s a lot of opportunity even for someone vegetarian or even vegan!
Top dishes to try include:
There are several money exchange facilities available in Bali. However, make sure you are taking the services of an authorized agent. Your best bet is at the airports.
Traveller Tales from Bali
22 September 2016
A fabulous country with great friendly Balinese – this is the limelight of my trip to Bali for five days, my company had arranged for a five day sightseeing tour abroad, and this is when we all immediately nodded our head for Bali when one my colleague hinted that this is a wonderful place on Earth, so immediately without any second thought our team hired the travel agents for Bali. It was like a dream destination spot for me and my team never expected such a type of output from a foreign state like this. Such a small place but there is many things in store from Bali. What inspired me more in this place apart from sightseeing is the culture of the country, it is simply out of the world experience, as they say big things come in small packages, even though this was a small tour package we were able to cover many things under one roof. The Elephant safari was somehow missed out as we lacked time, but no regrets I am planning to go again next year with my family personally. Some of the best places that I recommend over here are Legian and Sanur. And Guys don’t miss out the rich rice farming vegetation and coffee plantation at Bali. If you plan and jot down the main landmarks you can very well get a chance to cover it all. A little bit of planning is enough to enjoy such a place. Note – if you don’t research and visit there are chances that you will miss out seeing important attractions at Bali. Bali is completely safe for couples and family, so I recommend this tour for people who want some privacy in their trip. A final word – my review is incomplete if I don’t mention my tour to the volcano. Splendid tour!
22 September 2016
Bali is indeed a great vacation destination! I went over here along with my husband on our honeymoon, initially I was bit afraid to take up a cycling tour as you need lot of energy to cycle in and around Bali, but the organizers gave us lot of rest time so that we could refresh. Well speaking about the trip – great and fabulous. Cycling to the terraced rice fields and visiting the adjacent landmarks and villages were more than memorable. Jatiluwih is known for its famous rice paddies and I am happy that I saw that for real, well speaking about the real fun – the water rides, the sporting activities and the bonfire were charming. Food was good and we were offered plenty of activities to indulge in. The guides were supportive and had good communication skill. Suggestions – Carry comfy footwear, sunglasses and a good camera (Guys you have loads to capture at Bali). It was an amazing and pleasant stay at the Pacung mountain resort (nice resort experience – I ll write about this a review separately) Well guys if you are planning to take this trip I advise you to take few days of stretching exercise in prior so that you can enjoy to the core!
22 September 2016
Well that now I am back from my Bali 6D/5N cycling tour, I have only two words to say – enchantment incarnate! Even though this trip can be a great trip for couples or friends, I feel it is ideal for family vacation too. I took up this trip with my wife and we got that full-to-full enjoyment. The itinerary and the procedures were explained to us well in advance to us by our team and so it was easy for us to stick to it. The whole way cycling to Volcano at Batur and then cycling to Pacung - Mengwi – Ubud was a bit tiresome (but if you have stamina you can very well manage it). Still the night halt at the hotels and the resorts gave us the needed break and took off the tiredness’. My wife loved the cycling to the rice fields and the nearby village. The folk dancers danced well to the local music and we should admit that we got an exhilarating experience, well all that being said, the trip was above average with prices being at par with the services. Lastly I would like to wind this review by saying that I recommend this trip for sure.
22 September 2016
Bali is paradise on Earth! But to enjoy this place you surely need to make sure that you hire the proper channel of tourism, I went alone for a four day sightseeing trip to Bali, got the booking done online and started off to take a break. It is an absolute place for relaxation and refreshing; I would surely choose this place and suggest it for any people who are longing for adventurous and memorable trip. The places in and around Bali are pleasant, peaceful and rejuvenating. I fell in love with the Kuta Beach, this beach is far better than the beaches I have been before; the organizers gave ample time to sit and relax here. I am not a great foodie but still I enjoyed the typical seafood that was served here at Jimbaran, and I have no words to say about the boat ride, I was allowed to indulge in plenty of water activities ( parasailing, banana boat and so on were unique and absolute fun). It is an awesome place to visit for couples, family and friends. Above all this trip was like a stress buster to me! Enjoyed it full to full!
22 September 2016
We had a foreign assignment in Indonesia and we thought we would stay for few more days to explore the place and this is when my friend suggested for a Bali sightseeing tour, without any second thought we took up this short four day sightseeing tour of Bali, I always had this curiosity of knowing about various countries and their related, Bali tour proved to be a boon for me. At the first place I was not sure how the plan was going to be executed as this was a shortly planned trip, but hats off to the organizers who had given such a type of output even in such short booking period. And this is what we can expect when a reputed travel agent takes up the job of tourism. Well now coming to the trip, I am recollecting how the day one started – the first day we were picked from the airport and dropped in one of the best hotels at Bali, from here our journey started, we went straight for the Ubud tour on the second day, and here we witnessed the traditional dance form of the Balinese – Barong and the Kris dance, these were not only exciting but also conveyed some message to viewers, this second day we had to cover lot of places – coffee, vanilla plantation, cacao crops field, and then we stopped to shop the famous art shops in Batubulan. Following this was our visit to the Celuk village (famous Bali village) people over here is artistic and skilled. On return we visited many more villages and we were dropped back at the hotels (top class hotels), our third day was even more fun with visits to south Bali and temples and Serangan Island. Fourth day being last day we went to Kuta beach. Overall it was a diversified tour!
22 September 2016
I never knew that we can opt for a customized trip and that too to a place like Bali! Thanks to my boss for making me aware of such a kind of trip. I wanted to take my wife abroad to some exotic place for relaxation, but then she is at the back of privacy and all those stuffs, luckily the six day Bali tour which I heard was an abroad group trip but we were able to customize our tour by adding or deleting some places from the itinerary. Not many companies provide this flexibility to their travelers. Fine now speaking of the tour – it was simply superbly sumptuous. The trip was well planned and executed by the team, first day we headed from the airport to the hotels and had some relaxing time eating, seeing around and enjoying. The second day was tour to Volcano Kintamani and after our breakfast we headed to the Dewa putu Toris gallery, and the most amazing part was the dip at the Tegenungan waterfalls. Our journey from here was to Penlipuran wherein there is an old temple that speaks about the culture and history of Bali and Indonesia. The architecture over here shouldn’t be missed out guys. What attracted my wife more was the Batur Lake and the panoramic view of the beautiful hillsides and mountains. Then we took a stay at the best hotels – we were offered some of the best hotels like Alea hotel Seminyak, Solaris hotel Kuta, Maxone hotel, everyday hotel and Swiss Bel. All these are the best places I have ever visited till now. There were whole of lot of things to indulge in – be it food or gaming or sightseeing. (Didn’t know what to omit and what not to!). Awesome and refreshing trip is what I comment!
22 September 2016
What matters from any trip is not only the enjoyment that we get throughout the trip, but upon the aftermath of the trip and yes our trip to Bali for six days and five nights was indeed a memorable one. I wanted a trip that will not start and finish in hurry-burry, and I am glad this one trip was not one such, I was relaxed whole way and enjoyed each minute relaxingly, we went over here last month as a gang of eight friends, we had planned and booked the trip online from our travel agents and everything was as perfect as it ought to be. As said before it was a 6D/5N trip and the day one as soon as we landed in the airport we headed off to our hotel at Kuta, we were given ample time to relax, swim and explore the adjacent places. Our actual enjoyment started when we were given the bicycles to ride till the Volcano Batur which was around 35 kms, we were allowed to stop then and there for refreshment ( though I managed to use this time to take lot of selfies of the nearby places like the rice fields, Uluwatu temple, tropical plantations and so on). The itinerary covered almost many places including the rustic Balinese villages, Mengwi, Pacung, Jatiluwih, Kitmani and more. One of my friends was curious to know more about the culture and history of Bali and so we headed on the last day to some of the historical monuments and temples, this bit was amazing as we were lucky enough to witness the dance performance of the Balinese. And even though we were eight in number the accommodation sharing was only two in a room and this was even more comforting for us. Overall a great experience!
22 September 2016
I went on the five day sightseeing Bali tour last month along with my gal pals and totally had a great time there, the touring wasn’t meant for ladies I thought, but it is safe and secure. These days it’s common for ladies to roam out alone, and you needn’t be afraid to visit such a great place even if you are planning to go there as a ladies gang. Bali is simply beautiful and all the more it helps you to chill around and relax away from the hustle bustle busy working sphere. The views were surreal and the guides were totally helpful the whole way around, we had no probs at all anywhere. We were all informed in prior of the plans and we also had the convenience to customize the places in the itinerary as per our choice (this part I really liked) as we got time to spend in beautiful locations like Ubud and local villages. The village stay was pretty cool and I enjoyed the whole night amidst staying with the villagers. Their lifestyle and their artistic nature inspired me a lot (in fact from the local village women I learnt some of the traditional food cuisine of the Bali’s). Even though it was little tedious at first, the rest three days was refreshing and we got ample time to relax and enjoy visiting the local markets and other famous landmarks. Meals and the accommodation provided were up to mark. The cost of the trip was nominal too. Well speaking of the cons – the stay could have been extended for a day or more. Otherwise rest all was more than Ok for me. To wind up, it is a wonderful place and all the things were up-to –the mark for me and my team mates.
22 September 2016
West Bali is simply beautiful and offers an array of adventure activities to indulge in, these days tourism agents have understood our needs and are customizing our trips and giving, I am an adventure lover and so I took up this two day and one night adventure tour to Bali. West Bali is one place that has plenty of adventurous spots in store for us. Some of the best locations over here can never be experienced anywhere else in the world. Apart from indulging in adventure activity this place also gave scope for enjoying Bali nature at its best. We were given plenty of boarding locations to head towards our activity locations, our first day started with visit to the bird conservation, driving alongside the Gilimanuk bay coast line, the best part of the trip was that we got plenty of scope to experience the tropical forests of West Bali, then we enjoyed the plantations locations here and halted at many places to capture the natural beauty alongside. Riding on the muddy roads were super cool, jeeps were provided to us and the trekking part was not only fun but adventurous too. The next day was visit to the waterfalls and local villages. The trek is challenging and needs lot of stamina though. This trip is novel and great in fact. I personally feel that the organizers could have reduced the number of intake, so that the place can be enjoyed in a better way. Well all these being said, the food, stay and service were a great value for our penny spent!
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