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What time will be best for a vacation in Bali?The weather in Bali remains more or less pleasant throughout the year, the best time to visit Bali depends mainly on the specific weather and on high and low season. High season is during the months of July and August, during Easter Holidays, Late December and early January due to Christmas and New Year when party lovers from all over the world assemble here. These are the busiest times in Bali.
However, for many other reasons, a lot of people prefer and say that best time to come to Bali is between April, May, June, and September. That is, just before and just after high season. The weather then is still dry, the level of humidity is slightly less, and economically speaking room prices and villa rentals can be a lot cheaper than during what you will find in the high season.
Incidentally, these months are also the best time to indulge in water sports and activities that Bali is known for. Waters are clear and since the place is low on the crowd, you will get to avail the best deals.
What are the essential items one must pack while travelling to Bali?While packing for your trip to Bali, the best advice one can give you is to pack light. You need to find that delicate balance between packing light and making sure you have everything you need. The best thing about this place is that you are sure to get the things you may have forgotten in the island, and for as cheap as you will find in India. Here are some of the things that you must carry:
- Toiletries – toothbrush, paste, deodorants, tampons or sanitary napkins for women, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving items, hairbrush, sunscreen, lotion, cleanser, moisturizer
- Medicines that you may need
- Hand sanitizer
- Sea sickness tablets (just in case)
- Mosquito repellant
- Phone charger, electronic adapter
- Documents as needed
Here is a recommendation of the types of clothes you should carry:
- Cotton clothing is your savior – never forget. Cotton and linen are good lightweight choices as they let your skin breathe in Bali’s tropical humidity that will greet you.
- Good quality, lightweight, and breathable walking shoes are a must pack. Flip-flops provide more freedom and so you can carry a pair of those for the beaches. The breathable walking shoes score more on comfort, support, and protection.
- A fleece or hoodie is great in case of cold evenings or if you’re in a heavily air-conditioned environment like airports, airplanes or minivans. Also, they work well as an impromptu pillow.
- A quick drying towel is a super useful and multipurpose item – and it packs away to a tiny size. Similarly, a sarong is useful as a beach wrap, towel, and blanket and for general lounging around. They can also be used to cover yourself while visiting temples and holy sites.
- Socks, long maxi dresses, kaftans, skirts or trousers are essential for wearing at dusk when the mood is relaxed. This is also the time when the mosquitoes are most active – you want to make sure you’re covered up to avoid getting bitten.
- Bring several bikinis or swimsuits (pack according to your comfort). Carry both, so you can alternate between them and avoid any skin rashes from the salt water.
- A big hat to keep the sun off, and for covering your face during the occasional naps on the beach while sunbathing.
- If you’re traveling to Bali in monsoon season (that is anywhere between October to April), be prepared for heavy downpours. Of course, there will be still plenty of sunshine, but when it rains; it really rains. Therefore, a lightweight hooded waterproof jacket, raincoats or umbrellas that you can stash in your bag are a good idea. Also, remember to keep your phone and other valuable items waterproofed – wrapping them in a plastic bag will do at a pinch. Ziploc bags are a more durable option.
How is the general climate in Bali?Since Bali is located near the equator, it has a very warm, tropical climate throughout the year. This makes it a huge draw for tourists. Average year-round temperature stands at around 26-27°C with a high humidity level of about 85%-90%. Water temperatures are always pleasant. The Monsoon season in Bali, which stretches from October to March typically, brings daily rain with quiet overcast days.
The rain is recorded mostly in between December and February. Occasional showers can also be expected during the dry season but usually at night or early morning.
Throughout June to August, you will experience a refreshing cool breeze all day long. The central mountain area is typically cooler than the lower coastal areas mainly, especially at night.
Is it worth visiting Bali for water activities?Yes, Bali is the perfect destination for an adventurous holiday filled with water activities. Whether you are a beginner or a water sports junkie, there is something for everyone that the beautiful island has to offer. There are a lot of options in water activities as well, so you can choose the one you feel comfortable and safe in.
Which all water sports are must to do in Bali?Bali is a paradise for everyone who enjoys water sports. There are a lot of water sports you can do here. The must do water sports are –
- Snorkeling – it is the easiest way to enjoy Bali’s underwater wonders. You don't need any scuba diving certifications or much of diving experience either. Most snorkeling spots in Bali are also readily reachable – just ensure you bring your mask, snorkel, and fins and hit the shoreline!
- Flyboarding – a new attraction that Bali is famous for. You can do it in Tanjung Benoa and have your own little James Bond moment when you rise from the water. Note that you must be 18 years or older to be able to do this rather extreme water activity.
- River Rafting – this allows you to experience Bali like never before. Apart from the adrenaline fix, you can also see some of Bali's exceptional flora and fauna from close. The main rafting rivers in Bali are Ayung River in Ubud and the more challenging Telaga Waja in East Bali.
- Banana Boat – the challenge is to cling on and not fall off the boat!
- Donut Tube – it is an inflatable raft that gets towed around by a speedboat. These can seat either one, two or four passengers.
- Flying Fish – a new addition to the Tanjung Benoa, the flying fish are just three banana boats joined together with a wing. It can “fly” up to 2 m in the air.
- Wakeboarding – this is the warmer alternative to snowboarding. Strap on your board and hold on as you get towed behind a boat. You can experience this in Benoa.
- Underwater Walking – In order to experience the colorful and exciting marine life without a PADI certification, you may consider opting for this unique tour which lets you walk the seabed with a specially designed underwater helmet. It is a must to do an activity.
- Surfing – Bali’s waves are very famous for surfing, so you better experience the thrill and catch some waves.
- Scuba Diving - If you are new to the sport, Bali is a great place to learn and get certified. Great dive sites to discover include Nusa Lembongan, Sanur reef, Amed and Tulamben in the remote eastern shores and Menjangan Island up north.
- Water Skiing – glide on the water and feel like a ninja as a powerboat pulls you. One of the most thrilling water sport.
- Kite Surfing – The newest addition to the list of activities you can do in Bali. Kitesurfing combines surfing with some elements of wakeboarding and even bits of kite-flying.
Which beaches provide best water sports in Bali?The best beaches for water sports in Bali are as follows –
- Surfing - Kuta, Canggu, Medewi, Uluwatu and Bukit
- Scuba Diving - Amed, Tulamben, Lembongan and Menjangan Island
- Snorkeling - Nusa Lembongan, Tulamben and Pemuteran
- Rafting - Ayung River, Telaga Waja River and Payangan
- Sea Walking – Sanur, Tanjung Benoa and Lembongan Island
- Flyboarding, Water Jetpacks, Banana boats, Flying fish and Wakeboarding – Tanjung Benoa
- Kitesurfing – Sanur
What is the minimum age required to water activities in Bali?While the age requirement varies from activities to activities, a child can do most of the water activities. The minimum age requirement usually is 4-5 years and above for most of the sports. For some activities like fly boarding you need to be above 18.
What all water activities can small kids do?Small kids can do the following water activities –
- Single Parasailing if your kid is 13 years or above. In case your child is seven years old, a parasailing guide while flying must accompany your child. For family travelers with one child, Bali parasailing adventure can fly three people at once. Parents sit on the left and right side, while a kid is sitting in the middle.
- Submarine Cruise is a very popular option as well
- Banana rides – the ride requires participants to wear life jackets, and the entire family can do this together
- Jet Ski – the ride is safe for kids as an experienced instructor is always sitting behind your child.
- Snorkeling – The children can have someone to accompany them for snorkeling or can do it alone as well.
Which are some famous water parks I should visit?There are plenty of water parks in Bali that you can go to. Some of the most famous ones are as follows –
- Water Bom Bali – voted as the best water park in Asia, this is the perfect place for you to enjoy with your friends and family
- Splash Water Park – The newest addition to the list of water parks in Bali, it’s build and design is top quality, with supporting facilities that promise a fun and safe day out for all ages.
- Circus Water Park - This park serves as a smaller and inexpensive alternative to the existing Waterbom Bali in Kuta, located on Jalan Kediri
- Surf And Turf Beach Club – The water park has several waterslides including a circling slide called the ‘space bowl’, which is a huge hit with the young and the young at heart
- Armada Flow House Bali is a fun and relaxed option located in Kuta.
I am a non-swimmer. Can I do water sports?Yes, non-swimmers can also do water activities in Bali. There is no dearth of water activities for non-swimmers. Some of the water activities that non-swimmers can do are as follows-
- Underwater Scooter – it is perfect for non-swimmers as all you need to do is simply turn the handlebars to go where you want to go, and easily press the buttons for more speed or depth. The underwater scooter travels at up to 2km/hour, and it can go down to a 20m depth so you’re able to access the shallow reefs. Serves the same purpose as scuba diving minus all the training, experience and certification.
- Walk on Sea – This allows you to experience the mysterious marine world beneath the clear waters, without even getting you hair wet. It is as simple as it sounds – you really only walk underwater.
- Go out to Sea on Glass-Bottomed Boats – you can watch all the wonders of the sea world. These special boats are built with a pane of glass at the bottom which allows you to experience the sea life by acting as a mask under the water, to allow even non-swimmers to experience the underwater scene, just like dry snorkeling.
- Fly Boarding – this involves surfing board and a Jet Ski motor which lets you fly in the air! You can do this in Nusa Dua.
- Jet Skiing – You don’t have to know swimming for this but ensure you take appropriate safety measures and wear life jackets.
- Go underwater in a Submarine to ogle at the ocean floor without worrying about not knowing how to swim.
Where can I do Scuba Diving in Bali? Is it safe to do Scuba Diving in Bali? What is the ideal duration for a holiday if I want to do various water activities in the Bali?If you want to explore the best underwater beauty of this tropical island, the following will be the best scuba diving sites for you –
- Tulamben in East Bali – While this place is difficult to access but it makes up for with its impressive undersea beauty, particularly with the USAT Liberty shipwreck as its main attraction. Besides exploring the wreck that is home to exciting corals and variety of tropical fish, you can also come across occasional sightings of migrating mantas, sunfish, sea turtles and dolphins here. Visibility is fairly clear year round; great for intermediate to advanced levels, as well as casual snorkeling.
- Pemutaran in North Bali – This calm and picturesque haven on Bali’s northwestern coast drew attention of the world’s diving community as the largest ‘biorock’ reef site on the planet.
- Amed in East Bali – This famous dive site in East Bali welcomes divers of all skill levels. You can expect great visibility year round, with dense gorgonian gardens and coral reef walls at depths of up to eight meters, and 35m drop-offs accessible on short rides out on traditional wooden jukung outriggers. Sea turtles, barracuda, stingrays, and parrotfish are among the common sightings
- Menjangan Island in North Bali – The shallow reefs here makes it the diver’s favorite. This protected nature reserve island can be accessed by boat, where one go under the crystal clear surface. Deeper areas comprise numerous specific dive sites, such as the ‘temple wall’ with its colourful reef teeming with tropical cardinalfish, ‘anchor wreck’ with barracudas and shy reef sharks around a wooden wreck, and the ‘eel garden’.
- Nusa Penida in South Bali – Penida has a lot of scattered diving sites, such as Crystal Bay (which is the most popular) where experienced divers traverse strong currents in search of the famous oceanic sunfish, otherwise known as ‘mola-mola’. Another is Manta Point, where you can spot graceful manta rays.
Yes, Scuba diving is generally very safe activity to do in Bali. However, there are accidents from time to time which happen there, just like in every other sport. The technology of diving equipment has advanced forward really rapidly in recent years and you can easily choose safe and reliable gear in nearly every dive shop you enter. Just ensure you are not compromising with your safety in any way possible.
If you plan to go to Bali only for the water activities, a trip of 7-10 days should be perfect.
How much it will cost me to do Scuba Diving in Bali? Can I have photographs clicked during scuba diving?Depending upon your level of expertise and the diving site you choose, the cost of Scuba Diving will be anywhere between INR 6,000 and 20,000. The cost is inclusive: 2 dives, transport, dive guide, tanks, weights, lunch & snacks, towels, any porter or park fees and dive insurance.
Yes, depending upon your service provider, you can possibly have pictures taken during your dive in the ocean.
I have heard about underwater sculptures in Nusa Dua. Can I do Scuba Diving here to see them?Yes, you can do scuba diving to see the famous underwater sculptures in Nusa Dua. They are located all around The Big Rock, and are man made statues that have been planted here at the dive site to give divers something extra to see, besides the marine life that live in this area.
Where can I do river rafting in Bali? Which places are famous for it?You can do rafting in Bali in the rivers in Bali are Ayung River in Ubud and the more challenging Telaga Waja in East Bali.
The Ayung River rafting valley is the main hub and most famous for rafting. The river runs down an approximate 75km, where different white water rafting operators operate by taking their different starting and finish points. Some take off at the Petang village, which lies roughly an hour’s drive away from Denpasar and others further up north in Campuhan, passing by unique bat caves in the valley.
Overall, the white water rafting adventure lets you enjoy Bali’s real natural beauty while sharing the fun and thrills with friends.
Which river is most extreme for white water rafting? How much it will cost me for river rafting in Bali?Telaga Waja in East Bali is extreme for river rafting. It has a length of 16 Kilometers, and you will need two and a half hours to finish all the rafting route at Telaga Waja River.
Depending on which operator you choose the river rafting will cost anywhere between INR 3000 to 5000 per person.
How challenging is Telaga Waja river for a beginner?The Telaga Waja river is perfect for people who are beginners in white water rafting activities. The Telaga Waja White water river rafting is in fact one of the best rivers for a beginner, kids and those with family. It offer a mix of difficulties with rapids class from class II to class IV. Despite the existence of some difficult rapids in the river, the Telaga Waja Whitewater river is suitable for a families and beginners. All you need to do is follow the instructions of your rafting guide tells you, and everything will run smoothly.
Can I do river rafting if I can’t swim?Yes, you can do the beginner level river rafting under the supervision of professionals even if you don’t know how to swim. Make sure you let the professionals know well in advance that you are a non swimmer so that they can take necessary precautions
Where can I do Jet-Pack ride in Bali? Is it safe to do?You can do jet-pack ride or flyboarding in Tanjung Benoa, Bali’s so-called ‘water sports playground.
Yes, the activity is safe to do. Make sure you check the weather conditions, as they may need to reschedule your ride for a better time. You will get the pre-flight preparations and introductions by a professional instructor where they will go through all the technicalities for the activity to ensure your safety.
Where can I do kayaking? How much it will cost me?You can do river kayaking in Ayung river and sea kayaking in Pandawa beach.
It will cost between INR 1500 to 2500 per person.
Where can I do wake sliding in Bali? Is it safe?You can do wake sliding in Tanjung Benoa in Bali.
Yes, the activity is super safe and conducted under the supervision of experts. All the required equipment meet international standards of safety, and you do not even need to know swimming to do this activity.
What all things I must keep in mind for wake sliding? Can a non swimmer do it?Wake sliding is a very adventurous, yet safe water activity to do. However, ensure you are always under the supervision of an expert. Do it under people who are professionals and certified. They will use the top quality equipment, which will not put you in any danger. And, do not start the sport without wearing a life jacket.
Yes, a non swimmer can easily do this activity.
Which is the best place to do Snorkeling in Bali? How much it will cost me?You can try to do snorkeling in Sanur, Menjangan Island, Blue Lagoon, Tulamben & Amed, Nusa Lembongan. Each place is a true treasure with abundant natural beauty to be seen and explored.
Snorkeling will cost you anywhere between INR 2000 to 4000 per person depending on the place, time and the equipment.
Can I do parasailing in Bali? Where can I do it?Yes, you can enjoy parasailing in Bali, whereby you will be flying in the air above the ocean as a speedboat pulls you around the coast.
You can try it in Tanjung beach as well as in South Kuta.
Where can I do flying fish boat ride in Bali?Flying fish, which is the newest sport in Bali can be experienced in Tanjung Benoa beach.
Can I do jet-ski ride in Bali? How much it will cost me?Yes, you can do Jet Ski in Bali in the Tanjung Benoa beach. You will get to rise a motorized sea vehicle while experiencing the fresh breeze flying through your hair as you speed your way through the blue waters!
It costs around INR 1000 to 1500 per person.
Can I do a donut boat ride in Bali?Yes, you can absolutely do that donut boat ride in South Kuta and Tanjung Benoa in Bali. The donut boat, which is also know as Big Marble, is an pump-up donut which is towed by a speedboat. The challenge is to hold on tight to it, so that you do not fall off the boat.
Where can I do sea walking in Bali? What is special about it?You can do Sea walking in Sanur, Tanjung Benoa and Lembongan Island. The most special thing about sea walking is that anyone can do it. Unlike scuba diving and snorkeling, which requires you to know certain skills (like swimming), sea walking does not require you to know any of it.
You just go down the ocean bed wearing a specially designed underwater helmet and walk while enjoying the marine life, witnessing the beauty of reefs and fish without having to even wet your hair.
How much sea walking will cost me? Can small kids do it as well?The average cost of a sea walking tour is between INR 7000 to 10,000 per person. The Sea walking tours can be enjoyed by all ages from 10 years up. No diving experience or swimming skills are necessary.
Can I do surfing in Bali? Do I need to have any experience for it?Yes, you can do surfing in Bali. Bali’s waves are very famous for surfing. It is done in Kuta, Canggu, Medewi, Uluwatu, and Bukit. Surfing in Bali is available to everyone. Experienced surfers can head to the outer reef breaks of the southern Bukit Peninsula, while beginners can opt for smaller waves in the lagoons.
Bali is a great place to pick up the sport, with board rentals and surf schools widely accessible. So do not worry even if you do not have any experience, you can learn here.
Can I do wakeboarding in Bali? Do I need to have any experience for it?Yes, you can do wakeboarding in Bali Wake Park near Benoa in Bali. The park is easy to located, situated near the entry into the Bali Mandara toll road and Benoa Marina in Pesanggaran.
It will cost you around INR 5000 to 7000 per person. No, experience is not mandatory for you to try your hands on wakeboarding. You can do it even if you are a beginner.
Can I do water ski in Bali? Where can I do it? How much it will cost me?Yes, you can do water ski in Bali. You can do it in Uluwatu, Tanjung Benoa Beach, Kuta.
It will cost you anywhere around INR 1000 to 1500 per person.
Where can I do cliff jumping in Bali? Is it safe to do?Here is a list of places you can do cliff jumping in Bali –
- Tanah Lot - The sea temple that gets a lot of traffic from sightseers, is also a cliff jumping site for some.
- Mahana Point - This jump is very straight forward. All you need to do is once the waves break, just jump in and ride them to shore.
- Jimbaran Bay
- Blue Lagoon – It is off Nusa Ceningan. Ensure the tides are low and it is safe to jump.
As long as you have an experienced person to guide you, and have taken all necessary safety measures, Cliff jumping is a very fun and safe activity to do.
What all things I need to keep in mind before jumping?Some things you must keep in mind before cliff jumping are -
- Take a short but serious training from someone with experience at first and if you are indeed a beginner, start with relatively small cliffs.
- Don’t go cliff jumping alone
- Make sure no one else is in water when you jump. Makes the chances of accidents less.
- Do keep in mind that pressure can be a huge issue and take care of your ears by using a few drops of olive oil or silicone.
- Check out how deep the water is.
- Jump feet first.
- When your body hits the water, it should have a tight and dynamic shape.
- As you start to come in contact with the water, remember to breathe out through your nose. Do not to let any water affect your breathing process.
Can a non-swimmer do cliff jumping?Although it is generally not advisable for non-swimmers to do cliff jumping, especially if you are prone to anxiety attacks. However, if you have an experienced person with you and are ready to take the challenge confidently, you can try it from a cliff which is not too high, and where the ocean and the waves are not very violent.
Can I do fishing in Bali? Where can I do it?Yes, there are a lot of opportunities to do fishing in Bali. There are special tours and cruises which will allow you to enjoy fishing. Some of the fishing cruise and tours are as follows –
- The “day in the life of a Balinese fisherman” cruise sets sail from the white beaches of Pasir Putih in Karangasem on a traditional outrigger sailing boat where you will fish alongside the local fishermen.
- There are plenty of fishing tours operated in Nusa Dua and Padang Bai.
Where can I do fly boarding in Bali? How much it will cost me?You can do fly boarding in Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua.
It will cost you anywhere between INR 2000 to 4000.
Where can I see dolphins in Bali?You can interact up-close and personal with the dolphins just off the coast of Sanur is Serangan Island.There is a "Dolphin Lodge", a floating sea pen which is a three-minute boat ride from Serangan Island. It is here where visitors can interact with dolphins in their natural environment.
You can do the Dolphin Sunrise Tour in Lovina beach. It is a black sand beach where you reach around 4 in the morning, hire a boat and sail somewhere in the middle of the ocean to witness what will possibly be the best sunrise of your lives with dolphins jumping in front of your eyes.
What all types of cuisines I can find in Bali? Which ethnic food is special in Bali?
Balinese are predominant Hindus, so there culinary is very much influenced by Indian culture, including Chinese and Indonesian culture too. Indian influence cuts out beef from their major dishes but you will still find some people who consume beef.
So you cannot expect an easy hand on it but Bali is famous for it rice production and you will get tasty authentic Balinese as well as Indonesian food which includes a ‘lot’ of steamed rice. Besides that you can find vegetarian food, Non-vegetarian food, Seafood, International and Fusion cuisine.
Being influenced by so many cultures and experimenting with their foods, you shouldn’t miss a lot of ethnic food such as:
- Babi Guling: A traditional dish for which a hole is dugged in the ground and heated stones are placed inside where the pig is kept and covered with leaves and left to cook.
- Bubur Sum Sum: It is a dessert which is made by cooking rice flour with coconut milk till it thickens.
- Lawar: It is a mixture of vegetables, coconut, minced meat with some rich herbs and spices.
- Sate Lilit: A mix of meat, grated coconut, coconut milk, lemon juice, shallots and pepper is wrapped around bamboo, sugarcane or lemongrass sticks and then roasted on charcoal. The meat could be of pork, fish, chicken, beef or even turtle.
How good are the cruise services in Bali? What about on board meals?The cruise services in Bali are really good, posh, luxurious and value for money. They make a good and memorable experience. Depending on the kind of package you take the meal plans differ. Mostly all the cruise services in Bali serve yummy 4-5 course meals.
Do I need to carry any documents if I want to do water sporting in Bali?Carry age-proof because certain water sports have age bars. Apart from that you may consider carrying your insurance documents if it covers water sports.
I am pregnant, can I do water sports in Bali?If you are pregnant it is strongly advised not to indulge in water activities that might be hazardous for your health. However there are a lot of other water activities that you can do like watching marine life in submarine or going out to sea in a glass-bottomed boat.
I had asthma long time ago, can I do water activities in Bali?It is advised for you to consult your doctor before your trip to understand your current health situation before you indulge in the water activities.
Can I wear spectacle/contact lenses during water sports?No, wearing spectacles or contact lenses during water sports are very risky. While the spectacle can break or get lost while you are enjoying your ride, the soft contact lenses are more likely to remain in your eyes. However, they are porous and can absorb chemicals and bacteria, increasing the risk of eye irritation and infection.
Hence, it is advisable to wear swim goggles if you are retaining your contact lenses during the water sports.
What happens in case of medical emergency during any watersport?Bali’s medical infrastructure is very advanced. Facilities like air ambulances, multilingual staff, and specialists in difficult emergency disciplines all represented on the island to ensure the tourists are safe and in the best care. The BIMC Hospital is one of the most recognized hospitals in Bali. It mostly exclusively caters to foreigners, so all doctors and nurses speak English. Most insurance companies have a tie-up with them so you probably won’t have to pay upfront and the hospital will directly bill your insurance company. It has a branch in Nusa Dua as well.
Apart from this, there are a lot of private clinics and other hospitals as well. So do not worry, in case things go wrong, you will be in the best of care.