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5 Unique Adventures in Bali Other Than Sightseeing
We shortlist some unique adventures you can embark on when you're in Bali.
Bali's beautiful landscapes and amazing local culture has made it one of the top few travel destinations in the world. Read on to find out the unique adventures you can include in your itinerary when you're there that involves more than just sightseeing!
1. Mount Batur Caldera Sunrise Trek
Despite the large crowds, many of us still have Mount Batur on our bucket list—the allure of a beautiful sunrise amidst mountainous landscapes is much too tempting, especially when you can complete the hike in just 2 hours.
To avoid the crowds, consider the Mount Batur Caldera Sunrise Trek. Rather than hiking Mount Batur, you'll hike up the caldera wall, which is a ridge that rises above the crater lake. There were only 3 other travellers at the caldera summit when we were there, giving us the entire peak to ourselves. Besides, you get to spot the sunrise over Mount Batur (just next to the caldera) itself—it was actually more beautiful to view Mount Batur from a distance!
Apart from Mount Batur, the sun also rises over Mount Agung and Mount Abang in the distance.
We chose the Batur Natural Hot Spring option after our trek.
After the trek, either take a soak at the Batur Natural Hot Spring, refresh your senses at a coffee plantation, visit a local waterfall or participate in a purification ceremony—all are great for preparing you for the rest of your day! Do note that we were informed that the hot springs aren't natural and were more similar to heated pools, but the sights more than made up for it!
Mount Batur Caldera Sunrise Trek
Price: From US$37
Getting there with Seek Sophie: If you book with our guides, they are likely to provide transport from the many cities in south and central Bali.
To get there yourself: Either head to a travel agency to buy a bus ticket from Ubud to Kintamani (1 hour) or head to the Batubulan minibus terminal in Denpasar (2 hours ride but cheaper option).
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2. Nusa Penida Day Trip
Nusa Penida is a beautiful island in the south-east of Bali, and is an amazing location for a day trip—visit the instagrammable Kelingking beach, snorkel with Manta Rays at Manta Point and relax at the stunning little bay of Broken Beach.
Alternatively, you can do a full day of snorkelling at the many beautiful snorkel sites. We recommend going with a local guide so that he/she can provide you transport around the island to explore all the hidden gems in Nusa Penida.
Nusa Penida Day Trip
Price: From US$43
Getting there with Seek Sophie: Ferry tickets and within-island transportation is included if you book with our guides.
To get there yourself: Head to Sanur Beach and get a ferry ticket to Nusa Penida. In the island, you can either rent a scooter (not recommended due to the rocky and hilly roads) or haggle for a driver to bring you around the island.
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3. Nusa Penida Diving
Apart from snorkelling in crystal clear waters, how about delving deeper and obtaining your (Advanced) Open Water Certification amongst manta rays and mola-molas? For those who are already certified, there are also fun dives and drift diving options for both beginner and advanced divers.
The Mola-Mola, also known as the ocean sunfish, is one of the heaviest bony fish in the world.
Choose your diving sites according to your interest—Malibu Point has the largest variety of sharks; Manta Point is the best spot to catch manta rays; Crystal Bay offers beautiful reefs and Mola-Mola sightings; Blue Corner are for expert divers looking for a challenge.
Nusa Penida Diving
Price: From US$34 for Fun Dive | From US$288 for Advanced Cert | From US$331 for Open Water Cert
Getting there: Ferry tickets are not included in dive options. To get to Nusa Penida, either consider booking a Nusa Penida Day Trip (transport provided from your accoms), or get there yourself via ferry from Sanur Beach (40 minutes boat ride).
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4. Canggu Surfing
Canggu is one of the best places in Bali you can go for surfing. However, it is one of those places that have fortunately or unfortunately rapidly grown in popularity. Its allure and surfer culture has led to some insane crowds, especially during peak season!
There are three main surf spots in Canggu—Echo Beach’s powerful waves are suitable for intermediate surfers; Berawan Beach and Batu Bolong (Old Man’s) Beach are good for beginners. If you want to get a taste of the waves at the best surf spots in Bali, opt for a day’s surf. However, if you’re looking to pick up new skills and immerse yourself in the surf culture here, we recommend staying a longer time (lessons go up to 5 days with accommodation provided).
After your surf lesson, explore the hipster areas of Canggu, it has a good mix of local warungs and modern cafes and bars—enjoy a nice cold Bintang and witness the magnificent sunset.
Price: From US$90 for 1 day surf
Getting there: The closest airport to Canggu is Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar)—from the airport, we recommend taking a Gojek, Grab or Bluebird Taxi to Canggu Beach.
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5. Ubud White Water Rafting
River rafting is the one activity we always look out for—the thrill of paddling down rapids and wading past waterfalls is one that you’ve got to experience for yourself. Ubud especially has amazing jungle foliage you’ll raft past apart from the usual river landscape.
There are two options for white water rafting around Ubud—Telaga Waja River and Ayung River. Both options hold Grade 2-3 Rapids that are suitable for beginners! Ayung River is slightly shorter at 10-kilometer but is only 20-minutes away from Ubud; Telaga Waja River is 16-kilometer but requires ~2 hours to travel from Ubud.
The bright side of booking with our suppliers is that transport is provided from your accommodation in Bali and the package is inclusive of lunch and insurance, cutting down the hassle on your end when it comes to itinerary planning!
Ubud White Water Rafting
Price: From US$27 for Ayung River Rafting | From US$34 for Telaga Waja Rafting
Getting there: The closest airport is Denpasar Airport and it will take you about 1.5 hours to Ubud. The best way to get to Ubud is by taxi (try local taxi services like Bluebird or Gojek which are reliable, and offer great prices). If you book with us, the guide will pick you up from one of the many spots around the rivers, or at your accommodation.
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Bonus: Bali Driver & Car Hire
Bali may seem overcrowded, but there are still many hidden gems yet to be discovered. Exploring Bali by car is the most efficient way to uncover them, especially when these hidden gems are located in remote areas that aren't easily accessible. Rent a private driver for a day or two and have them share some local secrets with you—explore the best local markets, the untouched beaches, and even hidden waterfalls.
Having a private driver also reduces the hassle of finding transport. In Bali (& Indonesia as a whole), Grab and Gojek are frowned upon by local taxi drivers. In some popular areas, there are signboards stating "No Grab Allowed". The customers will then have to walk quite a distance to another pick-up location to get on the car. Having a private driver minimises that trouble as they can pick you up directly from wherever you are!
Bali Driver & Car Hire
Price: From US$31 per day for a 4-seater Toyota Avanza
Getting there: Our drivers will pick you up anywhere in Bali. If you are outside of Denpasar/Ubud/Canggu/Nusa Dua/Sanur, extra charges may apply. If you have any doubts, contact us and we will get you the best-suited driver and rate.
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Stay tuned for our next round of activities launch for Bali. In the next round, we'll introduce hidden gems that will take you away from the crowds of Bali—think unexplored cycling tours and eco-stays to have a different experience!
If you need help planning your itinerary, use our Personal Travel Stylist—it's completely free and no-strings-attached, we just want to share travel knowledge from our personal experiences! Alternatively, drop us a DM on Facebook for quick questions! Have a great adventure ahead!