For those wishing to sweat it out on dry land, the following tips outline some of the most exciting land-based activities and sports on offer here in Bali.
BALI SAFARI AND MARINE PARK
Bali’s award-winning park and conservation centre that is home to over 100 species, including those rare and endangered like the Komodo Dragons, Bali Starling, Sumatran Elephants, Orangutan, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros, Lions and Tigers who all live in wide open spaces that were designed to mimic their natural habitats. Embark on a Safari Journey and travel across the park in a 30-minute fun and educational ride in specially designed trams over 46 hectares of lush, natural jungle, grasslands and vegetations.
While you’re there, don’t miss the fun Educational Animal Show featuring the park’s birds, reptiles and mammals, the Tiger Show “From Predator to Prey”, the Elephant Show and the splendidly breathtaking Bali Agung Show – a brilliantly curated, magnificent showcase of Bali’s splendid culture, history and arts all packed into one hour of beautifully choreographed dances, music, lights, shadows and songs. For those feeling a little bit more adventurous, do sign up for the Night Safari; an unforgettable nighttime experience where you get close to prowling wildlife after dark.
When hungry, simply dine with the lions at Tsavo Lion Restaurant or Uma Restaurant and stay a night or two at the Mara River Safari Lodge. T: +62 361 950 000 W: www.balisafarimarinepark.com
NIGHT SAFARI AT BALI SAFARI & MARINE PARK
Feel the thrill with an unforgettable experience of a nighttime adventure in the wilderness. A specially designed cage tram will take you on a journey where you will get to witness and hand feed nocturnal wild animals at close range! Thereafter, watch the mesmerizing Fire Show while you enjoy a BBQ dinner at Nkuchiro Bar & Grill. The Night Safari package also comes with aquarium access and access to see all of the park’s unique shows. Tel. +62 361 950 000 W: www.balisafarimarinepark.com
It takes about 3-6 hours to climb Mt. Agung, Bali’s highest mountain (see Bali Road Map – *N5) and it takes a day (return trip) to reach the summit of Mt. Batukaru (see Bali Road Map – *I5). Guides are a must! For a more adventurous climb, try Mt. Rinjani in Lombok (ascent and descent – 3 days). Not advisable during the rainy season (Nov-March).
Cycling is a fantastic way to see Bali ‘off the beaten track’. Most pedal-pushers can find their own way around but there are also adventure companies offering guided excursions on bikes through mountain trails. If you want to experience cycling through Bali’s verdant countryside with a trusted and experienced adventure company, simply contact Mason Adventures at T: +62361 721 480 W: www.masonadventures.com.
Get ready to embark on a journey into the jungle to experience Bali’s first and only purpose-built ATV track with Mason Jungle Buggies. This thrilling course, spanning 5km over each lap, was crafted with the hardiest adventure seekers in mind to provide an exciting and intense driving experience like no other on the island with the single-seater ACE model and the two-seater RZR model that comes with a powerful 570cc engine. Visit www.masonadventures.com to find out more.
Golfers in Bali have a choice of 4 world-class golf courses. On Bali’s South West coast, close to the famous Tanah Lot temple is the spectacular Nirwana Bali Golf Club, which has been repeatedly voted as Asia’s top golf venue. In Nusa Dua, you can tee off at the Bali Golf and Country Club. The Grand Bali Beach in Sanur offers a 9-hole golf course, whereas the award-winning Handara Golf Resort Bali, located at the beautiful and cool Bedugul countryside in Bali’s central lake district is an impressive 18-hole golf resort and nature retreat that’s perfect for families. Don’t forget to try your swing at the beautiful New Kuta Golf, voted as Indonesia’s leading golf resort 2010-2011.
MASON ELEPHANT PARK & LODGE
Bali’s only dedicated elephant rescue reserve, the Mason Elephant Park & Lodge is home to 31 rescued and endangered Sumatran elephants, 4 of which were born here. The park provides guests with the opportunity to interact and learn about these gentle giants while giving the elephants a comfortable and safe environment. Set in 3.5 hectares, the park has been carefully landscaped to mimic as much as possible the original environment of the elephants’ previous home in Sumatra. The location in central Bali was also chosen for its cooler climate and more tropical location. Bathe the elephants, feed them, go on an elephant safari and take pictures with them. You could also stay at the Elephant Park & Lodge for an experience you’ll never forget. T: +62361 721 480 W: www.masonadventures.com
Discover and learn the natural beauty of Bali on a scenic trek over the hinterlands through the ancient Hindu village of Taro, and its surrounding area. Expert guides detail the culture, customs and traditions of Balinese daily life and take you along hidden trails through the jungle where you will come across temples, springs and other natural treasures. T: +62361 721 480 W: www.masonadventures.com
Paintball is available for those who seek some heart-pounding, military-combat stimulation. This high-impact game uses air-guns to shoot pellet of paints at each other. You can find numerous companies offering paintball sets and equipment in South Bali. Great for a large group of friends who want to while away an hour or two in an action-pack adventure.
There are many gyms available on the island, within the better hotels, resorts and even villas as well as freestanding with daily, weekly and monthly passes. SOHAM Wellness Centre is four storeys dedicated to fitness, health and well-being. The centre offers myriad options for those who want to remain fit and healthy or just to relax with the most up-to-date spa, gym and fitness options available state-of-the-art fitness facilities inclusive of cardio and equipment for strength and functional training, an outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool, steam rooms and Jacuzzi facilities. Yoga and Hot Yoga are also available, along with one-on-one training sessions. Nationally certified world-class trainers are available upon requests for classes encompassing cycling, boxing, and pilates as well as other inventive and total body workouts to address strength, flexibility, cardio, balance, agility and muscular alignment. T: +62 361 474 1616 W: sohamwellnesscenter.com