For those of you with an adventurous soul and with the energy to do more than just sunbathing, shopping, or sightseeing, why not take to the water and try some exciting aquatic activities? Bali is filled with fantastic options for a fun day out at sea. If you know what you like – go for it! If you don’t, we suggest you try everything!

WATERBOM BALI

A world-class fun hub filled with the industry’s most exciting engineering feat, Waterbom Bali is nestled within 3.8 acres of tropical garden in the centre of bustling Kuta. Asia’s number 1 waterpark, also ranked 2nd in the world by TripAdvisor is home to 22 outstanding slides and rides that are built and maintained to strict international safety and hygiene standards. . Book your VIP passes now. Visit www.waterbom-bali.com. Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Kuta, Badung, Bali | Phone: +62 361 755676

CANYON TUBING

Canyon Tubing Adventure is calling out explorers to experience this island in a unique way by discovering a hidden canyon in the heart of Bali by means of floating down a crystal clear stream in your own tube. Have a thing for the flying fox? The obstacles of this particular flying fox construction will wow your eyes over Bali’s unspoiled nature.

CRUISES

Going on a cruise is a great way to explore Bali’s sister islands, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida while enjoying breathtaking views and the astounding underwater world. Bali has three main ports – Benoa in the south, Padangbai in the east and Gilimanuk in the north. Several major shipping lines dock at Padangbai and Benoa ports of call while on their round-the-world cruises. If you would like to explore the sister islands, there is a wide range of choices from day cruises to longer overnight trips. Nusa Lembongan is a great choice for day trips. This small island is just 28km away from Benoa and is a great choice for those who want a quick adventure. Once there, you could engage in a myriad of water activities like snorkelling, diving and banana boating. Thanks to the abundance of coral reefs surrounding Lembongan, you’ll be sure to enjoy an underwater experience like no other! Nusa Penida is the larger of the three and would require more time for you to explore. It would be best to stay overnight if you’re heading here, as the island’s main attractions like Crystal Bay, Kelingking Beach, Atuh Beach and Angel’s Billabong are located quite a distance away from each other. Diving and snorkelling are also great here, but please beware of strong currents and never go alone. In addition to cruise companies, there are also local boats from Sanur that leaves daily for both islands. f you want to explore Nusa Ceningan, there is a famous bridge called Yellow Bridge that provides a way for you to cross over from Nusa Lembongan.

Bali Hai Cruises

Indonesia’s leading Marine Tourism Company, Bali Hai Cruises operates exciting Day and Evening Cruises from a private reception facility at Benoa Harbour, Bali. Aboard a fleet of the most luxurious, modern vessels in Bali, Bali Hai’s experienced, professional and friendly crew ensures the very best blend of Indonesian and Western hospitality to Lembongan and Penida daily. T. +62361 720 331 W: www.balihaicruises.com

Blue Marlin Bali Yacht

Take a trip on the open water and escape the stress of life with Blue Marlin Bali yachts as you discover exotic spots and delve deep into the natural beauty of Bali. Offering private charters for day trips, Blue Marlin Bali is perfect for groups of up to 18 guests maximum. Couples can also enjoy a private romantic getaway in the yacht’s cosy double cabin or twin cabin. Choose from a half-day cruise, full-day cruise to Lembongan Island, full-day cruise to Gili Islands and Sundowner Cruises with fun activities like snorkelling and diving. To book your next private charter, please visit www.blue-marlin-bali.com.

The Bounty Cruises

Cruise in comfort aboard Bali Bounty Cruises on its 400-passenger Catamaran. With a cruising speed of up to 30 knots, you can sit back, relax and enjoy full staff service while enjoying the mesmerizing views to Nusa Lembongan. Onboard video entertainment is also available. Sailing every day from Benoa Harbour, Bounty Cruises is one of the largest and most comfortable boats heading towards Lembongan, with spacious seating, a bar serving drinks and snacks and open deck seating. T. +62361 726 666 W: www.bountycruisesbali.com

Quicksilver Cruises

Venture into paradise each day with Quicksilver Cruises to the picturesque island of Nusa Penida, where it ties up alongside a floating pontoon for the day where you can discover Bali’s incredible underwater world, and its widespread coral garden packed with an enormous variety of marine life. T. +62361 721 521 W: http://quicksilver-bali.com

DIVING & SNORKELLING

Everyone knows that Bali has a wonderful underwater world with an abundance of marine life and beautiful coral gardens waiting to be explored. There are many diving sites in Bali that attract divers from around the globe. Some of the diving sites, like USAT Liberty Shipwreck and Amed diving sites, are suitable for beginners; however please always dive with a certified instructor. To head to these dive sites, we recommend that you start at Sanur or Tanjung Benoa Beach where you can hire the necessary equipment from right on the beachfront (at a beach club) or at one of the hotel-run dive centres. Most of the dive centres offer International (PADI) diving certificates but be sure to check their PADI Resort Code as well, for insurance and medical facilities. It is advisable to look for diving centres with a ‘five-star’ PADI Approval Rating. Please note that Bali’s only decompression chamber is at Sanglah Public Hospital in Denpasar (see ‘Hospitals’ in the ‘Essential Info’ section for more info).

Where to Dive?

Tulamben Bay inc. USAT Liberty Shipwreck (north east Bali)

(*P4) – One of Bali’s most famous dive locations thanks to the famous 120m USAT Liberty Shipwreck, Wall/Drop-off and Coral Garden, and incredible shore-diving with very easy conditions, Tulamben Bay is also the site to amazing marine life. Suitable for all levels including Try-Diving and snorkelling. Approximately 3 hours by car from South Bali.

Tulamben Area inc Kubu Wreck

(*P5) – Only a short distance south of Tulamben Bay (by jukung, local outrigger fishing boat) are other wonderful sites such as Emerald, Alamanda, Batu Kelebit and Seraya Slopes. 10 mins by road, north of Tulamben Bay, Kubu is the location to another fascinating shipwreck. Suitable for all levels.

Amed (North East Bali)

 –(*P5) – Diving here at this sleepy fishing village combines reef and wall diving that can be accessed from shore or by jukung. Pretty corals, good variety of fish, warm water. Suitable for all levels including Try-Diving and snorkelling. 3 hours by car from South Bali.

Blue Lagoon (Padangbai, East Coast Bali)

 – (*N8) – The closest dive area to South Bali for fantastic diving. The dive sites reachable from Padang Bai include Blue Lagoon, Jepun, Secret Jepun, Secret Jetty and so much more. The area has a good variety of hard and soft corals and is a treasure-trove of marine life. A good choice for Try-Diving and snorkelling. 2 hours by car from South Bali.

Mimpang/Tepekong (Padangbai, East Coast Bali)

(*O8) – These two sites offer breathtaking diving, for the more experienced divers due to steep walls, cold water and (often strong) currents. Expect schooling fish, Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish) when in season, White-Tip Reef Sharks and Sea Turtles. 1.5hrs by car from South Bali then 10 mins by boat.

Gili Biaha (Padangbai, East Coast Bali)

 – (*P7) – Chiselled black walls with healthy corals, good diversity of fish, sharks and frequent pelagic visitors; good visibility. Best dived at slack high tide; can be surgy. AquaMarine is of only a few companies offering Biaha. For experienced divers only. 1.5hrs by car from South Bali then 30 mins by boat.

Gili Selang (Padangbai, East Coast Bali)

(*P7) – Small island on Bali’s eastern point and like all exposed sites, can have ripping currents but you may see White-Tip Reef Sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Sea Turtles and even Dolphins. For experienced divers only. 1.5hrs by car from South Bali, then 40 mins by boat (can be accessed from Amed).

Nusa Penida

(*N10) – Nusa Penida is the largest of Bali’s three sister islands. The water here is fairly cold (due to the ocean currents) but often startlingly clear, with gorgeous corals and prolific fish, occasional turtles, reef sharks and in August to September Mola-Mola (Ocean sunfish). Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.

Toyapakeh (Nusa Penida)

(*N9) – Nusa Penida’s most popular dive site, has good visibility and rich, impressive coral formations with big bommies. The profusion of colourful soft corals provides hiding places for many kinds of marine life. Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.

SD, Ped, Sental (Nusa Penida)

(*N9, *O9) – Three lovely dive sites on one long reef with many soft corals and fish such as sweetlips, lionfish, moray eels, scorpionfish and reef sharks, in addition to turtles, nudibranchs and crabs. Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.

Manta Points I and II (Nusa Penida)

(*N10, *N11) – With dramatic limestone cliffs descending straight into the ocean, the surge can be strong; no currents. The Mantas are 2-4m wide and seen quite shallow. Mola-Molas, Bamboo sharks, Shark rays, tunas, Tigermackerels and dolphins may also be seen. Some dive experience required. Accessed by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.

Nusa Penida (Crystal Bay)

(*N10) – Best known for sightings of Mola-Molas from July to November. The bay itself is quite beautiful with good variety of fish and gorgeous corals. You may see Eagle Rays and the Bali Wobbegong Shark – yes, it’s only found in Bali. Experienced divers only. Access by boat from Padangbai and Sanur.

Aqua Marine Diving

Bali’s expert diving company operates 1 Day Dive Trips and Multi-Day Bali Diving Safaris. They also offer PADI courses from beginning to professional level. T. +62 361 4738 020. W: www.AquaMarineDiving.com

Lombok – Bali’s neighbouring island. Off its coast is the famous Gili Isles, with some of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the region. Be aware of potentially strong currents around and in between these islands.

Han’s Reef (Off the coast of Gili Air)

Off the coast of Lombok, offers some of the best diving in the region. Han’s Reef is a wonderful dive site to see Sea Turtles and a must for macro lovers. You will find beautiful coral bommies, batfish, angelfish, boxfish, frogfish, leaf scorpion fish, spotted morays,  pipefish, mantis shrimps, nudibranchs and so much more. Suitable for all level divers.

 Shark Point (Off the coast of Gili Trawangan)

Shark Point is one of the most popular dive sites in the Gilis. It offers an amazing reef fish life and excellent pelagic life with white tip reef sharks,  humphead parrot fish, tuna, giant trevally. Sea Turtles are almost always guaranteed to be seen in the shallow parts and pygmy seahorses can also be found in the sea fans if you have got the eye for them! Suitable for all level divers.

KITE SURFING

Operating from an ideal lagoon location, the Rip Curl School of Surf offers the ultimate rush with this amazing new sport. Offering IKO certified lessons at all levels. Move from classroom to lagoon to riding offshore waves in three easy lessons, using the latest Cabrinha and Airush kites, boards and equipment. T. +62361 735858 info@ripcurlschoolofsurf.com

PARASAILING

Try the beach clubs in Sanur and Tanjung Benoa for a safe yet thrilling parasailing experience over Nusa Lembongan. For your own safety, make sure the companies have insurance coverage.

RAFTING

If you’re a thrill-seeker craving for something exciting and new, this holiday, feed your adventurous soul with a gripping white-water rafting adventure. Bali’s mountainous central area is perfect for such an exhilarating experience as you plunge down the raging rapids of the mighty river. While there are plenty of rafting companies now in Bali offering rafting experiences on the mighty Ayung River, we recommend Mason Adventures for a fun yet safe experience for the whole family. For the past 3 decades, Mason Adventures has been synonymous with quality adventure and hospitality experiences in the heart of Bali. The company is passionate, driven and committed to excellence and comes with a ‘5-Star Guarantee’, comprising of the very best in Experience, Facilities, Services, Safety, Ethics and Value for Money. Book your packages at www.masonadventures.com.

SAILING

You can choose from a range of different yachts, sailing boats, and traditional schooners with expert crew members and Western tour guides if you want to sail from Bali through the Lesser Sunda Islands, to Sulawesi, and through the Moluccas. Charter rates include all meals and soft drinks during your cruise as well as shore excursions and the services of the crew and tour guide. Air fares, any accommodation ashore, and insurance are NOT included. Please note that charter rates may vary depending on your route and special requirements. As a rule of thumb, calculate US$150 per person per day including everything. That’s usually less than what you’d spend in a good hotel in Bali! Here are a couple of the yachts you can charter with an expert crew and tour guides for your voyage:

Sea Safari V/VI/VIII: + 62 361 721 212 • The Waka Motor Yacht:  +62 361 723 629, +62 361 723 659

SURFING & BODYBOARDING

Bali is known for its fantastic surfs. If you don’t have your own board, you could always rent one. Rip Curl School of Surf on Blue Ocean Beach in Seminyak guarantees you a fun experience! Bali is part of the Indonesian archipelago of 18,700 islands and lies approximately 8°C south of the equator. Bali is blessed by nature with a hot and wet season and a longer, cooler, dry season, which means you could surf here all year around. Many tourists choose to arrive in the dry season from April to late November. The busiest period is during the holiday season of August, and super peak season, December.

Airport Lefts K10

Season – Dry Season (May- September), Swell Direction – South,  ideal Size – at 4-5 ft – Airport Lefts begins to close when it gets bigger than this.

 Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Airport Rights J10

Season – Dry Season (May- September), Swell Direction -South, ideal Size – 3 – 6 ft.  Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Kuta Reef J10

Season – Dry Season (May- September),  Swell Direction – South,  ideal Size – 4 – 5 ft is the best and also better on a middle to high tide.  Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Canggu J9

Works best on the mid and high tides with a swell size of 5-6ft. Surfing hazards are the rips and rocks in the surfing area. A number of locals surf this break so be prepared for a little attitude from some of them. The surf can blow out if the wind picks up and the break can get crowded at high tide as it only supports about 25 surfers.

Sanur L10

Season – Wet Season (November  – April), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 4 – 6 ft. Best Winds – West South West

Padang Galak in Sanur L10

Padang Galak is a beach break with standard right and left waves that will suit all levels of surfers. The break generally suits all tides and works best on a South West or Southerly swell of 3ft – 8ft with winds from the North West or West.

Keramas L10 – M9

Tides are best at mid and high tide with a swell from 3-5 ft up to 8ft and the wind is best from the West on a North West or Easterly swell.

SeranganK11 – L10

Season – Wet Season (November – April), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 4 – 6 ft. Best Winds – West South West

Nusa Dua L12

Season – Wet Season (October – April), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 4 – 8 ft. Best Winds – West North West

Balangan K12

Season – Dry Season (May – October), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 4 – 8 ft. Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Bingin J12

Season – Dry Season (May – October), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 3 – 5 ft. Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Impossibles J11

Season – Dry Season (May – October), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 4 – 8 ft. Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Padang Padang J11

Season – Dry Season (May – October), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 5 – 8ft. Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Uluwatu J11

Season – Dry Season (May – October), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 3 – 10ft Uluwatu always seems to have waves and rarely goes flat. All

conditions seem to work. Best Winds – South East Trade Winds

Green Ball J11

Season – Wet Season (November – April), Swell Direction – South, ideal Size – 4 – 6ft Uluwatu always seems to have waves and rarely goes flat. All conditions seem to work. Best Winds – WestNorth West

Nyang-Nyang J11

The break has a quality right and left wave that produces a ride of 50 – 150 meters depending on conditions. A wave that should be sampled and not missed on your next surfing trip to Bali. The break tends to work on all tides and begins working with a swell of about 3ft through to 8ft plus.

Balian I8

The break is made up of reef and rocks and has a quality right & left hand wave producing a ride of about 150 meters on a good day and is suitable for all levels of surfer. The break can work on all tides and optimum swell size is from 3ft – 8ft. The lefts are usually longer and better shaped than the right handers. When you enter the water you will be taken out by the current to the right. Do not try to master the current because you simply will not succeed.

Medewi F6

Season – Wet & Dry Seasons – Early mornings are best as the winds can blow the surf out by midday. Swell Direction – South, ideal Wave Size – 4 – 6ft.

Best Winds – Early morning with light winds School surf and Surfboard rental place:www.odysseysurfschool.com

STAND UP PADDLE

Experience the latest aquatic fitness craze with Stand Up Paddleboard. Great for a gentle workout or a more intensive fitness session, the Stand Up Paddleboard is a great way to work out on the water. Rip Curl School of Surf offers lessons and equipment rentals, suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Guided tours along the Bali coast are available in conjunction with equipment rentals! T. +62361 735 858  W: info@ripcurlschoolofsurf.co

WINDSURFING

A combination of thrills and tranquillity, windsurfing puts you in touch with nature better than a good hike – no sport other than windsurfing can give you the unbeatable feeling of being out in the open, gliding effortlessly over beautiful, clear waters. It’s a sport where you can cross great expanses with a friend or explore unchartered waters alone. In Bali, the best spots to do this extreme sport are in Sanur and Tanjung Benoa beaches. For more info contact  The Rip Curl School of Surf at: T. +62 361 735 858.

WAKEBOARDING

From beginner to expert, Rip Curl’s elite team with their custom wakeboard boat will teach you everything you need to shred with the pros. Lessons are offered on a range of boards, including traditional bindings, using loose foot straps and the ultimate ride – the wake skate, a freestyle board with grip top and no bindings at all. Board and boat rentals always available.  T. +62361 735 858 info@ripcurlschoolofsurf.com

SEAWALKER

This is an alternative way to discover marine life in the underwater world in addition to diving and snorkelling. The difference is that sea walking is simple, easy yet friendly, and of course safe. No diving, swimming abilities and complicated equipment needed. To enjoy this activity, you will wear a uniquely designed helmet that will enable you to breathe normally without a dive tank. Going down about 3-5 meters deep, you can walk at the bottom of the ocean, come face to face with colourful fishes, beautiful corals and abundant marine life. You can enjoy Sea Walker when you book an experience with Bali Hai Cruises.

KAYAKING

This is one of the most favourite beach activities, and it is really fun. In Bali, you can easily find kayak rentals with calm and gentle waves like at Sanur Beach, Pandawa Beach and Nusa Dua Beach. It is safe and suitable for all ages. You can paddle about by yourself or double with a friend, and move about the shallow parts of the sea. Beware not go too far from the beach! For a more adventurous type of kayaking, try river kayaking in Ubud.

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