The isle of Bali has long been a tourist hotspot, and it’s reputation has grown in recent years largely due to the expert craftsmen and performing artists who call it home. The culture of the Balinese people shows a conglomeration of primarily Hindi influences, including Chinese and Indian. The ecology of Bali has long been referred to as a paradise by Western visitors, and diversity in plants, land animals, and aquatic species remains intact.
If you’re planning a trip and looking for outdoor adventures, there are plenty of hard decisions. No vacation will be able to cover all the exciting and enriching possibilities, but this list of five top adventures can help get you started for your next family wellness vacation!
Whether it is the wet season or dry, scuba diving is an exciting chance to witness the awesome diversity of life in Bali’s coral reefs. Tropical fish, reef sharks, and manta rays are just a few of the larger species. Colorful plants, anemones, and kelp forests also await. Numerous services are available, and it is worthwhile to check with several. Some offer the opportunity to visit ancient shipwrecks and go on other outdoor adventures.
Cruising the Islands
Most people think of ocean-liners when considering a cruise. Many different types of cruise adventures are possible, however. Wooden schooners leave out of Benoa Harbor and make regular stops for beachcombing and snorkeling along the way. Sailing vessels can be chartered or shared in group tours to Komodo Park and other exciting locales. It may sound rustic, but the amenities offered by many cruise options will include computer access, full dining and drinks, entertainment, and gear for activities.
Numerous courses are available for golfing enthusiasts of every skill level. New Kuta golf features four tees over 18 holes along the Bukit peninsula. Views of the sea and inland bodies of water provide a majestic backdrop for the 85 hectares of Pecatu Indah Resort grounds, which rests atop limestone cliffs. The Bali Golf and Country Club is another option. This course is especially geared towards the beginner and intermediate crowd with generous fairways and larger than average greens. It is a low-key outdoor adventure.
Those looking to experience the beauty of a dense jungle habitat will enjoy rafting, kayaking or canoing the rivers of Bali. One of the highest rated and longest rafting trips is available via Mega Rafting and will take you along the Ayung river, which weaves among the tropical jungle and skirts native-maintained paddy fields. Team guides ensure a safe journey, and all guides are trained according to the American Whitewater Affiliation standards. They also offer hiking and cycling tours with hotel transfers and many amenities for visitors interested in exploring the island through natural routes.
Total immersion in native culture is a rare experience, but it is totally possible in Bali with the help of Side By Side Organic Farms. You will eat home-cooked meals consisting of the freshest ingredients. You’ll also have local guides to the shrines, temples, and other sites few Westerners even know about. Whether you’re interested in the school system, local government, or any other aspect of Balinese life, there is no better way to learn than by staying on an actual farm and befriending local inhabitants. This is family wellness travel at its best.
Bali is full of adventure suitable to anyone’s taste, and nature-lovers will be pleased with the many possible activities. So, are you in the mood for outdoor adventures? Come to Bali.
Teresa Shuler is a hotel reviewer and freelance blogger for Baliholidays.org.uk. She frequently recommends Seminyak holidays as one of the best trips she has ever had.