5 Popular Activities in Bali 2014.04.10

River rafting

When talking about popular activities in Bali, river rafting more often than not comes in at the No. 1 spot. Bali offers two locations for river rafting, namely the Ayung River and the Telaga Waja River.

The starting point for rafting on the Ayung River is about 15 minutes' drive from the center of Ubud.  The river is moderately wide and its slow waters are suitable for beginners and families who want to enjoy the valley views around Ubud.

The Telaga Waja River is located at the foot of Mount Agung, and offers challenging rafting adventures for those with some previous experience. The river has class 3 rapids, the length of the rafting trip is approximately 12 km, and it takes about 2 hours.

There are many rafting companies to choose from and most offer packages that usually include lunch and return transfers from the southern tourist resort areas.

Rated ★★★★★
Price Range USD 30-USD 60
Time Required Half day
Booking Required
Website SobekInternational Rafting

 Elephant riding

Riding elephants through the jungles or rain forests of Bali is a very popular attraction for visiting tourists. The two most reputable places to do this are at Elephant Safari Park and at  Elephant Camp.

Elephant Safari Park is located north of Ubud, at the village of Taro. Acclaimed as the World's Best Elephant Park, facilities include a full reception and information center, a museum, souvenir shop, and a large restaurant.

Elephant Camp is situated on the banks of the Ayung River valley of Ubud, just a short distance from the Sangeh Monkey Forest.

Although smaller than Elephant Safari Park in Taro, the camp also offers a souvenir shop and restaurant with good views. 

For both parks, packages include return transfers from tourist areas in the south, elephant ride, and lunch. It is also possible to combine elephant riding and river rafting in one day.

Rated ★★★★★
Price Range USD 50-USD 80
Time Required Half day - Full day
Website Elephant ParkElaphant Camp

 Dolphin-watching in the wild

Boat-based dolphin viewing is possible at several locations in Bali, including Serangan, Nusa Dua and Lovina. As most boats head out to look for dolphins at sunrise, it's an early start for visitors who have to travel from areas further south.

Chances of viewing dolphins in their natural habitat are good, with a probability of roughly 80% or more. This means your boat won't be the only one out there, and it can actually get a little crowded with boats all heading in the same direction in search of these intelligent mammals. 

It is not uncommon to see dolphins trying to match the speed of boats, and they can often be seen jumping in the wakes so be sure to have your camera ready! For a more up close and personal experience, Dolphin Lodge Bali in Serangan offers various interactive experiences with dolphins.

Dolphin Lodge Bali is located on a floating sea pen, where visitors get to spend 40 minutes in the specially designed dolphin enclosure and can touch, hug and even kiss dolphins.

Rated ★★★☆☆
Price Range USD 50-USD 70
Time Required Half day (early morning)
Booking Required
Website Dolphin Lodge

 Horse riding

Although not as popular as elephant riding, horse riding is still a great way to see Bali from a different perspective. Horse riding on the beach is available at Seminyak Beach, Serangan, near Tanah Lot, and also north of Sanur.

Packages may include transfers , lunch, an instructed lesson (if required) or a ride on the beach if you already know how to ride.

Rating ★★☆☆☆
Price Range USD 50-USD 60
Time Required Half day
Booking Required
Website Bali Island HorseBali Horse Adventure

Zip lining

For adults and children of all ages looking for an outdoor adventure amongst the treetops, Bali Treetop Adventure Park is as close to Tarzan as you can probably get. Located in the Botanical Gardens of Bedugul, this outdoor adventure park offers something for the whole family. 

There are seven Adventure Circuits from one tree to another, some especially suitable for small children while others are for the older adrenaline junkies. Some of the 72 challenges at the park include suspended bridges, Spider Nets, Tarzan Jumps, Flying-Fox, and Flying Swings.

The park is open daily from 8.30 am to 6 pm, and they can also arrange corporate and team building events.

Rating ★★☆☆☆
Price Range Adult USD 24 / Child USD16
Time Required 1 hour - Half day
Booking Not required
Website Bali Tree Top


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