7 Activities to do in Bali with an epic backdrop
You’ve been visiting the Indonesian island paradise of Bali since you were a kid, and feel like you know the streets of Kuta and Seminyak so well you could give directions to the locals. But did you know there are some places in Bali where you can stand under a 35 metre high waterfall, hike up an active volcano, or swing on the ultimate sea swing?
MTV Travel has compiled a menu of exhilarating activities set amongst breathtaking Bali locations for you to incorporate into your next holiday.
Splash around at Gitgit Waterfall
Natural wonder Gitgit Waterfall is located on the north of the island. Streaming water falls from 35 metres above into a sparkling pool surrounded by tropical foliage. Arguably the most popular waterfall in Bali, Gitgit Waterfall can get crowded with tourists. The falls are accessible via a short walk through paddy fields and clove plantations. Remember to bring your swimmers for a refreshing dip.
Stay at Hanging Gardens in Ubud
There’s a bountiful amount of beautiful hotels in Bali (as you probably noticed here), but Hanging Gardens is definitely one of the most picturesque. The five-star boutique hotel is surrounded by the steep rice terraces of Ubud, and offers guests the ultimate immersion into nature. We recommend a swim in the double-decker pool to reach total relaxation.
Swing on ‘The Swing’ at Ombak Sunset
While this resort spot isn’t technically in Bali, it’s only a short ferry ride away and definitely worth the choppy trip over from the mainland. Like the name suggests, the Ombak Sunset resort on Gili Trawagan island reaches peak breathtaking-ness at sunset-time. ‘The Swing’, a wooden fixture with two swing seats built onto the ocean floor, is kind of amazing. In low tide, you can wade out in the shallow waters to relive your childhood and swing away your adult sins. Image via Miann Scanlan Instagram.
Visit Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot means ‘land in the middle of the sea’ in Balinese and was the name appropriately given to the rock formation the country’s people found in the middle of the sea. The Temple was built in the 16th century on the offshore rock as a shrine to worship the Balinese sea gods. Standing at the temple on the rock with the waves crashing all around is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.
Hike Mount Batur volcano
The two-hour trek to the top of Mount Batur, an active volcano in the Kintamani District, is well worth it for the view at sunrise. When you finally reach the peak and glimpse the misty clouds at your feet and fiery sun rising above them, you’ll feel on top of the world. Most tours offer early morning pick-ups, Balinese breakfasts and guided hikes. Our tip: wear some good walking shoes! Image via Tuula Vintage Instagram.
Bike through rice patty fields
The best way to see the Bali countryside and famous, tiered rice paddies is through a guided bike tour. Swerve through the green fields for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their farming life. The locals are even known to wave hello as you bike by.
Feed a monkey surrounded by hundreds of other monkeys
The Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary is a nature reserve currently home to 605 monkeys, with over 10,000 visitors stopping by the serene spot every month. The forested area houses three Hindu temples, all said to be constructed in 1350. Hold on to your belongings – the monkeys are known to steal!
- Sangeeta Kocharekar
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