Bali is the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago. The island is home to an ancient culture that’s known for its warm hospitality. Exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops are some of its top attractions. Dining in Bali presents endless choices of local or far-flung cuisine. After sunset, famous nightspots come to life offering exciting clubbing and packed dance floors. Inland, towering volcanoes and pristine jungles greet you with plenty to see and do. Most can’t stay away from the beach for long, though. Enjoy amazing beach resorts and luxury resorts in any of Bali’s famous areas. These include Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran where most of the great hotels and villas are right on the beach. They are also home to most of Bali’s exciting surf spots. For tranquil seascapes and sunrises, the eastern beach resorts are your best bets. These include Sanur, Nusa Dua and the remote coast of Candidasa are your best bets. In Bali’s farther and lesser travelled East Bali and northern region, you’ll find some world-class diving spots with calm bays. It is one of the best places in the world to experience the thrills of water sports. Following are the seven water sports tips every traveller needs to know when in Bali:
The peak surf season for Bali is from April to October where solid swells hit the reefs around Uluwatu, Nusa Dua and Kuta. The wet season is from November until March, a time when the surf is not quite as large and intimidating, but it is consistent. Waves are roughly 3 to 5 feet in height, day after day. Opposing winds offer good conditions, particularly in the clear waters and snoozy spots of Nusa Dua and Sanur that are just some of the prized surf locations during the wet season. There are many famed surf spots around the island, however some are often dominated by territorial pros, riding and fighting for the best waves. You should therefore invest in surfing lessons when in Bali.
Bali beaches range from palm-fringed white sand coasts on the island’s south such as Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur, to the cliff-guarded ‘hidden’ shores of Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Dreamland and Bingin. Bali beaches also comprise striking black sands on the north and western shorelines, with sleepy undisturbed coves in-between.
3- Scuba diving
Deep below Bali’s waves there are some of the world’s best dive sites. Being part of a string of islands in the bio-diverse Indonesian archipelago, the island’s temperate waters are teeming with coral reefs and marine life. The underwater sites also include varying terrain such as drop-off walls and shipwrecks. If you are new to the sport, Bali is also a great place to get certified, with numerous dive centres available in the main resort areas.
Rafting lets you experience the ‘real Bali’ as you immerse yourself in nature, cruising along either rushing rapids or steady streams on inflatable rafts. Besides the thrills, you can see some of Bali’s rare flora and fauna from up close. The main rafting rivers in Bali are Ayung River in Ubud and the more challenging Telaga Waja in East Bali. For a unique rafting experience, there is canyon tubing adventures along the Siap stream in the village of Payangan that allows you to cruise through a ravine at a steady pace and in your personal-size inflatable.
5- Standup Paddle
Stand Up Paddle surfing in Bali is a fun way to ride the waves. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to catch a wave as you would in regular surfing, or go through the hassle of hand paddling and waiting up in line for the perfect swell.
6- Sea Walking
There are several sea walker operators in Bali, and one of them is the long-established Bali Seawalker in Sanur. After a boat ride out to the reef site, participants don reef shoes and these helmets, which are fed by oxygen tanks aboard the boat, providing them with a constant flow of air to breathe underwater. Seven meters down, you can freely interact with the fish while supervising guides in scuba gear watch over you and hand you fish feed to attract schools of triggerfish, angelfish, regal tangs and many others.
This might not be as popular as regular surfing, but it can certainly bring your wave riding thrills to the next level. Kitesurfing combines surfing with some elements of wakeboarding and even bits of kite-flying. With some practice, you can speed and ‘fly’ over waves gracefully and effortlessly.
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