If you’ve had enough of the sunbed, get your blood pumping with some adrenalin packed white water rafting, volcano hiking or even horse-riding. There’s loads of opportunities to get that GoPro out and catch some action.
1. Canyon country
Not quite journey to the centre of the earth, but canyoning at Gitgit waterfall near Ubud will make you feel like an explorer. There’s loads of waterfalls in Bali’s north, perfect to rappel, amidst Bali’s lush jungle and a number of professional operators to guide you.
2. Hot to trot
Take a dreamy horse ride down a long beach, with the ocean lapping at your steed’s hooves. You can also take a leisurely ride through the rice fields, all with an experienced guide. Try Bali Equestrian Centre in Canggu, or on the beach at Serangan.
3. Mountain highs
Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any country in the world, and Bali has two of them. Mount Agung towers over the island at 3,142 metres, while Mount Batur sits inside a 12km wide crater. If you’re relatively fit you’ll easily tackle the two hour trek to the summit, and the views reach as far as Lombok.Take a professional guide on either trek for the best advice and timings.
4. Make like Tarzan
Swing through the trees at Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Check your balance crossing shaky suspensions bridges, fly through the canopy on flying foxes, and tackle any number of the 72 challenges over seven adventure circuits.
5. Whitewater thrills
Bali’s high country in the centre of the island booms with waterfalls and rivers, especially in the wet season between October and February. Thrill with a whitewater rafting adventure that will see you zipping through the jungle, especially on the mighty Ayung River.
6. Get some lift
Grab some altitude and join the Bali Paragliders Club, and soar over the beaches, and beside mammoth cliff faces on a graceful paraglider. For those less experienced, fly tandem with a professional pilot and snap those amazing views with your mouth wide open.
7. A little bit higher now
Possibly the most awesome views to be had are from the air. Air Bali offers private or group tours, and transfers to nearby islands. Many of the world’s elite explore the island this way, and let’s face it, there’s nothing like getting up close and personal with a volcano than from above.
8. On two wheels
Cycling through richly green rice fields stopping at small warungs in the hills to refresh yourself, is a great way to immerse yourself into the quiet island atmosphere. Take a bicycle tour in Kintamani or Ubud, away from the tourist throngs.
9. Catching waves
The best spots to surf are centred around the southern coasts, where serious surfers brave the reefs at Uluwatu, Padang Padang, around the Bukit, and the east coast’s Keramis where many an international pro is held. Beginners can take surf lessons on the sandy breaks of Kuta and Legian.
10. Under the sea
It’s no secret. Getting underwater in Bali is a must. Great dive spots you should add to your list: Amed, Gili Tepekong, Menjangan Island and Tulamben. Nusa Lembongan, a 30 minute fast boat from Sanur, will thrill you with giant manta rays, turtles and a lively underwater world.