BALI PARAGLIDING TANDEM
Bali paragliding and paratriking activities have taken off, literally, over the past decade, making flying and enjoying the island by air more accessible to all. They offer a great way to experience Bali from a totally different perspective, soaring 50 to 150 metres high for around 15 to 20 minutes or more, with birds’ eye views over scenic coastlines of popular southern beaches, or blue ocean waves bordering green cliffs over Bali’s Bukit peninsula. There are several Bali paragliding and paratrike clubs in Bali that offer tandem flights for visitors. Among them is the Bali Paragliding Club, composed of professional hobbyists and licensed tandem master pilots who all have considerable flight hours under their belt, and who can easily and safely take you soaring up in the sky. The primary paragliding launch base in Bali is at the coastal clifftop of Timbis in southern Bali, with favourable flying months between April and Octobe
In Ubud you can find an abundance of tour companies offering bike trips around the island. The typical tour is a 40 km mostly downhill bike trip that includes breakfast at the top of a mountain, a visit to a coffee farm and a traditional Balinese village on the way down. You’ll stop at a restaurant before heading back.
TAKE A STROLL THROUGH TEGALALANG RICE FIELDS
Bali’s most charming feature is without doubt its rice paddies. If you stay in Ubud, you will have easy access to a walk through the terraced fields. The most popular ones are Tegalalang and Jatiluwih which are in the same area. On the latter, the vast expanses of green rice paddies are stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where its foot meets the sea. Plus Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a UNESCO site. It’s truly stunning.
EXPLORE BALINESE TEMPLES
Bali is enriched with temples. The island has over 20,000 in total and although it’s not necessary to visit them all, a handful of them are definitely worth a visit, especially Taman Ayun which is a UNESCO site. Some temples can be seen within a single trip while others may need a little more advance planning.
LEARN HOW TO SURF
Bali is one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world. A good time to enjoy Bali’s waves without the crowds is from October to April with the most popular season being May through September. You’ll get perfect waves, offshore winds, warm water and sun all year round.
WALK THROUGH UBUD MONKEY FOREST
If you feel particularly adventurous, then check out the notorious monkey forest in Ubud. This forest is home to over 600 aggressive and rather cheeky monkeys. Although the place is visited by hundreds of tourists every day, the word is that people often get attacked, bit or mugged by these spoiled macaques.
CLIMB MOUNT BATUR AT SUNRISE
Feeling adventurous and in good shape? Then hike Bali’s most active volcano at night and reach the summit in time to catch the sunrise. It’s a magnificent view from above the clouds.