Water Sports in Bali

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Water Sports in Bali

Water sports and Bali go hand in hand. With its stunning coastline that overlooks the Indian Ocean, Bali offers a variety of water sports for the adventurer in you. Explore the depths of the ocean th (Read More)rough activities like snorkelling, diving and sea walking, or conquer the rough waters with thrilling water sports in Bali like surfing and rafting. Here are some must-do water sports in Bali you must try out!

Here is the list of 20 Water Sports in Bali

1. Snorkelling

Snorkelling

Ever wanted to explore the mysteries of the deep blue sea, but never got around to learning how to dive or swim? Well then, snorkelling is the way to go. Some great spots for snorkelling in Bali are Nusa Penida, Padangbai and Tulamben. Going under Nusa Penida's calm waters allow one to swim beside the oceanic sunfish (Mola Mola) and rub shoulders with huge Manta rays. Padangbai offers a number of water sports in Bali such as snorkelling sites including Blue Lagoon and Bias Tugel and is famous for the variety of marine life one gets to witness underwater. Tulamben draws snorkelers with something very unique - its the site of the USS Liberty Ship Wreck.

2. Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

The underwater world welcomes divers of all levels with manta rays, shipwrecks, sea turtles and vibrant coral reefs. Diving hotspots in Bali include Menjangan island, Amed beach and Sanur. One of the most coveted diving spots in the world, the U.S.S Liberty Shipwreck is also found off the coast of Bali. Menjangan island has both shallow reefs as well as deeper, more fascinating sites such as the "eel garden" and the "anchor wreck" surrounded by barracudas and reef sharks. Amed and Sanur tend to be overlooked by divers, but have some beautiful man-made reefs that shelter a variety of fishes and make for a great diving spot.

3. Surfing

Surfing

Bali can easily be dubbed a surfer's paradise. If you're looking to ride a wave here, Bali has a lot to offer you. For beginners, Kuta and the nearby beaches of Legian and Seminyak are a great place to start surfing. They even have a number of surf schools that provide quality training such as Odysseys Surf School (Kuta) and Quicksilver School of Surf (Legian). Advanced surfers looking for a challenge should not miss Impossible and Suluban beaches. With waves that average 3 - 5ft and a sharp reefs, this water sport in Bali makes for a thrilling experience.

4. Banana Boats

Banana Boats

Banana boating in Bali is a fun water sport in Bali. A rubber, lightweight boat shaped like a banana is strapped to a speedboat and taken for a ride. These have a capacity of five people, and most tourists go with 4 members and 1 tour guide. Safety is ensured through life jackets and the presence of guides on both the banana boat and speedboat. The most famous site for this is Tanjung Benoa beach, whose calm waters and cheap rates draw visitors in hordes.

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5. Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing in Bali is an exhilarating water sport in Bali, as you race through the waters and experience your own mini-James Bond moment. Most operators include the cost of a lifejacket and jet-ski instructor within the ticket price, while insurance is usually excluded. The ride lasts 15 minutes and is an exciting way to spend your vacation on the island. Popular hotspots include Tanjung Benoa, Kuta and Seminyak.

6. Parasailing

Parasailing

Parasailing is a must-try water sport in Bali for any adventurous spirit visiting the place. Beginners can try tandem parasailing, wherein the parachute accommodates a guide to accompany you, while those looking to fly solo can go for single parasailing. Guides are present on the speedboat leading the parachute in either case, and all measures are taken to ensure the safety of the parasailers. The most famous spot is the Tanjung Benoa beach, followed by Kuta and Seminyak.

7. Rafting

Rafting

White water rafting and river rafting are exciting water-adventures that await you in Bali. An inflatable raft takes you down rivers, waterfalls and through freshwater pools where you can catch sight of some exotic wildlife up close. Ayung River is the best river to get started, being Bali's largest and longest river. Providing class I and II rapids, most rafters take off either from Petang village or from Campuhan. Telaga Waja river in East Bali is another popular site for this water sport in Bali, providing class II and II rapids for those seeking moderate difficulty.

8. Sea Walking

Sea Walking

A great alternative to Scuba Diving is this epic water sport in Bali called Sea Walking. You simply climb down the ladder and walk on the seabed, coming face to face with the stunning sea life that Bali has to offer. There are no air tanks required, with air being transported to your helmet instead, making the experience much more freeing and enjoyable. Sanur and Tanjung Benoa are the two places that offer this activity. Instructors accompany you on the tour, which lasts 30 minutes long and gives you enough memories to last a lifetime.

9. Rolling Donut

Rolling Donut

A relatively new addition to this list is the rolling doughnut. A doughnut-shaped raft pulled by a speedboat cruises over the water, giving you a fun-filled ride over the waves. Two-seater doughnut rafts provide a greater adrenaline rush due to their light weight and are ideal for youngsters or solo travellers. Four-seaters are more stable and suitable for families. This water sport in Bali is offered at Tanjung Benoa Beach.

10. Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding

One of the more challenging water sports of Bali is wakeboarding. The wakeboard is a little narrow board with shoe bindings on it, travelling across the ocean pulled by either a speedboat or a cable system. Stamina and balance are essential for this activity. While Tanjung Benoa beach offers this activity, the Bali Wake Park in Denpasar is a big attraction for wakeboarders who are trying it out for the first time.

11. Water Jetpacks

Water Jetpacks

Fly in the sky with water jetpacks, also known as flyboarding, is an experiential water sport to enjoy year-round in Bali at Tanjung Benoa Beach in Nusa Dua. Wearing specially designed jetpacks, helmets and gears, you fly 10 or 15 meters above the water surface. If you are familiar with this activity, you can even perform insane manoeuvres and stunts.

12. Stand Up Paddle

Stand Up Paddle

Also called paddleboarding, stand-up paddling is an exhilarating way to slide on waves and be surrounded by the raw charm of tropical beaches and fishing bays in Bali. From December to March, Kuta Beach, Tanjung Benoa Beach and Sanur Beach are frequented by families, tourists and water sports lovers for stand-up paddling, available at cheap rates of just IDR 650,000.

13. Subwing

Subwing

As one of Bali's most unique activities for adrenaline enthusiasts, subwing lets you glide effortlessly inside the ocean, holding two wing-like boards attached to your speedboat. No swimming is required as all the work is done by the speedboat while you glide past coral reefs and fishes. With magnificent reef rings, Gili Islands is a popular subwing destination.

14. Water Tubing

Water Tubing

Calling adrenaline enthusiasts to challenge the rapids, water tubing in Bali allows one to explore rivers cascading amidst forested mountains, coffee plantations, national parks and canyons. Revel for hours in the voluptuous Ayung and Telaga Waja Rivers if you are an expert, or unwind along Pakerisan or Penet Rivers' gentle falls for your first time. You can get your own white-water rafting tube and professional guide.

15. Underwater Scooter Ride

Underwater Scooter Ride

As an emerging trend in Banjar Pujung Kelod region's colourful reefs, the underwater scooter ride is an amazing water sport to enjoy in groups or with your friends in Bali. Riders board a single-seated tandem scooter which features individual head bubble suits and plunges into the ocean, giving you exquisite views of corals and marine life. Rates begin from 13,70,000 IDR.

16. Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is among the newest water sports loved by locals and tourists alike in Bali. Ride a flat, air-filled rubber boat in the air as it is pulled by another speed boat. Tanjung Benoa Beach is an excellent choice for fly fishing in Bali from March to August, offering pristine white-sand beaches, turquoise waves and reefs to admire.

17. Kayaking

Kayaking

Bali delights travellers with its white-water rivers, pristine beaches and reefs. Kayaking is perfect for exploring Bali's rainforests, mountains, canyons and beaches, especially from March to August. From tandem kayaking near Livadi Beach's cliff jumping spots, the indoor Bali Marine Walk park, and East Coast to challenging Ayung River's downstream rapids, kayaking is a rewarding experience for families and adventurers in Bali.

18. Windsurfing

Windsurfing

Although an old-school water activity, windsurfing is one of the most enjoyable ways to admire Bali's pearly white beaches and rainforests during summer. One controls the wind while balancing themselves on water. The tropical waters of South Bali are ideal for amateur windsurfers, while Canggu, Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Legian offer stronger and more thrilling currents. Swimming is compulsory.

19. Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

For those who wish to experience a fusion of many water sports in one, kitesurfing is the perfect activity in Bali from December to March. Kitesurfing comprises wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing, and paragliding in one sport, making it one of the most sought after activities among families in Bali. Sanur Beach, Nusa Dua, and Canggu are Bali's top kitesurfing hubs.

20. Water Skiing

Water Skiing

Take to the sea to explore Bali's scenic coastline with water skiing, a must to beat the summer heat in style. Ride the blue waves on a ski board as you are pulled by a powerboat along verdant white sand beaches. Bali's most famous water skiing destinations include Tanjung Benoa Beach, Nusa Dua, the Kota area, and Uluwatu.

All of these just go on to prove how Bali's waters can help you loosen up your nerves as well as get them strung with tension and excitement. Water sports in Bali have become one of the main attractions for tourists who go there to get their dose of adrenaline along with some cultural insight. Whether you're coming here intent on riding the waves or for a spiritual getaway, trying out one water sport is an absolute must!

This post was published by Rutvi Saxena

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