Summer is here and it’s as fun as ever! Bali Island is a perfect haven to enjoy tropical atmosphere, especially when the weather makes it possible to do outdoor activities. Here in this edition, check out the list of some of the best things to do to embrace the warmth of summer during your blissful holiday. Prepare to get wet!
Human have long been known to overcome nature’s challenge, it’s even considered as a fun activity, and white water rafting is one of them. Evolving from individuals paddling 10 feet (3.0 m) rafts with double-bladed paddles to multi-person rafts propelled by single-bladed paddles and steered by a tour guide at the stern, rafting a very fun communal activity as your teamwork and coordination one another will be tested. There are several white water rafting adventure companies in Bali, one of the most prominent is Sobek Rafting that has been in the business from around 1980. The most common place for to do this activity is at Ayung River, it is still known as the longest white water rafting expedition in the island.
Ever imagine yourself soaring effortlessly above the ocean or dive in and out of the sea like a dolphin? Flyboard will give you sensation of having power beyond ordinary human. Basically a rotatable platform attached to a long hose and a hydro jet that comes from a 200 pk connected Jet-Ski, Flyboard can lift the rider 30 feet out of the water or take them down headlong beneath the water for a few second before gloriously emerging. One of the places to do this fascinating activity is at Pandawa Marine Adventures, Tanjung Benoa, they have professional instructor and sufficient equipment to let you feel what it’s like to be a superhero for a few moments.
3. CANOEING & KAYAKING
According to wikipedia, canoeing (and kayaking) is basically a recreational boating activity or paddle sport in which you kneel or sit facing forward in an open or closed-decked canoe, and propel yourself with a single-bladed paddle, under your own power. This activity is actually fun to do with families and friends, without having to take it too seriously. In Bali, the best place to do canoeing is at Sanur beach, where the sea has calm characteristic and tame waves. Try it in the morning as the sun rise beyond the horizon to get the most of the experience.
One of the activities which has made Bali a world renowned destination. Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider—referred as ‘surfer’, rides on the forward or deep face of a moving wave, which is usually carrying the surfer towards the shore. In Bali, there are numerous spots suitable to do this activities including Kuta beach and Uluwatu beach. For expert surfer and professional athlete, Padang Padang beach is a place where big surfing championship usually held.
Another activity in this list, which involves a parachute and more closer to water, parasailing invites you on a joyride about 15 meters above the sea by a chute pulled by high-powered speed boat. This activity usually starts on the beach, and you have to be ready to get wet, as sometime the boat will intentionally ‘dip’ you into the ocean. The best place to do this activity in Bali is at Tanjung Benoa area, which is also known as the island’s ‘watersport mecca’. You don’t have to worry about safety, as long as you hang on to your chute and don’t try anything dangerous, such as releasing the hook or cutting the rope. Why would you do those things anyway?
6. BANANA BOAT
The legendary ‘water sled’ is surely deserve a place somewhere in this list. Banana Boat is a totally recreational activity using an unpowered, inflatable recreational boat pulled by a speed boat. Different models usually accommodate three to ten riders sitting on a larger, main tube and resting their feet on two laterally flanking tubes which stabilize the boat. The tube is often yellow and banana-shaped, thus the name ‘banana boat’ came from. This activities and its variant are also found easily on Tanjung Benoa area.
Did you know that ‘Jet Ski’ is originally a patented watercraft by one of the biggest vehicle brands from Japan? Nowadays, it has become a main term to refer to any type of personal watercraft. Basically a ‘high speed water bike’, Jet Ski is an adrenaline-pumping activity where you stroll around the water in high velocity, twisting and turning freely and occasionally jumps over the undulating waves as you catch the ultimate thrill. Don’t worry though, as usually you will be accompanied by a driver / instructor during this activity, which in Bali can easily be done at Tanjung Benoa area.
Done exploring the water surface and above, why not beneath it as well? Ocean is a mesmerizing area where human can really experience another realm, exploring what’s beneath the blue water. One of the safest activities to explore is by snorkeling. Unlike diving, snorkeling doesn’t require any special skill or license whatsoever, as you only bound to explore the shallow water. But careful preparations are necessary as well. Check your gear and don’t be shy to wear a floater, as more often than not, it could save you from any sea-related troubles. (i.e drowning). In Bali, there are lots and lots of ideal snorkeling spots, namely Padang Bai and Sanur area near Lembongan.
Take ‘journey beneath the water’ one-level further by literally walking on it. Seawalker is an activity that lets you to do just that. By wearing a certain outfit and equipment, you and your closest one can step and move along the coral reefs and colorful fishes. In Bali, one of the operators for this activity is Club Aqua Bali, which will guarantee your safety with Japan-manufactured unique helmet, which allows you to breathe underwater normally.
An innovative ‘hybrid’ of several types of sports, wakeboarding is a water-based activity which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 30-40 km/h (18-25 mph) via a handle grip attached to the rope. This activity is one of the most challenging recreational activities, as you have to make sure you cling to that handle grip throughout the session. Bali Wake Park at Benoa bay is a place which provides a complete facility to do this activity and more, so it’s worth checking out.