Active travel in Bali

Bali is one of the popular islands of Indonesia that many tourists like to visit. Bali is a place where you easily lose your heart, because this Indonesian island has so much to offer, also for active travelers. You can take a bike ride in between the beautiful green rice fields, go trekking in the inland, or go horseback riding on the beach, and last but not least go surfing! In Bali everything is possible, read below my best tips.

1. Surf Hotspot Canggu

Canggu is the new hotspot of Bali! The trendy town on the southwest side of Bali is upcoming but still feels authentic. In Canggu, you’ll find plenty of trendy cafes, boutiques with vintage products, nice beaches, and a relaxed surf atmosphere.

Along the beach, you can rent surfboards and also book a surf lesson to learn the tricks of the trade. Canggu Beach is particularly suitable for novice surfers, while on the Northern Echo beach, advanced surfers can challenge the high waves.

Surfing in Canggu

2. Cycling through Bali

The best way to explore Bali is by bicycle. Perhaps it is typically Dutch, but I found it a very enjoyable experience. Taking an easy ride along the coast or through the endless rice fields. Near the village of Ubud, you find different cycling routes passing through green rice fields, past temples and traditional villages.

The beautiful thing about a bike tour is that you see a lot of the area, and learn about real life in Bali. Keep your camera at hand, because you’ll see beautiful sceneries that you must capture.

Explore Bali by bicycle

3. Discover one of the Bali’s waterfalls

The biggest and highest waterfall in Bali is the Gitgit waterfall, located in the north of the island. The 35-meter high waterfall lays 1.5 km outside the village of Gitgit and is particularly in the rain season impressive. It is a place that attracts a lot of tourists, so if you want to take a good picture of this beautiful waterfall then come early in the morning.

The Tegenungan waterfall near Ubud is less frequently visited but is worth a visit. The waterfall is tucked into a jungle and is a lovely place to cool off.

The Sekumpul waterfalls, situated at an hour drive from Lovina, are surrounded by steep slopes. I advise you to wear good shoes if you like to climb the 350 stairs to the top. Don’t forget your camera because from the top you have a breathtaking view of the falling water.

Check out Bali’s waterfalls

4. Go fishing with local fishers

Do you like to go fishing, then you can join in Bali a local fisher to learn the best fishing tricks. In traditional Indonesian fishing boats, called “jukung”, you go to sea to catch mackerel or snapper, a fantastic experience. Or take at sunrise, just as I did, this kind of beautiful pictures.

Local fishers nearby Sanur

5. Hiking in Ubud

Ubud offers the opportunity to make fantastic hikes. From simple walks through the rice fields to strenuous treks through the jungle and along fast-running rivers. There is something for everyone. You walk through beautiful landscapes and may see rice farmers working on their terraces, and in the jungle you can marvel at the many tropical birds.

A popular hike in Ubud is the Campuhan ridge walk. It is a narrow path – of about 2 kilometers long- that runs through a high grass landscape. Left and right you have the most beautiful views of small villages and the green rice fields below. Recommended!

In the jungle of Ubud

6. Horseback riding along the coast

The beautiful shores of Bali can perfectly be explored with a horse riding trip. Imagine that you can trot at sunset along the shoreline, amazing right? Most riding schools offer guided tours where you will ride in gentle pace through the most scenic natural areas.

Along the way, you will see many birds; you can spot other wildlife and enjoy the beautiful sea views. For me, this is the ultimate feeling of freedom! Are you enthusiastic and curious about my favorite things to do in Bali then check out here or read my other blogs about Bali below.

Horse riding on the beach

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