You would not believe how many different activities there are to do in Bali. I browsed a huge packet filled with brochures given to me by Pelangi Beach, and these sounded the most interesting and unusual. For all activities below, tour organizers provide transport to and from your hotels.
- A True Balinese Experience will take you to visit the Bali Elephant Camp in the village of Carangsari where you can take a full explorer trek or short trek on one of their Sumatran elephants. Go whitewater rafting down the Wild Ayung for a 6 kilometer, Class 4 run from the highest navigable point on the Ayung River to the Bali Elephant Camp for $68, or a three hour run, $119. They can arrange cycling through villages, rice paddies or mountains. Wait, we’re not through yet. They offer jungle trekking, horse riding, and…
How about getting married at the elephant camp? Pay different fees, get wedding license, blessing by a priest or celebrant, bridal tent pre-ceremony, flower arrangements, flower girls, umbrella guards, and traditional balinese music. After the ceremony, newlyweds travel by elephant to a tent in a private area for a luxury picnic with butler service, champagne, wedding cake. You can also opt for a makeup artist, wedding dress (traditional Balinese or Western), professional photographer, video and even more. How about them apples? It sounded like such fun, I thought about scheduling a fast renewing of vows with Steve.
- Learn to surf with Pro Surf School or Rip Curls School of Surf. I can’t even begin to tell you how many surfers we saw along the entire beach. These schools schedule courses according to tide conditions and individual skill levels daily. Warning: It is dangerous to swim along Kuta/Legian/Seminyak stretches of beach because of undertows and riptides. The only people in the water were people taking surf lessons. Wise others stayed in the shallows.
- Canyon tubing and buggy/quad with Bali Buggy and Bali Quad. You can drive your own ATV 4 wheelers and buggy through different terrain, or go tubing. Where spots in the tubing stream are too difficult for tubing, you bypass the sections by either zip lining or taking a wooden foot path.
- Contact Telegade Water Rafting for more about white water rafting.
- Extreme bungy jumping was operating when we visited Bali, but this venue has since closed. The site is being developed into apartments.
- Scuba Diving? Way too many operaters to even begin giving links. There are more than 20 dive sites to explore. One, in particular, explores the wreck of the U.S. Liberty, a cargo ship that sank during World War II.
- Special Events. Bali Bike Week 2011 was taking place on the beach with motorcycles, bikers, biker paraphernalia, tattoo booths and entertainment.
- How about a Marine walk? That’s right. Special “Seawalker” helmets are placed on your head connected to a fresh air hose. Walk down stairs to the bottom of the sea with fish surrounding you. An instructor accompanies everyone during the activity, age limit, 9-70 years old. It’s impossible for me to believe that we are now at the top of the age limit. How did that happen?
Since we are considered too old for a Marine walk, just sitting on the miles of beach watching the goings-on or walking in the sand while enjoying Bali’s vibes sounded good to us…