Bali and a board have always belonged together and when it comes to surfing Bali's environment is one of the best in the world. However, there's more to the water around this island than just waves. From snorkelling and scuba diving, to kite boarding and stand-up paddle boarding, there's so much to draw from Bali's natural playground. Back on dry land the beaches give way to lush jungle perfect for canyoning, bike rides, white-water rafting and a lot more.
Why Bali's the place for water and sports
- Gorgeous beaches with clear snorkelling
- Numerous surfing breaks of varied difficulty
- Range of sporting opportunities on land and in water
- Lush tropical jungles and land formations for exploring
- Affordable active tours around the island
Out amongst the waves
When in Bali it's time to saddle up and take on the breaking waves out beyond the shorelines. Whether you're a beginner or expert, you can find the right waves to suit your ability and promote learning. For the ultimate challenge, head to Uluwatu, where only the bravest and most talented attempt to tame the behemoths crashing down onto the reef.
Back on Kuta and Seminyak, beginners and intermediate riders can be challenged by the more gentle and forgiving waves. Despite Bali's surfing popularity, it is still possible to find a beach that isn't overcrowded. Renowned surfing schools and camps also help anyone looking to pick up the sport.
Heading beneath the surface
Although surfers attempt to stay afloat, Bali is the kind of place where sinking underneath the surface can reveal a stunning world. With a multitude of colourful marine life and reefs, snorkelling and scuba diving tours often leave people mesmerised.
Jump aboard a cruise and you could be spending the day fishing for deep-sea giants, exploring some of the neighbouring islands or dropping beneath the surface. Back above the water, hire out a stand-up paddle board for a more leisurely float in one of Bali's secluded coves.
Playing across the island
Those interested in an active holiday will love the experiences Bali has to offer. From testing your reactions and strength in a white-water rafting excursion, to embarking on a two-hour-long trek through canyons and down waterfalls, Bali will leave you smiling through exhausted breaths.
Bali is also home to three 18-hole golf courses for anyone wanting a casual or serious hit around the paddock. If you prefer the sound of pedals and chains, you can join a mountain bike tour and venture to some of the island's highest points.