Bali is so diverse and amazing that I often feel it’s a country in itself. From beaches to countryside, parties to peaceful locales, temples to monkeys – Bali truly is a one stop for travelers of all interests. You will most definitely find your kind of activities, retreats or locales here.
Even though this was my third time in Bali and having spent over a month here already, I still found lovely new things to do in town. Here’s what I did and something you need to experience when in Bali.
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Cool Stuff to do in Bali during Summers
Ayung River Rafting
Rafting in Bali, who would’ve thought? Not me! I always knew Bali was a hub for surfers but I never really connected it to rafting, especially since I had not been to Ubud a lot nor seen the lovely river Ayung. This river is full of grade 2 and 3 rapids and is excellent for rafting. Dense, lush forests on either side makes this a perfect place to enjoy a laid back, fun rafting experience.
Our rafting trip lasted around 3 hours, followed by a hot shower and a heavy lunch. Apart from the treacherous ascend and descend, it was a pretty moderate adventure which can be enjoyed with family and friends. The rapids were kind and the tour guides were entertaining.
Sea Turtle Release in Kuta
Kuta sea turtle release project was initiated in the year 2001 and still runs successfully with over 40,000 eggs hatched and released in the year 2012.
The “Turtle rangers” are the ones who protect mother sea turtle at night when she lays her eggs. Then they are responsible for safely taking these eggs to the hatchery. After 45+ days, when the eggs hatch, the baby sea turtles are released in the ocean at Kuta beach at sunset.
Tourists are welcome to pick a tiny new born turtle from the hatchery and release it. This is free of cost and is encouraged as long as you are careful and don’t touch the turtles or use flash while taking pictures. I truly enjoyed this experience as I watched my baby turtle swim with the waves into the horizon. I silently wished him good luck and hoped that he made it in the vast underwater world. Such a lovely, authentic thing to do in Bali, away from the usual chaos.
Picture this – You step out of your hotel and see 10 vintage Volkswagen cars in the driveway. You smile and wonder who are the lucky bastards getting to enjoy this sweet ride today. Within minutes, you find out these classic cars are for YOU! Noooo way!
I was so pumped up to find out we were going from Kuta to Ubud in these classic convertibles. We kept the top open all the time, screamed with glee, sang our hearts out and felt like rockstars as we zipped around Bali in our fancy wheels. Now, this is one heck of an experience and a definite “must-do”.
Visit Monkey Forest in Sangeh
Sangeh money forest is known for its less aggressive long tail macaques, compared to its counterpart Ubud monkey forest.
Sangeh also features a lovely hindu temple ‘Pura Bukit Sari’ inside the small forest complex as an added attraction.
This attraction is open everyday from 0730 – 1800 hrs with a small entrance fee of IDR 5000.
High Tea at Kupu Kupu Barong
Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and tree spa is one of the most exotic locales I have seen in Bali. Set amidst lush greenery with a view of the flowing Ayung river and dense forests, Kupu Kupu makes for stunning views as you sip your refreshing tea.
This is also one of the best stay options in Bali with luxury villas boasting of exotic views.
High tea is a nice excuse to take a grand tour of this amazing place and surrender to the scenic views it offers.
Disclaimer – I was a guest of ministry of tourism, Indonesia for this wicked 12 day trip of wonders. All opinions are unbiased and my own, as always!