There is so much more to Bali than you think. This stunning island is known for its picturesque beaches, mountains and coral reefs, but whether it is your first time visiting or you’re basically a local, there are a wealth of experiences awaiting you. From island hopping to adventure activities, there is something for everyone to explore. Here are our top 10 day trips in Bali you simply can’t miss on your next trip:
1. Mount Batur Sunrise Trek
This is perfect for anyone looking for an adventure and don’t mind an early start! Travellers will make the trek up Mount Batur, an active volcano part of UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network. The peak is 1717 meters above sea level and takes about three hours to get to there. Once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning sunrise and a delicious local breakfast, with a side dish of breathtaking views of the Balinese mountainscapes. On the way back down, you’re in for a special treat as you make a stop at a coffee plantation and try Luwak Coffee, the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world.
2. Bali Safari and Marine Park
Embark on the Safari journey of a lifetime, with this day trip to Bali Safari & Marine Park. Many describe this as one of the most realistic Safari’s in Bali, as travellers will discover the inhabitants of Indonesia, India and the African Savannah. The park is home to 400 residents, some of which are endangered, including elephants, tigers, leopards, kimodo dragons, cheetahs, and orangutans. This is one of the most authentic Balinese experiences as you watch Elephants bathe, learn a traditional Balinese dance and watch feeding time of the white tigers. You can also add on a once in a lifetime experience with the Rhino package which includes a 30 minute elephant ride, lunch or dinner and VIP seating for the show.
3. Bali Instagram Tour
This is a one of a-kind tour, perfect for anyone looking to capture a postcard-worthy picture. Bali is one of the most picturesque locations in the world, and this Instagram tour is an amazing day trip that will take you to all the iconic locations, as well as some stunning, jaw-dropping hidden gems including Lempuyang Temple, the famous jungle swing and the Tirta Gangga Water Palace. Your guide will also teach you more about Bali’s history and culture as you work your way through each location. This tour is a must, one that will leave your friends at home with a bad case of FOMO.
4. West Nusa Penida
If you’re looking to Escape the crowds of Bali for the day, then a day trip to West Nusa Penida is perfect for you. This Island has a tranquil atmosphere and the most crystal clear waters. It is home to some of the most “instagrammable” landscape, including Angela Billabong, Broken Beach, Kelingking Beach, and the Crystal Bay. Travellers have the chance to enjoy a refreshing swim or meet some of the magnificent marine life with snorkelling available.
5. Tulamben Wreck Diving Day Trip
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, then head over to Tulamben. This little fishing village is one of the best vantage points to explore Bali underwater, with great visibility of the USS Liberty shipwreck. There are diving experiences available for all levels, with each one providing travellers the chance to witness some of the most amazing coral and aquatic life and the chance to see large fish such as mola mola, whale sharks, and black-tip reef sharks. Advanced divers on this trip will also have a chance to swim-through in the wreck’s interior.
6. Hot Air Balloon Experience
If you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure, then enjoy an exhilarating ride on the first and only hot air balloon experience in Bali. You’ll be able to see some of the most stunning views from above, including the Ubud’s rice paddies, the Tanah Gajah area and the lush tropical forests of Ubud. Travellers can choose between a sunrise, sunset or night experience where you are able to fly between the stars and moon. This is a once in a lifetime experience in Bali and one you can’t miss out on.
7. Bali Swing and Waterfall in Ubud
This tour is in Ubud, home to some of the most natural wonders, cascading waterfalls, and lush rice terraces. This day trip takes you to the famous Bali Swing, where you can enjoy the thrill with its incredible jungle backdrop. This tour also takes you to the Tegenungan Waterfall, where you will see the famous landmark in all it’s glory. You will be able to choose your vantage points, either on restaurants perched above or trek down to feel its exquisite waters.
8. Lembongan Reef Cruise
This is an experience that the whole family will enjoy! This full day adventure is a luxury catamaran cruise to Bali’s neighbouring Lemongan Island where you snorkel and swim the tropical waters, have fun on the unlimited banana boat rides or the 35-meter water slide and learn about the rich culture of the island. If you’re feeling a little on the adventurous side, delve beneath the waves to explore the underwater world by scuba or try the ‘aquanauts’ to experience walking along the seafloor. This cruise includes a feast on board, with a delicious buffet served for lunch and snacks and drinks provided throughout the day.
9. ATV Quad Bike Adventure
Prepare to get a little muddy as you treat yourself to the wild experience of an ATV Quad Bike Adventure. This one isn’t for the faint heart, as you make your way through a variety of terrain (bumpy, steep, wet and muddy) and and see lush rice paddies, overgrown jungles and rushing rivers. If you’re up for an even greater challenge, this adventure can also be purchased as a combo with the Ayung River Rafting.
10. Telaga Waja White Water Rafting
This day adventure is perfect for any adrenaline junkie! As you experience the 14 km journey rafting down the Telaga Waja River, you will be met by breathtaking scenery including panoramas of mountains, waterfalls, rice fields, and stone cliffs. At the end of your journey you will be starving, so this tour includes an Indonesian buffet prepared by your own chef. It truly is a day of excitement and fun, as you brave the rapids for an experience of a lifetime you will never forget.