Not many places can be a great destination of paradox and Bali is one which can perfectly fit that definition.
#1: It is blessed with the serene of beautiful nature and wilderness; while mentioning the word ‘wild’, it also can be used to describe its nightlife which is definitely on the other pole of being serene.
#2: Bali preserves the elegance of its traditional culture, while perfecting it with the modern touch of contemporary art. That’s a beautiful paradox which complements each other.
#3: Bali is undoubtedly an island with a relaxed-atmosphere that calm your mind and body. Can you guess what on the other side is that makes it a paradox? Yep, something hysterical with thrilling activities which will get anyone’s adrenaline pumping!
We’ve put together an incredible list of the best adrenaline-pumping activities. Explore the exciting side of Bali and experience the thrill of your life!
1. Get the Excitement On, In, and Out of the Water – Seabreacher
Ever wondered how a hybrid of a jet, a submarine, a jet ski, and a marine mammal might look like? Most likely, Seabreacher is the closest thing to it.
A watercraft with a jet-like cockpit, that allows you to race and splash through water. It can reach a speed of 80 kilometers per hour, which means you ride something almost twice as fast as Usain Bolt!
It can also dive up to 2 meters under the surface, and under the water, you can go up to 40 kilometers per hour. Something that you can’t do while diving traditionally, even if you’re Michael Phelps.
Another interesting thing you can do? Fight against the g-force, by jumping 6 meters out of the water!
There’s no need to worry about the safety too. The glass is made from F16 fighter-grade, and the watercraft is positively buoyant. There’s nothing to be scared of, and yet there’s a lot to be excited about. On the water, in the water, and out of the water.
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There are so many thrilling words in the title. ‘Gliding’, ‘sea’, ‘zip line’, and ‘cliffs’. And you can experience those thrilling things through one activity: The Abyss Zipline.
Nusa Ceningan and its sister, Nusa Lembongan, are famous for their cliffs and crashing waves. Imagine enjoying that spectacular scenery while sliding on the zip line. Not many things are as cool as that!
The facility is a relatively new hype in Nusa Ceningan. It was built about a year ago, and its popularity is rapidly growing among travelers.
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This place definitely takes zip line to a new level. Interested to try this extreme flying fox?
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3. Get (Literally) High in Bali! – 5GX Reverse Bungy in Kuta
Back to the city living the modern life, are you seeking something extreme while in Bali?
The 5GX Reverse Bungy in Kuta could be something new which makes your palm sweat while you’re having fun at the same time.
Get ‘thrown’ to the sky by this giant catapult, and feel your heart moving upside-down while reaching the top speed of a hundred kilometer per hour, or even more!
And…. it happens within seconds!
You may even see the sunset from high if you take this ride at the right time.
So, do you dare to get (literally) high?
4. Slide Down on a Natural Waterslide – Aling-Aling Waterfall
This amazing waterfall in Bali is located in Sambangan Village, close to Singaraja in North Bali.
This is a perfect place for an adventurer, as the waterfall is not (too) touristy compared to other popular waterfalls. Once you’ve arrived, you need to hike to the waterfall. And on the way there, be prepared for some scenic panoramas during the hike.
The waterfall is around 35-meter tall, and surrounded by green tropical trees. The water flows from the top splitting into two streams. Can’t wait to swim in that turquoise pond?
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This is probably the most unique thing in Aling-Aling Waterfall that not many waterfalls have. There’s a water slide leading into the pond!
Another good news is that Sambangan Village has 7 waterfalls that’s very close to each other in the same area. You can even combine a trip to this waterfall with a visit to Gitgit Waterfall which famous for its canyoning activity. Ready to slide?
5. Have the swing ride of your life with panoramic views of Ayung River – Zen Hideaway
As far as the eye can see, across Ayung River, a mini waterfall, rice fields and Mount Agung – you will find the most spectacular thing you will not find anywhere else. A swing hanging between coconut trees, high atop a hill – only at Zen Hideaway.
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This extreme swing is located in Zen Hideaway, an airbnb that offers an unparalleled experience that is exquisitely Ubud.
Both thrilling and addictive, the swing ride of your life is almost guaranteed – at such a height, and with sweeping views of the jungle, Ayung River, and even a mini waterfall!
Once you’re done swinging, you may want to make full use of the private access, and walk down to the river or waterfall for a relaxing swim.
Made from 150-year-old teak wood, Zen Hideaway is intentionally designed for those looking for serenity and peace. The rooms are semi-open, which enables you to have a hearty dose of fresh Ubud countryside air.
And since it’s in a local village, feel free to interact with the locals if you’d like to experience authentic daily activities, such as farming, dance, or traditional ceremonies (if available while you’re here).
PS: Do note that you can only experience this swing if you stay here.
6. It’s a thrilling climb to this Infinity pool with unrivaled ocean views – Waterfall Peguyangan, Nusa Penida
Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Penida is not a towering vertical torrent of water falls like the jungle in central Bali.
Also read: The complete guide to the Maldives of Bali – Nusa the islands (Lembongan, Penida and Ceningan)
Instead, it’s a series of short, cascading fountain springs that eventually make their way over a steep ravine and into the sea.
Reaching the springs involves a thrilling descent down narrow stairs against the wall of the ravine. After some 460 steps, the gorgeous sight of the cascades is both exhilarating and relieving.
Away from the ravine, the cascades make a great place for all to enjoy a ‘natural spa’, and a massage from the fast flowing waters as they burble over the shallow ledges and pools.
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7. You, Adventure, and a Paddle (Sorry, No Julia Roberts) – White Water Rafting in Ayung River, Telaga Waja, and Melangit River
Have fun on the rapids with white water rafting in Bali! Ayung River is the longest river in Bali, and it’s close to Ubud, the cultural center of Bali (which is pretty popular because of the novel ‘Eat, Pray, and Love’).
No, you won’t meet Julia Roberts with her oars and splashing the water with you. But you will surely enjoy the beauty of nature along the river.
Telaga Waja in Karangasem on the other hand, offers a longer rafting route at 16 kilometers. It also offers a more thrilling rafting experience. How ‘thrilling’?
Well, the rapids are relatively more aggressive, and it has a 5-meter fall that will make everyone on the boat scream.
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Ready to raft? We sure are!
8. Fly on a Boat in the Sky – Flying Fish, Bali Jetpacks and Water Sports
Another exciting water sport activity in the sea, especially when you feel banana boat is no longer fun. Now you can experience what the flying fish do. Yes, what else, flying!
You’re holding to ropes on a rubber boat. And the speedboat will pull it. Just like a plane, the rubber boat will take off from the water surface, against the wind, and you’re literally flying up in the sky!
Enjoy the wind while you’re flying like a kite. On a good day, you can fly above 2 meters. Don’t forget to keep holding tight!
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PS: Do check with the operator to ensure that the wind is strong enough on the day you want to ‘fly’. Someone has experienced the boat not ‘flying’ due to this. While this is a pretty rare case, but it’s always good to check beforehand!
9. Challenge yourself: Mahana Point Cliff Jump
Daredevils, here’s your calling. Fancy jumping from a high cliff top into clear blue waters below, as the world around you spins and shifts?
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Mahana Point, a little bar located on a cliff top in Nusa Ceningan, gives its customers a chance to do exactly that.
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If the sight of other brave jumpers have already got your blood racing, kudos to you! And if you’re not sure whether this is a good idea yet, you could always have a drink or two at the bar to boost your courage.
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You can do it (or you could just sit back and watch the surfers ride the waves)!
10. Zoom up like a superhero: Flyboarding at Nusa Dua
From the flat waters of Tanjung Benoa Beach, a man just sprouts a jet of water coming out from what appears to be a boot.
You might start to wonder – is it Iron Man or Aqua Man?
Well, this is the newest kid on the block – Flyboarding – one of the many extreme sports activities available in Bali!
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Invented by a former jet-ski champion, Franky Zapata, it combines a surfing board and a Jet Ski motor.
You’ll be wearing a boot attached to a surfing board with a hose connected to a motor, usually from a water vessel.
With high water pressure, you will be propelled into the air, with water ejecting from the nozzles – yes, very much like a superhero saving the day.
The basic flyboarding is while standing upright, but if you’re more experienced and want to experiment, you can even dive into the water like a human dolphin.
Recent flyboarding events also showcase acrobatic stunts! (Of course, don’t try this if you aren’t trained!)
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As the newest attraction in Nusa Dua, flyboarding can propel you up to 15 metres high.
A great adventure for the adrenaline junkies!
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11. The New 3M: Move your Muscles More! – Canyoning in North Bali
If you seek an adrenaline-pumping activity that requires you to move your muscles, then ‘canyoning’ could be a great option. It’s simply the most physically demanding activity in our list.
There are different options that you can explore for this challenging activity with different locations and levels of difficulty!
One of the most popular and beginner-friendly options for canyoning is ‘Kerenkali’ Canyon, which is a part of Gitgit Waterfall.
If you see yourself as a more experienced-and-skilled canyoneer, then ‘Aling Gorges’ in Sambangan could be a better choice.
Depending on your preference, experience and level of skill, pick one and have a go at it!
Which thrilling activity would you dare to try?
Do you know other adventurous activities available in Bali? Tell us by dropping a comment below!