10 days of relaxing and adventuring in Bali
We recently spent 10 amazing days in Bali relaxing, going on adventures and hitting up the beach, it was so nice to be based in one place for this long as this year we have been full-time travelling and moving every few days. We met some friends back home from Australia and planned some really fun activities. I’ve been to Bali many times (classic Australian) and each time I love exploring new things and staying at different places. This time we based ourselves in Legian at The Camakilla Resort and I would highly recommend it as a place to stay, it was clean, spacious, relaxing and the two pools were really great.
I’ve listed some of favourite things to do in Bali below:
1. Mason Jungle Buggies in Ubud
These jungle buggies are a great way to spend a day out with friends. You can choose from single-seater or two-seater buggies and the 4.5km course is mapped out through a winding forest in Ubud. It is quite expensive compared to other adventure days out in Bali however I would recommend it as a day out, we had so much fun!
After you complete 3 laps of the course you can cool off in the on-site pool and help yourself to a yummy buffet lunch at the jungle buggies restaurant. It’s also close by to white water rafting in Ubud and other activities that you could do on the same day.
2. Nusa Penida,
It’s not easy to get to or get around but Nusa Penida is totally worth it for views like this. This beach below is Kelingking Beach, Indonesia and it’s really beautiful. It is worth checking out for an afternoon when you are in Bali – and don’t forget your camera!
3. Market shopping
Every time I go to Bali I always spend a few afternoons checking out all the local shops and markets to see what treasures I can find. Most of the clothing, bags and shoes are not great quality but will last for one summer (just be careful not to machine-dry the clothes as the materials can really shrink).
What I love looking for though are home-wares and art prints, I’ve picked up some really beautiful macrame hanging pieces and things for my home for really cheap. Good luck bartering with the shop owners!
4. White Water Rafting
White water rafting in Bali is really fun if the rivers are full with water (the rafts can go quite slow when the water levels are low so just check with the company or your guide before you book). Most rafting companies operate on the same river in Ubud and I wouldn’t recommend one company over the other – they are all very similar when it comes to the rafts and life jackets etc.
For this trip we booked through Mason Adventures who also run the jungle buggies, the one thing was that their provided lunch after the rafting was really impressive. We did pay a higher cost for this over other companies so you get what you pay for I guess.
5. Beach bars and sunsets
No trip to Bali is complete without a few trips to the beach to have a drink and watch the sunset! Pictured below is one of my favourites, La Plancha, the beach here is filled with colourful bean bags and umbrellas and it’s the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand.
6. Ubud Monkey Forest
This one is listed here not as a recommendation (you can decided for yourself if you want to go) but it’s listed as something we did. It’s an interesting place to drop into when you are in Ubud, it’s essentially a big forest with wild monkeys roaming around – cute but I’ve heard from other travellers that sometimes they can be vicious. As long as you are respectful and don’t do anything to aggravate the monkeys then you will be fine. I really enjoyed it and the monkeys are treated well, fed well, looked after and are very used to tourists walking through their home. Do some research on this place before you go and respect the rules for your own safety.
7. Beach clubs
Beach clubs are one of the best ways to spend an afternoon/night in Bali. Think fancy cocktails, poolside drinks, infinity pools, palm trees and delicious food. Beach clubs are often geared towards tourists and therefore their prices are much higher than normal bars and clubs in Bali – I would recommend checking a few out and having a couple of drinks if you can snag a good seat. Pictured below is one of my favourites, Potato Head Beach Club.
A few more that are worth checking out are:
This list has enough on it for 10 days in Bali – you will be busy but will still have time to relax and chill out. Most of these things can be bundles up and done in the one day. I hope this helps with any holiday planning you may be doing.
Enjoy Bali xx