From the tops of the volcanic mountains to the living reefs below the sea, many different terrains exist which are home to a whole host of activities
From the island’s assortment of coastlines, black sand or white, to its lush mountainous uplands, there’s always a diverse facet of Bali to experience. Engaging water sports abound, be it riding the rolling surf, exploring the underwater world, or cruising down a river between the highland ravines; flourishing and insightful cultural activities also offer multi-sensory experiences through crash courses, art classes, culinary lessons, and workshops.
Bali’s moderate tropical climate makes the Indonesian island a popular destination for vacations, with opportunities for outdoor recreation and natural and tourist attractions including Balinese cuisine, safari adventures, zoos and botanical gardens. The food of Bali draws from all over Indonesia, and Bali is home to many exotic species of animals and plants.
The Bali Zoo encourages interactive experience with animals through petting areas and animal feedings. Paths lead through the bird aviary exhibits to places where guests may hand-feed orangutans and wallabies and get family photos with lions and crocodiles. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings there are special animal shows and contemporary fire dances. Visitors may elect to be led through twenty treewalk challenges, including rope bridges and swings, at the Treewalk Adventure. They can also explore the local “subak” water irrigation system and see the villagers’ way of life first-hand at the Zoobak Trekking and Horse Carriage.
Botanic Garden Ubud
The Botanic Garden in Ubud’s exhibits local and exotic plant life including more than 200 Nepenthes pitcher plants from Sumatra, Borneo and Papua, along with the rare Titan Arums, the earth’s biggest flower. The Garden’s landscape includes waterfalls, ravines, natural forest and meadows in the village of Kutuh Kaja. The Garden encompasses a chocolate house, a growing maze and a meditation court, an Indonesian Orchard, an Islamic Garden and the Alang Alang Trail. A special children’s area and botanical school are also under construction in the space.
Bali Safari and Marine Park
A day cruising around Bali Safari and Marine Park allows close inspection of hundreds of animals from Indonesia, Africa and other parts of the world. Ride the tram to take the safari ride featuring more than sixty species of wild animals including rhinoceros, zebra, hippopotamus, cheetah and camel. After the safari ride, stop by the other exotic Asian wildlife exhibits to encounter animals such as Komodo Dragons and White Tigers. Visit the Kampung Gajah (Elephant Village) to see elephants bathing and roaming the safari. Catch the Elephant Conservation and Education Show and walk through the free museum dedicated to the elephants.