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From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

1. From Bali: Swim with Manta Rays in Nusa Penida

Head for the island of Nusa Penida and embark on a snorkeling adventure. Take advantage of 3 different stops to swim with Manta Rays, enjoy lunch on the beach, then spend the afternoon exploring the mangrove forest. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Bali or wait directly at the ferry office (depending on the option selected), and then journey to Nusa Penida, located 20 kilometers off the southeast coast. The largest of Bali's 3 sister islands (Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan), Nusa Penida is much less developed and remains home to abundant and pristine nature. Marvel at the dramatic landscape and steep cliffs along the coast as you make your way to some of the island's best snorkel sites. Upon arrival at the protected bay of Manta Bay, discover an ocean rich with plankton that attracts beautiful reef manta rays that can sometimes measure up to an impressive 4 or 5 meters in wing span. Go to 3 of the best snorkel sites on the island, including popular spots (depending on conditions) such as Crystal Bay, Toyapakeh, and Gamat Bay. As the strong swells of the Indian Ocean can impact conditions, the situation will be carefully monitored to take you to where it is safe to swim with the rays less than 1.5 meters from the surface of the sea. If conditions are not suitable, your snorkeling itinerary will be adjusted accordingly, as your safety is always the number one priority. Following your magical snorkeling adventure, break for a delicious beachside lunch at Paradise Beach on Nusa Lembongan. The lunch is served as an Indonesian food buffet. Then, get the chance to explore the mangrove forest in the afternoon by kayak, stand-up paddle board, or private gondola.  

Bali: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diving Course

2. Bali: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diving Course

The first day will begin with the registration and paperwork for the course at the diving center. This will be followed by instructional videos and knowledge reviews through quizzes and exams of the first three modules learned that day. Enjoy lunch and refreshments to strengthen up for the afternoon, which entails swimming pool skills training, the log back of all equipment used at the diving center and the sign-off paperwork. The second day will start with an equipment preparation and loading of vehicles to travel to Padang Bai, joining a boat ride to the Blue Lagoon to experience the first open water dive training. A little break on the boat will offer time to relax on the deck or take a swim in the lagoon. The second open water dive will follow after which a return to Padang Bai will enable you to have lunch at Topi Inn before returning to the diving center. Learn about the theory of the final two modules and review your knowledge with quizzes and a final exam. The third and last day will lead you to Tulamben, where the wreck of the USAT Liberty is located and the third and fourth open water training dives will take place. Between the dives, you will have lunch at Puri Madha. Upon packing up the equipment after the last dive, the certification and sign-off will follow back at the diving center.

Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure

3. Ayung River: All Inclusive Rafting Adventure

Try out white water rafting in Ayung River with a guide, while soaking up the gorgeous surroundings. Opt for a hotel pickup and travel in air-conditioned comfort to the rafting point. Change into rafting clothes and equipment and set off on your exhilarating adventure. Recharge with a delicious buffet meal. Start at a traditional wantilan (Balinese pavilion). Set in the middle of green rice fields overlooking the breathtaking Abang mountain, this lobby is your first stop of the day. Get briefed by your guide to set off on a safe and fun rafting trip. Start your rafting adventure on Ayung River, the longest river on the island of Bali. Navigate class 2 rapids that sometimes rise to class 4 during the rainy season. Experience the natural scenery, wildlife, and exotic plants of Bali along the way. After working up an appetite, treat yourself to a buffet lunch in a restaurant overlooking the Ayung Valley.

From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

4. From Bali: Nusa Penida Small Group Tour by Speed Boat

Explore the tropical Nusa Penida Island, nestled in the waters between Bali and Lombok. This tropical island is known for its beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, and relaxed way of life. Discover Klengking Beach, Broken Beach, Angel's Billabong, and Crystal Bay on this speed boat trip from Bali. Depart from Bali and set out to explore the best of Nusa Penida Island. Pass by Klengking Beach, also known as T-Rex Beach due to its distinctive shape. Situated on the western tip of Nusa Penida Island, Broken Beach is unmissable with its distinct massive arch and horseshoe-shaped cove. This beautiful rock formation stretches across a swirling whirlpool of blue and green waters. Next, visit Angel’s Billabong, a natural infinity pool. Make your way to Crystal Bay, known for its clear waters and colorful sea life. Crystal Bay is a prime spot for diving, so take a plunge and get friendly with the fish below.

Canggu: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

5. Canggu: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

Take a private surf lesson or bond with your friends and family as you conquer the waves together. Enjoy the convenience of being transferred via motorbike from your hotel in Canggu to the black sand beach of Batu Bolong. Once on the beach, listen to a brief 20-minute land lesson and safety tutorial. Afterwards, grab your surfboard and catch some waves. Choose between either a beginner or intermediate lesson. If it’s your first time, your teacher will lead you through the basics so you’ll quickly feel confident enough to take on your first wave.  Learn how to keep your surfboard under control, and how to do a pop-up on your surfboard, and how to ride the waves. Get tips for your paddling technique and surf stance. Discover how to time your take off and how to catch your first wave. Be amazed by how easy and enjoyable it is to surf. If you already have some experience, choose the intermediate option and you’ll receive personalized instruction on how to improve your technique. 

From Bali: Private 3-Day Gili Islands Tour with Snorkeling

6. From Bali: Private 3-Day Gili Islands Tour with Snorkeling

In between Bali and Lombok, 3 idyllic islands can be found: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. These little coral islands have a real laid-back tropical island feel and make perfectly placed hideouts from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. With no traffic and nothing but fresh ocean breeze, this 3-day 2-night tour takes you to see two of these islands for an excursion full of relaxation, and special moments to remember for a lifetime. Your first day starts with an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Bali, which will take you to the harbor to a speedboat that will arrive at Gili Trawangan in just a few hours’ time. On the way, catch breathtaking views of Mount Agung and the deep blue sea. Once on the island, spend the day relaxing at a beautiful tropical island resort – lounge by the pool, dive in the sea or hop on a bicycle to explore the coastline. Don’t miss the sunset at one of the beach clubs – it’s a true spectacle of nature you don’t want to miss out on! Your second day features a private snorkeling tour on Gili Trawangan’s quieter but equally beautiful sister island, Gili Air. The 3-hour snorkeling tour takes you to see several amazing spots, beautiful coral reefs and colorful marine life. You’ll also get to swim with giant sea turtles, a magical experience! Spend the rest of the day as you like at another tropical resort – sipping cocktails, swimming, sunbathing – before another magnificent island sunset kicks in. If you’re an early bird, start day 3 early to catch the awe-inspiring sunrise of Gili Air. Otherwise, snoozing in bed to the sound of the sea is a lovely way to spend the first hours of your last morning on the Gili Islands. Enjoy one more swim in the turquoise sea, sit down for breakfast and say goodbye to these gorgeous islands. The speedboat will bring you back to the mainland of Bali where you will be transported to your hotel by shuttle bus.

Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Trek and White Water Rafting

7. Bali: Mount Batur Sunrise Trek and White Water Rafting

Take an early morning tour to Mount Batur and experience the majesty of an active volcano and its surrounding landscape at the first light of day. Enjoy breakfast at the top of the mountain before continuing your day of adventure on this paradise island complete with a delicious Indonesian lunch. Depending on option selected, following a hotel pickup, or directly meeting at the beautiful Mt Batur Lounge of your hike by 3:30 AM, and get a safety briefing and overview of the trek from your guide on arrival. Start your hike at 4:00 AM with a steep climb of about 2 hours to reach the summit of the mountain, 5,633 feet (1,717 meters) above sea level. Refuel with breakfast as you watch the sunrise and take in views of Lake Batur and Mount Rinjani. Then, take an optional walk around the crater. Hike back down the mountain and refresh yourself at Mt. Batur Lounge, the only villa-style lounge around with clean, modern toilets and a comfortable shower facility. After rinsing off the dust in the showers, enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee in the lounge. Rest your legs on the 1-hour drive to the Ayung River. Here you'll meet your rafting guide and receive a paddling lesson and safety briefing before heading out onto the water. Spend an exhilarating 3 hours white water rafting and marvel at the rice fields, rainforest, waterfalls, and rock carvings from a different perspective. Benefit from an optional stop at a coffee plantation on the drive back to your hotel to sample the local coffee and tea. Get dropped off at your hotel in the early evening.

Bali: ATV Quad Bike & White Water Rafting Experience

8. Bali: ATV Quad Bike & White Water Rafting Experience

Raft the unspoiled Ayung River and ride the ATV through rice fields, bamboo forest, and lush tropical landscapes of Bali. Begin with pickup from your Bali hotel and transfer to the departure point by air-conditioned car. On arrival in Singakerta Village in Ubud, have some time to practice driving your ATV before starting. Discover jungle trails, rural villages, and plantations of Bali, following your guide off-road through the rain forest and rice paddies. After working up an appetite, tuck into lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the Ayung River for the second activity of the day. Cruise along the thrilling rapids and see the waterfalls and scenic gorges of the Ayung River on a white water rafting excursion. End with a return transfer to your hotel.

Bali: Padangbai Blue Lagoon Beginner's Dive Experience

9. Bali: Padangbai Blue Lagoon Beginner's Dive Experience

Get a better understanding and feeling for scuba diving on a beginner's dive experience on the east coast of Bali. Following pick-up from your hotel, journey to Padangbai, and then climb aboard a traditional jukung (Balinese boat) and sail for 15 minutes to the Blue Lagoon. Marvel at the mix of white sand, beautiful beaches, clear blue water and the sight of Padangbai as you set sail. Learn the basics of diving, including how to relax and reassure yourself during a dive. If you decide you want to go further, the day can count as a credit towards completing your PADI Open Water Diver course. Expect to see many blue-spotted stingrays, along with octopus, scorpion fish, sweet lips, trigger fish, moray eel and more. You might even encounter a submarine! Take 2 dives, and enjoy some time to swim and relax. A delicious lunch at the end of your second dive is included.

Bali: 1-Day Instant Entry Ticket to Waterbom Bali

10. Bali: 1-Day Instant Entry Ticket to Waterbom Bali

Enter Waterbom Bali and notice as the ambient temperature drop by more than 10 degrees, providing some relief from the heat of the rest of the island. With your day pass, experience a range of slides suitable for all ages from extreme thrillseekers to the kiddy slides, all designed, constructed, and maintained by international consultants. Beyond the slides, discover a range of activities and services including the FlowRider stationary wave and extensive day spa offerings for a bit of indulgence. If you’re feeling hungry or thirsty, try one of the many restaurants or quality vendors stationed throughout the park. Stroll through Waterbom’s lush gardens and relax in the shade of a gazebo to enjoy a more leisurely day. Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the park which is comprised of more than 50 percent green space, incorporating a number of endangered native species.

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Had a great dive trip here. Parented booked easy enough. Paid up in full on arrival. We go lucky and had a private diving trip in the end just us and a dive master. LocTed in the south east of the island. Easy access I’d your local. We had to drive 45-1 hour via moped from Ubud. Then 1 hour they drove us to the Mir north western coast port to start the dive. Headed off in a small boat. Every is set up for us, as it’s how locals earn pocket, so that was very kind. I felt bad for being lazy. Two dives on a gorgeous day. Dive master gave us a quick briefing before each dive. The view was clear and beautiful, for to see some lovely sites. Saw reef sharks which was fun. We both had. A great time and it was well organised by our guide. A spot do lunch at a set restaurant, which had a very limited menu, BUT the food was great so no complaints: cheeky beer before heading back to the dive site. We’ll worth it, and a must do in Bali. For me, the only reason to go to Bali is dive! Do it!

Nyoman picked us up in time and adjusting to our personal requirements. Snorkling experience was amazing. The driver also acted as your guide. He was curtious and knowledgable of the local areas. Due to weather he gave us other options instead of Canyoning. He waited patiently to our schedule. The lunch place at warrung was really good.

Had a wonderful day, the snorkelling was amazing, we saw lots of tropical fish and some stingrays and turtles! We had a great guide, called Tapaz, who was really friendly and welcoming and shared lots of information and recommendations about where else we should go whilst we are in Bali

Great day out, adult kids went off to do all the rides while I relaxed in close proximity to the swim up pool bar and enjoyed the sunshine. if you can book a cabana around the big pool number 7-11 great spot to be and full on shade. highly recommend day out at Waterbom

Fabulous experience. We took the 10 am rafting time which gave us enough time to get back to our hotels and crash!