Bali is an extremely popular destination, especially amongst couples. If the ideal vacation for you equals a good mix of leisure and sport, the island offers plenty of opportunities for adventure enthusiasts to indulge themselves. There’s nothing quite like travel to put any relationship to the test, no matter whether you and your significant other are adventure-seekers, lovers of luxury, or old-school romantics.
With its pristine beaches, paddy rice-fields, lush forests, lively river and an active volcano, the island is a haven for active couples in addition to being the perfect romantic getaway. Here are the best adventure activities and tours you and your partner should check out when planning a trip to Bali.
Bali is world-famous for its postcard-worthy beaches and stunning marine life. Snorkeling is a great option for couples who wish to enjoy the day at a leisurely pace and not miss out on Bali’s marine biodiversity. Can you imagine a more romantic setting than floating in the crystal waters with your partner? Neither can we. Lembongan Island, Tulamben, Amed, Gili, and Sanur are few of the top spots. Expect to find Parrot Fish, Angel Fish, Bat Fish, Moorish Idols, Snappers and so much more.
Recommended Bali Snorkeling Locations
2. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving locations are widespread throughout Bali and there are different points where you can see distinct marine life and wrecks. Scuba diving isn’t a solo sport, it involves a great deal of responsibility and a certain awareness of your surroundings. A good dive partner is essential and who better than your significant other. There are several locations where you can take half-day or full-day trips or even multi-day certification courses. Once you’ve developed a liking for diving and with proper training, you can make memories together, diving all over the world.
3. White Water River Rafting & River Tubing
There’s plenty of adventure and river rafting against a picturesque backdrop of dense tropical jungles, towering gorges, and magnificent rice paddies. Bali has two major rivers perfect for rafting. One of them is the Ayung River in Gianyar while the other is the Telaga Waja River at the foothills of Mt. Agung. Both rivers offer a different scenic journey. Ayung is more suited for beginners while Telaga Waja is for adrenaline junkies who prefer the next level up. Tubing involves floating down a river in a doughnut-shaped inner tube, there are no paddles, just you trying to stay afloat! With the humid weather in Bali, this is a perfect activity for couples to cool down and have some fun.
The Bali surfing scene started along the island’s southern shores, where rolling waves and quiet, beautiful beaches evolved into the popular wave riders’ playgrounds we now see today. Bali’s surfer crowd comprises experienced riders and beginners who want a piece of the action. Pros can head to the outer reef breaks of the southern Bukit Peninsula, while newbies can opt for smaller waves in the lagoons. Bali is a great place to pick up the sport. You and your partner can tap into Bali’s insatiable appetite for spectacular waves and laze at the beach seeing the picturesque sunset. Private surfing lessons led by professional surf experts are widely offered.
Recommended Surfing Lessons
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. Everyone likes to show off a little, right? Impress your partner with your bravery and skill and have a gala time doing it. The basic flyboarding is done while standing upright, but if you’re more experienced and want to experiment, you can even dive into the water like a human dolphin!
6. Waterfall & Cliff Jumping
Cliff jumping is one of the easiest extreme sports to get into and people travel the world in the pursuit of searching out these coastal areas all for the fun of adventure. There is something dangerously romantic about plunging yourself from an incredible height with your partner. You can make a day out of it, reach the location tucked away in nature, enjoy the views and swim in the water below. It’s best to check the tide and swell charts before jumping as the water is quite shallow and at low tide, it isn’t recommended to jump as serious injury can occur.
Lembongan and Ceningan have a rocky coastline which means several bays on the island are ideal to jump. You can plunge from the Blue lagoon bay into the water from 14 metres. It is an incredible place to see the sunset.
Visit the Secret Garden in North Bali which is famous for its 7 waterfalls! Slide through or jump from waterfalls of different heights. Aling-Aling is the highest one at around 30 metres.
Parasailing is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed parachute, known as a parasailing. The boat then drives off, carrying you into the air. Parasailing allows you to watch the scenic views from above as you fly with your partner. This is a great experience for couples looking to get away and enjoy a day above the waters of Bali. Launch your wings and soon you will be soaring above the water, greeted with magnificent views of the sea and beaches!
The hills and valleys of the highlands are perfect for canyoning in Bali. On a day-long Bali canyoning tour, you will abseil down waterfalls, jump from cliffs into deep pools and swim through rapids. It is an extreme adventure – entailing hiking, trekking, and rappelling. It’s an experience during which you and your partner step out of your comfort zone, get empowered, feel proud, marvel at the sights and having a heap of fun doing it together. The Bali canyoning tours are led by experienced and trained professionals. You will receive your ICOpro (International Canyoning Organization for Professionals) Canyoneer initiation certificate (ICOpro card) after taking our recommended tours.
9. Submarine Experience
Odyssey Submarine is the only underwater adventure tour operator in Indonesia. Add some adrenaline and a new vigor to your romantic day by exploring the depths of the ocean in an amazing submarine ride. You will be able to view the marvelous scenery of the underwater world of Amuk Bay during the unique 45-minute ride. Indulge yourselves in this unique experience and absorb the beauty that surrounds you.
The submarine has a capacity of 36 people including air-conditioning and filtering system to cool you down from the humid Bali weather. It’s one of the more expensive dates you could take your partner on but it’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity you won’t forget!
Exploring Bali on a cycle with your loved one is an excellent way to see the vast terrain of the island and enjoy the landscape. You can cycle through the lush rice fields and the mountainous region while you enjoy each other’s company. There are various tours which range in intensity depending upon your preferences. You may pick an easy trail with a tandem bike once you’ve explored the region during tours.
11. Hiking & Trekking
Hiking is the best way to explore hidden treasures in Bali which cannot be reached by any other mode of transport. Like scuba diving, trekking is also an activity where your trekking partner plays an important role. You definitely need a reliable and compatible partner while you are enjoying the scenery in the mountains looking for an adventure. It is ideal for active couples on the lookout for new places to explore. Tours to waterfalls and the sunset hike to Mt. Batur are extremely popular.
12. Obstacle Courses & Ziplining
Bali Treetop Adventure Park in Bedugul is accessible to all visitors whatever their level of agility. With different circuits, everyone can find the right circuits suiting their level of fitness. Obstacle course racing is a great way to have an immersive experience with your partner where you are simply focused on overcoming what lies ahead of you. Working together as a team can give you perspective and make you forget about any disagreements you might have had on your vacation. Ziplining is also a fun activity which offers a rush of adrenaline and great views.
13. Quad Biking
Drive yourself to the heart of nature and challenge yourself by trying out various tracks all over Bali! Spend time riding through the dense forest and traverse seemingly impossible slopes. Get down and dirty with your partner riding through the jungle and enjoying many thrills and scenic attractions as you speed your way through the mangroves. The two-seat quad bike is a perfect way to enjoy an afternoon. You can book many tours where a professional guide will accompany you.
14. Extreme Swing
This is fast becoming a worldwide trend for adrenaline junkies. It is the best spot for couples as Bali’s scenic views provide the perfect background for your Instagram worthy photographs. There are two swings in Ubud, one is a part of an Airbnb, Zen Hideaways. The former one is a part of the packages recommended below. They also have cute nests especially for couples to take adorable photos. The photos you take here will surely be the highlight of your trip and permanent addition to your album!
15. Wildlife Experience
Due to Bali’s ecological diversity, a visit to the Bali Safari & Marine Park is a must. The Night Safari has become a signature offering here as you hop on a caged truck and get up close with animals. It is an evening full of entertainment, seeing various live shows at the park and enjoying a romantic BBQ dinner.
When in Bali, you can also spend a leisurely afternoon horse riding with your partner through the beautiful rice fields.
Bali is a great place to visit for all, be it adventure seekers or leisure tourists. The charming island with its nature and nightlife is an exciting destination, especially for couples.
Of course, these are just the activities and tours we’ve found most interesting. Do share your favorites with us, below!