There’s more to Bali breaks than food, shopping, culture, and temples. Work off the street food and sunset cocktails with five high-drama activities.
Dive the USAT Liberty
One of the world’s most famous wreck dives, the USAT Liberty is the hulk of an old cargo ship that beached in East Bali during the Second World War. But, while most wrecks lie in challenging waters, the Liberty rests shallow enough for absolute beginners to approach. There’s something truly magical about seeing the coral and sea fans that have taken root on her rusted metal, turtles swimming past vacant portholes, or the flashing clams besides her guns.
If you don’t have your scuba license, local dive stores offer a Discover Scuba Diving experience. After learning a few basics, such as how to clear your mask of water underwater and recapture your mouthpiece if it’s lost, you can explore the site with a guide in a group of no more than two, descending to a maximum of 40 feet (12 meters).
Climb Mount Batur
Indonesia is home to more volcanoes than anywhere in the world, so don’t miss the chance to climb at least one while you’re in Bali. Mount Batur, an active volcano in the center of the island, is the classic choice. Start a guided climb well before dawn and you’ll reach the top in time to see the sun rise behind the double peak of Mount Rinjani on neighboring Lombok island, while monkeys scuttle and frolic around you. Bring eggs or bananas so your guide can cook you breakfast in volcanic steam, then soothe sore limbs with a soak—and perhaps a massage—at one of the nearby hot springs.
Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced surfer, Seminyak’s sweeping sands have something for you. You can rent the kind of board you like from, soft and stable giant foamies to lean, mean turning machines. The strip known as Double Six is a great spot for beginners to learn, and home to a myriad surf schools. Swells can get rewardingly large on Seminyak itself. Check out Drifter Surf store for lifestyle accessories, from hand-shaped boards to books.
Snorkel with Mantas
The island of Nusa Penida, off Bali, is home to two major underwater attractions: giant manta rays and the mola mola (oceanic sunfish), the world’s largest bony fish. You’ll need to be a qualified diver to see the sunfish, but the mantas glide shallow enough for everyone, even snorkelers. There’s nothing quite like seeing these magnificent creatures, with a wingspan well over 10 feet (3 meters), cruising through the water, often while being groomed by smaller fish.
President Obama may have chosen to take his family river rafting in Bali—but there’s a better way to experience the island’s untamed gorges and rushing waters. At Kalimudah Canyon, to the north of the island, you can rappel down waterfalls, brave daring cliff jumps, and shoot natural water slides—an experience that yields much more adrenaline than Ubud’s tamer rivers.
No matter where your taste for adventure takes you in Bali, you can see and do it all from Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach. From climbing to snorkeling to resting up by the pool before your next outing, our spot on the island’s most vibrant beach puts you right in the middle of the excitement.