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  Activities & Attraction Overview  
The perfect compliment to productive meetings
and conferences is the fantastic range of activities
and attractions bountiful Bali has to offer.
With blue skies and warm temperatures most of
the year, conference organisers or incentive
planners will have no reservation including
group activities in their programmes.
Bali may be a great place to get a tan, but
remember that there is more to the island
than great beaches.
     
  Always Something to do
Indeed, no visitor to Bali could ever feel bored. In fact, it would probably take many life times to try everything the island has to offer. From spectacular dawn climbs of smouldering volcanoes to legendary world-class surf breaks, Bali's attractions are raved about and have earned the island its place as the world's favourite island destination in Travel & Leisure magazine for several years running.

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Offshore or onshore, natural or man-made, cultural or educational, your options are covered. Being a small island, the beaches are never far away and the gamut of water sports offered is staggering. You'll think twice about lying on a sun-chair when you have the temptation of going windsurfing, surfing, boogie boarding, paragliding, swimming, diving, snorkeling, sea walking, sport fishing, wake boarding, jet skiing, power boating, or kite surfing - you name it and Bali's water-sport operators have got it!

Inland, trekkers, climbers, natualists and rafters will delight in the more mountainous regions - the vistas are astounding and the wildlife always abundant. Here you can escape from busier
south, perhaps participating in a yoga or meditation course, marveling at a sacred waterfall, or just losing yourself in the tropical vibe of the lush rainforests.

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For rafters, bungee jumpers, 4-wheel drive enthusiasts, and hanger gliders, thrills and quasi-adventures abound, but the exemplary safety record of the major action-sport operators on the island suggests that most adventures are decidedly 'soft' and are always operated under the eyes of well-trained and experienced professionals.

A number of specialist firms organise group activities and are expert providers of and organisers of group and team-building activities such as white-water rafting expeditions, river kayaking, mountain treks, and cycling tours; while others offer offshore excursions and activities, such as paintball competitions and high- and low-rope challenges over spectacular river canyons.

Rafting through tropical rainforest on the Ayung River outside Ubud is a beguilingly safe activity that suits all ages. The shallow, winding river spills over rock-falls and narrows with stops along the shore through an Eden-like setting. Run by veteran river guides, the rapids provide enough thrills and spills to get the adrenaline levels rising.

Cycling tours are classified as ‘gentle’ adventures – essentially peaceful and enjoyable rides through rainforests, rice fields and rural areas with some strenuous sections through the hills. Guides provide useful information on the natural terrain, wildlife and the agrarian life of the areas. Numbers are flexible, making a cycling trip suitable for groups of any size.
Trekking options are plentiful with hikes of various lengths and degrees of difficulty to accommodate walkers at almost any level of fitness. Offered are easy jaunts through centuries-old irrigation system to visit forest temples; more arduous volcano climbs, jungle treks that start before sunrise; and bird watching expeditions through picturesque river valleys. Bali’s rich variety of ecosystems makes all these options, and more, possible.

Why not opt to simply follow the leader and sit back and enjoy an informative guided tour of Bali? Guides speak a range of languages and outings usually include transport, safety gear, lunch and changing facilities. In the interest of the customer, any tour can be customized to meet the special interest of any group, which may include team-building activities, gourmet meals and cultural experiences.

It is said that there are more artisans in Bali than of any similar space on the planet, meaning that the artistically inclined visitors will easily find their creative niche. Balinese culture boasts a seemingly endless array of traditional art forms for you to try you hand at, and you can even learn on location with local village artists. Participate in a gamelan and dance workshop, carve a traditional mask, mould some pottery, or cook up a ‘spice-storm’ in a Balinese cooking class.

For those on a generous budget, why not charter a helicopter to see the dreamy island from the air? Or maybe treat your group to a Harley Davidson motorcycle tour? For a bit of friendly competition, award-winning golf courses are dotted across the island and you can choose from a number of locations, including beachside and mountain-enclave settings.

More sedentary-minded travellers may choose to a stroll around a butterfly, bird or elephant park, or simply amble through breezy rice fields in villages off the beaten track. Never fear boredom on this vibrant, fun-filled island – there will always be something new just waiting to be discovered.

Take Your Corporation Offshore
A large variety of luxurious day and night cruises operate in the waters in and around Bali.
The menu of marine excursions includes luxury sailing, reef cruising, and an exhilarating early morning high-speed cruise along the coastline of Nusa Dua to Uluwatu on the Bukit Peninsula to view ocean-going dolphins. Depending on sea conditions, you might even see whales!

Day programmes include island tours and a host of water-related activities in, around and just off Lembongan Island, which feature snorkelling, supervised dive programmes, a variety of water-sports, beachside activities and BBQ lunches.

Popular with small groups and conferences are evening dinner cruises in the calm confines of Bali’s Benoa Harbour with entertainment and a splendid buffet meal.

An altogether different experience is offered by several Bali-based sailing vessels.
There are local cruises, some with an option to scuba-dive and snorkel, as well as idyllic evening sails – perfect for those seeking a romantic interlude afloat. Others offer sailing adventure to the archipelago’s placid eastern islands. Cruise in wooden pinisi outfitted with modern navigational gear, specially designed and modified to make passengers as comfortable and as safe as possible on journeys around exotic destinations such as Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores and Sumba.

Surprisingly, the key part of a successful MICE event may be simply leaving the island to join one of the many safe, diversified and enjoyable short or long cruises operating out of Bali.

Those more at ease in smaller bodies of water, never fear – you can get your thrills and spills at Bali’s specialised water playgrounds and hotel pools.
  Surf Mecca
Since the early 1970s, Kuta’s six-kilometre stretch of shoreline – the longest and the most beautiful in all of Bali – has to its credit a broad crescent-shaped swath of grey sand and excellent recreational waves of up to two metres, fanned and given shape by offshore winds for at least nine months of the year.

The surfing cognoscenti, however, grab their sunscreen and catapult themselves far from the madding crowd to the remote sun-drenched beaches of the Bukit on the island’s southwest tip. With its endless sunshine, perfect waves and impressive cliffs facing the menacing Indian Ocean, this dry and rocky peninsula offers some of the premier surfing spots on the planet.

The Bukit’s surf breaks, which Bali is famous for, are at Uluwatu, Bingin and Padang Padang and are ‘on’ when the southeast winds blow offshore during the dry season. During the wet season (November-March) surfers prefer the eastern side of the Bukit where the wind will also be offshore. Surfing is also the big attraction of the offshore island of Lembongan, the home of one of Indonesia’s most outstanding surf breaks.

Prized surfing beaches for beginners and intermediates are Dreamland on the Bukit; Medewi in far-off Jembrana Regency, 75 kilometres (2.5 hours) west of Denpasar; Balian at Lalang Linggah 10 kilometres’ west of Antosari; and Canggu, southeast of the famed Tanah Lot sea temple.

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More Adventure Options
Also on four legs, but somewhat closer to the ground, is a day of horse riding on a spectacular beach north of Kuta in Kerobokan. Thoroughbred, local and mix-breed horses are available for rides through rice fields, on the beach or through local villages.

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There are also tandem parachute jumps, paragliding, body-boarding, wake-boarding, water- and jet-skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, passages on tall sailing ships, mountain bike tours, and paint ball competitions. You name it, Bali’s got it all!

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Explore the secret soul of the island on a in a four-wheel drive vehicle with your own driver-guide. Venture through the highland villages of Tabanan Regency; observe the planting of new rice shoots; pay a visit to an ancient quarry and a typical Balinese farmer’s compound; and top off your day with a gourmet Indonesian lunch buffet served in a restaurant deep in the rainforest.

All of Bali’s more remote areas can be visited by off-road four-wheel drive vehicles which cater for groups of up to 30. This may include a day trip up to the cool mountainous terrain of Jatuluwih on the slopes of Mount Batukaru, worlds away from the crowds of Bali’s south. For the truly bold, wander Bali’s back roads on your own in a new self-drive car or motorbike, both easily arranged by meeting planners.

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Diving In Paradise
Diving off Bali and around the archipelago is a wonderful experience, however it’s advised that divers use only a professional and reputable marine sports agency, such as Yos Marine Adventures, which adheres to stringent international safety standards and can also provide adequate insurance coverage.

Yos Amerta, a dynamic German-trained Balinese engineer and founder-owner of this environmentally friendly dive company, has been in the business of training divers and offering out of the ordinary dive packages for more than 15 years.

Yos Marine Adventures is deeply involved in preserving Bali’s underwater environment by reclaiming reefs lost to coral mining, pollution and fishing. Popular with diving enthusiasts are their very affordable diving packages, PADI open-water diving course and even an advanced open-water diving course in which students learn how to use an underwater compass and embark on a night dive on the sunken Liberty ship.

Using Bali as a base from which to venture deeper into the archipelago, Yos Marine is also able to arrange chartered boat and sport fishing adventures.

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