Villa life in Bali is important (see my last post all about villa life here), but adventure life in Bali is magical if you go beyond the normally followed path. All you need is a car small enough to work it’s way up some steep and sometimes sketchy roads, a full tank of gas and some sunscreen, and you’re ready to explore! Here are some of the adventures I went on and recommend in Bali.
Slide Down A Natural Waterslide
Aling Aling Waterfalls is a bit of a mission to get to, but it’s worth it. After walking down a long slew of steps that have definitely seen better days, and sliding down a few loose rock pathways trying to not slip off cliffs, you reach this little oasis, tucked away under a canopy of trees (which you should definitely not try to climb since they’re covered in thorns… don’t ask). Theres a natural waterslide that looks intimidating at first, but is actually the most thrilling (and surprisingly safer than it looks) waterslide you’ll find in Bali. We brought donut floaties that I’d picked up at Target before the trip and turned the spot into our jungle playground. If you look across the water, you’ll see a set of steps. These steps are used to access a quaint 12 foot jump spot for any daredevil cliff jumpers. While waiting for the boys to return from the waterslide, I witnessed the cutest 10 year old girl, clad in her lifejacket, gather the courage to jump off it!
Explore A Jungle
Jungles are everywhere in Bali, but don’t just explore a jungle. Go to Nalu bowls! It’s the best acai bowls in town and you can find then in many locations. Rent a scooter and zip through the streets of Caangu through the day for some shopping and lunch, or head to the beach for surfing and drinks at Old Mans when the sun goes down! I’m out of college now, and Old Mans reminds me of a community like college again, since it’s filled with a bunch of young Australians. It’s the coolest vibe.
DON’T Fall Into A Rice Terrace
Tegallalang Rice Terrace. Beautiful to look at and wander through, but don’t miss a step. You may end up like me and accidentally fall 3 feet into a rice paddy. It was pretty gross at first, but then I realized that it’s not that bad… Okay, it’s pretty gross. But hey, that stuff turns into rice someday which is super tasty- so let’s just look at it that way. Not that bad. Yep. Bring an extra pair of sandals.
Find A Temple
On our way home from the waterslide adventure, we passed by this Temple. I had seen tons of Temples like this one online, but when I looked them all up, I sadly noticed none of them were close to our villa. When we passed by this Temple I practically screamed and grabbed the wheel as I yelled “PULL OVER! TEMPLE!!”. We all hopped out of the car to admire this beauty.
Create Your Oasis
I wish I knew what this place was called exactly, but I know it’s within walking distance from the natural waterslide. We were led here first by a guide. The water was cold, but the scene was out of a fairytale. You would have thought life was being photoshopped right in front of your eyes. A village above the oasis spot was burning a fire outside, so mini flecks of ash were sprinkling all over the water. It looked like snowflakes in a tropical paradise. We floated around lazily on the donuts for an hour as the sun came in and out behind clouds.
Feed A Monkey A Banana
If you find yourself in Bali, you have to go to the Ubud Monkey Forest. It’s insane. You buy about 20 bananas for virtually no money and get to just wander around this giant natural park that’s filled with monkeys. Some of them are fun to play with, and some are not so nice. Regardless, it’s an amazing way to get in touch with the monkeys of Bali and have a great laugh. If you hold the banana in the air, a monkey will even climb up behind you and sit on your shoulder while they eat the banana! It’s crazy and so much fun.
Bali is filled with so many opportunities for fun exploration! I haven’t even seen half of Bali yet, and plan to go back soon. Bali has such an amazing vibe that I can’t get enough of, and I can’t wait to share all my future Bali trips with you!
Have you been to Bali? Have you pet (or at least tried to pet) a monkey? Let me know!