Below are some short descriptions of the different water sport activities you and/or your family may enjoy in Bali.
The Rolling Donut
Although in the West, we spell donut, D-O-U-G-H-N-U-T, this activity has become very popular in Bali and has taken on it’s own name as the Bali Rolling Donut. It’s nothing more than an inflatable raft pulled by a speed boat in open water. There are usually 2-4 participants in each donut. The boat can go at any speed to accommodate young children.
A variation that has become quite popular is the act of increasing the speed so much that the donut actually becomes airborne. In any case the rolling donut is a safe activity for all members of the family.
Bali Trekking Exploration will take you to some of the best beaches in Bali for snorkeling.
The Banana Boat:
The banana boat looks like a long inflatable banana and is tethered to the back of a speed boat just like the rolling donut. Participants sit one behind another and take the boat out into the bay for a ride. At high speeds, the boat can make tight turns throwing the passengers off the banana and into the water for a fun thrill.
Bali Trekking Exploration will charter boats for deep sea fishing or lake fishing according to your preference. For cheaper fishing, hop on a regular scheduled boat from any one of several launch locations.
You can also fish from one of Bali’s rivers or wade thigh deep alongside the local fishermen to catch something closer to shore.
Check with us for rates, cleaning arrangements and charters.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
We’ll get you an instructor or if you think you can figure it out on your own, we’ll get you set up with the equipment and show you where to go to get started. For more advanced surfers, we’ll take you to some waves that you can catch on a SUP.
Underwater Water Walker
Reminiscent of the early deep sea divers, this apparatus allows you to walk along the ocean floor with a helmet that looks somewhat like a spaceman’s suit. You don’t need to be a certified diver to see colorful fish and sparkling coral underwater with the water walker.
Your body harness is attached to a parachute, but your tether is attached to a speed boat. As it takes off, you immediately gain altitude and soar above the earth looking down from 50 meters above. The boat pulls you along until it slowly reduces speed and you gently float back to earth. Parasailing is not for those who are afraid of heights, but is quite thrilling as you dangle from above gazing at the horizon for miles around. You’re on top of the world!
Speed on the water is the name of the game here. Ride one yourself or go tandem. Think of a motorcycle on the water. Jump wakes, make hairpin turns and race each other from one end of the beach to the other.
Children can ride these machines as well, but must be accompanied by an adult. Life vests will be worn ball all.
Remember the jetpacks we were promised in the 70’s? Well, they’re here. As water is pumped up from a tube, the force thrusts the user up into the air about 5-7 meters above the surface of the water. Controls allow you to move back and forth and even into the water and back out again.
You have to see the water jetpack in action to really understand how much fun it can be. Do it once and you’ll want one for yourself when you get back home.
This is a tough sport and is only recommended for those who are athletic in nature and have patience. It normally takes at least 3 lessons to get the hang of it. Once you do, however, you’re off and surfing, even without waves. All you need is wind – a lot of wind.
Kite surfing is not available in all areas or times of the year as it depends on strong winds to be effective. Ask us about kite surfing and we’ll give you all the details you need to decide if this activity is worth it during your vacation.
Other Water Sports
There are more water sports in Bali than perhaps anywhere else in the world. We didn’t even mention Bali’s favorite water sports, surfing and scuba diving. If you need help arranging dives or need a local guide to show the best places to surf in any given season, let us know and we’ll get you hooked up. We’ll even help you arrange lessons for both.