By Mary Puglisi
Known as the world’s best elephant park, the Elephant Safari Park is a must if you’re visiting Bali and want the one-of-a-kind experience this park has to offer. This park is unlike any other because visitors are allowed to not only look at and observe the elephants, but also hand feed them, touch them and take pictures with them! Take an elephant ride through Taro Forest or visit the talent discovery area where elephants show off their intelligence by playing basketball, painting and more during daily shows. While the elephants are what bring tourists and visitors in, there are plenty of reasons to stay including a museum, the large restaurant overlooking the lake, Botanical Gardens and orchid displays. This is the type of experience you can only get in Bali!
Only in Bali can you visit what has been called the second best waterpark in the entire world! Waterbom has 13 water rides ranging from mellow, moderate and extreme, so there will be a ride for everyone in your group. This park also has three other attractions including the Flowrider for surfing, a water blaster for some water balloon action and the Euro Bungy where you can be catapulted into the air and show off your best adrenaline pumping flips and moves. If you’re a parent and just wish to relax a bit while on vacation, you can find the pool and accompanying swim up bar while the kids are off riding the rides. There are also other features unlike any other water park, including reflexology stations, fish spa therapy and nail treatment locations. Waterbom is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM, so there’s plenty of time to fit in some waterpark action into your Bali visit!
If you’re an adventure seeking tourist and you’re visiting Bali, then canyoning should definitely be on your list of must-dos while you’re there! Bali is known for great canyoning and has spots for beginners and advanced. There are spots where you can bring along your kids, but there are also legendary spots for the most experienced canyoner. Some of the most well-known canyoning spots are “Canyon of Fire”, “Kali Maduah” and “Kerenkali.”
According to Hindu belief, Mount Batur located in Batur Village in the Kintamani District of Bali, is one of the sacred mountains. It is an active volcano with amazing scenery for those who take the 2 hours to complete the hike to the top. Climbing this mountain at sunrise is one of the more popular activities in Bali. The view that you get after the hike is worth it!
If you’re visiting Bali and are into scuba diving or want to give it a try, visit Bali’s most famous diving spot at Liberty Wreck. Close to shore lies the wreckage of the USS Liberty, a WWII cargo ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Lombok Strait in 1942. The wreckage is now completely covered in healthy coral growth and is frequented by native fish including sunfish, great barracuda, peacock grouper, coral trout and much more! Up for even more of an adventure? Join the many people who go night diving here!
Mary Puglisi is a 23-year-old with a passion for writing, adventure seeking and finding the beauty in the everyday things around us.