Ubud adventures for a Bali getaway

In Adventure & Discovery, Holiday Reviews - Asia, Holiday Reviews - Bali by Emily Russ

Beloved for its picture-perfect outlooks, secluded hideaways and tranquil wellness retreats, Ubud is also the place to go in Bali for exhilarating experiences. Ticked off Tegunungan Waterfall? Checked out the Ubud Monkey Forest? We’ve explored Ubud’s jungles, climbed its mountains and cycled through its rice fields to inspire your own action-packed escape. Pack comfortable shoes, we’re going on an adventure!

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Spot working rice fields with Happy Cycle Tours

See the real Ubud with Happy Bike Tour

It goes without saying that Ubud is one of the world’s most scenic destinations, and one of the best ways to see it all is on the back of a bike. Whether you’re new to this part of the world or seasoned regulars, join Happy Bike Tour to get a real sense of the area and lap up some sunshine. Taking you through Ubud’s picturesque countryside, the group’s super-friendly guide Made (pronounced Maa-day) will take you to a coffee plantation, must-see temples, rice fields and to his own home for a delicious lunch prepared by his wife – perfect for exploring the real Ubud. The tours are suitable for all ages and travels along quiet backroads, so the only challenge you’ll face is leaving another sigh-inducing view as you cycle past.

Horse riding at Munduk Moding Plantation

Just under two hours from Jalan Raya Ubud, Munduk Moding Plantation offers spectacular horse riding experiences through some of the region’s most captivating landscapes. A luxe resort tucked away in a working coffee plantation, this romantic hideaway boasts its own stables and four sweet-faced ‘Bali Ponies’ – don’t be fooled by the name, these beauties are full-grown and take adults. Saddle up and weave your way past mountain lakes, through untouched rainforest and over hills that look out to the Bali Sea. 

Mt Batur takes in magical views at sunrise

Hike Mt Batur at Sunrise

Want something slightly more challenging? You don’t have to be Bear Grylls to take it on, but hiking Mount Batur is something every Ubud-bound adventure-seeker should do (you can reach the top in around two hours). Join a local group and start your trek at sunrise to be rewarded with breathtaking views of the region at dawn. A sacred mountain and active volcano, Batur also offers incredible glimpses of Lake Batur below and nearby Mount Agung – expect stop-you-in-your-tracks sights along the way. 

Hot-air balloon over the Ubud rainforest

If you’re looking to combine romance and adventure, feel like characters from a Hollywood epic when you take to the skies at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah. The luxury resort offers amazing hot-air balloon rides over Ubud’s rice fields and jungle between June and November, and the experience is just as enchanting as you’d expect. 

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Bali Swing is definitely worth a visit

Feel like a kid again at Bali Swing

Chances are you’ve seen this attraction all over Insta, but don’t be put off by its popularity –Bali Swing (30 minutes from Jalan Raya Ubud) is definitely worth adding to your itinerary. Actually featuring seven swings at varying heights, the site overlooks a dense palm-filled valley and the rushing Agung River, making for a thrilling experience. Our advice? Get here early. There are also two swings at Ubud’s postcard-perfect Tegalalang Rice Terrace, taking in pinch-me-now views of the famed terrace below. 

White water rafting on the Ayung River

Ready for a little white-knuckle action? Suitable for a range of capabilities but still perfect for adrenalin junkies, white water rafting on the Ayung River is something you’ll never forget. After weaving your way through emerald jungle you’ll be treated to a number of exhilarating (but manageable) drops and turns, plus sensational views of Ubud’s countryside. You’ll find a number of local rafting groups just 20 minutes from Ubud’s centre that provide you with the essentials, plus fantastic assistance. 

Slow things down with a scenic walk along the Campuhan Ridge Walk

Take in wonderful views on the Campuhan Ridge Walk

If you’re looking to ease into things or just unwind (while still getting the heart-rate up), hit the cherished Campuhan Ridge Walk. Taking roughly two hours to complete, the track showcases some of Ubud’s best scenery – think terraced rice fields and jungle surrounds. Make your way in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the often scorching sun and prepare to be won over by Ubud’s astonishing natural beauty.Helpful links:Happy Bike TourMunduk Moding PlantationThe Chedi Club Tanah GajahBali Swing

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