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Bali activities

Thursday, July 3, 2008
As great as your hotel might be, and as much fun as the beach and pools are, you really should get out and about and check out some of Bali's activities.

Waterbom Park in Kuta is set up in 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical park. It provides hours or fun and entertainment for all ages.

Set your own pace for the day — soak up the sun, relax in the shade or take part in the thrilling land and water activities. It is Bali's one-stop leisure capital.

World-class slides and rides have been built and maintained to strict international safety standards. An advanced salt chlorination technique is good for the environment and your skin.

Options are endless — try the smashdown, boogie ride, macaroni, jungle ride, race track, boomerang, wall climbing, eurobungy and wall blaster will test your energy.

Once you've had your share of adventure, you can glide along 250m of gentle rapids, past cascading water curtains.

You can have a game of table tennis, volleyball, water volleyball, mini soccer and pillow fighting!

Bombastic is for small children. The aquatic playground offers loads of fun in a fully-supervised environment. There are twisting rides, water cannons and a giant bucket pours 1200 litres of water every two minutes.

No doubt the activities will build up an appetite and there is no shortage of delicious food to buy. Indonesian fried chicken, pizza, barbecued sweet corn, sandwiches, salads and desserts are all there.

Thirsts are quenched in the Pleasure Pool. The sunken bar serves cocktails, beer, granitas and soft drinks.

When it's time for something cultural, visit Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple. Sitting on top of a cliff, the temple is one of Bali's most sacred places, and is believed to protect the island from evil spirits from the south-west.

It has one of the most magnificent settings, 100m above the ocean, and has been sitting there since the 10th century. It was founded by Empu Kuturan, a Javanese Hindu priest who built the tiered meru as a shrine. It is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset.

Uluwatu has a resident band of wild monkeys which you can feed with the peanuts and bananas sold there. They can be pesky and it's a good idea to secure loose items such as sunglasses, hats, cameras and even earrings!

There is a small admission charge and as with most temples, visitors who wish to enter the building must wear a sarong and sash which can be rented.

Prana Spa at the Villas in Seminyak is an Aladdin's cave with carpets, mirrors, gold, Moroccan lamps and rugs. It is quite overwhelming. It offers water massages, steam baths, facials, Balinese treatments and oil massages, Indian Ayurvedic rebalancing and Shirodura. There are wraps, cream baths, manicures, pedicures and foot massages which are practised in Bali's villages.


Bali, Indonesia.


Prana Spa Jet Lag Remedy is around $95 and a two-hour Spirit of Bali treatment is around $100.

Waterbom Park is open from 9am to 6pm, except on some special religious days. Creative Holidays has one-day passes from $21 for adults and $12 for children. Seasonal surcharges apply.

Garuda Indonesia has 28 flights a week to Denpasar.

Airfares from:

  • Darwin $622
  • Perth $852
  • Melbourne $1105
  • Sydney $1122

Darwin: Valid for sale until November 20, 2008 and for travel between July 21-September 18, 2008 and again between October 6-November 20, 2008.

Perth: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 16-September 23, 2008, October 8-December 9, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Melbourne: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 13-September 18, 2008, October 5-December 11, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Sydney: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 21-September 25, 2008, October 13-December 11, 2008 and January 19-March 31, 2009.

Fares from other Australian capitals and regional centres are available in conjunction with Virgin Blue and Executive (Business) Class fares from all Australian ports.

Prices correct at July 3, 2008.

For further information

Waterbom Park
Jl Kartika
PO Box 1055
Kuta, Bali
Ph: +62 361 755 676
Fax: +62 361 753 517

Prana Spa at the Villas
Jalan Kunti 118X
Seminyak, Bali
Ph: +62 361 730 840
Fax: +62 361 733751

Creative Holidays
Or book through your travel agent

Garuda Indonesia
Ph: 1300 365 331

It is recommended travellers to Indonesia see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended for Indonesia. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information visit

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