Keeping fit in Bali, Indonesia
Bali is by far one of South East Asia’s favourite destinations. This Indonesian island has a huge amount to offer to any fit traveller - from beautiful beaches and magnificent volcanoes, to exquisite temples and breathtaking tropical views. Bali is a place for tourism, much of it centred around Kuta beach in the South, but it also oozes culture and spirituality, therefore appealing to a variety of visitors as a top travel destination. From thrill-seekers and active hikers, to budgeting backpackers and beach relaxers, Bali has something to offer for every traveller.
To help plan your trip to Bali, here’s our low-down of the best fitness experiences that you definitely shouldn’t miss if you are interested in keeping fit in Bali!
How to keep fit in Bali
No matter what your exercise preference is, there is something for everyone when it comes to keeping fit in Bali. Whether you would like to keep up your more traditional exercise routine, or try something more adventurous, there is an opportunity to do just that.
CrossFit Wanderlust: If you are looking for a challenging WOD (workout of the day!) and enjoy working out in a group or have a slightly competitive nature, head over to Wanderlust. Whether you have been to a Crossfit box before or not, everyone is welcome at Wanderlust, no matter how experienced you are. Warning: it’s addictive!
Bali is a yogi’s paradise! Get in touch with your spiritual side in Bali by attending some of the best yoga classes in Indonesia, with views of the ocean, sunrise or sunset. There are dozens of classes to choose from everyday in most of the popular Bali destinations, from fast paced vinyasa and power flows to calming meditation. Studios are well-equipped and classes are affordable - for example, if you buy a class pass in Ubud the drop-in price usually halves. Namaste!
Volcano Hiking Excursions
Keeping fit in Bali won’t seem like a chore if you incorporate some incredible views! Bali has some terrific volcanic scenery which can definitely be explored on a day trip from one of the southern resorts. Mount Agung is the highest point in Bali at over 3000 metres above sea level. Depending on the starting point, Agung can be hiked in 3 or 4 hours but it must not be underestimated! If you are physically fit and of high mental discipline then you may decide that Agung is for you, however it should not be considered by amateurs.
Mount Batur, Bali’s most sacred mountain according to Hindus, is not quite as strenuous and can be hiked without specific training and a slightly lower level of fitness. It's only a couple of hours from the village of Toya Bungkah to the top but it is best hiked in the early hours of the morning if you want to see the incredible sunrise from the active volcano’s peak. Take a look at the unforgettable views and enjoy breakfast (or a cocktail!) in the volcanic hot springs. It is recommended to have a guide or join a group hike, for both your safety and to have the best experience on your excursion.
Search for the best beach spots
To find those near-deserted beaches avoid the main strip and head further East rather than South. Pasir Putih (near Candidasa) prides itself on its white, untouched sand. If you are more of an ocean fan, Jemeluk has darker sand but is highly recommended for swimming and snorkeling.
If you are a running fan, why not have your perfect beach run along the wide coastline of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. There is also a yearly ‘Bali Beach Run’ which attracts active tourists from all over the world. If you prefer resistance-based sessions or bodyweight training, then why not plan yourself a beach circuit in order to keep fit whilst in Bali.
Staying Healthy in Bali: Bali’s Best Brunch Cafes
Balinese food uses a huge array of spices and is typically sweet and hot. Common flavours are coriander, chillies, garlic, ginger, lemon basil and shavings of dried coconut. The Balinese would usually opt for snack-sized frequent meals rather than large meals as this allows for a combination of incredible flavours and textures to tempt your taste buds, whilst keeping your metabolism up!
Healthy eating in Bali can be achieved, just with some careful planning. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or simply like to try and maintain some level of healthy diet, Bali is an easy destination to keep relatively clean. The number of conscious cafes and healthy dinner spots are on the rise as tourism increases, and this is by no means with any loss of flavour! Eating healthily in Bali has never tasted so good!
The Avocado Factory
Head over to Bali’s first avocado bar in Canggu - The Avocado Factory. Open all day, the cafe is excellent for brunch but can also be booked for the evening or even tapas.
Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80351
+62 821 4411 1148
Herb Library Bali
90% of the ingredients are locally sourced for ultimate freshness. They even offer cooking masterclasses so you know exactly how your meal has been cooked and what ingredients have been used.
Jl. Jembawan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
+62 361 908 3289
From shakshuka to falafel bowls, there is a hugely extensive menu which offers both vegan and vegetarian options, as well as something for the carnivores!
Rp.65,000-165,000 (Approximately USD$4.66-11.82)
Jl. Raya Basangkasa No.25 Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
+62 812 4162 8203
Bali Travel Essentials!
The perfect accessory for your beach holiday workouts! We have created the ultimate pack to accompany you on your trip to Bali. Attach the suspension trainer to a palm tree and work your upper body, lower body and core with the variety of exercises that you can do with our suspension trainer. Follow this with some banded exercises with our resistance band, skipping to improve your cardio and some elevated press ups to hit the chest!