Photo: As noisy as they are popular.

Watersports at Tanjung Benoa

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The waters off Tanjung Benoa’s east-facing golden strip of sand hum, splash and thrill to the joys and screams of multitudes enjoying watersports, and if that’s your idea of fun, there’s no lack of activities to select from including some we had never head of!





The beach is lined with swarms of operators from fancy beachclub style setups to dodgy looking cowboy outfits that look like they opened shop yesterday. Convoys of tour-group buses usually grace the former, eager for their action-packed day of fun in the sun, or at least their six to seven minutes as some activities are advertised to last.

Not all the sports involve a loud engine. Photo taken in or around Watersports at Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua And Tanjung Benoa, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Not all the sports involve a loud engine. Photo: Sally Arnold

Although the waves are generally calm at Tanjung Benoa, safety may not be to Western standards, so do take care and try to select an operator that seems to know what they’re doing and check equipment before you sign up. While few problems arise, there have been fatalities in the past, particularly with the parasailing. And for your own part—know how to swim, use the life jackets supplied (do them up properly), slap on the sunscreen, drink plenty of water and save the Bintang until after your activity.

Options and prices can be mind-boggling, and while all offer similar rates for the same activities, much is negotiable. Combo packets are often the way to go usually with three activities and lunch (and sometimes a massage thrown in for good measure). Check the deals your accommodation is offering too as you may procure a better price than direct from the watersport operators.

Avoid the “Turtle Island” tour offered by many as this usually takes you to one of the dodgy places with captive turtles. If you wish to see turtles, you are better off visiting the (official) Turtle Conservation and Education Centre at Serangan Island south of Sanur.

Activities usually begin with a short briefing, and for some you will be accompanied by an instructor. Some of the fancy hydrocraft have height and weight requirements. Standard prices (ie: before you bargain) include the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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