Best Water Activities to Experience in Indonesia

There are numerous activities that you can do in Indonesia, one of them is water sports. From Sabang Island in the north and Merauke Island in the West, you are guaranteed to find new experiences!

Kite boarding. Kitesurf freestyle at sunset in Bali Indonesia
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As the biggest archipelago country in the World, Indonesia has a lot to offer to the world. From the beautiful sceneries, exotic animals, and delicious food. There is always something you can do in Indonesia, and one of them is watersports. The Pacific and Indian oceans have created the perfect playground in Indonesia, so do not miss a chance to experience the thrilling experience.

Get ready for some bumps, bruises, and scrapes because these watersports are one not to be missed while you are traveling to Indonesia!

  1. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Snorkeling at the Underwater Sculptures of Gili Meno, Lombok, Indonesia.

Even if you are a sports newbie or not physically active, snorkeling would be the perfect choice for those of you who want to experience a slight thrill. If you want a more profound connection with the ocean, then sign up for some scuba diving classes so you can delve deep into the waters and swim with more unique underwater creatures!

The most beautiful place to dive in Indonesia is Raja Ampat Island, West Papua. Raja Ampat is often nominated as the best place for diving according to Dive Magazine. If you want to meet the biggest extant fish species, you must go diving in Derawan Island, East Kalimantan, or go see the alien-like sea creatures such as manta rays and sunfish in Nusa Penida Island, Bali.

  1. Surfing

children surfing in bali indonesia ocean surf

Indonesia is famous as one of the world’s surfing paradises. With a stretch of coast from the western to eastern regions of Indonesia, there are countless surfing locations that you can visit to hone your surfing skills to conquer the rolling waves in the ocean. Surfing is also a sport that you will never get tired of. Dancing on the waves using a surfboard certainly provides a sensation for every surfer.

In Indonesia, there are so many surf spots that are notorious among surfers, some of which are Sorake and Lagundri beaches which are located in South Nias, North Sumatra. These two surf spots are known by international surfers as “The Point” and “Indicator” where the wave reaches up to 15 feet. 

Other famous locations other than Uluwatu and Kuta beach in Bali are Sipora Island in West Sumatera, Nihiwatu and Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara, Plengkung Beach or also known as G-Island in Banyuwangi, and the most unique river surfing in Kampar River, Riau.

  1. Rafting

Group of people rafting on the river Elo, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

Known as Arung Jeram in Indonesia, this watersport is a true adrenaline rush while enjoying the beauty nature has to offer. One boat usually consists of 4 people with one guide, and to participate in this sport, of course, you must be in perfect shape.

One of the best locations to raft in Indonesia is Nimanga River, North Sulawesi. The unique tracks and beautiful scenery make Nimanga river the perfect rafting spot even for beginners. If you’re looking for a more challenging track, head down to Serayu River in Banjarnegara, Central Java, Citarik River in Sukabumi, or the beautiful Ayung River and Telaga River in Bali.

Other spots you do not want to miss are Asahan River, North Sumatera that is said to be the third-best rafting spot in the world, and Alas River, Aceh that is often used as a location to hold the annual Aceh Leuser International Rafting Championship.

  1. Parasailing

Bali, Indonesia Paragliding or parasailing games in Tanjung Benoa

If you seek a memorable and thrilling experience with the chance to glimpse an amazing view from the sky, then parasailing is the right water sport for you. Challenge yourself by flying up in the air attached to a parachute as a speedboat pulls you around the water. This is also a fun experience for couples who want a different kind of thrill because there are many parasailing rides available for two people.

There are two parasailing spots in Indonesia, and both of them are located in Bali which is in Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua.

  1. Flyboarding

Silhouette of a flyboarding rider bali indonesia

Have you ever imagined what it feels like to fly using a jetpack? You can have the experience in Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua in Bali! Flyboarding is the latest craze in Bali that combines the experience of surfing and Jet Skiing. The Flyboarding device will thrust you into the air with water shooting out from the ends of your boots. Do not worry to fly too high as you are attached to a boat.

Other than Bali, you can also try flyboarding experience in Gili Trawangan, Lombok and Losari Beach in Makassar.

  1. Oceanwalker

Tourist enjoying ocean walker in Bali Indonesia

Those wanting to enjoy underwater beauty but cannot swim and without diving certifications may opt for unique sea walking tours. This activity lets you walk on the seabed with a specially designed underwater helmet. There are several sea walker operators in Bali, the long-established Bali Seawalker in Sanur and Tanjung Benoa.

Seven meters down, you can freely interact with fishes and other sea creatures while the supervising guides in scuba gears watch over you and hand you fish feed to attract schools of triggerfish, angelfish, regal tangs, and many others. 

  1. Kitesurfing

Kite boarding. Kitesurf freestyle at sunset in Bali Indonesia

Kitesurfing may not be as popular as regular surfing, but it can certainly bring your wave riding thrills to the next level. Kitesurfing combines surfing with some elements of wakeboarding and even bits of kite-flying.

With some practice, you can speed and ‘fly’ over waves gracefully and effortlessly. It’s the easy answer to those sloppy and windy days out on the beach, where it is usually hard to find a good curl or barrel to ride. Popular beaches for kitesurfing in Indonesia includes Sanur and Tanjung Benoa in Bali, Jeneponto in Makassar, Palu in Makassar, Îles in Wakatobi, Ekas in Kalimantan, and Lakey Peak in Sumbawa.


There are numerous activities that you can do in Indonesia. From Sabang Island in the north and Merauke Island in the West, you are guaranteed to find new experiences. Open your horizon and tick the boxes in your bucket list as you travel from one island to another!