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Tourists Are Getting Their Sporting Fix In Bali

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As a travel destination, Bali is perhaps best known for cultural travel, wellness travel, and luxury travel.

Sport may not be the first word that springs to mind when you think about Bali, but it may be the case soon as the island becomes increasingly popular for sporty travelers. 

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From golf to padel, CrossFit to trail running, Bali is a surprisingly sporty island. Golf and padel are perhaps the fastest-growing sports in Bali, followed by MMA.

There is a surprisingly large selection of golfing outlets in Bali, ranging from full courses to driving ranges.

Bali International Golf can be found in the heart of Denpasar City. This modern and bright driving range has 40 bays, so everyone has plenty of space to get some practice in.

Undoubtedly Bali’s best driving range, Bali International Golf, has top-end facilities, including automatic ball distribution, virtual golf experiences for training, and Top Tracers. 

What makes Bali International Golf so appealing for tourists and expats is the incredible value for money on offer. Drop-in one-hour sessions cost just IDR 150,000++, with VIP and VVIP options available, too. 

For golf-loving tourists looking for a memorable 18-hole game in Bali, look no further than the Handara Golf and Resort Bali.

This simply stunning country estate is nestled in the Bali highlands, surrounded by dense tropical forest, and spans over 120 hectares.

Handara Golf and Resort is not only one of the most beautiful golf courses in Bali, but the original too! 

Tourists on a golfing holiday staying at Handara Golf and Resort Bali can play their full 18 holes in a day and spend the rest of the time exploring the Bedugul highlands, soaking in the heartlands of Bali, and enjoying the plethora of facilities the hotel has to offer, including a world-class spa. 

Golf, not your game? No worries! If you’re a sporty tourist planning a visit to Bali, then make sure to make time to play padel. The sport is one of the fastest growing sports in the world right now, let alone just in Bali. 

Our friends over at Jungle Padel are offering an exclusive 10% discount for Bali Sun Premium members. With outlets in Pererenan, Canggu, Ubud, Kerobokan, and Kedungu, you’re never far from a Jungle Padel court in Bali!

Drop-in sessions are available, and courts must always be booked in advance. Membership programs are also available and give great value to tourists staying a little longer, as well as expats and digital nomads. 

For those not yet in the know, padel is a racquet sport that offers the perfect mix of tennis and squash. The game is played within an enclosure court that is half the size of a traditional tennis court.

Padel is played with special racquets that are both solid and perforated, again somewhere halfway between a tennis racquet and a squash racquet.

Unlike tennis, though, padel players can use the walls of the court to help keep the ball in play, and the game is scored as you would in tennis. 

Much like golf, part of the reason for padel’s rapid growth is the social element. While incredibly competitive, padel is super fun and social. Jungle Padel has ensured that players can hang out before and after the game.

Whether playing at Jungle Padel Pererenan, Canggu, Ubud, Kerobokan, or Kedungu, the in-house cafes are serving up healthy snacks and the essential refreshing cool drinks and coffee to keep everyone fuelled up and thriving. 


As Bali enters a new era for tourism, where sustainability is at the core as well as high quality tourism experiences, traveler can expect to see more sport travel opportunities opening up.

It’s time to get training for travel!

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Rod Wilkinson

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Well,there is any number of sports bars in Bali ,where the sport is drinking Bintangs. Certainly not much played by young Aussies,maybe some surfing.