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Want Adventure Without The Crowds? Bali’s Tanjung Benoa Is The Vibe

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Bali’s Tanjung Benoa is best known for being home to dozens of watersports and outdoor adventure centers.

Tourists can hop aboard a banana boat, jet ski, parasail, and more; it’s all good old-fashioned fun in the sun. 

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As the low seasons are well underway, there are pockets of Bali that are way quieter than usual. This is great news for tourists who love adventure and hate the crowds.

In the peak of the high season, Tanjung Benoa is packed, but right now, and for the next few months (save a little rush during Chinese New Year), it’s a great spot to avoid crowds.

Speaking to reporters, Made Wetar, manager of Hotdog Water Sport in the Tanjung Benoa area, said that less than 30 tourists per day have been booking water sports activities.

And that’s not because there’s nothing wrong; it’s that contrary to popular belief, Bali isn’t packed with tourists from north to south, east to west 24/7, 365 days a year. 


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Wetar said, “At our place, the average is between 15 and 25 foreign tourists per day,” He noted that typically, Tanjung Benoa is most popular with Indian tourists, tourists from the Middle East, and European and Australian tourists. 

Travel operators in Bali have been hoping for a big surge in arrivals over the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday.

However, some officials in Bali have noted that Chinese authorities are investing in promoting domestic tourism, encouraging their citizens to travel more domestically, meaning there could be fewer travelers jetting off to international hotspots like Bali. 

Tanjung Benoa is an underrated vacation resort in Bali. Often, tourists drop by for a day trip to the watersports centers and then head back to their hotels in Sanur, Nusa Dua, or Jimbaran.

Yet, there is a lot to love about Tanjung Benoa and plenty of reasons to stay a little longer.

Novotel Bali Benoa is one of the top resorts in the area. The 5-star resort overlooks the calm and gentle waters of Benoa Bay and offers guests not one but three pools, three restaurants, and three bars.

There’s also a tennis court, diving facilities and a spa. Tanjung Benoa is the destination for tourists who need to keep moving on vacation! 

The area offers serious value for money. A night at the 5-star Novotel Bali Benoa this low season is as reasonable as USD 75 a night.

It has to be said that Tanjung Benoa is a fantastic destination for families.

The watersports activity centers are super fun for families of all ages, but it is the other facilities in the area that really make a vacation in Benoa a breeze. 


There are heaps of family-friendly hotels. Grand Mirage Resort – Family Paradise is a prime example of this.

The light and contemporary hotel offers guests the luxury vibe with a down-to-earth, family-friendly atmosphere.

There are ten bars and eateries in the resort, plus outdoor pools for little ones and grown-ups, too.

There’s even direct access to Benoa Beach, making coordinating those family beach days as easy as anything. 


Benoa is a fantastic resort destination for travelers who enjoy spending time at their hotel and on the beach.

For those who really want to go out exploring, the coastal retreat is very well connected and makes for a great launchpad to explore the Bukit Peninsula and the southeastern coast of Bali. 


The Waterblow at Nusa Dua can be reached in 20 minutes, and the iconic GWK Cultural Park, a must-visit in South Bali, is just 35 minutes by drive.

The resort has quick access to the Mandara Toll Road, which makes it super easy to get on to the Ngurah Rai Bypass and head over to explore Sanur and Sanur Habor for day trips to Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.

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Friday 9th of February 2024

Water sports? I recommend having comprehensive health and medical evacuation insurance as accidents happen from time to time.


Friday 9th of February 2024

When in Tanjung Benoa Stay at KUBU GARDEN SUITES AND VILLAS...Very reasonable prices...Great restaurant Fabulous Hosts All very Close to all the Water Sports and Other Restaurants..

Wayan Bo

Friday 9th of February 2024

Any sharks with sharp tooth’s around 🤣