3. Explore White Water Rafting
Since Bali has multiple large volcanoes which dominate the island, and it rains there a lot, it is no surprise that there are some nice whitewater rafting experiences. The price of this rafting is $30 for the 16km trip down the rapids at the Ayung River east of Ubud. You trip was run by Alam Amazing Adventures and “retails” for $88/person! This is just another reason why you should seriously negotiate the price of any activity in Bali. Most are completely overpriced because they know that a subset of the tourists are used to Western prices and don’t realize that they are paying way too much. There is no reason you should be paying more than $50/person.
Getting into the actual rafting experience, I highly recommend it for anyone that hasn’t tried rafting before, and for people that enjoy tamer rapids. Pretty much the entire trip is one whitewater section after another, but they are all pretty small, so you get to enjoy the whitewater experience, without the worry of falling out of the raft. The highlight of the day, a 15 foot drop down a small waterfall; it was a lot of fun, but nothing to be worried about doing.
Being the type that enjoys Class IV rapids, may be you did start to get a bit bored toward the end of the ride. But again, this is a great place to get a first experience of this adventure sport! Your guides at Alam were great and at the end of the trip there was a nice lunch setup for everyone that even had a couple vegetarian options for you. Explore white water rafting is one of the top 10 fun things to do in Ubud Bali.
4. Enjoy Traditional Dance
The fourth, top 10 fun things to do in Ubud Bali is enjoy traditional dance. Ubud has a large variety of traditional dance performances advertised around town. You can going to the Kecak and Traditional Ubud Fire Dance show. The dance conveys a story from the Ramayana, the scene where Sinta is kidnapped by Rahwana so Rama and Laksamana (with some monkeys) go searching for her. The music is created by a group of 100 men who make music with their voices.
Sometimes sounding quite funny. During the last 10 minutes of the show a man dances on coals. You should not sit in the front row during that part, a few people nearly got singed, but no one seemed to be hurt. May be you liked seeing the Hindu culture expressed in a slightly different way compared to the way they depict it in India.