Slacklining is a sport that has been around since the 70’s but is currently gaining huge popularity in Europe, America and the world. Slackline came to Bali in 2012 and has been growing ever since. Bali has a small yet very active slackline community and even if you are a total beginner, you most certainly can join in.
Slackline in Renon Park
If you have your own slackline then there are plenty of areas suitable for this just beware that you will have people from everywhere interested and wanting to give it a go. The main meeting place for Bali Slackline is Thursdays at 4pm in Papuan Badung park. The park is big and has a lot of trees so you can string up a few lines and go from there. The other park in Denpasar is Renon, but with trees spaced far apart it can be difficult for beginners. If you are into longline then this park is perfect and you can rig 100m ++ lines easily. Lately, the Bali Slackline crew have been setting up here almost on a daily basis, when the rain stays away and there is always a 35-40m line to walk.
100m longline between 2 football goals in Renon park. Photo Defit Pradipta
There are some spots on the beach in Kuta and Sanur but you will have to be careful here as the security will most likely tell you to take it down.
Other secret spots for slackline are in Nyang Nyang beach in the south near Uluwata and also Padang Padang beach. The latter is often busy so early morning is the best time just be wary that that rocks here are VERY sharp so some sort of protection will be needed so you don’t destroy your slackline in the process.
Nyang Nyang beach is a beautiful place and puts on the most spectacular sunset. You have to walk around 15-20 minutes to reach the beach but once you’re there you have the whole place to yourself. There are 2 ship wrecks where you can attach your line with one having a piece of drift wood as an anchor but for more stability a sand anchor will be needed for one end. If you have a longline then you can go between the 2 ship wrecks and have a beautiful line.
Shipwreck line at Nyang Nyang beach, Uluwatu. Photo by Dani Rixon
There is one spot in the north of the island called Secret Garden which has a beautiful waterline over a fresh water pool that is up to 6m deep. It’s the perfect spot to relax as it’s often in the shade and limited amounts of people visit this beautiful area.
Line info – The line is 30m long and there are 2 rocks as anchors. You will need 2 x 3m span sets or even just some 10mm rope looped as an anchor.
There are also plenty of options for beach lines you just need to lash together some bamboo and bring a shovel along to make some anchors and you can make some pretty awesome lines.
Another great beach is Pantai Tegal Wangi, a beautiful north west facing bay with natural rocks that make the perfect anchors for a beach line. The length ranges from 20m+ but don’t forget to bring protection for your line as the rock here is very sharp and you’ll have to contend with the wedding and couple photographers at sunset. This is also close to the Jimbaran cliff jump spot when at high tide, becomes an adventure playground.
There have been some requests as to where to buy a line in Bali but unfortunately, Slacklines are not held in any of the adventure stores on the island. If you do come to Bali without a line the only option is to join the Bali slack liners and they are very friendly and will be most welcoming towards you.