Bali has a reputation as one of the most spectacular island paradises in the world. But there’s more to Bali than water sports and fun in the sun and people are quickly discovering that this wonderful destination has a little something for everyone, including mountain biking enthusiasts! With fast flowing rivers, deep canyons, crater lakes, and volcanoes dominating its interior landscape, Bali is an outdoor lover’s dream come true. The island’s multitude of tracks and trails link different villages to each other and provide endless opportunities for mountain bikers in search of a unique adventure featuring breath-taking scenery combined with fascinating glimpses of local culture.
If you’re a rider who loves mountain biking and are up for a new challenge, then this Bali Mountain Bike Adventure will more than exceed your expectations. Once your wheel hits the ground prepare to be confronted with a variety of riding conditions including dirt tracks, forest trails, volcanic lava and sand as you trek the hidden trails that connect the remote parts of the island. While riding, witness a huge diversity of different environments from volcanic craters to beautifully crafted rice paddies and coconut groves.
Along the way you’ll have time to appreciate Balinese culture, which can be traced back to around the 1st Century AD, and the strong influence on Hinduism on the island’s art, music, dance, sculpture, painting, leather, and metalworking. You won’t have to go far to see locals making offerings of a basket filled with rice and flowers to various deities, including some to placate the volcano spirits, which is lucky for us considering that our ride takes us along the edges of the craters of Batur volcano.
Biking Difficulty: (3 out of five) Dirt and gravel tracks with some challenging hills. Technical experience strongly suggested.
Cycling Distance: 170 kilometres
Cycling Days: 4 full days, 1 half
Departure dates 2015: 7 Jun, 12 Jul, 2 Aug, 6 Sep, 18 Oct
Departure dates 2016: 10 Apr, 1 May, 5 Jun, 10 Jul, 31 Jul, 4 Sep, 16 Oct
Day to day program.
Day 1: Arrive Denpasar (D)
A member of our team will pick you up from the Denpasar (Ngurah Rai) airport and transfer to our hotel in Sanur. Once there, you can relax by the pool or if you’re really anxious (and we’re sure you will be), you can start assembling your bike and get into the mountain-biking mindset. We'll meet up for a trip briefing and then head to a nearby restaurant for dinner. Overnight at Diwangkara Sanur Hotel.
Day 2: Batur Volcano (B/L/D)
We head up to Penulisan on the rim of the Batur crater for the start of our first ride. The first part of the trail is on a broken tarmac road with spectacular views of the Batur Volcanic cone and on a clear day Mt. Abang and Mt. Agung in the distance. We turn onto jeep tracks and easy single track to the village of Pinggan where we have a well-earned lunch. A short sharp descent takes us to the base of the volcanic cone, and we spend the afternoon riding around the base of the volcano on narrow sandy trails. With the last part of the trail crossing the latest lava field, there is ample opportunity to get a close up of the volcano and the strange moonscapes that it has created. Overnight at Lake View Hotel.
Ride 35 km.
Day 3: Mt. Abang and Mt. Agung (B/L/D)
This day is your chance to see the unseen! First, we’ll take you from Abang to the east coast with a ride starting at the edge of the Batur Crater. From there, you’ll head downhill on jeep tracks for 8 km before turning east and climbing steadily through 10 km pine forests to the top of a mountain pass between Mt. Abang and Mt. Agung. At this point, lunch will be served. Please be aware that this part of the island is extremely remote and back-up will not be available for long stretches of the ride. The exhilarating descent to the east coast finds us cruising by dry river beds and through cashew-nut plantations. Overnight at Wawa Wewe Amed Hotel.
Ride 35 km.
Day 4: Mt. Agung – Perasi Beach (B/L/D)
The start of the ride manages to steer a reasonably flat route around the side of Mt. Agung via a network of single track paths which weave their way through shady coconut and bamboo groves. We continue on through stone cutting and carving villages and rock quarries until we reach the ruins of a water palace at Jungutan. With incredible views over the rice paddies, we enjoy our packed lunch. The afternoon ride continues on down through some of the finest rice paddy scenery in Bali ending on a beautiful white sand beach where a cool refreshing drink awaits. Overnight at The Natia Hotel.
Ride 35 km.
Day 5: Perasi Beach - Ubud (B/L/D)
Today’s ride starts high up on the slopes of Mt. Agung and descends along a tarmac ridge with spectacular views along the south coast on a clear day. We then enter a large Salak fruit growing area where we weave our way through plantations and stone carving villages until we reach Muncan. We have lunch and then transfer to Ubud and the late afternoon is free to stroll around this artistic town. Dinner is on your own as there are many fine restaurants to choose from in Ubud. Overnight at Champlung Sari Hotel.
Ride 35 km.
Day 6: Ubud Loop (B/L/D)
In the morning we'll explore the rice paddies and off road trails around Ubud. We'll stop for a local lunch and return to Ubud in time for an optional rafting trip or to relax by the pool. Rafting is an extra charge but can be arranged through your guide, just let the guide know the day before. We meet up for dinner in town. Overnight at Champlung Sari Hotel.
Ride 30 km.
Day 7: Ubud – Departure (B)
Transfer to Kuta for extension nights or airport to catch departure flight.
Price per person USD 1,250,-
Single Supplement, USD 450,-
Bike Hire USD 110,-
Included in the price:
• Accommodation as mentioned in the program (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.)
• Meals as mentioned in the program
• Transfers and transport according to the program
• All entrance fees and tours as indicated in the program.
• Support vehicles to carry your luggage and provide a place for you to rest if you get tired
• Our staff will make any running repairs on your bike
• Water, fruit, soft drinks and snacks along the ride.
• Local English speaking guide
Not included in the price:
• Accommodation other than mentioned in the program
• Meals other than those mentioned in the program
• Visa arrangements
• International flights
• International departure tax from Denpasar (USD 18/person)
• Camera/video entrance fees
• Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
• Travel insurance
• Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.
Starting from the beach resort of Sanur we will explore the famous Batur Crater. We will also visit the island's two highest volcanoes and various canyons. Take in breath-taking coastal views from the rim of craters and cycle on small trails through forests, coconut groves and the rice paddy fields that Bali is famous for. During what can only be described as an epic trip, you can also unwind at the swimming pools of Balinese hotels.
Although this tour only covers around 170 kilometres in 4 full cycling days and one half day, it is still quite challenging. Because flat land in Bail is almost non-existent, the experience is made up entirely of off-road excursions on a series of challenging surfaces including forest trails, red mud hard-pack, volcanic sand, lava cobbles, gravel and broken tarmac roads. There are sections of single-track in every ride, but no long rocky or rooty sections or big drops. As far as gradients are concerned, all the trails except one have an overall down-hill element to them (in other words they finish at a lower altitude than the start). A few steep ascents and descents are also part of the program, but these are normally short and sharp.
This trip is recommended for riders who enjoy and have some offroad experience, but you don’t have to be an expert to get the best out of this trip. This tour is mainly on jeep trails and single track. While the off-road riding is not that technical, some experience is highly recommended. The support vehicle cannot always follow but will meet the group at certain points along the trail.
Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you are able to hire bikes locally for the price listed on the front page of this document. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, disc/v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, and that it is in good mechanical order.
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended on all our biking adventures and if you choose not to wear one you will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
We will be supported by air-conditioned vehicles that have been specially modified for cycle tours. The vehicles follow us most of the time and when not directly with us will wait at certain points along the trail. It is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it.
You will be led by a local english speaking guide and if the group is 8 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
Arriving and Departing:
This tour starts and ends in Bali, Indonesia. International flights to and from there are not included in the tour price.
Passports and Visas:
Most nationalities are required to have a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Please note that the US$$10 7-day visa on arrival is not available anymore; instead, only the US$25 30-day visa is now offered. You can also apply for one in your own country, but please be warned this might be more expensive and cause more trouble than you would expect. Please contact the Indonesian Embassy in your country for the cost and details of obtaining one before you visit the country. In addition, before leaving Bali, you are required to pay, in local currency ONLY, cash on the spot: 200.000 Rp per person for international departures and 75.000Rp per person for domestic departures.
Recommended vaccinations include typhoid, polio, tetanus and Hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required if arriving from an infected area within the prior six days. The more remote areas may be considered malarial areas. Please check with your doctor prior to departure for the most recent information.
Located 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali is home to a tropical climate with constant temperatures during the day ranging from 28 to 30 degrees C at sea level, although the humidity varies throughout the year. It is highest during the rainy season which is from December to March and gradually reduces to its lowest level from May to September, when a beautiful dry cooling breeze blows across from Australia.
All of the trails start between 500 and 1700 m where temperatures are cooler. At 1700 m the temperatures can be below 20 degrees C and at 500 m the temperatures can be as high as 26 or 27 degrees C, but are usually less. Although a lot of the trails end at sea level, at this stage we are usually going downhill and therefore not generating too much heat. In the mountains, there are increased chances of rain throughout the year, but in the dry season these are usually nothing more than short showers.
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local Indonesian dishes and feature noodles, rice, curries and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price. We are riding in a Muslim country and though beer is available, it might not be served in some restaurants. If you choose to purchase some beer please note it is NOT included in the price.
We do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$10, for incidentals. It is customary to tip local tour guides and drivers, however, the amount you give should be dependent on the level of service you receive. As a general guide we suggest US$3-4 per person per day is appropriate.
The official currency in Indonesia is the rupiah (Rp). Foreign currencies are not generally accepted. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns and touristy places have lots of moneychangers as well as banks. Banks usually have better exchange rates, though moneychangers may offer the best rates for cash. Credit cards can be used for larger purchases, in hotels and restaurants.
• The information in this document is given in good faith, and covers the average range of conditions likely to be found on this trip. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, however, we will always do our best to adhere to this original itinerary.
• In remote destinations abnormal conditions can prevail at any time, and all adventurous holidays can therefore be subject to unexpected change. Though we will do our best to adhere to the original itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes. This also applies to the hotels mentioned and any changes will be to another hotel of the same or higher standard. In order to enjoy your cycling holiday you should be prepared to be flexible when necessary.
• Unlike the majority of Indonesia which is Muslim, most Balinese are Hindus, following a combination of existing local beliefs – in which gods and demigods are worshipped together with Buddhist heroes, the spirits of ancestors and indigenous agricultural deities - and Hindu influences. It pervades nearly every aspect of traditional life.
• Our tours require only a minimum of 2 reservations to guarantee departure and are never larger than 16 people.
• We live in Asia and have thoroughly researched the routes to assure that you see the best scenery and ride the best terrain, be it on road or dirt.
• We have carefully chosen accommodation that is the best available for the location and offer a good mix, from home stays to luxurious lodges, on our tours.
• We love Asian cuisine, wellknown for being hot and spicy and for its use of fresh ingredients, and will make sure you get to sample lots of it.
• If these dates don’t suit your travel schedule, please contact us to talk about operating a private tour or customizing a tour for you or your group.