Discover the real Bali on a cycling trip across Indonesia’s ‘Island of the Gods’.

It’s all about two wheels in Bali, and this action-packed cycling trip takes in some of the island’s best spots in the highlands and on the coast. Hit the road in Ubud and wind your way south, into a world of lush green rice fields, smouldering volcanoes, family-run warungs, community projects, caves, temples and tiny villages. With the chilled-out beaches of Lovina and Sanur on the horizon, and a slew of adventure activities on offer throughout – such as a hike up Mt Batur – this is an unforgettable journey for cyclists and adventurers alike.


Start
Ubud, Indonesia
Finish
Sanur, Indonesia
Country
Indonesia
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling
Code
TIXC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Escape the tourist hordes and cycle through the island's heart, from the green hills of Ubud to the laidback beach towns of Lovina and Sanur.

  • Cycling’s not the only activity on offer. Take the chance to hike up Mt Batur, visit hidden caves, soak in hot springs, and enjoy some watersports on the coast

  • As well as beautiful temples, visit less-known villages such as Trunyan, whose astounding burial tradition makes use of a mysterious ‘magic tree’

  • Stop in at Bumi Sehat, an Intrepid Foundation project dedicated to the welfare of pregnant mothers and newborn children in the community

  • Feast on the most authentic Balinese cuisine, prepared lovingly by unsung kitchen masters such as Lovina’s Bu Wayan

  • Relax and unwind on the unique black sand beaches of Lovina, the perfect place to rest your bones after a few days on the bike

Is this trip right for you?

  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.

  • This trip is designed for those who love to get active. While prior training may not be necessary, a moderate level of fitness will help you get the most out of the activities on this trip.

  • The optional hike to the Mt Batur crater is demanding and can vary a great deal depending on the weather. Be sure to bring strong, sturdy walking shoes. Rest assured that all camping gear will be carried by porters.

Itinerary

Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Ubud, the arts and cultural centre of Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Afterwards, perhaps head out to Gianyar night market. It's an informal setup, but a great way to get a taste of the local culture and cuisine.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where the welcome meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
After a briefing and bike check, set off for the first day of cycling (approximately 35 km). Begin at Ubud Palace and head north, passing rice fields and perhaps stopping to watch as the rice is planted or harvested. Most of today's route is uphill, but there are some nice flat and downhill sections too. For lunch, dine at a restaurant run by local resident Jero Pande, who doubles as a healer for the local community. After lunch, take a break from the bike and drive to the Tirta Empul temple, located in the Tampak Siring sub regency. Here you can see Balinese folk doing their worship (remember to wear a sarong here). Tirta Empul is quite popular because of its holy water, and many people come here to bathe. On the way to back to the hotel, stop in at Bumi Sehat Foundation, an Intrepid Foundation project aimed at reducing maternal and child morbidity and mortality in the community.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Start the day early and head from Ubud to Kintamani. The total distance is approximately 40 km, but you won't cycle the whole way; the bike ride begins from Bayung Gede. The route is mostly uphill. A stop will be made for lunch (optional) at Gunung Sari Restaurant. From here you can see glorious Mt Batur, as well as Lake Batur. Continue cycling to tonight's accommodation in Kedisan, Kintamani. In the afternoon, hop in a boat for a quick visit to a most unique local village, Trunyan. What sets this village apart from others is its fascinating way of dealing with the deceased; instead of the conventional Hindu tradition of cremation, bodies are put under the 'Kayu Menyan' tree which is said to absorb the odour.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cycle from Kintamani to Bedugul today (approximately 50 km). There's the option of climbing Mt Batur beforehand. Those that choose this optional activity will get up in very early morning (3 am) for the climb, which reaches 1717 metres above sea level. It's quite chilly at this early hour – usually somewhere between 8°C and 12°C, so dressing in layers is essential to deal with the sharp rise in temperature later on. A 15-minute drive leads to the starting point, and the climb itself takes around two hours, with an additional 30 minutes to get to the summit if you choose (refreshments are available at the top). The sunrise rears its head at around 6:15 am, after which many cheeky monkeys show up in search of food. You can also visit the nearby cave, where the Balinese come to worship twice a year; from here you can see the steam of the crater rise. After an optional visit to local hot springs, the bike ride to Bedugul begins.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cycle from Bedugul to Lovina today (approximately 60 km). The track is mostly downhill and has some beautiful views to enjoy. First though, visit one of the main temples in Bali, Ulun Danu Baratan, just near the hotel. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the water goddess, and ceremonies are held here in the name of water supply to Central Balinese farmers. Spend around an hour checking out the temple, then visit the traditional market near the accommodation (time permitting) – a good place to pick up a mangosteen to snack on (or a durian, for those who can handle the aroma!). Arrive in Lovina, a laidback beachside town on the northern coast. Enjoy a free afternoon, then sit down to some dinner: delicious and authentic Balinese cuisine prepared by our friend Bu.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Cycle from Lovina to Tanah Lot (approximately 40 km). The route starts from the hotel, heading south through the heart of the island to Tanah Lot. After cycling for around 10 km, stop and partake in some watersports. There are six kinds to choose from, so you're bound to find something to suit your tastes. After a refreshing ocean splash, arrive in Tanah Lot, visit Tanah Lot Temple (which translates literally 'island on the sea'). It's a popular but beautiful spot to see the sunset. Your accommodation tonight is a short drive from Tanah Lot.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take to the saddle once again and pedal along quiet roads from Tanah Lot to Sanur (approximately 30 km). The afternoon is at your leisure in Sanur. Stroll along the beach, take a dip in the calm waters, or grab a well-earned drink in one of the small local bars. Sanur is a convenient place from which to embark on further travel. Perhaps head east and get off the beaten track on our Bali & Lombok: Hike, Bike & Raft trip.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The trip comes to an end today, with no further activities planned.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Bicycle, Support vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nts)

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip.

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