Taking the path less travelled: explore Bali & Java by bicycle


Active volcanoes tower over rice paddies and coffee plantations. Jungles fringe tropical beaches on the edge of coral-rich waters. Village and temples dot the landscape where age-old traditions are still followed today. This is the backdrop through which you will cycle up to craters and down to fishing villages, along asphalt roads and rainforest trails. On two wheels you will explore some of the quieter parts of the islands of Bali and Java uncovering a patchwork of sights, sounds and smells.

Trip at a Glance
9 days cycling with 90% vehicle support
Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader.
Min age 16 yrs
9 nights hotel, 1 night homestay , 1 night guesthouse and 1 night camping.

Trip Highlights
Cycle through rice paddies, jungles and plantations
Ride up and down volcanoes and through villages
Discover the islands of Bali and Java

Set departures: 12 May (for start on 13 May), 4 August (for start on 5 August), 1 September (for start 2 September) and 22 September (for start on 23 September)

Price breakdown

Full Itinerary

Day 1
The bustling town of Ubud is Bali’s cultural heartland set amongst the hills and rice paddies of the island’s interior. This afternoon there will be time to relax and explore the town’s temples, shops and cafes though we will go through the bike fitting to make sure all is in order before we start riding tomorrow. There will be a briefing this evening about the trip.
Accommodation: Sri Ratih Cottages or similar, Standard Hotel

Day 2
Cycle through rice paddies, villages and temples.
We have our first ride today as we explore the area north of Ubud across rice fields, villages and temples. After a transfer to the Tampaksiring Village area where we explore Tirta Empul, a temple known for its sacred waters where Balinese come to bathe at least once a year in a ritual of cleansing dedicated to Vishnu. The final leg will take us along back roads to the lesser known temple of Pengukur-Ukur where we can enjoy a refreshment before returning to Ubud.
Accommodation: Sri Ratih Cottages or similar, Comfortable Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance covered: approx. 40km
Altitude gain (m): 460

Day 3
Cycle to Batur Volcano; afternoon mountain bike descent.
Starting with a ride along the rice terraces we continue by slowly climbing up the road to the Kintamani Plantations area and beyond to the crater rim of Batur Volcano. This is a tough climb so after about 20kms we regroup for an extra briefing about the steep climb. If the steep climb is too challenging this is a good place to jump in the support vehicle up to the restaurant where we have lunch. Weather permitting we get stunning views of one of Bali’s bigger volcanic lakes. After lunch we have a short, sharp descent to the base of the volcano where our hotel is located. From here you have the option to relax at the hotel or spend the afternoon cycling off road on narrow, sandy trails. The final part of the trail crosses the most recent lava field and there is ample opportunity to get up close to the volcano the strange moonscapes it has created.
Accommodation: Segara Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
Altitude gain (m): 1200

Day 4
Ride to Ponjok Batu Temple and Lovina coast
After a short transfer to the western rim of Batur’s caldera we start our day’s cycling up and down hills along small roads, crossing villages and plantations towards Bali’s northwest coast. As we cycle through the villages of Bondalem, Tianyar and Kubu we observe the everyday life of local people. From here we enjoy a refreshment on the beach before continuing along flat roads to Ponjok Batu, a temple complex built of black stone, facing the ocean. We finally pass through Singaraja town before reaching our destination in Lovina. From here it’s a short transfer to our hotel in Bedugul. Cycle approx. 60km; elevation -1500m +318m.
Accommodation: Strawberry Hill Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance covered: 60 km / 37 miles
Altitude gain (m): 318
Altitude loss (m): 1500

Day 5
A day cycling, monkey forests, twin lakes, Buddhist monasteries and hot springs. Our day starts with a short ride up to ‘Monkey Forest’ (it is possible to have a transfer to the top of the hill). From here we enjoy the view of the twin lake before continuing downhill for the rest of the day with stunning views across Bali’s north coast. We visit Bali’s only Buddhist monastery, Bhrama Arama Vihara and the nearby Banjar Hot Springs where we can spend some time relaxing in the open air pools. After lunch we cycle along the coast to our beach-front hotel in Pemuteran. The rest of the day is free. Cycle approx. 75km; elevation -1100m
Accommodation: Adi Assri Beach Cottage or similar, Standard Hotel
Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
Distance covered: 75 km / 46 miles
Altitude loss (m): 1100

Day 6
Pedal to the harbour; snorkel around Menjangan Island; transfer to Java.
After an optional cycle or short transfer to Labuan Luang harbour we board a local boat and head for Menjangan Island. Meaning ‘Deer Island’, Pulau Menjangan is within the marine reserve of Bali Barat National Park and is renowned for its coral gardens and tropical fish. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling as well as the option to go diving (at an extra cost). After lunch we can freshen up before transferring to Gilimanuk Harbour where we catch the Ferry across to Ketapang Harbour in Java. From here it’s about a 3hr drive to Bondowoso. 
Accommodation: Ijen View hotel or similar, Standard Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance covered: 35 km / 21 miles

Day 7
Cycle up the slopes of Ijen Volcano; optional sunset hike.
Today is definitely the most challenging day as we cycle up the slopes of Ijen Volcano gaining around 1,500m in elevation. Our route starts gently along flat asphalt until we reach the base of the volcano and start climbing through coffee plantations along some steep sections on partially-broken asphalt roads. We will take our time on this climb, enjoying the scenery and will be having a light lunch en route. We will regroup after about 20kms before the steepest part of the climb. Those who feel this next section may be too strenuous may want to jump in the support vehicle for this section as it is definitely harder than normal for a moderately graded trip. Of course it is possible to attempt the climb and still join the support vehicle a little way further up if needed. On the way we stop to visit one of Indonesia’s largest coffee plantations before eventually ending our ride in the remote village of Jampit Catimor. Here we will be spending the night in a local homestay with basic amenities located within a colonial building on a coffee plantation. 
Cycle approx. 40km. The support vehicle will be available at any time if the cycling becomes too strenuous. Elevation +1500
Accommodation: Jampit Catimor Homestay
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
Altitude gain (m): 1500

Day 8
Trek to the crater rim for sunrise; later cycle off the volcano to Ketapang.
Getting up very early, whilst still dark, we trek to the top of Ijen crater along a wide, packed-dirt 3kms long path. At the top is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines and, as we hike in the dark, we should be able to see the blue fire created by the hot sulphur seeping out of the crater. After sunrise we have time to enjoy views of the lake which is 200m deep and is filled with steaming, acidic water. We should also witness local miners as they collect and carry sulphur blocks weighing up to 70kgs out of the crater. Please note that poor trail conditions and toxic fumes means that it is too dangerous to climb down into the crater. After returning to camp we get back on the bikes and ride down to our hotel in Ketapang in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax after the very early start this morning. Cycle approx. 30kms; elevation -900m.
Accommodation: Letapang Indah Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance covered: 30 km / 18 miles
Altitude loss (m): 900

Day 9
Cycle through jungle and plantations to the fishing village at Meru Betiri National Park. Following a transfer to the start of today’s bike ride we get on the saddle and head into the jungle. Our trail through the rainforest is about 10km long and eventually gives way to an asphalt/broken surface through coffee, cacao and rubber plantations. We continue to Rajewesi Beach, the gateway to Meru Betiri National Park. The beach is a fisherman village where we can see locals disembarking the day’s catch. Tonight we camp on the beach, camping equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bags) is included and there is a basic block with toilets and cold showers.
Cycle approx. 53kms; elevation +200m.
Accommodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
Altitude gain (m): 200

Day 10
Ride along jungle trails to the beach at Pulau Merah; free time to relax on the beach. On our final day of cycling we continue along jungle trails following the coast towards Pulau Merah. Along the way we visit Green Bay with views of another hidden beach in east Java. We should arrive at Pulau Merah around lunch time. The afternoon is free to explore the village, go for a swim or just relax watching the sun set. We spend a second night in a local homestay or local guesthouse (group size dependent). Cycle approx. 30kms; elevation flat with few rolling hills.
Accommodation: Basic Homestay or Guesthouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance covered: 30 km / 18 miles

Day 11
Transfer by bus and boat back to Bali to Canggu.
Today is a travel day as we make our way back to Bali. After a relaxed start to the day we drive 2.5hrs back to Ketapang Harbour in time for our ferry to Gilimanuk on the island of Bali. From here it’s about 4hrs drive to Canggu where we spend the next two nights.
Accommodation: Grand Balisani Suites or similar, Comfortable Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12
Free day to relax on the beach or explore the area around Canggu and Seminyak. Canggu is a popular stretch of beach along the south coast of Bali and a great place to relax after 10 days cycling up and down volcanoes and through jungles and plantations. Take part in optional activities or go out on the water.
Accommodation: Grand Balisani Suites or similar, Comfortable Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13
Trip ends today, Spend some time relaxing before being taken to the airport in Denpasar in time for your flight home.
Meals included: Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Is This Trip for You?
This trip is classified Road. Activity Level: 3 (Moderate). Average daily distance: 50km (31 miles) No. of days cycling: 9 days Vehicle Support: 90% This trip is graded as moderate as the vast majority of the rides are moderate with mostly flat terrain. There are, however, two potentially very challenging days. The harder rides include the ride to the top of Batur volcano (day 3) and, especially, on the ride going up Mt. Ijen (day 7). The daily elevations are listed on each trip day so you can be the judge of your ability here. There is, however, always the opportunity to jump in the bus at any point if necessary so there is no pressure to complete these two rides. The trip is 90% tarmac, 10% dirt tracks. The sealed sections vary in condition from relatively smooth asphalt to partially broken stone. The dirt tracks can be muddy if it has recently rained. Most of the roads are fairly quiet but you should be comfortable riding in traffic as we approach some towns. There is vehicle support on most rides, including the harder mountain rides, however there may not be vehicle support on a couple shorter rides on days 9 and 10. The heat and humidity can also make some of the rides tougher. The trip ventures into some of the lesser visited areas of East Java as well as West Bali where the accommodation can be more basic, in particular when we stay with local families where there are squat toilets and bucket showers for two nights only. When travelling in some areas of the country, service may not be as fast or reliable as you are used to in other countries and Indonesian attitudes towards certain things such as animal welfare and food may differ from your own. That said, if you come ready for an experience the country’s rewards will not fail to deliver. There are some vehicle transfers but journey times are usually 1-3 hours maximum apart from when transferring from Pulau Merah in Java to Canggu in Bali which is a full day travel by bus and ferry.

Adult min age: 16
Min group size: 4
Max group size: 16

Price and Package Inclusions

from R37'834 pps
Flights (Economy Class)
Accommodation (9 nights in hotels, 1 night in homestay, 1 night in guesthouse, 1 night camping)
Meals as specified in the itinerary (12 breakfast, 10 lunch, 3 dinner)
Airport transfers
Local bike hire (9 days cycling with 90% vehicle support)

Services excluded: 

• Personal travel insurance 
• Personal expenditure, such as meals, drinks not specified, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc. 
• Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme 
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme. 
• Optional excursions 

  • Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability