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Cycle through rural Bali and easter Java on roads and dirt tracks on this 13 day journey.
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12 nights' accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 3 dinners and local bike hire.
06 Aug & 24 Sep 2017. 22 Apr, 13 May, 05 Aug, 02 & 23 Sep 2018.
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 we cycle up to craters and down to fishing villages, along asphalt roads and rainforest trails. On two wheels we explore some of the quieter parts of the islands of Bali and Java uncovering a patchwork of sights, sounds and smells.
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Cycle through rice paddies, jungles and plantations.
Ride up and down volcanoes and through villages.
Discover the islands of Bali and Java.
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Those making their own way to Bali can arrive at any time on the first day. Those on the scheduled group flights normally arrive in Ubud late morning. 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.
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. Next our ride takes us to the royal tombs of Gunung Kawi in Tampak Siring Vilalge. Set amidst lush terraces, these 11th Century temples feature 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face. They stand at 7m and combine ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple features.
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. Cycle approx. 40km; elevation +460m
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 but the views make it worth the effort. 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 and spend the afternoon cycling 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.
We finish with a short transfer to our hotel in Kinamani. Cycle approx. 50km; elevation +1200m. (B)(L)
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 the Lovina. From here it’s a short transfer to our hotel in Bedugul. Cycle approx. 60km; elevation -1500m +318m. (B)(L)
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 (B)(L)
After cycling 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. Cycle approx. 35km (B)(L)
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.
En route we stop to visit one of Indonesia’s largest coffee plantations before eventually ending our ride in a remote village from where we transfer to base-camp where we will spend the night in tents (all camping equipment including mats and sleeping bags are provided). Those who want have the option to hike to the crater rim for sunset (there will be an extra entrance fee). This evening we enjoy a camp meal sat around the fire. Cycle approx. 40km. The support vehicle will be available at any time if the cycling becomes too strenuous. Elevation +1500 (B)(L)(D)
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. (B)(L)
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 is spent in a local house giving us the opportunity to experience life in this rural fishing community. There may be the option this evening to go out to Sukamade in the Meru Betiri National Park (about 1.5hrs away) to look for marine turtles. Cycle approx. 53kms; elevation +200m. (B)(L)(D)
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. (B)(L)(D)
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. (B)(L)
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. The day is free to relax or explore the area around Canggu and Seminyak, take part in optional activities or go out on the water. (B)
Trip ends today, those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in Denpasar in time for their fligth home. (B)
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