Circle an Alluring Island on Two Wheels
In Bali, it has been said that every Balinese is an artist, whether in painting, dance, woodcarving or textiles. The question is who wouldn’t find inspiration amid all this compelling culture and diverse landscape? Lush terraced rice fields, exotic temples neighboring lively villages, busy markets on the slopes of volcanic mountains, rivers tumbling down jungled gorges. And some of the most welcoming people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Come find your bliss on a bike with Backroads in Bali.
Explore an exotic culture steeped in Hindu spirituality and colorful mythology
Unforgettable rides past emerald rice terraces, peaceful villages and sacred pools
Meet locals in their art studios and vibrant temples
Snorkel among parrot fish and giant clams in Blue Lagoon
Relax at tropical beachside retreats
DAYS 1-2 Unforgettable rides past rice paddies, peaceful villages and sacred pools Delve behind the scenes with our longtime friend and local guide, Wayan Narta After spinning through rolling hills near Ubud, visit a local mask maker to learn about this age-old art form Raft the Ayung River, keeping an eye out for bright kingfishers and giant teak trees.
DAY 3 Discover an exotic culture steeped in Hindu spirituality and colorful mythology Bike to the sacred Pura Pucak Sari temple and meet the resident priest Ever cycled on a volcano? Pedal up and around Gunung Batur on your way to the quieter and simpler northern side of Bali.
DAYS 4-5 Relax at tropical beachside retreats Spin along Bali’s arid northeast coast, passing lava flows from Mount Agung’s 1963 eruption Treat yourself to a massage, or don masks and fins for a snorkel amid the wreckage of the torpedoed U.S.S. Liberty, a haven for some 400 species of colorful reef fish Later, our brightly painted junkung boats take us back to shore, where you can shuttle or pedal back to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure.
DAYS 6-8 Meet locals in their art studios Visit Tenganan, known for its beautiful double-ikat textiles Prepare classic mie goreng in a private cooking class Impressive volcanic mountains give way to a sandy beach on an exhilarating descent past scenic rice terraces Bike to a nearby community, passing small family compounds and the local school – a wonderful opportunity to make friends with Balinese children as they do morning exercises.LESS