BALI TROPICAL ISLAND SINGLETRACK
Bali Island Information
Bali is well known as a tropical paradise for holiday makers seeking the sun and sea, with fantastic white coral sand beaches, palm trees and welcoming, lush interior. But away from the tourist sites, the island is also home to some amazing mountain bike trails. This tour enables you to experience the comfort of renowned Balinese hospitality with the thrills of some of the best riding in South East Asia.
The tour explores the central, northern and eastern parts of Bali. The riding is a mix between cross-country and trail and offers an amazingly eclectic range of riding experiences that will challenge and invigorate a wide palette of biking tastes. Rip down sacred volcanic mountain ridges, flow through bamboo forests, ride along Bali’s famous rice terraces. From the mountain to the sea, this tour enables you to experience Bali’s landscape and experience the true Balinese culture.
Most of the trails have a largely downward profile, but there are enough ascents for climbers to feel satisfied. The trails are best suited to intermediate riders with some technical expertise, but there are enough fast flowy trails to suit those who are relatively new to mountain biking but who can competently handle a bike. As most routes start in the mountains, there are transfers from your hotel to the trail head.
For those not wanting to bring their own bikes, our tour partner, Bali Rides, offers high spec Specialized Epic and Stumpjumper FSR bikes- please ask us for more details. The internationally experienced guides all have great English and a wicked sense of humour, along with many years of hard-earned professional expertise.
This tour can well be combined with a beach or diving holiday, and you might also like to pamper yourself with a Balinese massage at the end of every ride- highly recommended and a true highlight of the tour!
Single Supplement: €250
Trip length: 7 Days
Group size: Min. 2 Max 10 Persons
We can also organise tours on other dates – please ask. The trip is sold excluding airfare, but we can help you with bookings if you wish.
Included in the trip
- Top quality full suspension bike hire
- All local transfers
- All meals at our Saba guesthouse base
- All snacks
- Bottled water and isotonic drinks
- Entrance fees
- English speaking advanced level MTB guide
Excluded from the trip
- Drinks (soft drinks and alcohol)
- Two restaurant dinners on east coast
- Personal expenses
- Tips / gratuities
- Balinese massages (highly recommended)
Depending on what time your flight gets in, you will be picked up at the airport and then travel 40 minutes to the village of Saba to the Bali Rides Guest House on the east coast, approximately 16kms from the tourist village of Sanur. Here you will be able to set up your bikes (if you have brought your own), or we’ll set up one of our bikes for you and get it set to your personal requirements. You can then relax in the tropical gardens and have a dip in the pool before digging into a home-made Indonesian meal.
- Overnight Guesthouse, Saba
A fully cooked breakfast will be served at 7am and then we’ll head off to the start of the first ride at Kintamani – a UNESCO protected geological area. The route starts at 1,700m above sea level on the upper rim of the famous Batur volcano caldera. The upper section follows an exhilarating single track along the caldera ridge through elephant grass and casuarina forests, with the sea on one side and the Batur crater on the other. The rim is single track with some technical downhill sections, and steep but short lung-bursting climbs. The ride traverses to the inner rim of the caldera via steep broken asphalt (the only option) and then follows jeep tracks and a fast, single track section through farming land before ending with a ride on the lava flow resulting from the 1926 and 1968 volcanic eruptions. We finish the day soaking in the hot springs on the side of Batur Lake. There will be a shuttle ride back to Saba and a great home-cooked meal.
- Today’s biking: 35km / Total ascent 650m / Total descent 1,250m
- Overnight Guesthouse, Saba
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. Following some initial undulating sections, the route has 9km of pure thrill-seeking downhill on double and single track through lightly wooded and agricultural land. This then diverts around Mount Agung through wooded and agricultural land before hitting the more arid rocky northern coastline. This route is dominated by sand, gravel and rocky outcrops and is interspersed with amazing scenery. This route really does go from the mountain to the sea and ends at the dive resort village of Tulamben. This night is spent in one of the small dive hotels on the coast. Dinner is not catered for on this night, but there are a number of restaurants to choose from close to the hotel.
- Today’s biking: 40km / Total ascent 650m / Total descent 1900m
- Overnight Hotel, North Coast
There is a shuttle for about 40 minutes to the start of Day 4’s ride. This route has something for everyone. Fast, flowing, with some excellent climbing challenges, this route is a thrill. The trail starts at the foot of Mt. Agung and follows fast single track through farmland, bamboo forest, and spectacular rice fields. The ride has some technical sections through dry river beds and offers some stunning views. Lunch is at a local warung and you can have a chat with passing farmers. The ride ends with a great single track section through agricultural land and plantations and finishes on the East Coast. The night is spent in Candidasa, a small tourist fishing village on the East Coast. Dinner is not catered for on this night, but there are some excellent local and international restaurants to choose from in this quaint town.
- Today’s biking: 38km / Total ascent 780m / Total descent 1880m
- Overnight Guesthouse, Candidasa
There is about an hour shuttle to the start of Day 5. This route has some great climbs and some serious downhill sections. If you like fast rocky descents and knife edge paddy rides, then this is for you. Starting at the foot of Mt Agung near the famous Besakih temple, this route gets the heart immediately pumping with an uphill sections, which is quickly rewarded with a fast downhill section of single track through scenic flower growing land. This is a greatly varied ride with a range of terrain through agricultural land, bamboo forest and rice paddies. Some serious climbing, seriously awesome views and the best finishing point of all our rides at stunning Whitesands beach where a cold beer is waiting. There is then a shuttle back to the Saba Bali Rides Guest House with another home-made meal waiting.
- Today’s biking: 40km / Total ascent 870m / Total descent 1970m
- Overnight Guesthouse, Saba
This is it! The culmination of a week of riding ends with a fast, furious and fun ride. This trail does not fail to impress. Starting in the mountains of Bedugul in central Bali this route takes you through extremely fast and challenging single track which speeds through agricultural land and zips through protected forests with a maze of roots to navigate. The route has berms, rideable drop-offs, roots, ruts and cobbled tracks. Lunch at a local restaurant overlooks the UNESCO protected Jatiluwih rice paddies, which we then navigate after lunch interspersed with double and single track. The ride finishes near the Taman Ayun Temple with a beer and a cold wet towel. There is a shuttle back to the Saba Bali Rides Guest House where there is a home-made meal waiting.
- Today’s biking: 50km / Total ascent 350m / Total descent 1,260m
- Overnight Guesthouse, Saba
Home time! Time to pack up the bikes and say our goodbyes… We can arrange a shuttle for those wanting to spend some time in the tourist area of Kuta, or you can relax by the pool and have a massage while you wait for your departure time. Guests will be shuttled to the airport.
Please note: This trip doesn’t need to run on fixed dates- the riding season is long, and minimum group size is just 2- so go when you want!
GOOD TO KNOW...
Bali almost needs no introduction. It is a holiday makers tropical paradise – white beaches, swaying coconut palms and emerald green rice paddies. But what most tourists don’t realise is that Bali has a fabulous volcanic topography that offers superb mountain biking experiences.
Suiting those riders who like a mix between cross-country and trail, the routes will take you to parts of Bali few tourists get to experience. This tour is best suited to riders who have previous mountain biking experience and have good bike handling skills. You will also need to be relatively fit! Ramang and his team all have excellent English and his Australian wife, Nina, makes sure that Western needs are also catered for on and off the trail (including the best chocolate brownies you have ever eaten).