Indonesia cycling map & highlights

Bali is a hugely popular tourism destination – and let’s be honest, it’s not hard to understand why – but as a result, some of the island’s hotspots are incredibly crowded, and some have unfortunately lost the ring of authenticity. That’s why we recommend cycling holidays in Indonesia, with broadly circular routes that take you around central Bali, into the highlands and of course down to the beautiful coast, occasionally venturing onto neighbouring Java or Lombok, too. If you want to see the real Bali, see it on two wheels.
1. Canggu
2. Ijen Volcano
3. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
4. Lovina
5. Mount Batur
6. Pulau Menjangan
7. Tanah Lot
8. Ubud
Canggu

1. Canggu

Any round-up of the world’s best beaches is certain to feature a handful from Bali, and those of Canggu on the island’s south coast are likely suspects. Swathes of black volcanic sand backed by stylish villas and terraced rice paddies are enormously photogenic, while the barreling waves are paradise for surfers. Enjoy days on the beach or in the surf and evenings in Canggu’s restaurants.
Ijen Volcano

2. Ijen Volcano

Tackling the steep slopes of the Ijen Volcano is a demanding section of cycling on Java. Its lower slopes are fringed with coffee plantations and you can enjoy a night in a village homestay near the top. In the early morning, leave the bike behind and hike to the crater rim, illuminated by the blue fire of hot sulphur seeping out of the crater.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

3. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Bali’s most dramatic scenery is not restricted to the coast – the verdant rice terraces of Jatiluwih in the highlands of west Bali are a must-see and have earned UNESCO listing. The terraces follow the topography of the mountains, using traditional irrigation methods, and are one of the island’s most notable fragments of cultural heritage.
Lovina

4. Lovina

Laidback Lovina is a pleasant spot to relax in, between cycling. Biking from Bedugul to Lovina provides the chance to stop and explore one of the main temples in Bali, along the way – 500-year-old Ulun Danu Baratan, which appears to float on a lake. The route also takes you to markets, past crater lakes and to bathe in the stunning Munduk waterfall before jumping back in the saddle.
Mount Batur

5. Mount Batur

Mount Batur is an active volcano with a crater lake, and villages dotting its caldera. Cycling up involves tackling a steep ascent, which some people opt to skip, by riding in the support vehicle instead. However you get to the summit the views are spectacular, over one of Bali’s bigger volcanic lakes, and you can see the rocky black lava fields left by the 1968 eruption.
Pulau Menjangan

6. Pulau Menjangan

Pulau Menjangan, or ‘Deer Island’, lies just off the coast of Pemuteran in the marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park, and is an idyllic spot to relax for a while in-between rides. The snorkelling and diving here, over coral gardens where an abundance of tropical fish flutter around, is simply fantastic.
Tanah Lot

7. Tanah Lot

One of Bali’s most impressive ‘sea temples’, Tanah Lot perches on a large rock jutting out into the ocean on the south coast of Bali. Best viewed just before dusk, when crowds of people come to capture the sunset, the temple is a short ride from another iconic Bali landmark, the Belimbing Rice Terraces.
Ubud

8. Ubud

Bali’s cultural capital, and the place where cycling trips in Indonesia typically get underway, is surrounded by picturesque mountains and rice terraces. Before and after getting fitted for your bike it’s an exciting place to spend a day getting acquainted with its temples, cafes and artists’ studios. A visit to Gianyar night market is a great way to taste the local culture and cuisine.

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Bali cycling holiday in Indonesia

Bali cycling holiday in Indonesia

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Cycling in Indonesia holidays advice

Kelly Reid from our travel experts Exodus on what to expect from cycling holidays on Bali and Jawa:

Preparation before leaving

“Our 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 a local family for one night where there are squat toilets and bucket showers. Some of the things we recommend packing include ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper as the early morning calls to prayer in East Java can often be quite loud; cycling shirt, gloves and padded shorts; swimwear; bug repellent; torch for camping; walking shoes and a lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho. While we always carry a first aid kit too, we do also recommend individual travellers bring their own just in case with things such as diarrhoea treatment, painkillers, rehydration sachets, plasters and a blister treatment kit – just in case.”

Terrain & temperature

“The majority of rides feature mostly flat terrain. There are, however, two potentially very challenging days including the ride to the top of Batur volcano and especially the ride going up Mt. Ijen. But you can always jump in the bus at any point if necessary so there is no pressure to complete these two rides. Expect about 85% tarmac, 15% 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 clients should be comfortable riding in traffic as they approach some towns. There is vehicle support, including on harder mountain rides, except for a few shorter rides. Indonesia is hot and humid: temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. In the mountains it’s much cooler and on the coast sea breezes usually keep things comfortable. In most parts of Indonesia the long rainy season falls between late October and early May, though rain occurs throughout the year. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours.”

Highlights

“We visit and cycle in both Bali (Hindu religion and very well developed) and East Java (Muslim religion and less developed for tourism) you really can be immersed in two completely different cultural landscapes of Indonesia which is quite special. Some of the cultural highlights include Ubud of course, a homestay located on a coffee plantation in a remote village, and visiting several Hindu temples on Bali and the only Buddhist monastery, Bhrama Arama. You’ll also love soaking in the Banjur Hot Springs on Bali, cycling past Bali’s famous rice paddies and terraces and through the rural/quieter villages, and snorkeling on Menjangan Island, renowned for its coral gardens and tropical fish.”
Written by Rob Perkins
Photo credits: [Page banner: Dikaseva] [Canggu: Tanti Ruwani] [Ijen Volcano: Tiomax80] [Jatiluwih Rice Terraces: Paxson Woelber] [Lovina: Andreia] [Mount Batur : Luke,Ma] [Pulau Menjangan: Lakshmi Sawitri] [Tanah Lot: Nick Fewings] [Ubud: Maybritt Devriese] [Terrain and temp: eGuide Travel]
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