Cycling Indonesia's Islands

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Trip code: 
MOI
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
New Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Cycle through rural Bali and easter Java on roads and dirt tracks.

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.

Highlights

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

Key information

  • 9 days cycling with 90% vehicle support
  • Group normally 4 to 15, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 9 nights hotel, 1 night homestay , 1 night guesthouse and 1 night camping.

What's included

  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers (for flight inclusive passengers)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation from £265
  • Visas
  • Airport transfers (for land only passengers)
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Trip Notes

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Pace:

Average daily distance: 50km (31 miles)

Terrain:

90% tarmac, 10% dirt tracks with support vehicle

Day by day breakdown
Day 450.0km/31.0miles
Day 560.0km/37.0miles
Day 675.0km/46.0miles
Day 735.0km/21.0miles
Day 840.0km/25.0miles
Day 930.0km/18.0miles
Day 1050.0km/31.0miles
Day 1130.0km/18.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Bali, transfer to Ubud.

    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.
    Sri Ratih Cottages or similar, Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    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.
    Sri Ratih Cottages or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    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.
    Segara Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    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 the Lovina. From here it’s a short transfer to our hotel in Bedugul. Cycle approx. 60km; elevation -1500m +318m.
    Strawberry Hill Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    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
    Adi Assri Beach Cottage or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    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. Cycle approx. 35km
    Ijen View hotel or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    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
    Jampit Catimor Homestay

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    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.
    Letapang Indah Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    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.
    Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    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.
    Basic Homestay or Guesthouse

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    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.
    Grand Balisani Suites or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    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.

    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.
    Grand Balisani Suites or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Trip ends.

    Trip ends today, those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in Denpasar in time for their fligth home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Indonesia

Many nationalities, including British, can now get a visa free of charge upon arrival at Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, Bali and Yogyakarta. Where a free visa is not available the cost is generally US$35. The Indonesian government may change the visa policy on short notice and start charging for the visas so be prepared to pay for a visa in case this happens.

Vaccinations

Indonesia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit our Zika Virus page.

Eating and Drinking

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 3 dinners

Indonesian cuisine is generally fairly simple, with rice as the main staple, though noodles are also common, accompanied by dishes created with various spices including coriander, cloves and chilies as well as coconut and lemon grass. Fish, unsurprisingly is popular but other meats are also common. Peanut based dishes such as sate or gado gado are also common on Indonesian tables (if you have a peanut allergy make sure to inform us before hand and to inform your tour leader). Food is often spicy but you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is available in Ubud and Canggu, though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is often not cold and coffee is unfiltered and usually very sugary. On some days we will have a packed lunch as we cycle. Vegetarian food is available in Indonesia, however the concept of vegetarianism can be misunderstood so if you are a vegetarian please be clear and state that you don't eat meat, chicken or fish. Snacks and local fruit will be provided when cycling but you may want to bring your own snacks from home as well.

Weather

Indonesia has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. In the mountains temperatures are much cooler and on the coast sea breezes usually keep temperatures 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.

Denpasar

Denpasar

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.

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Accommodation

Hotels, guesthouse, homestay and camping

9 nights hotel, 1 night homestay , 1 night guesthouse and 1 night camping. We stay in a range of accommodation on this trip from comfortable hotels to a basic guesthouse and homestay and one night camping. When camping on Rajewesi Beach we stay in 2-person tents and mats and sleeping bags are provided and there are basic toilets and showers with cold water. The homestay on Mt. Ijen is run by a coffee cooperative and is basic but clean. Whilst some rooms have western toilets we cannot guarantee these. The guesthouse at Pulau Merah is basic and sleeping quarters are usually dormitory style (dependent on group size), the toilets are traditional squat toilets and washing facilities are bucket showers. Electricity may be intermittent and there is no air conditioning here. There is no hot water at the camp site or at the homestay and basic guesthouse. The hotels generally are all en suite and all have air conditioning apart from the hotel in Bedugul which, being at altitude and having cooler night-time temperatures, does not normally require it. The basic homestays are balanced by staying in some comfortable hotels on other nights.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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