Cycling Indonesia’s Islands

Resort: Cycling Indonesia's Islands
Operator: Exodus
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Overview


Cycle up volcanoes, through rice paddies, jungles and villages in Bali and
Java

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

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 in the
afternoon.

The bustling town of Ubud is Balis cultural heartland set amongst the
hills and rice paddies of the islands 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 with
your tour leader.
*Sri Ratih Cottages / Ananda Cottages or similar*

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 arriving to the Tampaksiring Village
area, 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 / Ananda Cottages or similar*

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
Balis 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 and the strange moonscapes it has
created.
*Segara Hotel or similar*

Day 5
Ride to Ponjok Batu Temple and Lovina coast

After a short transfer to the western rim of Baturs caldera we start our
days cycling up and down hills along small roads, crossing villages and
plantations towards Balis 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 its a short transfer to our hotel in Bedugul.
*Strawberry Hill Hotel / CLV Hotel & Villa or similar*

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 Balis north coast. We visit Balis 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.
*Adi Assri Beach Cottage /Naya Gawana Resort or similar*

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 its about a
3 hour drive to Bondowoso.
*Ijen View hotel or similar*

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.The support vehicle will be available at
any time if the cycling becomes too strenuous.

On the way we stop to visit one of Indonesias 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.

*Jampit Catimor Homestay*

Day 9
Early morning trek to the crater rim; 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.
*Ketapang Indah Hotel or similar*

Day 10
Cycle through jungle and plantations to the fishing village at Meru Betiri
National Park

Following a transfer to the start of todays 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 days
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.

*Camping*

Day 11
Ride along jungle trails to the beach at Pulau Merah; free time to relax on
the beach; transfer to Ketapang

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. Today’s final ride is mostly on flat
elevation with few rolling hills.

We should arrive at Pulau Merah around lunch timewhere the early afternoon
is free to explore the village, go for a swim or just relax before
transferring (approx. 2 hours) to our hotel in Ketapang where we will spend
our last night on Java.

*Ketapang Indah Hotel or similar*

Day 12
Transfer by ferry and bus back to Bali to Canggu

After a relaxed start to the morning, we drive 15 minutes back to Ketapang
Harbour in time for our ferry (30-45 minutes) to Gilimanuk on the island of
Bali. From here it is about a 4 hours drive (with a stop for lunch along the
way) to Canggu where we spend the next two nights.

*Grand Balisani Suites or similar*

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*

Day 14
End Canggu

Trip ends this morning after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be
taken to the airport in Denpasar in time for their flight home.

Day 15 Arrive London.

Arrive London
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