MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR | 8 DAY | INDONESIA
Join us on an epic 8-day mountain bike tour through Indonesia’s most beautiful tropical forests and landscapes.
On this trip you will experience the volcanoes, forests, rivers rice fields, snorkeling.
Sampling local brews and cuisine and staying in some beautiful accommodation.
Ride some incredibly good trails and marvel at the beautiful sites.
Let us take care of all the details, so all you need to do is focus on riding and enjoying yourself.
Day 1 | Arrival to Indonesia | November 04th 2019
Arriving into Ngurah Rai International Airport.
One of the Aussie Bike or Hike staff will be waiting with a sign with your name on it and you will then be transported to the popular Batubolong area, very close to the famous surfing spots of Canggu. There is lots of activity in this area with a few good bars, small boutiques, and great restaurants in the area.
Overnight at the - Koa D'Surfer Hotel
Day 2 | Batu Karu Temple to Canggu | 55km | November 05 2019
An early transfer will bring us to Mount Batu Karu (2576m), which is the second highest mountain in Bali. We will visit the beautiful Batu Karu Temple, at the foot of the volcano, wearing traditional Balinese clothing (needed to enter the temple), which we will provide. This area of Bali is not frequently visited by tourists and will simply take your breath away. We will start riding from the temple to the Unesco listed rice paddy fields of Jatiluwih, where we will have our first break. From here we will ride all the way back to coast, through the most amazing rice paddy fields and local villages. Lunch will be the delicious 'Babi Gulling' (sucking pig), the favorite dish of the Balinese. After the ride, we can visit the famous Tanah Lot Temple. One of Bali's most beautiful temples, built on a rock in the ocean. At high tide the sea surrounds the temple.
Overnight at the http://www.amartaretreat.com/
Day 3 | Ride around the Crater of Mount Batur | 28km | November 06TH 2019
We transfer with our support vehicle to the central volcanoes of the island. Today's ride goes around the outer rim of the volcano with amazing views of the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. You may expect some of Bali's best single track riding! Later we descend into the caldera and ride through the lava stream, where the latest eruption happened - an amazing experience. After lunch, we visit the local hot springs of Toya Devasa, where we spend a few hours. In the late afternoon, we transfer back to the rim, where our hotel is located. The views from our hotel overlooking Mount Batur and the lake are amazing.
Overnight at the http://www.purisebaturesort.com/
8 Day tour $2490 AUD Per Person
Single Room Supplement $450 AUD Per Person
Bike Hire: Full Suspension bike – AUD $200, for the tour, per person
Which Airport do I fly too?
Ngurah Rai International Airport is the only airport in Bali (http://bali-airport.com).
The airport is located just south of Kuta and is referred to internationally as Denpasar (DPS) or on some internet flight-booking sites as Bali.
Day 4 | Hike to the summit of Mount Batur | Ride from Mount Batur all the way down to Ubud | 35km | November 07TH 2019
Your Aussie Bike or Hike guide will come and pick you up at your accommodation, around 3am, for the hike to the summit of Mount Batur. To witness Mount Batur at sunrise is to experience one of the most endearing displays of the earth's eternal awakening.
It takes about 2 hours to reach the summit, where we will provide a light breakfast with coffee or tea.
You will be back at your hotel around 9 am, where we check out and get ready for the cycling part of our trek. Around 10 am we start riding. We will cycle mostly downhill, on a wide mixture of terrain, all the way down to Ubud.
The first bit of the ride goes through fruit farms and local villages.
The second part goes through the classic rice paddy fields. After the ride, there is time to relax a bit by the hotel’s swimming pool or wander around in Ubud and do some more exploring.
Overnight at the https://www.plataran.com/hotels-resorts/plataran-ubud
Day 5 | Ride from Mount Abang to the Coast | 38km | November 08TH 2019
In the morning we will head out and visit 2 cultural highlights just outside Ubud.
First stop will be the amazing rice field terraces of Tegalalang. From here we transfer with our support vehicle to Tirta Empul.
For more than a thousand years, Balinese worshipers have been drawn to Tirta Empul Temple whose sacred spring is said to have healing powers. We will then transfer, with our car, to the rim of the volcano of Mount Abang.
From here we will start riding. A bit more technical today, but nothing serious and lots of fun. Today we ride through bamboo forest, dry creek beds, jungle forest and rice paddies - everything you can imagine!
The ride finishes near the town of Tangkup in the South-East of Bali. From here we transfer to our accommodation in Sanur.
Overnight at the https://www.santrian.com/griya/rooms/beach-wing/
Day 6 | Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan | 40km | November 09TH 2019
For the next 2 days, we will be visiting the neighboring islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Our adventure will start at the harbor of Sanur from where we will take the fast boat (45 min) to Nusa Penida. Once on the island of Nusa Penida we will cycle all the way to 'Broken Beach' and the 'Billabong'. After exploring these unique wonders of nature we will continue riding to Crystal Bay, where we will have a late lunch. From here we will transfer by car to the harbour, where we will take a local boat (20 min) to the neighboring island of Nusa Lembongan. We will spend the night at our charming accommodation located right on the beach.
Overnight at the https://dreambeachlembongan.com/
Day 7 | Nusa Lembongan and Sanur | 25km | November 10TH 2019
In the morning we will head out for an included snorkeling adventure to Manta Point.
Once back on the shore, we will cycle all the way around the island and stop at the most beautiful beaches along the way. Our day in Nusa Lembongan will end with a visit to the mangrove forest and where we will see the local fisherman harvest and prepare seaweed.
Around 4 pm we will take the fast boat back to Bali.
We will stay overnight in Sanur at the https://www.santrian.com/griya/rooms/beach-wing/
Day 8 | Departure Day | November 11TH 2019
Today the Aussie Bike or Hike crew will load everyone into the van and transport you back to Ngurah Rai International Airport , the only airport in Bali.
Included airport transfer in booking price.
Fully supported mountain bike tour.
Aussie Bike or Hike STAFF AND GUIDES
This tour will be led by one of our senior mountain bike guides.
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 6 amazing days on the mountain bikes
• 7 nights accommodation with breakfast (based on twin share or double)
• All entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
• Hike to the summit of Mount Batur
• Fast boat to Nusa Lembongan and Penida
• All transportation as listed per itinerary by our aircon private bus.
• While riding we provide trail snacks, fruit, drinking water, full vehicle support, and lunches
• Optional mountain bike hire (AUS$200 for the tour, this includes helmet, water bottle, and gloves)
• Airfares to/from Indonesia
• Comprehensive travel insurance policy, which must cover use of Mountain Biking and medical expenses and evacuation
• Tourist visa for Indonesia
• Medical examination and vaccinations before departure (recommended)
• Expenses of a personal nature such as postage, laundry, souvenirs and all drinks
• Tips for staff at tour completion; optional but always appreciated, US$50-00 suggested
• Dinner each night
• Alcoholic and Soft Drinks
Minimum 6 people to schedule a new departure,
Maximum 20 people.
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
The sleeping arrangements are for double rooms (1 big bed) or twin-share (2 single beds).
If you are a solo rider you will be paired up with someone of the same sex, in this case you will not need to pay the single room supplement. If you want your own room, single room supplement is AUD $450.
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, (Dinners are not included as we find most people may want to explore on there own in the evenings- so dinner is whatever you decide.)
Intermediate: Tours are suitable for riders with good fitness level.
Previous mountain bike experience is recommended. Trail surfaces may include uneven terrain, some single track, with occasional obstacles (roots, rocks, lose sand).
Hills and descents are moderate and require some skill.
Riders with minimal mountain bike experience but who have road biking skills or a strong fitness level, along with an adventurous spirit, should be suitable for an intermediate tour.
DAYS MOUNTAIN BIKING
BIKES FOR HIRE
Well maintained 2019 Polygon Siskiu T8 or Giant Trance full suspension bikes.
15 x 2019 Polygon Siskiu T8 bikes,
8 x 2019 Polygon Bend RV gravel road bikes,
10 x Giant Trance full suspension bikes and
10 x Giant ATX hard tail bikes.
Bike Size Specifics:
• Size XS: Giant Trance 27,5
• Size S: Giant ATX 26, Giant Trance 26, Polygon Siskiu T8 27,5 and Polygon Bend RV
• Size M: Giant ATX 26, Giant Trance 27,5, Polygon Siskiu T8 27,5, 29 and Polygon Bend RV
• Size L: Giant ATX 26, Giant Trance 27,5, Polygon Siskiu T8 29 and Polygon Bend RV
• Size XL: Polygon Siskiu T8 29
We ride on everything from single track, jeep track, dirt roads, farm trails, small paved roads, sandy trails. Due to the nature of the trails our support vehicle can't ride with us at all times.
November 04th - 11th 2019
8 Day tour $2490 AUD Per Person
Single Room Supplement $450 AUD Per Person
Bike Hire: Full Suspension bike – AUD $200, for the tour, per person
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Q: Do you supply transfer to and from the airport?
A: Yes, airport arrival and departure transfers are included for this tour.
2.Q: What Insurance Do I Need?
A: On all of Aussie Bike or Hike tours you will need to ensure that you have comprehensive medical insurance. The minimum that we require is coverage for the costs of medical treatment and evacuation in the event of an emergency. An extra cover will also cover you for loss of luggage and a host of other issues. We recommend that you take out insurance as soon as you have booked your tour as full cover will cover costs that you may incur should you not be able to travel. There are many insurance policies available both through your local travel agent and online.
3.Q: What currency should I bring with me?
The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. At the time of writing the 1AUD around 10,000IDR. Foreign Exchange; major currencies can be exchanged in most banks, money changers, and hotels. There is often a different rate for any notes smaller than USD 100 and this applies to most currencies. If cashing traveler's cheque you will require your passport. Banks and money changers can easily be found in the larger towns on Bali and Java. However, you should carry sufficient rupiah (Rp) when traveling to the less popular areas of Bali.
Banking hours are from 8.00am to 15.00pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8.00am to 12.00pm on Saturday. Banks in hotels usually stay open longer while money changers are generally open until early evening. Almost all hotels and other businesses will accept foreign currency, but be warned hotels usually charge a lower rate of exchange than offered by banks or money changers. There are banks and ATM located at the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Cash advances on Visa and MasterCard can also be made through many ATMs which display the relevant symbols. Cards and networks accepted by ATMs among Indonesia's main banks include MasterCard, Cirrus, and Alto.
4.Q: Do I need a visa for Indonesia?
Indonesia has a FREE 30-day Tourist Visa On Arrival upon entering the country for more than 140 countries. All you need is a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining until the expiry date (please check with your embassy if your country is allowed a free tourist visa on arrival). This is a FREE entry for 30 days and is NOT extendable. If you like to stay longer than 30 days a Visa on Arrival costs 35US$ and is 30 days valid and can be extended ONCE for 30 days. With a Social, Tourist or cultural Visa (B-211) you can stay 60 days and these visas can be extended 3 times for 30 days each. These visas must be issued by your consulate or embassy outside Indonesia.
5.Q: Where do I fly into?
Ngurah Rai International Airport is the only airport in Bali (http://bali-airport.com). The airport is located just south of Kuta and is referred to internationally as Denpasar (DPS) or on some internet flight-booking sites as Bali.
6.Q: How do I carry my main luggage during the bike tour?
Your main luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel by our support car. Depending on the group size this is inside the bus or in a separate luggage van for groups of 12 people and more. Bike boxes and other oversized luggage can be safely stored inside our office and delivered back to you at the end of the tour. Please consider that we have a finite amount of space to carry luggage, so we ask you to pack light. If you are traveling for a longer period of time and you have excess luggage, please let us know ahead of time. On most days your main luggage will be stowed out of reach while we ride, so it is a good idea to bring a day bag or small rucksack in addition to your camelback.
7.Q: How big is the group maximum
A: For this trip, the maximum is 20 persons.
8.Q: Will we have a local guide that speaks English alongside the Aussie Bike or Hike guide?
A: Yes – definitely. All of our tours are accompanied by at least one local guide and all-round fixer who can smooth our passage through Indonesia and yes, all of the local guides speak excellent English.
9.Q: How Many Guides on the tour per customer?
A: We provide one senior mountain bike guide per every 5 guests.
10.Q: Will A First Aid Dr be with us?
A: Our guides and drivers are first aid certified and we carry a first aid kit with us.
11.Q: Do I need to take water with me?
A: Drinking water, local snacks, fruits, and lunch is provided during cycling. There will be several stops along the way where we provide cold drinking water and isotonic drinks. Of course you may bring your own camelback as well.
12.Q: Is there any medical support?
A: Our guides are drivers and are up to date first aid certified and our support crew is never far off in case of an accident that requires evacuation or visiting a medical center. Our guides carry a small first aid kit and there is a large kit available in all of our cars.
13.Q: What happens in case of an emergency?
A: We have a detailed list of all medical centers along the routes where we cycle. In the rare case of an emergency, our nearest car will pick up the guest and transfer them to the nearest medical center for first aid. From there - if needed - a transfer can be made to one of the larger private hospitals in Ubud or the South of Bali depending on the injury.
14.Q: What happens if I get half way along the track and get too tired. Can I turn around and go back to start?
A: All of our tours are fully supported and if needed guest can transfer with our support car. There are various stops during the ride where we meet up with our support car so at any of these stops, you could hop in - or out of - the support car.
16.Q: What riding kit should I bring with me for the tour?
The following list is a guide to what you should think about bringing. It is by no means the definitive list, so don’t blame us if you forget something or neglect to bring a favorite or prized item.
• X Amount of Sets of Riding Jerseys and Shorts (Baggy shorts can be used as hiking shorts as well).
• Cotton T-Shirts
• Performance Base Layers
• Waterproofs (Jackets and Shorts)
• Enough Socks
• Comfortable Riding Shoes
• Non-Riding Shoes
• Flip Flop or Sandals
• Baseball or Sun Hat
• Camping Towel
• Essential Toiletries
• Helmet (available upon request)
• Cycling Gloves (available upon request)
• Water Bottle (available upon request)
• First Aid Kit
• Wallet and Passport
• Camera or Gopro
Bringing Your Own Bike
• A fully serviced bike, preferably by a mechanic, with any potential problematic part replaced. New tires, brake pads, bled brakes and dropper post, and serviced suspension!
• Pump - small, but good
• Inner tubes - always carry at least one so bring at least two
• Allen keys .
• Chain lubricant
• Tire Levers
17.Q: Can my family see where I am, Do you have tracking system like “Spot tracker”?
A: We always travel with a GPS tracker that tracks our location throughout the trip. The staff in the office will send you a link to the online map and you can share this with your family so that they know exactly where you are
18.Q:Do you supply riders with a briefing each morning of the tour, in case the riders get split from the group?
A: There will be a daily briefing as to where we are cycling to. We provide one guide per every 5 guests, so if there is a larger group the group can be split up or there will be a guide at the front and a guide somewhere at the middle and a sweeper guide.
19.Q: Do I need any immunizations for Indonesia?
A: Recommended vaccinations include typhoid, polio, tetanus and Hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required if arriving from an infected area within the prior six days. The more remote areas may be considered malarial areas. Please check with your doctor prior to departure for the most recent information.
20.Q: How much spending money will I need to bring with me?
A: That mostly depends on how many souvenirs you will buy and how many cold beers you will drink :) On average AUD20-30 per day will cover your daily spending’s such as dinners and not included items such as soft drinks, alcoholic drinks etc...
21.Q: Are there ATMs on the tour route along the way?
A: Yes, there will be ATMs along the way and you can ask the driver to make a stop at an ATM if needed.
22.Q: What is the level of accommodation like?
A: In most places, we stay in local, comfortable 3 and 4-star accommodation and all have hot water and en-suite facilities. Whenever possible we try to use locally owned hotels with charm, character and at amazing locations.
23.Q: How do I charge my camera?
A: In Indonesia, the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
24.Q: Is Wi-Fi available throughout the tour?
Yes, all the hotels we use on this tour have free wifi available. Please note that the connections in Bali are not always what you are used to at home.
25.Q: Can I get an Indonesian SIM card?
A: Yes and we recommend Telkomsel for most travelers. There are four cell service providers in Indonesia, plus a small number of resellers. Telkomsel has the widest coverage, reaching 98% of the country. It’s also the most expensive, although cell service is pretty cheap regardless of which company you go with.
26.Q: is there phone service throughout the whole tour?
A: Yes, apart from a very few remote places, almost the whole of Bali is covered.
27.Q: Is it safe to drink the tap water?
A: No it is not safe to drink the tap water in Bali. The tap water in Bali is of uncertain quality, and is often pegged as the cause of many a tourist’s case of “Bali belly”. When in Bali, stick to canned drinks or bottled water. The ice in Bali is safe – the island’s ice supply is quality-controlled by the local government.
28.Q: Can you cater for vegetarians/food allergies?
A: For sure, we can cater for special food request (vegetarian, vegan, halal etc..) or if any food allergies, please let us know in advance so that our team can make sure the necessary precaution are taken. .
29.Q: What kind of food is provided on the tour for breakfast lunch and dinner?
A: Breakfast in the hotels are generally an option between 'Western Breakfast' or 'Indonesian Breakfast' such as nasi or mie goreng 'fried rice or noddles'. For lunches, we stop at small local warungs 'restaurants' where we sample the local specialties such as:
• Sate ayam / Sate Kambing (satay) ...
• Sate Padang (Padang satay) ...
• Ayam Bakar Taliwang (grilled chicken) ...
• Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) ...
• Pepes (herbal packet) ...
• Babi Pangang (Batak grilled pork) ...
• Bali Gulling (Balinese grilled pork) ...
• Ayam Goreng (fried chicken) ...
• Bebek Goreng (fried duck)
30.Q: Can we buy beer and wine for the evenings
A: Yes, for sure. All the hotels we stay at sell alcoholic beverages such as cold beer or wine. Also, Circle-K minimart shops sell alcoholic beverages.
31.Q: Who operates this tour?
A: This tour is operated by Aussie Bike or Hike in collaboration with our local partner ms based in Indonesia, who are a fully licensed Bali based bike tour operator.
33.Q: How do I book?
To secure your place we simply need a AUD $1000 non-refundable deposit. The remainder does not need to be paid until 90 days prior to the tour start date.
You can do this by calling +61 408 692 990 or emailing email@example.com
34.Q: What happens if there is bad weather?
Please note it is quite common that it can be raining in one part of the island and not raining in another. So if it's raining in the morning at your hotel/villa don't assume it is raining where you will be cycling. Of course safety is our number one priority and we will never cycle through heavy downpours and take unnecessary risks. Also it is common that the rain falls heavily and for short duration, so if it does rain heavily, we just wait and continue the tour once the rain stops. Then again we love cycling in the rainy season. Everything is lush and green, all the dust is washed away and the air is a lot fresher during that time a year. And we provide a rain coat for each rider
35.Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept direct bank transfers.
We do not accept Paypal or American Express.
Price for Riders is AUD (Australian Dollar) $2490.00
Price for Single Room Supplement AUD $450.00
Price for Bike hire is AUD $200.00
Bank Details are: We require a deposit of AUD$1000 Sent to Alexander Kenneth Josef Cudlin, For account details please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
We shall then raise an invoice in AUD$ for the remaining balance and this may be converted and paid at your discretion in consideration of daily foreign exchange rates, at any time up until the Due Date, which is 90 days before the tour