If you want to see a lot of Bali without a glass bus or car window in the way, renting a bicycle is the best way to go.
On a bicycle, not only do you see the Balinese countryside first-hand, you can follow your own schedule seeing the sights. And if you’re concerned about the environment, then pat yourself on the back for choosing the most environmentally-friendly Bali transportation mode outside of walking on your own two feet.
Where to Ride a Bicycle in Bali
Whether through beach or countryside, goat trail or blacktop, a delicious variety of terrain exists in Bali to bike your way through. Head north to Kintamani, Gunung Agung and Batur, or head to Pura Besakih to admire the temple there. Closer to Ubud, Goa Gajah Elephant Cave is always worth a bike jaunt.
Biking in Bali isn’t suitable for every place, of course. Bali’s traffic is notoriously chaotic, so a bicycle ride in areas like Denpasar and Kuta might be the last thing you’ll ever do.
Limit your independent Bali bicycle jaunts to countrysides in and around Ubud and Lovina. And check the weather before you go – if sunny weather just isn’t forthcoming, you may need to postpone your bike ride for safety’s sake.
If you’re an avid bicyclist, do bring your own bike to ensure the best Bali bike experience possible.
Bicycling in Bali – Tips
To ensure a great time biking in Bali, follow these rules of thumbs before you head out.
- Check the bike’s vitals before heading out: ensure that the wheels are properly aligned, the brakes work as advertised, and, if you’re heading out near dark, that a light is attached to the bike. If anything seems out of whack, do not accept it. If you do, any damage might be attributed to you by the rental.
- Bring your own helmet and gloves to ensure adequate protection; renting the right gear in Bali can be hit-or-miss.
- Ensure the road conditions are the type you can handle. Not all roads are comfortable over long distances, and some of the inclines may be too steep to take.
When you’re on the road, keep these biking safety tips in mind.
- Ride on the left side of the road. Left-hand traffic prevails in Indonesia.
- Don’t ride on the main roads. The side roads are a better fit for your bike; a map like the Bali Pathfinder, readily available in Ubud, can help you pick your way through these paths.
- Don’t put any valuables on the basket in front, if provided. Snatch-thefts by men on motorcycles have been known to happen.