We chose Bali's countryside cycling (Bali Hai) because we thought the itenerary seemed the most unique and interesting. We were not disappointed! We were picked up from our hotel around 8 am and drove to a coffee/tea/ spice plantation. The plantation was absolutely beautiful and we were given several free samples of some extremely delicious coffees and teas. Luwak coffee is available for purchase by the glass(around $5 a glass). After the plantation, we were off to Kintami to have brunch overlooking Mt. Batur. Following brunch, we drove for a short while to the starting point of the bicycle ride. The bike ride is very simple. It is almost entirely downhill, so athletic stamina is not necessary. The ability to ride a bike is necessary. (We had 2 women on our tour who had a great deal of difficulty balancing on a bike.)The tour travels approximately 30-40 km through villages, bamboo forests, temples, fruit markets, rice fields, farmland, steep/twisting roads...the REAL Bali. One of my favorite things was listening to the chickens at various villages "serenading" us as we drove by. I also enjoyed seeing all of the children that were standing at the sides of the road shouting "Hello friend" and "Money!" The tour ends at the owner's family compound where you are greeted with a cold towel and are treated to a delicious Balinese lunch- all while overlooking a beautiful terraced rice field.
Our entire family participated in this event. My 4 year old son rode in a special seat on the back of my bike. My 10 year old daughter rode the entire length. My 7 year old daughter only rode for approximately 1 km and then rode in the back of a van for the remainder of the trip. Prior to this trip, our 7 year old daughter had never used brakes that were on the handlebars of a bike. It was far too difficult for her to compress the brake. Due to the downhill nature of the entire trip, if someone is not comfortable with hand brakes, this tour could prove to be too difficult/dangerous. If you are considering bringing children on the trip, you may wish to bring your own child bike helmets. The helmet provided for my 4 year old was a perfect fit, but we had to do some significant adjustments to the other children's helmets before they were considered (in my opinion) good enough. Overall. this was such a great experience!
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