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Bali On Bike
Ranked #18 of 238 Outdoor Activities in Ubud
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Owner description: Fabulous Bali cycling and riding and tour experience, with our mountain bikes to enjoy the whole heart of Bali in a glimpse ! a must have memory for every tourist. Lovely cycling experience. Working out on the 3 uphill climbs and you wll now well gravity worrks. The best genuine experience of our entire balinese culture at a glimpse by riding 95% only through wonderful landscape of ubud and ancient balinese way ancient of life.
Reviewed October 2, 2012

.... A great way to explore and see Ubud! Friendly guide and delicious Indonesian food from his wife. We just love B.O.B....

Thank Schaaper
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had read some bike riding reviews and decided to go ahead and take the plunge. Just so happens the driver at our villa was the cousin of Bob - the owner and operator of Bali on bike tours.

I would echo what plenty of others have written. Bob is a great host. Very attentive and knowledgeable. But firstly we stopped off at a coffee plantation and enjoyed a lesson in the local fruits they grew at this particular farm. We then tried a variety of tees and coffees and had some coconut pancakes for breakfast.

Next stop was the mountains and the volcano. You can still see the damage caused by the last significant eruption in the 1970's. It was then time to pick our bikes and set off on the bike ride.

Our youngest was unfamiliar with handbrakes (up to now he had only used backbrakes) and didn't feel comfortable on the roads. No sweat he hopped in the vehicle that followed us along the way. A little further down the track some of the girls also gave up and were also to become passengers. The rest of us continued with Bob - at a very leisurely pace. The ride is more of a cruise. Only the very occasional uphill section (and extremely brief at that) but more so long sections where the norm is applying gentle brakes so you can take in the scenery. The roads are mostly small fairly narrow sealed roads (with potholes or some sections that are a bit rough) - but hardly anything scary for any competent rider. When traveling through some busier sections or when passing through some larger towns they even send an advance vehicle where the driver jumps out and acts like a traffic cop and halts the traffic so that your group can sail through without any hairy moments.

We made a few stops along the way, firstly at a family where they showed what could be done with bamboo. Then at a temple. Bob and team have so much to say. It really is a challenge to absorb it all. All up the bike ride would have taken approximately 3 hours. Make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen though.

At the end you arrive in Bob's town. He invites you in to have lunch in his own compound/house. The food was simply delicious. Of the best Balinese/Indonesian fare we have experienced anywhere. The only problem is there was too much of it. Despite having had four servings there was still loads left. Kids washed theirs down with sprite, me, a couple of Bintangs!

So in summary. Don't expect a real work out. This is not an energetic ride. What it is though is a great way to see and experience the true rural Balinese way of life. With loads of narration along the way. So very different from the standard Bali holidays. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Goldlox1969
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was a fantastic way to get a look at the real Bali. Dewa Bob was an incredible host - he made you feel part of his family for the day and was full of information and great stroies - told with a great sense of humour. Ride was mostly cruising or downhill but with enough challenges for 2 teenage boys. The scenery took your breath away at times, the quiet was a welcome break, and the villagers truly pleased to see you. The lunch was the best food we had all holiday with so much my boys had 2nds and 3rds. I am so glad we got to meet Bob & his family and get an insight into how the Balinese live away from the cities and tourists. If you are thinking which tour to choose I would thoroughly recommend Dewa Bob.

Thank charliesydney3
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We had a fantastic day with Bob and his team. We were picked up at our hotel and taken to see some amazing rice terraces, before being taken to a coffee plantation, where we sampled lots of different teas and coffees, and got some breakfast. We stopped off at Kintamani for some photos of Mount Batur, as well as being treated to some local mandarins by Bob. Then the fun really began. There were 9 in our group, of mixed abilities. We were kitted out with the bikes and helmets, as well as bottles of water, before setting off downhill. Not being the most athletic person, I was worried about covering 35 km, but needn't have bothered - there were a few uphills, but we travelled through small villages, larger towns and some off-roading. The team were fantastic - either stopping traffic so we could get through junctions easily, or stopping us when it was too busy. I felt incredibly safe the whole way. After 3 hours of cycling, the finale was lunch at Bob's house, cooked by his wife, and it was amazing. No shortage of food, or Bintang. It was also a great insight into life in Bali, especially given the massive amount of info passed on by Bob about local custom and traditions. Will recommend to anyone coming to Bali. Thanks Bob!

Thank SusieBBelfast
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

September 2012. Super experience. Very good service, Mun was an excellent guide and entertainer ! Lake Batur and Luwak coffee plantation are also recommended ! Highlight after the fantastic tour was the dinner prepared by Bob' wife. Conclusion: Super experience and thank you Bob and crew for showing us all those fantastic things!!!

Hil from Holland.

Thank Hilbrand W
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