Let’s talk about eco cycling in Bali, an easy trip about cycling through nature and leaving less of an ecological print behind. Eco cycling in Bali isn’t just a bike ride; it’s an experience that connects you with the island’s natural beauty, culture and its commitment to sustainable tourism. Imagine cycling through lush green rice fields, feeling the fresh air.
Ecological tourism in Bali is more than a trend; it’s a way of life. By choosing eco-friendly tours in Bali, you’re not just enjoying your vacation; you’re also adding to the preservation of this beautiful island. Eco cycling lets you be part of Bali’s attempts to keep its natural charm while reducing the environmental effect. When you join a green cycling tour here, you’re part of a global community that values experiences that are both educational and eco-friendly.
What is Eco Cycling?
Let’s take a closer look at what eco-cycling means, particularly in Bali’s settings. Eco-cycling is all about exploring on two wheels in an environmentally sustainable manner. It’s not just about going from A to B; it’s about enjoying the ride while being in tune with nature.
Eco-cycling trips in Bali take you along stunning rural roads, past plantations, farms, and the famed rice terraces. It’s about breathing the fresh air, feeling the local spirit, and discovering the enchantment of rural Bali. Cycling like this is more than just fitness; it’s an immersive experience that immerses you in the local culture and surroundings.
But why is it so crucial? Eco cycling, on the other hand, makes a contribution to Bali’s sustainable tourism. It’s a manner of cultural experience that preserves the island’s natural beauty while also benefiting local populations. Cycling allows you to reduce your carbon footprint, avoid pollutants associated with motorized transportation, and get a true, up-close look at the local way of life.
Eco Cycle Bali Experience
I have done this cycle tour 3 times now. Sometimes I have a family member over who wants to try this. So I will give you a close expectation what will happen. You will be picked up in a van, that will pick up everyone that is going to do the Eco Cycle Tour in Bali. This happens in the morning. You will arrive at Kintamini for brunch time and you get to eat local food from Bali while the people are preparing your bicycles (these arrive separate by car). The bicycles are mountain bikes with thicker wheels for more safety and grip when you are not cycling on asfalt.
After your brunch, coffee, tea you will get an introduction with your guide who will first check if you are comfortable on their bicycles. If it seems this is your very first time on a bicycle you are a risk to the group of making an accident.
TIP: This tour is not really for first timers on a bicycle.
The whole tour is just going down hill from Kintamani to near Ubud. Inbetween you will make several stops. Some tours stop at a coffee place where they promote coffee and especially luwak coffee. This doesn’t really speak to me due to the following picture.
During the tour, You might also stop at a Balinese Village and enter their house. Where you get an explanation of the orientation of where is the Kitchem where does the family sleep, and placement of the shrines for the offering. In short a great cultural insight!
Also the tour can be slightly different depending on what special holiday or event takes place. If the village you are passing by has some ceremony. This makes the cycling tour every time a bit different.
How did my group experience this tour?
- Scenic Routes and Cultural Insights: The group often talks about the scenic beauty of the cycling routes. They describe pedaling through picturesque villages, lush rice fields, and past ancient temples. It’s not just about the ride; it’s about soaking up Bali’s vibrant culture and landscapes.
- Engaging and Knowledgeable Guides: Another common opinion of the group is the praise for the guides. Travelers appreciate their deep knowledge of local culture and history, making the tours not just fun but also educational.
- More Than Just Cycling: Additional experiences that come with the tour. From tasting local fruits and coffee at a plantation to visiting traditional Balinese homes, these tours offer a comprehensive glimpse into the Balinese way of life.
- Downhill Cycling Ease: The mostly downhill route is a hit, making the tour accessible and enjoyable for various fitness levels.
- Environmental Respect: The eco-friendly approach of the tours resonates well with travelers who are conscious about sustainable tourism.
Some concern though: The tour takes place on the public road where people drive their car or motorbike. The fumes can be something disturbing but it’s also a safety concern to pay attention to.
How much does the eco cycle Bali tour cost?
The cost of this eco cycling tour is 25 euro per person (IDR 420,000). There is no minimum amount of people required. You will be going with another group then. The tour itself last 5-6 hours. It includes pick-up and drop off at hotel, brunch. Does not include souvenirs you buy during the tour.
The price depends who you go with, the travel agent I work charges the amount above. So drop me an email (you can find it at the end of the article)
Maximizing Your Experience: Tips and Recommendations
going on an Eco Cycle tour in Bali is an exciting experience, especially if it’s your first time. Here are some tips to make your journey unforgettable.
Tips for First-Time Visitors:
- Wear Comfortable Clothing: Choose light, breathable fabrics. Bali’s climate can be warm, so dress comfortably for cycling.
- Stay Hydrated: Bring a water bottle. You’ll be cycling and exploring, which can be thirsty work under the Balinese sun.
- Use Sun Protection: Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are your best friends. Protect yourself from the tropical sun.
Best Times to Visit:
- Early Morning Start: Most tours start early. The cooler morning air makes for a pleasant ride.
- Dry Season Advantage: Bali’s dry season, from April to October, is ideal for cycling tours. Less rain means more comfortable cycling conditions.
What to Bring:
- Camera or Smartphone: You’ll want to capture the stunning scenery and unique cultural experiences.
- A Small Backpack: For your essentials like water, sunscreen, and personal items.
- Comfortable Shoes: Suitable for cycling and walking around the villages.
Cultural Etiquette and Sustainable Practices:
- Respect Local Customs: Dress modestly when visiting temples and always ask before taking photos of locals.
- Eco-Friendly Mindset: Be mindful of your environmental impact. Avoid littering and respect the natural surroundings.
- Engage with Locals: A smile goes a long way. Engaging with the local community enriches your experience and supports sustainable tourism.
Remember, this is more than just a cycling tour; it’s an opportunity to connect with Bali’s nature and culture. Be open to new experiences, and you’ll have a story worth telling for years to come. The cycling tour is different every time. It depends on the route and stops the guide takes you. If you come during Ogo Ogo festival you will see villagers proudly working on demon statues.
The only none eco-friendly thing is transportation. But I think we can forgive that considering the rest of the tour is eco-friendly.
Hi I am Dwi. I am a blogger, travel agent and a mom of a lovely daughter and wife to a supportive husband. I customize and plan tours in Bali and islands nearby for a living and have been doing this for more than 14 years. Get in touch via contact [at] taletravels.com