I didn't know what to expect but our group of 7 had a really amazing day with Bob. From the start he provided lots of information about each area we passed and was happy to answer any questions we had. The highlights were the scenery and visiting his home at the end where his wife had prepared plenty of delicious food. Thanks Bob!
Visited July 2015
Bob was really nice and funny, he explained a lot of the Balinese culture and traditions to us and he made sure we were comfortable during our trip. He even bought us some nice fruits. The bike tour was a bit long for me, but it is not that hard to finish because it's mainly downhill. Where the ground was really hilly and broken, I got in the car to pass that area.
Bali countryside is simple and genuine, the people are friendly and you can see the families doing their daily activities.
We went to a rice field where people were harvesting rice, and we were welcomed to harvest some rice by ourselves :).
In the morning we had some lovely coconut crepes as breakfast, in the coffee plantation, and at the end of the tour we had lunch at Bob's house, where the food was cooked by his wife. Everything was delicious, one of the best meals we had in Bali.
Our driver was really nice too, we ended up booking him to get back to the airport.
We really enjoyed that day and we were really happy that we chose Bali on bike for our tour.
Visited June 2015
So the day beofre we started the trip we gave Dewa Bob a call and made an appointment with him to the Bali on Bike tour for the following day. He said he'll pick us up at exactly 8am and lo and behold he was there at exactly 8am (talk about on the dot)! So that morning, we (me, my partner, and her brother) went with Bob and his driver first to Satria Agrowisita, one of the local coffee plantation with Luwak (Civet/Mongoose) coffee.
During the van ride there (and actually throught the tour), he educated us on the Balinense culture and philosophy and we learned tons from him! When we got to Satria, he introduced us and handed us over to our guide Ayu, and she toured us around the plantation before we had breakfast (Coconut shavings pancake, so damn yummy) and our coffee and tea tasting (which I MUST SAY are the best coffee and teas i have tasted in my life), a must try and buy!
After we headed for Mt Batur, he warned us of some of the people who might sell you sarongs or keychains for 10..dollars. Yup you heard it, they wont tell you the currency until you pay according to Bob, so it was really a good thing that he gave us a headsup! When we got there, we took pictures and basked in the glorious site of Mount and Lake Batur.. it was just so breathtaking, i mean yeah it was cold up there, but the cold was just a fraction of the feeling you get from taking in such beautiful site. From Mt. Batur, we headed to the bike trail where Bob's bikes and pick up were (the pick up follows from behind), from here we started our bike trail.
Nothing much can be said about the trail we had just because no words can describe the adrenaline, the excitement, the joy, the exhilaration, and awe we had for what can really be said as "THE REAL BALI", from stopovers to eat banana at a temple, to saying hi to the locals and high fiving the kids. Seeing the rural area, the backstreet, "the road less traveled" as people say, is truly the way to immerse yourself in the culture and bask in the Bali spirit! But the thing is, Bob just made it so much smoother and easier, despite the fact he was tandem biking with my partners brother, instead of resting, he still placed the time, effort, and energy to actually tell us stories during stop overs (and even while biking) about Bali and Ubud. He really has a lot of heart and loves what he's doing and loves sharing the culture of Bali and Ubud to those who join Bali on Bike.
At the end of our bike trail, we eneded up in Banjar Laplapan, one of the towns in Ubud. One of the villages in Banjar Laplapan is Bobs, we originally were suppose to eat a traditional Balinese buffet at Bobs home, but due to some complications, we instead ate at the drivers home, which was actually the same thing! The same thing because it was still a traditional Balinese home and Bobs wife was still the one cooking the buffet. we had rice, gado gado (my favorite), chicken satay, corn fritters (our favorite), balinese omelette, and mie goreng (another favorite). It was really awesome that we were only 3 because we had to finish everything, and it was a lot! It was also really good because then we were able to bond with Bob and really develop a friendship with him. After the really yummy lunch, before Bobs driver brings us back to Indigo Tree (our hotel), we were given a little history on the Balinse home and why it is made the way it is, and honestly, I can tell you right here, right now, why, but then that defeats the purpose. So I suggest, give Bob a call when you get to Ubud, make an appointment, meet him, get some coffee, go up Mt. Batur, bike down the rice fields, eat some traditional balinese food in a balinese home, and soak up THE REAL BALI SPIRIT courtesy of Dewa Bob and Balik on Bike ;)
Namaste and enjoy your trip!
PS. Bob if you're reading this, we miss you, we love you, and we cant wait to come back to Ubud and take your bike tour again just because youre really one of a kind!
Visited July 2015
We had our tour on a Wednesday (July 1), and we booked it the day before. Me, my partner, and my brother were the only people in the tour which was nice, it made it very personal. It was one of my favorite - if not my favorite - part of our one week stay in Ubud.
Bob picked us up from our hotel on time, and the first stop was the coffee plantation. The place is absolutely beautiful with a really stunning view of nature. We were able to sample different kinds of coffee and tea, and my to my partner's surprise there was even fresh tobacco grown at the plantation which he could roll himself. He said it was the freshest cigarette he has ever tasted. The coffee and tea we sampled were all pretty good! There was also a breakfast of Coconut Balinese pancakes which we found very heavy as well, perfect for fuelling up before a day of biking.
The next stop was to see Mt. Batur, a sleeping volcano. We stopped here for a while to take photos and to take in the beautiful sight. After that, we rode the car for a bit and we got off to start biking.
The bike trail was very easy, 90% downhill so you don't have to pedal much. Some parts are bumpy but most parts are smooth. My brother who doesn't know how to bike was also able to enjoy the tour on a tandem bike with Bob. The bike trail was so much fun! We saw the rural areas of Ubud and we were greeted with a lot of smiles and hello's along the way, mostly from children. Also we could tell Bob whenever we wanted to stop to take a break or check something out and he'd gladly agree. The pick up was also following behind us in case anyone got tired and wanted to ride it instead.
We ended the tour with lunch cooked by Bob's wife at a traditional Balinese home. The food was A M A Z I N G. Best meal I had in Ubud, and my partner and brother agree! There was chicken satay, tempeh, omelette, corn fritters, gado gado and mie goreng and all dishes were buffet style. So flavorful and yummy :) after Bob gave us a tour around the compound and told us more about how the Balinese people live.
Bob was a GREAT tour guide. He fed us a lot of useful information about the Balinese culture throughout the whole trip. Many people say that Ubud is becoming more and more commercial, which is true, but I'm glad that the locals still have their beautiful culture in tact. He shared with us their philosophy which basically says that "I am you and you are me." He told us about how they strongly believe in karma and in reincarnation. We pretty much learned a WHOLE LOT about their culture throughout the trip and we really appreciated it and saw Ubud for what it was. Can't think of a guide better than Bob. :)
June 9 Tuesday was my last day in Bali and I'm so grateful to spend half of it cycling around Ubud countryside together with Bob. I saw so much, much more of the real Bali life than when i was traveling for the past 2 weeks. We stopped on a coffee plantation, where besides tasting, Bob showed me and explained a lot about the planting and the implementation in the everyday life. For example, cocoa pod used to be the kids favorite sweets before all the snickers and other chocolate bars came to Bali. The cycling itself was very nice, absolutely not tiring and mostly down the hill. The pace Bob choose was good enough for me to see around and we stopped anytime i see something interesting or he wanted to show me smth: like mount Agung surrounded by the clouds or we stopped to try the durian from the old lady's garden. We saw rice terraces, small village life, bought dozen of duckling and eventually ended up having INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS lunch at his house. Lucky man, his wife cooks stunningly good! The chicken satay and the dish from tofu as well as omelette and veggies- oh! i want it again. So guys, I highly recommend Bali on Bike as smth u have to do if you are on Bali !!!
Thank you Bob for your funny stories and amazing Bali experience.
We went on a mountain bike ride whilst in Bali recently. I was not too keen at the idea as I am not a cyclist, fit and don't cope with heat very well. We were collected from our villa and taken to a coffee plantation which was amazing. Got to taste many different teas and coffee, including the famous Luwak coffee. This plantation was put together by 7 families and was a pleasure to visit. We could also buy their products there and had no trouble bringing them back into Aus. Then we were taken to a restaurant overlooking Lake Batur and volcano. Breakfast was made up of fresh fruit and fried bananas. yummy. The temperature was a lot cooler as we were at a higher altitude. We started our bike ride after being fitted out with right size bike and helmet. It was nearly ALL downhill and I did not have to even pedal for the first few kms. We rode through villages, learning the history and customs from our great guide. There were only 6 in our group which was great. We rode through rice paddies, watching the locals process the product as we passed. We stopped and were able to take pics whenever we wanted. All up we rode 36.8 kms and only encountered two hills that challenged. The company air conditioned van was following us and we could take a break from riding if we needed (no one did, even me!) We finished up at a restaurant and were greeted with cold towels and a lovely lunch situated on the edge of a rice field. The entire day was amazing and I would strongly recommend this outing to everyone. It is not hard and even someone like me that does not do well with exercise will enjoy. It was probably the best $50 I spent in Bali. We left at 7.30 am and were returned to our villa around 4.30. The only regret is that I cannot remember the name of the company we rode with but I am sure that they all provide a similar experience. We did pass/see some other tours doing just like us. Great day
Visited May 2015
What a lovely day this was with the bike tour of Bali On Bike. We did the tour with our daughters of 16 and 13. You are driven to the top of the vulcano from where you bike down between the rice fields. Beautiful. But first the day starts with a visit to the coffee plantation where you have breakfast and a coffee and tea tasting, ao the famous luwak coffee. Further on, Bob buys fruit for everyone to taste.
When you finally go biking, Bobs tells a lot about the island and the habits. Gives you plenty of opportunity for pictures. The end of the tour is spectaculair when Bob invites you to his home for a lunch, prepared by his wife, restaurant quality! It really was the best day of our holiday on Bali. Only one disadvantage: that was the first day of our holiday ;-) ! Bob, thank you for a warm welkome. Kind regards from Edwin, Marianne, Anne & Linde.
Visited July 2014
Our small group thoroughly enjoyed the ride, as well as the coffee/tea sampling, lunch and various other stops on the way. We saw several other large groups doing similar tours but I was glad to be with Bali on Bike. You might be a little saddle sore at the end of the day (maybe some gel seat covers might help with this), but it's worth it. Very photogenic scenery - recommended!
Visited May 2015
This was one of the best days so far we have had in Ubud. We were picked up promptly at our hotel at 8 am, and turned out it is their slow season so we were the only people on the tour, which was great because more one on one time! We were taken to the coffee plantation, where we tried all different types of yummy coffee and teas including the famous kopi luwak coffee, we ended up buying a ton for gifts etc for home. Then we stopped off at a viewpoint of the volcano, and then we rode. It was mostly level ground or downhill, only one uphill, which most people probably wouldn't have trouble getting up, but because of my asthma I had to get off and walk the bike up. The tour guide was amazing, so knowledgeable, he had an answer for everything, spoke English really well, and they had snacks and water for us. The lunch was hands down the best Indonesian food we have had so far. We couldn't recommend this trip even more, the ride was beautiful, going past the rice paddies, stopping off at places to try some oranges, etc. If you are in Ubud and like to bike ride, you MUST go on this trip.
Visited May 2015
this was a great day out, went to the coffee plantations and then for breakfast over looking the volcano...great view!! then went and collected our bikes and began our downhill ride through the many villages and rice paddocks. Guides were very informative and patient, great lunch at the end of the day.
Maybe provide more water, one bottle wasn't enough in the heat.
Visited May 2015