Apart from indulging in pampering and immersing yourself in Ubud’s health craze culture, there are also loads of adventurous activities to do while there. So one weekend, Tom and I decided to hit two birds with one stone by signing up for both whitewater rafting and mountain biking. We teamed up Infinity Mountain Biking who offer biking activities in Bali, Lombok, and Java. What were we in for? A day of fun and adventure as we biked through the various terrains as we headed back to Ubud. The day began when they picked us up at our homey little hotel, Gayatri Bungalows, in Ubud. Soon, we were stopped at a viewpoint to see the stunning Mt. Batur. From that point, we were only a few minutes away from the beginning of our 35km bike ride back to Ubud.
Mountain Biking Gear
From the moment we booked online, the staff at Infinity Mountain Biking were prompt to reply and give us all the necessary details. They made us choose between giant hardtail or full suspension bikes and proceeded to get our height so that they could tailor fit the bikes to our needs. The bikes were very well maintained compared to the other tour groups that we saw. They also provided us with a helmet, gloves, and ample water and snacks throughout the trip. Be sure to wear comfortable training shoes as the terrain was very rugged and varied.
Mountain Biking Ubud Trail
As soon as we began biking, I knew I was in trouble! Yes, I am adventurous and up for anything…I am however, also the biggest klutz ever. Imagine me biking through single path trails in the middle of the woods, where one wrong turn could cause me to fall in the ditch? Needless to say, I was the slowest in our group. Not that it mattered because our guide and the people in my group were all very patient while waiting for me to catch up during some of the parts of the trail.
The guide was very knowledgeable and knew all the ins and outs of the trail. We navigated our way from Mt. Batur all the way back to Ubud as we biked through bamboo forests, jungles, farms, and endless rice paddies. Although I personally found it difficult, Tom, on the other hand, was thoroughly enjoying himself. The trail was mostly downhill paths as we weaved through both on road and off-road trails. Although I was panting and trying my best to keep up, I couldn’t get over how beautiful and scenic the route was! The trails we biked through were stunning! It allowed us to really explore the beauty of Bali and its countryside trails.
After about 2 hours of biking (trust me, it felt longer!), we reached our first pit stop, a coffee and tea farm. We actually didn’t know about this stop but were pleasantly surprised when a lovely lady gave us a small tour of their farm. Afterwards, they sat us down and gave us a sample of the various kinds of coffee and tea that they had. Delicious!
Afterwards, we biked for another hour or so, passing through some fast downhill dirt tracks which were great fun, but slightly nerve wrecking as well. Soon, our guide along with the crew driving the backup vehicles met us with fresh fruit, a power drink, and some traditional Balinese snacks. From there, our stop point for lunch would be another hour away.
If you ask Tom, the trails we did were rather easy in his opinion, but some mountain biking experience is definitely needed as some of the terrains were difficult to navigate through. During the ride, I was glad that we had bikes that were very well maintained as I couldn’t imagine myself speeding down through downhill trails on a bike that wasn’t in top condition.
We then stopped for lunch at this cute warung by the rice paddies where we had a choice between Nasi Goreng (fried rice) or Mie Goreng (fried noodles) and some fresh fruit juice. Admittedly, I was beyond exhausted at this point, but in the end, managed to complete the 35km trail. For others, like Tom, you might find this quite easy, but for wimps like me, it was a long stretch. Despite all of this, the bike ride I felt is one of the best ways to see and explore Bali. The guide did not hesitate to stop for us to take photos of temples, forests, and rice fields which we passed along the way. My only suggestion would be to have two guides rather than one so that if there were slow riders like me, the rest of the group could go ahead with the lead guide.
Mountain Biking Cost:
The prices for their day rides depend on with how many people you are booking for (at the same pick up address) and what type of bikes you will be using (own bike, hard tail bikes, full suspension bikes). Please contact them for special rates for children younger than 16 years old.
- 1-3 people per booking: 1,050,000IDR or US$82 (own bike or Giant ATX Hardtail), 1,250,000IDR or US$99 (Giant Trance Full Suspension) per person.
- 4-6 people per booking: 1,000,000IDR or US$77 (own bike or Giant ATX Hardtail), 1,200,000IDR or US$95 (Giant Trance Full Suspension) per person.
- 7 people and more per booking: 900.000IDR or US$70 (own bike or Giant ATX Hardtail), 1,100,000IDR or US$86 (Giant Trance Full Suspension) per person.