Needless to say - the best way to see Bali is by motorbike! Feel the wind stroke your face, get stunned by the breathtaking scenery, stop wherever you like and totally free to explore off-route waterfalls, villages, and beaches. So, are there any recommended travel routes? Oh yes, and we are happy to share them with you:
The southern tip - it’s a circle and its magnificent!
Let’s start with an easy route that everyone can (and should!) take. Not far from the airport and tourist hot spots such as Seminyak and Canggu, you can follow the famous ‘Sunset Road’ down south to the pristine Bukit Peninsula, passing Jimbaran or using the over-sea toll-road to Nusa Dua. Why drive to this southern tip of Bali on your motorbike? Well, it is the area of Bali where all of the most stunning white-sandy beaches are. On a motorbike, you can simply make a circle and you’ll get struck by one gorgeous beach after another. Some are famous and easy to reach such has Geger Beach in Nusa Dua, Pandawa in Ungasan, Padang Padang, Dreamland and Balangan in Uluwatu. Other beaches take a bit more effort but in return for your efforts, you get natural jacuzzis, beaches in caves, and desolate sandy shore where you will feel lost (or home) in paradise. Start in Jimbaran going up to Uluwatu and on to the Uluwatu Temple, Nyang Nyang Beach, Pandawa and Nusa Dua or go the other way around, starting in Nusa Dua - it is wonderful and it’s an easy ride, great to start your motorbike adventure with!
Through the mountains - Kuta - Bedugul - Munduk - Lovina
From the beach towns in the south of Bali (Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu) you can drive straight to the mountains all the way to the other side of the island: Singaraja and Lovina. It is a beautiful route where the natural beauty of Bali takes your breath away! Alright, it starts with some local villages and busy roads but once you start driving up into the mountains, the air gets cooler, the roads emptier and the sceneries striking. You will pass strawberry plantation farms and in Bedugul, you can visit the iconic Ulun Danu Bratan temple floating on a mountain lake. From there, you’ll drive even higher up, see more beautiful lakes, meet monkeys and stop at magnificent viewpoints. Then, down to Munduk where you can see waterfalls and on to Lovina - a lovely little tourist town famous for the dolphin watching tours. For this route, it is recommended to start very early in the morning to avoid heavy rainfall which usually falls in the afternoon. However, make sure to bring your raincoat whenever you are heading up into the mountains!
Mount Batur and the crater lake - Ubud - Kintamani - Singaraja
Once you’ve made it to Ubud - the cultural heart of the island - another beautiful motorbike route awaits. No matter where you ride around Ubud, you’ll be driving passed endless rice paddy, valleys, and rainforest - a great place to get lost and just drive and drive - seeing the true authentic Bali. However, to give your ride some direction, head towards Kintamani. These picturesque highlands located just a 1-hour drive from Ubud will leave your breathless (once again!). The air gets cooler and you’ll see Mount Batur peaking up in the distance next to the massive Batur crater lake. Stop here for some food and drinks at the restaurants built on the slopes of Mount Batur - it’s time to take some photos! From Kintamani, you can drive to Bedugul and on to Singaraja or Lovina. (how about taking the mountain route to Lovina and from there drive towards Singaraja, Kintamani and Ubud?!).
Bali’s pristine East Coast: Padang Bai - Candidasa - Amed - Tulamben
Just came back from the Gili Islands? Forget about the shuttle bus! Rent a motorbike and continue your travels eastward towards Candidasa, Amed and Tulamben. On the way, you can stop at beautiful beaches, see the water palace of Taman Tirtagangga and get enchanted by the lush tropical sceneries to the backdrop of Mount Agung - Bali’s holiest and tallest volcano. The roads start to become empty, you see local village life and smiling faces, pristine black sandy shores and endless rice terraces. Stick around in Amed for a couple of days to experience peace of mind and explore the underwater world, diving and/or snorkelling.
Did you explore Bali on a motorbike? Please share your experiences with us - we’d love to hear all about it!