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Motorcycle Ramble : Indonesia

From Bali to Java on the Volcanoes Trail

Francis

Francis, motorbike trip designer

Francis is a biker always venturing out on the road to uncover new routes with as much passion as he has telling stories. He is an enthusiast and knows our itineraries like the back of his hand.

Motorcycle Ramble
Period May to October
Duration 12 days incl. 9 days' riding
Available Extensions
Level Intermediate
Guide English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
Price €3,150/rider
€2,520/pillion
Motorcycle Ramble
Period May to October
Duration 12 days incl. 9 days' riding
Available Extensions
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From €3,150/rider
€2,520/pillion
Riding astride a legendary motorcycle, the Royal Enfield, you will travel for more than 850 miles between Bali and Java. Once you leave behind Ubud, you embark on a discovery of Indonesia’s traditions and natural marvels. After traversing Bali with its rice terraces, its dense and lush jungles, its Hindu temples, we will embark on a mission to discover Java’s coffee plantations, wild, untouched beaches and mythical volcanoes: Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen. Upon returning to Bali after the Javanese adventure, you will enjoy crystalline waters and the gentle life in the Island of Gods.

Your motorcycle tour in Indonesia 12 stages - 849 miles


street market bali
D1 / Arrive in Ubud

On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Ubud, Bali’s cultural and artistic centre. You will check in at the hotel and have a free day to explore Ubud or do as you please. Ubud is believed to be the most magical town in Bali, with its daily dance shows, shops and art galleries.

monkey forest ubud
D2 / Ubud - Belimbing - 68 miles

This morning, your tour leader introduces you to your new steed: the Royal Enfield. The tour starts off to the west of Ubud where we discover Bali’s wealth of natural resources. We ride on small roads through traditional villages, stopping to visit the Hindu temple and pilfering monkeys of Sangeh Monkey Forest before heading to Jatiluwih rice paddies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, after crossing several rice paddies far off the tourist track, we reach Belimbing, a region on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.

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D3 / Belimbing - Licin - 93 miles

We’re going to sleep on Java Island tonight! We take a fantastic road for around 30 miles, which leads us to Bali’s north coast. We cruise along the coastal road to Gilimanuk where the ferry to Java awaits. After a 90-minute ferry crossing, we disembark on Indonesia’s largest island: Java. Just 18 miles to go before we reach our stop for the night at the foot of the Kawah Ijen volcano.

mount ijen java
D4 / Licin - Jember - 80 miles

This morning we set off at sunrise to head for Paltuding, situated at almost 2000 m altitude, and take a 2-mile hike up Mount Ijen (approx. 90 minutes). From the rim of the crater, we’ll witness the first sunrays of the day unveiling astounding views of the world’s largest acid lake. We’ll also meet many sulphur collectors on our way. After a well-deserved lunch, we leave for Jember, riding on small, little-used roads through beautiful coffee plantations.

mount bromo indonesia
D5 / Jember - Cemoro Lawang - 87 miles

We continue west and take in the Javan landscapes, observing the cultural differences it has with Bali. The last 30 miles pushes us up to an altitude of 2,000 m, passing through authentic villages blessed by the volcanic land. This leg comes to an end just steps away from Bromo volcano, where we have some lunch and can spend the afternoon exploring.

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D6 / Cemoro Lawang - Ambulu - 124 miles

We get an early start to catch a breathtaking view of the volcanoes in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park at daybreak. We then go down into the famous “Sea of Sand”, dominated by Mount Bromo’s smoking crater. We pass through a surreal lunar landscape for some miles, which is sure to leave a lasting impression. For many of us, this first taste of riding on volcanic sand is bound to make us feel apprehensive to start with, but we'll soon experience an exhilarating, addictive feeling of freedom! We finish this leg on a desert road which runs alongside the Indian Ocean until we reach Papuma (standard hotel).

beach java indonesia
D7 / Ambulu - Sukamade - 99 miles

Completely off the beaten track, we take the small roads surrounding Meru Betiri National Park. Entering the national park along a rocky track in the depths of virgin forest is out of this world. We finally reach Sukamade and our basic but welcoming guesthouse, where we enjoy a traditional meal. As night falls, we go to a virgin beach to see if we can spot the turtles that lay their eggs here all year round.

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D8 / Sukamade - Pemuteran - 93 miles

An early start this morning to go back to the beach and release one-day-old turtles. Then we ride the last of our country roads as we head for coastal Banyuwangi where we take the ferry back to Bali Island and become reacquainted with traffic. After 18 miles along the coast, we reach Pemuteran, a seaside village, where we stop for two nights.

menjangan island
D9 / Pemuteran - Menjangan Island

We leave the bikes for a well-deserved rest today. In the morning, you can go to Menjangan Island, a protected marine reserve with exceptional coral reefs. You can choose between a scuba diving tour or a snorkelling session. In the afternoon, we go back to the Balinese coast and relax by the pool before enjoying grilled fish on the beach.

batur volcano indonesia
D10 / Pemuteran - Amed - 130 miles

You will really discover the treasures that the heart of Bali has to offer on this stretch. We ride along the far east coast for around 25 miles before heading south towards the rugged inland. In the middle of the tropical jungle, Mount Batur suddenly appears before us: a great place to stop for some lunch. Lastly, we descend towards the small coastal village Amed in the southeast of the island.

rice paddies indonesia
D11 / Amed - Ubud - 75 miles

Our last day riding the small, magical Balinese country roads. On the way back to the city, we stop at Amlapura market and take a break in Pakudui, a charming village known for its woodcarvings, an ancient Balinese tradition. Once in Ubud, you will have the time to do some shopping, relax by the pool at your hotel or roam around the city’s art galleries.

temple ubud bali
D12 / Ubud – Denpasar international airport

Depending on your flight schedule, you may be able to enjoy a few more hours in Ubud. You will be transferred to the international airport.

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Bali Beach

A private vehicle transfers you to Sanur, a coastal town in the south of Bali. Your stay is set aside for relaxing next to the Indian Ocean.

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Komodo Islands

You will travel by private boat with an English-speaking guide, cruising to Rinca Island and sailing to Kalong Island and Gili Laba Island. You will go trekking with a ranger in search of the famous Komodo dragons, snorkel among the colourful fish in this magical setting, and enjoy relaxing dinners and nights onboard the boat.

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A magical trip to the land of smiles, incredible encounters on superb and improbable roads, a staff with the small care and the
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Un trip magique au pays des sourires, des rencontres incroyables sur des routes superbes et improbables, un staff aux petits soins et au top merci Eddy, Ilam et Seno pour votre disponibilité et vos petites attentions… des découvertes à chaque tournant, Tristan partage au quotidien sa passion des voyages et sa façon de découvrir…on est […]
The trip met all my expectations.…
The trip met all my expectations. It wa a fantastic trip and Sabastion made the trip on of the best trips I have ever done. I would consider a future trip based on the experience I have had. Many thanks.
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