If you are heading to Bali and are looking for something active to do - there are plenty of options when exploring this island. With two teenagers in tow on our most recent trip we planned full day activities every second day of our holiday to make sure everyone was entertained in between rest and shopping days.
One of out best day trips was a packed adventure with Bali Hai Tours that included rafting down the Telaga Waja river in the morning followed by a downhill bike ride in the afternoon. They call it a combination tour Rafting and Downhill Cycling.
The team from Bali Hai took care of all the details, we were collected from our hotel early in the morning and they packed the day with adventure and activities to take us all of our devices for the day!
Cycling is a great way to see a destination at a slower pace and provides access to areas that you otherwise would not see. What I loved about this cycling trip is that it was mostly downhill which meant although we were in the saddle for a few hours it was more of a roll rather than a demanding pedal challenge.
The tour takes you through the back streets of the villages, through rice fields, on the streets, to temples and even through bamboo forrest. And with your hand on the brake, the bike just rolls you through the scenery - really you just need to be able to balance.
The tour came with two guides, one at the lead and one at the back, and on our tour it was just the four of us out on the adventure.
One of the stops on the tour was at Penglipuran traditional village where we were able to walk into the homes of the locals and chat with them. They were very open to welcoming tourists into their homes and showing us how they live - the local children loved the opportunity to practice their English. We met the local school teacher who was more than happy to chat and show us his home.
Although mostly on smooth downhill paths, the tour takes you through varying terrains. There were a few steep descents and rough tracks throughout the bamboo forrest, and you do ride along a couple of busy roads, but we are not a family of regular cyclists and we all enjoyed the day.
The tour ended at Taman Narmada water temple where we could dismount and enjoy a freshly picked coconut as we enjoyed the view. The coconut juice refreshing the palette after the day's adventure.
If you like being active and getting out and seeing more than just the pool at your hotel - we can highly recommend this tour.
Itchy Feet Family
*Itchy Feet Family were hosted on this tour by Bali Hai Adventure Tours. Find details of how to book this tour, and other Bali Adventures, at their website www.balihaitour.com
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