Bali is easily one of the most beautiful and diverse countries I have visited. It has amazing countrysides covered in rice fields, sprinklings of waterfalls, hidden caves and of course black sand beaches. Usually you have to travel far and wide to see so many different landscapes but not in Bali. Lucky for me I got to see all of it on my day exploring Bali with Bali Fat Bike Cycling.
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Our tour began with a included hotel pick-up and then we were off to a gorgeous town just outside of Canggu. We were happy to see Erlinda & Markus, who we meet the day prior at our cooking class. You can read about our cooking class with Erlinda at MEXX the Cooking School Here. We got fitted with helmets, a safety vest and our bikes. It was our first time using Fat tire bikes. The bikes have fat tires which makes them easier to ride on difficult terrain.
The bikes are also powered. so When you come to difficult terrain you can activate the electric part and have some help.
We then got to practice outside to get comfortable with the bike and get a feel for the electric function. The bikes are full sized 26″ and the recommended minimum height is 160 cm. Clocking in at just 5’0 feet I was unfortunately too short to ride the bikes comfortably. Luckily Markus has mountain bikes you can use or even go on a scooter. I opted to ride with Markus’s employee Gede on the back of his motorbike.
The tour ended up being the two of us with Markus, his wife (her first time on the bikes) and Gede.
We rode through the countryside passing the locals who all greeted us with smiles and hellos. The countryside was covered in rice fields. Markus gave us the low down on the whole process from start to finish. We saw the varies stages of farming rice from planting to harvesting. After riding in the countryside we headed to a secret beach. Here is where Ashley said having the electric gear really helped. The secret beach is accessible only by a small narrow path over a steep muddy hill.
Having the electric gear gave her that little push that she needed to make the ride comfortable and not too difficult.
After the steep hill we arrived on the beach. Besides a local and a few children, we were the only people there. Markus explained that this beach was only accessible by that pathway. Which means its never littered with tourist and is a locals only spot. This was one of the prettiest black sand beaches I have ever seen. Being one of the only people there only made it more special. We stopped at a little hut to have some yummy fresh fruit and enjoy the view. Bonus the local had just rescued some puppies and they were so tiny and cute I was tempted to take one! We then saw a little cave who’s ceiling was covered in the tiniest, cutest, little bats.
We even saw a waterfall who’s water was trickling down to the beach.
We continued to ride through the countryside. The beauty of it is something you cannot explain. I have been in Bali for a month now and in that moment on the back of that bike looking back at the rice fields, seeing the ocean in the distance was one of the most memorable experiences in Bali.
It made me love Bali even more and it was so refreshing to see so much nature without the hordes of tourists.
When we arrived back to Markus and Erlindas home, they graciously offered us their pool and hammocks while we waited for our dinner. When dinner was ready we were welcomed to the patio that overlooks the rice field and we could see the sun setting. It was simply stunning. Fun Fact Markus is a professional chef and has traveled across the world to cook. So we were excited to eat and for my first ever Chicken Schnitzel.
WOW. It didn’t disappoint. Markus was shocked to hear I had never tired a schnitzel but after his I am a schnitzel convert.
We said goodbye to Markus and Erlinda. They were the most gracious hosts and getting to spend time with them with both the past two days was lovely. We seriously wish we could be adopted by them. This tour was so amazing. Ashley and I both had so much fun. I was so happy Markus worked it out so I could still see everything and do the tour. This was easily one of my top experiences in Bali and the next time I am in Bali I will be bringing my friends here.
If you are in Bali I would suggest you give Bali Fat Bike Cycling a look for a truly unique experience.