One of the best ways to see Bali is on a walking or cycling tour. Not only do you get a fabulous workout in the fresh air and sunshine, but you also get to see some Bali’s most spectacular scenery, experience traditional villages and meet local people along the way.
Established in 1989, Bali Sobek was one of the first adventure tour companies on the island to offer rafting and cycling tours, and to this day they are still wildly popular for their insider knowledge of the best spots around the island, their 100 per cent safety record, and their experienced guides who are highly trained in first aid and rescue, as well as a multitude of foreign languages. Their white water rafting tours take you along winding rivers through Class II and Class III rapids that pass deep valleys, waterfalls, and towering cliffs, while their cycling and hiking tours take you through pristine rice paddies and traditional villages. They also offer corporate team building events.
Bali Adventure Tours
For over 25 years Bali Adventure Tours has been thrilling guests with an array of exciting outdoor activities that include white water rafting, jungle trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, helicopter tours and elephant safaris. Start your day at the top of a volcano, and then cycle your way down past lush valleys and ancient temples. Join a white water rafting tour down the Ayung in the afternoon, and then head to the Ubud Adventure Centre for a light bites, cocktails and a reinvigorating massage at the spa. Then skip over to the Elephant Safari Park for a jungle twilight elephant trek and a four-course meal next to the lake.
Bali Eco Tours
Bali Eco Tours were one of the first tour companies in Ubud to focus on environmentally friendly, culturally sensitive and sustainable touring in and around Ubud, they have pick up points all over Bali. Their Eco/Educational Cycling Tour starts with a hearty breakfast in Kintamani overlooking the stunning volcanic peak of Mount Batur. After breakfast, you cycle downhill towards Ubud on small back roads that pass through Balinese villages. The tour makes many stops at coffee and banana plantations, as well as a visit to a Balinese family compound and a Hindu temple, before ending with a well-deserved lunch of authentic Balinese smoked duck, vegetables and rice.
If you’re not sure where to begin your walk, a guided walking tour is a great way to take in sights that you might never have found otherwise. There are many tour guides who can arrange walking tours in Ubud, and many tour guide offices in town offer full or half-day guided tours. If you are looking for more than just a leisurely walk, check out the Bali Bird Walks, where you can see many different species of native birds. The Bali Herbal Walks also make for an interesting day out, as you can learn about the various medicinal plants that grow in the wild in Ubud, and learn how to make your own herbal remedies.