Even as Bali joins the globalized world, it's easy to find inspiration here. Among terraced rice fields and exotic temples. In bustling market towns and on the slopes of volcanic mountains. And among some of the most welcoming people you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Come explore Bali with Backroads in a way that few travelers experience.
1-2 Set out on unforgettable rides past rice paddies, villages and sacred pools | Go behind the scenes with our longtime friend and local guide Wayan Narta | After spinning through rolling hills near Ubud, visit a mask maker to learn about this age-old art form | Raft the Ayung River, keeping an eye out for bright kingfishers and giant teak trees.
3 Discover a culture steeped in Hindu spirituality and colorful mythology | Bike to the sacred Pura Pucak Sari temple and meet the resident priest | Pedal up and around Gunung Batur Volcano on your way to the quieter northern side of Bali | Dine alfresco to a soundtrack of live soothing rindik (bamboo xylophone).
4-5 Spin along Bali's arid northeast coast, passing lava flows from Mount Agung's 1963 eruption | Snorkel amid the wreckage of the torpedoed Liberty, a haven for some 400 species of colorful reef fish | Return to shore on our brightly painted jukung boats and pedal back to the hotel for an afternoon of leisure.
6-8 Meet locals in their art studios | Visit Tenganan, known for its beautiful double-ikat textiles | Prepare classic mie goreng in a private cooking class | Impressive volcanic mountains give way to a sandy beach on a descent past scenic rice terraces | Bike to a nearby community, passing small family compounds and the local school, where Balinese children do their morning exercises.