About this Cycle Tour
Long overlooked for its more renowned neighbor of Bali, Lombok is slowly emerging as an enticing destination for those looking for untouched natural wonders surrounded by pristine seas and lovely, friendly locals.
This tour covers around 350 km in 4 full cycling days and 1 half day, and can be quite challenging. One day you will cover over 100 km. Starting from the beach resort of Senggigi, we will take a coastal route for expansive oceans views then up to the base of Mt. Rinjani. After venturing through rice paddies and fishing villages, we will end the trip with an exploration of Gili Air Island, one of three idyllic gems still untouched by motorized vehicles.
Suitability: This trip is recommended for riders who enjoy and have some off-road experience, but you don’t have to be an expert to get the best out of this trip. This tour is mainly on jeep trails and single track. While the off-road riding is not that technical, some experience is highly recommended. The support vehicle cannot always follow but will meet the group at certain points along the trail.
Biking Conditions: This trip has a few flat sections, and it also includes surfaces such as paved and broken tarmac roads. As far as gradients are concerned, all the trails except one have an overall down-hill element to them (in other words they finish at a lower altitude than the start). A few steep ascents and descents are also part of the program, but these are normally short and sharp.
A member of the SpiceRoads team will pick you up from the Lombok Praya International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Senggigi. Once there, you can relax by the pool or if you’re really excited (and we’re sure you will be), you can start assembling your bike and get into the mountain-biking mindset. We'll meet for a trip briefing and then head to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel, you get yourself and your gears ready for our cycling adventure. We start pushing our pedals on the coastal route’s tarmac road, heading northwest through curves and a slight downhill and uphill to Bangsal Harbour, a sea transfer point to the Gili Islands and just before the harbour making a short stop at Malimbu or Nipah hill for the best view of the three Gilis. After breathing in the ocean air, we're back biking, taking a downhill road to reach Pamenang town for lunch at a beach restaurant. We continue our afternoon by traversing on a flat road to Bayan Village, the center of the Wetu Telu, a religion that combines Islam, Hinduism, and older animistic beliefs, where we visit with local villagers. The last part of the trail is a steep road from Bayan to Senaru, where there is a popular gateway to a trekking trail to Mt. Rinjani and where we will stay overnight.
Today we will head to the north east of Lombok. Riding long descents for 6 km from the hotel, we make our first stop at Bayan Belek Mosque for a sightseeing tour of the oldest mosque on Lombok, built in the early 16th century. Back on our saddles, we ride up to the northern coast passing Obel-Obel beach where we can observe fishermen at work in their village. This beach is known for its attractive black sands and the quiet ambiance of its untouched natural surroundings. We continue cycling to Sambelia Village to admire the giant trees. Lunch here will be on your own at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will keep riding to Tetebatu Village and check in to our hotel here.
The goal today is to ride to Lombok’s southern coast. This is the easiest cycling day of the entire trip with a downhill section and then a flat paved way and gravel roads to Kuta beach. We pass through several local communities and can enjoy lush rice paddy scenes before ending at the laid back coastal town of Kuta beach. But, before completing our ride, we will make our a last stop en route at a traditional Sasak Village, the indigenous community of Lombok. Here there are many souvenirs shops, and you may want some of their colorful woven fabrics on display at the village’s entrance.
We start off with a challenge for our legs by cycling through the backroads of Sengkol Village. Most of the road is undulating and rugged, with descending and ascending paths for 40 km along both good tarmac and broken paved roads. But the views make up for it with local villages, refreshing green farming fields, coconut palms, and rolling hills, as well as friendly greetings from locals. Before entering Jl. Raja Sapi, it's downhill to the beach with breathtaking scenery overlooking the wide habour ahead. But be careful because this route is short, curvy, and narrow so there may be blind spots – you will need to be ware for oncoming vehicles. We rest some with our packed lunch before pedaling on to Sekotong beach and to check into our hotel.
More relaxing today! But we will still bike! We make a short ride on along the seaside road of Sekotong beach to the nearby harbour at Pantai Cemare beach 30 km away to embark by boat to Gili Air Island. On the boat, you will have the opportunity to snorkel the pristine corals reef or just observe them from the glass bottom boat. Once on Gili Air Island, we return to our saddles and ride around this tiny island where we are worry free – there are no motorized vehicles on the island paths. This is the smallest island of the three Gili islands with the total distance around of just 5 km, but it still impresses many holidaymakers with its tranquility, idyllic blue waters, white sand beaches, and friendly locals in its rural island ambiance. But facilities are well-prepared for tourists. After completing the loop and then enjoying our lunch at the beachfront, you have the rest of the day free until we meet up again for dinner on the beach with a bonfire and a sumptuous BBQ.
After breakfast, take your time saying goodbye the island before transferring to Lombok for additional nights or to Lombok airport to catch your departing flight. **Please note:** If you choose to extend your stay and go to Bali, a transfer by speedboat to South Bali and drop off at your selected hotel is available upon request. It takes around 2.30 hours from Gili Air to Bali. Please contact us for price and travel advice if you'd like this transfer option.
Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you can hire bikes locally for the price listed on the front page of this document. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, disc/v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, and that it is in good mechanical order.
Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended.
Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
You will be led by a local English-speaking guide and if the group is 9 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our guides are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
Recommended vaccinations include typhoid, polio, tetanus and Hepatitis A. A certificate for Yellow Fever is required if arriving from an infected area within the prior six days. The more remote areas may be considered malarial areas. Please check with your doctor prior to departure for the most recent information.
Indonesia is a vast archipelago affected by a series of weather patterns, and depending on which island you are on, the weather can be hot and wet or hot and dry. Indonesia's monsoonal climate usually means short heavy downpours rather than all-day, never-ending rain.
Located 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali is home to a tropical climate with constant temperatures during the day ranging from 28 C to 30 C at sea level, although the humidity varies throughout the year. It is highest during the rainy season which is from December to March and gradually reduces to its lowest level from May to September, when a beautiful dry cooling breeze blows across from Australia.
Lombok also has a tropical climate similar to Bali's, with the only variation being the rainy season starting earlier, and is from October to April.
Sulawesi has a warm tropical climate with wet and dry seasons lasting approximately six months each. The dry season is from April to October and the wet season is from November to May. Sulawesi enjoys year-round temperatures averaging at least 30 C.
Meals are included as per the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner. Most meals are local Indonesian dishes and feature noodles, rice, curries, and soups. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water, some energy-restoring local fruit and soft drinks are included in the tour price. We are riding in a Muslim country and though beer is available, it might not be served in some restaurants. If you choose to purchase some beer please note it is NOT included in the price.
SpiceRoads does not require you to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.
We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars, perhaps US$10, for incidentals. It is customary to tip local tour guides and drivers, however, the amount you give should be dependent on the level of service you receive. As a general guide we suggest US$3-4 per person per day is appropriate.
The official currency in Indonesia is the rupiah (Rp). Foreign currencies are not generally accepted. ATMs are widely available in cities and towns and touristy places have lots of moneychangers as well as banks. Banks usually have better exchange rates, though moneychangers may offer the best rates for cash. Credit cards can be used for larger purchases, in international hotels.
If this is the tour for you here's what you need to do to confirm your place: Read our Booking Conditions
From the tour page click the 'Book Now' link. All departures for this tour will appear, just select the date you'd like to travel. There is a minimum number of participants (usually 2) required to enable the trip to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to Depart'. Once a trip is guaranteed to depart you are free to book your flights and make other travel arrangements. If you are unsure about the trip status, please email us or call our office. For the next steps you'll need to know the names of the people traveling and have either a Visa or a MasterCard. If you wish you can also provide extra details such as passport numbers, height, or you can add that later by logging into Manage My Trip (we'll set up an account for you automatically if you don't already have one). However, if you wish to get a children's discount, please do fill out the date of birth of the riders. If you are having any problems, please send us an email, or give us a call (+66 2 381 7490) and one of our travel specialists will assist you with your booking.
For Long Tours (7 days or more) to guarantee your place we require a 30% or 500 USD deposit, whichever is the greater. For Short Tours (6 days or less) we require full payment to guarantee your place. We also require that you take out travel insurance when you book your holiday. Besides covering you during your holiday it will also enable you to claim for any money that you have paid to us, including your deposit, should you have to cancel your trip.
Full payment must be paid 45 days before the departure date with fees for any bicycle rental(s), single supplement(s) and extra hotel nights. Our confirmation will include personal details you provided us (including your flight information), visa application advice, a packing suggestion list and a detailed tour itinerary. It will also include a checklist to ensure you get everything ready for your holiday.
On the rare occasions when we, SpiceRoads, must cancel a trip, all payments received to date will be 100% refunded, which constitutes full settlement. There will be absolutely no deductions. If you, the client, must cancel your reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined according to when you cancel. For full details, please read our cancellation policy.
For those who have been on several long tours with us we reward customer loyalty by offering repeat customers a special discount off the tour price (excludes single supplement and bike rental). If this is your fourth scheduled tour or more you will receive a 5% discount. If this is your eighth scheduled tour or more we will extend a 10% discount. The discount will be reflected in your online booking, but please contact us if any questions. Loyalty discounts can not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Note: Only tours of 7 days or more will be applicable for loyalty discount.
International flights, to and from the start and finish points are not included in the tour price. Once your tour is Guaranteed to Depart you can book your flight. Please contact us for advice before arranging flights for the best arrival and departure times. We would only cancel a trip for an extreme circumstance, but in that case, where we cancel your trip, we cannot be liable for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made. Please claim any losses from your travel insurance that you acquired when you booked your holiday.
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The information in this document is given in good faith, and covers the average range of conditions likely to be found on this trip. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, however, we will always do our best to adhere to this original itinerary