3 favorite ROAD TRIPS in Bali

if you’ve been driving for a while on the island of Bali, you learn that parallel traffic means 3 cars and 5 scooters in a row. so sometimes leaving the craziness and the main roads behind is really refreshing.

I’m essentially a huge fan of shortcuts and riding two wheels (even if it’s just a scooter) gives you the freedom and is perfect for wandering. cruising on less known tracks, hill roads or just getting lost is a thing and a definitely must have when visiting Bali. the scenery is amazingly beautiful, no people, sometimes also no roads around and hey, true exploring means to go into the unknown and not just to hire a driver.

I love to drive in Indonesia and currently miss it too much, so here are my TOP 3 less known routes (of course with travel maps):

No.1.

my forever favorite is the way from Munduk to Singaraja.I cannot get bored of these roads – no matter which one you choose it will be amazing.

the funny part is to get to Munduk through Bedugul. regardless of the season, this is the coldest area of the island and by cold I mean you have to dress up properly, your hands and body will literally freezing. why do I use then the word “funny”? because after arriving to the top you immediately get back the tropical island feeling that’s perfect for a waterfall jump.

from Bedugul you can take the main road (Jl. Raya Gitgit) in direction of Singaraja, but the small ones from Gobleg or Munduk are more quiet and the view is more stunning: as you ride down from the hill you see the sea in front of you and the mounts of Java on the left.
the road conditions are okay (perfect for a scooter), they lead through spectacular Bali forests, the vibrant colors and the scent in the air make the trip just more pleasant.

here’s a route recommendation that won’t disappoint you:

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No.2.

for some reason Semarapura is my dearest small town on the island, it always makes me happy to drive this way. the east coast highway is already a cool one (on the one side the sea on the other Mt. Agung) especially if you love speed, but then riding up to Semarapura and from there in the direction of Amed is just purely amazing.

only a tiny detail should not be forgotten: Google shows sometimes roads that are definitely no roads (for chickens only). if you run into a confusing GPS situation, just improvise! been there, done that.. this is how I run into one of my best adventurous road trip while Mt. Agung was smoking pretty much. sometimes roads can disappear or the conditions can be tricky – this is the adventure part –, anyway some confidence can be handy.

my suggestion for this route:

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No.3.

the third one is super easy but super lovely. the south highway to Java is usually extremely exhausting because of the trucks and traffic, so it’s good to have a break and ride for the pleasure not for the survival. from Pulukan to the North leads the Jl. Pekutatan: curvy road, small villages, lots of puras, frangipani trees and tropical forest, only local traffic – a real little treasure of the island. it’s worth a stop at Bunut Bolong, then just turn back or follow the road to Bubunan.

impossible to get lost here:

2 thoughts on “3 favorite ROAD TRIPS in Bali

  1. Very cool! Will definitely take those roads in June when I go to Bali (without having any scooter experiences, hahaha.. but I guess everybody has some insane driving skills over there so I will be in good company!)

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