Made and Putu made our day amazing from start to finish. The bike ride was very manageable, and Putu looked after us very well. Lunch made by Mades wife Ketut at his compound was incredible. One of the best meals we've had in Bali. Will hopefully do again in September.
The Happy Bike Bali Cycling Tour met and exceeded our expectations! The ride was enjoyable, mostly downhill, through many villages with plenty to see. We also enjoyed learning about Balinese culture and traditions throughout the tour. The lunch cooked by the owners wife was delicious! We would highly recommend this tour and experience!
Had an awesome day with happy bike tour. Made was very informative and we learnt lots about the Balinese culture. This bike tour was amazing and Made’s wife cooked us lunch which just topped the whole day off. Could not recommend happy bike tour more!!
We decided on Happy Bike Tours post reading reviews on TripAdvisor and boy was it the right choice. We were picked up on time from our hotel. First stop was a coffee plantation where we were given a brief on the various kinds of coffee. We also got to sample some 15 odd varieties of tea and coffee and were given a banana pancake breakfast. Then we had a short drive to a place where we could try out various bikes to find the one we were most comfortable with. Deva and Putu helped everyone check their bikes, gears, brakes and tyres and gave a small briefing on the call signs. Then we started our 17 kms journey through beautiful countryside encountering only 3 uphill slopes. We made multiple pitstops at a school, a traditional Balinese house, rice fields, vantage points to take in the views and never felt tired even though it was a sunny day. Our guides Deva and Putu were excellent in making sure we were safe on the roads.
Once the bike ride ended we were given cold water towels to refresh ourselves and then whisked off in the car to Mr. Made's house where we had the best meal in Bali, cooked by his wife. There were enough vegetarian options also. Mr. Made was an excellent host making sure he mingled with everyone and making them feel at home.
If we had a free day in Bali we would have gone for this tour again. Highly recommended.
I would recommend booking this tour 100 times over. It is so much more than a bike tour, rather a cultural experience. Don’t be dismayed when the person who picks you up doesn’t speak to you, they are the driver who are picking you up to take you to the tour, not the actual tour guide (we were a bit worried about that).
When we finally met Made and his son I knew we were going to have a fantastic day! We were first driven to a Coffee plantation where Made shared his vast knowledge for farming in Ubud and the coffee making process which was very interesting to see . We were treated to free coffee and tea tastings (which are delicious) and our banana pancake and banana that Made’s wife had already cooked, so yum.
We then were driven to the start of the bike ride , where we received bottled water and began our ride. We stopped very often so that Made should share his expansive knowledge of the land and Bali traditions which was so very interesting. My favourite part was when we stopped in the middle of a rice field and saw a local family harvesting their rice fields . They let us try and do it too and Made didn’t know them from a bar of soap. Moments like these show you the real Bali culture away from Seminyak and Legian which is what I really enjoyed.
When we were finished, we were treated to a delicious Balinese meal by Made’s wife, it was the best meal I have had my whole trip! The bike ride itself was incredibly gentle as the website suggests so there’s no need to doubt your ability.
Overall we had the most amazing day and I would do this trip again! Made and his son have incredible English and I will reccomend this tour to everyone.