An extra day opens up just so much more of Indonesia with travel to Eastern Java on this 3 day jaunt. With a journey of approximately 550km, to many this doesn't seem all this far but be assured, this gives us the scope to travel to parts of Indonesia that is so readily accessible but so few western....
An extra day opens up just so much more of Indonesia with travel to Eastern Java on this 3 day jaunt. With a journey of approximately 550km, to many this doesn't seem all this far but be assured, this gives us the scope to travel to parts of Indonesia that is so readily accessible but so few westerners get the chance to do it and do it in style.
The similarities between our 2 day classic end about as soon as we depart Ubud at approx 9am. Our plan is to take the traveller away from populous 'bule' tourist sites and we are close to the money with this one. Tabanan, Selemadeg, Bubuan and Pura Pabean on the clear north west coast road to Gilimanuk. The ferry trip to Java is quirky as it is illogical but the bustling ports at either end indicate the trade between islands. The Hotel Watul Dodol is our rest for the night and dinner overlooking the beach lets us recap on the day and prepare for the options available for us in the coming days. The hotel lies at the foothill of the active Mt. Ijen and for those willing to do as the Romans do, a midnight trek up to the crater lake to see the sulphur rock mining, crater lake and the blue flame, worthy of the effort. If hiking is not your forte, we will start the day a little closer to sea level with Taman Nasional Baluran. Indonesia's answer to the savannah parks of Africa. A worthy destination in itself.
With the highway forgotten, we meander the foothills through local farming regions and the local communities until we find Jl. Kawah Ijen. This is a road perfect for the Royal Enfield. The gradual ascent into the mountain ranges shows the changing agriculture as we travel through ridiculously well kept government farms that look more like a huge botanical garden than agricultural pursuits. The scent of sulphur as we pass a mountain stream, a tell tale sign we are nearing Mt. Ijen. The descent into Banyuwangi is just as beautiful and this coastal regional city allows the intrepid traveller some time to walk the streets and understand a little more of how Indonesia ticks.
Our final day marks a lazy breakfast and return ferry to Bali. The north coast road takes us further to Lovina for a late lunch at Spice Beach Club. We will also take a break at the Handara Golf and Resort at Bedugul high in the mountains. Just enough to whet the appetite for the golfer amongst us to want to return here. A coast down the mountain beside the Ayung river finishes in Ubud and the conclusion of the ride.
We tend not to do all the easy stuff and by tour's end, hope you will have learnt why so many people love these bikes and the memories of this trip linger long after the return home.
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