We’ve been to Bali a few times now, and we’d never considered going on any sort of ATV tour as we’ve always had very tiny people in tow. This time however, we decided it was time for a bit of adventuring, and after running the idea past the bosses (our two daughters who are 4 and 7), we decided that the family beach tour with Aussie Bali Adventures looked like the type of fun we were looking for.
A big bonus with this tour is that pickup and drop off is included, so we didn’t have to worry about the extra cost and hassle of arranging transport. We were picked up from just outside our villa near Ubud and driven about an hour south to the Aussie Bali Adventures base in Tabanan Regency. Once we’d signed some paperwork, had our complimentary pre-tour drink, and re-applied our sunscreen we were shown to our ATV’s. The girls were of course very pleased to have matching red ones! After a quick demo of how to turn them on and off (a sequence which I forgot every single time), we strapped on our yellow helmets, plonked our small people on the special small people seats on the back, and off we went in a little convoy in to the Bali countryside.
If you’re worried about not being able to drive one of these things, don’t be. They’re pretty foolproof. With your thumb controlling the throttle, and no gears to change, you really just have to concentrate on steering the thing in the direction you want to go. If you’re not confident in your ability to do that 100% of the time, that’s ok too, as we had two additional guides bringing up the rear who helped us out when we were heading through any tricky spots. Our guide was also obviously very good at recognising the less confident drivers among us, and kept things pretty slow at first. This allowed us to get used to the whole concept of the thumb throttle, and gave us a chance to look at the countryside without veering off in to a ditch!
Seeing rice paddies from the road is one thing, but driving along the tracks that separates them literally gives you a whole different perspective. The countryside is full of sights and smells that you’d usually miss when you’re speeding past in a car, but it didn’t feel like we were intruding. The paths are used by walkers, cyclists and scooters, so the locals are used to people zipping by and often took a time out way from what they were doing to smile and wave.
Heading out of the rice paddies, we zipped through a small village and then on to the vast black sand beach which seems to go on forever in either direction. By now we’d had time to get used to the ATV’s, and with the added space that the beach gives you, it was time to really hold on tight. Guided through the surf and around spectacular rock formations, we sped along the coast, passing fisherman mending their nets, locals swimming, strolling tourists and even a couple of cows. With a series of stops at points of interest (with a quick clamber up some cliffs and the chance get close – but not too close – to a funky smelling cave full of bats thrown in for good measure), there were plenty of opportunities to make sure we got some great photographs before we turned around to head back to base.
As we’d booked the afternoon tour, we started back as the sun was getting lower in the sky. We took a different route through the rice fields past women picking flowers for offerings, kids heading towards the beach with fishing poles and farmers tending to their rice fields. I don’t know if I just didn’t really take it all in on the way out as I was concentrating on not bunny-hopping my 4 year old out of her seat, but the scenery was even more amazing than before. Our guide was happy to stop whenever we wanted to take pictures, and pointed out ever increasingly beautiful views along the way. We’d been on the ATV’s for almost two hours by this point, and with some angry looking clouds on the horizon, we decided it was time to head back for some food.
Back at base, we had a quick wipe down (you will get mucky!) and a drink before piling back in to the van and heading for our dinner by the pool at the Amarta Beach Retreat. After we’d had such a great time on the ATV’s we would honestly have been happy for a bottle of water and a sandwich, so we were very surprised when we arrived to a poolside table and a view of the coastline that would be hard to beat. Though the choices for dinner were pretty limited, the meal was delicious and was exactly what we needed, and though we could have gone swimming, it was getting late so we instead chose to dip our feet in the pleasantly warm infinity pool as we watched the sun set on a truly great family day out.
We had an awesome time with Aussie Bali Adventures. The staff were great, the scenery was amazing and it was something that we just wouldn’t have a chance to do back at home. If you’re considering an ATV tour whilst in Bali, I’d highly recommend you try out Aussie Bali Adventures.
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Want to see Bali from a new perspective? Aussie Bali Adventures will take you and your family on the tour of a lifetime on a Family Quad Biking Bali Tour! These tours are suitable for all ages and are custom designed for families with kids.
Aussie Bali Adventures are Bali’s one & only quad biking company permitted to take ATV tours on the beach. You’ll ride along countless miles of remote black sand beaches, then up through scenic rice fields, jungle tracks and down through traditional local villages then back onto the beach for a final run.
Along the way you will see temples built on the beach for local ceremonies, amazing rock formations, river crossings, local fisherman, kids and families swimming and bathing in the rivers and lakes along the beach, a bat cave, and local farmers tending their rice fields and local produce. Kids playing and riding their bikes along the tracks to the beach and in and around the local villages will run out to wave and greet you, and if you’re lucky you will see a local ceremony or local horse riding on the beach.
Many say it’s the best 2 hours they spent in Bali with amazing scenery and photo opportunities, just check out Aussie Bali Adventure’s website and reviews on Trip Advisor! This tour offers the best of Bali – you will not experience so much diversity on any other tour.
Aussie Bali Adventures will customize your quad biking Bali tour to your needs to make it a great family day with your kids. They have a variety of tracks to suit your experience and confidence, and also a range of bikes from kids 125cc to larger ones for riding tandem. The bikes are fully automatic and very simple to operate for beginners, and they provide all safety equipment and training. All you need to take is sunscreen, a towel and a camera!
Kids 3 – 7 years old will ride with a parent and from 8 years they can even ride a full tour on their own, depending on their experience and confidence level. Most kids will even get a chance to ride on sections of the beach on their own!
Aussie Bali Adventures will pick you up in an air-conditioned, wi-fi fitted van and drive you in comfort to their beachfront location in Tabanan Regency, just 15 minutes west of the famous tourist destination, Tanah Lot Temple. Depending on the pickup area and traffic conditions, it’s approximately 55 minutes drive from the Kuta area. On arrival there is some paperwork to be completed and you will be advised of safety rules, then it’s off for the best 2 hours you will spend in Bali.
Finish at their restaurant with an infinity pool on the beach for a beautiful meal and ice cold soft drink. Head back to your hotel after a great quad biking Bali tour, and why not ask the driver to stop at the local mini mart for a few beers so you can relax on the way home?
Pricing: 2 Hour Tour / Ride Time
Single = $85 USD
Tandem = $130 USD
Group/family discounts available for groups or families of 6+ pax. Cash onsite only in Rupiah, AUD or USD.
Price includes: Return air-conditioned transport, onsite insurance, all safety equipment & training, photographer options, light refreshments & restaurant meal and drink, and infinity pool use.
Pick up times: Pick up areas are Nusa Dua – Sanur – Kuta – Legian – Seminyak – Ubud – Canggu
Morning: 7.30am – Middle: 9.30am – Afternoon/Sunset: 2.30pm
Aussie Bali Adventures will be running tours on Christmas and New Year’s Day, so book in for a unique family experience!