I hit the road in Bali, on nothing but a 125cc motorcycle and armed only with a mask and snorkel and some questionable driving skills.
Indonesia’s most popular island is a magnet for tourists and travellers, and some would say it’s over run, that the resorts and nightclubs have taken over and irreversibly changed this paradise for ever, but travelling Bali by bike is the greatest way to get off the beaten track, to escape the tourist traps and to really explore the last untouched stretches of this diverse land. During my ride around the island I dodged death on the mad, mad roads, stumbled upon pristine sands, walked on volcanic beaches, and swam to underwater ship wrecks. I even tried my hand at a spot of spear fishing.
Here are the best photos from my road trip. This is Bali by bike.
The rice paddy fields of Bali, and the beast that took me around me the island.
The pristine beaches of the West Bali National Park.
Going underwater off Tulamben, and into the blue.
The mighty volcano.
The volcanic, black sand beaches of Amed in the north.
Chilling with a view. One of the many coastal fishing villages of Bali.
A jaunt into the ocean.
Snorkelling the Japanese Shipwreck of Amed.
Fishing boats wait for action by the lagoon of Candidasa, East Bali.
A cock fight for rent?
A storm sweeps along the beach, near Padang Bai.
Spearfishing. I caught and cooked a feast of fish.
Relaxing with the monkeys. Ubud.
Sunburnt but loving life after traversing the whole island by bike.
All photos property of Richard Collett
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