Touring Indonesia by Motorbike

We arrived in Denpasar, Bali on June 27th. Since we are already in the third week of our trip this Trip Plan post will be partially retrospective. The plan is to visit islands to the east of Bali since these are not visited by tourists that often. We hope that this trip will give us more authentic feel of real Indonesia than Bali resort towns offer.

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We decided to travel local style – on a motorbike with all our belongings strapped in the back. We started our trip from a visit in Immigration Office we went to straight from the airport to extend our 30 day Visa on Arrival for another 30 days. The time the immigration took to actually process our request we spend preparing for our motorbike trip and doing some sightseeing in Bali.

The process of renting a motorbike in Bali that a tourist would be legally allowed to take to other islands is not as straight forward as one may think, yet finally we have managed to get the bike that is right for us at a reasonable price. We had the backpack rack for our motorbike custom made in Denpasar and had an oil changed in our bike just before we set off on July 08.

Riding a motorbike on the beach feels really good.
Riding a motorbike on the beach feels really good.

The plan is to visit following Islands

  • Bali
  • Lombok
  • Sumbawa
  • Flores
  • Timor
  • Rote
  • Sumba

We will cross these islands on the motorbike using Indonesian Ferries to hop between them. We plan to stop in different locations we find worth staying. We have some idea what these may be, but it is not worth listing them all in this post as our plan is flexible and we will probably make adjustments to it as we progress in our journey


So far we pushed forward towards Flores where we are taking it easy and doing more sight seeing. The idea was to get as far east as possible as we are not entirely sure how much time it will take us as you cannot rely on trip route times provided by Google Maps and ferry schedules may not always be reliable. We will take our time on the islands we rushed through on our way back which should keep the balance of traveling vs. sightseeing just right and help us time our trip so we get the most of it.

Today we are leaving village of Riung and heading towards Ende and Moni for sightseeing of Kelimutu Volcano. Check back for more updates on our progress. These should come regularly in coming days.

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One comment on “Touring Indonesia by Motorbike

  1. Unfortunately we needed to modify our plans and drop Sumba out of itinerary. Indonesia is a vast country and even two months turned out not to be enough to see all we had planned. Sumba island is a bit difficult to travel in and out from with a motorbike as there is only one option when it comes to ferries and would require us to commit at least a week of our time here. We opted to drop it and go diving in Komodo instead which we are going to describe in separate post. Anyway there is always next time and we will surely be back in Indonesia and to see Sumba Island at some point in the future.

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