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The Buzz

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My husband and myself have just spent three days trekking around Candidasa in Bali with Kenny.

We were seeking the road less travelled and we loved every minute of this adventure!

In the three days trekking we never passed or saw another tourist on any of the trek, only local Balinese living in their world. They were all happy to see us and Kenny would have a chat with them as he speaks Indonesian. Kenny also shared with us about the Balinese culture which was interesting.

Each day a part of the trek was spent climbing up hills weather it be grassy hills or scrambling up rocks which was at times challenging and fun. (Glad we knew to bring a walking pole!).

Kenny also gave us plenty of drink stops to make sure we stayed hydrated in the humid hot weather. The views are your reward, nature totally showing off. Breathtaking!

At the end of each days trek we enjoyed with Kenny a swim and some awesome local food. In closing, you can admire the peak of a mountain but its the journey up that holds life’s pleasures. Do yourself a favour have a adventure with Kenny and Bali Coast 2 Coast.

kind regards,
Sandra Cramb
Australia
May 2017

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Authentic, off the grid, and loads of fun, Bali Coast to Coast does trekking right!

The beauty of this company is that you can personalize your trekking experience to meet your interests and capabilities.

Our group did a couple day hikes taking us along old and rarely used trails along ridges, through rice fields, down to the coast and back into the jungle.  

Jeff is an excellent guide whose local knowledge, language skills, attention to safety and engaging personality made these excursions truly memorable.

Thanks for the excellent adventures. We’ll be back! 

– Chad Laws
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 2017

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Some of the best trekking I’ve done & thanks again for taking time out to show us your trails.

Hope to get out there agin some day. 

The best hikes!…Bali Coast to Coast was spot on with it all.

We did 2 hikes with Jeff who is an amazing guide taking us through unique trails and breathtaking scenery. We hiked through little villages, experiencing a look into real local Bali life. Temples, mountains ranges, volcano views and rice paddies, truly unforgettable. Awesome spots for lunch and Jeff looks after you with a wealth of local Balinese knowledge. 

Epic experience and some of the best hiking I’ve ever done!

– Steven Willis
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 2017

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Jeff man, I had a hard time summing it up in a little paragraph… I could go on for hours to anyone about how awesome that was. Thanks again!

What an adventure! Truly amazing. Jeff’s off the beaten track hike was just as advertised. Traversing stunning rice fields, quaint villages, and mountain tops that opened to hollywood worthy backdrop views – unforgettable. Jeff’s expertise gave us an experience of adventure which is undoubtedly in the top 5 holiday experiences in my life. His knowledge of the people, customs, and language also allowed us an authentic peek into the history and culture of genuinely local people. A must for anyone looking to get away from beach chairs and souvenir shops.

-Mark Pate
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 2017

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Our trekking with Bali Coast 2 Coast was absolutely incredible!

A totally off the beaten track experience that allowed us a window into the lives of the local villages, to climb to the peak of mountains, venture along the coast and through traditional farms and rice terraces. Our guide Jeff was fun, safe and knowledgable. His proficiency in the local language allowed us a chance to speak to the locals, and share the history and culture of Bali with us. An unforgettable experience.

Will definitely be back to Bali Coast 2 Coast next time we visit!

– Noah Sturrock
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 2017

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The two hikes we did were amazing, both taking in the beautiful, verdant countryside and hills of Bali. 

The variety of landscape was breathtaking; we passed through coconut groves, banana plantations and rice terraces. 

The only other human-beings we encountered were farmers, cattle herders, villagers and young children making their one hour treks to school!

Jeff is a knowledgeable and dependable guide; he has an excellent grasp of the local dialect and he helped make our walks all the more pleasurable with his insider knowledge of the local customs.

– Christopher Goodman
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 2017

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If you are looking for a trip where you will find yourself culturally, environmentally and mentally enlightened, your search ends here! The breathtaking and picturesque views upon Bali’s mother-nature is truly worth climbing to see. Here is a tip from Lili; whenever you feel sweaty just look at Kenny.

😊😂

– United World College Southeast Asia Grade 9 student
Grade 9 Adventure Programme
June 23 – 20 , 2016

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It was an amazing experience altogether! All the trekking was challenging though fun and even though it was tiring, all of it was totally worth it. I absolutely loved every minute of it!

I think it would be nice to have more beach activities. Even though it’s supposed to be a trekking/hiking trip primarily it might be nice to have more beach activities as I loved the snorkelling on the last day… Apart from that I loved it all 😄

The food was fabulous and the places we stayed at were neat and clean. It was amazing. A big thank you to Kenny and Jeff!

– United World College Southeast Asia Grade 9 student
Grade 9 Adventure Programme
June 23 – 20 , 2016

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I really enjoyed the trip. I got to see a side of Bali which I don’t think I’ll see as a tourist. The locations are beautiful, and Kenny and Jeff had incredible knowledge of the culture and it helped us understand how things work in Bali. It’s an incredible experience.

– United World College Southeast Asia Grade 9 student
Grade 9 Adventure Programme
June 23 – 20 , 2016

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I just wanted to say again thank you for the amazing trip hiking in Bali. You are Jeff were great. Thank you 🙂 

The itinerary and variety of activities was excellent I thought. Also the rooms and accommodation were great, but I would suggest that mosquito nets in the place we stayed 2 nights in the rice fields would be a definite advantage for another visit due to the rooms being open.

Thanks again

Keep in touch,
Katie
Teacher
United World College Southeast Asia
Grade 9 Adventure Programme
June 23 – 20 , 2016

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I loved every aspect of this trip for many personal and professional reasons. Thank you to you and Jeff who were inspiring, knowledgeable, patient, passionate and incredibly nice!!!

  • I thought the diversity of where we hiked was awesome; Mountains, bush, beaches, rice fields and terraces.
  • I thought the level of difficulty of the hiking was perfect. It pushed the students at times and made them feel as though they had accomplished something when summitting or looking back at past day’s hikes.
  • Down time and time spent hiking was very balanced and because the itinerary was flexible we used that at times to make minor changes
  • The guest houses we stayed in were lovely.

Brooke
Teacher
United World College Southeast Asia
Grade 9 Adventure Programme
June 23 – 20 , 2016

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Initially I was a little reluctant to holiday in Bali because I aspired to have an active, adventure holiday in nature, away from the main tourist areas. Well I certainly got that and more on the Bali Coast2Coast hike!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed hiking through East Bali with Coast2Coast. I had no idea that such stunning ecosystems and diversity of plant life existed in this region of Bali. Every day was challenging in a different but positive way. The ocean views were spectacular as were the terraced rice fields and volcano in the distance. We were gifted we perfect hiking weather.

Jeff and Kenny were wonderful, caring guides who regularly checked on my needs and stamina. They provided interesting snippets of scientific and ecological information throughout the walk.

I found the hike challenging and wished I was 20 years younger, stronger and faster! I am certainly recommending the Coast2Coast hike to anyone looking for an adventure in nature, with lovely accommodation at the end of the day. The water palaces were another highlight for me.

This is Bali at it’s best!!

Thanks for sharing paradise with me.

– Helen
Australia
December 2015

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Dear Kenny and Jeff,

Juliane and I want you to know how much we enjoyed our time hiking with you across the beautiful landscape of East Bali. I will always remember this experience fondly. It was also wonderful for me personally to know that I can still do this kind of hike. You and Jeff were the perfect guides, and a great balance in your energies on the hike. We learned so much, became more fit, and are filled with delightful memories of the beauty of Bali and its people and culture. Thank you so much, and keep up the great work!

Sincerely,
Phil & Juliane
USA
December 2015

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I really enjoyed hiking from coast to coast in Bali, I was quite worried about the trip and the length of each day’s hikes. However, I quickly forgot the difficulty of the daily hikes with so much beauty to see and the support from Mr. Samson and Mr. Peavy.

The location of our trip was far from the frequently visited tourist traps of Bali, rather it was beautiful and peaceful. 

We stayed at various locations, some really nice and some well quite spartan like, but still it was a great experience. The daily treks were challenging but very exciting, along the way we were able to see many beautiful scenes, coastlines and mountain top views.

What made the trip so great was my GAP team’s enthusiasm and Mr. Samson’s and Mr. Peavy’s encouragement.

We also got to spend time meeting and socializing with the Balinese students in their schools and exchanged our ideas and lives which gave me insight into new ideas.

This was one of the best trips I’ve been to and I highly recommend it to others to experience a challenging but rewarding trip.

-ISKL student
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Global Action Program
Oct. 22 – 29, 2015

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The trip was an amazing experience!

I, being a fairly unfit person, managed to push myself enough so that I was in the faster group. The hikes taught me to motivate myself and force myself to push myself past what I thought I could do.

The site itself was beautiful, each hike was amazing and the views were my primary motivation.

My favourite day was when we hiked besides the ocean, which meant there was an amazing sea breeze to cool us off.

I also really enjoyed learning about Bali in a more local way, every other time I went I’d stayed at the hotel on the beach. The people, the food, the views everything was wonderful (including the guides).

Bali coast to coast is a fantastic trip that I definitely recommend to anyone who loves hiking!

-ISKL student
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Global Action Program
Oct. 22 – 29, 2015

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This trip was an amazing experience for me as you get to go outside of your comfort zone whilst learning about Bali and it’s culture from the great trip leaders. I would definitely recommend Bali Coast 2 Coast to any person that is looking for a trip to Bali in the near future.

-ISKL student
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Global Action Program
Oct. 22 – 29, 2015

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I joined Bali Coast2Coast for my school’s GAP (Global Actions Program) trip, and I think it’s safe to say that this trip was the most challenging yet exciting one I’ve been on!

Both Mr. Samson and Mr. Peavy were super knowledgeable and passionate about Bali’s culture as we were hiking everyday. The trip was really well organized and our leaders were super friendly and shared stories which made the hiking more bearable!

The first few days were definitely a push, however, the beautiful scenery of the ocean and the cool winds made the experience all the more worth it.

You can feel the pang of Bali through the local markets, food stalls, and the countless warungs after having hiked for infinitesimal hours! By night time, we were always pampered with hot showers and mouth-watering Balinese food that enhanced this whole experience, after the vigorous exercise.

I highly suggest this trip to people who are willing to take the risk and go hiking on off the beaten tracks for a one week getaway or to simply rejuvenate through the greens of East Bali.

Mr. Samson and Mr. Peavy were so awesome that we even got to see their houses in Bali, which really showed how much they care and love this small section of Indonesia!

I would definitely go back and join Bali Coast2Coast when I graduate because it’s been such a tremendous few days for me, I even advertised this to my own brother and now he’s willing to join this rigorous hike with these two awesome guys!

-ISKL student
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Global Action Program
Oct. 22 – 29, 2015

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It was an amazing trip! Both Mr.Samson and Mr.Peavy were great guides. The trip went really smooth with the two, very reliable, and they had great knowledge about Bali. Walking through the local was a great experience, especially meeting with the local students. As a student interacting with students from a totally different environment than us was a culture shock. We get to know each other and we still stay in touch through Facebook. Overall the trip gave me the time to think, about life, the future, and about me. This is definitely a valuable experience that I recommend to my friends and to my family. Thanks for the wonderful trip!

– ISKL Student
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Global Action Program
Oct. 22 – 29, 2015

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Jeff and Kenny led me, another chaperone and 16 students from my international school on a 6 day hike across East Bali. It was wonderful–so much Balinese life and nature to soak in. I enjoyed it more than trekking in Nepal as this experience was much further removed from tourists and closer to the natural world. The guides also did a great job managing and engaging the 16 years. The students were challenged as the hiking was tough–our longest day covered 16 km over the course of almost 10 hours (including breaks and lunch), and included some very tiring climbs. The shortest day was probably only 3 hours of hiking, but included a long stop at a real treat–a lively swimming beach with lots of local places to get seafood.

– Mike Bollom
International School of Kuala Lumpur
Global Action Program
Oct. 22 – 29, 2015

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5 star! I just finished this trek in June and cannot recommend it highly enough!

The guides, Jeff and Kenny, are not only highly knowledgeable about the terrain, but also about the local culture and environment. I expected a challenging hike with rewarding views. I never could have imagined the entertaining, informative (and often hysterical) commentary Jeff and Kenny provided along the way!

As experienced hikers and tour leaders, our guides were able to customize the experience to accommodate a range of abilities within our group. Jeff and Kenny were very responsive to our needs and made sure we always had options we were comfortable with (whether that was to add on bonus miles, only hike part of the day, or skip the hike and go for a massage and pedicure instead…they can make it happen!)

Overall, I was happily exhausted, completely rejuvenated, and throughly impressed by my Bali Coast 2 Coast experience. I hope I am able to join them again soon!

– Kristin Simmers
NIST Int’l School
Bangkok, Thailand
June 2015

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I joined Kenny & Jeff’s hiking trip this June. It was such a wonderful experience.

The 6 days trip was well organized, offering us a great chance to see the authentic local life, farmers working in the terrace,isolated villagers building their holy temple…

Our guiders, Kenny & Jeff are such nice guys, they are very considerate,helpful, entertaining, informative (Kenny is a ‘Walking Geographic Encyclopedia’).

They gave us tips on restaurants, things to do (for my rest three weeks journey in Bali), showing us the night market, help us communicate with local ppl…

Nothing is too much trouble for them.

During the rest three weeks in Bali, I took several one-day trips (hiring a car & guider) ,visiting the famous tourist attractions, nothing could compare with my first week hiking trip, off-the-beaten-track, unique experience of local culture, undiscovered natural beauty…

Thx Kenny & Jeff, for such a memorable experience!

– Maggie Huang
China
June 2015

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I did the Bali Coast to Coast with Jeff and Kenny from June 6th until 12th. I had an amazing time!

Both Jeff and Kenny were entertaining guides and well informed about the hike and Bali in general. The hike took you off the beaten track and gave you a real insight into Bali culture and daily life. From walking through rice terraces, options to swim in natural spring fed pools, footpaths that took you along stunning coast lines, lots of temples, palaces and loads more.

The accommodation was a welcomed treat after long days of hiking. My favorite being Aashaya Jasri. Bali Coast to Coast is a definite must if you are a keen hiker and interested in seeing Bali’s rural life as it was and still is whilst traveling around Bali.

Thanks Jeff, Kenny for making it a trip to remember and Narelle for being a great companion on the trip!

Ronyii
Int’l School of Manila
Phillippines
June 2015

Bali Coast 2 Coast - The Star

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Bali Coast 2 Coast featured in The Star newspaper in Malaysia

(click the link above for full featured online article)

Peavy also made my hike educational with his knowledge of various bird and plant species. Among the birds he spotted were Bee Eaters, Collared Kingfishers, Yellow Vented Bulbuls and Munias. Trudging along, we also saw cacti growing wildly, some peeking out of corners off the ridge.

I had caught enough glimpses of the unadulterated, unspoilt Bali.

The hike was the perfect detox for the soul, while the wilderness was worth every drop of sweat.

I am already thinking of taking on the more strenuous full trek next time.

 

– Lim Chia Ying
The Star Lifestyle contributing author
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Bali Coast 2 Coast- The Star pg 2

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I’ve been trekking all over the world for over 20 years and can say in all honesty that Bali Coast 2 Coast was one of the best hikes I have ever done.

Kenny and Jeff put together a truly unique and amazing adventure that allowed us to see the real Bali, up close and personal. Their intimate knowledge of eastern Bali’s people, history, customs, geology, ecology, language and cuisine have enabled them to create a first-hand experience of all the best that Bali has to offer.

The hiking pace was perfect and the route was genius, taking us to the most picturesque mountain top viewpoints, the oldest and most authentic Balinese villages and some of the most beautiful beaches on Bali. And to top it off, the accommodations at the end of each day’s hike were incredibly plush and carefully selected for outstanding scenery and service.

If you want to surf on overcrowded beaches and drink overpriced beer with overweight tourists, stick with Kuta.

But if you want to experience the real Bali and have the adventure of a lifetime, go trekking with Bali Coast 2 Coast. You will not regret it!

– Jonathan Frostad
Seattle, Washington, USA
December 2014

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Bali Coast 2 Coast was an incredible vacation.  If you enjoy being outdoors and active, this is the trip for you! By day, we were hiking up beautiful mountain trails, through remote villages, across rice patty fields, and along picturesque coastlines.  Locals would peek out of their homes to say hello or share some local knowledge.  The number of tourists I saw during the day I could count on one hand.  It was terrific.  By night, we were able to take a hot shower, enjoy some terrific food, and take a dip in the pool at any one of the beautiful hotels we stayed in.  It was the perfect blend – sweaty with a good workout by day, pampered with a hot meal and cold drink by night.  What else could you ask for from a vacation?

– Matt Kopacka
Shanghai American School
December 2014

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I have visited Jeff ‘s Bali home a number of times. East Bali is a spectacularly green area of rice fields, coastal hills, cliffs and volcanoes. The weather is surprisingly mild for the tropics and the months from June to September are particularly cool and dry; just perfect for hiking! While I haven’t walked the entire BaliCoast2Coast route, I have enjoyed many shorter treks with Jeff in this region; covering many sections that he has incorporated into this week long hike. The views of the ocean over the rice terraces are incredible but then you turn around and the views of the Gunung Agung volcano are even better!  Also, the beaches that the hike passes through are idyllic with excellent snorkelling and swimming. I think the hike offers an inside peek at a beautiful, largely undiscovered region in Bali.

– Matt Sheflin
Middle School Science Teacher
International School of Kuala Lumpur

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Great experience all around. Breathtaking views, challenging hikes, fantastic dinners, wonderful conversation…just perfect from start to finish. The rooms in which we stayed were plush and lush. Each provided access to delicious dinners and ample breakfasts. The sense of completion and accomplishment each day was very rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed the longer, more challenging (and thus more rewarding hikes), but I also equally enjoyed the half days, which allowed us time to rest on beaches and do a little shopping. Great value, great people, great experience!

– John Clements
Shanghai Community International School
December 2014

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What an awesome experience! The whole trip was very well organized and all of the nightly accommodations were fabulous.   Kenny is an outstanding naturalist and has a keen ability to find cool critters and plants that most of us would never notice.  Jeff’s enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the life and culture of the Balinese people really got me to reflect on the small wonders of Bali.   Together, they offer an exciting educational trip, with some physical exercise and play time thrown in as well.  I would totally do it again!  Anyone who is reasonably fit and wants to get to know the real Bali should contact Bali Coast2Coast!

-Andrea Bachman
Seattle Washington, USA
December 2014

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Hiking in East Bali was possibly one of my most unforgettable travel experiences; to say that it’s one of my better travel decisions made so far, is perhaps an understatement. I went there, as a solo female traveller, not knowing what to expect, except for my trust in Kenny Peavy, co-founder of the Bali Coast2Coast website whose eco-tours on a relatively ‘non-touristy’ region of the island intrigued me much.

Kenny happens to be friend-acquaintance while he was working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and it was through Facebook that I only found out he was conducting such tours now after settling down in Bali.

Then came the hikes, which I can pretty much sum-up in one word: life-changing. It’s life-changing – at least for me – when you defy the odds by doing a hike so less-travelled, when you open yourself up to possibilities of seeing a different Bali and just learn to be surprised / excited by the small things along the way, and when you realise that being so intimate with nature, disconnected from the mainstream and all the commercial trappings, is all that matters for your soul.

I’ve never felt more detoxified after accomplishing a hike, to views of rice paddies, traditional villages (with villagers who are as surprised to see us), lovely coastlines and genuine landscapes that don’t feel ‘altered or developed’ to meet tourism needs.

 I appreciate how Bali Coast2Coast is flexible enough to customise each day to your preference – if you are up for a hike, then do it but otherwise, there’s no pressure, as logistics will be duly arranged to transport you to your accommodation (for the night).

It’s a once-in-lifetime must try experience, even if you don’t like hiking. Your life will probably change for the better after that!

The only ‘downside’? You might come home complaining how every meal doesn’t taste quite the same like those awesome ones had there, or how every scene at home only makes you want to escape back to Bali. Yes, it can ‘kill’ you that way. But I would say yes in a heartbeat to return again.

– Chia Ying
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


18 Responses to The Buzz

  1. Matt Kopacka

    Bali Coast 2 Coast was an incredible vacation. If you enjoy being outdoors and active, this is the trip for you. By day, we were hiking up beautiful mountain trails, through remote villages, across rice patty fields, and along picturesque coastlines. Locals would peek out of their homes to say hello or share some local knowledge. The number of tourists I saw during the day I could count on one hand. It was terrific. By night, we were able to take a hot shower, enjoy some terrific food, and take a dip in the pool at any one of the beautiful hotels we stayed in. It was the perfect blend – sweaty with a good workout by day, pampered with a hot meal and cold drink by night. What else could you ask for from a vacation?

    Matt Kopacka
    Montgomery County, Maryland

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      Hi Matt! THANKS for this feedback! We’ve added it to our site… Hope to see ya again in Bali soon!

      Glad you were part of the inaugural Bali Coast 2 Coast… you rocked it!

      take care,
      kenny

  2. Andrea Bachman

    What an awesome experience! The whole trip was very well organized and all of the nightly accommodations were fabulous. Kenny is an outstanding naturalist and has a keen ability to find cool critters and plants that most of us would never notice. Jeff’s enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the life and culture of the Balinese people really got me to reflect on the small wonders of Bali. Together, they offer an exciting educational trip, with some physical exercise and play time thrown in as well. I would totally do it again! Anyone who is reasonably fit and wants to get to know the real Bali should contact Bali Coast2Coast!

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      THANKS Andrea!

      I’ll add this to the website… was so very happy to see ya and get to hike around Bali!

      Hope we see you again soon!

      take care,
      kenny

  3. Maggie Huang

    I joined Kenny& Jeff’s hiking trip this June. It was such a wonderful experience. The 6 days trip was well organized, offering us a great chance to see the authentic local life, farmers working in the terrace,isolated villagers building their holly temper… Our guiders, Kenny & Jeff are such nice guys, they are very considerate,helpful, entertaining, informative( Kenny is a ‘Walking Geographic Encyclopedia’). They gave us tips on restaurants, things to do(for my rest three weeks journey in Bali), showing us the night market, help us communicate with local ppl…Nothing is too much trouble for them. During the rest three weeks in Bali, I took several one-day trips(hiring a car & guider) ,visiting the famous tourist attractions, nothing could compare with my first week hiking trip, off-the-beaten-track, unique experience of local culture, undiscovered natural beauty…Thx Kenny & Jeff, for such a memorable experience!

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      THANKS Maggie!

      It was GREAT hiking with you! THANKS for this review! Glad you enjoyed the trip!

      I hope we see you again sometime! Keep Adventurin’!

      -Kenny

  4. Min Sun Kim

    I joined Bali Coast2Coast for my school’s GAP (Global Actions Program) trip, and I think it’s safe to say that this trip was the most challenging yet exciting one I’ve been on! Both Mr. Samson and Mr. Peavy were super knowledgeable and passionate about Bali’s culture as we were hiking everyday. The trip was really well organized and our leaders were super friendly and shared stories which made the hiking more bearable! The first few days were definitely a push, however, the beautiful scenery of the ocean and the cool winds made the experience all the more worth it. You can feel the pang of Bali through the local markets, food stalls, and the countless warungs after having hiked for infinitesimal hours! By night time, we were always pampered with hot showers and mouth-watering Balinese food that enhanced this whole experience, after the vigorous exercise. I highly suggest this trip to people who are willing to take the risk and go hiking on off the beaten tracks for a one week getaway or to simply rejuvenate through the greens of East Bali. Mr. Samson and Mr. Peavy were so awesome that we even got to see their houses in Bali, which really showed how much they care and love this small section of Indonesia! I would definitely go back and join Bali Coast2Coast when I graduate because it’s been such a tremendous few days for me, I even advertised this to my own brother and now he’s willing to join this rigorous hike with these two awesome guys!

    Min Sun Kim
    Student
    International School of Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      THANKS Min SUn… so happy you enjoyed the hike!

      Hope we see you on the trail again soon!

      -kenny

  5. Koshiro Okazaki

    It was an amazing trip! Both Mr.Samson and Mr.Peavy were great guides. The trip went really smooth with the two, very reliable, and they had great knowledge about Bali. Walking through the local was a great experience, especially meeting with the local students. As a student interacting with students from a totally different environment than us was a culture shock. We get to know each other and we still stay in touch through Facebook. Overall the trip gave me the time to think, about life, the future, and about me. This is definitely a valuable experience that I recommend to my friends and to my family. Thanks for the wonderful trip!

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      THANKS so much for the review Koshiro!

      I hope you can join us on another hike sometime soon!

      -Kenny

  6. Jesper

    This trip was an amazing experience for me as you get to go outside of your comfort zone whilst learning about Bali and it’s culture from the great trip leaders. I would definitely recommend Bali Coast 2 Coast to any person that is looking for a trip to Bali in the near future.

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      THANKS Jesper!

      Hope we see ya again here soon!

      Keep hiking!

      -kenny

  7. Alexia H.

    The trip was an amazing experience. I, being a fairly unfit person, managed to push myself enough so that I was in the faster group. The hikes taught me to motivate myself and force myself to push myself past what I thought I could do. The site itself was beautiful, each hike was amazing and the views were my primary motivation. My favourite day was when we hiked besides the ocean, which meant there was an amazing sea breeze to cool us off. I also really enjoyed learning about Bali in a more local way, every other time I went I’d stayed at the hotel on the beach. The people, the food, the views everything was wonderful (including the guides).

    Bali coast to coast is a fantastic trip that I definitely recommend to anyone who loves hiking!

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      THANKS for the great review Alexia!

      Make sure to come to Bali again sometime soon!

      take care,
      kenny

  8. Ayu Arsani

    I really enjoyed hiking from coast to coast in Bali, I was quite worried about the trip and the length of each day’s hikes. However, I quickly forgot the difficulty of the daily hikes with so much beauty to see and the support from Mr. Samson and Mr. Peavy. The location of our trip was far from the frequently visited tourist traps of Bali, rather it was beautiful and peaceful. We stayed at various locations, some really nice and some well quite spartan like, but still it was a great experience. The daily treks were challenging but very exciting, along the way we were able to see many beautiful scenes, coastlines and mountain top views. What made the trip so great was my GAP team’s enthusiasm and Mr. Samson’s and Mr. Peavy’s encouragement. We also got to spend time meeting and socializing with the Balinese students in their schools and exchanged our ideas and lives which gave me insight into new ideas. This was one of the best trips I’ve been to and I highly recommend it to others to experience a challenging but rewarding trip.

    • earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

      THANKS Ayu!

      I hope we see you on another hike sometime soon!

      take care,
      kenny

  9. Claire Ng

    it is mandatory for the students who are in their freshmen, sophomore and junior year in my school, ISKL, to attend a trip and this the act of going on this trip is called our Global Action Program. Every year, we get to pick our top three choices on where to go and we can pick from a range of countries like Nepal, India, Indonesia… This year is my junior year, which means that it is my last ‘GAP’, and I was fortunate enough to get my first choice which was Bali.

    This trip isn’t what you would typically expect going into Bali. On this trip, we got to see a different type of Bali as compared to the usual stereotypical Bali. We weren’t by the beach all the time, surfing and sipping on cool drinks. Instead, we got to go hiking around the more rural and classic bali. We got to see sides of Bali that you wouldn’t normally get to see and it was a a very interesting experience.

    I really enjoyed it because, I know that if I went to Bali with my parents, we would probably end up staying in a villa somewhere and just go to the beach and chill. But on this site, we got to hike about and see amazing views, we got to meet many of the local people around Bali and observe the way they lived. I will admit, many of the hikes were a little challenging, however, the view at the top was always worth it (and the drinks stalls along the way were needed to motivate us to continue).

    Because this trip is supposed to be like a community service trip for us. We’re on a budget and aren’t supposed to stay in very nice places. However, that places we stayed at were still quite highly above average compared to some of the accommodations of the other trips. Some of them that we stayed in were actually really nice like the “Bugbug Villas” or something like that. We also got to see some of the places that Mr Samson’s usual guests get to stay in when they do this trip with him, and they all looked very nice and luxurious. Unfortunately, for the majority of the time, we didn’t get to stay in those places, but once again, our accommodations were still pretty nice.

    I would highly recommend this trip to people who want to experience a different type of Bali. However, this trip doesn’t completely steer away from the typical idea of Bali being luxurious. We do hike through a multiple rural places in Bali, however, many of our accommodations are by the beach, and we spent one of our days on the trip, by this amazing beach, and the water was amazing and the atmosphere was just really great.

    So thank you to Mr Samson and Mr Peavy for leading us on this trip. They were both really good guides and are very knowledgable about the place.

    Also if anyone were to go on this trip, get a massage! They’re really good and quite affordable in Bali 🙂

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      THANKS Claire!

      I hope we see you again sometime in Bali!

      Keep in touch and so glad you liked our hike!

      take care,
      Kenny

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