The first full day of our Colour of Summer trip got off to an exhilarating start as we woke up our Ambassadors bright and early for a bike ride through rural Bali. To add a splash of colour to this beautiful scenery and to wipe away the sweat from their adventure, the team each took their Dock & Bay Classic collection quick dry towels with them.
A breakfast of eggs and banana pancakes wasn’t quite enough to stir our group from their sleep and there were some mild grumbles as we piled into the van (mainly from Andy – he's not an early riser). But as we drove out of Canggu and into the breath-taking scenery of Ubud, exhaustion turned to excitement.
Dock & Bay ambassadors cruising on the back of the truck. The Dock & Bay ambassadors are a truly awesome bunch! We've got Keely & Aiden from Australia, Preethi & Jennifer from India, and Matt & Lisa from the UK and Canada.
Cycling through the rice paddies, what an epic adventure!
First up was a stop off at one of the many coffee plantations that Bali is famed for. We took in the jungle views and tried a selection of Balinese coffee. Christian had the strong stomach to taste one of their more expensive coffees, known because the bean is eaten first by an animal called the 'Kopi Luwak' and it is then only roasted for coffee, having come out of the other end. You can picture it now, delicious.
We set off with Awesome Cycling Tours Bali who organised the day impeccably. All our bikes and helmets were organised on arrival, and there was a support truck the whole time for any cyclists who dropped out in the heat, and was also great for our photo & video content team to hitch a ride! (If you want to contact them you can also visit their Facebook group).
Lisa loving her matching outfit and Sahara Orange Classic towel
Visibly brightened by the fresh air, we set off on our ride, taking in the lush greenery of the rice terraces, just a taste of the great views we’d get to experience for the rest of the trip. The team free-wheeled down the hills, barely pushing our pedals, stopping for a photo break in front of the rice terraces. Keely and Aiden our ambassadors from Sydney were naturals, with Keely cycling down the roads and amongst the mopeds with no hands with complete ease!
To get footage for our Colour of Summer video (keep an eye out for it) Alyssa and Danny, our resident videographers took it in turns riding on the back of a scooter. Alyssa taking handheld footage and Danny controlling his drone camera. Let us tell you, it takes some serious skill to control a drone whilst on the back of a scooter but as you'll see, it's definitely worth it.
A couple of hours later and our lunch stop in sight, we finished our ride with some freshly squeezed tropical juices and ice cold Bintang - completed with a refreshing swim at the waterfalls. Perfection.
Christian playing it cool, as per usual
Paige covering up from the sweltering Bali sunshine
"Look up mum" - Keely mastered the art of no hands from the moment we arrived
Keely & Lisa balancing a fine line across the terrace
....and then someone had to fall in. Lucky no injuries, just lots of laughs and great memories
The end of a hot & happy day. The ambassadors living the Dock & Bay spirit - get out there!
Colour of Summer | Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: Emma Sailah, Australia
Videography: Alyssa Shreeve, United States
Drone: Danny Chapman, DCP Drones, United Kingdom