If you were ever to create islands for the adventurous, then they’d surely look just like Bali and Lombok. These havens of incredible landscapes and extraordinary diversity are perfect for those that like their journeys with a big hit of activity. Dotted with small, character-filled villages, smouldering volcanoes rising out of lush rich fields, idyllic beaches and colourful reefs – these islands reward the curious and the animated traveller. Beginning in Ubud, cycle through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields, conquer the slopes of simmering Mt Batur, and discover the underwater wonders of Bali Barat National Park. Ride white water rapids near Ubud, walk through rice paddies to Candidasa, and saddle up for a bike ride along the coast to Amed. Cruise over to Lombok and spot monkeys in the forests near Mt Rinjani and search for sea turtles around the remote Gili Islands. In between all this action there’s plenty of time to experience local culture, from Balinese cuisine to Hindu-Buddhist temples, and get a healthy dose of beachside chill-time – this trip strikes the perfect balance.
Due to the earthquakes on Lombok, all remaining 2018 departures have been rerouted to avoid Lombok and Gili Islands. This is due to the extensive damage caused by the earthquakes. In 2018 this trip will now spend the entire time on Bali with the trip finishing in Sanur, Bali
- Enjoy a mixture of adventurous activities, from snorkelling to hiking to rafting – perfect for those who love to get their pulse going
- Adventure to the summit of Mt Batur and the crater rim of Mt Rinjani. On a clear day you may be able to see across from peak to the other
- Snorkel the crystal waters around Menjangan Island reef and off the coast of the Gili Islands. Look of for schools of tropical fish and, if you're lucky, gliding sea turtles
- Get an insight into the real Indonesia, with cultural activities and visiting local villages
- Lombok and the Gili Islands are less frequented than their Balinese neighbour. Stay on the East Coast of Lombok in an area off the tourist trail.
- Relax and unwind on pristine beaches in Amed and Gili Air, the perfect places to rest your bones after your active adventures
- Ubud - Guided walk
- Ubud - Kecak dance performance
- Ubud - Bumi Sehat visit
- Ubud - Bike tour from Bayung Gede (Kahyangan) Village to Ubud
- Sidemen - Guided walking tour & traditional lunch
- Mt Batur - Volcano climb
- Lovina - Menjangan Island Reef snorkeling tour
- Lovina - Banjar Hot Springs
- Munduk - Waterfall
- Lovina - Seririt Market visit
- Bedugul - Bali Botanical Gardens
- Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
- Ubud - White Water Rafting
- Candidasa - Cycling day trip
- Candidasa - White Beach
- Candidasa - Village trek
- Pura Luhur - Lempuyang Temple Trek
- Senaru - Sasak village walking tour
- Senaru - Mt Rinjani trek
- Senaru - Waterfall walk
- Gili Air - Snorkelling
- Boat , Bicycle , Private Minibus , Private Van
- Camping (1 night), Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (14 nights)
- Small Group
Day 1 Ubud
Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Ubud, the arts and cultural centre of Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Afterwards, perhaps head out to for a group meal at one of the delicious local restaurants.
Day 2 Ubud
Start the day with a guided walking tour (about 2.5 hours). Gain an insight into daily village life as you pass lush rice fields, an alang alang valley (type of wild grass used to make the roof of traditional buildings) and stop by an artisan village where vendors sell handmade paintings, handicrafts and artisan goods. The tour ends in central Ubud, where you'll have time to explore the many cafes, galleries and shops on your own. In the evening sit down to a traditional Kecak dance performance. Driven not by musical instruments, but by human chanting, this fascinating theatrical performance is considered a highlight by many travellers.
Day 3 Ubud - Sidemen
Today you’ll explore the area from a different angle – from the saddle of a bike. Enjoy a 2.5-hour tour through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields, waving to the locals as you go. It’s a relatively easy ride – much of the route is downhill – and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or a brief rest. You’ll also stop to check out some small, intricately carved temples, before concluding your bike tour back in Ubud. After refuelling at lunch, head for the hills to the village of Sideman, travelling by private minivan (about 2 hours). Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful village of Sidemen is proof that Bali still has some pockets that are untouched by tourism. Keep in mind, it's a little cooler up here, thanks to the elevation. You may want to pack a sweater.
Day 4 Sidemen - Mt Batur
Take a morning walk (approximately 2.5 hours) around Sidemen, visiting the craftspeople of the local songket weaving industry. A traditional 'bungkus' lunch is included. The walk is a great chance to take in the beautiful scenery. Continuing your journey higher into the mountains, drive along the crater rim road to a fishing village on the edge of Lake Batur (approximately 2 hours). Volcanic Mt Batur (1,717 metres/5,633 feet) sits inside a stark and spectacular caldera; with Lake Batur below, it's a stunning sight. The lake supports the local fishing industry, while many of the villagers work as guides for the volcano climb. Your accommodation at the base of Mt Batur is a basic hotel with a restaurant. This is a great location to start tomorrow's early morning trek without extra travelling time.
Day 5 Mt Batur - Lovina
It’s a very early start today – you’ll have to wake at 3 am to begin the 1.5 to 2-hour walk to the summit of Mt Batur in order to reach it before sunrise. Trust us, it’s worth the effort. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Lombok's Mt Rinjani. The view of the gorgeous sunrise over the valleys of Bali may well be the most memorable part of your trip. Do keep in mind, however, that the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes the view is obscured by clouds. After descending the volcano, there's an option to soak in hot springs with fantastic views over the lake and caldera. Then make the journey from the mountains to the small coastal town of Lovina (approximately 3 hours). Lovina is famous for the dolphins that patrol its coast. It's also a great spot for fine food, traditional massages and yoga.
Day 6 Lovina
Enjoy a day of snorkelling amongst Menjangan Island’s coral reef, part of the Bali Barat National Park. This site is just a short boat ride from the coast (about 1 hour each way). On the way back, you’ll stop for a soak at Banjar Hot Spring, a small spring popular with the locals. Tonight, head to Ibu Wayan's to learn about Balinese cuisine before sitting down to a home-cooked meal.
Day 7 Lovina - Bedugul
After breakfast, head to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk (approximately 1 hour) where you’ll walk through aromatic clove and coffee plantations to a spectacular hidden waterfall. Continue inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul (approximately 1 hour). It’s a good idea to pack warm clothing as the early mornings and evenings can be quite cool. Spend the afternoon strolling amongst more than 2000 species of plants indigenous to Indonesia at the Bali Botanical Gardens.
Day 8 Sanur
Visit Lake Bratan nearby for delightful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist temple set on a small island in the lake. Continue by minivan to Sanur and enjoy some free time there in the afternoon. Perhaps enjoy a stroll along Bali's first beachfront walk, chat with the locals as they too enjoy the sea and sun, watch the fishermen in the shallows or kick back and relax at one of the beachside restaurants. Get a feel for the traditions and local customs which are well maintained here. Ancient temples are easily accessible – just a short distance away from the beach.
Day 9 Ubud
Transfer from Sanur back to Ubud today. Enjoy free time for to soak up more of the relaxed atmosphere and feast on the array of cuisines.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting this evening to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Day 10 Ubud (White Water Rafting)
Embark on a white water rafting adventure just outside Ubud today. Zoom down an 11km long river stretch, navigating through class II and III rapids set to a backdrop of pristine rainforest, shadowy gorges and picturesque rice paddies (approximately 2 hours). Finish up with a hot shower – clean towels and changing rooms are available. For lunch, enjoy a buffet feast before heading back to Ubud for the afternoon.
Day 11 Candidasa (Cycling)
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city today, driving from Ubud to the foothills of Mount Agung (approximately 2 hours). Here you’ll start your day of cycling. The route you’ll ride will start close to the slopes of Mount Agung, beginning with a winding trail through lush bamboo forests and fruit orchards, then passing through local villages and rice paddies. The whole route is approximately 27 kilometres and will immerse you in the Balinese countryside. You’ll cycle along quiet country roads and mostly head downhill, but there’ll also be a few short hills to get your pulse racing. Your ride will finish up at white beach, a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing. There are plenty of local warungs (cafes) here, the perfect place to get some lunch. After some time to relax here, transfer to your guesthouse, where you’ll spend the next 2 nights. The accommodation is fan cooled and there are cold water showers.
Day 12 Candidasa (Trekking)
Today you will drive 30 mins to the stunningly green and lush Amlapura region to do some trekking, passing through Budakeling, a Buddhist Brahmana village, cacao plantations and then walk on to the village of Bedandem and visit a local silversmith. Your next stop is Gumung, where a rice terrace gives you a breath taking view of Mt Agung. Here you might be lucky enough to join the locals in the field for the rice harvest. The whole walk takes around 4-5 hours and you will end at Tirta Ganga water palace, here you can take a well-earned lunch before enjoying a visit to the palace and taking an optional plunge into the cool water pools.
Day 13 Amed (Trekking)
Take a minivan to Pura Luhur (approximately 30 minutes). Climb more than 1,700 steps to Lempuyang Temple (approximately 5-6 hours). The walk is paved the entire way and it is easy to find your way to the top. According to the locals, you shouldn't complain on your way to the top, otherwise you'll never make it! There are many spiritual and mythical aspects to this rewarding journey. There are actually seven different temples to see at this site. Enjoy views of Mount Agung, Bali's highest peak. But also keep an eye out for long-tailed macaques circling in the sky. After your climb, return to the base and drive to your guesthouse, located on a black sand beach where you can finish off the day with a refreshing swim.
Day 14 Amed
Enjoy a free day in Amed. Soak up the peace and quiet of this remote coastal getaway – it's an excellent place for a relaxing stroll along the shore or perhaps some yoga. While the shoreline itself is often rocky, the waters are crystal clear, making it an excellent place for snorkelling and diving. Those looking to discover the US Liberty wreck here can put on some snorkelling gear and go exploring. If you're interested in this option, chat to your leader.
Day 15 Senaru, Lombok
Travel by fast boat to Senggigi, Lombok. This afternoon take a guided tour of the local Sasak village to learn about the history and culture of these people who live on the slopes of Mt Rinjani. Learn about how their traditions and beliefs surrounding this active volcano. Our guide is also part of a female guiding association that trains and develops women in tourism. Later today you will meet your local guide, discuss safety and waste management, be briefed on the route, and have time to pack your overnight bag for tomorrow morning. On returning, perhaps kick back with a cool drink.
Day 16 Mt Rinjani, Lombok
Begin your full-day trek to Mt Rinjani today a climb of 2000M over a distance of 9KM, departing at around 7am. Your route follows a variety of terrain – solid dirt path, solid rock, gravel and grass. There will be plenty of stops along the way to rest your legs and take some photos. Look out for long-tail monkeys and exotic butterflies as you hike along these lovely trails. First you'll walk in shady forest; after that, the rest is open grassland. The last section is the toughest, up steep gravel and dirt paths it can often get very dusty on this section so a good idea to have a bandana to cover your mouth. This takes you to the campsite just below the crater rim (2,600 m). Here a clear evening will give way to awesome views across Bali, the Gili Islands and Mt Agung. There are no shower facilities tonight so wet wipes are a good idea and the toilet is a simple tent over a pit.
Day 17 Mt Rinjani - Senaru, Lombok
Get up early to catch the blazing sunrise. After a 7am breakfast, it's time to descend back to Senaru. A second perspective on yesterday's environs is sure to yield some new discoveries – perhaps honeyeaters or cockatoos perched amid the dense forest.
Day 18 Gili Islands
Transfer from Senaru to Telak Naru (approximately 1.5 hours). Here you will take a boat to Gili Air (approximately 20 minutes). Beautiful white beaches await in this paradise of bamboo huts and blue-grean ocean. Take the opportunity for a well-earned rest, or a perhaps a refreshing swim.
Day 19 Gili Islands
Get amongst the marine life on a snorkelling trip around the crystal waters of Gili Air. After being fitted for snorkelling equipment, head out on a motorised wooden boat around the Gili Islands. Swim out straight off the boat and catch colourful scenes of fish and sea turtles in the water. You will make a few stops at different spots around the islands.
Day 20 Gili Islands
Your trip comes to an end today with no further activities planned. If you are departing from Bali or Lombok airports, please allow enough time to book a fast boat and land transfer for your return.
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