BALI & LOMBOK ADVENTURE
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From AU$ 2360 15 Days
  • Indonesia
  • Max 12 passengers
  • Ubud Senggigi
  • Private minibus, Van, Ferry, Boat, Taxi
  • Hotel (7 nts), Guesthouse (7 nts)
15 days From AU$ 2360

Overview

Discover the real Indonesia, as you leave the resort strips of Bali behind and embrace the tropics of Bali and Lombok.  Discover gorgeous beaches then hike to the summit of Mt Batur, where, on a clear morning, dazzling sunrise vistas stretch across the Lombok Strait, all the way over to the peaks of Mt Rinjani.  Mingle with the locals, as you explore quaint villages off the tourist trail and spend the day travelling alongside them as you travel between islands. Snorkel the crystal waters around Menjangan Island reef, and the Gili Islands, keeping your eyes open for tropical fish and sea turtles.  Jump on a bike and cycle around Ubud through backstreets and rice fields, then head to Sideman and discover the local industry of weaving and enjoy a traditional feast. This trip is guaranteed to leave you enthralled as you walk, cycle, snorkel, hike and swim around these two unique islands.  Although both very different from the other, they are both famous for their beauty and welcoming spirit, which you will experience at every turn of this trip.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Ubud

Your adventure begins today in the arts and cultural centre of Bali, Ubud.   Arrive at the hotel at leisure, check in and explore the area, just make sure you are back at the hotel for the evening welcome meeting. After the meeting enjoy more free time to experience Ubuds evening life, maybe gather some of your new friends and head out to Gianyar night market to try some of the local cuisine, this is a great way to get a taste of the local culture and cuisine.


Day 2 Ubud

This morning we enjoy exploring Ubud on foot. Led by our local guide, we will see the goings-on of daily village life, rice fields, an alang alang valley (wild grass that is used for making the roof on traditional buildings), and visit a local painting and handicraft area. We finish the tour in central Ubud, and enjoy some free time to explore the many cafes, galleries and shops found here.   Afterwards we head to Bumi Sehat, a local community-based health clinic whose mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality. Tonight we sit down to a traditional Kecak dance performance, you are sure to be left in awe as we experience this beautiful performance which is driven not by musical instruments but by human chanting, sure to be a trip highlight.


Day 3 Ubud to Sidemen

This morning we jump on a bicycle and pedal through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields mingling with the locals as we take in the lovely views. This slower pace gives us the chance to stop for photos, chat to locals and visit some of the small and intricately carved temples. We ride back to Ubud, then jump in a minivan and head for the hills and the village of Sidemen. Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful and friendly village of Sidemen is proof that Bali has pockets which are tucked away from the tourism the island is famous for. It's a little cooler up here, thanks to the elevation.


Day 4 Sideman to Mt Batur

This morning we enjoy a village walk around Sidemen, visiting the craftspeople of the local songket weaving industry. We enjoy a traditional 'bungkus' lunch on the walk and admire the beautiful scenery as we explore the area. The walk also offers the opportunity to cool off in the river nearby, the perfect reward for a mornings walk. After our walk we continue our journey higher into the mountains, as we drive along the crater rim road to a fishing village on the edge of Lake Batur. Volcanic Mt Batur (1,717 m) sits inside a stark and spectacular caldera, and 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. Tonight we sleep at a basic hotel at the base of Mt Batur, a fantastic location at which to start tomorrow's early morning trek without extra travelling time.


Day 5 Mt Batur to Lovina

We rise very early this morning (3am) and begin our walk to the summit of Mt Batur.   It is not a long walk, however you'll be glad you made the effort to rise early when you see the gorgeous sunrise over the valleys of Bali. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Lombok's Mt Rinjani. This may well be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. Do keep in mind, however, that the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes the view is obscured by clouds.  After sunrise we begin the decent down the volcano, where you may wish to reward your morning’s efforts with a relaxing soak in some stunning hot springs with fantastic views over the lake and caldera. After we are all refreshed and relaxed we leave the mountains and head to the small coastal town of Lovina. Lovina is famous for the dolphins that patrol its coast. It's also a great spot for fine food, traditional massage and yoga.


Day 6 Lovina

After a day in the mountains today we enjoy a day of snorkelling on Menjangan Island reef, a short boat ride from the coast.  This island and its coral reefs are part of the Bali Barat National Park. In the afternoon we return to Lovina, where we enjoy some free time to explore the sun-drenched coastline. Just be careful of rubbish in the water if you go swimming, as this can be a problem after bouts of stormy weather in the waters around Menjangan, as in other coastal areas in Bali. Notes: Intrepid no longer supports dolphin-watching trips as an optional activity, as there is little regulation of them, and many previous travellers have raised concerns over sightings of motorised boats pursuing dolphins.


Day 7 Lovina to Bedugul

We start off our day with a visit to the small but more local Banjar Hot Springs. After a relaxing soak we head to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk, where we enjoy a scenic walk through clove and coffee plantations to a hidden waterfall. We then head to the nearby Lake Bratan, where we are treated to delightful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist temple set on a small island in the lake. We then head to the mountain town of Bedugul, which is nestled in the cool and misty highlands, in a volcanic lake region covered in lush vegetation. Your warm clothes may come in handy for early mornings and evenings here.


Day 8 Bedugal to Sanur

We enjoy a visit to the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugal, where over 2000 species of plants from all over Indonesia are on display in a tranquil highland setting. We then hit the road once again and head to Sanur, enjoying some free time on arrival.  You may wish to use this time at leisure to explore Sanur’s white sand beach, which stretches along the coast for five kilometres, sheltered along its length by reef making it safe for swimming. Take the time to 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. Sanur maintains its traditions and local customs and ancient temples are only a hop, skip and a jump from the beach.  As this is a combination trip, your group leader and travel friends may change here, so take the opportunity to bid farewell to those leaving and meet any newcomers at this evening’s group meeting.


Day 9 Sanur to Tetebatu

This morning we hit the road to the port of Padang Bai, where we board a ferry that takes us from Bali to Lombok. The ferry itself is set to create fantastic memories as this huge multi-level boat, is often brimming with food hawkers offering interesting snacks, and is a great way to mingle with the local passengers on board. Although this journey is long, the ferry ride and the arrival into Lembar port can be quite an eye-opener, as both the scenery and culture of Lombok are very different to that of Bali. From Lembar we jump on a bus and head to the hill retreat of Tetebatu, which is situated in the centre of Lombok, at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, and boasts spectacular views.


Day 10 Tetebatu to Masbagik

Today we enjoy a guided walk through verdant rice fields and see how the farmers of this region have tended the land for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. We then climb a little higher and pass through clove and coffee plantations before visiting the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast. We then return to the hotel, before heading to Masbagik village, which is noted for its pottery. Here we enjoy the time to explore the village, learn the process of pottery making, and maybe even getting your hands dirty and trying it for yourself. We give our hands a clean, then continue through the village and see the other products Masbagik is renowned for, such as tofu and soya bean.


Day 11 Masbagik to Senaru

This morning we travel around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani. Along the way we stop to visit a market and some local villages famous for their crafts, including bamboo weaving. We spend most of the day on the road, traveling slowly and enjoying many stops as we head to our destination at Senaru. After a day of travelling, we enjoy spending the night at Senaru, a small, rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.


Day 12 Senaru to Gili Islands

This morning we continue to the west coast of Lombok where we visit the spectacular Singang Gila waterfall.  From here we can see the Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, and we hop on a small boat and head over to Gili Air. Here we enjoy the breezy atmosphere as we discover the stunning white beaches that rival those of the neighbouring islands.  On arrival we enjoy a 15-minute walk from the port to our hotel (Our bags can be transported to the hotel) Here we enjoy a real island atmosphere as we get in touch with nature in private outdoor bathrooms (with a lockable external doors).


Day 13 Gili Islands

This we grab our snorkels and explore the crystal waters of Gili Air, which teems with marine life. We head out on a motorised wooden boat around the Gili Islands, swimming out straight off the boat to discover colourful scenes of tropical fish and majestic sea turtles, stopping at different spots around the islands. All the swimming will leave you hungry, so tonight we feast on a delicious dinner of local seafood. Notes: This activity is subject to local weather conditions and may be cancelled due to rough seas.


Day 14 Gili Islands to Senggigi

This morning we take a short boat trip back to Lombok, then transfer to our guesthouse in Senggigi. Ideally positioned to take in the glorious sunsets over nearby Bali, this renowned beach resort is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Enjoy spending the afternoon at leisure, you may wish to visit the nearby Pura Batu Bolong, an important local Hindu temple and also a lovely spot to watch the sun go down.


Day 15 Senggigi

This morning your 15 Day Bali and Lombok Adventure sadly comes to an end, leaving you with 15 days of unforgettable memories off the tourist trail in tropical Bali and Lombok.   You will have climbed volcanoes, visited sacred temples, snorkelled crystal clear waters, mingled with the locals and discovered that there is more to Bali than just the tourist strip and beachside resorts

 

Notes:

The Mt Batur summit trail follows switchbacks over volcanic rocks and gravel, and in places the trail can be quite steep. A good level of fitness is required.

 

You will need appropriate walking shoes, a head torch, a waterproof jacket and sufficiently warm clothing for Mt Batur and Bedugul. These items are available for purchase in Bali, but you may prefer to bring them from home to ensure correct fit and quality.

 

When visiting Pura Ulun Danu Bratan you will need to wear a traditional sarong.


Included

  • Hotel (7 nts), Guesthouse (7 nts)
  • Private minibus, Van, Ferry, Boat, Taxi

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