Fall under the spell of Indonesia’s shimmering islands

The many islands of Indonesia are scattered like gems across the Indian Ocean, hidden oases of tropical rainforests, colourful reefs and warm people ready to open their hearts and their homes to visitors. Bali, Komodo, and Flores are the perfect island trifecta for an odyssey that is equal parts adventure, relaxation and culture. Conquer the slopes of simmering Mt Batur, hunt for legendary Komodo Dragons, dine with locals in their home, and visit remote villages to see their traditional way of life. Discover these enthralling islands and see for yourself why travellers continue to return here time and again.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Ubud, Indonesia
Finish
Sanur, Indonesia
Country
Indonesia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
TISFC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • With hiking, cycling and snorkelling, this trip is steeped in outdoor activities. But there's also plenty of time to relax – bathe in hot springs, laze on the beach or stroll around botanical gardens.

  • Immerse yourself in Balinese culture – you'll eat street food with locals, meet songket weavers, witness a traditional Kecak dance performance and visit a Hindu-Buddhist island temple.

  • Catch two stunning sunrises: one from the summit of Mt Batur, and the other from across the dazzling crater lakes of Mt Kelimutu.

  • Explore the less-known Indonesian island of Flores and experience the traditional ethnic cultures that live here

  • Snorkel among the vibrant sea life and coral of the stunning 17 Islands Marine Park outside Riung

  • Hike through lush rainforests to Wae Rebo. Meet the local community and spend a night in a traditional conical hut.

  • Keep your eyes peeled on the lookout for prehistoric Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island

Is this trip right for you?

  • A good level of fitness is essential, as there are a range of physical activities included (cycling from Ubud, hiking up Mt Batur and Mt Kelimutu and to Wae Rebo, and two included snorkelling trips).

  • There are some very early mornings to make the most of our days, including a 3am start to climb Mt Batur (Day 5) and a 2 am start on Day 11 to see Mount Kelimutu at sunrise. Bring your alarm clock, and be prepared to catch up on sleep on the bus. The view at sunrise is well worth the effort, especially if the weather's fine!

  • Bali is blessed with a consistent climate for most of the year. However, the rainy season (usually October–March) brings frequent downpours. The good news is that these rainy bursts don't last long, and it is usually still warm.

  • There are some long travel days of driving by private transport in Flores and Bali (as there are no suitable public transport options available). Some of the roads can be quite bumpy as local infrastructure development is limited. We will make stops to break up the trip and it is a good idea to read or listen to music along the way.

  • The accommodation at Wae Rebo is basic village accommodation. Your group may join with other guests sleeping on floor mats inside the hut. There are no shower facilities but you can freshen up following our stay.

  • Accommodation in Flores in general is more basic than you would experience in Bali, as tourism is still developing.

  • There are two included snorkelling trips and you will need to be a confident swimmer to participate in these activities.

  • There are some included walks, each a couple of hours uphill, and some walking in the dark before sunrise, so pack a headtorch and good walking shoes.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 December 2018 - 31 December 2018

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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Led by your local guide, you will tour Ubud on foot today (approximately 2.5 total). Take a local bus for 15 minutes to the starting point of your walk. Along the way you'll 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. The tour ends in central Ubud where you'll have time to explore the many cafes, galleries and shops on your own. Today you'll also visit Bumi Sehat, a local community-based health clinic whose mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
In the evening you will 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Bumi Sehat Hosted Visit
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Set off by bicycle (approximately 2.5 hours) through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields – a great way to meet the local people and take in the lovely views. About 1.5 hours of the cycling is downhill, so you can save your pedal power. Along the way, you'll make stops for photo opportunities and to rest if you need to. There are plenty of opportunities to visit some of the small and intricately carved temples. Your ride concludes in Ubud. Next, head for the hills and the village of Sidemen, travelling by minivan (approximately 2 hours). Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful and friendly village of Sidemen is proof that Bali has pockets tucked away from the tourism the island is famous for. It's a little cooler up here, thanks to the elevation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Bike tour: Taro to Ubud
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Bicycle helmets are included on your ride, and there is a support vehicle if the going gets too tough.

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 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. Your accommodation at the base of Mt Batur is a basic hotel with a restaurant. This is a great location at which to start tomorrow's early morning trek without extra travelling time.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sideman - Guided walking tour and traditional lunch
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
There are often mosquitos and bugs around Lake Batur, so be sure to pack your insect repellent. Long pants will be useful today to protect from insects.
Get up at 3 am this morning to walk to the summit of Mt Batur (approximately 1.5–2 hours). 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 descending the volcano, there's an option to soak in hot springs with fantastic views over the lake and caldera. 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 massage and yoga.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
Optional Activities
  • Mt Batur - Hot springs - IDR180000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The summit trail starts more easily, while heading to the crater it climbs steeply with switchbacks over volcanic rocks and gravel. A good level of fitness is required. The path can be slippery, particularly after rain so good shoes are essential. Please bring your headtorch and a warm layer to wear at the summit.
The climb may be cancelled during heavy rain and unsafe conditions.
Enjoy a day of snorkelling on Menjangan Island reef, a short boat ride from the coast (there will approximately 2 hours of travel in total). This island and its coral reefs are part of the Bali Barat National Park. Enjoy some free time in Lovina this afternoon, exploring 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.
On the way back stop at Banjar Hot Spring, a small spring popular with the locals.
Tonight we head to Ibu Wayan's to learn about Balinese cuisine and have a home cooked meal.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lovina - Snorkelling Menjangan Island Reef
  • Lovina - Bali Barat NP Snorkelling
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance
Optional Activities
  • Lovina - Yoga class - IDR120000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
After a storm or erratic weather there can be a problem with rubbish in the water around Menjangan, and also throughout Bali's coastal areas.

Intrepid does not support dolphin-watching trips as an optional activity, as there is little regulation of this activity. Previous travellers have raised concerns over many motorised boats pursuing dolphins pods.
Bring your swimming gear to visit today as our first stop is a visit to the small but more local Banjar Hot Springs. Continue to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk (approximately 1 hour). Walk through clove and coffee plantations to a hidden waterfall. 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 to Bedugul (approximately 1 hour). This mountain town 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Munduk - Waterfall visit
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Our accommodation here has no air conditioning, as it is not generally required in the cooler climate of Bedugul.
Visit the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugal. Here, over 2,000 species of plants from all over Indonesia are on display in a tranquil highland setting. 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
Optional Activities
  • Sanur - Morning Cycling Tour - IDR270000
  • Sanur - Cooking Class - IDR450000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY: Please note departures on the below dates will operate on an alternate itinerary. Today travel from Bedugul to Ubud.
Enjoy some free time left for last-minute shopping and sightseeing.

This will affect trips commencing on: 2 May 2017, 7 Jun 2017, 19 Jun 2017, 12 Jul 2017, 06 Sep 2017, 13 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017.
Today you may need to move to a different hotel in Sanur, for the next section of your trip. If you do need to move your leader will help you with transferring to your next hotel.
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 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.
Before then enjoy a free day in Sanur. Make the most of the beach front promenade or perhaps opt to relax with a Balinese massage or yoga lesson.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sanur - Yoga Lesson - IDR100000
  • Sanur - Balinese Massage - IDR90000
  • Sanur - Morning Cycling Tour - IDR270000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise and shine! The early start this morning (2am) will be well rewarded with spectacular sunrise views of Mt Kelimutu's three brightly coloured lake craters. First it's a matter of a two hour drive towards Mt Kelimutu and then a 30-40 minute walk to the viewpoint over the craters. At around 9am, ride back to Ende in time for lunch. Afterwards, the group will depart for Riung - a journey that is expected to take between 4-7 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning catch a transfer to Denpasar Airport for a flight to Ende, a spectacular port town resting in the shadow of two volcanoes. On arrival catch a taxi to the hotel to freshen up and then join your leader on an orientation walk. Perhaps pay a visit to the town's black-sand and cobblestone beaches. Head to bed early because tomorrow you trek to Mount Kelimutu, famous for its three brightly coloured volcanic lakes.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Wake up in beautiful Riung, a fishing village located on the northern coast of Indonesia famously known as the gateway to the 17 Islands National Park. The islands themselves are aquatic wonderlands of clear blue waters, pristine sandy beaches and vibrant coral reefs. See it all for yourself on a snorkelling trip with a guide and enjoy a specially cooked lunch on the beach. Later, visit Bats Island and see the thousands of bats hanging on the island's mangrove trees. The sight of bats filling the evening sky at sunset is spectacular as the furry critters fly out in search of fresh fruit and insects for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Riung/17 Islands National Park - Snorkelling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Climb into the bus for a road trip from Riung to Bejawa. The trip takes approximately 8-10 hours but there will be a relaxing pit stop at Mengeruda Hot Springs on the way. The springs flow from Mount Inelika and the soothing waters are said to hold medicinal properties, such as curing skin conditions. Take the time to unwind surrounded by waterfalls and overhanging trees and let the pebbles massage your knots. Afterwards, head on to the laid-back hill town of Bajawa and see its blossoming gardens.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Journey 1.5-2 hours from Bajawa to Bena village, a megalithic village located in Ngada. The architecture here is very traditional, with tall thatched huts and traditional weaving techniques on display. Follow your leader on a guided tour of the village and see the impressive stone formations and ancestral shrines. After spending some time to meet the locals and learn about their customs, travel onwards to Ruteng. The trip to Ruteng takes 4-5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bajawa - Bena Traditional Village guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Ruteng today for Dintor. 30 minutes out from Ruteng the group will stop off for a visit at Cancar to see its unique spider web rice fields - vast circular rice paddies that spiral inwards just like a spider web. Afterwards it's a 3-4 hour drive to Dintor. For this journey we will use a local flat bed truck with a cover over the top. Because the roads are difficult getting into Dintor we cannot take our coach/minibus down.

On arrival the group will enjoy lunch and stow their larger bags before we set out on a trek to Wae Rebo, a tribal village located in the middle of a lush rainforest valley. From the start point the trek takes about 2.5 hours and you will need to have good walking shoes and an overnight pack. Be greeted by the Wae Rebo villagers with a welcome ceremony waiting for us on arrival. Take the chance to enjoy some traditional foods prepared by the villagers and sample some speciality Wae Rebo coffee. If the weather is sunny the group may be treated to a special cultural performance too.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wae Rebo - Welcome ceremony and traditional homestay
  • Ruteng - Cancar Spider Web Rice Fields
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
There only seven traditional houses and our group will be sleeping in one of them along with other guests that are staying there. Each house can accommodate up to 50 people and is fitted with shared bathrooms, squat toilets, and bucket showers. The group will be sleeping on mattresses on the ground. Although blankets are provided it might be a good idea to bring a sheet with you. It's important to be respectul to our hosts so it is recommended that you wear conservative clothing and avoid tank tops and short shorts.
Wake up in the mountains to the sound of birds and spend the morning at breakfast with the local villagers. Afterwards, trek back down through the rainforest to Dintor. Collect your bags and then hop aboard the truck to Labuan Bajo (approximately 6-7 hours). Labuan Bajo is a peaceful fishing town better known as the launching point for impressive trips to Komodo Island, home of the famous Komodo dragons. While away the afternoon exploring the waterfront and perhaps enjoy a seafood dinner and watch the sunset.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Rise early today (3:30am) and catch the boat from Labuan Bajo harbor to Komodo National Park, a trip that takes between 3-4 hours depending on the current. While on board you can choose to sneak in a nap before arriving at Komodo Island. The early start gives the group time to explore Komodo Island while also taking the opportunity to snorkel at the nearby Pink Beach. Unfortunately due to time constraints we are unable to visit Rinca Island and it will not be included as part of this trip. Dock at Komodo Island and prepare your camera for a two hour photography safari on the hunt for gigantic Komodo Dragons. Later, return to the boat and travel to Pink Beach, famous for its pristine waters and pink sand, which change hue as it mixes with the sea water. Take the opportunity to enjoy some snorkelling but remember to hire your gear from Labuan Bajo before departure. After spending some time with the colourful fish and coral, climb back on to the boat for the return journey to Labuan Bajo. We will arrive back about 5-6pm depending on the current.  
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Labuan Bajo - Komodo Island National Park visit
Optional Activities
  • Labuan Bajo - Snorkel hire - IDR50000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Say goodbye to Labuan Bajo, spending the morning with a long breakfast at the local cafes. Board an afternoon flight to Sanur. Perhaps spend the last hours of this trip visiting the enchanting Bali Orchard Garden or rummaging the Sindhu markets for last minute souvenirs. Enjoy a final Indonesian feast with the group and reflect on the highlights of the trip.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end today and you are free to depart at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Sanur - Cooking Class - IDR450000
  • Sanur - Balinese Massage - IDR90000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Private minibus, Plane, Taxi, Truck

Accommodation

Guesthouse (3 nts), Hotel (6 nts), Homestay (1 nt)

Included activities

  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Bumi Sehat Hosted Visit
  • Ubud - Bike tour: Taro to Ubud
  • Sideman - Guided walking tour and traditional lunch
  • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
  • Lovina - Snorkelling Menjangan Island Reef
  • Lovina - Bali Barat NP Snorkelling
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance
  • Munduk - Waterfall visit
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
  • Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
  • Kelimutu - Sunrise Kelimutu Volcanic Crater walk
  • Riung/17 Islands National Park - Snorkelling
  • Bajawa - Mengeruda Hot Springs
  • Bajawa - Bena Traditional Village guided tour
  • Wae Rebo - Welcome ceremony and traditional homestay
  • Ruteng - Cancar Spider Web Rice Fields
  • Labuan Bajo - Komodo Island National Park visit

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Important notes

1. Passport Details: Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 3, 4, 11, 12, 14 (small hotels/ guesthouses) & 15 (homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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