Bali & Lombok Adventure Trip Notes

Bali & Lombok Adventure

These trip notes are valid for departures from 03 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the trip notes for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015
Bali & Lombok Adventure
Trip code: TISGC
Validity: 03 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015
Get ready for a magical getaway on picturesque Islands on this adventure through Bali and Lombok. Blending gorgeous beaches, great food and rich cultures with Indonesia´s warm weather and sapphire seas, this trip is guaranteed to leave you enthralled. Walk, cycle, snorkel, hike and swim through the pristine environs while discovering the allure of these two unique islands, famous for their beauty and welcoming spirit.
Bali is an exquisite tropical island that captures the imagination of all who visit. With its rich cultures, verdant rice fields and small villages bursting with character, it's not surprising that Bali is many a traveller's number one destination. This is a journey that lets you experience the less-travelled side of the island; walking, cycling, snorkelling and swimming in some of Bali's most beautiful settings.
Please note that as a result of traveller feedback on the active nature of this trip, the physical rating has been raised from 2 to 3. As well as sightseeing on foot and by bike, some activities involve walking on uneven or slippery terrain for extended periods of time and there are also considerable numbers or uneven steps in certain destinations. Please ensure you bring appropriate footwear.
For departures starting from 1st January 2016 this trip be spending Day 8 in Sanur. This is to allow our travellers extra beach time and avoid duplication in the itinerary. Itinerary changes will be as follows:
Day 8 - Visit Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugal. Travel from Bedugal to Sanur, arrive in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Sanur.
Day 9 - Travel by minivan from Sanur to the port of Padang Bai, and catch a ferry to Lombok
Table of Contents
StyleSingle travellersEmergency funds
MapMeals introductionIssues on your trip
ItineraryMealsWhat to take
We also recommendTransportHealth
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderSafety
Culture shock rating Joining point Travel insurance
Physical ratingJoining point descriptionResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining point instructionsA couple of rules
Optional activitiesArrival complicationsThe Intrepid Foundation
Spending moneyFinish point Responsible Travel projects
Important notesFinish point descriptionCarbon offset
Group sizeFinish point instructionsFeedback
Your fellow travellersEmergency contact
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
  • Our Original style trips have a great balance of included activities with your group and free time to explore independently. Where we stay ensures we keep our travellers firmly entrenched in a region’s people and culture, and provides them with unique local experiences that benefits the community too. In most locations we stay in simple tourist-class hotels (i.e. 2-3 stars), plus on many trips you'll also get to experience a night with a local family on a homestay or something a little different like a Bedouin camp in the Sahara. Original style trips come with all manner of transport modes and use a mixture of local and private transport. You might find yourself sailing in a dhow in Zanzibar, jumping on a rickshaw in Sri Lanka or sailing on a yacht through the Galapagos. No matter the mode, it's all about minimising our environmental impact and making getting around part of the adventure.

Days 1-2 Ubud
Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali.
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Ubud is Bali's main arts and cultural centre, recently made famous by the Hollywood movie, Eat Pray Love. It's a wonderful place to experience the magic that has made Bali such a popular travel destination.
Head out to Gianyar night market to try some of the local cuisine. Although the setup is very informal when eating here, it's a great way to get your first taste of the local culture and cuisine.
Enjoy a traditional Kecak dance performance, considered a highlight by most travellers. Kecak tells the Ramayana story of Prince Rama on a quest to rescue his kidnapped wife, Sita, with the help of the monkey army. No musical instruments are used, just human chanting that rises to crescendo as fires burn around, and monsters appear from the darkness to perform their part in the story.
Our local guide will take you on an approx 3 hour tour of the Ubud area, which will give you an opportunity to observe the day-to-day village life of the local people, see rice fields and an alang alang valley (wild grass that is used for making the roof on traditional buildings), and visit a local painting handicraft area. The tour ends in central Ubud where you'll have time to explore the many cafes, galleries and shops on your own.
Please note that in your hotel room in Ubud is fan-cooled by a ceiling fan. Air-conditioning is not included, but can be made provided at an additional cost. You can pay for this locally - please inquire at the hotel reception.
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Gianyar night market
  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden - Free
Artini 2 Cottages or similar (2 nts)
Day 3 Sidemen
Set off by bicycle through hilly back lanes, small villages and rice paddies - a great way to meet the local people and take in the views along the way. We ride for about 3 hours, making stops for magnificent photo opportunities and a rest if needed. There are plenty of opportunities to visit some of the small and intricately carved temples. Our ride concludes in Ubud.
Please note that bicycle helmets are included and we also have a support vehicle if the going gets too tough.
Head for the hills and the village of Sidemen by minivan (approx 2 hrs).
Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful and friendly village of Sidemen is proof that Bali has pockets completely away from the tourism the island is famous for. Being at elevation it's slightly cooler here which is a welcome relief.
Optional Activities
  • Sidemen - Traditional dance - IDR60000
Teras Bali Sidemen or similar (1 nt)
Day 4 Mt Batur
Take a morning walk around Sidemen, visiting local songket weaving cottage industries and sampling a traditional 'bungkus' lunch. The walk takes around 3-4 hours and is a chance to take in great views. You can also cool off in the nearby river.
Continuing our journey higher into the mountains, drive along the crater rim road to a fishing village on the edge of Lake Batur (approx 2 hrs).
Volcanic Mt Batur (1717 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.
Our accommodation at the base of Mt Batur is a basic hotel, with a restaurant. Staying in this location is a great position to start our early morning trek without extra travelling time. Located right near Lake Batur there are often mosquitos and bugs, so make sure to take your insect repellent.
Included Activities
  • Sideman - Guided walking tour and traditional lunch
Hotel Segara or similar (1 nt)
Days 5-6 Lovina
Rising early (ie. 3am!), reach the summit of Mt Batur in time to witness a stunning sunrise over the valleys of Bali. The walk takes 1.5-2 hours up, and yes, it's UP! The trail follows switch backs over volcanic rocks and gravel, in places the trail can be quite steep. A good level of fitness is required. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Lombok's Mt Rinjani. We have found that Batur is often a highlight of the trip for our travelers, however the weather here is unpredictable, and sometimes the view is obscured by clouds. After descending the volcano, there's an option to soak in hot springs with great views over the lake and caldera.
You will need appropriate walking shoes, a head torch,waterproof jacket and warm clothing for Mt Batur & Bedugul. While this is possible to buy in Bali, you may prefer to bring from home to ensure correct fit and quality.
Make the journey from the mountains to the small coastal town of Lovina (approx 3 hrs).
Lovina is famous for the dolphins that patrol its coast, and is a great place for fine food, traditional massage or a yoga class.
Our time in Lovina provides plenty of opportunities to explore this area - perhaps a dawn trip by outrigger boat to watch the dolphins come into the bay.
Enjoy a day of snorkelling on a Menjangan Island reef, a short boat ride from the coast (total travel time approx. 2 hours). This island and its coral reefs are part of the Bali Barat National Park. After a storm or unsettled weather there can be a problem with rubbish in the water around Menjangan, and also throughout Bali's coastal areas.
We visit the lively Seririt Market, then spend some time soaking in the enchanting Banjar Holy Hot Springs, where the warm waters gush from the mouths of stone-carved nagas (dragons) in a beautifully landscaped lush tropical garden.
Included Activities
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
  • Lovina - Snorkelling Menjangan Island Reef
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
Optional Activities
  • Lovina - Yoga class - IDR120000
Angsoka Hotel or similar (2 nts)
Day 7 Bedugul
Visit nearby Lake Bratan where you can get great views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a classical-style temple set on a small island in the lake, and we don traditional sarongs to visit the famous Hindu-Buddhist temple on the lake. Pura Ulan Danau Bratan is dedicated to the Goddess of the lake, and is one of Bali's nine 'directional temples' it protects Bali from evil spirits from the North West.
Continue to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk (approx 1 hr).
Walk through clove and coffee plantations to a hidden waterfall for a refreshing dip. The area offers superb views across the hills of Bali and, on a clear day, the beaches of the northern coast.
Travel on to Bedugal (approx 1 hr)
Nestled in Bali's cool and misty highlands, the mountain town of Bedugal lies in a beautiful region of volcanic lakes and ranges covered in lush vegetation.
Included Activities
  • Munduk - Waterfall visit
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
Strawberry Hill Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 8 Ubud
For those with extra time in Ubud there are plenty of things to see and do. Bicycles can be hired to explore surrounding rice paddies and small villages or get to the lush Botanic Gardens just outside of town. There are numerous art galleries and interesting museums that can take up your day, and If shopping is more your thing, there are plenty of woodwork, silverware and other handicraft shops to browse through.
On our trip we will visit our Intrepid Foundation project partner in Ubud, Bumi Sehat. Bumi Sehat is a local community based health clinic with a mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality, as well as to support the health and development of the community. Here we are give a short tour and talk by one of the staff, explaining about the important work they do here. Any of our travellers’ donations made through the The Intrepid Foundation will be matched.
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.
Please note that in your hotel room in Ubud is fan-cooled by a ceiling fan. Air-conditioning is not included, but can be made provided at an additional cost. You can pay for this locally - please inquire at the hotel reception
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Inata Bisma or similar (1 nt)
Days 9-10 Tetebatu
Travel by minivan from Ubud to the port of Padang Bai (approx 1 hr).
Take a ferry from Bali to Lombok (approx 4-7 hrs). The ferry is a huge multi-level boat busy with food hawkers offering interesting snacks, as well as plenty of local passengers to meet. Although the journey is long, this 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.
Take a bus ride to Tetebatu (approx 3-4 hrs).
The hill retreat of Tetebatu, situated in the centre of Lombok at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, provides spectacular views.
Take a walk with our local guide through verdant rice fields and see how the farmers of this region have farmed for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. Climb a little higher through clove and coffee plantations. Approximate walking time: 2 hours.
After returning back to the hotel, we travel to Masbagik village, a village noted for its pottery. Exploring the village, we see the process of pottery making, and have the possibility to get down and dirty and try it for ourselves. We then continue through the village and see the other product that the village is famous for, tofu and soya bean.
Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast.
Included Activities
  • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
  • Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
  • Tetebatu - Rice Field and Village walk
Green Orry Inn or similar (2 nts)
Day 11 Mt Rinjani/Senaru
Visit a market and local villages famous for their crafts, including bamboo weaving.
Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani. Total driving time is about 5 hours but it will take most of the day to reach our destination at Senaru as we stop a couple of times.
Senaru is a small rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.
Pondok Senaru or similar (1 nt)
Days 12-13 Gili Islands
Travel on to the west coast (approx 2 hrs).
Take a leisurely walk to the spectacular Singang Gila waterfall.
Transfer by small boat to the laidback island of Gili Trawangan.
The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.
We stay on Gili Trawangan, where there is no motorised transport, only Cidemo’s (horse drawn carts).
We stay in a secluded part of the island, located right next to the beach, and about 20-30 minutes walk from the arrival port and main drag of restaurants. On arrival we will transfer our bags by Cidemo while we walk to our hotel.
The hotel has twin-share bungalows, and en-suite bathrooms with cold showers (brackish water - mix of salt and fresh water). It is possible to hire bikes and helmets to ride around the island.
You have free time to enjoy the pristine beach, which is literally 150 metres from our Hotel or island-hop to the nearby Gili Air or Gili Meno.
Enjoy snorkelling around the crystal waters of Gili Trawangan.
Indulge in a delicious BBQ buffet dinner, hopefully sampling some of the local catch.
Included Activities
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
  • Gili Air - Snorkelling
Optional Activities
  • Gili Trawangan - Yoga class - IDR80000
  • Gili Trawangan - Cooking class - IDR275000
Trawangan Oasis or similar (2 nts)
Days 14-15 Senggigi
Take a short boat trip back to Lombok (approx 40 mins) and transfer to our guesthouse in Senggigi (approx 1.5 hrs).
Ideally positioned to take in the glorious sunsets over nearby Bali, Senggigi is Lombok's most well-known beach resort and a perfect place to relax.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Senggigi - Pura Batu Bolong Hindu Temple - Free
Puri Bunga Beach Cottages or similar (1 nt)
    We also recommend
    If this trip is not quite right for you, cast your eye over these alternatives:
    • Discover Lombok (TISL)
    • Beautiful Bali (TISA)
    • Java & Bali Explorer (TISJC)
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
    Culture shock rating

    Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
    Physical rating

    This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
    Included activities
    Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
    Optional activities
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
    Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Important notes
    This trip concludes in Senggigi, Lombok. There are departure flights operating from Lombok International Airport. Please allow sufficient time to return to Bali if you are planning to depart from Bali, Denpasar International Airport. Please refer to the finish point instructions for further information.
    We recommend taking a backpack and packing lightly as we will be getting on and off small boats
    National Independence Day for Indonesia takes place on 17 August. Around this time you may experience some delays to transport, or alternative accommodation may be need to be sourced.
    Known as Nyepi and based on the lunar calendar (new moon), it takes place in March or April each year. Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence and do not leave their homes. Flights to/from Denpasar airport will be suspended for this day. We endeavour to schedule our trip departures so as to avoid this day, but please note that the exact date is announced quite late, so can be difficult to avoid.
    In 2016, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 6th June through until 5th July and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days.
    Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. Please note that drivers and leaders of Muslim faith are likely to be fasting over Ramadan. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it's a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.
    Group size
    Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
    Single travellers
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
    A single supplement is not available to purchase on this trip.
    Green Orry Inn or similar (2 nts), Trawangan Oasis or similar (2 nts), Artini 2 Cottages or similar (2 nts), Angsoka Hotel or similar (2 nts), Pondok Senaru or similar (1 nt), Puri Bunga Beach Cottages or similar (1 nt), Teras Bali Sidemen or similar (1 nt), Hotel Segara or similar (1 nt), Strawberry Hill Hotel or similar (1 nt), Inata Bisma or similar (1 nt)
    Lombok is generally less well developed than nearby Bali – the infrastructure is less developed and hotels are more basic.
    The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
    Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.
    Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
    If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
    Meals introduction
    While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
    13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
    Budget for meals not included:
    USD 300.00
    Strict vegetarians should be aware that a lot of Indonesian cooking contains fermented shrimp paste (terasi) as a basic ingredient. Although there are many vegetarian options available, please be specific when ordering food, as often a little chicken is included with most dishes.
    Ferry, Van, Taxi, Minibus, Private minibus, Truck
    There are some long travel days and some of the transport can be quite cramped and without air-conditioning.
    Group leader
    All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
    Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
    Joining point
    Artini 2 Cottages
    2 Jalan Hanoman
    Padang Tegal
    Phone: +62 361975689
    Fax: +62 361 813956
    Joining point description
    Located close to the centre of Ubud. Please be aware that there are three Artini hotels in Ubud. Our hotel is Artini 2 or 'Artini dua' in Indonesian. The complex is surrounded by lovely gardens and a great swimming pool. All rooms have private facilities and are fan cooled. The staff are friendly and helpful as well.
    Joining point instructions
    Taxis are cheap, safe and reliable. As you exit from Immigration at Denpasar you will see a sign for public taxis. At this booth you buy a coupon which is given to your driver. There is no bargaining - the system is straightforward. Expect to pay about IDR250,000. It takes up to one and a half hours to get to Ubud from the airport.
    An arrival transfer from the airport is available if purchased at the time of booking. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. Please note, if you have booked an airport transfer the driver will be waiting outside the main arrivals gate with an Intrepid sign – they will arrive 30 minutes after the scheduled arrival of your flight and wait for 2.5 hours only. If you have any problems finding the driver please call our local transfer operator Dewa on 0062 812 3926 142
    Look for the Intrepid information board at reception for suggestions of what you can do while waiting for the trip to start. Check-in time is 12 midday.
    Arrival complications
    We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.
    Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.
    Finish point
    Puri Bunga Beach Cottages
    Jalan Raya Senggigi
    Finish point description
    The Puri Bunga Beach Cottages are a mixture of western-styled Balinese bungalows privately positioned on terraced slopes of beautiful flowers. The hotel stretches between two green valleys within comfortable walking distance (25 metres) from the white sands of Senggigi Beach. Hotel Puri Bunga uniquely preserves your privacy within delightful surroundings in full view of the wide ocean and setting sun. Rooms are equipped with AC, private bathrooms, fridge & TV, with Wi-Fi also available at an additional cost.
    Finish point instructions
    The hotel can help you book a taxi to the Lombok Intrenational airport. Expect to pay approx. 200,000IDR (approx. 20USD) for the 1.5hr journey.
    Flights from Lombok (LOP) to Bali (Denpasar DPS) can be booked via the following websites:
    Alternatively you can arrange this at the start of your trip in Bali - but please be aware that availability on these flights is some times difficult to get at short notice. Another alternative is to take the ferry back to Bali. Your leader can advise you of transport options.
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Thailand Office can be reached on Tel: +66 898 103 722 (Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Burma & Phillipines) and Tel: +855 92 555 969 (Cambodia). For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week (excluding Sunday). For further contact details please refer to:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
    We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
    Australia:Yes - on arrival
    Belgium: No – for up to 30 days
    Canada: No – for up to 30 days
    Germany: No – for up to 30 days
    Ireland: Yes - on arrival
    Netherlands: No – for up to 30 days
    New Zealand: No – for up to 30 days
    South Africa: No – for up to 30 days
    Switzerland: No – for up to 30 days
    United Kingdom: No – for up to 30 days
    USA: No – for up to 30 days
    A number of nationalities, including those listed above, are now permitted to enter Visa Free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. Entry requirements: presentation of onward or return tickets, passport which is valid for at least 6 months. Visitors on Visa-Free Short Visits must enter AND exit from certain airports and seaports in Indonesia including: Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta Airport), Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport), Yogyakarta (Adisucipto Airport) and Surabaya (Juanda Airport). This currently excludes entry and exist from Lombok (Bandar Udara International Airport). Visa-Free Short Visits cannot be extended and cannot be transferred to another type of visa.
    Visas on arrival are valid for 30 days, cost US$35 and are available upon arrival by air in Bali, Jakarta, Medan and a few other international airports, or by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports. Visas are non-transferable, but may be extended once for an additional 30 days without leaving the country. The period of stay for visas is calculated from the day of arrival. If paying in a currency other that USD you may be charged an unfavorable rate of exchange.
    Citizens of all other countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required. Citizens of countries who aren't on the visa on arrival or visa free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas before travelling to Indonesia.
    Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to apply for the appropriate visa at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy before their departure.
    Issues on your trip
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    What to take
    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).
    Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
    You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
    During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. We recommend that you bring some photos / postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country etc.
    You might like to consider taking over some clothes you no longer require to be distributed to local people in need of clothing. Your leader can take the clothes when you arrive, so that you do not have to carry them during the trip, or at the end of the trip. Children's clothing and warm clothing are most in demand.
    Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
    You visit a number of temples on this trip so it's a good idea to take a sarong along with you as it is compulsory to wear in a lot of temples and for shoulders and knees to be covered. Singlets, tank tops, shorts are not acceptable attire for temple visits.
    We recommend to bring appropriate walking shoes for the included walks. Surfaces can sometimes be slippery, so shoes with good grip are preferable.
    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
    Health authorities in Bali have reported of an increase in the number of local people being hospitalised with rabies.
    To avoid the risk of contracting rabies:
    - Do not pat or touch any wild or domestic animals during travel
    - Do not attempt to pick up an unusually tame, unfamiliar animal
    - Do not attract stray animals by being careless with litter
    Pre-exposure vaccine is available but receiving rabies vaccine prior to travel does not preclude the need for post-exposure medical evaluation and additional doses of rabies vaccine. There is a shortage of rabies vaccine in Indonesia and if you are bitten by an animal you should consider travelling to Singapore or your country of origin for treatment.
    * Immediately wash the wound with soap and running water for 5 minutes.
    * If possible apply an iodine solution or 40-50% alcohol (whiskey or other spirit can be used)
    * Seek medical advice about the need for rabies vaccination and possible antibiotics for a bite wound infection as soon as possible. Tetanus vaccine may also be required.
    All travellers who have possibly been exposed to the rabies virus, whether by bites, scratches or other exposure, should seek medical advice without delay. Medical advice should be sought without delay even if pre-exposure vaccine was received.
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
    If you choose to ride a motorbike, please be aware of your skills and your travel insurance cover. Please note that helmets are not provided for the sightseeing on bicycles. If riding without a helmet is a concern, then you should bring our own.
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
    While life jackets are generally available on water craft, there may be occasions where they are not provided and child size life jackets are not always readily available. If travelling with children and this safety issue concerns you we will be able to advise alternative methods of transport (where available) for you to travel to the next destination. You can choose to travel independently for this leg of the journey. This would be at your own expense.
    Please take care when taking part in any activities in the ocean, river or open water, where waves and currents can be unpredictable. It's expected that anyone taking part in water activities is able to swim and have experience in open water. All swimmers should seek local advice before entering the water.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
    When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
    Responsible Travel projects
    Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Indonesia include:
    * Bumi Sehat's mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality, as well as to support the health and development of communities. In addition to providing education and training for midwives and community health nurses, their Bali clinic assists approximately 1,000 people each month and their Aceh clinic around 1,500 people each month.
    For more information, or to make a donation please visit:
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 453.00 kgs per pax.
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