Bali & Lombok Adventure Trip Notes

Bali & Lombok Adventure

Last Modified: 09 Oct 2016
Bali & Lombok Adventure
Trip code: TISGC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Get ready for a magical getaway on the picturesque Islands of Indonesia on this tropical adventure. Travel 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 as you walk, cycle, snorkel, hike and swim through pristine environs and discover the allure of these two unique islands. Both Bali and Lombok are famous for their beauty and welcoming spirit, which you will experience at every turn of this trip.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodation NotesEmergency contact
ThemesMeals introductionVisas
Is this trip right for you?MealsWhat to take
Why we love itTransportClimate and seasonal information
MapMoney mattersCommunications
ItineraryGroup leaderHealth
Itinerary disclaimerSafetyTravel insurance
Physical ratingJoining pointA couple of rules
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionResponsible Travel
Important notesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeFinish pointFeedback
Your fellow travellersFinish point description
AccommodationFinishing point instructions
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 Mt Batur, village walks and hikes in Lombok and two snorkelling trips).
- There is one very early start – your sunrise climb of Mt Batur kicks off at 3 am. This means you'll be walking over some gravel and volcanic rock in the dark. Head torches, warm clothing and good walking shoes are a must. The view at sunrise is well worth the effort, especially if the weather's fine!
- Bali and Lombok are blessed with fairly consistent temperatures year round, however the rainy season is usually from October through to March. During this time there are generally frequent downpours, although generally these do not last long and the temperatures are usually still warm
- There are two included snorkelling trips - for confident swimmers this is a great chance to see the sealife
- Lombok is more conservative than it's Balinese neighbour. Particularly in smaller towns and during village walks, it is best to dress conservatively
- Accommodation at Mt Batur and Tetebatu you will stay in a small and basic. These hotels are selected for their locations and as they are smaller family-run hotels.
- There is limited, at times, no Internet or wifi at our accommodation in Tetebatu and Senaru, due to their remote locations. Enjoy some time off the grid.
Why we love it
- Adventure 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
- Snorkelling the crystal waters around Menjangan Island reef and also the Gili Islands. Hopefully spot some tropical fish and sea turtles.
- Get an insight into the real Indonesia, with cultural activities and visiting local villages.
- See the contrasts in religion and culture between Bali and Lombok.

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 Gianyar night market to try some of the local cuisine. It's an informal setup, but a great way to get a taste of the local culture and cuisine.

Notes: Your room in Ubud is not air-conditioned but has a ceiling fan. Air conditioning is available for an additional cost – just ask the hotel reception.
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Gianyar night market
    Hotel (1 nt)
    Day 2 Ubud
    Led by your local guide, you will tour Ubud on foot today (approximately 3 hours). 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.
    Included Activities
    • Ubud - Guided walk
    • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
    • Ubud - Bumi Sehat Hosted Visit
      Optional Activities
      • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden - Free
        Hotel (1 nt)
        1 breakfast
        Special Information
        **Please note Bumi Sehat will be closed until 24th October 2016, and visits will not be possible during this time. The clinic is moving to a bigger site where they will be able to assist more women.**
        Day 3 Sidemen
        Set off by bicycle (approximately 3 hours) through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields – a great way to meet the local people and take in the lovely views. 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.

        Notes: Bicycle helmets are included on your ride, and there is a support vehicle if the going gets too tough.
        Included Activities
        • Ubud - Bike tour: Taro to Ubud
          Optional Activities
          • Sidemen - Traditional dance - IDR60000
            Hotel (1 nt)
            1 breakfast
            Day 4 Mt Batur
            Take a morning walk (approximately 3–4 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. You can also cool off in the river nearby. 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.

            Notes: There are often mosquitos and bugs around Lake Batur, so be sure to pack your insect repellent.
            Included Activities
            • Sideman - Guided walking tour and traditional lunch
              Guesthouse (1 nt)
              1 lunch
              Day 5 Lovina
              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.

              Notes: The 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 also 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.
              Included Activities
              • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee
              • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
                Optional Activities
                • Mt Batur - Hot springs - IDR150000
                  Hotel (1 nt)
                  1 breakfast
                  Day 6 Lovina
                  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.

                  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.
                  Included Activities
                  • Lovina - Snorkelling Menjangan Island Reef
                  • Lovina - Bali Barat NP Snorkelling
                    Optional Activities
                    • Lovina - Yoga class - IDR120000
                      Hotel (1 nt)
                      1 breakfast
                      Day 7 Bedugul
                      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.

                      Notes: Our accommodation here has no air conditioning, as it is not generally required in the cooler climate of Bedugul.
                      Included Activities
                      • Munduk - Waterfall visit
                      • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
                      • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance
                      • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
                        Hotel (1 nt)
                        1 breakfast
                        Day 8 Sanur
                        Visit the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugal, where over 2000 species of plants from all over Indonesia are on display in a tranquil highland setting.
                        Continue by minivan to Sanur (approx. 2 hours), and enjoy some free time this afternoon.
                        Sanur's white sand beach stretches along the coast for five kilometres, sheltered along its length by reef making it safe for swimming. You can 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. 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 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
                        Included Activities
                        • Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
                          Guesthouse (1 nt)
                          1 breakfast
                          Day 9 Tetebatu
                          Travel by minivan from Sanur to the port of Padang Bai (approximately 1.5 hours). Then you'll take a fast boat that takes you from Bali to Lombok (1.5-2 hours). Then take a bus to Tetebatu (2 hours). The hill retreat of Tetebatu is situated in the centre of Lombok, at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, and boasts spectacular views.
                          Optional Activities
                          • Tetebatu - Gendang Blake Performance - IDR1500000
                            1 breakfast
                            Day 10 Tetebatu
                            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. Climb a little higher and pass through clove and coffee plantations (walking time is approximately 2 hours). Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast. After returning to the hotel, you will travel to Masbagik village, which is noted for its pottery. Explore the village and see the process of pottery making, with the possibility to get down and dirty and try it for yourself. Then continue through the village and see the other products Masbagik is renowned for, such as tofu and soya bean.
                            Included Activities
                            • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
                            • Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
                              Hotel (1 nt)
                              1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                              Day 11 Senaru
                              Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani. Visit a market and local villages famous for their crafts, including bamboo weaving. (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.

                              Notes: We do not include a Mt Rinjani trek on this itinerary, but we do stay in the vicinity with great views of the mountain.
                              Included Activities
                              • Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
                                Guesthouse (1 nt)
                                1 breakfast
                                Day 12 Gili Islands
                                Continue to the west coast today (approximately 2 hours). You will visit the spectacular Singang Gila waterfall. The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Transfer by small boat to the Gili Air where you can take in the breezy atmosphere and stroll down stunning white beaches that rival those of the neighbouring islands. Your hotel is about a 15-minute walk from the port. Your bags can be transported by Cidemo from the port to the hotel.

                                Notes: Our accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external doors.
                                Included Activities
                                • Senaru - Waterfall walk
                                  Beach cabin (1 nt)
                                  1 breakfast
                                  Day 13 Gili Islands
                                  Today you'll get amongst the marine life, with a snorkelling trip around the crystal waters of Gili Air. After being fitted for snorkelling equipment, head out on a motorised wooden 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. When it's over, you'll 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.
                                  Included Activities
                                  • Gili Air - Snorkelling
                                    Beach cabin (1 nt)
                                    1 breakfast, 1 dinner
                                    Day 14 Senggigi
                                    Take a short boat trip back to Lombok (approximately 40 minutes) and transfer to your guesthouse in Senggigi (approximately 1.5 hours). Ideally positioned to take in the glorious sunsets over nearby Bali, this renowned beach resort is the ideal place to relax and unwind. A great optional activity is to visit the Pura Batu Bolong, which is around 2.5 km south down the coast from the resort. This is an important local Hindu temple and also a lovely spot to watch the sun go down.
                                    Optional Activities
                                    • Senggigi - Pura Batu Bolong Hindu Temple - Free
                                      Guesthouse (1 nt)
                                      1 breakfast
                                      Day 15 Senggigi
                                      Your trip comes to and end today. Perhaps extend your stay in Senggigi, or pre-book a departure transfer to Lombok Airport.
                                      1 breakfast
                                      Itinerary disclaimer
                                      ITINERARY CHANGES 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. 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.

                                      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.
                                      Physical rating

                                      Included activities
                                      Ubud - Gianyar night market
                                      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
                                      Munduk - Waterfall visit
                                      Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
                                      Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance
                                      Lovina - Seririt Market visit
                                      Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
                                      Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
                                      Pringasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
                                      Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
                                      Senaru - Waterfall walk
                                      Gili Air - Snorkelling
                                      Important notes
                                      1. FINISH POINT: This trip concludes in Senggigi, Lombok. There are departure flights operating from Lombok International Airport, or you can travel by fast boat back to Bali. Please allow sufficient time if you are planning to depart from Bali, Denpasar International Airport. Please refer to the finish point instructions for further information.
                                      2. ITINERARY CHANGE FOR DEPARTURES FROM 31st DECEMBER 2016: As the second portion of your combination trip starts in 2017, you will be travelling on the 2017 itinerary from Day 9 onwards, and your trip will conclude on Gili Air. Please refer to the 2017 Bali & Lombok Adventure (TISBC) itinerary for full details.

                                      Group size
                                      Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
                                      Your fellow travellers
                                      GROUP TRAVEL
                                      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 available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. Please note that on the following nights the supplement is not available:
                                      Day 3 - Sideman
                                      Day 4 - Mt Batur
                                      Day 11 - Senaru
                                      Beach cabin (2nt), Guesthouse (4nt), Hotel (6nt)
                                      Lombok is generally less well developed than nearby Bali – the infrastructure is less developed and hotels are more basic.

                                      OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
                                      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.

                                      TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
                                      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.

                                      CHECK-IN TIME
                                      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.

                                      PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
                                      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.

                                      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.
                                      13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
                                      Boat, Private minibus, Taxi, Truck

                                      TRANSPORT IN BALI:
                                      In Bali we travel by generally travel in 2 minivans in order to access more remote areas such as Bedugul, and for safety on the busy and narrow Balinese roads. Your leader will rotate between the vehicles.
                                      Money matters
                                      SPENDING MONEY:
                                      When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                                      Budget for meals not included:
                                      USD 300.00

                                      EMERGENCY FUNDS:
                                      We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.

                                      The unit of currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah (Rp). Notes come in the following denominations - 500 Rp (rare), 1000 Rp, 5000 Pr, 10,000 Rp, 20,000 Rp, 50,000 Rp and 100,000 Rp. The most common coins are 25, 50, 100 and 500.

                                      Departure tax from all Indonesian Airports, for domestic and international flights, is included in the price of your flight ticket.
                                      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.
                                      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:


                                      FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
                                      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.

                                      SEAT BELTS:
                                      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.

                                      PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
                                      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.

                                      MOTORBIKE BAG SNATCHING:
                                      Be particularly aware of motorbike bag snatching, especially in the bigger cities.

                                      BIKE HELMETS:
                                      Helmets are provided for all included cycling activities. If you prefer you can bring your own to ensure the right fit and quality.

                                      Your leader will conduct a brief safety discussion before our trekking and snorkelling activities.

                                      WATER SAFETY:
                                      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.
                                      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
                                      Intrepid can assist with pre-booking an arrival transfer from the airport - enquire with your agent. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure.
                                      If you have booked an airport transfer the representative 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 hours only. If you cannot find your transfer representative at your scheduled arrival time please proceed to the airport information counter (open between 10am - 11pm daily) and inform staff that you looking for your transfer driver, the transfer company is Buffalo Tours. If you arrive between outside these hours, or if there are any changes to your scheduled arrival please call the 24 hour transfer helpline on +62 (0) 821 4439 4346 (Buffalo Tours)

                                      Alternatively, 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 IDR300,000. It takes up to one and a half hours to get to Ubud from the airport.

                                      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.
                                      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.
                                      Finishing 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 general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact your agent or adventure specialist. For further contact details please use the following page:

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                                      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.

                                      Intrepid's Thailand Office: +66 898 103 722
                                      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                                      As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Your consultant will contact you when this is required.
                                      Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

                                      Passport holders for most nationalities are now permitted to enter Visa Free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. In March 2016 Australia and Ireland have been added to the list of countries now exempt from visas for visits for tourism purposes under 30 days. Please check with your relevant consulate or embassy.

                                      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.

                                      Some nationalities are required to obtain a visa on arrival, or in advance. 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.

                                      Local laws require that you must be able show your valid passport at any time when required to do so by an immigration office. We recommend taking a clear photocopy of your passport photo page, and visa (after arriving), to carry with you.
                                      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.

                                      Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:


                                      We recommend taking a backpack and packing lightly as we will be getting on and off small boats

                                      CLOTHING IN LOMBOK:
                                      When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative outside major cities on the island of Lombok. To respect this and for your own comfort, we recommend modest clothing, covering shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
                                      When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.

                                      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.

                                      WALKING SHOES:
                                      We recommend to bring appropriate walking shoes for the included walks. Surfaces can sometimes be slippery, so shoes with good grip are preferable. For the waterfall walk in Senaru your will walk through a shallow river, please bring sandals or shoes that can get wet.

                                      Many travellers have found it useful to bring or buy a head torch for this tour.

                                      WATER BOTTLE
                                      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.

                                      IMAGES FROM HOME:
                                      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.
                                      Climate and seasonal information
                                      BALINESE NEW YEAR:
                                      Known as Nyepi and based on the lunar calendar (new moon), it takes place in March or April each year (28 March 2017, 9 March 2018). 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.

                                      RAMADAN & THE EID UL-FITR FESTIVAL
                                      In 2017, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 27th May until 26th June 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.

                                      NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY:
                                      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.
                                      INTERNET IN LOMBOK:
                                      The availability of Internet is also increasing, with wifi and access points in many hotels. However Internet speeds are often very slow and unreliable, particularly in rural areas.
                                      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 Travel 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.
                                      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.

                                      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.
                                      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.

                                      COFFEE/KOPI LEWAK:
                                      Civet coffee, or Kopi Luwak as it’s known in Indonesia, is made from coffee beans that have been partially digested and then excreted by small cat-like mammals known as civets. High demand for this expensive drink, as well as the rising popularity of Kopi Luwak with international travellers has led to a proliferation of plantations across Indonesia. However, investigations by the likes of World Animal Protection reveal increasing animal cruelty to meet demands. Rather than sourcing beans from the wild, producers are capturing civets (highly active nocturnal animals) and keeping them caged in cramped, inhumane conditions on farms. Due to the numerous ethical questions surrounding the coffee beans, we strongly encourage our travellers to refrain from purchasing Kopi Luwak.
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                                      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:


                                      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.

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