Be romanced by culture and hospitality on Bali and Lombok

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.

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Terms & Conditions

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

Why we love this trip

  • 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 off the east coast of Lombok. Hopefully spot some tropical fish and perhaps if you are lucky some 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.

  • Lombok and the Gili Islands are less frequented than their Balinese neighbour. Stay on the East Coast of Lombok in an area off the tourist trail.

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

Itinerary

Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Ubud, the arts and cultural centre of Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Afterwards, perhaps head out to for a group meal at one of the delicious local restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Led by your local guide, you will tour Ubud on foot today (approximately 2.5 total). Take a local bus for 15 minutes to the starting point of your walk. Along the way you'll see the goings-on of daily village life, rice fields, an alang alang valley (wild grass that is used for making the roof on traditional buildings), and visit a local painting and handicraft area. The tour ends in central Ubud where you'll have time to explore the many cafes, galleries and shops on your own. Today you'll also visit Bumi Sehat, a local community-based health clinic whose mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
In the evening you will sit down to a traditional Kecak dance performance. Driven not by musical instruments but by human chanting, this fascinating theatrical performance is considered a highlight by many travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Bumi Sehat Hosted Visit
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden - Free
  • Ubud - Whitewater rafting - IDR900000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Set off by bicycle (approximately 2.5 hours) through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields – a great way to meet the local people and take in the lovely views. About 1.5 hours of the cycling is downhill, so you can save your pedal power. Along the way, you'll make stops for photo opportunities and to rest if you need to. There are plenty of opportunities to visit some of the small and intricately carved temples. Your ride concludes in Ubud. Next, head for the hills and the village of Sidemen, travelling by minivan (approximately 2 hours). Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful and friendly village of Sidemen is proof that Bali has pockets tucked away from the tourism the island is famous for. It's a little cooler up here, thanks to the elevation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Bike tour: Taro to Ubud
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Bicycle helmets are included on your ride, and there is a support vehicle if the going gets too tough.
Take a morning walk (approximately 2.5 hours) around Sidemen, visiting the craftspeople of the local songket weaving industry. A traditional 'bungkus' lunch is included. The walk is a great chance to take in the beautiful scenery. Continuing your journey higher into the mountains, drive along the crater rim road to a fishing village on the edge of Lake Batur (approximately 2 hours). Volcanic Mt Batur (1,717 m) sits inside a stark and spectacular caldera, and with Lake Batur below it's a stunning sight. The lake supports the local fishing industry, while many of the villagers work as guides for the volcano climb. Your accommodation at the base of Mt Batur is a basic hotel with a restaurant. This is a great location at which to start tomorrow's early morning trek without extra travelling time.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sideman - Guided walking tour and traditional lunch
Meals Included
  • Lunch
Special Information
There are often mosquitos and bugs around Lake Batur, so be sure to pack your insect repellent.
Get up at 3 am this morning to walk to the summit of Mt Batur (approximately 1.5–2 hours). You'll be glad you made the effort to rise early when you see the gorgeous sunrise over the valleys of Bali. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Lombok's Mt Rinjani. This may well be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. Do keep in mind, however, that the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes the view is obscured by clouds. After descending the volcano, there's an option to soak in hot springs with fantastic views over the lake and caldera. Make the journey from the mountains to the small coastal town of Lovina (approximately 3 hours). Lovina is famous for the dolphins that patrol its coast. It's also a great spot for fine food, traditional massage and yoga.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
Optional Activities
  • Mt Batur - Hot springs - IDR180000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The summit trail starts more easily, while heading to the crater it climbs steeply with switchbacks over volcanic rocks and gravel. A good level of fitness is required. The path can be slippery, particularly after rain so good shoes are essential. Please bring your headtorch and a warm layer to wear at the summit. The climb may be cancelled during heavy rain and unsafe conditions.
Enjoy a day of snorkelling on Menjangan Island reef, a short boat ride from the coast (there will approximately 2 hours of travel in total). This island and its coral reefs are part of the Bali Barat National Park. Enjoy some free time in Lovina this afternoon, exploring the sun-drenched coastline. Just be careful of rubbish in the water if you go swimming, as this can be a problem after bouts of stormy weather in the waters around Menjangan, as in other coastal areas in Bali.
On the way back stop at Banjar Hot Spring, a small spring popular with the locals.
Tonight we head to Ibu Wayan's to learn about Balinese cuisine and have a home cooked meal.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lovina - Snorkelling Menjangan Island Reef
  • Lovina - Bali Barat NP Snorkelling
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance
Optional Activities
  • Lovina - Yoga class - IDR120000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
After a storm or erratic weather there can be a problem with rubbish in the water around Menjangan, and also throughout Bali's coastal areas.

Intrepid does not support dolphin-watching trips as an optional activity, as there is little regulation of this activity. Previous travellers have raised concerns over many motorised boats pursuing dolphins pods.
Bring your swimming gear to visit today as our first stop is a visit to the small but more local Banjar Hot Springs. Continue to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk (approximately 1 hour). Walk through clove and coffee plantations to a hidden waterfall. Visit Lake Bratan nearby for delightful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist temple set on a small island in the lake. Continue to Bedugul (approximately 1 hour). This mountain town is nestled in the cool and misty highlands, in a volcanic lake region covered in lush vegetation. Your warm clothes may come in handy for early mornings and evenings here.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Munduk - Waterfall visit
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Our accommodation here has no air conditioning, as it is not generally required in the cooler climate of Bedugul.
Visit the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugal, 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
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
Optional Activities
  • Sanur - Yoga Lesson - IDR100000
  • Sanur - Balinese Massage - IDR90000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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 (approximately 1.5-2 hours). Then take a bus to Tetebatu (approximately 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Tetebatu - Gendang Blake Performance - IDR150000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a guided walk through lush rice fields and see how the region's farmers have tended the land for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. Climb a little higher and pass through clove and coffee plantations and stop at a local warung to try some local coffee (approximately 2.5 hours total). Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast. In the afternoon return to the hotel, then travel to Labuan Pandan on the East Coast of Lombok. This remote beachside location is little visited by tourists. Tonight we will stay in our bungalow accommodation amid the peace and quiet of the secluded coast.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pringgasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take a trip out to the nearby coral reef and enjoy some fantastic snorkelling off the boat. Stop in at a secluded island for lunch with Mt Rinjani towering over Lombok.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Labuan Pandan - Snorkelling and picnic lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani (approx 2 hours). Arrive around midday at Senaru, a small, rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.

Take a guided tour of the local Sasak village to learn about the history and culture of these people who have long lived on the slopes of Mt Rinjani. Here our local guide is part of a female guiding association that trains and develops women in tourism. Here we also take a walk to the spectacular Tiue Kelep waterfall, passing by Singang Gila waterfall, and perhaps swim in the waters which are considered by the Sasaks to have healing properties.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
  • Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
This trip does not included any treks up Mt Rinjani, however we do stay in the vicinity with great views of the mountain.

Your accommodation tonight is more basic as the options in this part of Lombok are very limited.
Continue to the west coast today by minibus (approximately 2.5 hours). The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Transfer by small boat to Gili Air (approximately 30 minutes), 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.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Gili Trawangan - Yoga class - IDR80000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Our accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external door.
The island is your oyster and today is completely free to relax or explore. Perhaps take in another snorkelling trip, or catch a ferry across to the other islands of Gili Air and Gili Meno and see who has the better beaches. This evening, feast on a delicious dinner of local seafood as you say farewell to your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip comes to an end today. Perhaps extend your stay on the blissful Gili Air.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you are flying out of Bali Denpasar Airport, or Lombok International Airport, please allow enough time for boat and land transfers before your flight. We suggest you do not book a flight before 6pm.
Please ask you booking agent for further information on pre-booking this service.
Check out time is 11.30am.

Meals

13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Bicycle, Private Minibus, Private Van

Accommodation

Beach cabin (4 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Bumi Sehat Hosted Visit
  • Ubud - Bike tour: Taro to Ubud
  • Sideman - Guided walking tour and traditional lunch
  • Mt Batur - Entrance Fee
  • Mt Batur - Climb with local guide
  • Lovina - Snorkelling Menjangan Island Reef
  • Lovina - Bali Barat NP Snorkelling
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot springs entrance
  • Munduk - Waterfall visit
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
  • Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
  • Masbagik - Village walk and pottery demonstration
  • Pringgasella - Traditional weaving village walk and Sasak feast
  • Labuan Pandan - Snorkelling and picnic lunch
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
  • Senaru - Guided Sasak Village walking tour

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 3 (small hotel in Sideman) and Mt Batur (small local guesthouse) 10 & 11 ( small guesthouse in Labuan Pandan), and 12 (small hotel in Senaru) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. FINISH POINT: This trip concludes on Gili Air. There closest departure flights operate from Bali (Ngurah Rai) Airport or Lombok International Airport. You can travel by fast boat back to Bali or Lombok. Please allow sufficient time for daily boat transfers and travelling time to meet your onward arrangements.
3. In 2016 this trip had the code TISGC.

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