Travel to Bali and visit Indonesia's beautiful island getaway

Travel to Bali and discover Indonesia's beautiful island escape. Dotted with small, character-filled villages, smouldering volcanoes rising out of lush rich fields, idyllic beaches and colourful reefs, Bali is the perfect island getaway. Conquer the slopes of simmering Mt Batur, explore an underwater world in Bali Barat National Park, feast on delicious Balinese cuisine and enjoy moments of absolute peace in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist lake temple dedicated to the goddess of the waters. Fall in love with the warmth of the people, the ornate customs and welcoming culture that is synonymous with beautiful Bali.


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

Why we love this trip

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

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

  • 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

  • Escape the tourists – and the heat – in Sidemen, a lovely, peaceful village nestled in the hills

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, walking up Mt Batur at sunrise, and snorkelling in Bali Barat National Park).

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

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. Here, over 2,000 species of plants from all over Indonesia are on display in a tranquil highland setting. Continue by minivan to Sanur and enjoy some free time there in the afternoon. Perhaps enjoy a stroll along Bali's first beachfront walk, chat with the locals as they too enjoy the sea and sun, watch the fishermen in the shallows or kick back and relax at one of the beachside restaurants. Get a feel for the traditions and local customs which are well maintained here. Ancient temples are easily accessible – just a short distance away from the beach.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bedugal - Bali Botanical Gardens
Optional Activities
  • Sanur - Morning Cycling Tour - IDR270000
  • Sanur - Cooking Class - IDR450000
  • Sanur - Yoga Lesson - IDR100000
  • Sanur - Balinese Massage - IDR90000
  • Kerobokan - Trekking the hidden Rice-fields of Kerobokan - IDR500000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Bali VW Cocktail Safari - IDR900000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY: Please note departures on the below dates will operate on an alternate itinerary. Today travel from Bedugul to Ubud.
Enjoy some free time left for last-minute shopping and sightseeing.

This will affect trips commencing on: 2 May 2017, 7 Jun 2017, 19 Jun 2017, 12 Jul 2017, 06 Sep 2017, 13 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017.
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast today.
Optional Activities
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Bali VW Spa Safari - IDR900000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Total Bali Food Tour - IDR600000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private minibus

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 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

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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) where you will be in shared accommodation.
2. ALTERNATIVE FINISH POINT - UBUD: Please note that departures on the following dates will operate on an alternate itinerary, travelling from Bedugul to Ubud on Day 8, and concluding in Ubud: 2 May 2017, 7 Jun 2017, 19 Jun 2017, 12 Jul 2017, 06 Sep 2017, 13 Sep 2017, 11 Oct 2017. Please refer to your finish point instructions for further information.

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