Fall under the spell of Indonesia’s shimmering islands
The many islands of Indonesia are scattered like gems across the Indian Ocean, hidden oases of tropical rainforests, colourful reefs and warm people ready to open their hearts and their homes to visitors. Bali, Komodo, and Flores are the perfect island trifecta for an odyssey that is equal parts adventure, relaxation and culture. Conquer the slopes of simmering Mt Batur, hunt for legendary Komodo Dragons, dine with locals in their home, and visit remote villages to see their traditional way of life. Discover these enthralling islands and see for yourself why travellers continue to return here time and again.
With hiking, cycling and snorkelling, this trip is steeped in outdoor activities. But there's also plenty of time to relax – bathe in hot springs, laze on the beach or stroll around botanical gardens.
Immerse yourself in Balinese culture – you'll eat street food with locals, meet songket weavers, witness a traditional Kecak dance performance and visit a Hindu-Buddhist island temple.
Catch two stunning sunrises: one from the summit of Mt Batur, and the other from across the dazzling crater lakes of Mt Kelimutu.
Explore the less-known Indonesian island of Flores and experience the traditional ethnic cultures that live here
Snorkel among the vibrant sea life and coral of the stunning 17 Islands Marine Park outside Riung
Hike through lush rainforests to Wae Rebo. Meet the local community and spend a night in a traditional conical hut.
Keep your eyes peeled on the lookout for prehistoric Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island
A good level of fitness is essential, as there are a range of physical activities included (cycling from Ubud, hiking up Mt Batur and Mt Kelimutu and to Wae Rebo, and two included snorkelling trips).
There are some very early mornings to make the most of our days, including a 3am start to climb Mt Batur (Day 5) and a 2 am start on Day 11 to see Mount Kelimutu at sunrise. Bring your alarm clock, and be prepared to catch up on sleep on the bus. The view at sunrise is well worth the effort, especially if the weather's fine!
Bali is blessed with a consistent climate for most of the year. However, the rainy season (usually October–March) brings frequent downpours. The good news is that these rainy bursts don't last long, and it is usually still warm.
There are some long travel days of driving by private transport in Flores and Bali (as there are no suitable public transport options available). Some of the roads can be quite bumpy as local infrastructure development is limited. We will make stops to break up the trip and it is a good idea to read or listen to music along the way.
The accommodation at Wae Rebo is basic village accommodation. Your group may join with other guests sleeping on floor mats inside the hut. There are no shower facilities but you can freshen up following our stay.
Accommodation in Flores in general is more basic than you would experience in Bali, as tourism is still developing.
There are two included snorkelling trips and you will need to be a confident swimmer to participate in these activities.
There are some included walks, each a couple of hours uphill, and some walking in the dark before sunrise, so pack a headtorch and good walking shoes.
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1. Passport Details: Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport), for internal flights and train tickets. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 3, 4, 11, 12, 14 (small hotels/ guesthouses) & 15 (homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation.