From stretching on the sand to stretching your legs for a bike ride, take an active adventure from Ubud to the Gili Islands
If you were ever to create islands for the adventurous, then they’d surely look just like Bali and Lombok. These havens of incredible landscapes and extraordinary diversity are perfect for those that like their journeys with a big hit of activity. Dotted with small, character-filled villages, smouldering volcanoes rising out of lush rich fields, idyllic beaches and colourful reefs – these islands reward the curious and the animated traveller. Beginning in Ubud, cycle through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields, conquer the slopes of simmering Mt Batur, and discover the underwater wonders of Bali Barat National Park. Ride white water rapids near Ubud, walk through rice paddies to Candidasa, and saddle up for a bike ride along the coast to Amed. Cruise over to Lombok and spot monkeys in the forests near Mt Rinjani and search for sea turtles around the remote Gili Islands. In between all this action there’s plenty of time to experience local culture, from Balinese cuisine to Hindu-Buddhist temples, and get a healthy dose of beachside chill-time – this trip strikes the perfect balance.
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Enjoy a mixture of adventurous activities, from snorkelling to hiking to rafting – perfect for those who love to get their pulse going
Adventure to the summit of Mt Batur and the crater rim of Mt Rinjani. On a clear day you may be able to see across from peak to the other
Snorkel the crystal waters around Menjangan Island reef and off the coast of the Gili Islands. Look of for schools of tropical fish and, if you're lucky, gliding sea turtles
Get an insight into the real Indonesia, with cultural activities and visiting local villages
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.
Relax and unwind on pristine beaches in Amed and Gili Air, the perfect places to rest your bones after your active adventures
A good level of fitness is essential, as there are a range of physical activities included (cycling, hiking Mt Batur and Mt Rinjani, rafting, 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!
The white water rafting excursion just outside Ubud (Day 10), involves grade II and III rapids, so a level of confidence in the water is essential. Similarly, you'll need to be a confident swimmer for the included snorkelling trips.
Cycling the from the base of Mt Agung to Candidasa (Day 11) involves some hills, twists and turns, although it is mostly downhill. You will cover up to 27 kilometres (17 mi). Rest assured a support vehicle is there if you need it.
Lombok is more conservative than it's Balinese neighbour. Particularly in smaller towns and during village walks, it is best to dress conservatively.
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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) 13, 14, 15 & 17 ( small hotel/guesthouse), and 16 (camping) 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. We recommend onward flights that depart after 6pm from Bali or after 1pm from Lombok.