Visit Bali and Java on this Indonesian explorer trip
Combining Java’s collection of earthly volcanoes and pre-historic jungles with Bali’s stunning beaches, Java and Bali Explorer is a great way to experience the incredible contrasts and magical scenery of Indonesia. Get to the heart of life on this famous archipelago by visiting rice paddies, tea plantations and remote villages. Be charmed by Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, witness traditional dance performances and visit ornate temples. From the fervent pace of Jakarta to the back alleys of Ubud, the islands of Bali and Java are Indonesia’s most celebrated duo – a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, rolling hills and dynamic cities.
Cycling is a great way to get out and see the landscape and meet the locals. Enjoy cycling trips out of Yogyakarta and Ubud through the backcountry, a world of flower-studded fields or rice paddies, and smiling locals
Take a guided walk through the jungle and rice paddies of Seloliman Nature Reserve, then sit back, relax and soak up the ambience under the stars
Conquer two mountains! Climbing Mt Bromo and Mt Batur in the early hours of the morning. If the conditions are right, you'll be rewarded with a dazzling sunrise views
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 beach in Bali, or stroll around the villages we visit
Gain an insight into the culture of two very distinct Indonesian islands
This trip includes included walks, hiking, cycling and snorkelling. While no specific training is required, a moderate level of fitness will help you to get the most out of the activities on this trip.
Java is one of the most one of the largest islands in Indonesia, and we cover a large distance on this trip. Where suitable we travel by train to make the journey more comfortable but on some days we will be taking road transport. Travel times can be long, and traffic can be heavy and slow, especially over holiday periods.
You will be expected to carry your own bags onto and off trains, and for short distances (porters are available in most stations at an extra charge).
Dress standards in Java are more conservative than other areas of Indonesia. It's a good idea to take a sarong along with you, or to cover knees and shoulders for the temple visits included on this trip.
To climb mountains for sunrise, we must start very early! Your sunrise climb of Mt Bromo and Mt Batur start around 3 am. This means you'll be walking over some gravel and volcanic rock in the dark. Head torches, a rain jacket, some warm clothing and good walking shoes are a must. The view at sunrise is well worth the effort, especially if the weather's fine!
Accommodation at Seloliman Nature Reserve, near Mt Bromo and Mt Batur is in basic guesthouses. Set on the edge of a tropical forest the Seloliman Reserve embraces philosophies of environmental education, and we are sure you will get a good nights sleep. The guesthouses at Mt Bromo and Mt Batur are close to the base of each mountain, to reduce the travelling time to start our sunrise walks, and give you a little bit more sleep.
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1. In order to book the train tickets on this trip we require your full passport details at time of booking. Ticketing fees may apply for details supplied within 45 days of departure.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 8, 9, 16 & 17 (small hotels/guesthouses) where you will be in shared accommodation.
Our Java & Bali Explorer trips score an average of 4.7 out of 5 based on 10 reviews in the last year.
The Java and Bali Explorer was our 4th tour with Intrepid, and whilst we enjoyed it, we felt the itinerary was not as good as others. In particular there did not seem to be a lot of content during the last few days of Java, eg plantation visit for 1 1/2 hours and then several hours travelling for 2/3 day’s in row. Whilst we booked the tour as 1, it would appear it’s 2 tours bolted together which resulted in us tracking up and down the same road several times in Bali, repeating activities and even visiting the same foundation charity twice. This was disappointing as we wanted to see and do new activities. Indonesia is a wonderful place to visit..The people are friendly, the countryside is beautiful, and the food is tasty!
Review submitted 10 Aug 2018
Indonesia is a tropical country. Be careful with the strong sun rays, bring proper sun screen and mosquito repellent with you. Climbing volcanoes, a good pair hiking boots is needed as well as head torch. On the top of the view point to Bromo, it was cold in the early morning. So take some warm layer, may be a sweater with you.
Review submitted 04 Jun 2018