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.

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Terms & Conditions

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

Why you'll 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!

  • We visit villages and small towns on this trip, where life is more conservative than in the tourist areas. You will need to bring clothes that allow your shoulders and knees to be covered for both men & women. At some hot springs you will need to wear a t-shirt and shorts over your swimwear.

  • 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)
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Cooking class - IDR350000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Start the day with a guided walking tour (about 2.5 hours). Gain an insight into daily village life as you pass lush rice fields, an alang alang valley (type of wild grass used to make the roof of traditional buildings) and stop by an artisan village where vendors sell handmade paintings, handicrafts and artisan goods. The tour ends in central Ubud, where you'll have time to explore the many cafes, galleries and shops on your own. In the evening 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
Optional Activities
  • Ubud - Saraswati Temple Lotus Garden - Free
  • Ubud - Whitewater rafting - IDR740000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you’ll explore the area from a different angle – from the saddle of a bike. Enjoy a 2.5-hour tour through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields, waving to the locals as you go. It’s a relatively easy ride – much of the route is downhill – and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos or a brief rest. You’ll also stop to check out some small, intricately carved temples, before concluding your bike tour back in Ubud. After refuelling at lunch, head for the hills to the village of Sideman, travelling by private minivan (about 2 hours). Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful village of Sidemen is proof that Bali still has some pockets that are untouched by tourism. Keep in mind, it's a little cooler up here, thanks to the elevation. You may want to pack a sweater.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubud - Bike tour from Bayung Gede (Kahyangan) Village to Ubud
  • Ubud - Bumi Sehat visit
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 metres/5,633 feet) sits inside a stark and spectacular caldera; 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 to start tomorrow's early morning trek without extra travelling time.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sidemen - Guided walking tour & traditional lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
There are often mosquitos and bugs around Lake Batur, so be sure to pack your insect repellent. Long pants will be useful today to protect from insects.
It’s a very early start today – you’ll have to wake at 3 am to begin the 1.5 to 2-hour walk to the summit of Mt Batur in order to reach it before sunrise. Trust us, it’s worth the effort. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Lombok's Mt Rinjani. The view of the gorgeous sunrise over the valleys of Bali may well be the most memorable part 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. Then 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 massages and yoga.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Batur - Volcano climb
Optional Activities
  • Mt Batur - Hot springs - IDR200000
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 amongst Menjangan Island’s coral reef, part of the Bali Barat National Park. This site is just a short boat ride from the coast (about 1 hour each way). On the way back, you’ll stop for a soak at Banjar Hot Spring, a small spring popular with the locals. Tonight, head to Ibu Wayan's to learn about Balinese cuisine before sitting down to a home-cooked meal.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lovina - Menjangan Island Reef snorkeling tour
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot Springs
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.
After breakfast, head to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk (approximately 1 hour) where you’ll walk through aromatic clove and coffee plantations to a spectacular hidden waterfall. Continue inland to the picturesque mountain town of Bedugul (approximately 1 hour). It’s a good idea to pack warm clothing as the early mornings and evenings can be quite cool. Spend the afternoon strolling amongst more than 2000 species of plants indigenous to Indonesia at the Bali Botanical Gardens.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Munduk - Waterfall
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
  • Bedugul - Bali Botanical Gardens
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Our accommodation here has no air conditioning, as it is not generally required in the cooler climate of Bedugul.
Start the day with a visit to Lake Bratan for a delightful view of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist temple set on a small island in the lake. Continue by minivan to Sanur and enjoy some free time there in the afternoon. Perhaps enjoy a stroll along Bali's first beachfront walk, 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
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
Optional Activities
  • Seminyak - Hidden Rice Fields Trek Urban Adventure - IDR500000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast today.
Optional Activities
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Spa Safari Urban Adventure - IDR1150000
  • Seminyak - Urban Adventure Total Bali Food Tour - IDR600000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Cocktail Safari Urban Adventure - IDR800000
  • Sanur - Morning Cycling Tour - IDR330000
  • Balinese Massage - IDR90000
  • Sanur - Yoga Lesson - IDR120000
  • Sanur - Cooking Class - IDR700000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Local van, Private vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Bike tour from Bayung Gede (Kahyangan) Village to Ubud
  • Ubud - Bumi Sehat visit
  • Sidemen - Guided walking tour & traditional lunch
  • Mt Batur - Volcano climb
  • Lovina - Menjangan Island Reef snorkeling tour
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot Springs
  • Munduk - Waterfall
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
  • Bedugul - Bali Botanical Gardens
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes Day 3 (Sidemen) & Day 4 (Mt Batur) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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