Be romanced by culture and hospitality on Bali and Lombok

Get ready for a magical getaway on the picturesque Islands of Indonesia on this tropical adventure. Travel through Bali and Lombok blending gorgeous beaches, great food and rich cultures with Indonesia’s warm weather and sapphire seas. This trip is guaranteed to leave you enthralled as you walk, cycle, snorkel, hike and swim through pristine environs and discover the allure of these two unique islands. Both Bali and Lombok are famous for their beauty and welcoming spirit, which you will experience at every turn of this trip.

UPDATES 2018
Due to the earthquakes on Lombok, all departures up to and including 20th of October 2018 on this trip have been cancelled.
From the 27th of October 2018 we will resume running this trip again. All departures running from the 27th of October up to and including the 22nd of December 2018 will have a minor itinerary change replacing the overnight stop in Senaru with a night in the beach side town of Sengiggi.


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

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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

  • Snorkelling the crystal waters around Menjangan Island reef and also off the east coast of Lombok. Hopefully spot some tropical fish and perhaps if you are lucky some sea turtles.

  • Get an insight into the real Indonesia, with cultural activities and visiting local villages.

  • See the contrasts in religion and culture between Bali and Lombok.

  • 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.

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, hiking Mt Batur, village walks and hikes in Lombok 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!

  • Bali and Lombok are blessed with fairly consistent temperatures year round, however the rainy season is usually from October through to March. During this time there are generally frequent downpours, although generally these do not last long and the temperatures are usually still warm

  • There are two included snorkelling trips - for confident swimmers this is a great chance to see the sealife

  • Lombok is more conservative than it's Balinese neighbour. Particularly in smaller towns and during village walks, it is best to dress conservatively

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.
Special Information
See our guide to Ubud here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-do-in-ubud-bali/
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 a traditional Balinese home for coffee. 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 Tampak Siring
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 a boat ride from the coast (about 1.5-2 hours 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
  • 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, where over 2000 species of plants from all over Indonesia are on display in a tranquil highland setting. Continue by minivan to Sanur (approx. 2 hours), and enjoy some free time this afternoon. Sanur's white sand beach stretches along the coast for five kilometres, sheltered along its length by reef making it safe for swimming. You can 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. Sanur maintains its traditions and local customs and ancient temples are only a hop, skip and a jump from the beach.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Seminyak - Hidden Rice Fields Trek Urban Adventure - IDR500000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Cocktail Safari Urban Adventure - IDR800000
  • Seminyak - Bali VW Spa Safari Urban Adventure - IDR1150000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by minivan from Sanur to the port of Padang Bai (approximately 1.5 hours). Then you'll take a fast boat that takes you from Bali to Lombok (approximately 1.5-2 hours). Then take a bus to Tetebatu (approximately 2 hours). On the way stop in at Puyung Village, located in central Lombok, a small village that you won't find in your guide book. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch in the simple home of local family. The hill retreat of Tetebatu is situated in the centre of Lombok, at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, and boasts spectacular views.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masbagik - Village walk & pottery demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Tetebatu - Gendang Blake Performance - IDR150000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a guided walk through lush rice fields and see how the region's farmers have tended the land for centuries, still using traditional water buffalo ploughs. Climb a little higher and pass through clove and coffee plantations and stop at a local warung to try some local coffee (approximately 2.5 hours total). Visit the local village of Pringgasela to learn traditional weaving and enjoy a delicious Sasak feast. In the afternoon return to the hotel, then travel to Labuhan Pandan on the East Coast of Lombok. This remote beachside location is little visited by tourists. Tonight we will stay in our bungalow accommodation amid the peace and quiet of the secluded coast.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pringasella - Village walk & Sasak feast
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Take a trip out to the nearby coral reef and enjoy some fantastic snorkelling off the boat. Stop in at a secluded island for lunch with Mt Rinjani towering over Lombok. Tonight, eat a fresh seafood barbecue on the beach.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Labuhan Pandan - Snorkeling & picnic lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island, Mt Rinjani (approx 2 hours). Arrive around midday at Senaru, a small, rustic village nestled between the base of Mt Rinjani and the edge of the jungle.Take a guided tour of the local Sasak village to learn about the history and culture of these people who have long lived on the slopes of Mt Rinjani. Here our local guide is part of a female guiding association that trains and develops women in tourism. Here we also take a walk to the spectacular Tiue Kelep waterfall, passing by Singang Gila waterfall, and perhaps swim in the waters which are considered by the Sasaks to have healing properties.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
  • Senaru - Sasak village walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
For all departures from 27th of October to 22nd of December 2018 you will spend one night in Senggigi instead of Senaru. This is due to the extensive damage in Senaru from the serious of earthquakes in July and August.
The island is your oyster and today is completely free to relax or explore. Perhaps take in another snorkeling trip, or catch a ferry across to the other islands of Gili Air and Gili Meno and see who has the better beaches. This evening, feast on a delicious BBQ dinner as you say farewell to your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Our accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external door.
Continue to the west coast today by minibus (approximately 2.5 hours). The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Transfer by small boat to Gili Air (approximately 30 minutes), where you can take in the breezy atmosphere and stroll down stunning white beaches that rival those of the neighbouring islands. Your hotel is about a 15-minute walk from the port. Your bags can be transported by cidemo (horse cart) from the port to the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Cooking class Gili Air - IDR385000
  • Gili Air - Yoga Class - IDR100000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Our accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external door.
Your trip comes to an end today. Perhaps extend your stay on the blissful Gili Air.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you are flying out of Bali Denpasar Airport, or Lombok International Airport, please allow enough time for boat and land transfers before your flight. We suggest you don't book flights out of Bali before 7pm or before 1pm from Lombok.
Please ask you booking agent for further information on pre-booking this service.
Check out time is 11.30am.

Meals

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Bicycle, Private Minibus, Private Van

Accommodation

Beach cabin (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights)

Included activities

  • Ubud - Guided walk
  • Ubud - Kecak dance performance
  • Ubud - Bike tour from Bayung Gede (Kahyangan) Village to Tampak Siring
  • Sidemen - Guided walking tour & traditional lunch
  • Mt Batur - Volcano climb
  • Lovina - Menjangan Island Reef snorkeling tour
  • Lovina - Banjar Hot Springs
  • Munduk - Waterfall
  • Bedugul - Lake Bratan Temple
  • Lovina - Seririt Market visit
  • Masbagik - Village walk & pottery demonstration
  • Pringasella - Village walk & Sasak feast
  • Labuhan Pandan - Snorkeling & picnic lunch
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
  • Senaru - Sasak village walking tour

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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) 10 & 11 ( small guesthouse in Labuan Pandan), and 12 (small hotel in Senaru) 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.

UPDATES 2018
Due to the earthquakes on Lombok, all departures up to and including 20th of October 2018 on this trip have been cancelled.
From the 27th of October 2018 we will resume running this trip again. All departures running from the 27th of October up to and including the 22nd of December 2018 will have a minor itinerary change replacing the overnight stop in Senaru with a night in the beach side town of Sengiggi.

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