Visit one of Indonesia's vibrant tropical playgrounds.

Get the lowdown on Bali’s beautiful neighbour on an eight-day tropical escapade in Lombok. Spend time in rural communities, meet lots of locals and discover the fascinating Sasak culture. From the sandy shores of Sanur, the laidback vibes of Labuan Pandan and the idyllic Gili, you’ll be lazing beachside in no time on one of Indonesia’s most pristine islands. With all of the organising taken care of, just sit back, relax and revel in the crystal-clear waters of the Bali Sea, the array of fresh seafood on offer and the friendliness of the locals as they welcome you to their slice of paradise.

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Terms & Conditions

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

Why you'll love this trip

  • Stay on the often-overlooked east coast of Lombok with some time spent in Labuan Pandan, taking a snorkelling trip, and enjoying a secluded island lunch and sumptuous seafood barbecue dinner.

  • Support the island’s communities during your time in Senaru by embarking on a tour run by passionate local women who are developing skills in tourism.

  • Explore Lombok by visiting the Masbagik pottery village, Tetebatu and Senaru, which will all give you a true insight into local customs and culture – as well as the delicious local food – of the island.

  • The Gili Islands may just be some of the most stunning stretches of sand you’ve come across. Relax on the shores of Gili Air, taking the day at your own pace – swimming, snorkelling, eating and repeating.

  • Begin your island jaunt with a night in Sanur on Bali’s east coast. This beachside haven has all of the ingredients for a relaxing stay, so why not consider extending your time here before your Lombok adventure?

Is this trip right for you?

  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. Lombok is more conservative than Bali, so it's best to dress conservatively while you're there, particularly in smaller towns and during village walks.

  • Walking in the villages of Tetebatu and Senaru is on relatively flat ground; however, the terrain between villages and in the hills can be steep and, at times, slippery or muddy. On our waterfall walk from Senaru you will need to walk through a running stream. Footwear with good grip that can get wet is ideal.

  • The snorkelling trip off the east coast of Lombok is a great chance to witness the sealife, but bear in mind you'll need to be a confident swimmer to partake in this activity.

  • Our accommodation on the east coast of Lombok is remote, and away from the main town. Our simple bungalows and beachside location allow a great chance to unwind and enjoy the slow pace in this slice of paradise.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jul 2018 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Start your adventure in Sanur, giving you a quick taste of Bali. Sanur is home to one of best Balinese Night Markets, so be sure to gather some of your newfound travel pals together for a night of shopping and feasting on some street food.
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.
Special Information
If you have prebooked an airport arrival transfer upon arrival at Bali please make your way to the Golden Bird Lounge after clearing immigration. After you exit customs walk to the Golden Bird Lounge which is on the right side (around 50 meters from where you exit customs). The Golden Bird lounge is before the area where all the drivers are waiting.
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). Stop for lunch in a basic warung – a traditional Indonesian-style cafe, before taking a minibus to Tetebatu (approximately 2 hours). On the way, stop at Masbagik Village which is well known for its pottery products and where you will get to see it being made on a short walk around the village. The hill retreat of Tetebatu is situated in the centre of Lombok, at the southern base of Mt Rinjani, and boasts spectacular views. Tonight, you will enjoy an included dinner at a family-run restaurant that provides traditional Lombok-style cuisine.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masbagik - Village walk & pottery demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Tetebatu - Gendang Blake Performance - IDR150000
  • Lombok - Tradional wedding - IDR750000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information

Traditionally in Lombok, weddings are normally held on Sundays. Sometimes our local leaders may know about a wedding that coincides with your visit to Lombok. If this is possible your group leader can organise for you to attend a local wedding and help you to understand the many customs that you will see and experience. You will need to be dressed appropriately so they will organise traditional clothes to be hired and a small donation is given to the bridge and groom. Please note this activity is only offered when a wedding coincides during your village visit.
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 lesser visited by tourists but is a beautiful stretch of coastline. Tonight you’ll stay in bungalow accommodation amid the peace and quiet of the secluded east 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. This is island living and relaxation at its best, so soak it all up!
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Labuhan Pandan - Snorkeling & picnic lunch
  • Labuan Pandan - BBQ dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel by minibus around the spiritual centre and sleeping giant of the island – Mt Rinjani (approximately 2 hours). Arrive around midday (12 pm) 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 the mountain. Here, your local guide is part of a female guiding association that trains and develops women in tourism. You will also take a walk to the spectacular Singang Gila waterfall, and perhaps take a refreshing shower underneath it!
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Senaru - Waterfall walk
  • Senaru - Sasak village walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Continue to the west coast today by minibus (approximately 2.5 hours). The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are a cluster 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)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external door.
The island is your oyster, so today you are completely free to relax or explore. Perhaps take in another snorkelling trip or catch a ferry across to the other islands of Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno and work out for yourself which one has the better beaches. This evening, enjoy an optional group dinner on the beachfront as you reminisce on memories of your Lombok adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Gili Air - Yoga Class - IDR120000
  • Gili Air - Cooking Class - IDR395000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your accommodation on the island has private outdoor bathrooms, with a lockable external door.
With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out times, usually at 11.30 am. This doesn’t mean your adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to extend your stay on the blissful Gili Air, we’ll be able to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). .

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you are aiming to catch a flight out of Denpasar International Airport in Bali 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 7 pm or before 1 pm from Lombok. Please ask your booking agent for further information on pre-booking this service.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Boat, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Beach bungalow (2 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Masbagik - Village walk & pottery demonstration
  • Pringasella - Village walk & Sasak feast
  • Labuhan Pandan - Snorkeling & picnic lunch
  • Labuan Pandan - BBQ dinner
  • 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 & 4 (Labuan Pandan), and 5 (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, DPS) 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 7pm from Bali or after 1pm from Lombok.

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