BALINESE HIKE & KOMODO DRAGONS

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  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: €1,860

Level: Easy

This discovery program offers an interesting blend of trekking challenges and relaxation intervals, between land and sea.

We start with the acquaintance of Bali, through a series of leisurely walks in lush rice paddies, traditional villages and sacred temples.

Then, Komodo archipelago and its fabulous marine scenery will remind us of the dream islands often depicted on postcards. This journey offers a unique opportunity to observe the mythical dragon and the elegant manta ray. The Indonesian Republic’s designation for the motherland, “our land & our water”, is the best expression to portray what you will experience during this 15-day adventure.

D/1 – Ubud (Bali)

Greeting at the airport of Denpasar and transfer to Ubud. Situated in a cool hilly area north of Denpasar, Ubud is well known for its arts and culture. Despite the rapid growth of tourism, the place has kept a lot of its charm and authenticity. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Night in hotel.

1 hour of transfer
Meals: –

 

D/2 – Ubud – Tampaksiring – Ubud

This day is devoted to Ubud and its surroundings. During an exploration walk in the village, we appreciate the elegant palace and temple facades with their fine carvings. We admire the exquisite carving on the wooden doors of Puri Saren, the fine ornaments of Pura Saraswati, amazing sculptures in Pura Puseh and numerous interesting museums and galleries. The famous “Monkey Forest” is well worth a visit too, although slightly out of the village center. At lunchtime, we head towards Tampaksiringwhere a family of artists is expecting us for lunch in their traditional house. We come back to Ubud in the afternoon, after enjoying a delicious meal and watching a few traditional dances.

Night in the same hotel.

30 minutes of transfer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

D/3 – Ubud – Penelokan – Kehen Temple – Sidemen

Early morning departure towards Mt Batur volcano (1717m). On its rim in Penelokan, we enjoy a magnificent view of the 14km long crater. Its immense size is evidence of the volcano’s turbulent past, when its height exceeded Mt Agung.

Awesome panorama of the cone emerging from the middle of the wide caldera, half-occupied by Bali’s largest lake, while its other half consists of plantations and hardened lava from the 1917 and 1926 eruptions. We hike down the crater and get close to the lava flows. During the afternoon, we transfer to Kehen temple in the vicinity of Bangli. This temple is said to be one of the most aesthetic in Bali. Then, on to the panoramic Sidemen village, located on the slopes of Mt Agung.

Night in hotel.

2 hours of transfer – 2 hours 1/2 of walking
Meals: Breakfast

 

D/4 – Sidemen – Tirtagangga

The morning is spent hiking around Sidemen’s hilly surroundings, through tropical plantations and rice fields. We cross several hamlets offering plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with locals. Amidst this luxuriant tropical vegetation, we walk across an old suspension bridge complementing the already very exotic scenery. At the beginning of the afternoon, we transfer to Mt Agung’s southeastern flank to visit the royal baths of Tirtagangga, literally “holy water of the Ganges”. Officially known as Tirta Ayu, this ancient bath complex was once one among numerous water palaces built by a king of Karangasem. Encircled by multiple terraced paddy fields, this site is ideal for relaxation. Night in a guesthouse owned by a French-Balinese couple.

45 minutes of transfer
Meals: Breakfast

 

D/5 – Tirtagangga

We take the morning to stroll along the rice fields and visit a number of traditional villages specialized in ironwork and silver jewelry. The afternoon is free, with the possibility of improvising another hike and to further enjoy this exotic land. Some of us might wish to be initiated in Balinese cooking while others will choose to experience local crafts making.

Night in the same guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast

D/6 – Tirtagangga – Tenganan – Klungkung – Sanur

We keep the morning for a last jaunt through the Balinese scenery. Our destination is Bali Aga village of Tenganan. This intriguing place features what has been preserved from the ancient Balinese culture, before the influence of Majapahit, a powerful Hindu Kingdom based in East Java. Visitors are allowed to come only between noon and night fall. These strict measures are meant to avoid the negative influences on the village. In the past, the inhabitants of Tenganan used to sweep the visitors footprints after their departure. Afternoon transfer toward Sanur, with a stop-over in Klungkung, to view the palace’s ancient court of justice. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Night in hotel.

1 hour 1/2 of transfer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

D/7 – Sanur – Labuan Bajo (Flores Island) – Sabolo – Seraya

Flight to Labuan Bajo. Greeting at the airport, then we immediately board a boat that has been especially chartered for us. Departure toward Sabolo Island, to enjoy its white-sand beach and beautiful underwater landscapes. During the afternoon, we sail to Seraya. Mooring near this island and night on board. Those who wish to enjoy the starry sky can sleep on the deck.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

D/8 – Seraya – Bidadari – Kelor

The day is devoted to rest and snorkeling. Bidadari and Kelor islands offer a rich submarine life with beautiful coral reefs, and quiet white-sand beaches.  Night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

D/9 – Kelor – Kalong

Today we head to Kalong, which consists mainly of mangroves inhabited by thousands of flying foxes. At nightfall, they fill the sky with a huge black cloud as they set off flying all the way to Flores Island, where they feed mainly on fruit. Night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

D/10 – Kalong – Rinca – Padar

Departure to Rinca Island, where the Bajau people live in stilt houses exclusively eating products from the sea. At daybreak, we start hiking to track the famous Komodo “dragon” and many other species like, deer, monkeys, buffalos, and wild horses. The green color of the savanna blends with the blue coves and bays, forming lovely landscapes. Before mid-day, we swim and snorkel on a deserted islet, then head towards Padar, a desolate yet beautiful island. Its beaches count among the best in the world. After enjoying a swim, we spend the end of the afternoon tracking in search of deer. Mooring near one of these fantastic beaches.

Night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

D/11 – Padar – Komodo – Laba

Taking advantage of the fresh morning air, we go for a walk on Komodo Island. There, we have a nice view of our boat mooring in the turquoise waters of the bay.  At mid-day, we start sailing to Gili Laba to enjoy more beach and snorkeling time, plus a panoramic hike to enjoy a view on the entire archipelago.

Night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

D/12 – Gili Laba – Manta Point – Kanawa

In the morning, we sail to “Manta Point” to witness the magnificent ballet of this elegant and impressive marine animal. It is possible to swim close by, but still at a safe distance.  We head towards Mushroom Rock and Kanawa Island in the afternoon and arrive early enough to appreciate the beach and underwater landscapes. Stroll on the island to contemplate the sunset.

Night on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

D/13 – Kanawa – Labuan Bajo

In the morning, we have a last opportunity to snorkel before sailing back to Labuan Bajo. Arrival in late afternoon.

Night in hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

D/14 – Labuan Bajo – Bali – Sanur

Flight to Bali, followed by a 30-minute transfer to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

 

D/15 – Sanur – Airport

Free time until transfer to airport.

Meals: Breakfast

 

End of our services

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Inclusions:

  • Azimuth local guide fluent in English
  • Land transfer in private and air-con vehicle, maritime transfer when necessary
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as mentioned in daily schedule
  • Sites and Museums’ entry tickets, trekking permits
  • Mineral water & snacks (fruits, biscuits…) during the trekking days
  • Domestic flights: Denpasar-Labuanbajo and Labuanbajo-Denpasar

 

Exclusions:

  • International air tickets
  • Airport taxes and visas
  • Drinks, personal expenses and tips
  • Travel insurance & assistance
  • Everything that is not mentioned in “Inclusions”

 

What to bring?

  • Good walking/hiking shoes
  • Head lamp
  • Flask
  • Hat
  • Raincoat (during the rainy season, October to April)
  • Day pack & camera
  • Mosquito repellant (lotion/cream)
  • Sun block, sun glasses & your good mood

 

2017 net rates per person (starting from):

  • Based on 2 persons  US$ 2,660
  • Based on 3 persons  US$ 2,165
  • Based on 4-5 persons  US$ 2,115
  • Based on 6-9 persons  US$ 1,965
  • Based on 10-12 persons  US$ 1,860

Additional Information:

The schedules are given as rough guide only. The itineraries are subject to change due to volcanoes or weather conditions.

 

Level  Easy 

Walking an average of 3 to 4 hours per day, mostly on well-beaten paths with moderate differences in altitude. If you are used to regular health walks, you will be satisfied. Otherwise, here is your chance to feel the physical and mental benefits of walking while discovering amazing surroundings.

Training: It would be good to start training yourself at least two months prior to your departure. A ten kilometer walk twice a week is strongly recommended.

For further information concerning the trekking grades, we invite you to visit our page Trekking Grades.

 

Carry-on luggage:

Bring only what you need for the day.

 

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