Embark on an adventure-filled getaway to the Island of the Gods, without compromising on comfort, during this action-packed 12-day itinerary. Discover the untouched natural beauty of the Komodo Islands both above and below the water’s surface, then venture into the cultural heart of Bali to discover the lush surrounds of Ubud.
Buzzing Southern Bali
Begin your adventure with a night at the Bali Garden Beach Resort and get your first taste of this alluring island. Indulge with a traditional Balinese massage at the Tari Spa or shake off any jet lag as you relax beside one of the resort’s three swimming pools. If you’re in need of some retail therapy, stroll to the atmospheric Discovery Shopping Mall that overlooks the sands of Kuta Beach or get your thrills at the lively Waterbom Park.
Dragons in Paradise
Be transferred to another world as you fly east to Labuan Bajo to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Komodo National Park and the lively local markets at Batu Cermin. Base yourself at the charming Bintang Flores Hotel for two nights and embark on an island hopping tour through the Komodo archipelago, including a hike in search of the prehistoric looking Komodo Dragon. Go swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters off the striking sands of Pink Beach and venture into the hilly savannah of beautiful Rinca Island.
Cultural Heart and Spirituality
Discover Bali’s ancient spirituality while exploring the traditional temples of Sebatu and learn about the active role they play in the local community as you make offerings to the gods and cleanse in the holy waters.
Sun Rays and Mountain Falls
Wake in the pre-dawn hours for a majestic sunrise trek to Mount Batur, arriving in time to see the day’s first rays peak over the East Coast of Bali. Enjoy a breakfast of fresh eggs cooked using the heat of the volcano, then continue on to the charismatic village of Munduk, which perches on a rugged mountain ridge surrounded by cascading waterfalls and emerald green rice paddies.
Spend two nights in a spacious wooden bungalow at the Sanak Retreat and go trekking through untouched jungle and past hidden temples to the magnificent Twin Lakes lookout, followed by a tranquil canoe ride across picturesque Danau Buyan.
Temples and Flowers
Say farewell to the highlands as you head south towards the Bukit Peninsula, stopping en route to explore the enchanting Botanical Gardens of Bedugal and climb amidst the forest canopy along the Bali Tree Tops Adventure ropes course. Soak up the colourful sights, sounds and smells of Candi Kuning’s traditional fruit and flower markets, then be awed by the breathtaking setting of the Ulun Danu “Goddess of the Lake” water temple before arriving at the Keraton Jimbaran Beach Resort.
Beach Side and Day Trips
Spend your final few days experiencing the natural beauty of southern Bali, galloping along the black sands of Saba Bay during a horseback riding excursion and watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean from the 11th-century cliff-top temple of Uluwatu. Embark on an optional white water rafting adventure down the Ayung River, get up close to the gentle giants of the Bali Elephant Camp or discover Indonesia’s rich culinary traditions at the Casa Luna Cooking School.
9 nights' accommodation (4-5 star hotels), 2 nights' on the Komodo Adventure Tour, meals as specified by your travel agent, Venture Far Experiences (Mt Batur Sunrise Trekking, Rainforest Trekking, High Rope Course, Bali Horse Riding, Uluwatu Sunset Dinner), private transfers, service charge + government tax.
An outstanding destination boasting unrivalled + convenient air access from all around Australia, the warm tropical paradises of Bali + The Gili Islands has something for everyone!
As well as relaxing in stunning villas beachside or in the mountains, discover some of the authentic Balinese cultures from interacting with villagers on a Jatiluwih rice paddy cycling tour, sampling the street food of Kuta, or spending a week restoring the body and spirit at a health and wellness retreat.
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