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Essential Bali & Gili Islands


Find peace, relaxation and adventure with a trip around Bali. Starting in the patchouli-infused Ubud, you can explore the jungle or cycle around rice paddies before ascending Mt Batur at sunrise and creating epic memories. Kick back on Gili T and soak up island life as you enjoy loads of free time to snorkel over reefs, snap a few sunsets and throw down some beers. End it all in Seminyak with some of the best beachy nightlife you’ll ever find, even more sunsets (the colours!) and a massage (or three).

10 days, from

$655

per person

GROUP SIZE

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: TIYB
Style: Basix
Theme: 18 to 35s

Details

Countries Visited:  Indonesia
Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 nights), Hotel (8 nights)
Transportation: Boat , Private Minibus
Included Meals:

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 16

  • Float in the ocean, bake on the beach, and conquer a volcano: the island landscapes of Bali and Gili are epic.

  • Let a local show you their favourite dishes, from nasi campur to all kinds of other delicacies during a street food tasting in Seminyak. We know you didn’t come all the way to Bali to eat spaghetti.

  • Make like a sponge and soak up every drop of Ubud's relaxed atmosphere. A walk among the bright green rice fields is as Bali as it gets.

  • There's nothing like waking up at 3 am to climb a mountain, eh? Watching the sunrise from active volcano Mt Batur is worth every minute of sleep you lose.

  • Your leader will reveal the best of Gili Trawangan on a two-wheeled tour of the island, giving you insider info on the island that includes the snorkelling and the social scene.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Ubud

Salamat Datang! Welcome to Bali. Our adventure will begin in the rice paddy lined oasis of Ubud, in the mountains of Bali. You're free to arrive whenever you like today as there's nothing planned until your meeting this evening at 6 pm. If you do arrive early, feel free to stroll around town, soak up the vibe and prepare yourself to go full Eat Pray Love – there’s a reason Bali is such a popular destination. After the meeting, go out for an optional group dinner or find a feed on your own accord.

Day 2: Ubud

Today is free to explore the temples, wander through the rice paddy fields or visit the famous art and craft markets in the centre of town. Maybe use your free time to join in some optional activities like a cycling tour, white-water rafting or a cooking class, just keep in mind these things cost extra. If you'd prefer to freewheel it, then just hire a bike and ride around Ubud's lush countryside. Our top tip? Try the Balinese specialty – Babi Guling, the Indonesian version of roast pork. There’s a warung in town that’s said to whip up some of the best, Ibu Oka. Ask your group leader for directions and recommendations before you head out. The evening is yours to do as you'd please.

Day 3: Mt Batur

Depart Ubud for Batur this morning, visiting the Tirta Empul Water Temple en route. Tirta Empul, translating as holy water spring, was built in the 10th century as a place of ritual purification for Balinese Hindus and is still very much in use. This is the real deal, and you’ll see the local Balinese come here to bathe in the pools and purify themselves under the waterspouts. Next, head to the stunning rice terraces at Tegalalang to take a stroll. It’s a great place to take that perfect photo of beautiful Bali. Continue to Batur and aim for an early night, as tomorrow is jam-packed.

Day 4: Candidasa

Rise and shine early birds (3 am!), it's time for a good ol' fashioned crater hike. On your included walk, you'll be just in time to witness the sunrise over the valleys of Bali. At 1717 metres high, Mt Batur sits inside a spectacular caldera along with Lake Batur, which is an awesome sight to see. The lake supports the local fishing industry, while many of the villagers work as guides for the volcano climb. It's important to note that this climb takes around 1.5—2 hours, and since it's all uphill so a decent level of fitness is required to enjoy it. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Mt Rinjani. After descending the volcano, there may be an option to soak in hot springs with great views over the lake and caldera, time depending. Later in the afternoon, head southwest to beachside Candidasa. You're gonna love having a free evening after today's climb to chill out by the beach.

Day 5: Gili Trawangan

Drive to Padangbai this morning and jump on a speedboat to Gili Trawangan at approximately 9 am. Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it's referred to, is essentially the Goldilocks of the three Gili islands, striking the perfect balance between Gili Air's hippie vibe and Gili Meno’s low-key honeymoon atmosphere. Check in to your resort, then begin exploring on two wheels during a cycling orientation tour with your leader. Get insider island info on the best places to watch the sunset and best beaches to soak up the salt air from. Luckily for you, you’ll get access to use the resorts bicycles for the duration of your stay here so getting from A to B will be a peddle-powered breeze. After your cycling tour, spend the rest of the night however you like, just remember that bare feet are the basis of the dress code here.

Day 6: Gili Trawangan

Enjoy a free day on Gili Trawangan to do, well, absolutely nothing. If that’s what you want. Otherwise, why not spend a little dosh on an optional cooking or yoga class, or go snorkelling in the unbelievably clear waters. You could even head out on a motorised wooden boat around the Gili Islands, jumping straight off the boat and coming face-to-face with marine life including colourful fish, coral reefs and, of course, sea turtles. The Gili Islands are a famous snorkelling destination and probably the best spot in South East Asia, so if we have one piece of advice it’s this: get wet.

Day 7: Gili Trawangan

Just another day in paradise and it’s your choice how you’ll spend it. Perhaps jump on another boat for more snorkelling, or maybe take it super easy and post up on the beach with a book, a coconut or a cocktail. Remember the ABCs of Gili T – always be coconutting. You could also grab a bike and go for another ride. All three of the Gili Islands are tiny, but it’ll still sound pretty hardcore when you tell your friends back home you circumnavigated an island.

Day 8: Seminyak

Have a leisurely breakfast and one last swim on Gili T before walking back to the port (approximately 1.8 kms) and taking a speedboat to Padangbai in Bali, arriving mid afternoon. From here, drive to upmarket Seminyak where the sunsets are legendary, the beaches are plentiful, the nightlife is lively and there are more spas, bars, massages and treatments than you can poke a stick at. On arrival, step out with your leader on an included food tasting. Your leader knows all the best dishes, so unbuckle your belt and try some nasi campur (a mixed plate of rice, veges and meats) and other local street foods. Continue to a beach club where you can beat the heat with an included drink.

Day 9: Seminyak

Give today a real Semin-crack with a range of optional activities to get involved in. Remember, these may incur an extra cost. Maybe you'll be keen to café hop (the colourful cafes in Seminyak are endless), laze by the beach or get active and take a surf lesson. Whatever your decision, you can’t hit Seminyak without soaking up the sun at another beach club in the afternoon. Ever heard of Potato Head? Cocoon? Ku de Ta? Sit back, listen to the tunes, splash around in the pool and watch the sunset go down with a cocktail or coconut in hand. Toast to the final full day of the trip with your newfound travel companions and dance the night away.

Day 10: Seminyak

Your Bali adventure comes to an end today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to Eat, Pray, Love, Swim, Snorkel, Sleep and Tan in the future, be it in Bali or back home.