A soulful adventure

Bali is the perfect mix of flourishing paradise and rich history. Dive into the culture with a home-hosted cooking class and a visit to a community-based health clinic. End each day with comfortable accommodation, and plenty of time to explore on your own or relax on one of Bali’s idyllic beaches.

Highlights

  • Partake in a cooking class in a traditional Balinese home

  • Wake up with relaxing yoga

  • Explore the water gardens of Tirta Gangga

  • Snorkel among the ruins of the USS Liberty

  • Relax on the beaches of Seminyak

Itinerary for Indonesia

DAY 1: Seminyak Welcome to Bali! After your private transfer you may wish to explore Seminyak, a laid-back beach town with open beaches, curious buildings and many spas to enjoy. Our adventure begins with a welcome meeting tonight.

  • Your transfer driver will be waiting for you outside of customs in the Arrivals Hall
  • Our hotel in Seminyak: The Haven Hotel

Day 2: Seminyak > Ubud Venturing to Ubud, we’ll visit the Tirta Empul Temple, famous for its holy spring water where Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification. In Ubud, we’ll enjoy some unscripted moments before visiting a nearby village and traditional Balinese home, where a culinary adventure awaits. Learn all about Balinese cuisine from our hosts as we take part in this unique cooking class. Later, sit down to a dinner you helped create. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Ubud: The Artini Resort
  • Dinner tonight will be our creations from our Balinese cooking class

Day 3: Ubud Rise early for a pre-breakfast yoga class to energize you for the day ahead. Later, we’ll take a leisurely walk along Campuhan Ridge to fully appreciate the lush green surrounds of Ubud. Visit Bumi Sehat, a local community-based health clinic whose mission is to reduce maternal and child illness. This afternoon is yours. You may choose to discover local museums or the numerous Hindu temples. Tonight, learn about the traditional art of kecak, a fascinating and theatrical dance in conjunction with human chanting. (b)

  • Our hotel in Ubud: The Artini Resort

Day 4: Ubud > Candidasa After breakfast, we travel to Taman Ujung Water Palace. The palace once served as a home for royalty but is now known as a park for locals. In the middle of three large pools, the main building, known as Gili Bale, sits in tranquility next to beautiful stone arches and well-maintained gardens. We’ll reach Candidasa this afternoon and take a short trip to a nearby Tengangan village, enjoying a walk around this historic town. According to legend, the people of Tengangan were selected by the god Indra as the caretakers of the land. Some free time could include relaxing around the town’s attractive lagoon or swimming in the inviting waters. An optional cooking class in Candidasa is also available. (b)

  • Our hotel in Candidasa: Rama Resort

Day 5: Candidasa Journey to nearby Puri Agung Karangasem — also known as Amlapura Palace — an exceptional structure that employs a unique mix of Chinese and European influences. The palace’s buildings are reserved for ceremonies and traveler visits — and boast the nearby Tirta Gangga Water Palace — standing as a testament to the last king’s love of design. After exploring Puri Agung Karangasem, you will head to Tirta Gangga for a walk around this magnificent water garden. After lunch, return to our beach resort. (b)

  • Our hotel in Candidasa: Rama Resort

Day 6: Candidasa > Tulamben This morning, we move to the north coast of Bali, to a community-based tourism initiative called Les Villages. Here, the community has developed a reef rehabilitation and plastic recycling program. A walk to a waterfall takes you through primary jungle. While it’s a mainly flat path, it can be muddy, so appropriate shoes are necessary. At the waterfall, there is the option to cool off in the falls. Later, enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch in the community restaurant before heading to Tulamben, where you will be staying for the next two days. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Tulamben: Liberty Dive Resort

Day 7: Tulamben Today, snorkel at the nearby shipwreck of the US cargo ship Liberty. This old boat, sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942, lies just offshore, and has become one of Bali’s most popular diving sites. Snorkel around this wreck and witness the coral and sea life that now calls it home. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Tulamben: Liberty Dive Resort

Day 8: Tulamben > Seminyak In the morning, our private minivan takes us back to Seminyak. The rest of the day is free to perhaps explore the resort at your own pace, search the designer shops and galleries, or just mellow out on the beach. (b)

  • Our hotel in Seminyak: The Haven Hotel

Day 9: Seminyak Our Bali adventure ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to Indonesia

SPENDING MONEY: When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It’s always better to bring a little more than you think you’ll need. Also make sure you’ve read your trip details thoroughly so you know what’s included in the trip price and what isn’t. This should make budgeting a little easier. Budget for meals not included: USD 200 The official currency of Indonesia is the rupiah (IDR). There are money exchanges and ATM machines available at the airport and all major towns. ATMs are the easiest and safest way to access cash, although we also recommend that you bring and carry some cash in a major currency for when ATMs can not be accessed. USD notes older than 2000 series, as well as foreign currency notes that are old, torn, worn or damaged notes can’t be changed in Indonesia. Departure tax from all Indonesian airports, both domestic and international, is included in the price of your flight ticket. TIPPING If you’re happy with the services provided a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Club Adventures destinations. Carrying small notes of local currency will make tipping easier. It is best to avoid tipping with with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes, as this can be regarded as an insult. PASSPORT As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends. Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. INDONESIA: Passport holders for most nationalities are permitted to enter Visa Free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. Please check with your relevant consulate or embassy. Some nationalities are required to obtain a visa on arrival, or in advance. Citizens of countries who aren’t on the visa on arrival or visa-free lists are required to apply for a visa overseas before travelling to Indonesia. Nationals of all countries planning to stay for more than 30 days in Indonesia have to apply for the appropriate visa at an overseas Indonesian consulate or embassy before their departure. PASSPORTS Local laws require that you must always carry identification. We recommend taking a clear photocopy of your passport photo page and photo of your visa (after arriving), to carry with you. All Club Adventures travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared. PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION: Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in your home country are available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by a doctor. Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you take and that it’s for personal use only. MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES: Several mosquito-borne illnesses occur in Indonesia, including dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis. Protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses by taking measures to avoid insect bites, including using insect repellent and wearing long, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. RABIES: Rabies is a risk throughout Indonesia, especially in Bali. Avoid direct contact with dogs and other animals, including monkeys. Don’t feed or pat them. This includes monkeys in popular markets, tourist destinations and sanctuaries where you may be encouraged to interact with them. If bitten or scratched, immediately use soap and water to wash the wound thoroughly. Seek urgent medical attention. While travelling with us you’ll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There’s no obligation to do this though. VEGETARIANS & VEGANS Strict vegetarians should be aware that a lot of Indonesian cooking contains fermented shrimp paste (terasi) as a basic ingredient. Chicken and eggs are also common in many dishes. Although there are many vegetarian options available, please ensure you are specific as possible when ordering food to ensure that your meal suits your dietary needs. Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Indonesia

Pre-Night Add-ons

SEMINYAK - Rates start at $85 per room, double occupancy or $85 for a single room. Please ask your Club Adventures representative for more details based on your departure date


Post-Night Add-ons

SEMINYAK - Rates start at $85 per room, double occupancy or $85 for a single room. Please ask your Club Adventures representative for more details based on your departure date


Optional Tours

9 days, from $1,499 USD