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The

 

BALI

 

trip

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2023 dates

April 13 - 22, 2023

$300 off Inaugural trip

May 11 - 20, 2023

May 25 - June 3, 2023

Memorial Day trip - likely to sell out

June 29 - July 8, 2023

Aug 31 - Sept 9, 2023

Oct 5 - 14, 2023

Columbus Day trip - likely to sell out

Nov 16 - 25, 2023

Thanksgiving trip - likely to sell out

Dec 28 - Jan 6, 2024

NYE trip - likely to sell out

10 days/9 nights

from $2,999 USD

 

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our small group trip to Indonesia caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for cultural immersion in Ubud, tropical adventures in the Gilis, and ribbons of secluded white sand beaches in Uluwatu. These regions are representative of the diversity that exists across this sprawling archipelago, and together, we’ll explore it all.

So come along to tame rugged landscapes, trek through Hindi temples reclaimed from jungle vines, and toss down a tropical cocktail or two beneath fiery Southeast Asian sunsets. Along the way, we’ll discover the spirit of the nation in local villages and fall in love with traditions passed down through generations.

This is one all-encompassing adventure; a tropical whirlwind of fascinating arts, rich culture, and incredible biodiversity—an eye-opening window into Indonesia.

For the love of

BALI SUNSETS

JUNGLE TREKS

 

HIDDEN TEMPLES

 

THE NATURAL WORLD

BOAT DAYS 

THE GILIS

RICE TERRACES

UBUD

 

SNORKELING PARADISE

Indonesia

Included

  • 9 nights in Indonesia

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person (3-4 stars)

  • All boat transfers between islands

  • Meals: 4 dinners, 5 lunches, and 9 breakfasts

  • VW tour of Ubud to ancient temples, the monkey forest, and the Tegallalang Rice Fields

  • Full day with a local Balinese family

  • Balinese cooking class

  • Traditional offering class

  • Traditional purification experience in a waterfall

  • Bike tour of Gili Trawangan island

  • Snorkeling & boat day through Gili islands

  • Beach hopping in Uluwatu

  • Uluwatu Temple sunset visit and dance show

  • Morning yoga session

  • Scenic hike through Bali’s natural world

*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights to and from Bali

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)

  • Incidental expenses

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day by day

*Itinerary is indicative for 2023 and is subject to change

Day by day
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arrive

Day 1 - Ubud
UBUD YOU BEAUTY

After arriving just outside of the Balinese capital Denpasar, hop in a cab and head north toward Ubud's emerald green rice terraces. The sights and sounds of this mecca of culture, arts, and spirituality should shake you from that jet lag slumber. 

 

Meet up with your travel crew at the hotel before we head out for drinks, dinner, and laughs. No sweat if you don’t make it out late; you’ve had a long day of travel, and you’ve got one wild Indonesian adventure ahead.

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Discover

Day 2 - Ubud
Home-Grown

Today we’re discovering the ins and outs of Bali’s culture and tradition with a local family. You’ll get set up with all the right ingredients to start cooking Balinese style before we sit down for lunch to learn about local life and catch up on time-honored rituals with these friendly locals.

 

That afternoon, we’re trekking back into the island’s maze of jungles in search of a secret waterfall with its mythical purification powers. After enjoying a soul soothing day in the life, head out with friends in Ubud for dinner and drinks.

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taste

Day 3 - Ubud
The Mighty Jungle

Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel before rolling out in VW bugs to explore Bali’s lush interior. Today, we’re winding from cacophonous monkey forests to the impressive gates of Batukaru Temple, which hang like nature’s picture frame in front of a towering mountain backdrop. From there, we’ll set off to explore the complex of Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, one of the island’s most sacred sites.

 

Enjoy lunch with the crew surrounded by rainforests in Bedugul before riding on toward Bali’s famous  hillsides. Take it all in from an incredible viewpoint over the soaring green steps of the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. In the afternoon, we’ll cruise back to Ubud; the evening is free for you to find dinner in the village with friends.

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Immerse

Day 4 - Bali
What a view

Fuel up at the hotel; you’ll need your energy—today, we’re heading off to hike through some of Bali’s most magical landscapes.

We’ll be led by our guide across absurdly stunning vistas as you learn about the island’s unique nature and culture. Bring a camera and immerse yourself in the wild shades of green that helped put brilliant Bali on the map.

Later on, head back to Ubud, where you’ll have the afternoon free before we get together for a team dinner.

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wonder

Day 5 - Gili Trawangan
Floating in Paradise

Grab one more Balinese breakfast at the hotel and then cruise on over to the alluring harbor of Padangbai. We’re hopping on a speedboat with our sights set on Gili Trawangan, one of three tiny green teardrops in the great blue abyss that make up the fascinating Gili Islands.

After dropping our bags at the hotel, just a coconut’s throw from the balmy Bali Sea, the afternoon is yours to check out the island. Consider taking one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles and circumnavigating this tiny paradise with friends before we all meet up for dinner and island style karaoke.

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Admire

Day 6 - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno & Gili Air
Island Hoppin’

We’re leaving land behind for a day offshore, so fuel up before we hit the high seas on a private boat. Our first stop is just next door off Gili Meno, where we’ll have the chance to dive in and unwind with green sea turtles and hawksbills, some of Indonesia’s most amiable aquatic hosts.

We’ll find dry land at Gili Air to grab a bite before we head off for one last reef-side rendezvous. You’ll dive in and snorkel this particularly special underwater playground for legions of the Gili’s most curious tropical inhabitants before we head back home. The evening is free back on Gili Trawangan for you to head out with friends.

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Relax

Day 7 - Gili & Uluwatu, Bali
Unreal Uluwatu

Today we’re headed back west across the turquoise Lombok Strait to Bali to check out the most southwestern point of the Bukit Peninsula. Hello Uluwatu.

This coastline of towering rocky cliffs is home to some of the island’s most stunning beaches, sunsets, and surf. In fact, it was here in the 1970s that a group of intrepid adventurers stumbled upon the endless break, and the Indonesian surf scene was born.  

 

After checking into the hotel, we’ll pop over to the absolutely jaw-dropping Uluwatu Temple, which hangs out over the Indian Ocean, for a local dance performance and one of those magical Bali sunsets.

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Explore

Day 8 - Uluwatu, Bali
Sandy Spectacles

After breakfast with friends at the hotel, we’re going beach hoppin’ in search of Uluwatu’s finest ribbons of perfection so that you’ll be saying, “damn, Bali actually is all that it’s cracked up to be” before noon.

 

We’ll start out on one particularly gorgeous stretch of sand backed by dense tropical jungles before we pop over to grab lunch with a towering view. From there, it’s down to the sea once more to soak up the sun from a golden strip of fun so pretty you may ask yourself why you’re flying home at all.

 

After that, the evening’s free for you to find dinner or hit the bars with friends. 

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Unwind

Day 9 - Uluwatu, Bali
Up for Anything

Get up early for some complimentary yoga or a massage to wash those worries of the impending real world away. Then, you’ve got a full day to check out the sites or unwind in that balmy sea.

 

Keep on beach hopping in paradise or head down to the local wet market in Jimbaran to sneak a peek at the day’s catch—whatever you choose, just make sure to spend some time soaking up more of these incredible views.

That evening, we’ll all meet up for one final, special dinner together.

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Reflect

Day 10 - Bali
Sampai Bertemu!

We’ll have one final breakfast together at the hotel before we check out. It’s a half-hour drive back to the airport, so take the car ride to unwind and unpack this action-packed adventure. If you’re one of the lucky ones with more time on your hands, stick around and head out on your own. You could explore Indonesia's vast, beautiful islands for a lifetime.

“Don’t talk about heaven if you’ve never been to Bali.”

– Toba Beta

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FAST FACTS

Fast facts

Just for fun

If you think it’s hard to see all of Indonesia, you’re not wrong. The nation is made up of a staggering 17,000 islands.

Indonesia is home to the Komodo Dragon; growing up to 10 feet in length, it’s the world’s largest lizard.

This country’s all about the natural world; in fact, it’s home to the second-highest level of biodiversity anywhere on earth.

Trip notes

  • We’ll be taking a number of ferries and boat trips, so plan accordingly if you get seasick (Dramamine is your friend!).

  • Indonesia lies directly on the equator; that means it’s usually hot and humid.

  • The CDC recommends that travelers visiting Lombok take malaria medicine.

  • Visas are not required for American travelers.

  • Ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date.

  • We offer a first run experience discount of $300 on our inaugural trip.

  • All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

About Indonesia

Indonesia is a sprawling, heavily populated country with islands that stretch some 3,200 miles across the equator from the Indian Ocean in the west all the way to the Pacific in the east. The nation has a diverse populace with Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic influences. Various powers colonized it over the last millennia, the most notable being the Dutch, who recognized the island nation’s sovereignty in 1949. 

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Indonesian is the official language.

  • The currency is the Indonesian rupiah (Rp).

  • The dry season runs from April-October and the monsoon season from November-March.

  • Tipping is not mandatory; however, if the service is good, you can leave 10%.

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flights

flights

Fly into Bali (DPS)

You'll need to be in Bali by 2pm on Day 1; however, with the recent number of flight delays, we recommend planning to arrive a day early just to be safe. You can spend the day relaxing or exploring the area!

Fly out of Bali (DPS)

We recommend flying out of Bali on day 10 or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Indonesia.

Want to check out flights for your trip?

Feel free to also set up flight alerts to Bali so you can grab the best deal!

*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.

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