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The
 
BALI
 
trip

2023 dates

*Trip availabilities change throughout the day and may not be accurately reflected here. To see if space is available for the date you are interested in, please click through to the booking form.

Dec 28 - Jan 6, 2024

2 Gal spots + 2 Guy spots left

10 days/9 nights

starting at $2,999 USD

 

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

Bali's rice terraces are fascinating to walk around.

2024 dates

March 28 - April 6, 2024

 

April 11 - 20, 2024

May 23 - June 1, 2024

Memorial Day trip - likely to sell out

June 27 - July 6, 2024

4th of July trip - likely to sell out

Aug 29 - Sept 7, 2024

Nov 21 - 30, 2024

Thanksgiving trip - likely to sell out

Dec 19 - 28, 2024

Dec 26 - Jan 4, 2025

NYE trip - likely to sell out

10 days/9 nights

starting at $2,999 USD

 

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

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 golden beaches in Uluwatu. These regions are representative of the diversity that exists across this sprawling archipelago, and together, we'll dive right in.

Join us as we admire 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

CRISTALLINE WATERS

ISLAND LIFE
 

RICE TERRACES

UBUD

 

SNORKELING PARADISE

Indonesia

Included

  • 9 nights in Indonesia

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • All boat transfers between islands

  • Meals: 3 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 ceremony

  • Traditional purification experience

  • Snorkeling & boat day through Gili islands

  • Beach hopping in Uluwatu

  • Uluwatu beach club experience

  • Uluwatu Temple sunset visit and dance show

  • 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

The coast of Bali is rugged, wild, and waiting to be explored with new friends.

day by day

*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change

Day by day
The island is rich in green color.

arrive

Day 1 - Ubud
UBUD YOU BEAUTY

After arriving just outside 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; your Bali trip is just getting started, and you've got one wild Indonesian adventure ahead.

On our Bali trip, you'll explore ancient ruins and interesting cultures.

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 Balinese.

That afternoon, we're trekking back into the island's maze of jungles, past awe-inspiring temples, in search of a secret waterfall with mystical purification powers. After enjoying a soul-soothing day in the life, head out with your new friends for dinner and drinks.

There are many artisan communities on Bali and the nearby islands.

Learn

Day 3 - Ubud
The Mighty Jungle

Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel before rolling out to explore Bali's lush interior.

Today, we're winding from the cacophonous Ubud monkey forest to the historic Ubud Palace, set behind sprawling tropical gardens. Enjoy lunch with the crew surrounded by rainforests before riding on toward Bali's famous hillsides.

From there, you'll check out the scene at the ancient Tirta Empul Temple (962 A.D. ancient!), famous for its healing waters and purification ceremonies. In the afternoon, we'll cruise back to Ubud; the evening is free for you to find dinner in the village with friends.

Hike to volcanoes on Indonesia's islands.

Marvel

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 rice paddies as you learn about the island’s unique cultural and natural world. So, bring a camera and immerse yourself in the wild shades of green that helped put brilliant Bali on the map.

After a day in that Indonesian sun, kick back and relax in the afternoon before heading into the narrow, winding Balinese streets in town to try some local cuisine like nasi goreng, satay, or babi guling.

The coral off of Bali is teeming with life.

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's pristine beaches. Consider renting bicycles and cruising around this tiny paradise with friends before we all meet up for dinner.

Snorkel off of the Gili Islands with the travel crew.

Admire

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

We’re leaving land behind for a day offshore, so fuel up before head out for a day on our 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.

Bali's beaches are perfect for relaxing in the sun.

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.

The evening is free to enjoy the tropical breeze - chill out, sip cocktails, or even take a dip.

Indonesia is full of hidden lagoons.

Explore

Day 8 - Uluwatu, Bali
Sandy Spectacles

Today, we'll be hitting up one of Bali's iconic beach clubs, so get ready to bask in that brilliant Southeast Asian sun, grab a fruity, tropical concoction, and soak up the laid-back atmosphere.

Nestled between the warm Indian Ocean and a backdrop of rugged and tropical bluffs, you'll spend the day in sunny, sandy paradise. With relaxing day beds, fresh seafood, and unbeatable views through the shade of coconut palms, it's one Balinese experience you're unlikely to top.

After the sun sets on Shangri-La, head back to the hotel before you roll out for dinner and drinks with the crew.

Sunsets on Bali are spectacular.

Unwind

Day 9 - Uluwatu, Bali
Up for Anything

Bask in the Balinese ambiance—the morning is yours. Get up early for yoga or a massage and enjoy a relaxing morning on the island.

After a bit of R&R, we'll be moving on to the Uluwatu Temple, which hangs out on a rocky cliff, towering over the Indian Ocean. We'll check out a traditional Kecak dance performance at the temple and one more sunset spectacular before it's on to our farewell dinner.

That evening, we'll wine and dine together over our last meal. So, raise a glass as we toast to an adventure in paradise!

Bali's jungles are fantastic for hiking and trekking.

Reflect

Day 10 - Bali
Sampai Bertemu!

We’ll have one final breakfast together at the hotel before we check out.

If you’re one of the lucky ones with more time on your hands, keep on traveling those spectacular Indonesian islands—they never seem to end.

Otherwise, if you’ve got to jet, it’s a half-hour drive back to the airport, so take the ride to unwind and unpack this action-packed adventure.

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

– Toba Beta

Spend boat days on turquoise seas.

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

  • While we can't guarantee private rooms in any Bali hotel, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • 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.

  • Most Bali vacation packages head to more touristy Kuta Beach or Seminyak Beach; we purposefully bypass those in search of more authentic secluded paradise.

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

  • 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.

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

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. While it's full of natural beauty, it’s important to remember that Indonesia faces the same issues as any other country. This is a real place where real people live, and the Instagram version is not always reality.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • IIndonesian 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.

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*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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