Gilis & Lombok
$150 off with
FEB 9 - 18, 2023
MARCH 2 - 11, 2023
March 16 - 25, 2023
April 13 - 22, 2023
May 11 - 20, 2023
May 26 - June 3, 2023
Memorial Day trip - likely to sell out
10 days/9 nights
P.S. All payments can be broken up into a
$975 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 Bali, tropical adventures in the Gilis, and ribbons of secluded white sand beaches in Lombok. These islands are emblematic of the diversity that exists across this sprawling archipelago, and together, we’ll explore it all.
So come along to tame rugged volcanoes, 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
THE NATURAL WORLD
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
Sunrise hike up Mount Batur
Bike tour of Gili Trawangan island
Snorkeling & boat day through Gili islands
Lombok island visit of temples and mosques
Visit to local craft villages on Lombok and pottery & hand weaving with local women
Beach hopping on Lombok
Sunset walk to Marese hill
Flights to and from Bali
Mandatory trip insurance
Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)
day by day
*Itinerary is indicative for 2022 and is subject to change
Day 1 - Ubud, Bali
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.
Day 2 - Ubud, Bali
The Mighty Jungle
Start 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 our 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.
Day 3 - Ubud,Bali & Mount Batur
We’re heading out early to take on Mount Batur—the lava-laden tectonic tower is allegedly the work of ancient hangry giant Kebo Iwa. As you start climbing, try to keep an eye on our guide; the trek begins in pre-dawn darkness, and you won’t want to fall behind. Watch out for monkeys on the way up as well; the curious locals are notorious for pickpocketing snacks along the route.
We'll reach the 1700-meter summit as the sun rises for breakfast with one epic view. Afterward, head back to Ubud, where the afternoon is free before we get together for a team dinner.
*Although this is an active volcano, there’s nothing to worry about—it hasn’t erupted since 2000 and is closely monitored by the Indonesian government.
Day 4 - Ubud, Bali
Today we’re discovering the ins and outs of Bali’s culture and tradition with a local family. We’ll scour a neighborhood market for all the right ingredients to get cooking Balinese style before we sit down for lunch to learn about local life and catch up on time-honored rituals with one of the village’s most loveable nenek (grandmas!).
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.
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.
Day 6 - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno & Gili Air
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.
Up next, we’re snorkeling through an underwater statue garden turned playground for legions of the Gili’s most curious tropical inhabitants. We’ll find dry land at Gili Air to grab a bite before we head off for one last reef-side rendezvous. The evening is free back on Gili Trawangan for you to head out with friends.
Day 7 - Gili Trawangan & Lombok
Today we’re headed east across the turquoise channel to Lombok, where we'll drop our bags at the hotel and grab lunch together before we head out to explore.
Lombok's all about diversity, harmony, and coexistence, both between different groups of people and between man and nature, so it only makes sense that we'll kick things off by checking out the Lingsar Temple, which bridges Hinduism and Islam. Dating from the 18th century, the stunning structure lies among the brilliant greens of captivating rice paddies.
In the afternoon, we'll trek to the fountain of youth at the sprawling Narmada Palace before we head back to town and grab dinner as a group.
Day 8 - Lombok
Coast & Culture
After breakfast at the hotel, we’re taking the morning to visit the villages that drive Lombok’s arts and culture scene. Start by learning from those with a penchant for pottery and harness your ceramic skills before we roll on to Sukerare Village to watch the masters of weaving do their thing. We’ll round things off in Ende Village, where traditional houses stand proudly over sun-dried buffalo dung floors.
That afternoon, we’re shifting gears and hitting up some of Lombok’s most exotically beautiful bays to let the world pass us by. We’ll beach hop along the southern coast before walking up Merese Hill for one more intoxicating Indonesian sunset.
Day 9 - Lombok & Bali
Rise early for some complimentary yoga before we cruise off on a speedboat back to Bali. We'll check into our last hotel, and then you've got the afternoon free to kick back and relax with the crew.
That evening, we'll all head down to a local wet market in Jimbaran to get a look at the daily catch. When you've found the fish of your dreams, we'll head out for sunset dinner near the water, where we'll grill up the freshest seafood feast of your life.
Day 10 - Jimbaran, Bali
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.
“I’ll be in Bali. Beautiful Bali. That’s where I want to be.”
– THE WONDERMINTS
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.
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.
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%.
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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