Bali Adventure Tour
Trekking, Snorkeling, Rafting
Sept. 3 – 17, 2018
Health and fitness are elements too often neglected in our everyday lives. The itinerary of this trip includes physical recreation in a paradise setting nearly every day, allowing participants to expand their bodies, minds, and spirits, in an environment that nurtures all three elements simultaneously. Bali’s stunning geographical beauty includes majestic volcanoes surrounded by terraced rice fields that gently spill into an azure sea.
Bali is also known for its friendly hospitality. Beyond the high-rise tourist hype found at the resorts on the southern tip of the island are back roads never traveled by the conventional tour bus. There are native villages where a foreign face is still an unfamiliar sight. Excursions will include rice field hikes, treks in rain forests, volcano climbs, snorkeling expeditions among tropical coral gardens, walks through coffee and clove plantations, and lush waterfalls.
Participants will also be offered seminars on a wide range of topics, from Indonesian language and politics, to sacred masks and their spirit sources. Bali’s spiritual richness is responsible for an abundance of elegantly carved temples, a proliferation of music and dance, and a rich variety of arts and crafts. Visits to temple ceremonies and the home-workshops of artists and artisans will delight and absorb you.
In order to immerse ourselves in this unique culture, we stay where the tourists aren’t—-in small, locally owned hotels. Several meals of tasty Balinese cuisine are included in the package. Former travelers consistently appreciate the high quality of traditional meals we organize.
Bali Adventure Tour Itinerary
Mon. Sept. 3: Transit
Tues. Sept. 4: Candi Dasa B Arrive in Bali where you transfer to our seaside bungalows at Candi Dasa beach where you will spend the next 4 nights. Meet your guides and fellow travelers and get fitted for next mornings snorkeling excursion.
Wed. Sept. 5: Candi Dasa B Wake up to buffet breakfast served in an open-air pavilion overlooking the azure sea. 8:30 AM depart for Padang Bai Harbor take a snorkeling excursion to an area called Pura Jepun where you will see many varieties of tropical fish among the pastel coral gardens. Return to hotel for shower and lunch. 5:00 PM an orientation session will acquaint you with Bali’s language and customs. This excursion can be upgraded for scuba divers.
Thur. Sept. 6: Candi Dasa BL 8:30 Seminar on language, the caste system, and rites of passage in Balinese traditional life. Then a morning walk through small villages to the aboriginal village of Tenganan, where traditional palm leaf “lontar” books are etched, intricate baskets are created, and the famed double ikat (Grinsing) is woven. Return bu coach to Candi Dasa for lunch. Evening DVD ethnographic film: The Three Worlds of Bali.
Fri. Sept. 7: Candi Dasa B 9:00AM depart for Tirtagangga Water Palance, where we take a trek though the rice fields in the surrounding countryside. Back to the pools for lunch and a swim in the olympic-sized, spring-fed pools. On our return, stop at the Raja’s resident palace in Amlapura for a glimpse of life under colonialism. Finally, a stop at Charley’s Chocolate Factory for a tasting. 5:00PM late afternoon seminar on the Bali Hindu religion and temple system and further language instruction concludes the day’s activities.
Sat. Sept. 8: Ubud B 8:30 Final seminar before depart Candi Dasa for Ubud, stopping along the way at Samarapura to visit the ceiling paintings. Our next stop is the 11th century temple of Goa Gadjah, the “Elephant Cave.” Stop for lunch at an NGO for disabled Balinese adults and tour the facility. On to Ubud and check into our hotel. Evening free.
Sun. Sept 9: Ubud B 8:30 AM Depart for a white water rafting tour with stunning visuals you will see nowhere else in Bali, followed by an opulent lunch. Afternoon free to explore Ubud’s many shops and galleries. Evening performance of Jegog–giant Bamboo Gamelan described as the “Sounds of the Earth.”
Mon. Sept. 10: Ubud B 9:00 depart for Tagallalang and walk through small villages, through Keliki, a village where they paint miniatures, and concluding at Ubuds oldest temple, close to your hotel. 6:45 be at Tourist Information for transport to a village performance of
Tues. Sept. 11: Ubud B 9:00 depart for day visits to the home/studios of Ubud’s famed artisans and crafts people. 7:00PM meet at the entrance of the Pura Dalem Ubud for performance of the Kecak (Ramayana Story) and fire trance dance.-Surya half-day with Bittner.
Wed. Sept. 12: Pemuteran B 9:00 AM Depart Ubud, traveling north through the heart of the island’s produce basket, visiting the local market brimming with numerous varieties of tropical fruits, vegetables and many species of orchids. Stop at Pura Ulun Danu, Bali’s most beautiful temple, floating on a flower-draped crater lake. Arrive at our beach front hotel, check in and enjoy dinner under tropical skies.
Thur. Sept. 13: Pemuteran B Pemuteran Early departure for West Bali National Park and world-class snorkeling at adjoining Menjangan Island, where coral reefs drop off into the clear, warm ocean. You will be astonished at the vast number of tropical fish. Return to our beach front hotel and a relaxing afternoon and evening on the shores of north Bali. This excursion can be upgraded to scuba diving.
Fri. Sept. 14: Tabanan BD Depart Pemuteran, and check into our hotel at the base of one of Bali’s most sacred volcanoes. After lunch, depart for a 2 1/2 hour walk through the abundant food forest will give you an opportunity to see the coffee, cacao and vanilla plantations in the local area and learn about the methods used during their cultivation and processing. You can sample the cacao pod flesh if it is in season and hopefully see the local Balinese farmers tending their food gardens. Family-style dinner together, followed by ethnographic film: The Thress Worlds of Bali, about the irrigation systems.
Sat. Sept. 15: Tabanan BD After breakfast, depart for a 3-4 hour walk through the coffee/cacao plantation by rice fields with stunning views will take you to a local Bali Hindu temple, Pura Muncak Sari. This temple in the forest is rarely visited by tourists. Discover some of the local flora and fauna during the trek. Once at the Temple, our guide will help you put on a sarong (required) then enter the inner temple. The local Pemangku (Bali Hindu priest) will perform a short ceremony as a welcome to the mountain, a very spiritual place for the Balinese people. The return walk is through the gardens where the chocolate fruit (Cacao)can be tasted, then back to BMR for lunch. A sunset seminar on Indonesian history and politics before a dinner family-style.
Sun. Sept. 16: Tabanan BD After breakfast, a 3 – 4 hour walk via the traditional village of Sarinbuana, takes you for a stroll through the famous sculptured rice fields to the river where you may take a refreshing dip in the cool mountain water. Meander along the riverbank then back up to the main road where you can see 2 very old Lycee trees. The village of Sarinbuana dates back to the Bali Aga era (the original inhabitants of Bali) probably around 1108AD. The practices here are very traditional and have remained unchanged for many years. Cool down in the very clean water of the mountain stream. Return to Bali Mountain Retreat for a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon a cooking class where you will learn about the exotic herbs and spices used in ceremonial and everyday Balinese dishes, encouraged to actively help prepare the Balinese food to enjoy dinner. Balinese food is known to have stronger flavours and aroma due to the generous use of lemongrass, chilies, lime leaves, galangal, and other spices. Our girls will take you on a culinary adventure divulging the secrets of authentic Balinese cooking, using traditional ingredients and preparation methods, learn how to prepare a selection of traditional Balinese dishes using fresh ingredients. The best part about this workshop is that you get to eat your efforts afterwards. Final Farewell to Bali dinner together.
Mon. Sept. 17: Transit/Bali/ USA. Depart Bali for your trip home.
Other situations may arise that we can take advantage of–cremation festivities or other rites of passage, temple festival and purification ceremonies. In case any activity must be canceled, another similar activity will be substituted. There will be no refunds for any activities participants do not attend, and anyone who leaves the tour itinerary at any time FOR ANY REASON is on their own.
Trip Package Includes:
- 13 nights accommodations in Candi Dasa, Tabanan, Pemuteran Beach, and in Ubud.
- Breakfasts each day, lunch at the Ashram and Made Surya’s family home, three dinners in Pemuteran.
- Seminars in Indonesian language, local customs, Bali Hinduism, caste and social systems, offerings and temples, Indonesian history and politics, farming and irrigation systems, visual art and theatre, and more.
- Snorkeling excursions to Blue Lagoon and Menjangan Island, Swimming excursions at Tirtagangga. Swimming pools at all hotels except Tabanan.
- Guided treks through local villages, coffee & clove plantations.scared temples, tropical rain forests in East Bali, and Tabanan.
- A professional white-water rafting excursion in Ubud.
- 3 live theatre performances.
- Services of professional Balinese and English-speaking guides.
- Pre-trip information.
- Visits to important temples, fruit and flower market, Tenganan aboriginal village, royal palaces, Anthropological museum, family homes, artists, weavers, and carver’s compounds.
Not Included: Extra drinks at meals (bottled water only provided). Most meals, laundry services, extra baggage and overweight charges, passport fees, scuba (must have license) or snorkeling equipment, single room supplement, airport taxes, RT air.
Price: $2420.00 based on two people sharing a room with twin or double bed and a private bath. Minimum 6 participants, Maximum 14. A $500.00 deposit is required to secure space.
Single Supplement: Those traveling as singles may choose roommates from among the group. If no roommate is available, the client will be advised before departure, and must pay a single supplement $380.00.
Cancellations and Refunds: A cancellation fee of $300.00 is charged until 6o days prior to departure when 1/2 the final payment will be charged. There will be no refunds two weeks before departure. Final payments due July 1, 2018.
Passport, Visa and Health: A passport, valid six months from date of entry with proof of onward transportation. Indonesian visa for 30 days granted on arrival to US citizens
No inoculations are suggested or required.
Candi Dasa, Ubud, Munduk, Pemuteran