Day 1 - Ubud
Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Ubud, the arts and cultural centre of Bali. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Afterwards, perhaps head out to for a group meal at one of the delicious local restaurants.
Day 2 - Ubud
Led by your local guide, you will tour Ubud on foot today (approximately 3 hours). Along the way you'll see the goings-on of daily village life, rice fields, an alang alang valley (wild grass that is used for making the roof on traditional buildings), and visit a local painting and handicraft area. The tour ends in central Ubud where you'll have time to explore the many cafes, galleries and shops on your own. Today you'll also visit Bumi Sehat, a local community-based health clinic whose mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
In the evening you will sit down to a traditional Kecak dance performance. Driven not by musical instruments but by human chanting, this fascinating theatrical performance is considered a highlight by many travellers.
Day 3 - Sidemen
Set off by bicycle (approximately 3 hours) through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields – a great way to meet the local people and take in the lovely views. Along the way, you'll make stops for photo opportunities and to rest if you need to. There are plenty of opportunities to visit some of the small and intricately carved temples. Your ride concludes in Ubud. Next, head for the hills and the village of Sidemen, travelling by minivan (approximately 2 hours). Set against a backdrop of Bali's highest peak, Mt Agung, the peaceful and friendly village of Sidemen is proof that Bali has pockets tucked away from the tourism the island is famous for. It's a little cooler up here, thanks to the elevation.
Day 4 - Mt Batur
Take a morning walk (approximately 3–4 hours) around Sidemen, visiting the craftspeople of the local songket weaving industry. A traditional 'bungkus' lunch is included. The walk is a great chance to take in the beautiful scenery. You can also cool off in the river nearby. Continuing your journey higher into the mountains, drive along the crater rim road to a fishing village on the edge of Lake Batur (approximately 2 hours). Volcanic Mt Batur (1,717 m) sits inside a stark and spectacular caldera, and with Lake Batur below it's a stunning sight. The lake supports the local fishing industry, while many of the villagers work as guides for the volcano climb. Your accommodation at the base of Mt Batur is a basic hotel with a restaurant. This is a great location at which to start tomorrow's early morning trek without extra travelling time.
Day 5 - Lovina
Get up at 3 am this morning to walk to the summit of Mt Batur (approximately 1.5–2 hours). You'll be glad you made the effort to rise early when you see the gorgeous sunrise over the valleys of Bali. On a clear morning, it's possible to see all the way across the Lombok Strait to the peaks of Lombok's Mt Rinjani. This may well be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. Do keep in mind, however, that the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes the view is obscured by clouds. After descending the volcano, there's an option to soak in hot springs with fantastic views over the lake and caldera. Make the journey from the mountains to the small coastal town of Lovina (approximately 3 hours). Lovina is famous for the dolphins that patrol its coast. It's also a great spot for fine food, traditional massage and yoga.
Day 6 - Lovina
Enjoy a day of snorkelling on Menjangan Island reef, a short boat ride from the coast (there will approximately 2 hours of travel in total). This island and its coral reefs are part of the Bali Barat National Park. Enjoy some free time in Lovina this afternoon, exploring the sun-drenched coastline. Just be careful of rubbish in the water if you go swimming, as this can be a problem after bouts of stormy weather in the waters around Menjangan, as in other coastal areas in Bali.
Tonight we head to Ibu Wayan's to learn about Balinese cuisine and have a home cooked meal.
Day 7 - Bedugul
Bring your swimming gear to visit today as our first stop is a visit to the small but more local Banjar Hot Springs. Continue to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk (approximately 1 hour). Walk through clove and coffee plantations to a hidden waterfall. Visit Lake Bratan nearby for delightful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist temple set on a small island in the lake. Continue to Bedugul (approximately 1 hour). This mountain town is nestled in the cool and misty highlands, in a volcanic lake region covered in lush vegetation. Your warm clothes may come in handy for early mornings and evenings here.
Day 8 - Sanur
Visit the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugal. Here, over 2,000 species of plants from all over Indonesia are on display in a tranquil highland setting. Continue by minivan to Sanur and enjoy some free time there in the afternoon. Perhaps enjoy a stroll along Bali's first beachfront walk, chat with the locals as they too enjoy the sea and sun, watch the fishermen in the shallows or kick back and relax at one of the beachside restaurants. Get a feel for the traditions and local customs which are well maintained here. Ancient temples are easily accessible – just a short distance away from the beach.
Day 9 - Serangan (Bali) - Nusa Lembongan
Welcome to Bali, Indonesia’s best known and popular island, the starting point for your 7 day sailing adventure. At 1pm today you’ll meet your skipper and fellow travellers. As you’ll be travelling on a real sailing catamaran space on board is limited it's recommended to bring a small soft-sided bag or a backpack. If you are travelling with a larger bag or suitcase and have booked pre tour accommodation you can ask to leave your luggage at the hotel and take a small overnight or daypack on board. After an orientation of the yacht and collection of your important insurance and next of kin information, we begin our journey across the Strait of Lombok.
Our first mooring will be off Nusa Lembongan. The island is surrounded by coral reefs and it’s a perfect spot for a snorkel, a walk along the fine white sandy beach before enjoying a stunning sunset.
Day 10-13 - Gili Islands (Lombok)
Today we head north and over the next couple of days we will visit what many refer to as ‘The Gili Islands’; the islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. The name "Gili Islands" is a contradiction, because Gili in the local Sasak language means "small island" and in fact there are a total of 26 Gili islands.
Gili Trawangan became popular in the 80’s as an escape from the touristy Bali. Even though it is now popular with backpackers and restaurants, café and resorts the islands still keep there off the beaten track feel as all motorised vehicles are prohibited and the main form of transport is by bicycle, foot or cidomo, a horse drawn carriage.
Gili Meno and Gili Air are even more laidback than their bigger neighbour. Gili Meno is the smallest and quietest of the islands and with a population under 1,000 it’s not hard to imagine that you’ve been dropped on a deserted island. Gili Air the closest to the mainland (Lombok), is somewhere in between. Both islands offer excellent snorkelling opportunities and green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles can be seen along the reefs and waters surrounding the islands. In fact the islanders have made a concerted effort to ensure there are conservation areas and turtle sanctuaries that turtle numbers have been increasing year on year.
After visiting the northern Gili islands we head south to Gili Sudak and Gili Tangkong. If the northern Gili islands give the feeling of being off the tourist track then the islands of Sudak and Tangkong will give you a true Robinson Crusoe experience. Pure white sand beaches, sea waters swarming with marine life. Snorkelling here opens up a whole underwater world.
Day 14 - Gili Islands
Sadly our sailing adventure is coming to a close so it’s time to set sail towards Bali but before we do we have a couple of stops to make, Nusa Ceningan’s Blue Lagoon and Nusa Penida’s natural infinity pool, the Angel’s Billabong. Both natural phenomenon’s, the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon sparkle in the sunshine and the crystal clear to stunning green waters of the Angel’s Billabong is the perfect place for one last dip in this beautiful part of the world.
Day 15 - Serangan (Bali)
Our Gili Islands sailing adventure comes to an end after breakfast
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