Indonesia·June 10 - 19 2023

Bali w/ Courtney Snell

Bali - Gilli Islands

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Ubud

Overview

Hosted by Courtney Snell, this incredible week in Bali features an introduction to Bali culture. You will experience an authentic immersion into the Balinese life with a witnessing spiritual path. A dinner performance from local performers, optional scuba diving, a tropical paradise visit at Gunung Agung and Gili Trawangan, travelling to all three of the Gilis and Pasut Beach to see the black sand paradise. There are so many incredible views and experiences on this trip that you don't want to miss!

Hosts

Courtney Snell

Courtney Snell

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Arrive in Ubud

Upon arrival at Denpasar airport, meet and greeting service by Kelana DMC guide, a Balinese lady in traditional dress will welcome you with a flower garland. Transfer service to your hotel in Ubud. 

Welcome Dinner at hotel.

Ubud is only a short drive from the south of Bali to Ubud. Balinese kings, benevolent to the arts, transformed their court seat of into a true global village. Ubud shops, galleries and craft shops blend traditional arts and crafts with modern design. Visiting European artists, attracted by the lure of an untouched tropical paradise, were encouraged to stay. They gave new impetus to existing, local arts, while creating some exciting new forms in the process. This atmosphere reverbs to this day.

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Dinner

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Ubud - Immersion into the Authentic Balinese Life Experience

Early wake up and join interactive morning yoga. Designed for beginners to increase and to rejuvenate body awareness, flexibility, strength, balance, concentration, as well as relaxation. Particular attention to alignment and mindful breathing will be emphasized during this practice.

Today you'll drive on a scenic road to East Bali for a village life experience. A secluded waterfall surrounded by lush green vegetation and enclosed by green ferns, mosses, vines is the gateway to the hidden Bali. Then we leave the car behind at the outer border of a quintessential Balinese dwelling for a short hike to its center. You'll be thrilled by magnificent views surrounding rice fields. Experience first hand how a typical Balinese family lives and observe the conventional rules to build a house compound. They are amazingly defined by a set of philosophical rules, steeped in Balinese Hinduism. 

In the afternoon, we proceed to a nearby holy spring water temple. We join the Balinese and witness the ongoing purification and blessing processes. Balinese Hindus believe in a power of nature. People firmly believe that the natural fountain will remove evil spirits from everyone seeking its blessing. Those who seek cleansing will also submerge themselves in the nearby river.

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

BaliDance

Ubud - Day at Leisure

Wake up and join interactive morning yoga, utilizing conscious breathing techniques, we focus awareness on the present moment, calmly observing thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations, without forcing, judging, or hiding from anything. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities or self-exploration the beautiful surrounding.

*Optional Scuba Diving (available at checkout) 

Evening time, dinning out overlooks the lotus pond and amphitheater of Ubud’s Taman Saraswati Temple, while enjoying Balinese Dance Entertainment (not available on Friday). The entertainment displayed quite diverse, performances start around 7.30 pm, with the weekly line-up: Mondays present jogged dance with bamboo orchestral accompaniments, Tuesdays showcase legong with a ladies’ orchestra, Wednesdays the Ramayana ballet, Thursdays the barong dance, Saturdays host legong with a men’s orchestra, and a Balinese theatrical drama on Sundays (subject to change).

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

GiliTrawangan

Ubud to Gili Trawangan

After breakfast, we will drive to the harbor of Padang Bai for check-in on a high speed boat. It will take you to nearby Lombok. During the first part of the trip, it is but impossible to miss out the mighty image of mount Gunung Agung for even a few moments. You will be dropped directly on Gili Trawangan, a little tropical paradise, with superb white sandy beaches, clear water, colored fish and beautiful coral reefs. Rest of the day you are free to explore these magnificent surroundings. Upon arrival at the island, a Cidomo "horse-carte" will be arranged, for your traditional way of transfer to your resort on the island. 

*No motorized vehicles on the island, you can hire a cidomo (horse cart) if you like to explore the island* *Speedboat transfer is not suitable for pregnant women, people with heart or back problems or other physical impediments.

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Breakfast

Dinner

BaliGiliIsland

Gili Trawangan - Island Hopping of Three Gilis

Whether you’re staying on Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, or Gili Air, there’ll be opportunities to check out some epic underwater snorkeling locations. The water clarity is hands down some of the best in the region and you’ll get to see plenty of turtles, coral, and marine life to check out. Gili Trawangan, you can islands snorkeling from the beach to spot turtles and huge schools of fish. Gili Meno has great snorkeling access and is home to the popular Gili Island Wreck (Meno Bounty) and probably the most photographed spot in Indonesia– the underwater statues. At the 3rd Gili is Air island located at North East corner, high light for its fish feeding.

At the end of the trip, enjoy your lunch at local restaurant prior return back to you hotel.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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Gili Trawangan - Day at Leisure

Morning breakfast and day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities or self-exploration the beautiful surrounding.

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

Tabanan

Gili Trawangan to Tabanan

Morning at leisure until departure pick up time, you will be transferred by hotel on Cidomo ride back to Gili Trawangan harbor. Check in for your afternoon high-speed boat return to Bali. 

Upon your arrival at Serangan harbor in Bali, welcome back by our guide then privately transfer to Tabanan in West Bali. The resort located just steps from the unparalleled Pasut Beach a black sand paradise that’s worth every photo—you’re smack dab in the middle of a magical adventure.

Included

Breakfast

Dinner

BaliScuba

Tabanan - Day at Leisure

Morning breakfast and day at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities or self-exploration the beautiful surrounding.
 
*Optional Scuba Diving (available at checkout)

PuraUlunDan

Tabanan - Temple by the Lake, Tamblingan Hike, Hidden Waterfall

Situated at about 1.200 meters above sea level, with mighty Mount Catur rising from its eastern shore, the climate in Lake Tamblingan is pleasantly cool all year round. Noteworthy is the Pura Ulun Danu, place of worship for the Goddess of the lake as the source of water for Bali. Combining typical Hindu and Buddhist temple architecture, it is one of the most photographed temples of Bali. After soaking up the spectacular view of the twin lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan, start your trek descending into the rain forest. On an open site in the forest sits almost unexpected the eerie Pura Dalem Tambingan which is dedicated the deceased ancestors. Continue downwards until you reach Pura Ulun Danu Tamblingan, dedicated to the Goddess of Lake Tamblingan. A short boat ride on a traditional wooden canoe brings you to the other lake shore. Very few people venture out into this direction. Forest slopes seal off this area from the rest of the world. On last leg of the trip, stroll along Pura Gubug, a masterly designed Hindu temple. This is a unique and quite rarely visited holy place!

After lunch, continue to a hidden waterfall rarely visited in Bali. Banyu Mana Amertha Waterfall is an amazing sight to behold, with hundreds of small waterfalls falling down over moss covered rocks, weaving through vegetation and cascading elegantly into a glorious pool at its base.

Then it is onwards to a market as we return back to hotel. Located in the small village of Candikuning, above the southern shores of Danau Bratan. Its daily market is small but extremely diverse and colorful. It offers a vast range of fruit, spices and plants, including orchids.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Departure

Departure Day

Free at leisure to enjoy the resort’s facilities until departure time.

Included

Breakfast

What's Included

What's Included

9 Nights Accommodation

Meals (as noted in schedule)

Airport Transfers (at specified times)

Local English Speaking Guide (during excursions)

Activities/Excursions (as outlined in schedule)

International & Domestic Airfare

Visas & Travel Insurance

Transfers (outside of designated times)

Food & Beverages (except as noted)

Tips & Gratuities

Personal Expenses

Accommodation

Shared Room - Double Occupancy

Sharing a room is an excellent way of meeting new people, so this option is perfect for the solo travellers. If there is someone you would prefer to share a room with, please let us know!

FROM$2,200.00/pp

Private Room - Single Occupancy

If you prefer a room all to yourself!

FROM$2,500.00/pp

Trip Tips

Don't Forget to Purchase Travel Insurance

Don't Forget to Purchase Travel Insurance

This is not required in order to travel with us but it is recommended to protect you if anything were to happen on the trip. Here are a few options, however please purchase wherever you prefer. https://www.travelinsurancecenter.com/ https://sevencorners.com/ https://www.travelguard.ca/ https://www.travelguard.com/

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