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The Heart of Bali and the Dragons of Komodo

19 days from £4920 per person

A beautiful, tropical land rich in wildlife and history, this journey combines some of the main highlights of Indonesia. Starting with a three night private cruise aboard a traditional Phinisi boat, discover the islands of Sebayor, Komodo, Rinca, Kenawa and Bidadai with guided treks to explore the unique flora and fauna including the largest monitor lizards on earth – the Komodo Dragon. Leaving Komodo National Park, return to Bali and spend time on this most beautiful of islands with its myriad of cultural ceremonies, beautiful temples, breathtaking scenery and artistic expression.

Route: Denpasar – Komodo Island Cruise – Rinca Island – Kenawa Island – Candidasa – Munduk – Umabian – Ubud – Canggu

Itinerary Highlights

Komodo National Park is a pristine UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encompassing several islands, aside from the Komodo dragon the reserve is home to buffalo, deer and snake.

Rinca Island, part of Komodo National Park, has a large population of Komodo dragons, wild pig and birds. It is an excellent place to see Komodo Dragons in their natural environment.

There are few better snorkelling spots than the colourful reefs that surround Kenawa Island where over 500 different coral species and 1500 species of tropical fish have been recorded.

Itinerary: The Heart of Bali and the Dragons of Komodo

Depart the UK on the Singapore Airlines flight non-stop to Singapore. (N)
Arrive into Singapore and connect onto the Singapore Airlines flight to Denpasar in Bali. (N)
Accommodation in Denpasar: Tanjung Sari Hotel (or similar)
This morning return to Denpasar Airport and fly to Labuan Bajo. Here you will be met and taken to board your private Phinisi boat which will be your base for the next three nights. Over the next few days you will be sailing the Komodo National Park which was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the national park is also home to numerous snake species, buffalo, wild boar and deer, as well as a rich variety of marine life from sunfish and rays to dolphin and whale. Leaving Labuan Bajo stop at the crystal clear waters of Sebayor Island for snorkelling before cruising to Komodo Island where you will stop overnight. (B/L/D).
Accommodation: onboard cruise
Early this morning take a trek on Komodo Island with a local ranger. The scenery here is wonderful and you will see many unusual plants and animals along the way. Before lunch, sail to Rinca Island for an afternoon of spectacular snorkelling and swimming at Pink Beach. Rinca Island is a lesser known, and less visited, island close to Komodo Island but is an ideal place to see the Komodo dragon in its natural environment. Spend the night at anchor in the crystal blue water bay. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: onboard cruise
Before breakfast join a local ranger for a morning trek on Rinca. The island predominately consists of dry forest and, aside from Komodo dragon, there are also deer, wild buffalo, long-tailed macaque, wild boar and numerous different species of birds. Later cruise to Kenawa Island for an afternoon of snorkelling among the pristine coral reefs. Spend the night anchored off Kenawa Island. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: onboard cruise
Today cruise to Bidadari Island to snorkel before returning to Labuan Bajo and the airport for the flight back to Denpasar. On arrival you will be met and transferred by car to Candidasa on Bali’s east coast. (B)
Accommodation in Candidasa: Alila Manggis Hotel (or similar)
This morning visit Klungkung to see the former Royal Court of Justice with its elaborately decorated ceiling featuring the wayang style of painting. From here drive to the beautiful Besakih temple – the holiest site on Bali. Besakih is not one temple but a complex of twenty-two temples that lie scattered over the southern slopes of Mount Agung. The most important temple of all is the Pura Penataran Agung, the Mother Temple of Bali. Following lunch take a guided walk through rice paddies and rural farms to Tenganan, a traditional ‘ikat’ weaving village. (B/L)
Accommodation in Candidasa: Alila Manggis Hotel (or similar)
At leisure with your driver and guide at your disposal. (B)
Accommodation in Candidasa: Alila Manggis Hotel (or similar)
Today explore the little-visited north east coast before driving inland to Lake Bratan and the beautiful Ulun Danu Temple which is dedicated to the god of fertility. From here continue on to remote Munduk, a Balinese hill station. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Munduk: Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort and Spa (or similar)
Spend the day at leisure with driver and guide at disposal. The Munduk Moding Plantation offers guided treks, cycles and a tour of the plantation. Local markets and The Ulun Danu temple, dedicated to the god of fertility, on the shore of Lake Bratan are also nearby. The resort also attracts a variety of birdlife such as swallow, singing bush lark, kingfisher, red jungle fowl, pink necked pigeon, plaintive cuckoo and spider hunter. (B/D)
Accommodation in Munduk: Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort and Spa (or similar)
Today travel one of the most scenic roads in Bali through a landscape of thick, impenetrable jungle-covered mountains and lush green rice terraces. End the day in the rural setting of Umabian. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Umabian: Puri Taman Sari Hotel (or similar)
Today explore the countryside around the hotel with your guide. Places of interest include Royal Taman Ayun a beautiful Hindu temple noted for its distinctive style of Balinese architecture, the UNESCO listed Jatiluwih rice terraces and the Pura Batukaru temple on the slopes of Mount Batukaru – the second highest volcano in Bali. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Umabian: Puri Taman Sari Hotel (or similar)
This morning depart for Ubud, the artistic and cultural heart of Bali. Around Ubud live Bali’s most noted painters, carvers, weavers, dancers and musicians. Visit the villages of Mas which is noted for its wood carvers, Celuk noted for its gold and silversmiths and Batubulan to watch the spectacular Barong and Keris Dance symbolizing the eternal fight between good and evil spirit. (B) 
Accommodation in Ubud: The Samaya 
Alternative option: Komaneka Rasa Sayang 
Ubud is the artistic and cultural heart of Bali. This morning with your driver and guide visit Batubulan village to attend a Barong and Keris dance performance. Later visit Ubud and the handicraft villages of Celuk, Bataan and Mas which are noted for their carvers, gold and silversmiths, hand weavers and painters. A visit will also be made to the Goa Gajah or ‘Elephant Cave’, a Hindu meditation centre dating back to the 11th century, and the Tampak Siring temple dating from 984 AD where the holy springs are thought to have mystical powers. End your day with panoramic views of the still active Mt Batur volcano and Lake Batur and the surrounding rice terraces. (B)
Accommodation in Ubud: The Samaya 
Alternative option: Komaneka Rasa Sayang 
Today leave Ubud and travel by road to Canggu which is located on the south coast of Bali. (B)
Accommodation in Canggu: Tugu Bali Hotel (or similar)
At leisure to relax and enjoy your hotel. (B)
Accommodation in Canggu: Tugu Bali Hotel (or similar)
Today leave Canggu by car and return to Denpasar Airport. In the evening depart on the Singapore Airlines to Singapore connecting on to your flight to the UK. (B)
Arrive back into the UK in the morning. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

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