Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali’s prominence as a destination is rightfully huge. In recent times, growing numbers of visitors have been looking a little further east to Lombok, where the fabled Gili Islands have emerged as one of Indonesia’s premier beach havens.
For those who relish both comfort and exoticism, however, there is no better place than Bali. Many visitors barely scratch the surface of the island’s deeply complex and spiritual Hindu culture, preferring to spend their time surfing the island’s fabled breaks, relaxing in opulent resorts or enjoying life to its fullest in sleek beach clubs and international-class restaurants.
The island’s magical tapestry of enchanting temple ceremonies, vivid-green rice terraces and comfortable living, however, can be easily found in places such as the cultural center of Ubud, laidback beach towns like Lovina and Amed and in the glorious hinterland. Just to the east, Lombok is very different in character. The island is predominantly Muslim and is drier and more arid than Bali. Its highlight, the Gili Islands, with their coral reefs, stretches of white sand and friendly locals, however, offer perhaps the most blissful beach experience in Indonesia.
BALI AUTHENTIC (8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS)
Step off the beaten track and discover a more authentic side of Bali. Spend time in villages untouched by time, connecting with the local culture. Take a scenic ride along the Seraya Peninsula to visit charming fishing communities and admire views of unspoiled coastlines and rice terraces at every turn.
- Drive to remote Seraya Peninsula. Take a scenic road trip to see fisherman villages, impressive cliffs and majestic Mt Seraya volcano.
- Explore Bali’s quieter beaches. Relax at less-touristy beaches in eastern Bali including black-sand Lovina, charming Candidasa and the seaside village of Amed.
- Connect with nature in Munduk. Spend a morning hiking through the highlands around Munduk, exploring waterfalls, rainforests and coffee plantations.
FULL DAY TOUR: EXPLORING BALI BY VW CONVERTIBLE
Spend a day exploring the island of Bali in a VW 181 convertible alongside a professional guide. Stop along the way visiting local villages, soaking in the landscapes, learning about the flora and fauna and visiting traditional temples. Wrap up the experience with a visit to Jatiluwih for lunch and a leisurely one-hour trek through terraced rice fields.
FULL DAY TOUR: GILI TRAWANGAN TOUR
Discover one of Indonesia’s most charming tropical islands with a full-day Gili Trawangan tour. Cycle around the island’s quiet paths, go snorkeling with colorful fish and relax on the white sand beaches. Unwind with a soothing oil massage and experience the laid-back pace of island life.
FULL DAY TOUR: LOMBOK CULTURAL DISCOVERY
Depart this morning for a cultural exploration of Lombok. The ethnic and religious diversity of the island and its population consisting of the Sasak people, Balinese Hindus, and other ethnicities from further West and East in Indonesia becomes visible on a tour through the most interesting places and sites around the bustling yet relaxed capital city Mataram. Be enchanted by the island’s marvelous diversity in which people have managed to live in harmony for many centuries.
FULL DAY TOUR: UBUD FAMILY DAY TRIPPER
Take a full day Bali adventure the whole family will love. Connect with local culture with visits to vibrant markets and traditional offering ceremonies. Come face to face with cheeky monkeys in the forest and trek through scenic rice terraces before cooling off with a swim at a sacred spring.
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