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Family Indonesian Highlights

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Komodo dragons - See prehistoric Komodo dragons in their natural habitat as we spend two nights in the Komodo archipelago in search of the infamous Komodo dragon.
  • Kelimutu Volcano - Climb Kelimutu Volcano for stunning views of three crater lakes, famed for its ever changing crater lakes that change colour through the day.
  • Traditional villages - Walk through traditional villages on the unspoilt island of Flores, staying in welcoming homestays along the way.
  • Tropical beaches - Relax on the golden sand beaches of Bali and Lombok. Try your hand at surfing or head out on a bike to explore wide expanses of white sandy beaches.
  • Gili Isles optional extension - Option to extend tour to the tropical Gili islands.

Short Description

Experience the best of Indonesia as we showcase the islands of Flores, Komodo, Bali and Lombok on this family adventure of a lifetime. Travel through paddy fields, dramatic volcanoes, and thick tropical jungle, stopping to walk through ancient tribal villages that have kept their traditions over thousands of years. Board a boat for three days on the waters off the Komodo archipelago to search for the infamous Komodo dragon, the world's largest species of lizard, brought to a global audience by Sir David Attenborough. End with time to relax on the golden sand beaches of Lombok.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Senggigi beach hotel

Travel Theme

Family Friendly Cultural

Destinations

Indonesia

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Culture

Age Requirement

11

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts in Bali.

Description

Arrive in Denpasar. Transfer to Seminyak, home to some of the best beaches in Bali. The rest of the day is free to unwind after your journey, heading to the beach opposite the hotel or taking a dip in the pool.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Full day free for optional excursions - try a surf lesson or explore the island.

Description

Today is a free day in Seminyak to take it easy after your flight. Head to the expansive beach on the Indian Ocean directly opposite the hotel, relax by the swimming pool or choose from a number of optional activities. A favourite activity is learning to surf, including three hours of tuition and practice, a fantastic start to the holiday! Alternatively for something a little more cultural, there are full day tours of the island, combining beautiful landscapes and Buddhist temples.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Fly to Flores. Drive to Moni a small settlement at the foot of Mt Kelimutu.

Description

After breakfast head to Denpasar Airport for a short flight to Ende on the island of Flores. On arrival head towards Moni, stopping to get our first taste of rural life in Saga, one of the few villages in the Lio district with houses built in traditional Lio style with distinctive high pitched thatched roofs, stretch our legs and take a stroll around the village.

We then continue for a further two hours through a striking landscapes of rice fields, coffee plantations and olive trees passing several village outposts along the way climbing steadily entering a mountainous region. Our destination is Moni, a small settlement at the foot of the volcanic Mount Kelimutu (1,639 metres), an ideal base to explore its striking coloured lakes.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Hike to a sunrise viewing point of Mt Kelimutu. Scenic drive along jungle covered hills to Bajawa.

Description

An early start today as we make our way to the base of Kelimutu volcano, climbing to the summit for an unforgettable sunrise panorama. The walk takes around 45 minutes over a series of steps interspersed with flatter sections, the final 10-15 minutes covers 127 relatively steep steps. Our reward at the summit, on a clear day, is the view of three crater lakes, a spectacular sight. The westernmost lake is named Tiwu ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People) which is usually blue, the other two lakes are named Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Bewitched or Enchanted Lake), which are green or red or even black respectively.

The most outstanding feature of these lakes is their differing colours, depending on the changing mineral content of the water at any given time. You may see a turquoise lake next to a black one! It is of no surprise that this area of stunning and unusual natural beauty was once an important place for spiritual rituals.

After some time to enjoy this beautiful place we make the journey back down off the volcano and continue our journey to Bajawa, The scenery along the way is spectacular, initially descending back to Ende here we join the coastal road driving past beaches including a striking green stone beach, before winding our way back uphill, surrounded by lush jungle covered slopes with a backdrop of volcanoes in the distance. Bajawa is the spiritual heartland of the Ngada tribal people, who are made up from five tribal groups living in the surrounding area, each with their own customs, language, beliefs and traditional dress.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Tea in a tribal village, travel by truck into the island interior, traditional welcoming ceremony, homestay.

Description

Bajawa is a very traditional village where ancestor worshipping plays an important role in local life. After breakfast take a walk around the village. The setting is serene, rolling hills dotted by bamboo-forest; with fields of vanilla, cashew nuts, coffee, cocoa and papaya, offering stunning views over the south coast of Flores. Join our hosts for tea inside their home, with our Explore leader on hand to explain about the customs of the Ngada people.

After lunch in Bajawa, we drive to the isolated village of Belargahi, as we get progressively off the beaten track we swop our bus for a 'Biskayo' truck to make the remainder of the journey deep into the island interior. To the Belaragi people, visitors from abroad are guests traditionally welcomed with a ceremony called ti'Ikaebunusi, which translates as 'give food to the ancestors". A bamboo flute 'suling' concert & dance performance makes the visit complete. Children in the village are always eager to practice their English and it's not unknown for an impromptu game of football to take place in the area separating the two rows of houses.

The community will invite you and your family for the night for a truly unique experience staying in a simple guesthouse, please note that most of the beds are double beds rather than twins.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Drive though majestic landscapes to Ruteng, market visit.

Description

After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts, starting the day with a one hour walk to our vehicle. Drive to Ruteng, the capital of Manggarai area. En route stop at Aimere to sample the highly popular local drink called arak, produced by the distillation of locally produced palm wine.

Continue through central Flores making our way through ever changing landscapes, passing dense jungle, active volcanoes and rice fields as we make our way west across the island. Finally we reach our destination of Ruteng. Situated at 1170 metres above sea level, the air is noticeably cooler, a welcome relief from the humidity of the lowlands; there is time this afternoon to visit the local craft markets.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Take a stroll around the villages and picturesque Lingko rice fields. Continue to the fishing town of Labuan Bajo.

Description

The countryside around Ruteng is amongst the most fertile on Flores, home to the impressive Lingko fields. With their round, spider-web structure, these pieces of land are generally used to grow rice. Land is owned by the community and has been divided up over time in accordance with traditions dating back many hundreds of years. Families with a higher status got larger segments of each field leading to this striking design.

Descend to Labuan Bajo, one of the greenest parts of Flores. Labuan Bajo is a fishing town located at the western end of Flores and the main starting point for trips to Komodo Island and Rinca Island, home to the famous Komodo dragons.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Embark on a three day cruise to Komodo and Rinca island in search of Komodo Dragons.

Description

This morning make our way to the harbour to board our home for the next three days. Setting sail, our first stop is Rinca Island where we meet with the national park's rangers, who lead us carefully along a trail into Komodo dragon territory. Komodo dragons, known locally as 'ora', are highly dangerous giant lizards reaching up to lengths of over 3.5 metres and weighing up to 150 kilos, more usually though they are around 2.5 metres in length.

Hidden in the undergrowth the Komodo dragons wait patiently for their prey, such as deer and water buffalo - which we are likely to see in the national park - and when the time is right they ambush their victim and bite into them releasing a toxic venom from glands within their lower jaw causing a slow death. We walk for around two hours across a relatively flat terrain covering around 5km. Komodo dragons are likely to be seen in greater numbers after the mating season which takes place between May and August.
Heading back to our boat we continue sailing around the archipelago, along the way there is ample opportunity for snorkelling, the underwater-world surrounding the islets present magical snorkelling experiences. The easterly islands of Indonesia mark the boundary known as the 'Wallace Line' where Asian fauna finally gives way to Australasian wildlife. Look out for some of the region's colourful birds including Green Junglefowl and the endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo. We overnight on board near to an island of dense mangrove forest inhabited with flying foxes; spend time watching these animals leave their habitat by the hundreds in search of food.

As darkness falls, far from the light pollution that blights so much of the world, spend the evening on deck having dinner enjoying stunning views of the night skies with the sounds of nocturnal wildlife all around.

Our boat features simple family accommodation, facilities include two toilets and a salt water shower, with a limited amount of fresh water for bathing. You may choose to sleep on deck under the stars as we anchor for the night. All meals are prepared by our cook from fresh ingredients.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Boat cruise in the Komodo archipelago, beachcombing and snorkelling.

Description

This morning we make our way to Komodo Island itself where we take another safari walk with national park rangers to spot Komodo dragons, the largest species of lizard in the world, and learn a little more about these imposing beasts. There are thought to be over 2000 Komodo dragons on the island as well as buffalo, deer and wild boar.

We return on board to sail to Pantai Merah on the other side of Komodo Island, known for the pink tinge on the coastline. The pink colour is due to old bits of coral being broken down in the sea and blending with the white sand, the closer we get to the beach the more vibrant the pink becomes. We have time to go snorkelling with good chances of seeing clownfish, parrotfish and with a bit of luck sea turtles. Continue sailing enjoying a further nights dining under the stars, overnighting on board in the bay of Rinca.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Boat cruise in the Komodo archipelago in search of Komodo dragons.

Description

For those who wish, we will get up before the crack of dawn in order to head to a viewpoint on Rinca Island for panoramic views and see the sunrise. Rinca is less visited than its neighbour Komodo, remaining one of the very few places left in the world where you can find these ancient animals. Spend the last morning in the Komodo archipelago in search of these majestic lizards before heading back to our boat for lunch.

This afternoon we have time for a final snorkel before sailing back to Labuan Bajo where we say a fond farewell to our crew, disembark and head to our hotel for the night.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 - Fly to Lombok. Drive to Tetebatu, a small village on the slopes of the mighty Rinjani volcano.

Description

After breakfast head to Bandara Komodo airport to catch a short flight to Lombok. On arrival at Lombok Airport drive to Tetebatu, a small village on the lower slopes of the mighty Rinjani volcano (3700 metres high). Beautiful situated between rice and tobacco fields it's a popular starting point for spectacular walks. The rest of the day is free to relax by the hotel pool or take a stroll to one of the many waterfalls or markets in the area.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 12 - Walk through terraces and bamboo groves, home-cooked lunch, drive to Senggigi beach.

Description

This morning we take a walk following old pathways through shady bamboo groves and village gardens before entering a wide, open landscape of rice terraces and palms ending in the small village of Kampong. Here we meet our driver and drive to Pringgasela where we are treated to a home cooked lunch. Lombok is a melting pot of cultures and this is reflected in the styles of food available, Sata pusut is a delicious local satay often served with meats and coconut pressed onto skewers and grilled over the roaring fire. Lemper is also popular, comprising of small parcels of sticky rice filled with shredded beef or chicken and wrapped in leaves.

After lunch we have time to take a walk around the village known for its pottery and weaving, before driving to the coast and the town of Senggigi. Senggigi is a popular destination in West Lombok, with a beach that stretches out along several kilometres. There are many restaurants and bars with live music, alternatively kick back, relax on the beach and take in the beautiful sunset.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 - Morning bike ride along back country roads to Lingsar temple. Free afternoon on the beach.

Description

This morning we have a bike tour around the back roads and paddy fields of western Lombok. After breakfast at the hotel we transfer to the bike starting point just under an hour from Senggigi beach. Sticking as much as possible to the back country roads we pass some of Lomboks most fertile farming land, riding through villages, past temples, mosques and temples. Most of the terrain is flat, there is a 15 minute uphill section towards the end to get us to Lingsar temple. A local guide will show us around the temple complex after which we head back to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free to relax on the beach or by the hotel pool.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 14 - Tour ends at Lombok airport. Optional tropical beach extension to the Gili islands.

Description

The trip ends after breakfast at your hotel. Alternately why not extend your trip in the idyllic Gili Islands.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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We have travelled all over the world with explore on their family adventure holidays. We have an only child and she benefited so much with instant friendships, and has some wonderful holiday memories. Explore has always been very helpful with the booking process, and we have found most of the tour leaders they use to be professional, committed, really good at their jobs.
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It's fantastic trip for me..just not very happy for accommodation. And the trip leader .If he can make more time with us.and make more interesting and funny when he was talking. It is should be good..other way he is good..
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Danijela, our tour guide, was wonderful. She shared plenty of facts about Croatia with us and managed all the arrangements really well. One of our group had a birthday while we were away and Danijela gave her a present and we celebrated. Transfers to and from the airport went well. Prior to going, the staff on the phones were really helpful with any questions.
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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Day 2: Bali - Surf lesson. This introductory course covers theory about the basics of surfing, safety essentials, surf awareness, board characteristics, paddling and standing up. You will get to practice these new skills and catch your first small waves. For more confident surfers there are advanced courses are available. Lesson starts at 10am and lasts 2.5 hours. IDR 567,000 per person (approx £32) Day 2: Bali - Bike tour of Ubud. Explore the beautiful island of Bali on two wheels. Riding past lush rice terraces, historic temples, villages and breakfast overlooking Mt Batur an active volcano. Full day tour, includes an early pick up from your hotel. IDR 500,000 per person (approx £28), lunch included. Day 2: Southern Bali Afternoon tour including the Hindu temple complex at Uluwatu and dinner at a beachfront seafood restaurant on Jimbaran Bay. IND 600,000 per person (approx £33), dinner included. Day 2: Bali - further options are available including a cultural tour of East Bali and a dedicated spiritual temple tour, please speak to your Explore leader for full details. Day 7: Ruteng. Ninety minute traditional Indonesian massage. IND 190,000 (approx £10)

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

We overnight on our private boat in simple shared accommodation, made up of double and single bunk beds in two mixed-sex cabins. Facilities include two toilets and a salt water shower, with a limited amount of fresh water for bathing. You may choose to sleep on deck under the stars as we anchor for the night. Please also note that due to the remote nature of Bajawa, the region is prone to frequent power cuts. Water here is pump-driven, so on an occasion there is a power cut there may also be no running water.

Guides

An Explore Leader is an integral part of any Explore trip and your trip will be led by one of our experienced Explore Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Explore Leaders are the key to the success of our trips; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Explore Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this trip fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

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Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew

Age Notes

Min. Age: 11

Additional Information:

Additional JIs for FI - Start Tour

International passengers will need to pass through immigration first. After claiming your baggage, international passengers need to go through customs, which is usually straight-forward. There are currency exchange counters just outside baggage claim, but you should not change money at the airport unless absolutely necessary. The rate is usually better outside the airport. If we have arranged a transfer for you the following instructions should help you to find your driver: Walking out of the arrival terminal you turn left and walk through the Duty Free Shop and exit, once you come to the exit, you will see a sign for the toilets and Domestic Terminal. Please turn left immediately towards the toilets as indicated on the sign. After approximately 50 metres you pass WH Smith Express just before the toilets. Please continue about 10 metres further, where your driver will wait near the entrance of the toilets.

Additional JIs for FI - End Tour

International passengers will need to pass through immigration first. After claiming your baggage, international passengers need to go through customs, which is usually straight-forward. There are currency exchange counters just outside baggage claim, but you should not change money at the airport unless absolutely necessary. The rate is usually better outside the airport. If we have arranged a transfer for you the following instructions should help you to find your driver: Walking out of the arrival terminal you turn left and walk through the Duty Free Shop and exit, once you come to the exit, you will see a sign for the toilets and Domestic Terminal. Please turn left immediately towards the toilets as indicated on the sign. After approximately 50 metres you pass WH Smith Express just before the toilets. Please continue about 10 metres further, where your driver will wait near the entrance of the toilets.

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