What better way to explore a little more of Indonesia than by combining the popular island of Bali with the ruggedly beautiful Komodo Islands of Flores. This well thought-out adventure tour brings you to some of Bali’s best natural and human landscapes before taking a short flight to Labuan Bajo to seek out the elusive Komodo Dragons.
SINGAPORE – BALI
Upon arrival at Denpasar International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly local guide who will bring you to your hotel/villa in Ubud. Along the way, drop by Bukit Peninsula- the southernmost point of Bali for a majestic view of the Uluwata temple perching precariously on the cliff with the roaring Indian Ocean in the background. Water sports enthusiasts can opt for activities such as kite-surfing, windsurfing or stand up paddling at Sanur beach. For those who prefer a more pristine and quiet beach, you may opt to head for Canggu beach instead, where you can chill out in the cafes along the wide, sandy beach while watching the huge and powerful surfing waves and enjoying the strong sea breeze in your hair. In the evening, enjoy the dramatic views of sunset over the sacred Tanah Lot temple which sits on a big rock surrounded by the sea. (Itinerary will be modified depending on your flight arrival time to Bali.)
Overnight: Hotel in Ubud
SEKUMPUL WATERFALL & JATILUWIH PADI TERRACE
After hotel breakfast, you will embark on a 2-3 hours scenic drive through rural villages and padi fields to the trailhead of Sekumpul Waterfall. As its name suggests (Sekumpul means gather in Bahasa Indonesia), Sekumpul Waterfall is a group of seven closely spaced cascading waterfalls, with the tallest being more than 50 meters high. Due to its relatively remote location in the highlands of north Bali, it is less visited and more pristine compared to other waterfalls in Bali. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the plunge pool or a jacuzzi bath underneath one of its falls. The hike is about 3-4 hours return and along the way there are a few knee-level deep narrow rivers which you need to wade through. After the hike, you will proceed to Gobleg Hill (1,400m above sea level) to enjoy a bird eye view of the beautiful twins-lake; Buyan Lake and Tamblingan Lake separated from each other by a lush forest in between. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch at a hill top restaurant in Bedugul that overlooks the tranquil Bratan Lake. Depending on your interests and if time allows, you can venture down the shore of Bratan Lake to visit the 17th century temple complex of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Carry onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jatiluwih, an expansive terraced padi field that stretch all the way from the foothills of the Batukaru volcano across undulating hills and valleys to the southern coast. After a relaxing afternoon tea amidst the greenery, you will be transferred back to your hotel. In the evening, your guide will you out for a nice dinner in town.
Overnight: Hotel in Ubud
MOUNT BATUR SUNRISE HIKE & WATER RAFTING
You will be given an early morning wake-up call around 1-2am for the Mount Batur sunrise hike. A 1.5 hours’ drive will bring you to the trailhead at the foot of the mountain. Don your headlamp and get ready for the thrill of hiking up an active volcano which has last erupted in year 2000. The hike up the 1717m high volcano will take about 2-3 hours, just in time for you to witness a glorious sunrise and the expansive views of the surrounding fuming craters, lakes, Mount Abang and Mount Agung in the distance. Examine the landscape closely and you will notice that this magnificent volcano actually consists of a ‘double caldera’ – one crater inside another. Lake Batur sits in the ancient caldera of the original Mount Batur which was blasted off in a major eruption a few thousand years ago. Enjoy a light refreshment of fruits and eggs boiled in volcanic steam while soaking up the beauty of the sunrise. Proceed to a hill top restaurant in Kintamani town that overlooks the Crater Lake Batur for a sumptuous buffet breakfast. After breakfast you will be transferred to the Telaga Waja River at the foothills of the sacred Mount Agung for your kayaking adventure. The length of the rafting trail is about 13 km and will take about 2 hours to complete, with a designated short break midway. This is a grade 3-4 river with a good number of rapids and whirlpools along the way, including a 5m drop across a dam! The rafting section of the Telaga Waja River passes through villages (look out for bamboo bridges across rivers and kids bathing in the rivers), rainforests, narrow gorges, and mini waterfalls. After a buffet lunch at the end of your kayaking activity, you will be transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved rest. In the evening, your guide will you out for a nice dinner in town.
Overnight: Hotel in Ubud
BALI – LABUAN BAJO
Free and easy at your own leisure till airport transfer for your flight to Labuan Bajo (approx. 1 hr. flight). Look out for the dozens of uninhabited idyllic islands dotting the Flores Sea. If the skies are clear, you can even see the majestic mount Rinjani of Lombok Island in the distance. Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo airport, you will be picked up by our friendly guide to your hotel in town. The town is small and can be easily explored on foot. In the evening, you can enjoy a sumptuous and affordable seafood by the promenade.
Overnight: Hotel in Labuan Bajo
KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
(Labuan Bajo – Rinca Island – Padar Island – Kalong Island)
Tucked away in the remote corners of Indonesia, the islands of Komodo National Park are the only places on earth where you can see Komodo Dragons in the wild. In the morning, you will leave the bustling Labuan Bajo port for Rinca Island to seek out these elusive dragons. Beside the dragons, you can also spot other interesting wildlife like Timor deer, wild boar, buffalos, crab-eating macaque etc. In the late afternoon, we will sail to Padar Island for some Nat Geo worthy shots. The island dubbed to be “Haven for Photographers” offers the most breathtaking look-out point in the whole of Flores. A 40 min hike up its tallest hill offers a 360 degree bird eye view of the jagged coastlines and sharp peaks of Komodo National Park. The island is also for its tri-colored beaches: pink sand beach, black sand beach and white sand beach. Thereafter, you will proceed towards Kalong Island (aka Fruit Bat Island) a low lying circular island to await for an incredible natural phenomenon where at dusk tens of thousands of flying fox will emerge from the island to fly towards Labuan Bajo for their daily food hunt. This endemic species of megabat which has a wind span of up to one meter long looks like a big bird as it flies high above you. The iridescent beauty of the Milky Way awaits you in the night.
Overnight: In boat cabin
KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
(Komodo Island – Pink Beach – Manta Point – Kanawa Island – Labuan Bajo)
In the morning, you will drop anchor at Komodo Island – the biggest island in the National Park. There are numerous hiking trails ranging from a short and easy 45 min stroll to a few hours long and strenuous hike that transverses across hill tops and valleys. After your morning workout, you can cool down and chill at the Pink Beach. This fine sandy beach gets its striking colour from a pink colour microscopic single-celled organism called Foraminifera. Thereafter you will sail to Manta Point a secluded spot where manta rays are often encountered. These majestic creatures which can grow up to 4 meters wide are some of the marine’s most graceful creatures, capable of gliding almost effortlessly even in turbulent water. Other possible marine sightings include turtles, reef sharks, trevallies, clown fish, starfish, etc. The last destination will be the idyllic island of Kanawa – one of the most one of most instagrammed islands of Indonesia. Its surrounding untouched coral reefs have created a lagoon of turquoise tranquil water which makes a perfect spot for snorkelling. After enjoying a beautiful sunset over the sea, we will sail back to civilisation – Labuan Bajo.
Overnight: Hotel in Labuan Bajo
LABUAN BAJO -BALI – SINGAPORE
Free and easy at your own leisure till airport transfer for your flight home.
- All local land transfers
- All accommodations in Bali and Labuan Bajo
- Hotel breakfasts
- Sekumpul Waterfall hike, Mount Batur sunrise hike and water rafting
- English speaking station guides
- Private boat with non-air conditioned cabin
- Snorkeling activities and Snorkeling kits rental
- Meals during the boat tour (1 x breakfast, 2 x lunch and 1 x dinner)
- Return international air tickets
- Travel insurance
- Indonesian VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not mentioned
- Tips for guides
- All expenses of a personal nature
We signed up with iwannatravel for a 4d3n Bali private tour. We were very well taken care of during the trip and were very satisfied with the activities, accommodations and food recommended by Ying. On behalf of my family, i would like to thank Ying for her dedicated service.
– Ms. Liew and family (June 2016)We had a fabulous time at Mt. Panti, thanks to 'I Wanna Travel'. The organisation was smooth from the beginning. My support, HS, was attentive to details and always available at my beck and call. The guide was friendly and encouraging. The last stretch of the climb before reaching the summit was thrilling. We absolutely loved it! We were treated to a large spread of delicious vegetarian Chinese food at the end of the trip. The highlight of the trip was the Firefly Cruise. What a mesmerising experience! Thank you for a great trip. We'll be coming back for more.
– Arathi (Group of 5 on a Mt Panti trip in Nov 2018)
IWT handled the pre-trip administration very well and the itinerary was swiftly and properly communicated to us. The itinerary was clear and useful as it gave us a rough gauge of what to expect and what to prepare for the trip. Our tour guide Mr Dimas, along with our driver, possess welcoming and friendly personalities and they always ensured that our welfare is well taken care of. During the trip, they were always providing us with insights into Surabaya to tell us more about their country and even provided excellent recommendations for activities and their local cuisine. All in all, a very good and trip and would certainly recommend.
– Zhen Siang (Group of 2 on an 4D3N Ijen, Bromo & Surabaya trip in Dec 2018)
Organisation of the trip was good as communication with iwannatravel was smooth and fast, and the itinerary planning was well suited for my group needs and wants. The driver, Mr Thina, was very accommodating towards our schedule and took care of our needs, example needing to buy rubber shoes, where he drove us to the shop. Our guides were well experienced and could pace and entertain us well with their knowledge and fun-loving nature. Mount Panti had more leeches than what we imagined though and the difficulty level of the treks was as what iwannatravel said, not to be estimated as it had moderate difficulty. Overall we had a good experience with our activities and accommodations! And would definitely recommend this trip for the more adventurous people.
– John (Group of 9 on a 2D1N Mt Panti & Pelepah Falls trip in Dec 2018)
The guide, Mr Azhar was very experienced. He was able to pace us accordingly and guide us throughout our entire trek to the peak and the Big Tree. The trek was not easy, considering it started to rain halfway thru the journey, making the route slippery but Mr Azhar was willing to guide us and pace us accordingly throughout so that we wont overexert ourselves.
– Salmiah (Group of 4 on a Mt Lambak day trip in Nov 2018)
Personalised pickup and attention to our well being. Focused to help us to have good experiences. Guide Udin is very professional. Dependable, attention to details, providing good advices. Porters are friendly and helpful. We are very happy with the service level, professionalism of the whole team to bringing good experiences to hikers like us.
– YT (Group of 3 on a 2D1N Mt Merbabu Camping trip in Nov 2018)
Honorable mention to the guide, whom was the driver too. Her energy and dedication throughout the trek makes the trip very worthwhile, even though the view at the summit was spoiled by the poor foggy weather. Our team would gladly scale another mountain in taiwan with her as the guide again, if we had the chance.
– Jonathan (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Yushan trip in Mar 2018)
Thoroughly enjoyed the Poon Hill trek! Beautiful scenery and Puskar was a patient and responsible guide. He made our trip possible and hassle-free. We also found the hotel in Pokhara in an extremely good location with many restaurants in the vicinity.
– Peiying & Photon (Group of 2 on a 12D11N Kathmandu, Pokhara & Poon Hill trip in Nov 2017)
The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂
– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)
We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍
– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)
Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.
– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)
Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.
– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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