Bali Explorer

About the Experience

Bali will bring you unexpected harmony and balance. Relax your mind with therapeutic body treatments and hot spring soaks. Amaze your travel-starved soul with the colourful blur of indigo starfish, anemones and clownfish while snorkeling. The feel-good vibes are ocean deep as this itinerary allows you to contribute to a coral farm restoration project and plant a mangrove tree!

On our Bali Explorer, your days will be dedicated to tapping into the deep spirit and resilience of the monsoon, savanna and coral forests. Bali’s undulating landscape of agriculture and unbridled nature is an equilibrium of tidy rice terraces, cascading waterfalls, active volcanoes and sandy ribbons of coastline.

The cultural and spiritual tapestry is a tight and beautiful weave. It’s witnessed in the boisterous markets, ornate sacred temples, elaborate floral blessings and the intricate stone carvings of the Elephant Cave. 

Bird lovers will swoon over the tropical species and the opportunity to visit the Bali Starling Sanctuary–a successful breeding and reintroduction program that has rebounded the population from 10 in 2006 to over 100 present day.

Add playful macaque monkeys, the jade fields of Ubud valley, the heady scent of clove and the juicy meat of snake fruit and this exploration of Bali will satisfy all your senses.

There will be unmatched cups of coffee on the lip of a volcano at sunrise, traditional Balinese dance lessons and yoga classes with a panorama to remind you to breathe it all in.

From West Bali National Park to the magic of Menjangan Island to cycling through the rice paddy fields of Sidemen to the beaches of Sanur, there’s balance found in Bali. 

This itinerary allows for a generous amount of free time to reflect, connect, journal, sketch and invest in your own well-being, while in the safe comfort of a Wild Women group!






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Bali Explorer

About the Experience

Bali will bring you unexpected harmony and balance. Relax your mind with therapeutic body treatments and hot spring soaks. Amaze your travel-starved soul with the colourful blur of indigo starfish, anemones and clownfish while snorkeling. The feel-good vibes are ocean deep as this itinerary allows you to contribute to a coral farm restoration project and plant a mangrove tree!

On our Bali Explorer, your days will be dedicated to tapping into the deep spirit and resilience of the monsoon, savanna and coral forests. Bali’s undulating landscape of agriculture and unbridled nature is an equilibrium of tidy rice terraces, cascading waterfalls, active volcanoes and sandy ribbons of coastline.

The cultural and spiritual tapestry is a tight and beautiful weave. It’s witnessed in the boisterous markets, ornate sacred temples, elaborate floral blessings and the intricate stone carvings of the Elephant Cave. 

Bird lovers will swoon over the tropical species and the opportunity to visit the Bali Starling Sanctuary–a successful breeding and reintroduction program that has rebounded the population from 10 in 2006 to over 100 present day.

Add playful macaque monkeys, the jade fields of Ubud valley, the heady scent of clove and the juicy meat of snake fruit and this exploration of Bali will satisfy all your senses.

There will be unmatched cups of coffee on the lip of a volcano at sunrise, traditional Balinese dance lessons and yoga classes with a panorama to remind you to breathe it all in.

From West Bali National Park to the magic of Menjangan Island to cycling through the rice paddy fields of Sidemen to the beaches of Sanur, there’s balance found in Bali. 

This itinerary allows for a generous amount of free time to reflect, connect, journal, sketch and invest in your own well-being, while in the safe comfort of a Wild Women group!







Om Suastiatu. Welcome to Bali!

Plan to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar, Indonesia by 3:30pm. An  airport transfer (1 hour) to the trip’s starting point in Ubud will be arranged. You’ll have time to settle into your hotel, our tropical hideaway in the cultural hub town and absorb the peaceful natural surroundings of ravines, blooms and rice terraces. Finding balance and harmony are almost effortless here–take a dip in the pool to fully immerse yourself in Bali’s splendor.

Later, we will gather as a group for a warm welcome and orientation with our awesome local female trip leader. We’ll swap life stories over a locally-sourced, Balinese-spiced dinner at Bambu Indah Resort. Many of the ingredients are pulled from the onsite organic permaculture garden. Overlooking the Ayung River, the sustainably-minded jungle resort of restored teak Javanese bridal homes offer a panorama of rice terraces, emerald hills and mountains.

Meals Included: Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Kajane Mua



We’ll have the opportunity to embrace relaxation after our long haul international flights. Take advantage of your accommodation’s amenities and indulge in a healthy, restorative breakfast and linger over a second cup of coffee, join a morning yoga class or book a Balinese massage.

In the late morning (around 11am), we’ll rendezvous at the hotel lobby for a short transfer to Campuhan Ridge for a 30-minute walk along a pathway to the local spa unexpectedly located in the middle of a rice field. We’ll ease into a one hour spa session and traditional bath followed by a decadent lunch overlooking the rice terraces. Carefree and blissed-out, we’ll meander back, retracing our steps to meet our ride.

Following the rhythm of movement and feel-good vibes, we’ll head to Singapadu village to take part in an authentic Balinese dance lesson. Our energetic female teacher will gently guide us as we learn the basic Balinese dance steps. 

She will demonstrate and explain the meaning behind the individual postures and hand and facial gestures that are the foundation of Balinese dance. It’s an immersive way to experience Bali-Hindu culture while enjoying a bit of exercise that’s masqueraded as fun. The spirited music, sash and sarong are provided. We just need to bring our unbridled enthusiasm and best Elaine (from Seinfeld) dance moves!

We’ll transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to design and enjoy! Rest, wander, journal. Explore Ubud! Dinner will also be on your own or in the company of your new Wild Women friends. Bebek goreng (crispy duck) is a must-try! Sample the sambals (dipping sauces) like Sambal Matah (chili, Kaffir lime leaves, shrimp paste) or mixed grilled Balinese satay. For a sweet finish try the bubur Injin–which is black rice sweetened with dark palm sugar and topped with velvety coconut milk. 

Tomorrow will be an early start if you’re going to hike Mount Batur (optional) so treat it like a “school night” and don’t stay up too late!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Kajane Mua



Early birds get the worms AND sensational sunrises. Today offers an unrepeatable opportunity to hike Mount Batur as the sun rises over Mount Agung, the highest point in Bali. This is a rare moment where you can brag that you watched the sunrise over a volcano from a volcano! 

If you’re more of a sunset person and would rather zzz’s over OMG’s in the morning, you can join the sunrise hiking group at a more respectable hour at the hot springs. You will be picked up from the hotel lobby at 8am sharp!

For the early birds:

Meet your fellow bright-eyed enthusiasts at 2:30am (at your hotel) for transfer to the foot of Mount Batur (1,000m/3,280ft) altitude.

At 4am (yawn)we’ll arrive at Tampur Hyang area for a safety briefing led by our guide. The first section of the hike slices through the jungle before ascending up the rocky volcanic path. The route is mostly uphill but there will be several opportunities to stop and catch your breath. After approximately two hours (2km/1.24 miles) of climbing, we will approach the top of the main crater. It’s a wildly different terrain here–the path is wind-swept with few rocks and sparse vegetation.

Around 6am, while sitting at the tip-top (1,717m/5,633ft), we will witness the goosebumpy magic as the buttery sun climbs over Mount Abang and Mount Agung. On gin-clear days, it’s possible to see Lombok’s mighty Mount Rinjani in the distance across the Lombok Strait!

After a sensational start to the day (there’s so much more to come!) we’ll descend a short distance to reach our hotly-anticipated simple picnic breakfast with punchy coffee (or tea) while consuming the well-earned view.

Fuelled up, our descent will shift from rock and gravel for approximately two hours (2km/ 1.24 miles) until we reach the pine forest, softer terrain and a lakeview.

We’ll reach the trail’s end at around 9:30am and make a beeline to the hot spring near Batur Lake for a soak (don’t forget your swimsuit!). It’s not piping hot but the bathtub-warm waters are a fun reward. 

An incredible lunch will be served at noon in a restaurant in the vigorously green valley of Sebatu. Satiated by the day’s pleasures (a volcanic sunrise! Mile-high coffee! A hot spring as hot as the picnic coffee!), we will return to our hotel in the late afternoon to take five before a distinctive dinner. This evening’s private meal will be prepared by a local family–it will be served in their Balinese home making this experience wholly authentic and treasured.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Kajane Mua



The day is all about you and whatever you want to do! Feel free to join the morning yoga class, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, extra cups of coffee and book a complimentary Balinese massage! 

This is our last day in Ubud, so be sure to allot some time to poke around a market, take in the sites and sights, scents and sounds of the vibrant city. 

Or, opt for a stressless day by taking full advantage of our pampered accommodations at our hotel before we move onward and into rural Bali.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Kajane Mua



Onward to West Bali National Park! After breakfast and checking out of the hotel (around 9am) our northwest journey will take around 3-4 hours (depending on traffic) as we will make a few scenic stops en route.

In Bedugul, an area of the central highlands that is famous for its stunning beauty and three lakes, we’ll stop at the Royal Temple of Mengwi. Built in 1634, this temple was intended to serve as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty. We’ll admire this stunning example of historic architecture with multi-roofed Meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates. It’s even surrounded by a moat!

Next, we’ll visit the traditional market of Bedugul where a burst of locally-grown passionfruit, mangosteen, vegetables, tea and orchids are for sale. Browse the colourful stalls and learn about the different uses of fragrant spices and herbs in Balinese cooking. You’ll want to grab some of these edible souvenirs to replicate your favourite recipes back at home!

We’ll carry on to Lake Bratan, one of Bedugul’s three natural lakes. Ulun Danu, a 17th century Hindu temple located on the reflective lake’s edge is a popular upland weekend and holiday retreat for locals. The Bedugul mountain backdrop and mirror-like lake surface make for stunning pics. 

Around midday, we’ll head to the Munduk to admire the connecting twin lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll take an easy trek and cross a bamboo bridge to feel the mist of the Munduk waterfall that cascades 850m (2,789 feet) above sea level.  We’ll pass by coffee and clove plantations–views that make Bali seem like a never-ending fever dream. 

Following the northern coastline, we’ll continue on to West Bali National Park. We should arrive mid to late afternoon to check into our luxe accommodations at Plataran Menjangan. The coastal forest setting is like a deep breath. Enjoy the serenity and exotic bird soundtrack. This park is a sanctuary for the endemic and endangered white Bali myna (also referred to as a starling–a far cry and gorgeous cousin of the North American species!). Bird nerds can also be on the lookout for black-naped orioles, black racket-tailed treepies (look this beauty up!), crested serpent eagles, sacred kingfishers, red-rumped swallows. 

We’ll rendezvous at the hotel’s restaurant for a savoury dinner at 7pm and chat about all the things we’ve experienced so far and all the juicy wonders to come! There will be discussion about the half-day activity options for Day 7 (Safari Jeep tour or Trek Through the Forest as a Ranger). It will be a rupiah (Balinese coin) toss!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Plataran Menjangan



Menjangan Island is in the pulsating heart of West National Park. The biodiverse island is teeming with species above and below!  The intricate coral reef formations are inhabited by a blur of clownfish, green chromis, Sergeant Majors, anglerfish, anemone and indigo blue starfish. Hawksbill and green sea turtles can be seen here too but they can be shy.

We’ll enjoy a paradisiacal seaside breakfast before boarding a motorboat that will take us to some of the prime snorkelling sites around the island and spend the morning floating over elaborate coral gardens with uninterrupted views of Java’s towering volcanoes. Later, we’ll take a short walk on the island, an uninhabited but popular spot for visitors and pilgrims making their way to the island’s temples. Manjangan means “deer” in Javanese, and you’ll see why! Deer with ornate antlers bathe in the waters and casually munch on vegetation nearby. We’ll have our own boxed picnic lunch to munch on in a shady spot on the beach before striking out on a short 1 km (0.62 mile) walk to see the ancient Hindu temples devoted to various deities.

Back at the hotel, the afternoon and evening is one of leisure. Tonight’s dinner is on your own—you can choose to dine at the hotel’s restaurant with your fellow Wild Women or embrace a little solitude and order room service to your cottage patio as you watch the sun slide down into the horizon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Plataran Menjangan



Today we will have two activities to choose from as part of our exploration of West Bali National Park forest. For both, a picnic lunch will be provided during the tour as each activity starts around 8am and ends at 1pm. Either option is a gratifying win-win.


Drive into the pounding heart of West Bali National Park along the western coast of the Prapat Agung peninsula. Largely occupied by monsoon and savanna forest, Prapat Agung is home to a variety of species. The monsoon forest is a geographical anomaly–the trees found in such forests tend to shed their leaves to avoid further evaporation during the dry season (up to 8 months of the year). The health of the forest relies on the regeneration of the monsoon rains that essentially bring it back to life.

Several species rely on the rhythms of this distinct forest including the black monkey, macaque monkey, barking deer and water monitors. Other protected fauna in the park includes the Sunda pangolin, black giant squirrel, wild cattle, the mouse deer and Olive ridley sea turtle (that often nests around the coastline).

Before returning to the hotel, we’ll drive to Tegal Bunder to visit the Bali Starling Sanctuary to learn more about the critically endangered species and the successful breeding and reintroduction program. When the project began in 2006, there were less than 10 surviving starlings. Now, more than 100 starlings inhabit the sanctuary.


Explore West Bali National Park in the most unique way—by becoming a park ranger for a day! This opportunity will allow us to sneak behind the scenes and learn what it entails to protect this fragile ecosystem. An experienced park ranger will guide us through the exotic and delicate flora and fauna in the park and share stories of up close encounters and the park’s vision for the future.

Around 4pm we will reunite at the hotel to learn about the monumental mangrove tree reforestation project in the surrounding national park area. We will be able to pitch in with some sweat equity and participate in the project by planting our own individual mangrove with a sign indicating our names and nationality. Plataran Menjangan will monitor the growth and periodically forward the ongoing spurts  to us!

On our last evening in the park, we’ll gather for a celebratory BBQ dinner around 7pm as we watch the stars poke through the night sky and take in the pounding waves soundtrack on the nearby shoreline.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Plataran Menjangan



After breakfast, we’re eastbound! We’ll set off around 9am–be prepared for a long but scenic drive of approximately 5 hours, depending on the traffic to Sidemen. This is where we  will spend the next two nights. The atmosphere is palpably different from Ubud and West Bali and will offer another big, bold taste of Bali. 

After 2 hours of driving, we will stretch our legs with a walk through rice terrace fields in the Belimbing area, a region seldom reached by tourists. We’ll press on for another 90 minutes to our traditional Balinese lunch spot at a secluded cottage in the Belimbing village.

Satiated by a flavourful lunch, we will drive another 30 minutes to visit the Goa Gajah temple at Gianyar Regency. Often referred to as the Elephant Cave, it was established in the 9th century as a sanctuary for Buddhist monks. The facade of the cave is noted for its interesting carvings and ornate relief.

The final leg for today brings us to our new basecamp at Wapa Di Ume Sidemen Resort and Spa, a tranquil boutique accommodation situated in the middle of Sidemen rice fields with extreme river and valley views. We should arrive around 5pm Ease into the two-level pools or grab a daybed under the shade of a palm by the upper level infinity pool.

We’ll have dinner and a briefing together tonight (7pm) at the hotel’s terrace restaurant, inhaling the spices from the kitchen and the tropical blooms surrounding us as the breeze rushes across the rice fields.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Wapa de Ume Sidemen



It’s a freewheelin’ two-wheel adventure in Sidemen this morning. Breakfast will be on the terrace overlooking the valley, followed by a  yoga class from 8-9am for those who are flexible! 

Mid-morning we’ll saddle up (bikes, not horses!) and peel through the unforgettable rice field landscape, with teaser views of Mount Agung. Sidemen is a peaceful rural area, and our route will follow roads, pathways and cut through rice paddy terraces. We’ll get a solid feel for life in the villages and the diverse agriculture of Bali. On our ride, we’ll be surrounded by salak trees (also known as snake fruit for its scaly skin), coffee, cloves and cacao. It’s a rare experience.

We’ll finish our impromptu Tour de Bali at the hotel in the early afternoon. The precious afternoon is all yours–lunch is on your own too! Take a well-deserved steamy (or cold!) shower and grab lunch when hunger or mood strikes, and join a yoga class. Your only to-do: a complimentary massage at the spa. Your calves will love the deep, penetrating strokes that will help erase the miles you pedaled earlier.

Rejuvenated, we’ll rendezvous in the hotel’s lobby this evening to catch a short transfer to our top secret dinner venue (7pm).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Wapa de Ume Sidemen


After breakfast, we make our way to Candidasa for an incredible underwater marine stewardship experience.  

We’ll be greeted at the lagoon of Candidasa by an expatriate marine biologist. This coral farm produces corals for reef restoration projects and the aquarium industry. We’ll watch  a short video, then don masks and fins to snorkel with the marine biologist. Exploring the restored reefs, we’ll learn about how coral grows in that area. We’ll have the opportunity to try cutting and transplanting a piece of coral to a new section of the reef. Coral reefs are essential to life in the ocean, but they are globally threatened by multiple threats, especially climate change. This is your chance to physically help cultivate the ocean floor! Later, we’ll take advantage of more snorkeling time to check out other nearby reefs that naturally thrive in the area.

Continuing on to Candidasa, we’ll have a set menu lunch served at a local restaurant right by the ocean. The peaceful inner glow of contributing to a coral forest should be properly celebrated and toasted!

Afterward, it’s a short transfer (30 minutes) to our last hotel in Bali, Sudamala Sanur (located in Sanur). This evening, we will gather for our farewell dinner (7pm) at the hotel. It will be a lovely time of reflection and swapping contact info and AirDropping photos!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Sudamala Sanur



It’s departure day. Sigh. If you’re catching a flight, your 25-minute ride to the airport has been arranged. Depending on your flight time, the day is all yours until you meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby for the airport transfer (Ngurah Rai International Airport–DPS). Our guide will assist with arranging the stress-free transfers.

You can arrange your flight for anytime after 11am. Please note that the check-out time at Sudamala Sanur Resort is 12pm.

If you’re staying on a while longer, lucky you. If you are boarding your plane today with bags of cloves and cocoa to keep the scent of Bali closer, where will you travel next?

Meals Included: Breakfast




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Wild Women Expeditions and our local partners intend to adhere to the described itinerary. This is only a general guide to follow on your tour of the region. Our itineraries are subject to change, as we cannot predict the weather or other environmental conditions. We are continually striving to make improvements to all our trips based on feedback from Wild Women members, guides, partners, and other research. We reserve the right to alter itineraries based on the above at any time.

Arrival into Denpasar, Bali
  • Pick up and Transfers are based on information submitted in your travel details form.
  • If you are arriving in Denpasar before DAY 1 and have booked a hotel in the Ubud area, a transfer will be provided upon arrival at DPS Airport based on your flight arrival time upon request.

Please note guests on trips in 2024 will be able to request a pick up on your travel details form for a pick up if you are arriving before Day 1.

  • If you are arriving in Denpasar on DAY 1, you will be picked up at DPS Airport and taken to the first night hotel. Pick-up times on Day 1 will be shared closer to the trip start date in a final pre-trip bulletin and will be based on your flight arrival time that you have provided in your trip details form. Please plan to arrive by 3:30 PM.
  • If you are arriving before DAY 1 and have booked a pre-trip hotel in the Denpasar area, you are responsible for your transfer to your hotel (please arrange this directly with the hotel), and your transfer back to DPS to catch an airport transfer to the first night’s hotel (transfer to Ubud provided.)
  • For women arriving prior to DAY 1 and staying in Ubud area hotels, please do check in at the first nights hotel directly. Check in time is 3 PM.
  • For the pick ups on DAY 1 meet at the Arrivals area inside Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Denpasar, Bali. Please meet our representative outside the international arrival terminal gate, they will be holding a WILD WOMEN EXPEDITIONS sign. If you are having difficulty finding your transfer at the airport, please contact Eka via WhatApp at +6281239809528. Pick up times will be provided in the pre trip bulletin.


Group Rendezvous Point

  • Date: Day 1
  • Time: 6PM
  • Location: Main Lobby of the Kajane Mua, Ubud


Notes about Pick-Up

Please look for your driver with a Wild Women Expeditions sign and they will transfer you to your first night hotel in Ubud.

If you plan on arriving early, Wild Women Expeditions recommends booking accommodations well in advance in Denpasar or in Ubud. We recommend the following:

Departure from Denpasar, Bali

  • Departure flights should be arranged from Denpasar, Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (airport code DPS)
  • On Day 11, you can plan your flight departure for any time after 11 AM.
  • Check-out time at Sudamala Sanur Resort on the last day of the trip is at 12 PM.
  • Airport transfers are included all day from your accommodation at Sudamala Sanur to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), which is a 25-minute drive (15 km). You will be dropped off at the airport depending on your departure flight time. Your Trip Leader will assist you with this.


Drop-Off Point:

  • Date: Day 11
  • Time: In conjunction with your flight departure and pre-flight airline check-in times.
  • Location: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

If you wish to stay another night, you can make arrangements to extend your accommodations at Sudamala Resort Sanur (where we spend our last night as a group). You can book directly via email or phone.Email: reservations.sanur@sudamalaresorts.comTel: +62 361 288 555Or you may wish to choose Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airpor which is a 5-10 minute walk from the International Airport Arrival Gate.

You are responsible for booking your own flights or other transport arrangements to the trip start location. These arrangements and any other independent arrangements that you may make are not a part of the trip booked with Wild Women Expeditions and are entirely at your own risk. Wild Women Expeditions accepts no responsibility, directly or indirectly, for any loss, damage or injury to property or person in connection with such arrangements.
Should you require assistance with your travel arrangements, please contact:
Megan and Zale | ****Now Boarding Travel Specialist
Note: Now Boarding Travel only provides services of 3-star quality or greater. For budget alternatives, please refer to the Lonely Planet guide for your destination.Important: For international and remote destinations, there is always the risk of flight delays, baggage delays and flight schedule changes which may cause late arrivals, which may, in return, result in you missing the group tour departure. For these reasons, we encourage you to consider arriving a day early, which will also help you overcome any jet lag from traveling!

You are fully responsible for your own visa requirements, permits, and certificates for your trip. It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. It is your responsibility to check with the country’s Consulate and your country’s travel website such as Canada’s for up-to-date information about traveling internationally.

  • Passport

Most countries and airlines recommend passports be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected return to your home country. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Important: A copy of your passport must be emailed to the Wild Women Expeditions office by 130-days pre-trip.


  • Visa

Visitors from certain countries require a visa to enter Indonesia. The visa situation is constantly in flux. It is essential that you confirm current formalities before you arrive with your government’s travel office or an Indonesian Embassy. Failure to meet all the entrance requirements can see you on the first flight out or be subject to heavy fines.

Visitors with certain nationalities (including Canada and USA) are eligible for a 30-day Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) or a Visitor-Pass at certain international entry points in Indonesia.

  • You do not need pre arrangement.
  • You just need to bring your valid passport to the immigration counter upon arrival at Bali airport.
  • The payment is direct by cash only – $35 USD or its equivalent (There is an ATM at the airport if you choose to pay in local currency)
  • 43 countries are eligible for VOA

Certain nationalities are eligible for a non-extendable 30-day visa-free stay if entering and exiting at certain checkpoints, among them Jakarta, Medan, Denpasar, Surabaya (and Batam). This is only possible if both entry and exit are at these ports, that is why caution is required on visitors on which option to choose!

Those nationalities which are not eligible for a VOA need to apply in advance for a visa with your ground handling in Indonesia who becomes the sponsor.

For further information on visa regulations and the VOA please visit the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia site (for Canadians) and here for Americans.


Note: As fees and policies can change, we highly recommend that you contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.

All restaurants, transportation, and local guide staff tips are included in the price of your trip. There is no obligation to tip your Trip Leader, but many participants do when they feel they were provided great service. We are often asked what an appropriate amount is. Most participants who provide a gratuity for their guides have each tipped in the range of $10-15 USD per day for the Trip Leader. You can choose to have the guides share a gratuity equally between them or you may offer a separate amount to each guide.*Rates are include $10 donation to Coral Reef Foundation, $10 Donation to Mangrove Reforestation @ West Bali National Park, $7 water per person

  • Rooming Arrangements

Our trip price is based on shared accommodations with separate beds. You’ll have one roommate, who will be assigned if you are not traveling with someone.

A limited number of single rooms are available but subject to availability. If you have already indicated this preference on your registration form, you will be emailed a quote once availability is confirmed. If you are now interested, please email with your request.

  • Bathrooms

Bathrooms at accommodations have western-style flush toilets. Hot water showers are available at hotels and lodges.

Gotta go when on the go? If a restroom stop is required during activities, you may need to use a public bathroom. In much of Indonesia, the bathroom features a large water tank and a plastic scoop. Indonesian toilets are basically holes in the ground with footrests on either side, although Western-style toilets are common in tourist areas. To flush the toilet, reach for the plastic scoop, take water from the tank and pour. Public toilets are rare; find a cafe and smile 🙂 Toilet paper is seldom supplied in public places, though you can easily buy it. Alternatively, bring a spare roll with you from home just in case! Many Indonesians instead use their left hand and copious quantities of water – again, keep that scoop handy. Often there is a wastebasket next to the toilet where the toilet paper should go, as opposed to the easily clogged toilet.

  • Potable Water

Drinking tap water is not advised but potable water is provided throughout the trip.


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Settled in the hearth of Ubud, KajaNe Mua villa Ubud is the only Ubud resort travelers look for. Designed exclusively to meet all type of travelling needs, it provides numerous private luxury pool villas and several Mansion rooms. Creatively blend the modernity and traditional feel in its villas and rooms, KajaNe Mua Ubud Villa eagerly offers a tropical hideaway in Ubud Bali. At just one step door to Ubud tourist activities, KajaNe keep the undisturbed atmosphere, tranquil and serenity of Ubud escape undoubtedly.

  • Plataran Menjangan

A tranquil hideaway located within the protected sanctuary of West Bali National Park, the locally owned Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa offers an escape to nature at its most beautifully raw and untouched. Located in the forest, the Forest Villas offer elegant comfort entwined with nature. Soak in the deep stone bathtub in the outdoor bathroom. Unwind with a book on the outdoor terrace, enjoying the feel of the ocean breeze. Villa amenities include an ensuite bathroom with a shower and a deep tub, terrace, coffee & tea, safe, and hairdryer.

  • Wapa de Ume Sidemen

Wapa di Ume Sidemenis a boutique accommodation set in a rice paddy valley that has a 360° panoramic view of the hillsides and the tallest peak, Mount Agung. It is a peaceful hideaway, just 35 minutes from the Traditional Klungkung Market and 45 minutes from Candidasa, the east coast of Bali. Amenities include WiFi, ensuite bathroom with hot showers, hairdryer, and private terrace.

  • Sudamala Sanur

Set in the calm and relaxed environment of Sanur where centuries of Balinese art and cultural history have been nurtured, Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur offers you the perfect home for your Bali getaway. They have taken care to preserve the artistic and traditional values of Bali into the design of our resort. With spaciously elegant and cozy rooms, and immerse yourself in our cultural soul or “Taksu” as it is known locally to experience our dedication in friendly local hospitality. Amenities include an ensuite bathroom with shower, safe deposit box, hairdryer, coffee & tea, and WiFi.

Indonesia, with over 18,000 counted islands, is by far the largest and most varied archipelago on Earth. It spans almost 2 million square kilometers between Asia and Australia. With a population of 248 million Indonesia shares land borders with 3 countries: Malaysia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea. Indonesia’s republican form of government includes an elected parliament and president. Indonesia has 34 provinces, of which five have Special status. Its capital is Jakarta, which is the second most populous urban area in the world.Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support a high level of biodiversity. The country has abundant natural resources like oil and natural gas, tin, copper and gold. Agriculture mainly produces rice, palm oil, tea, coffee, cacao, medicinal plants, spices and rubber. Indonesia’s major trading partners are China, United States, Japan, Singapore and India.Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups, with the largest—and politically dominant—ethnic group being the Javanese. A shared identity has developed, defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a Muslim-majority population, and a history of colonialism and rebellion against it. Indonesia’s national motto, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” (“Unity in Diversity” literally, “many, yet one”), articulates the diversity that shapes the country.Words and Phrases

  • ‘Salam’ (sa-laam) = Hello
  • ‘Kamar mandi’ = Bathroom
  • Terima Kasih = Thank you
  • Sampai Jumpa = See you
  • Apa Kabar = How are you
  • Name Saya .. = My name is…

Bali is the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago. It’s home to an ancient culture that’s known for its warm hospitality as well as exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops. Dining in Bali presents endless choices of exotic, local cuisine. After sunset, famous night spots come to life offering exciting clubbing and packed dance floors.Inland, towering volcanoes and pristine jungles offer plenty to see and do, but you won’t want to stay away from the coastline for long. Tranquil seascapes and sunrises can be found in Sanur, Nusa Dua and remote Candidasa. Bali’s lesser traveled eastern and northern regions also offer wonderful diving spots in calm bays, with coral gardens teeming with colorful marine biodiversity.

Indonesian Rupiahs (Rp)$1 USD = 15059.15 Rp (approximate—this will constantly fluctuate so it’s best to visit the Xe Currency Converter site for current exchange rates)

There are 3 time zones in Indonesia, each separated by one hour.

  • Indonesia Western Standard Time—seven hours in advance (UTC+7) of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). This is the time zone of Jakarta, our rendezvous point at the start of the trip.
  • Indonesia Central Standard Time— eight hours ahead (UTC+8) of GMT.
  • Indonesia Eastern Standard Time—nine hours ahead (UTC+9) of GMT.

Lying along the equator, Indonesia’s climate tends to be relatively even year-round. Indonesia has two seasons—a wet season and a dry season—with no extremes of summer or winter. For most of Indonesia, the dry season falls between April and October with the wet season between November and March.Indonesia’s climate is almost entirely tropical, dominated by the tropical rainforest climate found in every major island of Indonesia. Temperatures range from 23-30 celsius.Check the forecast in Indonesia before you go.Dealing with the heatMost parts of Indonesia are hot and humid throughout the year. For most people, it takes at least two weeks to adapt to the hot climate. Swelling of the feet and ankles is common, as are muscle cramps caused by excessive sweating. Even on a cloudy day sunburn can occur rapidly, especially near the equator. Don’t get burned!

  • Stay hydrated
  • Use a strong sunscreen (SPF 30+).
  • Reapply sunscreen after a swim.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Avoid direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day (10 AM to 2 PM)

Plug typeIn Indonesia, the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Indonesia, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Indonesia. You can find voltage converters at Amazon. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.Check out Dual Electricity converter – here.</p

Indonesia is a tropical country lying close to the equator and it is rich in biodiversity! This includes many animals and insects that could be new to you. There’s a high level of biodiversity and endemicity due to its distribution over a vast tropical archipelago. Along the way, we might see orangutans, Komodo dragons, jellyfish and manta rays. Since these are wild animals, we make no guarantee of seeing anything (they don’t send us Facebook updates of what they’re up to!), and we consider it a bonus if we share a natural encounter with a wild animal or bird. We’ll be sure to follow all regulations regarding viewing animals, as we want them to stay as free and wild as possible.Indonesia has an even wider variety of insects, some of which are truly bizarre-looking! Less interesting looking are the mosquitos. You’ll be provided with mosquito netting around your bed at hotels, and (hurray!) mosquitos are a nuisance onboard our floating accommodation. Regarding mosquitos, it is important to protect yourself from bites, as mosquito-borne illnesses exists here. Dengue fever, malaria and Zika virus are present, so wearing repellent is important, and long pants and sleeves will help.Insect Bites, Stings, & Komodos

  • Mosquitos. Protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses by taking precautions against bites.
  • Jellyfish. Most are not dangerous, just irritating. Stings can be extremely painful but rarely fatal. First aid for jellyfish stings involves pouring vinegar onto the affected area to neutralize the poison. Anyone who feels ill in any way after being stung should seek medical advice.
  • Ticks. Contracted after walking in rural areas, ticks are commonly found behind the ears, on the belly and in armpits. If you have had a tick bite and experience symptoms such as a rash at the site of the bite or elsewhere, fever or muscle aches, you should see a doctor.

Wild Women Expeditions recommends that each participant should bring enough cash in local currency or available credit/debit funds to cover their meals during travel to and from their destination. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, meals not included in the trip package, shopping, etc., and we also suggest you have access to emergency funds.

  • Currency Exchange Offices & Banks

If you need to change currency, you can find several currency exchange counter at the international airport in Jakarta, Indonesia. You will have to show your passport in order to be able to exchange money.

Please check online for current exchange rates. Wild Women Expeditions likes XE Currency Converter

We highly suggest you read this article: Where to Exchange Currency Without Paying Huge Fees for more information about this for your trip.

  • Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

One of the most convenient ways to get cash in Indonesian Rupiah is by using an ATM, which are mostly in larger cities. You’ll likely have to pay a service fee, as with most ATMs outside your bank network.

  • Credit Cards

If you have a credit card, you can use it at an ATM to purchase Indonesian currency directly. Your monthly balance usually shows the exchange rate you received on purchases made with the credit card.

  • Cash

This is the best way to pay for items in the communities we will be visiting.

Please be sure to provide complete, accurate, and up-to-date information about your health & fitness level and keep us updated if there are changes. Wild Women Expeditions trips travel to remote areas where limited or no sophisticated medical facilities exist.A medical emergency situation is extremely unlikely; however, should it arise we need to be prepared with the necessary information to help you.Important Note: If you choose not to disclose a condition, infirmity, injury, or ailment herein and are subsequently deemed to be unfit for expedition travel due in whole or in part to such condition, infirmity, injury or ailment, Wild Women Expeditions guides, and partners shall have the right to remove you from the trip with no refund or compensation payable. Any evacuation expenses incurred are payable by the evacuee via their Medical Travel Insurance or personal expense.Getting FitYou don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy your Wild Women expedition. Not by a long shot! You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve with our experienced guides at your side and a little camaraderie.That said, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself far more if you do some preparation so your body is conditioned and ready to enjoy and make the most of the outdoors.Here are a few ideas to help you get ready:

  • Take every opportunity you can to be active.

You can improve your fitness a lot just by adopting some new habits; take the stairs at work, go for a walk at lunchtime, park your car away from work and walk. Aim for 30 minutes a day and keep a diary so you can look back on it and feel proud. These may sound trivial but they’re all building blocks!

  • Rev up your ticker!

Think ‘interval training’, which means doing short bursts of high intensity work with recovery time in between. Depending on how fit you are this can mean strolling with bursts of power walking, or jogging with sprints. Either way the aim is to get your heart rate up.

  • Join a local walking or running group.

This is a great way to get fit and you’ll also see new places, meet great people… and make them all jealous when they find out what you’re about to go on your travels.

  • Warm up, cool down and stretch.

If you’re doing a workout then make sure you start and finish gently and stretch any tight muscles – this will help you avoid any aches, pains and pulled muscles. If you’re a member of a gym try some yoga, tai chi or pilates classes to build up your flexibility, stability and balance.

  • Hydration.

When you suddenly ask your body to walk or be active, it needs a bit more fuel than it needs when, say, sitting at a desk all day! The main thing your body needs is water, so stay hydrated and practice sipping water often. Getting a water bottle or hydration bladder is a great way to make sure you have it on hand at all times. Make a habit out of taking a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

  • Nutrition.

Eating little and often will keep your body well fuelled for outdoor exercise, especially food like nuts, dried fruit and bread. The odd bit of chocolate and a few boiled lollies are good for keeping your blood sugar levels up while you’re hiking as well!

  • Have fun!

The most important point of all! You are about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. You’re going to meet some amazing people, see some wonderful places and create memories that will stay with you for life. The more prepared you are to tackle the various challenges, the more fun you will have. Also, with all the endorphins you create from all this training, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear! It’s a great way to boost your happy vibes.

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