BEAUTY OF WILD BALI

About the Experience

This journey through the otherworldly beauty of Bali will energize your body, relax your mind, and soothe your spirit. Exploring this lush wonderland of ornate sacred temples, verdant rice fields, and shimmering underwater coral gardens is like falling into a rainbow – all radiant colors and light. Weaving your way through Bali on this Wild Women adventure you’ll gain a deep understanding of the cultural tapestry of this spiritually rich island where devotion and beauty is the order of the day.

Sip a cup of hot tea perched at the lip of a volcano. Feel the soft fabric of your sarong as you sway your hips in a traditional Balinese dance lesson. Spy the wide hazel eyes of a macaque monkey as your jeep rumbles through the national park. Salute the sun in a yoga class overlooking the jade green fields of an Ubud valley. Run your fingers over the wildly intricate stone carvings of the “Elephant Cave”. Witness daily devotees in their colourful sarong carrying offerings of flowers in hand-woven baskets to temples. Play park ranger for a day as you hike among the mangroves. And sink your teeth into the sweet, juicy meat of a snake-skin fruit, while picnicking upon a bamboo raft…

Whether taking in the glorious nature on display or losing yourself in the pleasure of a Balinese massage, from the moment your sandaled feet touch the ground here, you’ll feel yourself unfold like a lotus flower – ebullient and welcoming of everything this dazzling place has to offer.

We’ll start our eleven day journey in Ubud with a Balinese dance lesson, dinner with a local family, a sunrise hike up Mount Batur, yoga, and spa time. We’ll then head northwest and experience the underwater world of West Bali National Park while snorkelling above blankets of iridescent fish and coral. Explore the forest’s flora and fauna, and even plant a mangrove tree for a community restoration project. We’ll head east to the rural village of Sidemen, cycle through rice paddy valleys and villages, witnessing views of Mount Agung, one of two active volcanoes on the island. Finally, it’s back to the blue-green waters for snorkelling and the chance to plant coral at a special coral restoration project. The trip ends seaside in Sanur where you can take time to stroll the beaches and enjoy one last swim before bidding Bali Om Swastiastu.

 

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BEAUTY OF WILD BALI

About the Experience

This journey through the otherworldly beauty of Bali will energize your body, relax your mind, and soothe your spirit. Exploring this lush wonderland of ornate sacred temples, verdant rice fields, and shimmering underwater coral gardens is like falling into a rainbow – all radiant colors and light. Weaving your way through Bali on this Wild Women adventure you’ll gain a deep understanding of the cultural tapestry of this spiritually rich island where devotion and beauty is the order of the day.

Sip a cup of hot tea perched at the lip of a volcano. Feel the soft fabric of your sarong as you sway your hips in a traditional Balinese dance lesson. Spy the wide hazel eyes of a macaque monkey as your jeep rumbles through the national park. Salute the sun in a yoga class overlooking the jade green fields of an Ubud valley. Run your fingers over the wildly intricate stone carvings of the “Elephant Cave”. Witness daily devotees in their colourful sarong carrying offerings of flowers in hand-woven baskets to temples. Play park ranger for a day as you hike among the mangroves. And sink your teeth into the sweet, juicy meat of a snake-skin fruit, while picnicking upon a bamboo raft…

Whether taking in the glorious nature on display or losing yourself in the pleasure of a Balinese massage, from the moment your sandaled feet touch the ground here, you’ll feel yourself unfold like a lotus flower – ebullient and welcoming of everything this dazzling place has to offer.

We’ll start our eleven day journey in Ubud with a Balinese dance lesson, dinner with a local family, a sunrise hike up Mount Batur, yoga, and spa time. We’ll then head northwest and experience the underwater world of West Bali National Park while snorkelling above blankets of iridescent fish and coral. Explore the forest’s flora and fauna, and even plant a mangrove tree for a community restoration project. We’ll head east to the rural village of Sidemen, cycle through rice paddy valleys and villages, witnessing views of Mount Agung, one of two active volcanoes on the island. Finally, it’s back to the blue-green waters for snorkelling and the chance to plant coral at a special coral restoration project. The trip ends seaside in Sanur where you can take time to stroll the beaches and enjoy one last swim before bidding Bali Om Swastiastu.

 

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL

Om Suastiatu, Welcome to Bali!

Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar by 3 pm – we will arrange your 1-hour airport transfer to the trip starting point in the cultural hub town of Ubud. Arrive at our Balinese hotel, a real gem in the heart of Ubud and settle into your room. This unique sanctuary, set in peaceful and natural surroundings, has a yoga studio overlooking the valley.

After a welcome and orientation with your local female trip leader, enjoy dinner together at Bambu Indah, offering panoramic views of mountains, rice paddies and hills.

 

DAY TWO: DECOMPRESS AND DANCE

Relax after your long-haul flight! This morning is all about leisure as we settle into Ubud. Enjoy a morning yoga class, breakfast, and a massage at our retreat centre.

In the late morning, we’ll rendezvous at the hotel lobby for a short transfer to Campuhan Ridge, where we’ll walk around 30 minutes along a pathway to the local Spa, beautifully located in the middle of a rice field. Soak in a 1-hour spa session and traditional bath followed by lunch overlooking the rice fields in the same area. Stroll back the way you came to meet our ride.

Everybody ready to dance? Continue heading to Singapadu village where you will take part in a Balinese Dance Lesson. Join our female teacher, who will gently guide you as you learn your first Balinese dance steps. Sample the integrated body movements, hand and facial gestures that make Balinese dance so unusual to new visitors. She will explain the meaning behind the individual postures and gestures that comprise the basics of Balinese dance. It’s a wonderful way to expand one’s knowledge of the Bali-Hindu culture while enjoying a bit of exercise. We’ll provide the music, the sash and the sarong- all you need to bring is your curiosity and enthusiasm!

We’ll transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon and you can enjoy the rest of the day to yourself. Dinner is on your own tonight, and is a great chance to stroll around Ubud to taste some food, perhaps in the company of your new Wild Women friends! … Fair warning: you best get to bed early, as tomorrow’s (optional) activity is very early. The reward is so worth it!

 

DAY THREE: HIKE MOUNT BATUR

Today is the chance of a lifetime to hike Mount Batur and witness the sunrise over Mount Agung. You’ll be watching the sunrise over a volcano from… a volcano! This activity is totally optional. Any woman who feels like catching more zzz’s could join the group at the hot springs. We will pick you up at the hotel lobby at 08.00am.

For those of you joining us:

02.30AM – We will meet you at your hotel and transfer you all the way to the foot of Mount Batur at 1000 m altitude.

04.00AM – Upon arrival at Tampur Hyang area,  we’ll get a safety briefing from our guide. The first section is through the jungle before ascending up to the volcanic rocky path. The pathway is mostly uphill but with several opportunities to stop and rest. After approximately two hours (2 km / 1.24 mi) of climbing, you will approach the top of the main crater. It’s a totally different terrain here, a wind-swept pathway with very few rocks and vegetation.

Around 6 am while sitting at the top (1717 meters), you will witness the long-awaited stunning sunrise over Mount Abang and Mount Agung. On clear days it is even possible to view Lombok’s Mount Rinjani in the distance across the Lombok Strait.

We’ll then walk down a bit to reach our picnic breakfast with hot coffee or tea while enjoying the view.

Descent will be a different way. The first bit of terrain will be rock and gravel stones. After approximately two hours (2 km / 1.24 mi) of descent, you will we’ll reach the pine forest and admire a lake view while walking along soft terrain.

We’ll reach the bottom at around 9:30 am and head to the hot spring near Batur Lake for a well-deserved soak (be sure to bring your swimsuit!).

Lunch will be at a restaurant situated in the lush valley of Sebatu. You will arrive back at the hotel in the late afternoon to relax before a very special dinner. This evening’s meal is at a Balinese home, cooked by a local family who have made a private dinner especially for our group.

 

DAY FOUR: RELAX AND REJUVENATE

The day is all yours! Feel free to join the morning yoga class, grab breakfast, and book your massage. This is our last day in Ubud, so maybe you’d like to stroll around, visit a market, and take in the sites, scents, and sounds of the city. Or simply relax and enjoy our beautiful accommodations before we move on into rural Bali.

 

DAY FIVE: TEMPLES  AND WATERFALLS

Onward to West Bali National Park – our next adventure! The journey northwest will take around 3-4 hours, however, we will have plenty of stops on the way.

Driving towards 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 meant to serve as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty. Admire this stunning piece of historic architecture, surrounded by a moat with multi-roofed Meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates.

Next up is a visit to the traditional market of Bedugul where a myriad of locally-grown fruits, vegetables and orchids are for sale. Browse the stalls alongside the locals, learning about the different uses of spices and herbs in Balinese cooking.

We’ll carry on to Lake Bratan, one of Bedugul’s three natural lakes. Admire the views of the peaceful waters and Ulun Danu, a 17th-century water temple located on the lake’s edge. Around midday, we’ll head to the Munduk to admire the twin lakes of Tamblingan and Buyan. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll take a gentle trek to Munduk waterfall. Afterward, continue to West Bali National Park through the northern coastline. We should arrive in mid to late afternoon.

Check into your luxurious cottage and relax in the serene coastal forest setting. Rendezvous at the hotel’s restaurant for dinner together.

 

DAY SIX: SNORKELING MENJANGAN ISLAND

Menjangan Island is in the heart of West National Park. The island is without a doubt the most fascinating underwater world of Bali, with complex iridescent coral reef formations inhabited by clownfish, anemone, sea turtles, anglerfish and more!

Enjoy a scenic seaside breakfast before boarding a motorboat in the morning for snorkelling around the island. Those experienced and interested in scuba diving can do this instead of snorkelling, for an additional fee.

Spend the morning snorkelling over coral gardens, with views of Java’s towering volcanoes. Later take a short walk on the island, an uninhabited, yet 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 munch on vegetation nearby. Have your picnic lunch in a shady spot on the beach, then head out for a short 1 km / 0.62 mi walk to see the ancient Hindu temples devoted to various deities.

Back to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon and evening of leisure. Tonight’s dinner is on your own, so feel free to dine at the hotel’s restaurant with your fellow wild women or order room service to your cottage patio as you watch the sunset!

 

DAY SEVEN: BALI NATIONAL PARK FOREST

Today you have the choice of two activities that will take you into the West Bali National Park forest! Lunch will be provided as a picnic during the tour, and each activity starts around 8 am and ends at 1 pm.

OPTION 1: SAFARI JEEP TOUR

Drive into the heart of West Bali National Park along the western coast of the Prapat Agung Peninsula. Largely occupied by monsoon and savanna, Prapat Agung is home to a variety of species, making this peninsula the main zone of the park’s conservation. It has several species of vertebrates such as black monkey, macaque monkey, barking deer, wild cat, water monitor, eagle, and owl. The park also protects endangered flora. There will be stops along the way to observe and learn about various plants and animals. Drive to Tegal Bunder to see the Bali Starling Sanctuary and breeding program before heading back to the hotel.

OPTION 2: TREKKING THROUGH THE FOREST AS A RANGER

Explore West Bali National Park in a unique way by becoming a park ranger for a day. Go behind the scenes to understand what it takes to protect this fragile environment. Our experienced park ranger will guide you through the exotic flora and fauna in the park. The ranger will have fascinating stories to share, as every day is full of new and exciting encounters.

Around 4 pm we will meet up at the hotel to learn about the mangrove tree reforestation project in the surrounding national park area. You can then participate in the project by planting a mangrove of your own, complete with your name and nationality on a little sign next to the tree. Plataran Menjangan will monitor the growth and forward the report to you periodically if you wish!

On our last evening in the park, we’ll have a BBQ dinner together as we watch the stars and listen to the waves on the nearby shoreline.

 

DAY EIGHT: TERRACES AND TEMPLES

After breakfast, we’re Eastbound! We have a long drive of around 5 hours, depending on the traffic to Sidemen, where you will spend two nights. With a different atmosphere than Ubud and West Bali, this will help round out your adventure in Bali.

After 2 hours of driving, we will stretch the legs with a walk through rice terrace fields in the Belimbing area. With authentic scenery, this region is seldom visited by tourists. Continue another 1 ½ hours to lunch at a unique venue: a scenic picnic experience on a bamboo raft! Then, we’ll visit a temple to witness worshippers doing a blessing ceremony.

After another 30 minute drive, we will visit Goa Gajah temple in Gianyar. 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 known for its interesting ornate carvings.

The final leg today brings us to our new home at Wapa Di Ume, a beautiful accommodation settled in the middle of Sidemen rice fields with river and valley views. We’ll have dinner together at the hotel’s terrace restaurant.

 

DAY NINE: CYCLING THROUGH BALI

This morning is all about two-wheeled adventure in scenic Sidemen! Breakfast will be on the terrace overlooking the valley, then perhaps join a morning yoga class from 8-9am. Mid-morning we’ll start pedalling our way through this rice field landscape, with views of Mount Agung. Sidemen is a peaceful rural area, and we’ll cycle along both roads, pathways, and through rice paddy terraces. You’ll get a feel for life in the villages and agriculture in Bali, with its paddy terraces, salak trees (snake-skin fruit), coffee, cloves and cacao.

Finishing up at the hotel in the early afternoon, enjoy a well-deserved shower, then grab lunch on your own. The afternoon is yours… all you need to remember is the massage at the spa.

Rejuvenated, we’ll rendezvous at the hotel’s lobby this evening and get a short transfer to our dinner venue.

 

DAY TEN: CANDIDASA CORAL REEF

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

Be greeted at the lagoon of Candidasa by an expatriate marine biologist at a coral farm, producing corals both for reef restoration projects and the aquarium industry. We’ll see 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. You’ll get the chance 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 in danger all over the world due to many factors, including climate change. This is your opportunity to help cultivate the ocean floor! We’ll then have the opportunity for more snorkelling to see various other reefs that naturally grow in the area.

Continue to Candidasa where a set menu lunch is served at a local restaurant right by the ocean. Afterward, it’s a short transfer to our last hotel in Bali, located in Sanur. This evening we will have a farewell dinner at the hotel.

 

DAY ELEVEN: SAMPAI JUMPA AND GOODBYES

It’s departure day! If you’re catching a flight, your 30-minute ride to the airport has been arranged. Depending on your flight time, the day yours until you meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby for your airport transfer.

 

 

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