UNTAMED INDONESIA 2020

About the Experience

This land is so diverse and vast, it can never be tamed. A land of dragons, and spirits, and temples that float… A parade of colour and lush landscapes. Of moon orchids and monkeys. And as you will discover, it is all of these things…and more. Indonesia is a place of heartbreaking beauty, and an adventure you will carry with you always.

Here, you will visit a land inhabited by the largest lizards on Earth, the Komodo dragons – trekking on the remote islands where these dinosaur-like creatures make their home. You will sail down a jungle river in a wooden canoe, your eyes widening at the wonder of the Bornean flooded forest. Orangutans frolic in the trees overhead, while the scent of jasmine flowers drifts by in a heady perfume. Wrap yourself in the rainbow of an Indonesian sari, and admire the quiet majesty of a Dayak spirit house. Watch, as a Balinese healer sits within a temple practicing her medicine with gentle hands, or admire the flawless craftsmanship of a skilled weaver coaxing rattan into an intricate creation.

Here, you will stand at the very edge of a volcano. You will swim alongside the ethereal black wings of a manta ray. You will stroll the soft sands of a beach the colour of rose petals. And as you watch a troupe of Balinese dancers glide by with their wild joy, you will feel your own heart dancing alongside them, in this beautiful, untamed land.

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UNTAMED INDONESIA 2020

About the Experience

This land is so diverse and vast, it can never be tamed. A land of dragons, and spirits, and temples that float… A parade of colour and lush landscapes. Of moon orchids and monkeys. And as you will discover, it is all of these things…and more. Indonesia is a place of heartbreaking beauty, and an adventure you will carry with you always.

Here, you will visit a land inhabited by the largest lizards on Earth, the Komodo dragons – trekking on the remote islands where these dinosaur-like creatures make their home. You will sail down a jungle river in a wooden canoe, your eyes widening at the wonder of the Bornean flooded forest. Orangutans frolic in the trees overhead, while the scent of jasmine flowers drifts by in a heady perfume. Wrap yourself in the rainbow of an Indonesian sari, and admire the quiet majesty of a Dayak spirit house. Watch, as a Balinese healer sits within a temple practicing her medicine with gentle hands, or admire the flawless craftsmanship of a skilled weaver coaxing rattan into an intricate creation.

Here, you will stand at the very edge of a volcano. You will swim alongside the ethereal black wings of a manta ray. You will stroll the soft sands of a beach the colour of rose petals. And as you watch a troupe of Balinese dancers glide by with their wild joy, you will feel your own heart dancing alongside them, in this beautiful, untamed land.

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO JAKARTA

Land at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (airport code CGK). You’re in Indonesia! After clearing immigration, luggage is collected and customs cleared. A hotel representative will meet with your name on a sign at the arrival gate and escort you to a shuttle transfer to your hotel just 15 minutes from the airport. For any women who arrive in the morning, there is an opportunity to enjoy a short tour of the capital city.

JAKARTA HALF DAY TOUR

Start at 1:00 PM

Begin your tour of the capital with a visit to Glodok, the largest Chinatown district in the country. The small streets are lined with numerous shops and vendors selling all manner of commodities and much of the architecture is still traditional in style.

Next visit Sunda Kelapa, the old harbour of Jakarta and one of its most recognizable sights. Dating back to the 17th century, the harbour has a rich and varied history but today it is mainly used to accommodate the traditional Indonesian two-masted sailing ships known locally as Pinisi.

Continue to two of Jakarta’s most interesting museums. First, the Fatahillah Museum was originally built by the Dutch in 1710 as the Jakarta City Hall, or Stag Huis. Today, the building displays many antiques, fine ceramics, ancient maps and paintings from the colonial era.

Around 7:00 pm, rendezvous at the hotel’s lobby to meet your local female Trip Leader followed by orientation and dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Tomorrow we fly to Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo!

 

DAY TWO: SAILING THE KALIMANTAN

Today we meet early in the morning at the hotel lobby to head to the airport for our domestic flight to Palangkaraya, Borneo. Upon arrival, we’ll drive 30 minutes on easy roads to the pure black waters of Lake Sebangau. Boarding long motorized wooden canoes, we travel across this beautiful lake and set off into the real Bornean flooded forest. Relax and take it all in before we land at a boardwalk in the middle of the flooded forest for a short interpretive walk by our naturalist guide who will tell us all about orangutan habitat, conservation efforts, and the flora and fauna of the park. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the simple park centre on stilts in the middle of the wetlands as you cool off your feet in the dark river water.

After our visit to the park, we embark on the Rahai’I Pangun houseboat; a 22 meter long converted traditional Kalimantan riverboat. This unique vessel with its open-air top deck is the perfect way to cruise along the forest-lined river, passing villages and observing jungle wildlife.

Arriving at the tiny hamlet of Katimpun, we take a walk along the town boardwalks to visit a little local foundation, Ransel Buku, which provides books and other cultural activities for the village children. See the village and meet a community representative, who we will donate books or money to a donation on your behalf, but feel free to make an additional donation to the foundation. Return to the boat for a quiet dinner on deck in the midst of the jungle.

 

DAY THREE: O IS FOR ORANGUTANS

The boat moves up the Rungan River as you enjoy breakfast. On arrival to Palas Island, a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), take a motorized canoe to observe the orangutans. Later continue to the BOS Education Centre where orangutans are awaiting release in socialization cages. Learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs.

Return to the boat and enjoy a leisurely lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong village. The boat will continue upstream passing Kaja and Bangamat islands, orangutan pre-release islands.

Returning to the village of Sei Gohong, take an optional sunset hike to the hill, see Dayak spirit houses and listen to an introduction to Dayak culture with our traditional guide.

Return to the boat for dinner and overnight in a quiet location.

 

DAY FOUR: LAND OF THE DRAGONS

Today we say goodbye to Borneo and make our way to Flores Island; gateway to the Komodo dragon! After our final breakfast on board, we’ll get a transfer to the airport for your flight to Labuhan Bajo Flores via Jakarta. We’ll arrive in the mid-afternoon, meet our local guide, and embark on a Pinisi; a traditionally built ship for our three-night live-aboard wildlife experience through Komodo National Park. Lunch will be on board as we navigate two hours to Rinca Island.

Rinca is famous for its population of Komodo dragons as well as wild pigs, buffalos and birds. You’ll go ashore and take a trek with an island ranger to see these magnificent lizards in their natural environment. Take a leisurely 4-kilometre walk to observe the dragon. This will be about an hour to an hour and a half, as we’ll stop along the way to observe these magnificent creatures and the natural landscape.

Tonight you will anchor nearby Warloka district. Warloka, a laid-back fishing village, offers both a light trek on its secluded shoreline as well as a taste of Florinese history with its treasures from the distant past. It’s mystical, the energy-filled atmosphere makes this village and its surroundings an attractive place for excursions. Tonight we’ll dine onboard.

 

DAY FIVE: HIKING KOMODO ISLAND

Disembark the boat in the early morning to visit one of the unique traditional markets in the village. The Warloka market opens every Tuesday. Here people still practice the barter system. Wander the market and watch as people trade fish, fruits, and vegetables. Your trip leader may even help you do a trade yourself with some food items.

Breakfast will be onboard while we navigate to Komodo Island. On Komodo Island, take a hike to Banunggulung, the river bed where the dragons used to be fed fresh goats. We’ll split the group so that we can quietly move through the forest. This is a 6-kilometre hike on varying terrain with a gentle elevation of 200m and should take up to 4 hours. It takes you through spectacular scenery and you’ll see many unusual plants and animals en route.

Komodo’s are the largest lizard in the world and can grow to 3 metres in length and weigh up to 65 kilograms.  It is estimated that there are around 2,000 dragons on the island, as well as a wide variety of other wildlife such as wild boar, deer and buffalo. The island is also excellent for bird watchers, with cockatoos and gosong birds (megapodius reindwardti), giant pigeons and among others.

The terrain on Komodo Island is flat and the flora changes with the seasons, going from dry and dusty with thin vegetation, to lush and green with the scent of wild basil in the air during the wet season.

*In case the park is closed in 2020, as the government is indicating could happen, we will go to Rinca Island (another island with komodos, and Taka Makassar for a desert island picnic*

Continue boating to Padar Island. You could choose the option of snorkelling or relax on the beach. In the afternoon, we’ll sail and anchor the boat near Kalong Island. It is a small island with a huge mangrove forest. It features a beautiful panorama and at dusk, the skies are filled with thousands of bats leaving their nests in the trees to forage fruits on surrounding islands.

 

DAY SIX: MAJESTIC MANTA RAYS

Awaken early this morning for breakfast onboard and a full day boat trip to discover Manta Point. When lucky you can snorkel with giant Manta Rays!

This afternoon continues to the final leg of this adventure, sailing to Sebayur Island or Kelor Island, depending on the weather. You can relax on the beach or feel free to jump in the water and observe sea life as you leisurely snorkel in this protected bay. Option for kayaking.

After lunch onboard, we’ll head to Flores. In the late afternoon, land on Waecicu Beach – your beachfront home for the next two days! This hotel with beachfront cabins is a luxurious treat after several days on rivers and seas. At sunset, we’ll regroup at the Atlantis restaurant to admire the panoramic view and enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

 

DAY SEVEN: SUNRISE DELIGHTS

Around 5.30AM you will get a wake-up call for an adventurous breakfast in Flores. Take an easy hike led by flashlights up to the hill near the resort. At the top, a special picnic breakfast awaits you. Enjoy the sunrise over the water during breakfast.

Return to your hotel around 7.00AM. The rest of today is a leisure day!

You could join some of the optional activities which are provided by the resort. There are options for SUP, canoeing, spa, and a cooking class. Feel free to discuss these options with your leader. These are at your own expense. Payment can be done with the guest concierge at the hotel via cash or credit card.

Another option is a unique 1-2 hour experience to Batu Cermin Cave, with its cathedral-like ceilings, and beautiful rock formations. Do a meditation in the silent darkness for 15-20 minutes. This activity is free of charge, but a local guide tip is encouraged.

Lunch is on your own! We suggest dining at the hotel’s restaurant patio with views of the bay and lush green volcanic islands. This evening we’ll regroup at the beach in front of the resort for a private BBQ dinner.

 

DAY EIGHT: WELCOME TO BALI

After our early breakfast at the hotel, we’ll check out and directly transfer to Labuhan Bajo Airport to catch our 1.5-hour flight to Bali.

Om Suastiastu, welcome to Bali! Your first destination in Bali will be the cultural hub of Ubud. Settle into your hotel and maybe go grab lunch nearby before we head out this evening into the heart of the city. Visit a local market and buy some Balinese attire, like sarong or kabaya, or any other local handicraft.

Tonight we’ll watch a traditional Balinese dance, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

 

DAY NINE: MOUNT BATUR

Today we head to a rural village located at the outskirts of Ubud to meet a traditional Balinese healer. You will be dressed in the appropriate attire (it’s the sarong you bought at Ubud market). Here you will be met the unusual healer called ‘Balian’ in Bali. She lives at the temple and practices traditional medicine, and many worshippers come to meet her. Observe the traditional medicine methods and feel free to try if you want to. Afterward, experience the Blessing ceremony at the temple led by the priest.

In the afternoon, continue to a special lunch venue at Singapadu village. Here you will meet a Balinese family. They will be pleased to welcome you into their home, where you’ll have a traditional meal. This is actually Eka, our Indonesian Wild Women representative’s family who manages all the logistics while you are on tour. Eka will be pleased to meet you and hear the story of your journey so far in her country.

Our final leg for today is a moderate trek to the active volcano. This afternoon’s walk takes you through the moon-scape of various lava flows and ash-cones created by the more than twelve eruptions of Mount Batur between the period 1963 to 1999.

The hike begins on a path formed between mounds of frozen lava rock and newly grown scrubland, before traversing an expanse of volcanic ash and eventually heading up an ash-cone to the rim of the volcano.  From this vantage point, you will experience a wonderful panoramic view of the caldera as well as 270-degree vistas of Lake Batur, Mount Abang and Mount Agung to the east. On a clear day the imposing Mount Batukaru and Mangu Peak, part of Bali’s Western Mountain range, can also be seen.

Further up the ridge, you can explore various fumaroles and see not only billowing steam but also mini stalactites of multi-coloured mineral deposits left by the steam. While you are discovering the craters, the guide will be preparing a meal heated in one of the volcano – ovens (specially prepared steam vents that can be blocked to create pressure to cook your meal). While you wait for your meal to cook, afternoon tea is made available.

After your meal, begin the traverse back down the mountain, where your vehicle will be waiting to take you to your next hotel, just a 1-hour drive from the volcano.

 

DAY TEN: CYCLING THROUGH RICE FIELDS

Today we head out for a beautiful morning bike ride. We’ll explore the rice paddies around Ubud. You might recognize some of the scenery as this area was featured in the movie‘ Eat, Pray, Love’. We’ll stop for a local lunch at an organic restaurant in the middle of the rice fields before continuing the ride.

When finished the bike ride, we’ll transfer to Bambu Indah – a unique and sustainable lodge in the outskirts of Ubud. After checking in, enjoy a massage and admire the scenic pools at the edge of the river. Dinner will be here overlooking the gardens and rice terraces beyond.

 

DAY ELEVEN: FLOATING TEMPLE

Today, drive north to Bedugul district, part of the island’s central highlands region renowned for its stunning beauty of the Beratan Lake and the iconic ‘floating temple’ of Ulun Danu.

This important Hindu Shivaite water temple is located on a small jut of land within the calm waters of Lake Beratan. If the water level is high (normally only during the rainy season) it gives the illusion that this 17th-century temple is ‘floating’ on the lake.  

You will visit the temple in an unusual way – by traditional outrigger canoe! We’ll then paddle across Beratan’s waters – feel free to paddle or simply admire the scenery of lush mountains surrounding the lake.

Reaching the shore of the lake after approximately 1 – 1.5 hours, the adventure continues with a gentle trek through the tropical rainforest of Bedugul. You will be led by a local naturalist with a passion for traditional herbal medicines and foraging. Go ahead, taste some begonia flower! The trek ends at a scenic temple and waterfall situated in the lush ancient forest.

After a picnic lunch, transfer to the Batukaru lush jungle where you will stay for the next two nights at a remote Eco Lodge. Tonight’s dinner will be at the lodge and food on the menu is predominantly vegetarian.

 

DAY TWELVE: SELF CARE BALI STYLE

Today is a leisure day. You have the opportunity to do morning and afternoon yoga classes, plus a Balinese massage, which is included in your stay. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the lodge. Enjoy!

 

DAY THIRTEEN: BEACHWARD BOUND

Today it’s back to the beach as we will travel to the southern part of Bali for our final night on the island. On the way, visit the famed temple of Tanah Lot. With its spectacular location, Tanah Lot is an integral part of Balinese mythology and one of seven sea temples that are said to form a ‘chain’ around the island. The temple is only accessible at low tide but despite its off-shore location in the Indian Ocean, it features a freshwater spring at its base which is said to contain holy water. As a result, the temple is extremely sacred and the Balinese visit from all over the island to drink the water and splash it over their bodies in order to cleanse themselves of any bad spirits.

We’ll have a light lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to Sanur; your last destination on this trip. We’ll arrive in the mid-afternoon. Feel free to relax or go for a stroll on the beach. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant.

 

DAY FOURTEEN: FAREWELL FRIENDS

Breakfast will be served at your hotel and the day is yours to enjoy freely until your 30-minute airport transfer from the hotel to Denpasar Airport (DPS). Drop-offs are times according to flight time. Plan your flight to depart anytime after 11 AM. Checkout time at the hotel is noon, but if you require a late checkout, let us know and we will do our best to secure this for you. If you wish to stay longer in Bali, connect with Sudamala Sanur to book directly or continue your journey elsewhere.

 

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