Indonesia: Culture, Beaches, Orangutans, & Dragons

Trip Overview

In June 2018, travel to the islands of Indonesia including Bali, Java, Kalimantan, Flores, Rinca, and Komodo to explore Indonesian rain forests and rivers, wildlife preserves, culture, and art!

In Indonesia, over 17,000 shimmering Indonesian islands stretch more than 3,000 miles, as this ancient archipelago extends across South East Asia like a colorful, jeweled necklace. A nation full of rich contrasts, Indonesia is blessed with spectacular temples and monuments, delicious cuisine, stunning beaches, diverse cultures, and exquisite wildlife.

Your adventure travel trip in Indonesia is island hopping like you've never experienced it before! From Jakarta, fly to Indonesian Borneo (Kalimantan), and the Tanjung Puting Wildlife Reserve, home of the famed Camp Leakey. Spend three days in the rainforest, searching for orangutans, proboscis monkeys and gibbon.

Continue on your Indonesia island tour by flying back to Semarang on the island of Java, exploring the world's largest Buddhist site of Borobudur Temple at sunrise, then traveling in a horse-drawn buggy to visit with the locals to learn about their farms. Flying on to the island of Flores, you board your luxury chartered sailboat for a relaxing two night voyage to Rinca Island and Komodo National Park, home to the world's largest monitor lizard, the Komodo dragon! Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear waters.

Fly to Bali, "Island of the Gods," and transfer to Ubud, the "cultural heart" of Bali, an artists and crafts center, exquisitely carved out of the verdant hills and valleys of sparkling green rice fields. From your Balinese hideaway you'll learn about rich and traditional Balinese arts, plus visit stunning temples and tour the countryside by bicycle. Unlock the secrets of Balinese cooking in a culinary adventure, and get wet braving the rapids through the rainforest and rice paddies on a whitewater rafting trip! End this fabulous trip at a stunning beachfront resort.

If you love exotic, mystical and magical experiences, then this Indonesian islands adventure in June 2018 featuring culture, wildlife, active adventure and beach time, is definitely the ultimate adventure for you!

Main Attractions

  • View endangered orangutans ("the man of the forest") at the famous Camp Leakey
  • Experience sunrise at the majestic Borobudur Temple on Java, the largest single Buddhist monument in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Sail for 2 nights to Flores and Komodo National Park on a luxury schooner, to track the Komodo dragon, the largest reptile in the world
  • Explore Ubud, the center of Bali's art scene, and experience a Balinese cooking class and an exciting whitewater raft trip
  • Enjoy expert guides and wildlife interpretation by naturalist guides
  • Swim and snorkel on beautiful beaches
  • Stay in comfortable eco-lodges and luxury hotels, and end at a 5-star Bali beach hotel

What You'll See and Do

  • Animal Tracking
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Birding
  • Boat Cruising
  • Buddhism
  • Cooking Class
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Historical Sites
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sailing
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa Element
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Indonesia: Culture, Beaches, Orangutans, & Dragons

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, June 24 - Arrival in Jakarta
Arrive in Jakarta today. Spend the day resting after your long flights.

Enjoy a welcome dinner and trip orientation this evening to kick off your trip.
Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Borobudur
http://hotelborobudur.com/

Hotel Borobudur Jakarta is a five star hotel, situated right in the center of Jakarta. Only a stroll away from the Presidential Palace, a quick ride to shopping malls and business districts. Spanning across 23 acres of tropical gardens and supported with extensive recreational facilities; Hotel Borobudur Jakarta has become an oasis where people can relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Day 2

Monday, June 25 -  Jakarta to Kalimantan
Over 17,000 shimmering Indonesian islands stretch more than 3,000 miles, as this ancient archipelago extends across South East Asia like a colorful, jeweled necklace. A nation full of rich contrasts, Indonesia is blessed with spectacular temples and monuments, delicious cuisine, stunning beaches, diverse cultures, and exquisite wildlife.

Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and the largest in Asia. It is home to one of the oldest rainforests on the planet, and is known for the native Bornean orangutans.

After breakfast, return to the airport and board a morning flight to Pangkalan Bun on the island of Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. On arrival you will be met and escorted to the nearby port of Kumai, where you’ll board what the locals call a “Klotok,” a wooden riverboat that measures approximately 19.5’ x 6.5’. The boat is equipped with an upper deck that allows you to view the rain forest as you glide by. Travel into the Tanjung Puting National Park, located about two hours up-river from Kumai. It is not unusual to see female orangutans building their nests high in the treetops as you cruise up the river. Lunch is served on the way to your lodge.

Check into your lodge and settle in. Late this afternoon, you’ll continue to explore and observe the many different forms of wildlife along the river. Enjoy dinner on the boat at the dock near your lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Rimba Lodge
http://rimbaecolodge.com/

Past visitors have rated Rimba Lodge as a “jungle wonder” and a “true heavenly destination.” This rustic lodge is equipped with all the necessities that you would want after spending the entire day in the jungle. It’s a great place to cool off, view more wildlife in action, and retire to the comfort of your personal bungalow to rest peacefully for the night. While it’s basic, the location is perfect - it’s the best jumping off point to see orangutans.

 

Day 3

Tuesday, June 26 -  Kalimantan
The Bornean orangutan belongs to the only genus of great apes native to Asia. Orangutans are highly intelligent - they use fairly sophisticated tools and have distinct cultural patterns in the wild. Board the klotok to travel up river through the park to Pondok Tanguii. Look for monkeys, birds, and other wildlife along the river bank.

Arrive at Pondok Tanggui in time for the daily orangutan feeding at 9:00am. Walk into the jungle along small tracks and witness these incredible creatures in a natural habitat from just few feet away. Have lunch on the boat as you continue upriver towards Camp Leakey. Prepared by the boat crew, your meal consists of delicious Indonesian dishes of fresh fish, chicken, beef, vegetables, and fruit with plenty to drink. During lunch the boat will turn from the “Big” Sekonyer to the “Small” Sekonyer branch of the river, otherwise known as Crocodile River. Living up to its name, this small river is the home to many crocodiles!

Arrive at the famed Camp Leakey, established in 1971 to support research activities in Tanjung Puting Wildlife Reserve. Take a look around the research center and learn about the local families of orangutans. Observe these impressie animals at another orangutan feeding, and perhaps see wild gibbons, macaques, and birds. Try to identify the orangutans from the “family photos” they have on the walls of the research center. Enjoy sunset and dinner on the boat as you cruise back to the lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight at Rimba Lodge

Day 4

Wednesday, June 27 -  Kalimantan
The Bornean orangutan is the third-heaviest living primate and the largest tree-dwelling animal alive today. These orangutans live in tropical and subtropical forests in the Bornean lowland, as well as in mountainous areas up to 4,900’ above sea level. They move long distances to find trees bearing fruit.

Enjoy one last orangutan feeding. Observe these thoughtful, fascinating creatures as they come feast on bananas for their breakfast. Cruise down the river to Kumai, looking for proboscis monkey, hornbills, kingfishers, and crocodiles along the way. Visit a Dayak longhouse, where you will meet a local family and learn about their daily lives, which include planting vegetables, fishing, and rubber farming. Enjoy a local lunch in the village.

Enjoy an evening cruise back up the river to your lodge. Have dinner along the way. Eating as you watch the riverbanks float past you is a calming and magical experience.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight at Rimba Lodge

Day 5

Thursday, June 28 -  Kalimantan to Java
Fly from Kalimantan to Java. Java is home to more than 50% of the Indonesian population. It was the center of Hindu-Buddhist empires, Islamic sultanates, and the core of the colonial Dutch East Indies.

Leave the hotel early this morning, and transfer back to Pangkalan Bun to catch your morning flight to Semarang, Java. Enjoy lunch when you arrive in Java at Toko Oen, one of the oldest family-run restaurants on the island. It was started in 1910, and the name literally translates to “Oen’s Cookie Store.” The dishes at Toko Oen are based on European, Indonesian, and Chinese cuisines.

Take a tour of a local coffee plantation, complete with a coffee tasting. You’ll have an opportunity to buy coffee to bring home if you’d like. Dinner is on your own tonight. There are multiple dining options at your beautiful resort.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Plataran Borobudur Resort
http://plataran.com/area/borobudur

At Plataran Borobudur Resort the spacious cabanas are designed in a traditional Indonesian style, and are spread out in lush tropical gardens. Air-conditioned cabanas have telephone and TV. Facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool and the Padma Spa and Yoga Club. The Stupa Lounge & Restaurant offers a variety of fine dining, international and Indonesian cuisine. Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant.

 

Day 6

Friday, June 29 -  JavaJava is almost entirely of volcanic origin. It has 38 mountains that form an east-west spine across the island. The island is known for growing rice and coffee.

Before the sun comes up, head to the stunning and majestic Borobudur Temple. Around 850 AD, the temple was deserted when the Hindu Majapahit Empire overthrew the Sailendra Dynasty. Borobudur is the largest single Buddhist monument in the Southern Hemisphere. Climb the steps to see the 1640 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies. Upon reaching the top of the monument you will (hopefully!) witness an extraordinary sunrise. Enjoy breakfast after your morning excursion.

Traveling by “Dokar”, or horse drawn buggy, visit Candirejo Village and have an opportunity to meet with the local community members to see their farms and plantations. End your visit with a lesson in traditional Gamelan music at one of the local homes. After lunch in a local restaurant you will return to the hotel. Take some time to enjoy the pool!

This evening, spend some time with a local woman, and learn about her life on Java. She will join the group for dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Plataran Borobudur Resort

Day 7

Saturday, June 30 -  Java to Komodo National Park
Labuhan Bajo is a small fishing town on the island of Flores. It is the ideal launching point from which to visit Komodo National Park.

This morning’s early flight takes you to Labuhan Bajo on the island of Flores, the departure point for a visit to the Komodo National Park. Transfer to the harbor and board your luxury chartered vessel, Cheng Ho, setting sail for a two night voyage to Rinca Island.

Enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner on the Cheng Ho. Along the way, enjoy a swim and snorkeling at nearby Kambing Island, and end the day at Rinca Island.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight aboard the Cheng Ho
http://www.divingseasafari.com/diving-boat-detail.php?boat=8

Your sailing vessel, Cheng Ho, is a modified Phinisi (Bugis) schooner launched in 2000 and named after the famous Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral who played an important part in Asia’s maritime history. Constructed with three decks, 110 feet long, 34 feet wide, and with 14 cabins, the Cheng Ho has plenty of space to lose yourself, whether in the air-conditioned comfort of the large saloon or on the decks under the shade of one of the ship’s huge sails. All cabins have individual air conditioning, a private bathroom with hot and cold water, wireless internet connection and plenty of storage. The Cheng Ho is equipped with a modern navigation system, plus updated safety and first aid equipment.

 

 

Day 8

Sunday, July 1 - Java to Bali
The Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands on the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park is the domain of a fierce and rare species of reptile that looks like a dinosaur, called the Komodo dragon, remnant of a once widespread ancient order of monitor lizards that today survive in the harsh climate of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands.

Today you will be escorted on foot to Komodo National Park for a walking tour in search of the Komodo dragon. Enjoy lunch and dinner aboard the Cheng Ho. Take another walk to search for Komodo dragons this afternoon!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight aboard the Cheng Ho

 

Day 9

Monday, July 2 - Komodo National Park to Bali
Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano and lake views and beautiful beaches, but it is often the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people that make any stay on the island so memorable. The predominantly Hindu island gives visitors the chance to have an exclusive and fascinating cultural experience, while still being able to partake in various activities including swimming, surfing, soothing massages and diving deep into the depths of the splendid waters and culture. Blossoming and fertile rice field terraces, remarkable volcano and lake views, picturesque beaches, all combined by the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people makes the stay on this island a truly memorable visit.

This morning you’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, or just relax on a beautiful sandy beach. If you prefer, relax on the deck of the boat with a book. Enjoy one last lunch aboard the Cheng Ho.

This afternoon, fly to Denpasar, Bali – the “Island of the Gods,” and proceed to Ubud, arriving just in time for dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Visesa Ubud
https://visesaubud.com/

Inspired by Balinese culture and design, Visesa Ubud is only a 5-minute drive from Ubud Market. The resort has an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and spa treatment facilities. Learn about sustainable farming and permaculture on site, and enjoy free yoga classes daily. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the property.

Day 10

Tuesday, July 3 - Bali
Ubud is the vivacious center of Bali’s arts scene, famous for its artists and paintings, and home to a small treasure trove of museums and galleries. Near Bali’s cool central upland, there are many cultural landmarks, ranging from ancient temples and majestic age-old royal palaces, to wonderful panoramas of green hillsides and rice terraces. It is where some of the world’s notable artisans and collectors have visited, lived and worked, creating or compiling eclectic masterpieces that you can observe in local museums and art galleries.

This morning, you’ll visit Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, a Hindu meditation center built in the 11th century. Explore the food market, and learn about local produce, and enjoy visiting the art market. Lunch today is at a restaurant overlooking the Tjampuhan River, with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

After lunch what’s more fun than an active white water raft trip on the world-class Ayung River! The adventure begins with a transfer to the starting point followed by a safety and equipment briefing given by your expert guide. You’ll walk down a long set of stone stairs to reach the river. It’s then headlong into the first set of Class II & III rapids, through towering gorges and past untamed rainforest and magnificent rice paddy terraces. Your professionally trained and experienced guides will call out instructions and safely navigate us in our Avon-branded rafts through this exciting journey. Go AdventureWomen! At the end of the rafting adventure, climb the stairs leaving the gorge. Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight at Visesa Ubud

Day 11

Wednesday, July 4 - Bali
The fabled town of Ubud, in central Bali, sits on gentle mountain slopes surrounded by emerald rice paddies, coconut groves, and ancient temples. For more than a century, its mystical charms and sublime landscapes have drawn artists, crafts-people, and writers who live and work in and around the town.

Embark on a culinary adventure that unlocks the secrets of authentic Balinese cooking, utilizing traditional ingredients and preparation methods, in a fully equipped community village kitchen. Your day begins early at the Ubud markets with the chef as you buy fresh herbs and spices, crisp vegetables, and choice cuts of meat. Explore cooking techniques and the fascinating kitchen myths of Balinese cuisine, and learn about the exotic herbs and spices used in ceremonial and everyday Balinese dishes. After preparing the meal, sit down together to enjoy it as a group.

Take the afternoon to explore, shop, or maybe just relax. This is a fun area to wander around in small groups. Enjoy dinner this evening with a local family in their home.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Visesa Ubud

 

Day 12

Thursday, July 5 - Bali
The beaches in this area of Bali are incredible - white sands, deep water, and long stretches of beach are perfect for swimming. Bali is the ideal place to relax before you head home.

Enjoy a half-day bicycle tour north of Ubud. You will ride through villages, seeing the real Bali. Visit temples and ride through rice fields. This is a peaceful way to explore the countryside. Check out of your hotel and drive to Sanur, a beautiful beach area in southern Bali.

Spend some time with a Balinese woman to learn about life in Bali, and how it differs from Java. Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an incredible trip!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Maya Sanur Resort
http://www.mayaresorts.com/sanur

Featuring an outdoor pool and four on-site restaurants and bars, Maya Sanur Resort & Spa offers modern and luxurious beachfront getaway in the tranquil area of Sanur. It’s the ideal place to unwind before your long flights home.

 

Day 13

Friday, July 16 - Depart Bali
All great adventures must one day come to an end. This morning, enjoy your last few hours in Indonesia at your resort or in town and say “Selamat tinggal” to your new friends before departing for the airport.

This morning is at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Indonesia: Culture, Beaches, Orangutans, & Dragons

Traveling to Indonesia


Traveling to Indonesia

Arrive: Arrive at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK) June 24, 2018.

Depart: Depart Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in the afternoon or evening of July 6, 2018.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must often release hotel space and air reservations two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. To be safe, travelers in the region are encouraged to have six unstamped visa pages. If you do not have a passport, apply now!

US citizens can enter Indonesia at specific border points without obtaining a visa in advance. Flying into Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK) in Jakarta and out of Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS) in Bali allows for a visa exemption for a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival.

Health Considerations

This trip offers moderate physical challenges. For this trip, you should be able to walk or hike two to  five miles. Visits to temples, museums, the rainforest to see orangutans, and to track Komodo dragons involve a considerable amount of walking, some of which may be in hot weather.

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to

Indonesia, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Indonesia.

Money

The currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah. As of May 2017, $1 US = IDR 13,336.

Visa and MasterCard are are more widely accepted than American Express. There is generally a surcharge for credit card use of 3-4%. In larger towns credit cards are widely accepted, but in rural areas cash is recommended. ATMs are in larger towns only.

Higher denominations of US dollars get a better exchange rate. Bring clean, new bills with no marks or tears issued in the last ten years.

Suggestions for Gratuities:

  • Head Guide: $5-8 per day
  • Klotok Crew: $15 per day
  • Cheng Ho Crew: $20-30 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking "Sign Up for this Trip" on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Photo Release
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before March 26, 2018.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Indonesia: Culture, Beaches, Orangutans, & Dragons

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Fully-guided sightseeing in national parks, wildlife reserves, and points of interest as indicated
  • Tips for luggage porters, waiters, and local guides
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Associate

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Indonesia
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passport or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for your main guide and the boat crews

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Indonesia: Culture, Beaches, Orangutans, & Dragons

What to Bring

Indonesia has a tropical climate which is highly variable from area to area. The eastern monsoon brings the driest weather in June - September, but rain storms can occur all year. Higher regions are cooler. Temperatures average between 73°F and 82°F all year, but June is the best weather in Java, Bali, and Lombok, as it is drier and not as humid. Clothing should be lightweight, quick drying, and breathable. Pay special attention to sun protection needs. Long sleeves and wide brim hats are recommended.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Small foldable duffel bag
  • 3-4 short-sleeve shirts
  • 1-2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 pairs of knee-length shorts
  • 1-2 pairs of pants. Convertible, light-weight zip-off pairs are convenient
  • 1-2 sets of nicer, casual clothes for evening meals
  • 5 pairs underwear (synthetics are easier to wash/dry)
  • 2-3 bras/sports bras
  • 1-2 bathing suits
  • 1 fleece sweater or jacket
  • 1 Gore-Tex rain jacket and/or poncho to protect daypack and camera gear from rain
  • Wide-brim, tie-on sun hat
  • Sleepwear
  • 5-6 pairs of socks
  • Comfortable, lightweight walking shoes. Must be comfortable all day
  • Sport sandals for rafting
  • Casual sandals

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag (when left in rooms)
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters (three round pin sockets and two round pin sockets)
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 heavyweight plastic garbage bags for wet swimsuits
  • 1-2 bandanas
  • Reading material/journal

Personal First Aid Kid:

  • Foot powder for moisture absorption
  • Bandaids (cloth, not plastic)
  • 10 individually wrapped alcohol pads
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen
  • Cold-symptom relief tablets
  • Antihistamine
  • Cough drops
  • Tweezers
  • Ace bandage
  • Antibiotics (as advised by a doctor)
  • Prescription medicines in their original bottles
  • Acidophilus or other probiotic
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Laxative
  • Emergen-C
  • Eye drops

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.


If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.