Trip Overview

Join us in Indonesia in 2020 for a cultural and wildlife adventure exploring the richness of six Indonesian islands by plane, bicycle, sailboat, and on foot! Discover Komodo dragons, visit jungle-enshrouded temples, meet local artists, and best of all, walk among Indonesia’s endangered wild orangutans!

Straddling the equator, the heavenly country of Indonesia is actually comprised of thousands of islands, little green gems in a sparkling blue sea. Join AdventureWomen in an unforgettable island-hopping expedition to discover what makes Indonesia such a true tropical paradise.

Arrive in Jakarta on the island of Java, where you’ll receive a warm welcome and, over a lively group dinner, meet the other Adventure Women with whom you’ll be traveling. Your Indonesia adventure vacation begins with three amazing days learning about and meeting orangutans! Flying to Kalimantan Island, Indonesian Borneo, board a klotok river boat to enter the Tanjung Puting National Park. In this lush orangutan preserve, visit Camp Leakey and get to observe primate hierarchies at work. Rangers cover tall feeding platforms with fruits and veggies then call the wild orangutans with a throaty “Ooo ooo!”; watch as adults, juveniles, and mothers with babies holding tight swing through trees toward their meal. Who eats first and gets the biggest bananas? Who has to wait? While at Camp Leakey, learn about their research and preservation programs, and as  you walk through the preserve, remember to look up – you might just spot female orangutans nesting in the trees.

From Tanjung Puting, fly to Semarang for a tour of a local coffee plantation, then witness how the early morning light illuminates the stupas surrounding sprawling Borobudur Temple. Traveling on to Flores Island, we board a private, chartered sailboat to explore our next two Indonesian islands: Rinca Island and Komodo Island. You will moor your yacht off Rinca Island for sunning, swimming, and snorkeling in the clear blue waters before heading to Komodo National Park on Komodo Island for a guided day hike. Hike around through lush vegetation, searching for massive Komodo dragons as they lounge in the sun or walk around on their heavy-footed “patrol” of their habitat.

Your Indonesian island hopping adventure continues as you fly to the island of Bali and travel on to incredible Ubud, the heart of Bali’s arts and culture. Discover a trove of Indonesian artists, museums, and markets, and learn to prepare Balinese cuisine in a local village! You’ll bike through Ubud’s villages, rainforests, terraced farmlands, and stunning temples then, for some pulse-racing fun, we’ll row together on a river rafting trip on the Ayung River navigating its easy Class II and III rapids.

Your last day is a sweet one as you wind down from this active trip in Indonesia at a gorgeous seaside resort in Bali. Relax and reminisce together on the white sand beaches and over your farewell dinner, celebrating every moment of daring, surprise, and joy. With new friends made and wonderful memories to hold, you’re now part of the AdventureWomen family!

As you skip from island to island on this Indonesian island adventure, you’ll discover (or rediscover) the fun and friendship of traveling with other like-minded women. Together, your adventurous forays into the cultures and wilds of Indonesia make memories that will last a lifetime.

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy island hopping in Indonesia from Java to Rinca, Komodo to Bali
  • Spend three days immersed in all things orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park
  • Sail, raft, swim, snorkel, and relax beachside in Rinca and Bali
  • Meet Ubud artisans in Bali and learn about Balinese culture first-hand

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 Exchanges

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Jakarta
Straddling the equator, the heavenly country of Indonesia is actually comprised of thousands of islands, little green gems in a sparkling blue sea. Start our unforgettable island-hopping adventure in Jakarta.

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Jakarta.

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

Overnight: Hotel Borobudur

Day 2

Jakarta to Kalimantan
After breakfast, return to the airport and board a morning flight to Pangkalan Bun on the island of Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.

Visit a Dayak long house where you will be welcomed with a traditional ceremony performed by members of the local community.

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 will either be served on the klotok on the way to your lodge or at a local restaurant depending on the timing of your flight.

This afternoon, 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: Rimba Lodge

Day 3

Jakarta to Kalimantan
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 along the river. 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!

Enjoy another orangutan feeding. Observe these thoughtful, fascinating creatures as they come feast on bananas for their breakfast.

Enjoy sunset and dinner on the boat as you cruise back to the lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Rimba Lodge

Day 4

Kalimantan
Enjoy another morning cruising the river. Head up a branch of the river where you can search for 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 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, Dinner

Overnight: Rimba Lodge

Day 5

Kalimantan to Java
Wake up very early this morning and head to Pangkalan Bun to catch your flight to Semarang on the island of 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: Plataran Borobudur Resort

Day 6

Java
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 early-morning excursion.

Late this morning, 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. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Spend the afternoon at your stunning hotel. Explore the grounds or take a dip in the inviting pool to cool off after your busy morning.

Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Plataran Borobudur Resort

Day 7

Java to Komodo National Park
Today is a long travel day, but the reward is worth it. Take an early morning flight from Java to Bali.

During your layover in Bali, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before connecting with your onward flight. Land in 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 chartered vessel, Cheng Ho, setting sail for a two night voyage to search for Komodo dragons.

Watching the fruit bats take flight from Kalong Island is an astonishing sight. Thousands of bats are backlit by a stunning sunset as they fly off of the island in the evening to feed.

Enjoy dinner on board. After dinner, take some time to stargaze.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Cheng Ho

Day 8

Komodo National Park
After breakfast on board the Cheng Ho, get in smaller boats and hop out on Komodo Island. You’ll be escorted by rangers to search for Komodo dragons on foot. Climb to the top of the hill just behind the beach on Komodo Island for a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding area.

After lunch on the Cheng Ho, spend some time on the Pink Beach, which gets its name (and color!) from the particles of red coral that are mingled in with the sand. Do some snorkeling from the beach, or just swim and relax on the sand.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Cheng Ho

Day 9

Komodo National Park to Bali
Spend a relaxing morning on the Cheng Ho, watching islands drift by as you cruise back to your port in Labuhan Bajo. Enjoy lunch on board before saying goodbye to the boat crew.

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

Overnight: Komaneka Rasa Sayang

Day 10

Bali
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.

Spend time with a woman from the local community. Learn about what it’s like as a woman in modern Bali, what traditions they continue, and what is changing.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Komaneka Rasa Sayang

Day 11

Bali
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 rafting trip on the world-class Ayung River! The adventure begins with a safety and equipment briefing given by your expert guide. You’ll walk down a long set of stone stairs (600 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 your rafts through this exciting river. Go AdventureWomen! At the end of the rafting adventure, climb the stairs (another 350 stairs!) leaving the gorge.

Take just a few minutes to freshen up, and then head out for dinner in a Bedulu village hosted by a local family.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Komaneka Rasa Sayang

Day 12

Bali
Explore Bali by bicycle, starting just north of Ubud. You will ride through villages, seeing the real Bali. Visit temples and ride through rice fields. You’ll visit a local family’s compound and learn about the significance and uses of each building. Biking is a peaceful way to explore the countryside. Finish your ride with a delicious lunch.

Check out of your hotel and drive to Sanur, a beautiful beach area in southern Bali. Enjoy this evening on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Maya Sanur Resort

Day 13

Bali
Spend a full day relaxing at the beach at your beautiful hotel. Perhaps schedule a massage!

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an amazing journey through this truly spectacular country.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Maya Sanur Resort

Day 14

Depart Indonesia
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 before heading home.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you 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.

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Traveling to Indonesia



Arrival/Departure Information

June 24 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK) on June 24, 2020 before 4:00pm.

Depart: Depart Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in the afternoon or evening of July 7, 2020.

September 15 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta Airport (CGK) on September 15, 2020 before 4:00pm.

Depart: Depart Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in the afternoon or evening of September 28, 2020.

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 release hotel rooms 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 with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please 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.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Active adventures at AdventureWomen get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition for these trips and comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking well-maintained paths and natural trails, or kayaking in calm waters.Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

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. 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.

Suggested 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.

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 & Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

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

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

July 24 Departure Final Payment Date: March 26, 2020
September 15 Departure Final Payment Due Date: June 17, 2020

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips for luggage porters and waiters
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

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 guides and staff

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Hotel Borobudur
Hotel Borobudur Jakarta is a five star hotel, situated right in the center of Jakarta. It is only a stroll away from the Presidential Palace and a quick ride to shopping malls and business districts. Spanning 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.

Rimba Lodge
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.

Plataran Borobudur Resort
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.

Cheng Ho
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.

Komaneka Rasa Sayang
Komaneka at Rasa Sayang is a stylish small hotel in the midst of central Ubud’s cafes and boutiques, but set off from the street in luxurious calm. The smart modern architecture is warmed by the use of wood and recycled timber. The Deluxe rooms have sleek, first-class interiors with generous living space and broad balconies facing urban gardens. A sheltered infinity pool overlooks a quiet river valley.

Maya Sanur Resort
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.

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Luggage Weight Allowance: The majority of the domestic flights within Indonesia allow a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs) of checked baggage per person. This weight restriction is strictly enforced.

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 and early July 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
  • 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 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)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • 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 www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens
  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

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.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686