This will be a big outdoors adventure as we visit Bali, Lombok, the Gili Islands and possibly another island east of Lombok. The trip will consist of trekking up active volcanoes, hitting the beaches and experiencing the food and culture of the islands.
At this time, this trip is now in the planning phase. The dates will be from June 16, 2013 to July 3, 2013. The trip will be active as we do one to multi-day volcano trekking (depending on the feasibility of doing so as the volcanoes are active). A must would include spending time in Bali, Lombok - Gili Islands, and part of Java. Roughly, this trip will be divided into 3 portions with the possibility for join-in points:
1. Trek Mount Bromo & Ijen Crater (Java), Rinjani 3 day tour (Lombok), Mt. Agung and Mt. Batur (Bali).
2. Visit the Gili Islands
3. Cultural exploration in Ubud, Bali
6/16: Arrive at Kuta, Bali (You can fly in earlier to DPS, Bali if you want to visit places on your own prior to the start of the trip).
6/17: Day 1 of 3 day /2 night Mt. Bromo & Ijen tour
6/18: Day 2 of tour
*6/19: Day 3 of tour; fly Surabaya-Lombok in pm; overnight in Kuta beach or Sengigi, Lombok (option 1)
*6/20: (option 2) Fly from Bali to Lombok; Stay in Kuta or Sengigi free day
6/21: Day 1 of Rinjani trek tour
6/22: Day 2 of Rinjani trek
*6/23: Day 3 of Rinjani trek; get dropped off at the port to take boat to Gili Meno
*6/24: Gili Meno
*6/25:Depart for Gili Trawangan
*6/26: Gili Trawangan
6/27: Gili Trawangan
6/28: Depart for Gili Air
6/29: Gili Air
6/30: Ferry to Bali in pm; Head to Ubud
6/31: Mt. Agung trek
7/1: Mt. Batur trek
7/3: Fly out or you can stay longer
June 19: Meet group in Kuta, Lombok
June 23: Meet group in one of the Gili Islands from June 23 onward.
We will be staying in low-budget accommodations (not luxury) as part of the adventure.
International Flight- You will be responsible for booking your own flight to DPS (Bali) from DC area. Flights can go from $900 and up. You can fly earlier to Bali (DPS) if you wish and then just meet the group at the designated hotel in Kuta on June 16, 2013. You also can leave sooner if you wish from the Gili Islands (it's easy to take the boat from there to Bali to catch your flight; you can also fly out from Lombok).
IMPORTANT RE: Domestic Flight- hold off on buying your domestic flights as this portion is still being finalized.
There are 2 possibilities:
1. We may end up doing Bromo trek with Bali as starting point and Surabaya as ending point. In this case, you would need to book a domestic flight from Surabaya to Lombok for June 19. The flight has to be after 2pm.
2. However, there is a chance we can do bromo trek starting and ending in Bali. In this case, we'll have to just fly from Bali to Lombok directly. I will have to look further into which options would be best for everyone.
As we want to maximize our adventure in Indonesia, we are booking tours for the following treks:
a. 3 day Mount Brom & Ijen Crater tour
b. Rinjani 3 day trek
c. Day tour of Mt. Agung
d. Day tour of Mt. Batur or just transport to and from
This is an active outdoorsy trip that requires you to be flexible and adventuruous at heart. You must have a budget-style/backpacker type of attitude. We will not be staying in anything luxurious as we will be on the go and enjoying various activities during the day. On Gili Islands & Ubud, people have options to do what they want (snorkel/dive/lazying etc). There are diving/snorkel operators on Gili Islands and it's likely you can book these tours when we get to the Islands or you can decide to book the dives ahead of time with the accommodation we're staying at. This can be discussed further.
Hiking Ability: Hiking up volcanoes will be strenuous so you're required to be in good shape and have some experience doing strenuous day hikes (at least an elevation gain of 2500 feet and more). Volcano hiking IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS.
I am still finalizing pricing for the trekking tours but 3 day Rinjani trek would be around $270 and up and cost will depend on the size of the group. The cost is more or less the same for the Bromo & Ijen tour. I'm aiming for hotel stay of around $30 but likely to be more in the touristy areas such as Gili, Ubud etc...
*** The above costs are estimates. Final prices will depend on time of booking, availability and group size.
Dives & snorkel trips, meals, transfers to and from airports, boat rides in Gili, transfer from port of Bali (Padang Bai) to Ubud.
If you wish to get updates on this trip, RSVP YES. At some point, I will revise this posting to include more specifics on the itinerary and logistics. However, at this point, it doesn't hurt to start reseaching flights as this trip is 6 months away.
www.kayak.com is a good sight to find cheap flights.
Questions? Just email me.