6 Ecolodges in 17 Days from $3100 p.p.
The unique island of Bali with its special rice paddies, the cultural centre at Ubud and Dolphins in the north. Also experience the wet tropics with its rainforests, unique and endangered primates (Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Siomang Gibbons, other Primates, Elephants, and possibly a Rhino and the smell of the Tiger). The Rimba experience has been described as “the best wild orangutan experience in the world”.
Arriving at Ngurah Rai International airport in Bali, you are picked up by our staff who will transport you to Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge – welcome and briefing on the tour by one of our senior staff. Depending on arrival time birders will be offered a bird walk either in the gardens of the Lodge or at the Nusa Dua Settling Ponds.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will leave for the flight to Labuan Bajo and our Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge arriving for lunch followed by a siesta. At around 1530 you can either proceed on a snorkelling visit to Bidadari island only 35 – 40 minutes by Lodge boat OR if the tide is right a River Safari for Birders. The latter will take you up a river to the south of the lodge where you should see water birds. It is also home for the critically endangered but very dangerous Estuarine crocodile.
This is a long day but very worthwhile. After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the harbor for your boat to Komodo Island, the main and most beautiful island of the Komodo group of islands. We purposely choose a slow boat as it is very relaxing to move slowly through The Sea of Flores, past many islands and the large island of Rinca on your left arriving at around 0930 (depending on currents) passing the world famous Pink Beach on your way. You will immediately proceed on a walk to look for Komodos and you should also see a number of bird species. Then lunch back on the boat and proceed for snorkeling on The Pink Beach. This is a fabulous place and is world renowned for its biodiversity; however the current can be strong and you must take local advice where to swim; then back to Labuan Bajo and dinner at the Lodge
On this day, you can have a choice of either an inland mountain tour to Ruteng to view the scenery, birding and a weaving community or diving/snorkeling on very bio diverse coral reef systems in The Komodo National Park. For those divers, this is your chance to dive in one of the most famous diving sites in the world with one of our partner companies.
After breakfast, you will take the early flight to Bali, then on to Surabaya and then Pangkalan Bun in Borneo arriving in the afternoon. After meeting your guide, you will be transported to Kumai to your klotok (river boat) to start the magic trip up The Sekonyer river to The Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. On the way (if the weather is clear) you will see many fireflies and after two hours see the welcome lights of The Rimba on your left side. You will be welcomed by our Manager for dinner.
For Birders, a pre breakfast Bird walk with our guide is suggested. Then take your river boat to famous Camp Leakey to view Orangutans in their natural habitat; other primates seen will be Proboscis Monkeys, Gibbons and Long Tailed Macaques, Silverbacked Langurs and you will see many birds, crocodiles and monitors. Camp Leakey (named after the famous Oxford based scientist Louis Leakey), one of the homes of Professor Birute Galdikas (an investor of Ecolodgesindonesia). Camp Leakey is allegedly the longest biological, documented scientific experiment on the globe. Galdikas is one of Leakeys golden angels, the others being Dianne Fossey ( Gorilla scientist – deceased) and Jane Goodall (the Chimpanzee scientist). If you are lucky, you may meet her. On the way home, if the evening is clear, you should have a great sunset with the Proboscis Monkeys.
For Birders, again, early morning bird walk, breakfast and then a visit to Tanggui (a second Orangutan release centre) in an area famous for Butterflies. After the viewing, you will proceed on a hike around the area suitable for those interested in birds, butterflies and trees. This is an opportunity to study the area in a relaxed fashion. You will have lunch on the boat and proceed to Tandjung Harapan (the third release centre) for the afternoon viewing. You will then return to the Lodge for a short rest and then proceed for an evening dinner on the river with the “fireflies”. The latter is a terrific experience.
After an early breakfast at the Lodge, you will proceed down river to Kumai and then on to the airport to catch your plane to Jakarta, and Lampung in Sumatra. You will be met by one of our senior staff for the drive to The Satwa Sumatra elephant Eco Lodge (90 minutes) where you will have a late dinner. This is a long travel day through many different cultures and islands on the Indonesian archipelago.
On most days, you wake to the haunting call of The Siomang Gibbons in the nearby park. After an early breakfast, you will proceed into the park by vehicle and for a walk with the Siomang Gibbons with the aim of seeing these wonderful primates. Also you should see a variety of birds and deer. Back to the Lodge for lunch and into the Park again to Way Kanan for a river boat trip and a short hike in Tiger habitat, an exciting experience. On the river you should see many birds, primates and may see deer and wild elephants. Sun Bears have also been sighted. Back to the Lodge for dinner and for enthusiasts, a night bird walk with Heriyono (our resident bird guide).
After a leisurely breakfast to the Elephant Training Centre where you will meet your mahout for a ride on an elephant in the park. You should take some sugar cane from Satwa (grown in the gardens) for your elephant. This is a terrific experience. After this on to the Bambangan reforestation centre for a picnic lunch, then short hike into the park to the reforestation area where you will have another opportunity to plant a tree, ask questions of Park staff re the dangers of fire and see the forest. During this walk on another river you may see evidence of Elephant and possible see the endemic white winged wood duck. Back to the Lodge for dinner
After breakfast to Lampung to catch your flights back to Bali via Jakarta. You will have lunch at Jakarta airport. In Bali, you will be met by our drivers and taken back to Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge for a relaxing dinner and a night swim in the pool.
After breakfast there will be an opportunity for shopping and a rest. For those unable to proceed on The Settling Pond Bird and Uluwatu Kecak dance tours, these will be organized. Vehicles will be supplied also to take you to Nusa Dua, Kuta and Kerobakan shopping areas if you wish.
This a full day tour of parts of Bali including Kintamani and the crater area of Mt Batur, visits to temples, the art town of Ubud and viewing the famous rice terraces of Bali. This should introduce to this rich Hindu culture and have some understanding of the importance of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago. You will proceed to Tepissawah villas in Ubud
A full day in Ubud, Bali’s cultural centre. Ubud is also a good shopping centre and a half day is given for this purpose so you can purchase gifts to take home. Visits will be arranged to local art galleries, art centres and locations to view dances.
You will leave for Lovina in North Bali after a leisurely breakfast and proceed to The Lovina Dolphin Eco Lodge through winding valleys, rice terraces and hills to Bedougal where you will have a stop at The Botanical Gardens and lunch. Then to The Git Git waterfall for a short hike and the falls. You will arrive at the Dolphin Lodge for an evening dinner. This small lodge is an Associate Lodge where there is a pleasant pool and you can rest.
An early start at 0530 departure after early morning tea or coffee to catch a small boat to see dolphins. This is a special experience where you can see some of the three dolphin species here cavorting happily around you; then return to the Lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, you will have a snorkeling option where you have lunch. On the way home you will proceed on a short walking tour via a Buddhist Temple to hot springs and back to the Lodge for dinner.
After breakfast you will proceed to the hill resort of Munduk via Seririt. It is a beautiful run through small villages and more rice terraces. You will stay at the well established Puri Lumbung, The owner is a pioneer of eco tourism in Bali. After lunch a tour will be arranged to show different small holder agricultural systems for which Munduk is famous.
After breakfast you will be free to proceed to other destinations or home. We will assist all onward bookings and airport transport
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