Bali discovery holiday, tailor made
Description of Bali discovery holiday, tailor made
This 14-night tour shows you the wonderfully varied landscapes of Bali - from the bustling city of Ubud to the lush greenery of the rice paddies and chocolate plantations of Belimbing.
Experience the wonder of watching the sunrise from the summit of Mount Batur (and check out any recent lava flows while you're there); cycle through the villlages and UNESCO World Heritage rice paddy field; spot wildlife at Bali Barat National Park; snorkel among the rich marine life off the shores of Menjangan Island (and keep an eye out for the swimming deer the island is named after!), and there's also time to relax on the tropical white-sand beaches.
If that's not enough, Bali is home to one of the top water parks - no. 2 in the world - so you can spend the day floating down a lazy river or taking your life in your hands with a vertical drop onto the flumes below.
- Watch the sunrise over volcanic Mount Batur
- Trek through the lush rice paddies, chocolate and coffee plantations
- Explore Bali Barat National Park on foot, on horseback or by bike
- Snorkel among the reef sharks and seahorses at Menjangan Island
- Spend a day at one of the world's best waterparks and get your adrenalin racing
|Day 1:||Arrive in Bali and transfer to your hotel on the hillside on the Campuhan River valley.|
|Day 2:||Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the area of Ubud and make use of your hotel facilities. (B)|
|Day 3:||An early start this morning to hike up to the summit of Mount Batur to watch the sunrise and witness the stunning vista of the surrounding countryside and views of the crater. Ease tired muscles at Toya Bungkah Hot Springs. (B)|
|Day 4:||Trek through the beautiful rice paddies, coffee and chocolate plantations in the remote region of Belimbing before checking into your luxurious mountain resort. (B,L)|
|Day 5:||Cycle through the UNESCO recognized rice paddies at Jatiluwih and finish with a sumptuous lunch overlooking the beautiful countryside. (B,L)|
|Day 6:||Enjoy a free day at leisure in Batakuru (B)|
|Day 7-8:||Transfer to the mountainous Bali Barat National Park, home to the Bali Starling and last of the wild Banteng. Afternoon free at your resort for activities such as bird watching, trekking, cycling, horse riding, kayaking and snorkelling. (B)|
|Day 9:||Enjoy a morning of snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on the uninhabited island of Menjangan which has one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the area. (B,L)|
|Day 10:||Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the resort and the surroundings in Bali Barat National Park.(B)|
|Day 11-12:||Transfer to your luxurious beach hotel in Nusa Dua and enjoy the facilities the resort has to offer. (B)|
|Day 13:||Get your adrenalin flowing as you hit one of the world’s best waterparks. Waterbom, with its lazy rivers, inviting blue pools, death-defying vertical drops and steep inclines. A soothing massage is on hand to recover and there’s a choice of dining options and swim up bar for tropical drinks. (B)|
|Day 14:||Enjoy your free day at leisure at your beach resort. (B)|
|Day 14:||Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)|
PlanetYou will visit Menjangan island, situated in the protected marine reserve of the Bali Barat National Park, surrounded by hectares of beautiful coral reef gardens with a very diverse eco biology, and a favourite destination for snorkelers as well as divers.
Although within the protected National Park the reefs were suffering from negative impacts such as anchor damage, over-fishing, dynamite fishing, and litter. In 2010 scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society started to conduct studies on the reef with the aim of raising awareness for conservation in the area. And in 2011 together with the Sustainable Management Group, to help maintain the area as a reservoir for biodiversity as well as maintain the economic viability for the people of Bali, the Biosphere Foundation initiated a community-based conservation program called “Friends of Menjangan” with a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). This community-based conservation movement is led by members of the local community, with approval from the national park and participation by all stakeholders.
Since this they have installed bouys for boats and organized education events and environmental projects in the national park for local Balienese students. And today they are now one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the area. There also plans to initiate a NW Bali Trash Management Program in the future.
In both the Menjangan Island conservation area and the Jatiluwih UNESO site we have chosen environmentally conscious resorts that have a low impact, working in harmony with the natural environment by using indigenous materials to blend in.
Our Ground Agents are very much aware of the environmental impact of tourism and work closely with the charity R.O.L.E. This charity is involved in essential activities such as beach cleaning and environmental awareness training for islanders. By booking this holiday with us, your money helps to continue R.O.L.E’s work in protecting the environment and ensuring that Bali stays postcard perfect.
PeopleThe tour takes clients walking and cycling through rice paddies, coffee and chocolate plantations in remote regions, not only creating little impact on the environment but also allowing them to meet the real Balinese people and support local communities through tourism in the area.
One of the rice paddies clients visit is Jatiluwih which was made part of a UNESCO World Heritage for conservation, celebrating the Balinese Subak System. Indonesia thus far has eight UNESCO World Heritage designations which has been very beneficial, not only to the environment, but also to the local farmers.
In order to keep the UNESCO status, the Balinese must protect and maintain the land and cannot convert it into a different type of land use. The Forum Subak Latur Angga Batukaru was also formed in 2014 to help guide the maintenance of the site. With help from UNESCO and others, farmers are supported and asked first-hand what can be done to best assist them, and are given training and advice.
Farmers are also encouraged to rotate rice with value-added crops in order to provide sufficient income. In addition, GPS has been used to more clearly map the boundaries of the Subaks preventing builders from coming in and developing on zones legally described as Subak production areas.
Our ground agents only employ local guides and drivers to accompany our clients, which we feel is an important way of keeping money in the country but also in offering our clients a ‘real’ experience of Bali. All food in the lodges and hotels is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.
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