Indonesia In Depth

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Indonesia In Depth Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Indonesia


(Interest Type(s))

Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

22 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $10,470
  • New copyExplore Indonesia’s lush jungle trails searching for orangutans, proboscis monkeys, gibbons, macaques, clouded leopards, sun bears, wild boars, porcupines and Sambar deer
  • Savor sunrise at Borobudur Temple, an extraordinary 9th-century temple,  the world’s biggest Buddhist monument
  • Discover the world of the fabled Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard living on earth today
  • Snorkel, scuba dive, kayak and swim in some of the most beautiful waters in the world
  • Enjoy a  a Ramayana Ballet performance at Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site

Day 1: Arrival Jakarta, Indonesia
Today on arrival in Jakarta, you are met and transferred to a hotel close to the airport for the night.  Sheraton Bandara Hotel Jakarta – Garden View Room

Day 2: Jakarta / Pangkalan Bun / Tanjung Putting National Park
Today, you are transferred to the Jakarta domestic terminal your flight to Pangkalan Bun.  Upon arrival, you are welcomed by our local staff and transferred to the Kumai boat dock for your cruise to Rimba Lodge in the Tanjung Putting National Park, famous for its orangutan conservation. Your boat, a traditional Klotok wooden riverboat, glides through the rainforest to your lodge.  The boat crew includes boatman, cook and expert guide. After check-in at hotel, continue exploring by boat.  In the peaceful afternoon, you have a chance to observe monkeys, birds and other wildlife along the riverside.  Depending on the schedule this afternoon, you may visit one of the four research centers in the park such as Camp Leakey, about 1.5 hours from Rimba Lodge), a rehabilitation center for orphaned orangutans.  Camp Leakey, established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Galdikas. It was named after the legendary anthropologist, Louis Leakey, who was both mentor and an inspiration to Dr. Galdikas as well as Drs. Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey. Originally consisting of just two huts, Camp Leakey is now an assemblage of permanent wooden structures designed to provide a base for scientists, staff, students, and PHPA guards. Over the years, Camp Leakey has supported the research efforts of dozens of scientists and graduate students from Indonesia and North America.  Here, the young orangutans are taught to fend for themselves in the jungle.  In the peaceful afternoon, you have a chance to observe monkeys and birds along the riverside.  Rimba Lodge – Diamond Room (B,L,D)

Day 3: Tanjung Putting National Park
After breakfast, join your guide for an adventure in Tanjung Putting National Park, trekking along jungle trails.  , and you may visit one of the three other research centers that study and rehabilitate orangutans such as the Pondok Ambung Tropical Forest Research Station, established in 2005 for the study of all wild species in the park. In addition to orangutans and proboscis monkeys, the park is also home to gibbons, macaques, clouded leopards, sun bears, wild boars, porcupines, and Sambar deer. The park also features many reptiles, including crocodiles, monitor lizards, and pythons, birds, including hornbills and kingfishers, and insects, such as the giant Bornean butterfly. Rimba Lodge – Diamond Room (B,L,D)

Day 4: Tanjung Putting National Park / Pangkalan Bun / Semarang / Borobudur
After breakfast, you will be transferred by boat to Kumai, and from there by road to Pangkalan Bun Airport for your flight to Semarang.  When you arrive, you are met and transferred to your hotel in the Borobudur area, about a two-hour drive.  Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Plataran Borobudur – Pool Villa

Day 5: Borobudur / Yogyakarta
Enjoy sunrise at Borobudur Temple, an extraordinary 9th-century temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The magnificent temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, with six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.  The main dome at the center of the top platform is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa.  A short distance away is Mendut, another 9th-century Buddhist temple. The two temples along with Pawon Temple are all situated in a straight line, which suggests a mutual religious relationship between the three temples, although the exact ritual process is unknown.  After breakfast, visit the village of Candirejo, a settlement that portrays the traditional Javanese culture of the community through art performances, farming and other activities. You get a glimpse of what daily life is like in traditional villages. This afternoon, travel to Yogyakarta. In the evening, enjoy a Ramayana Ballet performance at the Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site.  The Hindu temple sits on a plain dotted with archaeological monuments, among rice paddies and villages.  During dry season, the performance is held in the open-air amphitheatre during rainy season at Trimurti. This lavish dance-drama explores the legends of Javanese culture.  Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta – Balcony Room (B,L,D)

Day 6: Yogyakarta
On your exploration of Yogjakarta, see the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, the palace home of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta, which dates back to the 17th century. Within the grounds is the Taman Sari, also known as Taman Sari Water Castle. It was part of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. Built in mid 18th century, the Taman Sari consisted of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the center, a pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today, only the central bathing complex is well preserved.  Visit a bird market before moving on to the traditional handicraft center of Kotagede, known for silversmithing, traditional batik printing, famous Malioboro Street, and a colorful bazaar of souvenir shops and old market Beringharjo.  In the afternoon, return to investigate Prambanan Temple, one of the most beautiful Hindu’s temple in the world with a bas-relief depicting the famous Ramayana story, which you saw at the performance last night.  Also known as the ‘virgin slender temple,’ it comprises of three main temples, symbolic of the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. the remainder of the day is at leisure.  Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta – Balcony Room  (B)

Day 7: Yogyakarta / Bali
After breakfast at your hotel, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Denpasar, Bali.  Upon arrival in Bali, you are met and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is free. Keraton Jimbaran – Deluxe Room (B)

Day 8: Bali / Komodo Island
Fly into Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores, where you are welcomed by our local representative.  You board your cruise boat, Plataran.  You are welcomed aboard by the staff with a welcome drink. The boat sails to Sebayur for snorkeling. Later in the afternoon, sail to Komodo Island for overnight.  Plataran Phinisi Cruise (B,L,D)

Day 9: Komodo Pink Beach – Kalong Island Discover the world of the fabled Komodo Dragon. This is the largest lizard living on earth today, and lives the species survives on just three islands – Rinca, Padar and Komodo and some areas of West Flores. It can reach lengths up to three meters/ten feet and weigh up to 90 kilograms/198 pounds.  After breakfast, you go ashore to the ranger house on Komodo Island, from where you will take a walk for a closer look at the legendary lizards.  As a result of their size, these lizards dominate their habitat and prey on all types of animals, including small mammals, deer and birds. Komodo dragons were first recorded by Western scientists in 1910. Their range has contracted due to human activities, and they are listed as a vulnerable species.  They are protected under Indonesian law, and the Komodo National Park was established to aid protection efforts.  You have the opportunity to snorkel and relax at the beautiful Pink Beach, Pantai  Merah, one of only seven in the world.  The sand appears pink because it is a mixture of white sand and red sand, formed from pieces of Foraminifera. It also offers amazing marine life and stunning panoramas.  Return to your boat later and set sail for Kalong Island, a small island consisting of mangrove forest. The island becoming the house of a thousand bats. If you are lucky enough, you will see thousands of bats flying out from their nest looking for food.  Plataran’s Phinsi Cruise (B,L,D)

Day 10: Rinca – Pengah – Pink Rock – Wae Cecu
Continue your adventure with the Komodo dragons and the other endemic wildlife as you discover the island.  Return to the boat and set sail for Pengah Island, where you can enjoy snorkeling amid coral, reefs, thousands of fish in crystal water.  Sail on to Pink Rock, a beautiful rock with the dominant pink color. This is also another place for snorkeling. In the afternoon, sail to Wae Cecu. Once you arrive you can relax on the beach while the staff prepare a BBQ dinner. Plataran Phinisi Cruise  (B,L,D)

Day 11: Wae Cecu / Labuan Bajo / Bali
After breakfast return to Labuan Bajo and on arrival direct transfer to airport for your flight back to Bali. If time allow before transfer to the airport, have a walk on Labuan Bajo town, visit the fish market before drop off at the airport for your flight to Denpasar Bali. Arrive in Denpasar, where you are greeted and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Maya Ubud Resort – Superior room (B)

Day 12: Bali - Goa Gajah / Penataran Sasih / Ubud Monkey Forest
After breakfast, begin your excursion with a visit Goa Gajah, Elephant Cave, built in the 9th century to served as a sanctuary.  A relief featuring a variety of menacing creatures and demons is carved into the rock at the entrance. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. The site is mentioned in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365. Then drive to Penataran Sasih Temple, “moon of Pejeng temple.”  Then you drive to Ibu Oka for lunch featuring suckling pig lunch. Following lunch, you drive to Ubud Monkey Forest, its proper name is Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.  It is home to the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple as well as a "Holy Spring" bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies.   It is also home to approximately 605 Crab-eating Macaque monkeys in four groups, each occupying different territories in the park.  Return to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Maya Ubud Resort – Superior room (B,L)

Day 13: Bali 
After breakfast, you start your full-day exploration with an orientation on the insights of Bali featuring its natural, cultural and artistic aspects.  The first stop is the village of Batubulan, where you attend a cultural performance of Barong and Keris Dance, which depicts the story of the eternal battle between good and evil.  Proceed to the artisan villages of Celuk, Mas and Ubud, known as the center of Balinese gold and silver jewelry industry, wood carvings and art paintings, respectively. Drive up through rural villages and vast area of beautifully terraced rice fields in Tegal Lalang, passing by hundreds of village temples.  You stop to visit the 17th century holy-spring Gunung Kawi Temple at Sebatu.  Enjoy a cool break at the mountain village of Kintamani, with its breathtaking vista of the still-active Mount Batur and its crater lake. Afterward, return to your hotel.  Maya Ubud Resort – Superior room (B,L)

Day 14: Denpasar / Sumbawa / Moyo Island
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sumbawa Island. Then you will be taken by private car a short distance to the jetty to pick up a boat for a 50-minute boat ride to Moyo Island and Amanwana, an Aman resort and the only resort on the small island. Light snacks and beverages are provided on the boat.  Amanwana – Ocean Tent (B,L,D)

Days 15: Moyo Island
You are free to pursue your own interests during your stay on this lovely island. Your resort offers fishing, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling.  It also features a waterfall excursion that begins with a speedboat run north followed by a walk through a village to a waiting 4 x 4 vehicle. The road melts into a jungle path covered in leaves and vines before revealing a series of stunning waterfalls that cascade into terraced, limestone pools. The resort has the Jungle Cove Spa just off the beach and under shady tamarind trees.  Select from a range of massages, a fresh-fruit facial or a natural Borneo body scrub while watching the clouds gather around distant Mount Rinjani.  Amanwana also provides some of the best diving in the Indonesian archipelago, and some of the top sites are less than ten minutes away by boat. With Amanwana’s own dive operation, both beginners and experienced divers can explore the Flores Sea. Beach dive on the seawall just in front of the jetty.  The reef wall that descends over 40 meters/ 131 feet and is alive with marine life.  This is also a great site for night diving. Turtle Street is just to the right of the camp, where the coral reef drops away to a sandy slope. The most frequent visitors are hawksbill and green turtles along with moray eels, lobsters and black and white-tip reef sharks. A short boat ride away is Labuan Aji Reef, which is the best for wall diving.  Angel reef is a small circular submerged mount that is fed by swift currents. Here you see schools of snapper, napoleon fish and reef sharks. The Medang Ribbon Reefs are untouched coral gardens.  The Panjang Slope is frequented by sharks, wahoo and huge tuna. Amanwana Resort – Ocean Tent      

Day 16: Moyo Island
Moyo is a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The hilly island’s forest is filled with a variety of animal life, from deer to macaque monkeys to wild boar. Sea eagles, kite and osprey claim the island’s skies. Guides for trekking are available to take you excursion to Amanwana Ridge, which runs along the ridge above the resort offering fine views out to sea, and excellent opportunities for observing Moyo’s wildlife and birds.  You may spot deer, monkeys and sea eagles on a one-kilometer/.62 mile walk beginning behind the last tent to the west of the camp. As the tide rises, you may see schools of small reef sharks herding fish into the shallows.  The Brang Sedo trail starts from the helipad and travels in a southeast to the beachside fishing village of Brang Sedo. The walk finishes on the beach just beyond the village. Teak, tamarind, fig, coral, banyan and other native trees are plentiful in the forest and along the beach.  You can also opt for mountain bike ride along the coastal cliff trail that offers spectacular views of the rugged coastline and the Flores Sea. Monkeys, birds and wild boar are mong the wildlife you might spot.  The bat cave trek is physically demanding, and you must be accompanied by a guide.  Keep on the lookout for some of the seven species of bats, monitor lizards and the occasional python.  Amanwana Resort – Ocean Tent (B,L,D)

Day 17: Amanwana – Sumbawa – Lombok – Gili Trawangan 
After Breakfast at the hotel, your driver will pick up and transfer you to the Sumbawa Harbour by boat.  From there you fly to Lombok airport.  On arrival in Lombok, you are welcomed by the driver, who transfers you to Teluk Code Harbour, about an one-hour drive. Then you take a 10-minute speed boat ride to Gili Trawangan and your hotel.  Villa Ombak Hotel – Lumbung Suite Room (B)

Day 18: Gili Trawangan  
Today you are at leisure to relax or consult with hotel for optional activities – from horse-drawn carts ride around the island to mountain hikes to all manner of water shorts.  This is the first international hotel on the magical island, and it balances the comforts of first-class accommodation with the beauty of its natural surroundings. Villa Ombak Hotel – Lumbung Suite Room (B)

Day 19: Gili Trawangan / Padang Bay / Tembok  
Mid-morning you will take a boat transfer to Padang Bay Harbor by the fast, small boats called Gili Cats. Your Bali guide will be waiting at Padang Bay Harbor to transfer you by car to Spa Village Tembok, which takes about one hour. Afternoon is at leisure. You may want to enjoy a spa treatment before dinner. SPA Village Tembok Hotel - Villa with Plunge Pool (B,D)

Day 20: Tembok / Pemuteran 
Today you are free until your departure time for your transfer to your hotel in Pemuteran, a small fishing village on the northern coast of West Bali. It is home to the largest artificial biorock reef project in the world, and there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area.  It is also close to West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat), the most northwesterly point in Bali.  Matahari Beach Resort – Premium Garden View Room  (B)

Day 21: Pemuteran – South Bali
This morning after breakfast, you join a snorkeling tour arranged by the hotel’s dive shop to go to the uninhabited Menjangan Island, a must-do for those interested in marine life, snorkeling and diving.  Enjoy the underwater mountain walls of coral and the colorful, tropical fish in that area. After lunch, you will be transferred to your hotel in South Bali. Intercontinental – Resort Classic (B)

Day 22: South Bali / Denpasar / Depart
Today after breakfast at your hotel, you are met and transferred to the Denpasar airport to connect your onward flight home. (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy: From $10,470.  Internal flights in Indonesia is $1500 per person, subject to change without notice.

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