Mt. Batur Sunrise

Bali Coast to Coast

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Trip code: 
TOI
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Hike through rice terraces, villages, forests and volcanoes as you discover Bali from Coast to Coast.

Step away from Bali’s famous south-coast beaches and uncover an island of rich traditions, smouldering volcanoes, sprawling rice terraces and surprisingly few visitors. Exploring the island on foot, get to the heart and soul of Bali with sweeping vistas from mountaintops to charming valleys filled with plantations and rice-fields. Walk along jungle trails and crater rims, take dips in soothing hot springs and cooling waterfalls and explore the underwater world of surrounding oceans. Visit enigmatic temples, savour sumptuous dishes and discover the Island of the Gods, far from the madding crowd, hiking from coast to coast.

Highlights

  • Bali’s coasts and mountains on foot
  • Rice fields, jungles, volcanoes, villages and plantations
  • Rich culture and traditions

Key information

  • 13 days land only/ 15 flight inclusive
  • 8 days walking
  • Altitude maximum 1,717m, average altitude 750m
  • Accommodation 12 nights in standard, basic and comfortable hotels, all en suite
  • Gili Islands extension available
  • Trip can be booked to run back to back with 'Indonesia Volcano Trek' (TOJ)
  • Optional Single supplement

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 9 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
+45 (0)70 12 03 03
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

8

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 2-7hrs walking, mostly 4-5hrs.

Terrain:

A mixture of terrain, some muddy trails, some through rice paddies, a couple steep trails and steps.

Day by day breakdown
Day 312.5km/8.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 517.0km/10.0miles
Day 617.0km/10.0miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles
Day 910.0km/6.0miles
Day 118.5km/5.0miles
Rice terraces

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Itinerary

Seminyak Canngu
to
Ubud
  • Day 1

    Start Canggu, Bali

    Land only passengers can arrive any time today. We will meet early evening for a briefing.

  • Day 2

    Visit Tanah Lot Temple and learn about rural life

    We start our exploration of Bali by learning a bit more about two important sides of its personality: its Hindu faith and its rural practices. Our first stop of the day is Tanah Lot Temple. Spectacularly situated on a rocky outcrop with crashing waves, this temple is an integral part of Balinese mythology and one of the ‘seven sea temples’ which are said to form a chain around the island. The temple itself is only accessible at low-tide but despite being off shore in the Indian Ocean, there is a fresh water spring at its base which is said to contain holy water. The temple’s inner sanctum is located on top of the rocks but is only accessible to the Hindu faithful.


    We continue on to the village of Tunjuk (about 45mins) where some of the elders show us how to prepare temple offerings by weaving palm fronds as well as weaving pandanus leaf and making floral offerings. These offerings are an integral part of Balinese culture and every morning such offerings are placed at temples but also in front of homes and shop-fronts all over the island.
    Our exploration of local village life continues in the rice fields as we follow farmers who will show how to plant, transplant and harvest rice (depending on the season).


    We prepare for partaking in farming activities by donning a traditional conical farmer’s hat and repellent and picking up a small farming tool known as a mattock (all provided by the farm). It’s a good idea to have sunscreen and wear flip-flops as well.
    After having fun in the fields and getting a better appreciation for Balinese life we transfer to the remote village of Belimbing (about 1hr) where we will start our walking adventure tomorrow.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Trek from Belimbing to Muncak Sari

    Starting in Belimbing Village, we spend the day hiking through rice terraces, remote villages, bamboo bridges, coffee plantations, lush forests, temples and gorges as we head deeper into Bali. We eventually arrive at the village of Muncak Sari on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.  From here we transfer to Wongaya Gede where we spend the night. Today’s hike takes around 5 hours, but the footpath we follow is well worth the effort.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Rice terraces, Batukaru Temple and on to Munduk

    A more leisurely day after yesterday’s efforts.  After check-out and breakfast, this morning we take a short transfer and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Jatiuwih rice terraces. We spend about 2-3 hours hiking on easy paths through these stunning terraces and learning about the ‘subok’ style of irrigation which has given the region its UNESCO status.

    From here we visit the nearby Batukaru Temple set amidst lush green forests. Here we enjoy lunch in the beautiful setting of bamboo forests set deep within this mountainous part of the island.

    After lunch we have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Balinese temple ceremony. We dress in appropriate attire (provided) and are guided through the temple ritual and learning about its significance. 

    From Batukaru Temple we continue our journey to the Munduk area (about 1hour and 30 minutes).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Munduk to Banjar Trek; on to Lovina

    After breakfast we take a short transfer (approx. 15 minutes) to the start of today’s hike heading into the dense tropical rainforest before coming out with sweeping views over rice terraces and the north Balinese coast. We follow a track through a combination of highland ecology and wet agriculture areas and a changing landscape. The hike is a bit more challenging and takes about 7 hours.
    Upon arrival at Banjar Village in the late afternoon and time permitting, we may be able to soothe any stiff muscles with a bath in the sacred hot spring found close to here. It’s then just a short transfer (30mins) to the black-sand beach of Lovina where we spend the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Trek from Menyali to Sekumpul Waterfall

    We transfer 45mins to the start of today’s trek, Menyali. Here we wander through the village and can buy some locally produced hand-made crafts designed by the Menyali people. As we continue on our way we enjoy panoramic views until we reach the village of Lemukih and the rice field trek.

    This trek takes us out into nature, following a small foot path, through rice paddies and coffee plantations and many spectacular views over the surrounding region.  We pause for lunch in a village before taking the winding footpath and stairs down into a valley where we walk to the five huge waterfalls of Sekumpul. This section of the hike does involve wading calf-deep through a number of small jungle rivers.  Remember to bring your swimmers as it is possible to swim at the base of some of the falls.

    We then head back onto the same path which takes us up some steep steps (approx. 300 stairs) before we reach our waiting vehicle for the transfer to Kintamani (approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes). The trek is a moderate one and should take about 6 hours.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Mt. Batur 3-crater summit

    It’s up early as we aim to get to the top of Mt. Batur’s crater before sunrise. Departing the hotel around 3:30am it’s a short drive to the start of the trek.  After a safety briefing we start climbing the mountain, following a route which takes us up through the jungle before ascending up to a volcanic rocky path. The trail is steadily uphill but there are numerous opportunities to stop for a rest along the way. After approximately 2hrs of climbing we approach the top of the main crater (at 1717m) where the landscape becomes windswept and with very little vegetation.

    The sun rises around 6:00 and, weather permitting, we can admire a glorious sunrise looking out over Mt. Abang and Mt. Agung. On particularly clear days it’s even possible to see Mt. Rinjani on the island of Lombok in the distance. We have a simple breakfast with hot tea or coffee as we watch the view before making our way back down along a different trail.

    Our descent takes us along a narror ridge along the crater rim and down a small, steep path on the west slopes of Mt. Batur to a 2nd crater from the 2001 eruption. As we continue we eventually reach the 1999 crater with its smoking cone from which we take time to observe the lava field surrounding the volcano. The last portion of the trek is across black lava and a sea of sand.

    Once at the bottom (after about 2hrs) there is time to enjoy a dip in local hot springs by Lake Batur (remember to bring swimwear and a change of clothes) before returning to our hotel to change, pack and check out.

    We will have lunch at a restaurant on the way during our transfer of 2hrs to the easternmost part of Bali near Amed.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Free day with optional activities

    The beachside village of Amed is best known for having one of the most accessible wreck dives in the world with the USS Liberty just offshore. The top of the wreck is only 3m deep so even snorkelers can get a glimpse of the ship, whilst the bottom is about 30m deep and requires SCUBA diving equipment.


    The day is free to rest or enjoy one of the optional activities. For those who are not divers it’s possible to go on a snorkelling trip on a nearby reef, take a cooking class to learn some of the secrets of the wonderful Balinese cuisine, or just relax on the beach, soaking in the sun and village life.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Tirtagangga Palace and Gumung Hike

    After breakfast we bid farewell to Amed and transfer (30 minutes) to the nearby Tirtagangga. Literally translating as Water of the Ganges, this sacred water palace was built in the early twentieth century by the last king of Karangasem and boasts many decorative ponds and founts, lush plant life and natural bathing pools.

    We then transfer to the start of our easy 3hr hike from the village of Gumung. The walk takes us through some of the regions loveliest scenery with paddies and plantations and eventually a hill from which we have the most stunning views of eastern Bali. We descend once more finishing on a beautiful beach where we have time to relax, eat lunch and go for a swim.

    From here it’s about 1-1 hour and 30 minutes drive to the village of Sidemen. Often referred to as ‘what Ubud was like 25 years ago,’ sleepy Sidemen is located within a beautiful valley with terraced hills overshadowed by the towering form of Mt. Agung.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Sideman village trek (optional Sidemen Hill trek)

    Today there are two options, one leisurely (standard inclusion of itinerary) and one moderate (optional hike with a local guide). The first of these is an easy 2- 2.5 hour hike around the surrounding countryside taking in the plantations of coffee, cloves and dragon fruit (known locally as salak), rice paddies and bamboo forests with Mt. Agung as a backdrop. Please note, whilst this is an easy walk, it does require wading across a wide river in calf-deep water. Returning from the hike in time for lunch, the afternoon is free to relax or go on another hike by yourself.

    The second (optional- no extra cost) hike is a medium trek through the Sidemen Hill, where you will hike up to reach a sacred temple at the peak. The trek will be around 4-5 hours passing an existing path used by the local worshippers frequently. 

    During the trek, your local guide will lead you to some secret spots to admire a breathtaking view of Mount Agung from the distance and the easternmost beaches of Bali. If you're lucky, you may also observe some local birdlife along the trek. 

    Upon reaching the top of the Sidemen Hill, there could be the possibility to enjoy a light lunch whilst taking in views of Mt. Agung.

    The rest of the day is then free for you to relax if you opt to go on this longer optional hike.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Lempuyang Temple Hike; to Ubud

    Bali is a very spiritual island so today we head out on a spiritual journey of sorts as we head to one of the oldest temples on the island, Lempuyang Temple. To get there we first need to transfer about 1 hours and 30 minutes. Before starting today's walk and entering the temple complex, we will need to put on Balinese attire (a sarong around the waist which can be adjusted and shortened for ease of walking) before taking a moderate 2 hour hike on a well walked path through the jungle heading up towards the temple which is perched at 1,174m above sea level.

    The final part of our journey to reach the temple involves climbing 1,700 steps. The views of Mt. Agung and the surrounding countryside are fantastic.

    After visiting the temple we head back down (about 1 hour and 30 minutes) to where our bus awaits. The drive to Ubud, Bali’s cultural and intellectual heartland is about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 12

    Depart Bali

    Those on the group flights will have free time until it's time for their transfer back to Denpasar airport (1.5hrs) for the flight home. The tour ends after breakfast for land only passengers.
    Those who are continuing on to the Gili Island extension will be picked up from their hotel this morning and taken to the ferry.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Ubud

    Ubud’s origins can be traced back to an eighth century Buddhist priest from Java who initially came to this site to meditate. Today, Ubud retains a strong religious and spiritual identity whilst having acquired a reputation as a cultural centre attracting numerous Indonesian and foreign artists, writers and intellectuals over the years including people like Charlie Chaplin and H.G. Wells. This cultural expansion has, today, also moved into the culinary arts with numerous very good restaurants.


    Today is a free day to explore Ubud at your leisure whether wandering the town’s temples and museums, hanging out in its coffee shops or going for a spot of shopping in its boutiques. The leader will be available to advise on possible activities or site-recommendations and to help book specific activities if need be.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Post-trip Extensions

Gili Extension

Extend your adventure with our perfectly designed Gili extension.

Only a short boat ride away the Gili islands epitomise tropical paradise with white sand, palm trees and warm waters teeming with rays, sharks and all kinds of marine life.

Spend a couple days snorkelling, diving or just relaxing by the turquoise sea and taking in the atmosphere on Gili Air.

This is a 4 day extension; you will spend 3 nights in a resort right by the beach. The best place to jump out of bed and into the sea in the morning.

If you have booked this Gili island extension after the TOI, MOI or AOJ trip and travelling back to Bali (not Lombok) on the day the extension ends, the boat back to Bali is scheduled to arrive in Bali at around 14:00. However there can be delays depending on currents. Therefore, if booking your own flight and flying out of Bali on the same day we recommend you book a flight no earlier than 20:00 in the evening.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Essential Info

Visas

Indonesia

Many nationalities, including British, can now get a visa free of charge upon arrival at Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, Bali and Yogyakarta. Where a free visa is not available the cost is generally US$35. The Indonesian government may change the visa policy on short notice and start charging for the visas so be prepared to pay for a visa in case this happens.

Vaccinations

Indonesia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis should be considered if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. 

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

12 breakfasts and 9 lunches included.

Indonesian cuisine is generally fairly simple, with rice as the main staple, though noodles are also common, accompanied by dishes created with various spices including coriander, cloves and chilies as well as coconut and lemon grass. Fish, unsurprisingly is popular but other meats are also common. Peanut based dishes such as sate or gado gado are also common on Indonesian tables (if you have a peanut allergy make sure to inform us before hand and to inform your tour leader). Food is often spicy but you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is available in some places such as Ubud, Amed and Canggu, though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is not always cold whilst coffee is unfiltered and usually very sugary.
A number of our lunches are packed lunches as we hike.
Vegetarian food is available in Indonesia, however the concept of vegetarianism can be misunderstood so if you are a vegetarian please be clear and state that you don't eat meat, chicken or fish.

That said, in more touristy areas, especially Ubud, there is a lot of food option and some fantastic restaurants and coffee shops catering for all tastes and requriements. Snacks and fruits are provided but you may want to bring some snacks from home as well. Bring a water bottle as you will be able to refill it.

Weather

Indonesia has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. In the mountains temperatures are much cooler and on the coast sea breezes usually keep temperatures comfortable. In most parts of Indonesia the long rainy season falls between late October and early May, though rain occurs throughout the year. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 3- Moderate

This trekking holiday includes 8 days with hiking ranging from a leisurely 2.5hrs to a challenging full 7hr day. Most of the walks are moderate, with a couple more leisurely ones and a couple more challenging ones. All the hikes require reasonable fitness levels. Some of the hikes involve crossing rivers calf-deep and a good sense of balance is required as walking through some of the rice fields can be slippery in some sections. Hiking in Bali entails walking in hot and humid conditions so you should be prepared by ensuring you drink a lot of water during the hikes.

Whilst this is not a traditional point-to-point hiking holiday as bus transfers are required throughout the trip, the transfers are fairly short with the longest one being only 2.5hrs and most being 1hr or less. 

Whilst Bali is a popular tourist destination, we visit some more off-the-beaten path parts of the island so service may not be as fast as what you are used to. We have scheduled departures during the dry season, however there can still be some rain and temperatures, especially in the lowlands, often reach over 30’C. This is a tour for people who want to see Bali from a different perspective exploring the island's many faces beyond the popular tourist resorts.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

Call for general departures:
+45 (0)70 12 03 03
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Standard, Basic and Comfortable Hotels

We stay in a range of hotels throughout the trip. Most nights are spent in comfortable hotels whilst three nights are in standard hotels. On one night we stay in a well-located basic hotel in Kintamani on the night before we do the Mt.Batur Trek, due to its ease of access to the start of the trek. All rooms are en suite (some may be in a secluded Balinese outdoor style) and Wi-Fi is available in most properties. Due to the itinerary, we change hotels every night during the first week but spend two nights in each place during the second week. This means that doing laundry during the first week is impractical but possible to do once in Amed. 

Call for general departures:
+45 (0)70 12 03 03
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed May 2018
    Deborah Hay

    Bali Heaven

    This was our 30th wedding anniversary special treat holiday and we enjoyed the chance to see so much of the island and get a feel of the "real" Bali whilst doing some lovely walking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We loved the trip up Mount Batur. Setting off at 03.30 in the dark to climb the volcano and see the sun rise from the summit while enjoying the best tasting breakfast! It was also great to see the abundance of produce grown and produced on the island. The rice paddy fields and terraces were beautiful and the irrigation systems were really clever.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had the best group leader, funny, chatty, always willing to help, full of facts about the island and its culture and a great singer.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the heat and humidity. It's a shock if you are used to a colder climate, especially when you are walking through the rice paddy fields. There are mosquitos, who bite despite the mosquito repellent! If you are hoping to maintain a beautiful hairstyle remember to take a hairdryer, none of the hotel rooms have one. I had interesting hair for most of the holiday!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a great trip for people who like to walk and want to see the real island and not just the tourist beaches. You get to meet the locals with the benefit of a local to act as an interpreter and experience the culture and way of life of the Balinese.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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