Komodo Dragon in Komodo Island National Park, Indonesia

Primates & Dragons of Indonesia

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Wildlife
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Come face to face with two of Indonesia's most mesmerising inhabitants, Orang-utans and Komodo dragons

‘Here there be dragons’ goes the old cartographer’s adage, and in Indonesia there are, with forked tongues, poisonous saliva and scaly bodies. Tracking Komodo dragons in the archipelago of the same name is just one of the experiences this vast country offers us on this two week trip through Sumatra, Bali and Komodo. We explore the jungles around Bukit Lawang looking for Orang-utans and various monkeys, take to the seas as we snorkel with a myriad of colourful fish and possibly swim with Manta rays and uncover the culture and natural beauty of central Bali.

Highlights

  • Seeing orang-utans in the wild in Gunung Leuser N.P.
  • Track Komodo dragons on Komodo and Rinca islands
  • Snorkel with colourful fish and possibly even Manta rays and turtles
  • Ubud, the heart of Bali's artistic community

Key information

  • 14 days land only / 16 flight inclusive
  • Maximum group size of 16
  • Travel by minibus, boat and internal flight
  • 11 nights hotels and eco lodges, 2 nights on board a boat

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinner
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leaders throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single accommodation
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+47-22 41 30 30
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Medan, Sumatra; drive to Bukit Lawang.

    Those not flying with the group from London will meet the tour leader at the airport at 9:00am (subject to change - see Final Joining Instructions) and will then meet the rest of the group there (it is normally possible to meet the tour leader at our pre-tour hotel at 7:30am and go with them to the airport to meet the rest of the group – though this needs to be arranged beforehand). From the airport we drive to Bukit Lawang (approx. 4-5 hours) on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park stopping for lunch on the way.

    The rest of the afternoon is free to simply relax after the flight and explore the village. Bukit Lawang is one of the most accessible places to spot orang-utans, thanks to an orang-utan conservation programme that has been operating on the eastern edge of the park since the 1970s. The Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the orang-utan's last remaining strongholds, with more than 5000 animals thought to be living in the wild. Sumatran elephants, Sumtran rhinos and Sumatran tigers are all also found in the park, though very rarely seen. The village is attractive, built along one side of the river; relaxing at the river side it is not uncommon to see wild orang-utans come down to the water to drink.
    Rindu Alam or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Walk in Gunung Leuser N.P. in search of Orang-utans.

    This morning we will head into the Gunung Leuser National Park which is one of the two remaining habitats for Sumatran orang-utans. This is one of the largest national parks in the world, containing over 800,000 hectares of virgin rainforest. We will spend time with our guide and have an opportunity to explore the trails, searching for orang-utans and other wildlife. The hike itself is a leisurely couple hours and there is a good chance of seeing Thomas leaf monkeys and Long-tailed macaques as well as, hopefully one of the orang-utans who inhabit the forest. Our hike ends at the ex-feeding station. Whilst orang-utans are no longer fed here it is still a good place to have good chances of seeing them.
    Rindu Alam or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Full day with local guides in Gunung Leuser N.P home to Gibbons, Orang-utans, monkeys and Many different bird species

    This morning we return to the old orang-utan rehabilitation centre. Those who want will then venture further from the park headquarters, discovering the flora and fauna of the park, and continuing our search for orang-utans and other wildlife. The park is host to approximately 700 different species of animal, more than 175 mammals, 320 birds, 190 reptiles and amphibians including Thomas leaf monkeys, macaques and gibbons. Other mammals found include the Sumatran elephant and elusive Sumatran tiger and rhinoceros, although the last is unfortunately facing imminent extinction. We are unlikely to encounter these shy animals. This excursion will last approximately 6hrs, including time spent at the feeding station, and can be taxing given the steep, muddy terrain and hot and humid climate. Reasonable fitness is required and, therefore, completely optional. For anyone who chooses not to undertake the jungle-hike the rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the lodge.
    Rindu Alam or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Morning village walk and cooking demonstration; afternoon return to Medan.

    This morning we explore Bukit Lawang’s cultural side. Following a walk through the village we head to a local house where we get an Indonesian cooking demonstration by one of the villagers. This is followed by local, home-made lunch. In the afternoon we return to Medan (approx. 4hrs) where we will spend the night before our early morning flight tomorrow.
    Aryaduta Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Fly to Denpasar, Bali; transfer to Sanur.

    We fly to Bali via Jakarta. We aim to catch an early morning flight with good connections to minimise travel time but this may not always be possible and we may have to catch a later flight. If all goes as planned we will be arriving in Bali in the early afternoon. We head to the hotel in Sanur near the beach. The rest of the day is free to relax and plan any optional activities for tomorrow.
    Swastika Bungalows or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day to relax on the beach or optional activities in Sanur.

    Today is a free day to enjoy what Sanur has to offer. There are numerous options both on land and water whether you're feeling active, want to take in some culture or just relax on a nearby beach. Some of these options include a full-day temple tour; downhill biking tour; rafting; or Bali village tour.
    Swastika Bungalows or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    After a relaxed morning; fly to Labuan Bajo, Flores.

    Today we fly to Labuan Bajo at the westernmost tip of the island of Flores. This town is the main entry point into the Komodo National Park and as such has been growing in popularity as a tourist destination. We aim to catch the afternoon flight which means we will be leaving for the airport around 12:30 and will be arriving at our hotel in Labuan Bajo later this afternoon.
    Hotel Puri Sari or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Board the boat; look for Komodo dragons on Rinca Island.

    Komodo National Park, established in 1980, is comprised of islands and the surrounding sea and includes mangrove forests, sea grass beds, and colourful coral reefs. The three main large islands are Komodo, Rinca and Padar although many smaller islands come within the park boundaries.

    Boarding the boat early we set sail for the next three days. Our first destination is Rinca Island which we shall visit after lunch. Rinca is one of the islands which houses Komodo dragons but is also known for its wild pigs, buffalos and birds. Going ashore we head out on a trek accompanied by a local island ranger and go looking for Komodo dragons in their natural environment.

    Afterwards we return to the boat and set sail for Padar Island where we go snorkelling in the pristine waters. In the late afternoon we have the opportunity to walk up to the top of one of Padar’s hills to watch a panoramic sunset over the national park.

    Accommodation on the boat is fairly basic and is a mix of bunks and mattresses on deck. Sleeping under the stars can be a definite highlight.
    On board the boat

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Track Komodo dragons and snorkelling excursion to see Manta rays.

    This morning we make our way to Komodo Island. Upon arrival we take a trek to Banunggulung, the river bed where the dragons used to be fed fresh goats (until the mid-2000s). The hike takes us through spectacular scenery and there many unusual plants along the way. It is estimated that there are about 2,000 Komodo dragons on the island along with wild boar, deer and buffalo. There is also good bird-watching with cockatoos and Gosong birds amongst others.

    Following this we'll visit Pink Beach where we have time to go snorkelling with good chances of seeing parrotfish, clownfish and, with a bit of luck, various other sea-creatures including sea turtles. There is ample time to swim and snorkel and enjoy the beach before we head towards Manta Point - so-named as giant Manta rays, some with a wing-span of 4m, are regularly seen here. Our final leg today takes us to Gili Laba Island where we will drop anchor for the night.
    On board the boat

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Final day in Komodo N.P. before returning to Labuan Bajo.

    For those who wish, we will get up before the crack of dawn in order to head to a viewpoint on Laba Island from which to see the sunrise.

    Later on there is the opportunity to do some more snorkelling around Laba Island before setting sail again. Time permitting we will make one final snorkelling stop at Kanawa Island on the way back to Labuan Bajo. Returning to Labuan Bajo we will transfer back to our hotel for the night.
    Hotel Puri Sari or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Fly to Bali; transfer to Ubud; Bali's cultural heartland.

    We fly back to Denpasar (the flight times can vary) and drive (approx 2 hours) to Ubud, surrounded by rice fields and temples, our final destination. Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine); the town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants, but these days is known for its artistic community, awash with artists' workshops and art galleries. Ubud's history can be traced back to the eighth century, when a Buddhist priest came to Bali from Java, he meditated at the confluence of the two Wos rivers at Campuan, just west of the modern day town centre. A shrine was established and later expanded by Nirartha, a Javanese priest who is regarded as the founder of Bali's religious practices and rituals as we know them today. When Ubud became a Dutch protectorate at its own request, the colonialists interfered little, allowing the traditional arts and culture of the area to remain relatively unchanged. From the 1930s onwards western artists and intellectuals arrived furthering the local art scene, amongst them Charlie Chaplin and H.G. Wells. Ubud is still a haven for literati, glitterati and art collectors.
    Sahadewa Resort Ubud or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Gentle hike to Batur Volcano; visit Gunung Kawi Temple, Tirta Empul Temple and Tegalalang.

    Our first stop on our tour of Central Bali is the Kintamani area where we will go on a gentle hike from the rim of the Batur caldera, descending through black lava fields. We have the opportunity to learn more about the volcano and enjoy views over the crater and surrounding area.

    Our tour continues to the Tampaksiring area where we visit Gunung Kawi Temple. Set amidst rice terraces this 11th century temple feature ten rock-hewn candi (shrines) carved into the cliff face itself. They stand at 7m and combine both Hindu and Buddhist attributes. The descent to the candi involves numerous stairs (which we also have to climb back up!) After this we can visit Tirta Empul Temple known amongst Balinese Hindus for its holy waters which are believed to wash away bad spirits. The final stop of the day is at Tegalalang for sweeping views over the island’s most impressive rice paddies.
    Sahadewa Resort Ubud or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Free day in Ubud; optional trekking or rafting.

    Today is free to wander through the vibrant streets of Ubud enjoying the town’s cafes, shops, temples and theatres or go on another optional trip exploring other parts of the island. Your tour leader will be able to advise you on how best to spend your time.
    Sahadewa Resort Ubud or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Ubud.

    Trip ends after breakfast for Land only clients. Those on the group flights will be taken to Denpasar airport in time for their flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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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 is essential if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. 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. 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 and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit our Zika Virus page.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinner 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 Ubud and Canggu, though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is often not cold and coffee is unfiltered and usually very sugary. 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.

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.

Medan

Medan

Denpasar

Denpasar

Is this trip for you?

This holiday is designed so that you can see the two main wildlife highlights of Indonesia in a relatively short period of time. There is plenty to see in the time you are there, and although there is a lot of travelling involved, everything is scheduled so that it doesn't feel too rushed. On most travel days the average travelling time is between 4-6 hours though traffic is, often, the determining factor into how long journeys take. There is plenty of time for sightseeing and the trip has stops where we spend two or more nights. Due to the vagrancies of internal flight schedules in Indonesia, travelling from Medan to Labuan Bajo normally requires two days so we have broken up the journey with a stop-over in Sanur to make the journey less stressful and allowing us to see a different side of Bali to the region of Ubud we visit at the end of the trip. The wildlife tracking is fairly accessible and should not be too hard for anyone with reasonable fitness, though the jungle trekking in Bukit Lawang, especially the longer optional hike, should not be underestimated. This takes place in hot and humid conditions along, potentially slippery, mountainous terrain littered with roots and good walking shoes/boots are highly recommended, especially if it has been raining. There are local young men who can assist you for a small fee should you wish it. The walks on the islands of Komodo and Rinca are not too strenuous. When we visit Komodo National Park we spend two nights on the boat where the sleeping arrangements are fairly basic. There is a mix of bunk beds and mattresses on deck. Many people, however, enjoy sleeping on the deck under the stars and find this to be a highlight of their trip. When travelling in some areas of the country, service may not be as fast or reliable as you are used to in other countries and Indonesian attitudes towards certain things such as animal welfare and food may differ from your own. That said, if you come ready for an experience the country's reward's will not fail to deliver. Local guides in Komodo warn that women who are experiencing their period should avoid visiting as the smell of blood may attract the dragons. We have consulted with various people who have years of experience with the islands and the dragons and as long as normal precautions are taken, and that you stay with the group (which people should do in all cases anyway), the risk is negligible.

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Accommodation

Hotels & boat

6 nights’ comfortable hotels, 5 nights standard hotels, all en suite and two nights on board the boat in Komodo National Park. The nights spent on the boat are quite idyllic as we anchor in quiet bays. Accommodation is a mixture of bunks and mattresses on deck with shared bathrooms. The accommodation is mostly two or three star. At Bukit Lawang the hotel only has cold water, but as outside temperatures are hot this is refreshing.

Please note the single supplement does not apply for the nights on the boat in Komodo National Park.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Dave Renvoize

    Hectic but very rewarding trip

    This trip fits a lot in to the two weeks but delivers some very special experiences with both the orangutans and the komodo dragons so it is well worth the hardship of some early starts and long travel days. The accommodation is generally good although the boat is rather basic, but this is a small price to pay for the excellent snorkelling and komodo dragon sightings that the boat makes possible. The food on the boat is both tasty and plentiful and the crew very obliging. Overall this is an excellent trip and a rare opportunity to see both orangutans and komodo dragons as well as experiencing life in three areas of Indonesia.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first sighting of the orangutans was soon after we started our first jungle trek and was a special moment, especially as they seemed so comfortable with us being so close. This was just the beginning of our trek and was followed by many more sightings including some very playful infants and an impressive mature male. The komodo dragons were no less impressive and watching a female dragon who was guarding her nest full of eggs erupt in to action to chase off another dragon who was looking to eat the eggs is a moment that I will not forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elly was an excellent leader. Good company, very professional and a capable problem solver as well as being around when ever she was needed, including some late nights when the group went on from the evening meal for some music and beers and Elly made sure we all got home safely!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Its generally hot and humid and we had nightly heavy rain when in the Sumatra jungle so a light weight waterproof jacket/poncho is useful. Pack light and get laundry done half way through the trip in Sanur, the Swastika bungalows did a good job with our laundry (24 hour turn around) for very small cost. Take a t shirt or rash vest for the snorkelling to avoid sun burnt shoulders and a torch or head lamp for the boat at night (generator off at night by group decision to enjoy the silence) and in case of power cuts in the other hotels.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Susan Parsons

    Primates & Dargons of Indonesia

    An excellent trip seeing the highlights of Indonesia - both animals and scenery - plus the tourist areas of Bali.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Gunang Leuser National Park seeing the orang-utans and other primates. The rangers are very knowledgeable and know the history of the individual orang-utans in the area. The three days on the wooden boat in the islands of the Komodo National Park adjacent to Flores. Some wonderful sunrises and sunsets. Seeing the first Komodo dragon walking across the path in front of us on Rinca - giant lizards with a rather nasty bite! The snorkelling was superb - I've never seen so many different types of fish or so many of them on the coral reefs. Apart from when some of us snorkelled off the boat at Manta Point, the water was very clear.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two - Elly in North Sumatra; Wira in Bali & Flores. Elly is a very experienced tour leader and provided much useful practical knowledge i.e. you should wear decent walking boots/trainers in the NP with long trousers tucked into socks. It was steep in places and slippery (we had very heavy rain) and there were leeches! She was good company and we learnt a lot about Indonesia from her. Wira wasn't quite as practical, but was very enthusiastic and arranged 2 birthday cakes. He was also a dab hand with the first aid kit.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The boat isn't big and has very little storage space, so leave your big bag at the hotel in Labuan Bajo and take just what you need for 3 days. Do take a T shirt to swim in whilst snorkelling/taking the dinghy to the beach - it is hot! As a group we decided to dispense with the air conditioning as it meant running a noisy generator all night; most of us slept on deck - much cooler and very peaceful when there weren't other boats running their generators. Do take walking boots/trainers on the central Bali day - it's quite steep descending to the lava fields. The Swastika Bungalows offered a 24 hour laundry service, or you can get your laundry done by one of the local stalls, just outside the hotel. This was halfway through the trip, so worked well. Hardy, the supermarket very close to the hotel, sold just about everything, including the local Hatten wine (very drinkable).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The travelling days were long - the drive between Medan and Bukit Lawang was 4 1/2 hours; moreorless a full day flying from Medan to Bali; slightly less between Bali and Labuan Bajo. Sanur is very touristy - far more so than I'd thought it would be. Ubad less so; the stall and shop keepers were slightly less pushy.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Carol Taylor

    Orangutans, dragons, volcanoes and culture

    The best bits of Indonesia in a whistle stop tour of this friendly and vared country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Encountering semi-wild and wild orangutans in their natural environment. Closely followed by boating around the islands of komodo national park to see the awesome dragons.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Always available and willing to help and sort out any problem however big or small. When food was served cold in one hotel, she could be heard berating the staff in the kitchen from the other side of the restaurant.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ready for hot humid weather and some tough jungle treking to see the orangutans. However there were always plenty of guides to ensure everyone, from the sure footed to the less fit people were able to navigate all terrain. Indonesian food can be spicy and with lots of activities, a number of short haul flights and 2 days on a boat you should take along some immodium just in case. No Delhi belly in our group though. If you can a night or 2 in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore on the way out and an extra few nights in bali at the end will help spkit the long journey. If you can't, be ready for fast transfers at Kuala Lumpur airport. The trip is well worth the long journey though and don't let this put you off this amzing trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fantastic trip for anyone who is willing to put a bit of effort into their wildlife spotting, it will definately reward you with plenty of wildlife sightings making the effort well worth while.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Graham Dobbie

    Primates & Dragons of Indonesia (Oct 15)

    Fantastic wildlife experiences, but not for those who want a relaxing holiday. There is a lot to see and therefore a lot of long days, but definitely worth it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Up close and personal with the orang-utans and snorkelling in Flores.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yadi was pleasant and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take account of the amount of travelling on this trip. The internal flights are at the mercy of the airlines and scheduling may not always be as efficient as travellers would like - you just have to go with the flow. That said, the individual wildlife and other experiences certainly make it worth it. The Trip Notes suggested taking a mosquito net, etc, but the hotel in the malarial area - Flores (that we stayed in - Eco Lodge) supplied them, along with a plug and tablets (so we didn't require them) and they weren't required on the boat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The optional trips on this tour are worth considering - we really enjoyed the downhill bike ride (from Sanur) and seeing the rice terraces (around Ubud).
  • Reviewed December 2014
    Ayesha Thompson

    Primates and Dragons of Indonesia

    Fantastic way to see both orang-utans and komodo dragons in the wild. It is difficult to find a trip that takes you to Komodo, so this one is great that you get to both Komodo and Rinca. Also got to see many other animals, including turtles and a shark whilst snorkelling, snakes and lizards and other primates. Trip notes list the trip as moderate activity but first few days are a lot more active than that.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting so close to the orang-utans was something special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eddy was very helpful and knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of mosquito spray as the mosquitos are plentiful in Sumatra. Make sure you are fairly fit to cope with the jungle treks, the trip to the bat cave and the volcano trek.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. Spending a night on a boat was very relaxing. Lots of travelling is involved between the different islands, and you see the inside of several airports during the trip. Was not very excited by Sanur in Bali, but thankfully you only spend half a day there. Hotels were great, as was the food.
  • Reviewed October 2014
    Anonymous

    Primates and Dragons of Indonesia

    A thoroughly superb trip which does exactly what it says on the tin. The encounters with Orangs are magical. These animals that you see are rehabilitated so are used to humans and therefore are unafraid to approach you. The truly wild orangs will keep their distance. We also encountered a funky gibbon that was partial to a bit of fruit. The jungle at Bukit Lawang is hot and steamy, so be prepared, and the optional extra walk is well worth doing as it takes you deeper into the jungle and offers plenty of opportunities to fall over!!! Two days on board the boat from Flores is a great time to reflect on the passing world before you jump back in the sea to snorkel, recover from lunch or prepare yourself to meet a Komodo Dragon

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I fully expected to be overawed by orangs and dragons. However, we were lucky and saw manta rays just below us whilst snorkelling. The first encounter blew my mind.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Evie. brilliant, hard working and SO helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes hint that Brestagi is cool enough for a warm jumper, but we found that a long sleeve shirt was sufficient. Be aware that Bukit Lawang is hot and steamy, Komodo and Rinca islands in the middle of the day can be like ovens. The two day boat trip is very dependant on currents, so you get to where you're going when you get there. Be prepared for changes to the internal flight schedules from Medan down to Flores but just go with it and enjoy the experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food in general is cheap, beer varies hugely, from £2 to £4 for a big bottle of Biltang. Spending costs in the trip notes seems to be about right.

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. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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