Cycling Indonesia's Islands Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Indonesia
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
MOI
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

15 Days Flight Inclusive
13 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

Active volcanoes tower over rice paddies and coffee plantations. Jungles fringe tropical beaches on the edge of coral-rich waters. Village and temples dot the landscape where age-old traditions are still followed today. This is the backdrop through which we cycle up to craters and down to fishing villages, along asphalt roads and rainforest trails. On two wheels we explore some of the quieter parts of the islands of Bali and Java uncovering a patchwork of sights, sounds and smells.

At a Glance

  • 9 days cycling with 90% vehicle support
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader
  • 10 nights hotel, 1 night homestay and 1 night camping

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle through rice paddies, jungles and plantations
  • Ride up and down volcanoes and through villages
  • Discover the islands of Bali and Java

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is rated Activity Level 3- Moderate and classified Road.

9 days cycling, average 50km/day Average daily distance: 50km (31 miles), 90% vehicle support

Terrain and route:

This trip is graded as moderate as the vast majority of the rides are moderate with mostly flat terrain. There are, however, two potentially very challenging days. The harder rides include the ride to the top of Batur volcano (day 3) and, especially, on the ride going up Mt. Ijen (day 7). The daily elevations are listed on each trip day so you can be the judge of your ability here.

There is, however, always the opportunity to jump in the bus at any point if necessary so there is no pressure to complete these two rides. The trip is 85% tarmac, 15% dirt tracks. The sealed sections vary in condition from relatively smooth asphalt to partially broken stone. The dirt tracks can be muddy if it has recently rained. Most of the roads are fairly quiet but you should be comfortable riding in traffic as we approach some towns. There is vehicle support on most rides, including the harder mountain rides, however there may not be vehicle support on a couple shorter rides on days 9 and 10. The heat and humidity can also make some of the rides tougher.

The trip ventures into some of the lesser visited areas of East Java as well as West Bali where the accommodation can be more basic, in particular when we stay with a local family where there are squat toilets and bucket showers for one night only. 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 rewards will not fail to deliver. There are some vehicle transfers but journey times are usually 1-3 hours maximum apart from when transferring from Ketapang in Java to Canggu in Bali which is a longer journey by ferry and private minibus.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Ubud
End City:
Canggu

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Ubud

    Those making their own way to Bali can arrive at any time on the first day. Those on the scheduled group flights normally arrive in Ubud during the afternoon.

    The bustling town of Ubud is Bali’s cultural heartland set amongst the hills and rice paddies of the island’s interior. This afternoon there will be time to relax and explore the town's temples, shops and cafes though we will go through the bike fitting to make sure all is in order before we start riding tomorrow. There will be a briefing this evening with your leader about the trip.

    Sri Ratih Cottages / Ananda Cottages or similar

  • Day 2

    Cycle through rice paddies, villages and temples

    We have our first ride today as we explore the area north of Ubud across rice fields, villages and temples. After arriving to the Tampaksiring Village area, we explore Tirta Empul, a temple known for its sacred waters where Balinese come to bathe at least once a year in a ritual of cleansing dedicated to Vishnu.

    The final leg will take us along back roads to the lesser-known temple of Pengukur-Ukur where we can enjoy a refreshment before returning to Ubud.
    Sri Ratih Cottages / Ananda Cottages or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    460
  • Day 3

    Cycle to Batur Volcano; afternoon mountain bike descent

    Starting with a ride along the rice terraces we continue by slowly climbing up the road to the Kintamani Plantations area and beyond to the crater rim of Batur Volcano. This is a tough climb so after about 20kms we regroup for an extra briefing about the steep climb. If the steep climb is too challenging this is a good place to jump in the support vehicle up to the restaurant where we have lunch. Weather permitting we get stunning views of one of Bali’s bigger volcanic lakes.

    After lunch we have a short, sharp descent to the base of the volcano where our hotel is located. From here you have the option to relax at the hotel or spend the afternoon cycling off road on narrow, sandy trails. The final part of the trail crosses the most recent lava field and there is ample opportunity to get up close to the volcano and the strange moonscapes it has created.
    Segara Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    1200
  • Day 4

    Ride to Ponjok Batu Temple and Lovina coast

    After a short transfer to the western rim of Batur’s caldera we start our day’s cycling up and down hills along small roads, crossing villages and plantations towards Bali’s northwest coast. As we cycle through the villages of Bondalem, Tianyar and Kubu we observe the everyday life of local people. From here we enjoy a refreshment on the beach before continuing along flat roads to Ponjok Batu, a temple complex built of black stone, facing the ocean. We finally pass through Singaraja town before reaching our destination in the Lovina. From here it’s a short transfer to our hotel in Bedugul. 
    Strawberry Hill Hotel / CLV Hotel & Villa or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 60 km / 37 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    318
    Total descent (m):
    1500
  • Day 5

    A day cycling, monkey forests, twin lakes, Buddhist monasteries and hot springs

    Our day starts with a short ride up to ‘Monkey Forest’ (it is possible to have a transfer to the top of the hill). From here we enjoy the view of the twin lake before continuing downhill for the rest of the day with stunning views across Bali’s north coast. We visit Bali’s only Buddhist monastery, Bhrama Arama Vihara and the nearby Banjar Hot Springs where we can spend some time relaxing in the open air pools. After lunch we cycle along the coast to our beach-front hotel in Pemuteran. The rest of the day is free. 
    Adi Assri Beach Cottage / Naya Gawana Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 75 km / 46 miles
    Total descent (m):
    1100
  • Day 6

    Pedal to the harbour; snorkel around Menjangan Island; transfer to Java

    After an optional cycle or short transfer to Labuan Luang harbour we board a local boat and head for Menjangan Island. Meaning ‘Deer Island’, Pulau Menjangan is within the marine reserve of Bali Barat National Park and is renowned for its coral gardens and tropical fish. There is the opportunity to go snorkelling as well as the option to go diving (at an extra cost). After lunch we can freshen up before transferring to Gilimanuk Harbour where we catch the ferry across to Ketapang Harbour in Java. From here it’s about a 3 hour drive to Bondowoso. 
    Ijen View hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 35 km / 21 miles
  • Day 7

    Cycle up the slopes of Ijen Volcano; optional sunset hike

    Today is definitely the most challenging day as we cycle up the slopes of Ijen Volcano gaining around 1,500m in elevation. Our route starts gently along flat asphalt until we reach the base of the volcano and start climbing through coffee plantations along some steep sections on partially-broken asphalt roads. We will take our time on this climb, enjoying the scenery and will be having a light lunch en route. We will regroup after about 20kms before the steepest part of the climb. Those who feel this next section may be too strenuous may want to jump in the support vehicle for this section as it is definitely harder than normal for a moderately graded trip. Of course it is possible to attempt the climb and still join the support vehicle a little way further up if needed. The support vehicle will be available at any time if the cycling becomes too strenuous. 

    On the way we stop to visit one of Indonesia’s largest coffee plantations before eventually ending our ride in the remote village of Jampit Catimor. Here we will be spending the night in a local homestay with basic amenities located within a colonial building on a coffee plantation.


    Jampit Catimor Homestay

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    1500
  • Day 8

    Early morning trek to the crater rim; later cycle off the volcano to Ketapang

    Getting up very early, whilst still dark, we trek to the top of Ijen crater along a wide, packed-dirt 3kms long path. At the top is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines and, as we hike in the dark, we should be able to see the blue fire created by the hot sulphur seeping out of the crater.

    After sunrise we have time to enjoy views of the lake which is 200m deep and is filled with steaming, acidic water. We should also witness local miners as they collect and carry sulphur blocks weighing up to 70kgs out of the crater. 

    Please note that poor trail conditions and toxic fumes means that it is too dangerous to climb down into the crater.

    After returning to camp we get back on the bikes and ride down to our hotel in Ketapang in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax after the very early start this morning. 
    Ketapang Indah Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 30 km / 18 miles
    Total descent (m):
    900
  • Day 9

    Cycle through jungle and plantations to the fishing village at Meru Betiri National Park

    Following a transfer to the start of today’s bike ride we get on the saddle and head into the jungle. Our trail through the rainforest is about 10km long and eventually gives way to an asphalt/broken surface through coffee, cacao and rubber plantations.

    We continue to Rajewesi Beach, the gateway to Meru Betiri National Park. The beach is a fisherman village where we can see locals disembarking the day’s catch.

    Tonight we camp on the beach, camping equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bags) is included and there is a basic block with toilets and cold showers.

    Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    200
  • Day 10

    Ride along jungle trails to the beach at Pulau Merah; free time to relax on the beach; transfer to Ketapang

    On our final day of cycling we continue along jungle trails following the coast towards Pulau Merah. Along the way we visit Green Bay with views of another hidden beach in east Java. Today's final ride is mostly on flat elevation with few rolling hills.

    We should arrive at Pulau Merah around lunch time where the early afternoon is free to explore the village, go for a swim or just relax before transferring (approx. 2 hours) to our hotel in Ketapang where we will spend our last night on Java.

    Ketapang Indah Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 30 km / 18 miles
  • Day 11

    Transfer by ferry and bus back to Bali to Canggu

    After a relaxed start to the morning, we drive 15 minutes back to Ketapang Harbour in time for our ferry (30-45 minutes) to Gilimanuk on the island of Bali. From here it is about a 4 hours drive (with a stop for lunch along the way) to Canggu where we spend the next two nights.

    Grand Balisani Suites or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 12

    Free day to relax on the beach or explore the area around Canggu and Seminyak

    Canggu is a popular stretch of beach along the south coast of Bali and a great place to relax after 10 days cycling up and down volcanoes and through jungles and plantations.

    The day is free to relax or explore the area around Canggu and Seminyak, take part in optional activities or go out on the water.

    Grand Balisani Suites or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    End Canggu

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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

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 Trawangan.

This is a 4 day extension; you will spend 3 nights in a resort right by the beach with 2 full days at leisure. The best place to jump out of bed and into the sea in the morning.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Extension Day 1 - Early morning pick up from hotel (where your tour ends), transfer to Serangan/Padang Bai Harbour; ferry to Gili Trawangan

You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel and transferred to the harbour in time to check in for the ferry. Upon your arrival by ferry at Gili Trawangan (usually mid-morning), you will be transferred to your resort and then the rest of the day is free to explore or simply relax and soak up the sun!

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Extension Day 2 - Free day- Gili Trawangan

Free day at the beach/leisure

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Extension Day 3 - Free day- Gili Trawangan

Your second full free day at the beach/leisure

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Extension Day 4 - Transfer back to Bali; end Denpasar Airport

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being picked up and transferred to the ferry back to Bali. The ferry usually departs Gili Trawangan around 11:15 and arrives back to Serangan/Padang Bai Harbour in Bali at 14:00. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by private transfer to Denpasar Airport (approx. 30 minutes) where your Gili Trawangan beach extension ends.

Meals included: Breakfast

Important: If you have booked this Gili island (Gili Tranwangan) extension after the MOI, WOZ or EOI trip and intend to depart Bali 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 (Denpasar Airport) on the same day we recommend you book a flight no earlier than 20:00 in the evening.

Accommodation

Hotels, guesthouse, homestay and camping

10 nights hotels, 1 night homestay and 1 night camping.

We stay in a range of accommodation on this trip from comfortable hotels to a homestay and one night camping. The hotel in Kintamani is basic and the hot water supply can be unreliable but we use this hotel because it is best located for our exploration of Mount Batur.

When camping on Rajewesi Beach we stay in 2-person tents and mats and sleeping bags are provided and there are basic toilets and showers with cold water.

The homestay on Mt. Ijen is run by a coffee cooperative and is basic but clean. Whilst some rooms have western toilets we cannot guarantee these.

There is no hot water at the campsite or at the homestay.

The hotels generally are all en suite and all have air conditioning apart from the hotel in Bedugul which, being at altitude and having cooler night-time temperatures, does not normally require it. The more basic accommodations are balanced by staying in some comfortable hotels on other nights.

Please be advised that the accommodation listed in each location on the day to day itinerary are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £330.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 3 dinners are 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. On some days we will have a packed lunch as we cycle.

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. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Snacks and local fruit will be provided when cycling but you may want to bring your own snacks from home as well.

Transportation

We have a pick-up truck to carry the bikes for groups of 7 passengers and above as well as the air-conditioned bus as support vehicle and for transfers when not cycling. (groups of 6 and less just have the one vehicle) We also use a ferry on two occasions (going from Bali to Java and from Java back to Bali).

We also use a boat when visiting Menjangan Island.

When transferring with the vehicles the drives are normally just 1-3 hours apart from the day we go from Java back to Bali which is a full day travelling by bus and ferry.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

Weather Charts

Denpasar

Denpasar

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 15 days
The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of Malaysian, Singapore, or Emirates Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 13 days starting in Ubud and ending in Canggu
Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. Those arriving from London on non‐group flights should read the airport transfer section below for information on reaching the start point. Please check with the Exodus office.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Ubud
Location end:
Canggu

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • As space is at a premium please try not to overpack, soft bags such as duffel bags and rucksacks/backpacks are easier to store in the vehicle than suitcases and are recommended for this trip
  • Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)
  • It is recommended to bring some ear plugs if you a light sleeper as the early morning calls to prayer in East Java can often be heard
  • Generally bring warm weather clothes, though a fleece and is also recommended as it can get a bit chilly in the highlands
  • Sun protection (hat, sun cream, sun glasses) and rain protection (lightweight rain jacket)
  • Cycling shirt, cyling gloves and padded cycling shorts.
  • Skirts and shorts are perfectly acceptable in the areas we visit
  • Swimwear for snorkelling and time at the beach
  • A first aid kit is carried on each trip, but you should bring your own first aid kit with diarrhoea treatment, painkillers, rehydration sachets, plasters and a blister treatment kit.
  • Insect repellent is also highly recommended. Repellent containing DEET is thought to be highly effective.
  • A torch is provided when camping but you may want to bring your own from home
  • Walking shoes/trainers for the Injen hike
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket or poncho/umbrella

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no toilet facilities are available at some of the planned stops or during our ride, there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it with you to dispose of when there are appropriate facilities available.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Trek or Giant mountain bikes with front suspension.

Discount for bringing your own bike: £150.

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays (excluding UK trips). At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may, of course, bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount on the price of the holiday, as specified above.  You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees.

N.B This does not apply to trips within the UK, for which local bike hire is not included.

You will also be responsible for assembling and disassembling your bike as well as bringing along spare parts and any tools specific to it. It is also your responsibility to ensure your bike is roadworthy and suitable for the type of cycling to be undertaken. If in doubt, the model of local bike hire available should act as a guide and details of terrain, ascent and descent are available both in the itinerary and the ‘Is this trip for you’ sections. Our cycling team only carry the relevant spares for the hire fleet. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

Practical Information

Passport

Indonesia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

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. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The Travel Health Pro website recommends to have a rabies vaccination on this trip, as cycling is considered a higher risk activity.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Indonesia's Timezone:
Asia/Jakarta WIB (GMT +07:00)

Electricity

Indonesia's Electricity:

220V. 2 round pin similar to European plugs. 

Money

Indonesia's Currency

The national currency of Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2021) of approximately 19,700 to the GBP, 14,300 to the USD, 11,300 to the CAD, 17,000 to the EUR, 10,500 to the AUD and 10,200 to the NZD.

As you will probably be carrying much of your money in cash, we strongly recommend using a money belt. All your documents should be kept in waterproof plastic bags: the rain tends to come in very heavy showers.

ATM Availability

ATM's are now widespread in Indonesia and is the easiest way of obtaining money. It is possible to draw a maximum 2,000,000 IDR in one go. Credit card acceptance is not widespread at places that you will visit, except for some areas in Bali. Travellers cheques are not easy to change and are not recommended. As you will probably be carrying much of your money in cash, we strongly recommend using a money belt.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Whilst it is possible to obtain Indonesian Rupiah before arriving in Indonesia, the exchange rate outside the country tends to be much lower than within Indonesia. Even within Indonesia the exchange rate can vary greatly between one town and the next depending on how touristy it is.

You should allow approximately GBP 150 (USD 200) for all meals not included, which will allow you to eat well. Apart from the food, you should allow money to cover soft drinks (more if you like a beer/alcohol) and souvenirs.

Some temples, sights and national parks charge a nominal camera fee, normally IDR 50,000 for photo-cameras and IDR 150,000 for video-cameras your leader will be able to advise you on exact amounts.

Optional Excursions

  • SCUBA Diving on Menjangen Island (2 dives): USD 102 per person (minimum 2 people) 
  • Entrance to Ijen Volcano crater for sun set: IDR150,000

Optional activities in Canggu:

  • Surf lessons: USD 55 per person (min 2 pax)
  • Uluwatu Temple visit and Jimbaran seafood dinner: Price varies on group size from USD 38 per person (for 13-15 people) to USD 74 for 1 person
  • Traditional cooking class: USD 90 per person (min 2 people)

Tipping

This is entirely at your own discretion however; we suggest that you allow a few dollars/pounds for tips for the local guides and staff. In Indonesia with the increase in tourism, tipping has become customary. The local staff will probably expect some gratuity and we suggest you allow for this. The leader will suggest to the group that they donate a sum of USD 25 per person towards a kitty on arrival. This money is then used for tipping of local guides, hotel porters, drivers etc. It is basically to ensure that the hassle is taken out of various activities for you. If you do not wish to contribute to a central pool for tips you are of course free to do so.

The number of staff on this trip will vary depending on the group size from 3 (for groups up to 6 people) to 5 for larger groups. If you feel that your leader and support staff have performed well over the course of your trip, you may want to show your appreciation of their services. The sum you choose to give is entirely personal, but as a guide, USD 100 per person for the entire trip to be shared out between the leader/support staff would be a reasonable amount.

 

Responsible Tourism

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • One night of the itinerary is spent in village of Jampit Catimor in a local homestay with basic amenities located within a colonial building on a coffee plantation.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment. For example, we don’t just stay in busy cities during the itinerary and venture to more remote locations in East Java and around Bali. We spend a night camping on Rajewesi Beach, the gateway to Meru Betiri National Park and also spend a night in a local homestay in the village of Jampit Catimor.
  • We also visit some national parks including Baluran National Park ( for Ijen volvano), West Bali National Park (for Menjangen Island) and Meru Betiri national park. Entrance and conservation fees contribute to the preservation of these areas and to the Indonesia Nature Research Centre (BKSDA).
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • The Exodus Travels Foundation has launched the Community Kickstart Project to help our destination communities recover and rebuild following the impact of COVID-19. In Indonesia, we’ve contributed to the Eco-brick Building initiative, more details can be found here.

Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about Exodus Travels’ Planet Promise here, including our rewilding and carbon compensation commitments for every customer who travels. 
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available at some accommodation and restaurants.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation including spending 1 night camping on  Rajewesi Beach.

 Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Cultural respect:
    • Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites (i.e. legs, shoulders, and upper arms to be covered as well as a headscarf for women).
    • One should not show the soles of their feet or touch someone’s head, both are considered disrespectful.

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.