Komodo Dragon in Komodo Island National Park, Indonesia

Primates & Dragons of Indonesia Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Indonesia
Programmes:
Wildlife
Trip Code:
WOZ
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
14 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

‘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.

At a Glance

  • Travel by minibus, boat and internal flight
  • 11 nights hotels and eco lodges, 2 nights on board a boat

Trip 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

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is rated Activity Level 2- Leisurely/Moderate

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 vagaries 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 basic. There is a mix of bunk beds and mattresses on deck. Many people, however, enjoy sleeping on the deck under the stars. Spending 2 nights onboard the boat allows us to maximise wildlife viewing around the islands and to try and see as much as possible.

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.

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:
Medan
End City:
Ubud

Land Only 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 (approximately 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, Sumatran 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

    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

    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 animals, 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 the 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 6 hours, 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

    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 watch an Indonesian cooking demonstration by one of the villagers. This is followed by a local, home-made lunch. In the afternoon we return to Medan (approx. 4 hours) where we will spend the night before our early morning flight tomorrow.
    Aryaduta Hotel or similar

    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 take a later flight. If all goes as planned, we will be arriving in Bali in the early afternoon and will transfer to our hotel in Sanur near the beach. The rest of the day is free to relax and plan any optional activities for tomorrow.
    Swastika Bungalows / Taksu Hotel Sanur or similar

    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 a Bali village tour.
    Swastika Bungalows / Taksu Hotel Sanur or similar

    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.
    Luwansa Beach Resort / Puri Sari Hotel or similar

    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. 
    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 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.
    Luwansa Beach Resort / Puri Sari Hotel or similar

    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 8th 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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    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 short hike (4.5km) 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

    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

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Ubud

    The trip ends after breakfast this morning for land only clients. Those on the group flights will be taken to Denpasar airport in time for their flight home.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

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 & boat

11 nights’ hotels (a mix of comfortable and standard), 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 but please be advised the accommodation is basic. Accommodation is a mixture of bunks in cabins and mattresses on deck with shared bathrooms. The reason we spend 2 nights on board the boat during this wildlife trip is to maximise wildlife viewing around the islands.

At Bukit Lawang the hotel only has cold water, but as outside temperatures are hot this is refreshing.

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.

Single supplements are available (on request) 11 nights only. Please note the single supplement does not apply for the 2 nights spent on the boat in Komodo National Park. Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

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 £270.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

Food is cheap in Indonesia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is available in Ubud and Sanur though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. In more touristy areas, especially Ubud, there is a lot of food options and some fantastic restaurants and coffee shops catering for all tastes and requirements.

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. 

Peanuts are a popular ingredient especially in dishes such as sate or gado gado and you should inform Exodus and your tour leader if you have a peanut allergy. Nasi (rice) and Mie (noodles) are very popular, especially the staple dish Nasi Goreng (fried rice). Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is not always 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. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Transportation

Throughout the trip we use a private coach usually with air-conditioning. Road conditions, in many cases, are not very good, and traffic is a constant problem in Sumatra and Bali. Most travel days with driving, the average travelling time is between 4-6 hours. We also use a boat when visiting Rinca and Komodo islands. All bookings on domestic flights are made in economy class. Domestic flight schedules in Indonesia can change so we cannot guarantee that we will be using flights at the preferred times stipulated in the itinerary.

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

Medan

Medan

Denpasar

Denpasar

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 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 Airlines or Singapore 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. Internal flights during the trip are normally with Garuda Indonesia.

Travelling land only: 14 days starting in Medan and ending in Ubud

PLEASE NOTE that if you are not travelling on the group flights you will need to be at our Medan hotel by 07.30hrs (or be at the airport when the group flight lands); the group will leave Medan on Day 1. If you are not booked on the group flights and you do not get to the pre tour hotel (or airport) on time you will need to pay for an additional transfer locally in order that you can catch up with the group. As this is over 4 hours, the transfer will be expensive.

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.

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:
Medan
Location end:
Ubud

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Casual clothes. As it is generally hot and humid, light cotton (neutral colours as this will make animals and birds more approachable) are recommended for most of the trip, though it will be cooler if there’s a bit of wind and you should bring a light jacket/jumper with you. Please note that Indonesia is a Muslim country so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites and rural areas (i.e. legs, shoulders and upper arms to be covered as well as a headscarf for women).
  • Sandals are useful as they are cooler and are easier to take off when visiting temples
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Strong walking shoes for the jungle walks in Gunung Leuser N.P. and  Komodo N.P.
  • Sun cream, sun hat, sunglasses, lip balm
  • Swimming costume will be well used
  • A small rucksack/ day bag is needed as you will be carrying your own gear during the day walks and also will use this as your main luggage when staying on board the boat for 2 nights when visiting the Komodo N.P. Main luggage will be safely stored at the hotel in Labuan Bajo during this time.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket or an umbrella

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!

If while packing you find a spare bit of space in your bag please be sure to check out our partner ‘Pack for a Purpose’ to identify items that are needed locally by schools and medical clinics. Your Tour Leader can assist with donating the items. http://www.packforapurpose.org

Optional Equipment

  • Rash vests or swim suits that are like shortie wetsuits as they can protect you from the sun whilst snorkelling
  • Binoculars
  • There are a number of opportunities to go snorkelling and you may want to bring your own mask and snorkel

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.

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 (a few ATMs will give out 2,500,000IDR). Credit card acceptance is not widespread at places that you will visit, except for Ubud and Sanur in Bali. Travellers cheques are not recommended, as the rate will be lower than for cash, and they can only be changed in the main cities only which is usually time consuming. 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 need about GBP 150-200/USD 200-260 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 and sights charge a nominal camera fee (generally 50,000IDR – approx. GBP 3/USD 5 – for photo cameras and 150,000IDR – approx. GBP 10/USD 15 – for video cameras).

We use a number of domestic flights to get from Sumatra to Bali to Flores and back to Bali. In the past some groups have had to pay an airport tax at the airport, others haven't. Still be prepared to pay an airport tax for the various flights. The rates may change but as a guide you can expect to pay 60,000IDR in Medan, 75,000IDR in Denpasar and 22,000IDR in Labuan Bajo (this is a total of about 160,000IDR which is about GBP 8/USD 11).

There are a number of optional activities, which if you wish, your leader can arrange for you. They are subject to schedules and availability; your leader will let you know what is available and the exact local costs. It is also possible to arrange many of these activities independently if you prefer. (prices in GBP and USD)

Bukit Lawang

Jungle Hike GPB 15/USD 20

Sanur

Half day Uluwatu temple tour GBP 27/USD 35

Downhill biking tour Kintamani ‐ Ubud GBP 30/USD 40

White water rafting GBP 30/USD 40

Bali village tour GBP 30/USD 40

Castaway Cruise GBP 75/USD 100

Ubud

Full day temple tour GBP 30/USD 40 less for individual temples

White water rafting GBP 30/USD 40

Tipping

This is entirely at your own discretion however; we suggest that you allow 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. To make things easier the leaders will arrange for a tipping kitty to tip local guides, hotel porters, drivers.

As we use two separate leaders the tipping kitty will be split in two. The leader will collect around 800,000IDR (about USD 55) for the trip. This is, of course, optional and is only intended to make things easier for you.

We use two leaders on this trip. If you feel that your leader has 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, GBP 2-3/USD 3-5 per person per day would be a reasonable starting point. The 'tipping kitty' explained above is entirely separate from any contribution to the tour leader. Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus.

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.
  • At Rinca and Komodo, local villagers make and sell wood carvings for visitors who wish to purchase, which financially supports these fishing dependent villages.
  • For example, we often use Bukit Lawang Ecolodge, which is a not-for-profit organisation run by ‘Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari’, which means the Foundation for a Sustainable Ecosystem. Money spent here goes directly back into community development and nature conservation.

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.
  • 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 the Bukit Lawang Ecolodge.

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.

Important Notes

In line with our ‘book and travel with confidence’ promise which allows you to cancel free of charge up to 42 days prior to departure, or transfer to another trip free of charge up to 21 days prior to your trip starting in country, please be aware that this excludes ‘irrecoverable costs’. Details can be found here: https://www.exodus.co.uk/about-exodus/exodus-booking-conditions.

For this trip, the irrecoverable costs related to in-country operations are outlined below, if booking flight inclusive your sales agent will confirm the terms related to your international flights at the time of booking.

Domestic Flights x 3: GBP487 / USD601 / EUR523 / CAD787 / AUD841) per person.

Costs are accurate at the time of writing in September 2020.

If you need to cancel your trip because you or a member of your party is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has received a request from the Government to self-isolate, you will receive a full refund less these irrecoverable costs.

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.