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  • Reviewed May 2019
    Marjorie Booth

    Way in excess of our expectations

    We were 2 sisters travelling together for the holiday of a lifetime. We knew it was going to be amazing but this trip blew us away. It is impossible to criticise any part of it. Our highlights include: the stunning beauty of the rice fields and the historical ingenuity of the Balinese people. The Flora was breathtaking. The walks were all different in character taking us through rain forests, jungles, paddy fields, cascading waterfalls - not to mention a climb up mount Batir to see the sunrise. A truly magical experience. An added joy was swimming off a beautiful white sandy beach - the most eastern point in Bali The hospitality and warmth we received from everyone was fabulous. The level of accommodation far exceeded our expectations. The hotels were very varied and traditional which added to the overall experience. We just must give a special mention to Wira our guide. Exodus is truly lucky to have him representing their company. He is a genuinely lovely guy who helped make out holiday perfect.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is a difficult question as the whole holiday was inspirational. Having the opportunity to attend two private blessings in the Temple was incredibly moving

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As mentioned above - excellent in every way. We will always remember Wira

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you hear that Bali has been spoilt this is only true in part. Off the beaten track where Exodus took us is magical

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy your trip
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Phyllis Ryan

    An Excellent trip, in every way

    From the moment we set foot in Bali, I had the most wonderful time. We were a party of eight, six women and two men, and we all got on very well together. Our guide was Wira, and from the start he was so friendly and helpful. The walks were varied and very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the Mt. Batur 3-crater summit. It was a little scary, but exhilarating. We were rewarded afterwards with a dip in the local hot springs......wonderful!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Mt. Batur, and walking around the rim. Also, climbing the 1700 steps to Lempuyang Temple, and having the privilege to attend a blessing by the local priest. This was the second Hindu blessing we had on the trek.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wira, our group leader was the perfect choice for us. He was friendly, helpful, and full of fun. If any of us found something difficult, he was there to help.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware of the fact that, although this trek is not at high altitude, there are a couple of challenging climbs.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Thalia Milton

    Physical beauty at its best.

    The majority of this trip is thankfully off the main tourist trail. The trekking included walking along the top of narrow concrete walls, which held back the water for the irrigation of the rice fields; scrambling up and down muddy paths between rice fields; walking through forest; crossing bamboo bridges; plenty of steps both up and down at various temples; climbing up Mount Batur in the dark with head torches and then walking around the caldera. The accommodation was of a good standard and most of the hotels had a pool for a relaxing swim at the end of the day. The food was excellent, with delicious lunches provided and good choices of restaurants for the evening meal. The physical beauty of Bali is stunning and coupled with the attention to the daily offerings at the numerous temples and shrines, it is a truly magical place to visit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was different and provided a different challenge- I was inspired by all of it particularly the physical beauty of the rice terraces.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wira was a star and was not only our leader, but an integral part of the group. He imparted his extensive knowledge with enthusiasm and genuine interest. Whilst trekking Wira was always available to help if anyone was struggling with the terrain as well as insuring the local guide was assisting also. He constantly checked that we were all okay when arriving at our accommodation and at meal times. We were invited to Wira’s family home for lunch one day, which was a particularly special occasion. When on a walking / trekking trip the leader is always more involved with a group due to the nature of the trip, but Wira appeared to go one step further - our ‘good-byes’ were to a friend who had looked after us and supported us for two weeks!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for wet feet! I wore sandles most days which had toe protection. This meant wet feet were not a problem and I could rinse my feet at intervals in the copious amounts of water flowing above and between the rice fields. It can be very hot and humid so shorts and tops which can be easily washed and are quick drying can be useful. There are mosquitos day and night, so plenty of protection is sensible, although the little blighters always seem to mange a bite here and there! Swimware is a must since there are many opportunities to swim or just cool off. Walking poles were useful at times, but they tend to be a personal choice. Ear plugs can stave off barking dogs, noisy cockerels and of course any snoring! Bring an open mind and lots of enthusiasm, be prepared to slip and slide, be amazed and enjoy whatever is thrown at you! It’s a great trip!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go whilst the countryside is still unspoilt by tourism. Whilst trekking we saw very few other tourists - bliss!
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Fred Thurbin

    Through Bali on the road less travelled

    Before the trip is heard from three friends who'd been to Bali. The beeches are poor, was one piece of advice. Well I wasn't going for a beech holiday so that didn't bother me. Visit the temple in the sea. A quick look at the trip notes and yes, tanah lot was in the itinerary. I was looking forward to that. It's too westernised. This feedback worried me. I'd been to Vietnam the previous year and struggled with westernisation there. Corporations and globalisation is turning to much of the planet same-ie As Douglas Adams once wrote, "the past is truly a foreign land, they do things exactly the same there." Call me crazy but I like the idea of people living off the land and going to a restaurant and having the menu dictated by the seasons not demand. Well the parts of Bali we visited were untouched gems. The views were stunning, the people curious and friendly, the food amazing and fresh and the hotels... well stunning. Very unintrusive, at times it felt like you could have been staying in someones home. Not because they were simple, many had all the eminities, but because there wasn't a hotel block to be seen, the all nestled into the countryside organically. Every day I felt like I was in Bali, every hotel and restaurant felt native and the island and people are wonderful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being invited by the locals into their rituals and preys. It was so relaxed and inviting and open. They had ways to sit for preys but we were told the religion is practical and if you can't sit like it's suggested then do what's natural. It was so friendly
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Deborah Hay

    Bali Heaven

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

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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

    What did you think of your group leader?

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

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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