An exciting 3 week action packed adventure with different themed weeks to help you get the most out of your time in Bali.
- An intro week: Learn about the popular culture of Bali, day trips, cultural excursions and of course getting to know the rest of the group
- Cultural immersion week
- And an amazing adventure week
- Exploring mystical temples
- Discovering Bali ´s beautiful locations
- Checking out the lush rice paddies, monkey forests and Hindu temples
- Lazy Sunsets
- Stunning resort to relax in and if that is not enough…
- Massage or Yoga Session
- White water rafting
- Making new friends with a great group of people on set start dates
- So many inclusions it’s better to check the itinerary is we can’t list them all here!
The Bali Adventure is designed to give you a real taste of Bali, taking you to places that you wouldn’t normally see on your typical backpacker tourist trail. This is a great programme to combine with a trip to the Gili Islands if you want to try some diving, freediving or chill out on golden sandy beaches.
First time travellers or if you want to visit Bali in a group. Fully guided we have locally based Xtreme Gap representatives on hand to settle you in an show you the best the Bali has to offer.
Itinerary Bali Adventure
This awesome 3-week Bali experience is filled with culture, volunteering and adventures in Bali! With one week’s cultural introduction in Ubud, a week of volunteering at a heart warming local project, and a final week of amazing adventures, this is the ultimate Indonesian experience.
Week 1: Cultural Introduction Week
Day 1, Sunday: Arrival day. No meals or activities included.
Day 2, Monday: Welcome and 3-hour walking tour of Ubud and ‘Monkey Forest’. Afternoon orientation talk. Balinese dance show in the evening.
Day 3, Tuesday: Countryside walk through rice paddies and local villages. Balinese language lesson in the afternoon.
Day 4, Wednesday: Traditional Balinese Batik painting class and more language lessons.
Day 5, Thursday: Cook a Balinese dish and create a traditional Balinese flower offering. Traditional Balinese group dinner in the evening.
Day 6, Friday: Tour of Pura Tirta Empul Temple. Introduction to volunteer project.
Day 7 & 8, Saturday & Sunday: Cultural introduction week ends. You will now have a free weekend before your volunteer project begins.
Week 2: Volunteer Week
On the first volunteering day you will be escorted to your chosen volunteer teaching placement by a local member of staff. Volunteering will take place from Monday-Friday, with Saturday and Sunday free days. A typical volunteer day looks something like this:
8.00am: Breakfast at the volunteer house
9.00am: 1-2 hours planning and preparation time, or travel to the teaching project
2.00pm-5.00 pm: Travel to your volunteer placement and take part in volunteer activities.
5.00pm: End of your working day. Volunteers are free to visit local sites or go shopping.
Evening: Dinner at the volunteer house.
Week 3: Adventure Week
This week includes:
Day 1, Monday: A cycling tour to Kintamani Volcano, Mount Batur, spice plantations and rice terraces
Day 2, Tuesday: Beaches and turtle conservation project visit in southern Bali
Day 3, Wednesday: White water rafting on the Ayung River
Day 4, Thursday: Sunrise hike to Mount Batur
Day 5, Friday: Balinese massage and farewell party
Day 6, Saturday: Departure.
Meals during these weeks are included. The food is traditional Balinese for 3 meals/day on weekdays, weekends (2 meals/ day)
All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.
All accommodation is provided during the programme, in shared guesthouses in the village of Penestanan Kaja, about 20 minutes walk from Ubud town. This rural, unspoilt village is set off the tourist track, surrounded by rice paddies. The village offers a true cultural immersion into the Balinese way of life.
You will be staying in traditional Balinese compounds in their own shared houses but will be living alongside homes lived in by local families. It’s an authentic way to experience Balinese culture and meet the friendly local people.
Each house is mixed sex and provides accommodation for to up to 10 people, in single-sex dorm rooms sleeping between 4-8 per room. The accommodation is basic but comfortable with bunkbeds and a fan in each room. There is also a communal area and a basic shared kitchen with a fridge in each house. There are mosquito screens at the windows but individual mosquito nets are not provided in the accommodation so you may want to bring one with you. A local laundry service is available for USD5 per load.
Bathrooms are shared and have western toilets and hot water. You also have use of a nearby guesthouse pool for a small charge of around £1.50.
The accommodation compounds are very safe, and local men keep a round-the-clock eye on who is entering the compound. There are no locks on the bedroom doors so we recommend you bring a padlock with you to lock your suitcase. You should also bring a torch with you to find your way around after dark as there are no street lights in the village. Please note: There is a 10.30pm curfew at the volunteer houses.
There are two local cafes in the village which offer internet access and are also a good place to relax with a snack or a drink. The local shop sells snacks and bottled water. A good selection of shops, pharmacies and places to eat and drink are available in Ubud, which is a twenty minute walk from the village. There is also a medical centre in Ubud as well as ATMs (please note there is no ATM in Penestanan Kaja).
Three meals a day are included on weekdays and 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) at the weekends (apart from your arrival day, Sunday – no meals are included on this first Sunday). All food is prepared for you. Indonesian food is delicious and diverse, and typical dishes include sate ayam (chicken or pork skewers with satay sauce), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans). Other dietary requirements may be catered for if informed in advance.
Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, cereal and toast. Purified water is available in the volunteer house and we do not recommend that you drink the tap water. There is a café that serves western-style food close to the accommodation. There are also plenty of local restaurants and cafes in Ubud.
Please note: As you will be living in close proximity to local families, alcohol is not permitted in the volunteer houses.
You should arrange your arrival into Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar International Airport) in Bali on a Sunday. Transfers are available if you arrive between the hours of 6.00am and 6.00pm.
When you arrive you will need to go to the visa desk and obtain your 30-day visa (you will need to have USD25 in cash with you to pay for this). It may take a little time for you to get through customs. You will be met in the arrivals hall by a representative and driven to your accommodation in the village of Penestanan Kaja. The airport transfer takes about 1 hour and is included in the trip price.
Sunday is an arrivals day only and participants from all around the world will be arriving throughout the day. No food or activities are included today, you can just take some free time to settle in and get to know the others in your group.
Departure day is Saturday. A return transfer is not included but the local co-ordinators can help you arrange a taxi for a cost of 200,000 Indonesian Rupiah (approx £10).
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, We have. There are a mosquito net in the Fan room. The A/C room no need the mosquito net. Want to know more about Indonesia and Bali? Check out our Indonesia Blog for further details.
Yes, for this trip you need to arrange a social visa for Indonesia.
- Ubud Starbucks (Jalan Raya, Ubud next to cafe lotus) at 13.00
- Bintang Super market (Jl. Raya Seminyak) in Legian at 13.00
- Denpasar airport, at the international arrival flight information center at 14.00
If you´re here for a short time, and only staying in Ubud, you can easily get along by walking everywhere : this is one of the charms of Ubud. (Just watch out for uncovered sections of sidewalks, and please do your best to avoid stepping on the offerings the Balinese leave at the entrances to their family compounds and businesses!)
If you´re here for longer and wish to do some independent island exploration, bicycles are available for rent. Make sure you get a good helmet : roads are narrow, often full of pot holes, dogs are everywhere, and the Balinese like to drive like stock car racers! While driving, repeat this mantra: Slow and Go, Slow and Go There are plenty of drivers ready and willing to take you anywhere. Walking is still the best choices for you.
Anytime you go into a temple for a ceremony or tourist attraction you MUST wear a long sleeve shirt, pants or preferably sarong that cover your knees. Women and men have separate requirements.
It is recommended that you visit your GP, personal physician or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Bali is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this. Dengue fever is another mosquito borne illness to be made aware of.
You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly – a mild dysentery that passes in a few days.
You will probably want to! If you would like to stay more than 30 days, you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa at the Consulate of Indonesia closest to you. You will likely have to show proof of a ticket to leave the country.
Yes, a visa is required for Indonesia. A visa-upon-arrival system is in place for most countries including Australia, Canada, US & EU citizens. When you arrive at the airport in Denpasar you will enter the Visa-on-arrival line, where you will be asked for U$25.00 and your passport will be stamped for 30 days from the date of arrival. Upon leaving, a 150,000 rupiah departure tax will be assessed.
N.B. ” If your passport is due to expire within 6 months, we advise you renew. On occasion, Indonesia has not allowed tourists into the country, and your airline might not allow you on the plane.
|2 (Week)||Intro & Culture||GBP 789 GBP 710 (Early Bird)|
|3 (Week)||Intro & Culture & Adventure||GBP 999 GBP 879 (Early Bird)|
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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.
- Comprehensive pre departure information pack
- Airport Pick Up
- All accommodation
- Great healthy all meals in the first three weeks
- Optional Island Tour (Ubud, monkey forest, rice field terrace, barong/kecak fire dance, Kintamani volcano) or a / beach trip (Uluwatu, bukit, padang2, nusa dua, jimbaran)
- Yoga session or Massage
- Locally-based English-speaking coordinator
- Comprehensive intro week
- walking tour of monkey Street and Ubud
- Balinese traditional dance show
- Balinese language classes
- Indonesian cooking classes
- Visiting rice paddies and exploring Bali’s epic scenery
- Meeting the locals during Village walking tours
- Batik painting class
- Visits to temples and spiritual sites
- Five-day cultural immersion week with activities based in the local community
- Day trip to southern Bali beaches and Turtle Island
- Cycling tour visiting the volcanoes seeing beautiful landscapes and spice plantations
- Bicycle hire included
- Whitewater rafting the Ayung River
- Breakfast at Mount Batur
- Traditional Balinese massage
- Spending Money
- Return Airport Drop Off
- Entrance Fees to attractions if applicable