Dive into an amazing cultural intro week in a rural village near Ubud. Then get ‘hands on’ on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida by immersing yourself in our exciting turtle conservation project. By involving yourself with turtle nesting sites, helping out at our great rehabilitation centre and caring for turtles on this unspoiled island, you will be sure to leave knowing that you made a positive and important impact. Get involved with the community too, by teaching English to local kids, while you stay near a stunning beach off the beaten track!
Bali Turtle Conservation
Everything on the island is fantastic. The palm trees, golden sandy beaches. Stars you have probably never seen before. Most of our travellers are constantly taken aback by the fact that it’s all real and that they are really there!
This exciting program is 2 or 3-weeks and starts off with a cultural introduction week on Bali, near Ubud followed by a stay on a tropical island. You can expect a true conservation adventure, where you get to experience true Balinese culture and make a positive impact while spending your time in Indonesia.
- 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 followed by
- Turtle conservation week (you can join 1 or 2 weeks)
- Get started and well informed during the introduction week
- Visit ‘Monkey Forest’ in Ubud, experience a traditional Balinese dance show, visit some amazing spots while stopping off at ancient temples along the way
- Help with turtle conservation on a beautiful Balinese island
- Care for and rehabilitate turtle, plus help release them back into their natural habitat
- There is a possibility you may get to help with nesting sites, eggs or hatchlings – May-September is turtle breeding season.
- Stay near one of the most picturesque beaches on an untouched island and soak up all the sun you want.
- Help teach English to kids in the local community and even help out with community and environmental projects
The Bali turtle conservation trip 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, whilst giving you the opportunity to give back and make a real difference.
This trip combines well with a trip to the Gili Islands, or our 10 day Bali trip if you want to try some diving, freediving or chill out on golden sandy beaches.
Perfect for First-time travellers or if you want to visit Bali in a group. For people who want to give back and make a meaningful difference. Fully guided we have locally based Xtreme Gap representatives on hand to settle you in and show you the best that Bali has to offer.
Itinerary Bali Turtle Conservation
This awesome 2 or 3-week Bali trip and is filled with culture, Conservation projects, and adventures in Bali! With one week’s cultural introduction in Ubud, followed by 1 or 2 weeks on an amazing island to help with our turtle project.
Week 1: Cultural Introduction Week
The introduction and orientation starts every Monday and you need to arrive in Bali on the Sunday before orientation, Sunday you check in and relax before the introduction and orientation on Monday.
Of course, we include a pick-up. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and he will make sure you get to your accommodation in lovely Ubud.
On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction to the Bali traditions and culture.
You will get to know the Balinese families in the surrounding area and learn about their culture. Also, we will take you on an amazing walking tour of the popular Monkey street is to follow and a visit to Ubud market to shop for some special Balinese gifts to take home. After the visit, you will have lunch and then join a class on introduction to Balinese culture. We will have an early dinner, followed by a traditional Balinese dance show… before ending off Day 1 of your adventure!
9:30 Balinese Language Class. It’s always fun to learn a few words like hello, “thank you” and “a coffee, please”. This simply adds to your cultural experience and might even help along the way.
14:00 Village Walking Tour. You will finally get to see the stunning rice terraces with your own eyes, plus walk through the arty village and surroundings of Ubud. It’s truly stunning over here.
9:30 Balinese Language Class
13.00 Batik painting class. Batik is an amazing and ancient method of colour dyeing, and you will get to learn how to do this.
09:30 Cooking class
14:00 Balinese flower offering Class
9:00 Spiritual Tour: we go to visit the famous temple ” Pura Tirta Empul ” the holy water temple and you can enjoy a shower with the Holy Water. The temple is a stunningly beautiful place, full of flowers and life.
13:00 Late Lunch at the house /Possible to get some snack or drink in the temple
15.00 Project meeting, we go over what you can expect the next coming week with the turtles, yeah! not long now.
Saturday & Sunday:
Once your cultural orientation week is over you will then be driven with our coordinator for 40 minutes to Sanur on the coast, it’s a beautiful drive. In Sanur you will hop on board a 40-minute speedboat ride to the remote and unspoiled island of Nusa Penida where the turtle conservation project is based.
Week 2 (and 3): Volunteer Week at Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
You will go over to your next stop, the turtle rehabilitation project on Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is small, there are few people here, almost no tourists, and it’s absolutely amazing. Your accommodation is located about 10 minutes away from the harbour, and the beach is a two-minute walk away. Volunteering will take place from Monday-Friday, with Saturday and Sunday free days. A typical volunteer week looks something like this:
On Monday, after having breakfast, you will start feeding the turtles, cleaning their tanks and collecting seaweed. Then, time will be allocated to welcome new arrivals. After that, you will have your lunch and receive a briefing and a short introduction on the beach in order to familiarize you to this new exciting setting. This will be followed by a short introduction about Nusa Penida, particularly, about the supermarket, ATM facilities, and the Nusa Penida Center. In the evening, you will be able to feed the turtles which would be an amazing experience for those who haven’t done it before.
Tuesday to Wednesday
After having breakfast on Tuesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed. Then you will be given some time to prepare for lessons as you will be teaching at a local school on this day. After lunch, you will depart to the local school where you will get the opportunity to interact with local students. Finally, you would call it a day by feeding the turtles after you come back from teaching the school children.
On Thursday, you will have your breakfast and start cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed as usual.
Then you will have lunch and visit an amazing location called the Crystal Bay which has a breathtaking view. Finally, you will be feeding turtles and enjoy a dinner by a Bonfire at the beach.
On Friday, after having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles into the sea. After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.
After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.
Accommodation and Location
We take care of all your accommodation for you during the programme. In your first week, you will be in a shared guesthouses in the village of Pejeng, about 15-minute drive from Ubud. It is proper Bali and is a beautiful rural, unspoilt village which is off the beaten track, surrounded by picturesque rice paddies. The village will offer you a true cultural immersion into Balinese culture.
You and your new friends will be staying in a traditional Balinese style property and will be living right next door to local families. It’s the most authentic way to experience Balinese culture and to meet the extremely friendly locals.
The accommodation will be in single-sex dorm rooms, sleeping between 4-8 per room. The house has 12 dorm rooms.
Although the accommodation is basic. it has everything you need, with comfortable bunk beds and a fan in each room. There is a great communal area and a basic shared kitchen with a fridge in each house. Mosquito nets are not provided in the accommodation so you may want to bring one with you. A local laundry service is also usually available for around USD5 per load.
The Bathrooms are shared, but don’t worry, they are western style toilets and there is hot water. Quick note: Some of the showers have traditional open ceilings and do not offer much privacy so you may want to bring swimming gear with you.
Ubud is just a quick drive away and we offer a shuttle service into town for anyone who needs bits n bobs, snacks etc… Plus there are ATM’s in town too.
There is also a nearby swimming pool that the volunteers can use, which is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the accommodation.
Please note: Since you will be living fairly close to local families, alcohol is not permitted in the volunteer houses.
Meals during these weeks are included. The food is traditional Balinese for 3 meals/day on weekdays, weekends (2 meals/ day).
Once again, we got you covered, all your accommodation is provided for you during the programme, also in shared guesthouses on the unspoilt island of Nusa Penida. You have to be prepared for a more basic standard of living on the island, with less access to shops and tourist attractions, but remember, you are now in a real tropical, with the most beautiful beach practically on your doorstep. This little slice of heaven offers a completely unique cultural captivation into the Balinese way of life and you don’t get better than this!
The accommodation is basic but still comfortable with bunkbeds and a fan in each room. Mosquito nets are not provided here either, so keep that in mind. Bathrooms are shared and have western toilets and hot water.
The accommodation has curtains rather than doors due to the warm weather and the safe island location. 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.
There is no Wi-Fi internet access and it is super difficult to get a mobile signal on the island, but that’s part of the reason why we are here, to get away from it all.There is a hotel 20 minutes walk from the accommodation, which has internet access, a pool and a restaurant. You may want to bring books, dvds etc. to enjoy in your free time.
If you do wish to travel back to the mainland on the weekends, during your free time, then a speedboat ride costs around £6-7.
Three meals a day are included on weekdays and 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) on the weekends for the full three week programme. Indonesian food is amazingly delicious and diverse. Most 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 also be catered for.
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.
- 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
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