Winding mountain roads, towering forests, elephants, waterfalls, fascinating villages, all topped off with a super comfy bed and great food every evening. You really haven’t ‘done’ Thailand until you’ve ‘done’ The 2 weeks Thailand Fast & Furious and rode your own Tuk Tuk!
Thailand Fast & Furious, adventurous travel by Tuk Tuk
Northern Thailand has been bussed, cycled, trekked and moped’ed but has it ever been ‘Tuk Tuk’d’? Release your inner cab driver and join us on a trip that puts you in charge of Thailand’s most iconic form of transport. Well, apart from an elephant and that wouldn’t be right, would it. We can guarantee numb bums, shaky arms, ringing ears, huge amounts of fun, more than a touch of luxury and a travel story to bore your friends with for years…
Start and end in Chiang Mai, with this 11 day Tuk Tuk Adventure.
Included are accommodation, expert guides, meals, transport and lots of adventure.
Starting and finishing in the beautiful Mae Wang valley The Fast & Furious Trip takes you on a journey through some of South East Asia’s most spectacular scenery, we let you stay in some of the coolest small hotels in the region and brings you in touch with local communities like you’ve never known before. Ever rocked up to a market in your own Tuk Tuk? If not, you’ve never really seen Thai hospitality at it’s best.
Places You Will Visit
Our base camp in a stunning valley an hour outside Chiang Mai. This is where you’ll learn how to drive your Tuk Tuk, have a Temple blessing for the journey ahead and spend some time with elephants at a local elephant home.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Wind your way up tiny roads and through mountain communities before arriving at Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m. The National Park is our base for two nights while we explore the area, find beautiful waterfalls and trek through the forest.
Surrounded by forests, mountains and rivers and inhabited by Shan and other Hill Tribe groups, Mae Sariang is a lovely small town with fascinating temples, friendly people and the perfect river to sit by having a cold beer.
Mae Hong Son
Forests, rice paddies, trekking and a mighty cool sunset bar the best location in Thailand, if not the world! If it was good enough for Brad and Angelina, then it’s certainly good enough for us.
Once the ultimate ‘travellers’ hideaway, now the location of your ultimate boutique hotel. Winding up and down mountains we arrive in the outskirts of Pai to spend a couple of nights in a fantastic small resort. Chill by the pool, explore local temples and forests or indulge your ‘hippy’ side and buy some tie-dye…
Day to day Itinerary
Day 1: Pick up from Chiang Mai, transfer to Mae Wang. Tuk Tuk training and Temple blessing!
Day 2: More Tuk Tuk training and visit to an elephant ‘home’ with the chance to walk with and bathe the elephants.
Day 3: This is when real excitement begins: Driving your Tuk Tuk through mountain roads and passes to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m.
Day 4: Trekking in National Park with stunning scenery and waterfalls.
Day 5: Winding our way through rural lanes and roads and then over mountains to Mae Sariang. A stunning riverside town.
Day 6: Journey through up and over more mountains and twisty roads to Mae Hong Son. Spend the evening in Thailand’s most beautiful bar (or chilling by the pool).
Day 7: A free day to relax by the pool, explore local trekking trails (with your guide) or venture into Mae Hong Son village. It’s up to you.
Day 8: More mountains, more great coffee shops and incredible vistas as we wind our way to Pai and our stunning hotel for the next two nights.
Day 9: A free day to explore Pai, chill by the pool or explore temples, waterfalls and the local village.
Day 10: We descend from the mountains back towards Chiang Mai city and then weave through small communities and villages on our way back to Mae Wang.
Day 11: All good things come to an end. We’ll transfer you back to Chiang Mai city around mid-morning, f you can tear yourself away from your Tuk Tuk.
Honestly, the accommodation is fantastic and so it should be – there’s nothing better than having a great day out and about and then having somewhere really nice to relax and sleep. the accommodation is Twin shared and we’ve chosen the accommodation very carefully aiming to have a balance between high-quality places but with character and none of the ‘stuffiness’ one can get in 5* resorts. We’re travelling by Tuk Tuk after all! Location to us is vital – so each resort has fantastic views and, most importantly, brilliant places to sit and have sundowner or three.Mae Wang – we stay at a really interesting old style house that’s been converted into a beautiful small hotel. We’re in the countryside so don’t expect Ritz style service but the staff are lovely, the rooms very pleasant and it’s a fantastic base for the Tuk Tuk training and getting to know each other in the group.Doi Inthanon – this is the most basic of our accommodation but that’s more than made up for by it’s incredible location and where we start our trek. Rooms are simple huts on the edge of rice fields in the heart of the mountains. All rooms do have their own bathrooms but the accommodation is basic. Having said that, most of our time here is spent out and about exploring the forest and the incredible scenery and the base here is a fun place to be. This is the only place where there is no air-conditioning BUT it is much cooler here in the evenings and there are plenty of fans.Mae Sariang – we’re back to 3-4* lovely accommodation from here on in. With a great Riverside location, this accommodation is a great place to rest and relax after the drive. Riverside beers, a riverside restaurant, great staff – it doesn’t get much better.Mae Hong Son – another very special place to stay. Lovely ‘bungalows’ on the edge of the forest, surrounded by rice paddies and with the best mountain views (and the best sunset bar, ever). Streams run through the property, there’s a pool and a great restaurant. What more could you want and if it was good enough for Brad Pitt then we reckon it’s good enough for us (and if you’re very nice we might even let you know which room he stayed in, although as the sheets are cleaned very regularly we’re not sure there’s too much left of him there!)Pai– a relatively new resort with a number of really nice ‘bungalows’ spread across the resort area. With a tiny village to one side, rice fields all around and mountain view, this is an awesome base for the two nights we’re here. There’s a great pool – right next to the rice paddies – and very pleasant restaurant.
Yes – as long as you’ve got a sense of adventure and flexibility, of course, you can. Also, you must have a valid driving license from their own country (manual not automatic).
You do have to agree to the Tuk Tuk behaviour rules – ie no drinking and driving (including ‘morning after’), the Tuk Tuk teams decision on whether someone is able to drive is always final (safety comes first) and that they agree to follow the rules of the convoy – ie speed limits, no overtaking, no dangerous driving etc.
Anyone who wants to see the ‘real’ Thailand from a different perspective and be amongst the first people to take part in this sort of travel in Thailand. NOTE: Other than nights 3 and 4 the accommodation is at a high 3* / 4 * level. Nights 3 and 4 are simple and ‘rustic’.
Nights 3 and 4 in the National Park are in ‘rustic’ accommodation – taking advantage of the stunning surroundings. All other accommodation is of a very high standard (4*) with air-conditioning and even swimming pools (nights 6,7,8 and 9).
This trip is the perfect trip to join alone or with a friend. If you travel alone it’s the best way to make friends. You can share a Tuk Tuk and will ‘room’ with another solo traveller throughout the tour. If you travel with a friend you can share accommodation and a Tuk Tuk between you.
We will pick you up at 10:00 am at the HOTEL in Chiang Mai City. If you’re not staying there the night before your tour starts please make your own way to the hotel which is just on the South side of the old city walls. All details will be in the pre departure information provided upon booking.
We will transfer you back to the Hotel in Chiang Mai on the final day of your tour, arriving around 12:30 pm. If you are flying out of Chiang Mai on the same day, please don’t book flights leaving earlier than around 3-4pm. NOTE: If you require any special transfers (i.e. the day before, early morning) please do contact us as we may be able to arrange a separate transfer to Chiang Mai for a small additional cost.
Getting to Chiang Mai is very easy these days. If you’re travelling from overseas to join the tour then you can get connecting flights from Bangkok up to Chiang Mai – although do check which airport your flight is from. Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways use Suvannabhumi (BKK) which is the main international airport hub, most of the ‘low cost’ airlines such as Air Asia, Thai Lion air etc, use Don Muang airport (DMK) and you should always allow at least 2 hours to get between the two.Chiang Mai airport is located very centrally and it’s easy to get a taxi to anywhere in the city from there.If you’re already in Thailand you can head to Chiang Mai by plane – low-cost airlines fly the route many times a day and prices start at around 1,100THB one way – which takes around an hour.Alternatively the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is a ‘classic’ journey and a very pleasant way to get up to the North. Overnight sleepers (2nd Class, air-conditioning) are less than 1,000THB and a fun way to feel part of the country!
The simple answer is yes! If you can drive a manual (stick shift) car then you won’t have any problems driving a Tuk Tuk. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to things – that’s what our training sessions are for – but they’re pretty simple beasts and a lot of fun. Just don’t think you’re Lewis Hamilton and try to take corners too fast……
Why wouldn’t you want to? But seriously, this is no problem at all. If you’re travelling with friends you can sit back and let them be your chauffeur or if you’re travelling solo, the others in your Tuk Tuk are going to love you as they’ll get more driving time. Of course, you can also take a seat with our lead Tuk Tuk which is driven by one of The Tuk Tuk Club team.
If you drive at home we honestly don’t think you’ll have a problem with the training course BUT, if you do, don’t worry. Our team will work with you throughout the trip until you feel confident and pass any elements of the training course you struggled with (they’ll give you extra training when we arrive in new locations and keep working with you as long as you want). Once you’ve passed the course then you’re up and away and will be able to drive on the tour.
One of the few things we can’t control! Weather patterns in Thailand seem to be changing quite a lot at the moment but as a rule of thumb, November through to February is lovely and cool with blue skies and very little rain. Expect day time temperatures of mid to high 20’s (sometimes a touch warmer) and evening temperatures of teen’s or, when we’re in the mountains, around 8-10C. March through to June / July gets quite hot and day time highs can be in the mid to high 30C’s (but don’t forget you’ve got the natural air-conditioning of the Tuk Tuk!) and evening temperatures of low to mid 20’s C. Don’t forget though that up in the mountains it always feels a bit cooler and there’s a lot less humidity up here than in Bangkok. From around July through to October it’s the rainy season – it’s still nice and warm (even hot!) – and you can expect some heavy rain from time to time. It’s rare that it rains all day however, far more common are very heavy downpours which then dry up incredibly quickly. All seasons are fun to travel in and offer different experiences – the weather is the weather so don’t let it put you off!
Thai food is awesome – at least 65,000,000 Thai’s think so – and you haven’t really had Thai food until you’ve eaten in Thailand and well away from the ‘tourist trail’. All the food that’s included in the trip is intentionally ordered to give a great introduction to Thai food and it isn’t as spicy as some may think (although you can of course add your own chillies if that’s your thing). Lunch stops are always in very ‘local’ areas but the food is always freshly prepared and cooked and probably far more healthy than most places around the world. Where food isn’t included in the evening our team will always be on hand to recommend the best places – be it a restaurant style meal you’re looking for or some fantastic ‘street food’.There are always options for vegetarian’s and please let us know in advance if you have any other dietary needs / preferences.
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!
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).
Regarding pick up every arrival is on Sunday from 6.00-18.00 any earlier or later it will be extra charge for 60 EUR pay on arrival. If you already are in Bali we can arrange a pick up at no extra cost:
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
Yes, We have. There is the local internet access in the house centre. Participants should bring their Laptop. The Internet is for free off charge and good enough for Email,Facebook, Blog etc. There are many restaurants and coffee shops nearby 2 minute walk with free Wi-fi as well.
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.
If you visit between November and April a rain poncho or umbrella will come in handy, and both can be purchased inexpensively here. As this time is Bali´s summer, the rains tend to be warm and humid, but a light jacket can be useful for evenings. May through October is typically dry season and winter. Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Balinese do not wear shoes indoors. Same day laundry service is inexpensive and plentiful, so you´re better off to pack light. Don´t forget your bathing trunks!
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.
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
Return Airport Drop Off
Entrance Fees to attractions if applicable
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Sunday December 04
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Sunday January 01
Sunday January 15
Sunday February 05
Sunday February 19
Sunday March 05
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Sunday April 02
Sunday April 16
Sunday April 30
Sunday May 14
Sunday June 4
Sunday June 18
Sunday July 02
Sunday July 09
Sunday July 16
Sunday July 23
Sunday August 06
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Sunday September 03
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Sunday October 01
Sunday October 15
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Sunday December 17
Always wanted to learn Spanish? Well, how about learning Spanish in Argentina while living in an amazingly fun hostel in Buenos Aires. Spend 4 hours per day, learning one of the world’s most romantic languages, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or already at an advanced level. Our small group classes make it an ideal learning experience while living in a Spanish speaking country, the cultural
Our small group classes make it an ideal learning experience while living in a Spanish speaking country, the cultural exposure will help improve your Spanish and not to mention loads of fun to be had in Buenos Aires! Buenos Aires is the perfect place to start
Buenos Aires is the perfect place to start your adventure in Argentina, making friends, learning a new language and having an unforgettable experience at the same time. The hostel has an array of daily exciting activities and cultural experiences as well as your Spanish classes, so you can make the most of every day that you spend in Buenos Aires.
Learn Spanish in Argentina Highlights Include:
Enjoy 4 hours of Spanish language sessions per day, from beginner to advanced level
Discover beautiful Buenos Aires, the “Paris of Latin America” as you soak up the atmosphere in Argentina
Stay in one of Buenos Aires’ most famous city hostels, make new friends and have fun!
Enjoy a variety optional awesome activities and party nights from your city hostel base
Practice the local lingo on the streets of the buzzing city
This programme is based in the iconic city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will receive up to 20 hours of fun and entertaining Spanish language lessons per week. Also, you will stay in a unique central city hostel location which offers a choice of some brilliant optional activities. This is the perfect way to get that South American cultural injection and experience Argentina like it should be.
Spanish Language Classes
Arrival day is always on a Sunday and your Spanish lessons will begin on the Monday . You will be learning in small groups at either beginner, intermediate or advanced level.
Classes are held daily, from Monday to Friday and run for 4 hours per day (a total of 20 hours per week). All courses include a study of grammar through theory and practice, and work on vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing exercises. It is important to note that lessons are held completely in Spanish; this by far the best way to immerse yourself in the full Spanish-speaking experience, dive in head first!
Extra Activities and Cultural Excursions
Our hostel is always busy, so while you are living and learning Spanish, you’ll get to make lots of new friends and spend lots of free time enjoying all the exciting daily optional activities provided. These extra activities are a great way to improve your Spanish and of course are just good old plain fun.
Activities on offer while you are with us may include:
An unforgettable Buenos Aires City bike tour
A walking tour to the buzzing La Boca district and the beautiful colourful artists’ area of Caminito
A tango night and 3-course dinner
Argentinian Rooftop ‘Asado’ (BBQ) at the hostel
Happy hour at the hostel bar
Tickets for entry to some of Buenos Aires’ premier nightclubs
Trips to the famous football stadium in Buenos Aires to see a live match
Urban art graffiti tour
Please note that these optional activities are all at an extra cost to you.
For your stay in Buenos Aires, you will be staying in a hostel, located in a beautiful five-story, 19th-century house, built around a qaint, colonial-era atrium. The Spanish lessons are also given in the same building, so that’s super easy.
You will be staying in comfortable shared, mixed-sex dorm accommodation, with shared facilities. The rooms are well-kept with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi access. A full laundry service is also offered at your hostel. If you prefer, single or twin room upgrades, please let us know, there is an extra cost; please ask for details at the time of booking.
Your Breakfast is also included. Other than this you’ll need to allow spending money for all of your remaining meals. With kitchen facilities and a bar at your hostel, as well as a city full of Argentine cuisine just minutes away, you won’t have any trouble finding delicious food round every corner. its also a bit of a social event, and people tend to hang out together and make dinner arrangements during the day. Its super social!
You need to fly arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), also known as Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires on a Sunday. You will be met on arrival and taken to your city hostel to begin your learn to speak Spanish experience (lessons begin on a Monday).
Currently, on a british passport, when entering Argentina, you will not require a visa and will be granted a 90 day trip permit (around 12 weeks/3 months) upon arrival. If you would like to extend your trip or plan to stay in the country longer, then a visa would be necessary. Please note that we are not held liable for any visa information and it is always best to check exactly what is needed with your local Argentinian embassy.
Are you longing to get really fit? If you spend time at the Xtreme Gap fitness bootcamp, set in a tropical Thai jungle paradise, then you really will. Industry leading professional personal trainers will get you in peak condition in no time. After your training take your new six pack for a walk on the beautiful tropical beaches of Phuket. Feel the burn!!
Wouldn´t it be great, to get really fit? And we mean super fit. To the point where you’re feeling fantastic. Loads of energy, strength, feeling good and looking good. If you spend time at the Xtreme Gap Fitness Bootcamp, set in a tropical Thai jungle paradise, then you will. Industry-leading professional personal trainers will get you in peak condition in no time. After your training take your new six pack for a walk on the beautiful tropical beaches of Phuket. Feel the burn!!
Somewhere between two weeks and three months you can genuinely change your life. These are not our words, but the feedback from previous clients who have attended the Fitness Boot Camp.
The Thailand Fitness Boot Camp is an intensive fitness programme, open to men and women of all ages and levels of fitness. What you can achieve depends on how long you stay, but even short term guests benefit from the intensive workouts and personal attention from expert fitness trainers. It won’t break the bank, and at the end of the trip, you can expect to feel fitter, stronger, and physically better. The programme is suitable to increase cardio fitness, muscle mass, help with weight loss, flexibility or just toning up to kick off your travels! Besides that, you take home new insights into maintaining a more active and healthier lifestyle!
Why join the Tropical Fitness Bootcamp?
Most guests travel to the boot camp travelling solo so don´t be afraid to come alone. You will not be alone. We hook you up on Facebook before arrival so you can meet others at the camp.
You can relax in style in your luxury boutique accommodation, in a luxury resort with two gorgeous pools or opt for the cheaper standard accommodation.
See your fitness improving efficiently with a personal training mentor session every week.
You will be amazed at how much fitter and better you feel with lots of varied group fitness training sessions that actually work.
Discover how motivated you get when training in a group, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
There is nothing stopping you from reaching your fitness goals with access to comprehensive gym and training equipment.
Improve fitness faster and more efficiently with proven advanced fitness techniques, taught to you by top fitness professionals.
This trip is about you, and improving your personal fitness with a plan based on your level and fitness goals in a supportive group environment.
You don´t have to worry about what you eat, we have designed and include a meal plandevised by nutritionists to help compliment your goals.
Discover new ways to stay fit trying other sports as well, like Muay Thai & Yoga (no extra costs).
There is no limit to how much you can train with Unlimited Gym Access 6 days a week.
You will get out and about and hit the beach with beach training sessions.
Tailored to your schedule with long-term (12 weeks) or short term options. How much do you want to achieve?
You can invest in your health as this is one of the best value boot camps out there. Can you afford not to take part?
Photos of the Tropical Fitness Bootcamp
Tropical Fitness Bootcamp Full Details
The Thailand fitness boot camp is suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. The one unifying goal of people attending the camp to get fit or fitter and have a great time in a beautiful location doing something healthy. It combines ultra luxurious accommodation with world-class fitness training at incredible prices.
Arrival day Sunday: You will be met at the airport and taken to your accommodation by a Xtreme Gap representative. Settle in relax after a long flight and sleep well. The next day walk to the fitness boot camp located close by where you will have your introduction session.
You make your way to the reception of the training camp, and our rep will introduce you to the trainers, give you a training schedule and give you your vouchers for the meal plan (2 meals a day Monday to Saturday). The meal plan starts on the day of the introduction. You just need to go there in your training gear, shorts, sneakers, t-shirt and a towel and water. The water you can buy at the resort or the training camp.
Motivating. With Time To Achieve Those Results.
Many people struggle to get motivated into taking their health and fitness seriously. Think about it, who has the time to hit the gym properly or go for a run in our busy lives?
When you do get round to it, where is the motivation? The great thing about the fitness Boot Camp: You can take time out of your hectic schedule to do something that is great for your well-being. Even better you know you will be supported every step of the way.
What can the Tropical Fitness Bootcamp do for you?
Everyone is different, with different goals. Some people are unfit others have a good base level of fitness, either way, you will benefit from spending some time training here, and you will see remarkable improvements.
You will be impressed by what you can achieve.
It is a motivating environment. 90% of people at the camp travel there on their own which leads to a social and supportive atmosphere because everyone has there with the same goal. Coupled with superb trainers, scheduled classes and all the equipment you could need, there is nothing stopping you.
You will be amazed at what you can achieve, because with group training sessions slacking off is less of an option, and the exercise is quite addictive once you get into it. The included meal plan, two meals a day from Monday to Saturday, provided you with healthy and delicious food helping you to tone up, lose weight or build muscle extremely quickly.
We have had clients who have gone from 1 week to 12 weeks, and the feedback is consistently excellent with great results.
An Incredible Location
Relaxation Is Just As Important As The Training.
This is a holiday as much as a bootcamp. The training can take it out of you, so to relax after a hard session you stay in a super luxurious resort. Set in a peaceful Thai tropical garden, with two beautiful pools, and your own boutique villa style room all ensuite (or a suite if you choose Deluxe or Luxury), you have the perfect blend of healthy fitness workouts and complete relaxation at the end of the day. See the accommodation section for more.
All you need is on your doorstep.
The location is superb, in Phuket, towards the south centre of the island the camp is located away from the touristic mess of Phuket’s livelier locations. Situated on a quiet road, under the watchful gaze of Phuket’s most famous landmark the Big Buddha there are lots of nice little restaurants, spas and restaurants to enjoy.
World Class Crossfit Style Training. Strength, Conditioning & Weightloss.
It is the training that sets up camp apart, not just the quantity but also the quality of the workouts really get results. With an impressive roster of trainers, we are constantly improving our fitness routines incorporating the latest methods and techniques.
On average there can be 50-100 people training at the camp, from all over the world and it is not unusual to be working out with professional athletes and fitness professionals. As well as clients who are on holiday and want to get in shape, as well as people of poor fitness levels who want to learn how to improve their physique. With so many people coming and training the camp, naturally, the latest fitness techniques are incorporated and developed in the training programmes. With just one month spent training at the Xtreme Gap Fitness Boot Camp, we can confidently state that you can develop so much further than six months with a personal trainer back home. Fitness results are really delivered.
Personal Training Session and Group Sessions.
Once per week you will have a mentor session with a professional personal trainer, and is well placed to advise nutrition, techniques and give you a roadmap during your stay to get the most out of your workouts.
As well as the personal training session, there are group training sessions, Monday to Saturday, with Gym access available seven days a week (But mostly Sunday is taken off for a well-deserved rest).
While there is plenty of training activities included, perhaps even more than most can handle, there is the option to book extra personal training sessions locally (Approx £45 per session), and you can even try other fitness activities like Muay Thai training (2 sessions a week are already included).
So what’s the catch? Well, nothing really, except you have to arrange your own flight to Thailand, you fly to Phuket which is very well connected internationally or via Bangkok and you need to make the effort in training of course! Just book early online and we will get you all prepared for your trip.
Fitness Bootcamp Beach Training Excursions.
The group training sessions are very diverse; we like to mix it up to keep it interesting and there are a couple of training sessions that take place every week away from the camp.
Every Saturday the whole crew hit one of the beautiful beaches and do an early workout. The perfect way to round of the week of intense training and enjoy paradise. Here is where we like to show our guest just exactly what makes this island such a beautiful place to train. Not only do we offer great beach training classes but we also like to make sure you know all the best places for your daily runs, hikes and general relaxation.
The Beach Boot Camp days are legendary, and they are probably the toughest training sessions throughout the week. The reward is you get to jump in the crystal clear sea after a one-hour session!
Our client feedback consistently mentions how surprised they have been at their progress and improvement on these two fitness excursions days. You will be surprised by what you are capable of.
Everything Is Made Easy.
After booking, we will set you up with an online buddy list so you can chat to other people going to the camp, or people already training at the camp before you even set off.
We are of course here to answer all your questions before you go and before booking, but after booking, we also include a very detailed predeparture pack for you to familiarise yourself with the trip before you go, and we will help you every step of the way making your travel arrangements as simple as possible.
On arrival in Phuket, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your resort. As most of our guest travel solo this really makes it easy when you arrive in Thailand for the first time. We recommend a Sunday arrival although we can be flexible (request trip notes for further details on the accommodation).
The Training Buddy List
Prior to arrival, you will have access to a facebook group of fellow bootcampers, so you will already know people at the camp and people arriving the same time as you. Makes integration even easier. It’s super supportive and a nice way to start. One of the best things about the camp is the atmosphere, most travel with us solo, so there is a very welcoming and social side to the camp.
Full Intro On Day One
On the first day of your training, our Xtreme Gap rep will give you a full introduction, introduce you to the trainers, show you around the camp and help you meet other Xtreme Gappers, and also talk you through the meal plan and training timetable (more on that below).
The rep is your first point of contact should you have any issues in Thailand. Perhaps you just want to know where to go to get your laundry done, where to have a good spa treatment or get the inside information on which restaurant has the best Thai red curry in town, all you have to do is ask. Everything is made really easy for you, allowing you to just focus on having a great time, getting fit and having a great holiday.
Also on the firts training day (Monday) there is an afternoon Nutricioun seminar. We gladly go over your goals and help you with your meal plan.
How long should you go for?
Most people go for 2 to 6 weeks, due to time constraints with work, and two weeks is enough to start to see some good results. The main benefit you will take home the knowledge of how to maintain and improve your fitness back home along with a solid foundation or fitness.
Of course, you also have had an amazing holiday in Thailand as well, and it is not that often you can say you’ve come back from holiday feeling better than when you left!
Short-term guests will receive an amazing kick start to their health and fitness routine.
Many who travel with us use this as a kick start to their travels as well, after all, if you are hitting the beaches in Thailand, you want to look and feel good!
Why Not Just Head To Thailand And Join A Gym?
Simply put: you won’t get the same experience. Due to our large groups, and the fact most people join on their own, it’s a very welcoming supportive environment which you would not get in the same way in other gyms. With our programme you get to know everyone, you hang out with them, you socialise with them and train together.
It’s work hard play hard. Just joining a normal gym you go there you workout, you go back to your hotel you don’t really meet everyone. It’s about the entire experience as well as the training.
Really want to get impressive results? Go long-term.
If you are really serious about making this a life changing trip, and completely give yourself a physical overhaul, to improve your health and fitness the way you look at the way you feel that you should definitely consider joining the long term.
Our clients who stay 8 to 12 weeks really feel the benefit and the transformation can be incredible. An improvement in your fitness levels is guaranteed, and spending 12 weeks devoting yourself to improving your health is surprisingly cheaper than spending the same amount of time at home.
Great Value Compared To Other Thailand Fitness Boot Camps.
The Fitness Boot Camp is incredibly good value, and when you compare the prices to similar boot camps and considering the quantity and quality of the training combined with a luxurious stay in a boutique resort, it becomes unsurprising that the majority of people who book revisit the camp. At half, the price of other fitness boot camps. It is little wonder it is so popular.
Luxurious Villas: Boutique & Deluxe
Don ´t hold back and spoil yourself! Located in walking distance to the Thailand Fitness Bootcamp we have a stunning 4* resort. Set in a beautiful landscaped Thai gardens, you will find the uttermost peace and tranquillity, with two pools – (the pools are heaven after a training session), a restaurant and high-quality service.
The resort (called the retreat) is 8 minutes walk to the training camp. There is a free shuttle service laid on to the training facility.
The Boutique Villas
Each private boutique villa comes with a large bed, air conditioning, flat screen TV/cable, DVD, WiFi internet, hot water en-suite shower and your own little outside veranda. The perfect place to relax after your day training, the outside communal lounge spaces are accompanied by easy sounds of fountains and birdsong surrounded by tropical plants. Heaven.
We also have deluxe boutique villas available, with an extra living space:
The Deluxe Boutique Villas
The resort has upgraded rooms available. These have a separate living and kitchenette. Consider this a suite. This accommodation option is perfect if you wish to work while you are training at the boot camp. There are a desk and a living area that could be perfect office terrain. The room has air conditioning, private bathroom, fridge, microwave, lounge area with a sofa, wifi and cable tv.
Also ideal if you want to share accommodation. Maximum 2 people. Special prices apply for sharing accommodation. Please e-mail us for information. Please note the camp is not located right on the beach, although the beaches are accessible by taxi or bike.
Standard Accommodation Option
If your budget doesn’t stretch to the luxury options, we have now got standard ensuite accommodation. Set in another resort, you have a clean comfortable room with air conditioning, private bathroom, fridge, desk, wifi, cable tv. This modern resort hotel has free high-speed internet, a nice pool and clean and comfy ensuite rooms.
The Training Timetable.
Note: Timetable is subject to change.
If you wish, you can start with a good stretch in the morning by joining the Yoga class for an hour before the ‘real’ work begins.
The boot camp training consists of 6 days a week Mon-Sat high cardio (fat burning) in the morning, using highly advanced techniques (request trip notes for further details and videos about this). These classes vary from Strenght & Conditioning, Crosstraining, Bodyfit, Spinning and Boxercise. They are designed to increase your fitness fast and efficiently. The groups typically have people training with a moderate physical condition and peak physical condition; this works well as the exercises are modified depending on your fitness levels and ability, so no one is left behind. The indoor gym is open on Sundays for those who want to train on the day off.
Open Matt Sessions
The whole camp is at your disposal to do your own workout. Use all the equipment the camp offers like battle ropes, assault course, med ball, torsonater, Olympic weightlifting bars with plates you can drop and a bunch of free weights so you can do your WOD (Workout of the Day) by yourself or team up with some of the other xtreme gappers.
The sport of Olympic Weightlifting involves participants completing two separate lifts; the snatch and the clean and jerk. In Olympic Weightlifting class you will learn how to perform these two lifts. Performing this type of exercises will help with increasing power, speed, flexibility and strength.
The class is recommended for those who have little or no experience with these lifts. Coaches will put a heavy emphasis on obtaining proper form and execution of these lifts before you start to really increase the weight used in these exercises.
Don’t let the term Olympic weightlifting put you off, this is a multi-purpose workout that will improve your whole body and the way it performs. Once perfected it will make other exercise much easier. Olympic Weightlifting also has a major Neurological benefit.
S&C (strength and conditioning)
Strength and Conditioning at our bootcamp is more than just your average fitness class! You will learn the exercise techniques that will lay the foundation for future training and transform your athletic ability and the way to push yourself hard beyond your limits. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced athlete: this training system will develop power, endurance, speed, agility, core strength. It will enable you to become more flexible. Not only will you perform better and remain injury free, but resistance training is also scientifically proven to promote weight loss.
Strength and Conditioning sessions run Mon-Fri afternoons at 5pm so that you can make the most of the weather here and chill a bit by the pool in the afternoon. This is a very good time to train as the heat drops, and the wind picks up to cool the sweat off your body, this helps to keep you motivated while training.
To keep our Strength and Conditioning sessions interesting, we constantly vary the format and emphasize a range of resistance exercise techniques and equipment to ensure no session is ever repeated exactly. Class intensity will be high, with all exercises demonstrated by our expert coaches to ensure correct posture and form so that you get the best results.
Every Saturday the whole crew hit a beautiful beach and do an early workout. The perfect way to round of the week of intense training and enjoy paradise. Here is where we like to show our guest just exactly what makes this such a beautiful place to train. Not only do we offer great beach training classes but we also like to make sure you know all the best places for your daily runs, hikes and general relaxation.
However, when coming to such a tropical place you can’t miss out on the great beach training programme we have for you. The unique environment offers us an opportunity to run through some imaginative routines which take advantage of both the sun and the sea to ensure you get the best beach training to remember.
Mobility, recovery and Stretching
Two days a week we focus on recovery of the different musscle groups.
Shoulders: for strength, stability, and mobility of the rotator cuff along with the development of the supportive muscle groups for correcting imbalances of the anterior and posterior.
Core: for total spine support through strengthening and stabilizing the deep and external major core muscle groups along with spine mobility.
Hips: mobility and flexibility for improved ROM (range of motion) along with the development of the hip flexor muscle groups.
All to enhance movement, posture, and performance with your sport, fitness, health and wellbeing for longevity and injury prevention with your life and training.
Get fit without getting hit. Train and have fun and learn boxing technique without the fear of getting hurt or getting hit in the face:) We teach basic boxing technique and keeping the pace high to maximize calorie burn and keep the pace in the fat burning zone. We use boxing gloves and pads, which we provide in class for our clients. A different and fun class that we teach two times per week, Tuesday and Thursday 4-5pm.
Assault Course Class
Want to train different, want to learn how to use your body weight strength and run through Thailand’s biggest obstacle course? Then this is the class for you. Ex-Navy Seal coach will teach this class 3 times per week. He will break down the different and most efficient way to tackle the various stations to make your time better and better each time you run the course. The record is 1.52 min so that is what we are aiming for to beat:). This class is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4-5pm.
We run spinning three times per week we have spinning class, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6.15pm. Tour the Thailand in one spot. We will also throw in some bodyweight exercises as well to mix it up. We are taking spinning classes to a new level, and it will be different to a normal spinning class, but we can assure you will love this!
Every Monday you can join our Nutrition Seminar. We discuss nutrition and how we should eat for a healthy lifestyle. We will guide you and make suggestions on what, how and when to eat so everyone is able to make their own meal plan on a generic basis.
Not everyone at the camp is attending for weightloss. So please note we do not incorporate body fat measurements using callipers as standard in the package. This is a service available locally on request for an additional small fee.
Yoga, Muay Thai Try It All
There are also options to join Yoga sessions taught by a highly qualified yoga instructor.
The Yoga groups first thing in the morning are perfect to warm up your muscles and get them ready for a hard session at body fit.
This is not a Muay Thai training camp; we specialise in fitness. That being said if you want to try some Muay Thai we include 2 Muay Thai sessions a week. This is a complimentary service. (about 2 GBP for gear rental per session)
Set your own pace if you need to
The gym is open full-time Monday to Sunday (No group sessions on Sunday), you can train harder if you like, or explore Phuket and hit its stunning beaches with a body to match if you don ´t slack off!
What equipment do we use?
The gym at the Thailand Fitness Bootcamp is brand-new equipment. Includes all you need to work on strength and conditioning training: Life fitness and Cybex equipment. Fully equipped 3 stories air conditioned gym. You have Unlimited access to the gym and there are always fitness trainers can advise you and guide you throughout your workouts.
Concept II Rowers
Cross-trainers and stepup machines
Two Squat Racks
Masses of dumbbells!
Plethora of bumper plates and bars
Flights are not included, and please do not book your flights before booking with us as we do need to reserve your spot, and make sure there is availability. Submit your booking form and we will come back to you within 24 hours to confirm. Once we have issued you your confirmation invoice you are then good to book your flights into Phuket.
When should you go?
Whenever you like! It starts every Sunday. In our experience, the cheapest time to fly is between mid-April and October. This is a traditionally low season. The price of the Boot Camp remains the same throughout the year however this can seriously affect the price of flights. So if you are on a budget consider coming during those months.
Travelling alone is no problem it’s a very social environment.
As we mentioned most people who attend the camp, are independent travellers and arrive at the camp on their own. If you are concerned about travelling solo, don’t be. There is such a social atmosphere at the camp, and it is a supportive environment that everyone gets to know each other very quickly.
We set you up on our buddy list system before you go (to chat online with other people attending the camp, and we promise you will make really good new friends, (serious physical exercise in a group can be quite a bonding experience we assure you!)
So really it does not take long for people to get to know one another.
While two meals a day are included in the meal plan, you are free to have dinner where ever you like, which tends to be very social.
People come from all over to train at our camp, so expect to meet new friends from all over the world and actually broaden your horizons and extend your connections at the same time.
The fact that most people travel there alone, also adds to the motivation factor, because everyone is there to succeed in their fitness goals, so everyone encourages and pushes each other to do more.
Location & Activities.
You can expect great weather, fabulous food and exciting environment. Lots of culture and exciting day trips to be had. The training camp is about a 10 min drive from the beach, (taxis are cheap) there are temples, spas, and numerous activities like elephant trekking, diving, snorkelling, trekking and you can even head out to Phi Phi for some to die for beaches.
You can’t go to Thailand without trying a Thai massage as well, and after a few days training you might just want one! There are ample spa facilities in the vicinity of your accommodation, so it is very easy to reward yourself with a bit of pampering after all of your hard efforts with your training.
Request trip notes (on the right and we will send you further information on some other things you can do there.)
You can enter Thailand on a 28 day Visa exemption if arriving by air, so for our clients staying just four weeks or under there is no need to arrange a Visa. If you intend to stay longer, you will need to pre-arrange a Visa, after booking we can send you all the information you need to do this, and our partners can even take care of this for you.
The booking process is relatively straightforward, but please note spaces to fill up so we advise booking well ahead, last-minute bookings can occasionally be taken, but we do need it least ten days notice. Having said that we can rarely guarantee you space if you book last-minute, so please contact us if you want to make a last-minute booking.
To book all you have to do is submit your booking form, we will then check availability and send you your confirmation invoice. You can take this to the bank to pay (no charge), or pay online to a UK account, or you can pay online with PayPal (there is a 5% charge for this option).
If you are travelling within 12 weeks, you will need to pay the full amount. If you are travelling later than 12 weeks you only need to secure your place with £200 deposit, then pay the balance 12 weeks before departure giving you plenty of time to save flights and spending money.
So for only £200, you can make a commitment to yourself to get fit and healthy, tone up and feel incredible you just need to submit your booking form. Don’t think too long about it, as spaces to fill up so get it in early.
People come to the camp with lots of different personal fitness goals, men and women, super athletes and people seriously out of shape! While most people that join are of average fitness, none are by the time they leave, so depending on the time you have to devote to your body and personal health, the results can be impressive. Don ´t be surprised to find professional body builders rubbing shoulders with Pro athletes and people wanting to lose weight in a supportive training environment.
The average age of the participants is between 20 and 35, but there are quite some over 35 that train at the camp. There could be staying up to 100 people at the camp, so you will find like minded people for sure.
People join for 1 to 12 weeks. Some even stay up to 6 months! But even if you just have 10 days you are more then welcome to join and will notice the difference in your shape. Please note this is not your typical gap year programme, it can be undertaken by all, even on a short break to Thailand.
As a general rule everyone is different, but it depends on as much as the effort you put in when training, the techniques you use when training and the fuel you are putting in your body when you are training. The Fitness boot camp teaches you all these things and sets you on the right path to peak physical fitness.
One of the benefits of the camp is that you will be taught the proper techniques and exercises by experts (you would be amazed by how many people who do attend a gym, do an incorrect work out that is not effective and waste a lot of their time and energy, when these inefficient workout routines can be easily corrected with a little education). This is great because you will be able to take this home with you to continue once you are back from your trip.
Secondly, as there are lots of others training at the camp with the same fitness goals you will find that you end up pushing your efforts harder to reach your fitness goals. Why? Because everyone is there to support you, and it is a very encouraging atmosphere. The gym is always on your doorstep, and you are there to train, so there really is no excuse, especially when you have paid to attend the camp. There is no slacking off!
Third, the meal plan is designed to help with weightloss and muscle mass gain. Lots of healthy, protein-rich and delicious food, of the Thai and Western variety.
It is incredibly easy to eat healthily here and we will cater to your nutritional requirements. You won’t see any processed foods here; it’s all freshly cooked and they use the best quality ingredients, it´s lean, clean and delicious. During your consultation, we will discuss and recommend the ideal nutrition plan to run alongside your training. In the programme 2 meals per day Mon-Sat is included.
So how long is the ideal time to go for? Hard to say, we would suggest people start seeing results in as little as the first week, but real visible results come after about 2-3 weeks of continuous training. Some people go for months and really make a dramatic transformation.
Tailored nutritional advice can be provided by personal trainers during your one to one with a lot of experience in providing the correct diet matching to your personal fitness goals. This is backed up by a specially designed healthy eating menu. If you need a more tailored personal nutrition plan, we are also able to provide one for you at extra cost. This will involve measuring your body fat and optimising your calorie intake to complement your training. Please ask us prior to booking about additional nutrition options.
The gym at the Thailand Fitness Bootcamp is brand-new for 2016. Includes all you need to work on strength and conditioning training: hammer strength benches, curl bench and bar, incline, squat rack, sit-up benches, 3 racks of dumbbells, stationary bikes, Nautilus machine with pull down, seated row, leg press, and 4 full sets of kettlebells which are highly regarded for hardcore weightlifting workouts and plenty of plate weights to accommodate several weight-lifters at same time. You have Unlimited access to the gym and there are always fitness trainers are able to advise you and guide you throughout your workouts.
Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. It is warm all year round, but the two periods of April-May and September-October are the hot months. The September-October period is also the wet. The best time to visit Phuket is during the cool monsoon season, from November through March. Then it isn’t so humid, and the cool breezes keep it comfortable. The average temperature is around 75F to 89F (24C to 32C).
The beaches are about 6km from the camp. The best way to get there is by bike, scooter or taxi. There are always more people going on the weekends, so you can join each other. In the neighbourhood there are pools, and if you stay at our luxury resort you can chill by one of the two pools it offers!
Vegetarian and Vegan´s also have options at the restaurant. Not all the fun has been taken out of the menu, you can still get French fries made with unpeeled potatoes! Also included at the Restaurant for extra costs is our protein and fruit shake bar offering a wide variety of Fruit and protein shakes and a selection of drinks to keep our guests maintaining a high amount of protein in their diet to help build muscle and lose fat.
If you are thinking it might be a little intimidating arriving at a fitness boot camp, you will be pleasantly surprised. There is a great supportive atmosphere, where everyone has a similar goal, to benefit from improving their fitness and well-being. Also you will have a serious introduction by our representative who will help you settle in and introduce you to the trainers and team at the fitness camp. He will explain you about all different training sessions and the meal plan (also included!). There can be up to 100 people at the camp so do not worry about being arriving on your own!
The camp is quite remote and there are no tourist bars and big supermarkets in the neighbourhood. Also everyone you meet will be training and will be working on their health and fitness, so it is not hard not to go out, as everyone is focussed on getting fit! Also we include a meal plan. These 2 meals a day are very fresh and healthy and we also include water and fruit. The other meals you can order at our restaurant or you can eat out in one of the restaurants down the road, they all have a healthy menu!
If you are planning on travelling to Thailand for 30 days or less and you have British, Dutch & Nordic or USA passport you can get a Visa exemption on arrival. This is valid for 30 days and can be extended in Thailand on Phuket for 30 days more. The cost will be around 1900 THB. Or (easier and more organised) if you are planning on being in Thailand longer than 30 days you will need to pre-arrange a Visa. You can prearrange a visa for 60 days which you can extend to 90 days in Thailand.
There are two ways of arranging your visa. When you are from the UK. You can either go in person to the Thai embassy in London, or you can post your passport along with the necessary documentation and fee to one of the Thai Consulates. In general this works the same for the other countries like The Netherlands and United States too, but please contact the nearest Thai Consulate for visa inquiries.
Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own visa. Xtreme Gap cannot be held responsible if you fail to travel with the correct visa. So please check with your local embassy personally. The previous information is meant as a guide, but visa rules change often and frequently. So do not take this as the current law.
The joint motivating factor for people who attend the Thailand fitness boot camp is the desire to improve fitness and health. As all fitness programmes are tailored to your needs, no matter what your fitness levels or experience, the camp will be able to set you on your way to your personal fitness goals and in most cases exceed them.
You will be getting instruction from some of the worlds best trainers and you will build up a huge personal knowledge of how to get the most out of your workouts when you leave.
Working out in the morning, exploring lush green rice paddies and chilling by the amazing beaches of Bali in the afternoon. Eat Sleep Workout Repeat. Getting fit and healthy in a tropical paradise with Xtreme Gap Year is the perfect remedy for everything bad modern life can throw at you!
Are you ready for your ultimate fitness transformation? Sometimes work and life can get in the way of us achieving our goals, so it’s time to make some time for yourself to focus on your fitness and get an awesome bod at the same time! With our professional trainers and customised exercise plans set in a dream tropical location this trip is truly life-changing!
The Bali Boot Camp is an intensive fitness programme, open to men and women of all ages and levels of fitness. What you can achieve depends on how long you stay, but even short term guests benefit from the intensive workouts and personal attention from expert fitness trainers. There is a healthy eating meal programme included plus some fantastic, fun active activities also. Surfing, Yoga and amazing cultural trips.
At the end of the trip, you can expect to feel fitter, stronger, and physically and mentally better. The programme is suitable to increase cardio fitness, muscle mass, help with weight loss, flexibility or just toning up! Besides that, you take home new insights into maintaining a more active and healthier lifestyle!
Look Forward To:
Anew lease of lifeimproved fitness and new friends in paradise!
Mixed impact classes give you a total body transformation rapidly!
Awesome excursions to temples and surf beaches!
Motivation guaranteed! Train with fun like-minded people and professional trainers!
Great nutrition with a healthy meal plan with an energy boosting menu.
Gorgeous luxury resortstay, with swimming pool near Bali´s best beach or stay in a beautiful Fitness Villa.
Feeling Amazing: Customised exercise plans with your personal trainers tailored to your own goals.
Find a new addiction! One surf lesson in Bali included.
Dedicated personal trainers will deliver you the body you deserve.
Super easy arrival. Airport pick up in Bali.
Who is this for? Anyone! Our average age is 27 and we get people joining for weight loss, strength, and conditioning or just a general body tone up.
Bali Fitness Bootcamp Why Join?:
Serious about making a change? Read some of the benefits of joining
Fast & Easy Results – Our Boot Camp is effective at identifying ways of reaching health and fitness goals in a faster way. Left to your own devices you might struggle to get there at all and classes or sessions which repeat one style of exercise might not deliver the right results on time either. This gives you the time and effort to focus on your fitness goals.
Fantastic facilities: It’s not all hard work! In your free time, you’ll relax beside the pool in our resort, treat your tired muscles to massagesand enjoy the luxury ofsomeone else doing the cooking for a change. Over the weekend, you’ll have free time to explore the beaches and rice fields of beautiful Bali. Very different from training in your normal gym in the home.
Dynamic workout -Many people lose focus and motivation because they get bored. The whole point of Boot Camp is that it is as diverse as it is intense. If you add in the fact that you will be progressing and changing along the way, then you have an interesting exercise mix that should keep you engaged enough to realise your exercise goals.
Like-minded training buddies -Some people take up activities for the social scene, others because they are firmly fixed on a goal. A real positive about Boot Camp is that because of what it stands for, you are going to meet other people similar to yourself who want to seriously improve their lives. However, this shared goal means that there is a sense of camaraderie and support which is not always found in other exercise sessions. It’s a great way to bond with people and make new friends from all over the world. This is why we encourage you to come alone. You will leave with friends!
Weekly Personalised Training Sessions 1 time a week – These sessions an opportunity to monitor your progress, and to guide your fitness regime so that you arrive at your desired goals. During these sessions, you can develop the ideal schedule, diet and supplement plan working closely with a train in a small group of training buddies. (Max 2-1 student trainer ratio). This is all about you and your journey. Note this is not included in the lean option. This is all about you and your journey.
Concentrated focus -If you already keep active and fit with regular exercise then your attention is already geared towards health and fitness. However, at times, if you want to make big changes, such as to lose weight and tone up quickly and effectively or gain muscle, you may need to up the ante and focus in on your goal. Boot Camp is an ideal way to help you reach your target by honing in on what you want and offering intense exercise sessions to make sure you get there.
Creates healthy expectations – You are there to train! Classes back home, which you can easily dip in and out of might offer a relaxed way of keeping in shape, but they don’t necessarily generate a sense of personal responsibility. A fitness holiday where you have committed your time and money will motivate you into putting in the effort and determination needed! It can really inspire you to put healthy pressure on yourself. This, in turn, means that you’remore involved and more motivated to not let down your trainer, the others around you and most importantly, yourself.
Motivates you to examine your lifestyle -Because of the focus on fitness, you naturally start to look at your life as a whole and how healthy you are. Assessments of your fitness levels, monitoring and working toward a goal, really highlight how exercise, diet and nutrition are linked, as well as all your other lifestyle choices. You’ll start feeling the direct benefit training and eating well has on your body and mind.
At the Bali Fitness Bootcamp, we have teamed up with some of the best personal fitness trainers on the island and included a fantastic nutrition programme to put together the ultimate fitness training environment.
Our professional roster of cross fit trainers will push you to your limits and help you smash all of your goals. Whether it’s weight loss, muscle tone or a total re-haul our expert coaches are here to advise and make you the best you can be.
The boot camp combines CrossFit across the schedule so there is no way you’ll come home not feeling and looking your best.
By combining instinctive, natural and functional movement with science-based highly efficient training programmes. We offer the best of what your body deserves.
And all that while having fun, being safe and shedding these pounds you want to get rid of and firing these muscles you want to get back. We provide the space, the equipment and the expert coaching. You just need to show up and go full out. Results Guaranteed.
With our constantly varied programming, you will rarely do the same workout. You will never have to programme your workouts or spend hours in the gym. Instead, each day a workout will be provided for you that is scalable to suit your fitness level.
Training consists of cross fit classes, body 360 (hi cardio excellent for weight loss), yoga (5 sessions a week!), Barbell work outs and beach work outs and beach runs.
At the Xtreme Gap Fitness Bootcamp relaxation is just as important as the training.
The training can take it out of you, so to relax after a hard session you stay in comfortable accommodation with a stunning pool, and your own deluxe room or shared room in our stunning Fitness Villa with pool and roof top jacuzzi over looking the ocean. Both super close to a stunning beach. Here you have the perfect blend of healthy fitness workouts and complete relaxation at the end of the day.
Right by the ocean and on campus is our beautiful massive villa! Boasting pool and Jacuzzi, chill out areas with views of the ocean and a warm friendly welcome this will be your home during your stay.
The perfect set up to relax, meet other bootcampers and feel right at home. This is the social hub of the bootcamp but also large and private enough to have important relax and down time.
The sleeping arrangements are based on airconditioned, shared ensuite mini dorms with max. 2 – 4 persons (mixed gender). Airconditioning operates from 7 pm to 7 am ensuring you get a comfortable nights sleep. During the day the villa benefits from an ocean breeze and plunge pools to cool you off after training. This is a communal set up so can be quite social and great to meet people.
If the idea of sharing is not your thing consider it is just for sleeping and you will be tired in the evening for sure! Beds are equipped with the highest quality luxury mattresses and there is plenty of space in the villa to relax. We are located right by the beach as well.
We have large screen TVs, movie projector and a huge library of DVDs for chilling in the evening.
The Luxury Deluxe Option
If you do not wish to share and would like even more luxury, your fitness training will be complemented perfectly by a stay in our beautiful deluxe hotel option. Located right next to the best beach in Bali, you can relax in between training sessions on the white sands of Jimbaran, or at the stunning pool of the hotel. The luxury deluxe option is located 5-minute walk to the training camp and is the epitome of luxury. This exclusive resort is brand new in 2016 and caters to those with higher budgets.
Complete with stunning pool and roof top lounge with unrivaled views of Jimberan bay it is a lovely place to stay if you can afford the extra expense.
The Surrounding Area
Our stunning bootcamp is set in an exclusive quieter area of Bali called Jimberan. The perfect beach with views stunning rollers, its the perfect location for a mental and physical reset. You can also venture down to the traditional markets, enjoy fine dining with a selection of lovely restaurants or sunbathe on a white sandy beach. The beach and the hotel are separated by a road, and along the road, there are local Seafood Cafés.
The location is rewarded by some of the best sunsets in Bali, with temples and plenty of points of interest nearby.
If salt water is not your thing we have two beautiful swimming pools in the resort. But it’s close to everything else as well, so you have plenty of opportunities to go explore. Taxis are cheap in Bali, and there are plenty of areas of interest you to visit including temples, resorts, beaches and areas of cultural interest. Day trips can be booked through our Bali team.
It’s a really nice location because it’s not too touristy. The village itself used to be a fishing village and is located in a huge white sandy bay. Every morning you can still take a stroll down to the beach and see the fishermen returning with their fresh catch. It’s now a great location to be based for fitness activities. With the establishment of our Boot Camp, plus the huge array of water sports available to you ( surfing, stand up paddle) it’s quite a good place to be to combine relaxation and getting active.
In the evenings you will be rewarded with the most beautiful sunsets, plus there are plenty of beachside restaurants to sip on a cold fruit shake and watch traditional Balinese dancing shows and hundreds of fire lanterns drifting into the night sky.
This is not the location to be at if you’re expecting lots of nightlife, although this is available in Kuta just 20 minutes away, the priorities of people training in our Boot Camp is about fitness, weight loss and strength and conditioning training, morning start early and people are usually in bed before 10.
The bootcamp is located conveniently place between Bali’s tourist hotspots. When you are not training, it’s easy to get out and explore. You are only 20 Minutes to Kuta, 35 minutes to Nusa Dua, 35 minutes to Sanur, 35 minutes to Denpasar City.
Every week we head out with the new arrivals to the jaw-dropping Uluwatu temple, perched on the southern cliff face of Bali, home to hundreds of cheeky monkeys!
Then after we drive to Padang Padang beach for a swim and to catch the sunset. A world famous surf break, beach access is through a cave revealing golden sands and impressive sunset views.
We provide the transport during the excursion (you sign up to them at the villa) but please note there is a very small local payment to access Uluwatu Temple and Padang Padang (about £2.50 per attraction).
Many people struggle to get motivated into taking their health and fitness seriously. Think about it, who has the time to hit the gym properly or go for a run in our busy lives? When you do get round to it, where is the motivation?
The great thing about the fitness Boot Camp is that you can take time out of your hectic schedule to do something that is really ideal for your well-being, and you know you will be supported every step of the way.
It is not just about the training sessions, it is about doing it in a group atmosphere, seeing improvements as the days go by with your new training buddies.
What can the Bali Fitness Boot Camp do for you?
Everyone is different, with different goals. Some people are really unfit others have a good base level of fitness, either way, you will benefit from spending some time training here and you will see remarkable improvements.
You will be impressed by what you can achieve
It is a really motivating environment. The majority of people at the camp travel there on their own which leads to a really social and supportive atmosphere because everyone has there with the same goal.
When this is coupled with superb trainers, scheduled classes and all the equipment you could need, there really is nothing stopping you. You will be amazed by what you can achieve, because with group training sessions slacking off is less of an option, and the training is quite addictive once you get into it.
We have had clients who have gone from 1 week to 8 weeks, and the feedback is consistently excellent. With a varied and flexible training timetable, morning and evening you will not be bored.
With an impressive roster of trainers, we are continually improving our fitness routines incorporating the latest Crossfit methods and techniques. At the Xtreme Bali fitness Bootcamp, we use high-intensity cross fit training to develop strength fitness and flexibility.
With so many people coming and training the camp, naturally, the latest fitness techniques are incorporated and developed in the training programmes. With just one month spent training at the Xtreme Gap fitness Boot Camp, we can confidently state that you can develop so much further than six months with a personal trainer back home.
During the first couple of sessions, you will be enrolled on a lighter version of the training programme. This is to ensure you can get up to speed and benefit the most out of the workouts.
The Bali Fitness Bootcamp Training Schedule
The majority of the training program is focused on Cross fit. Cross fit uses functional movements to deliver explosive workout sessions. Due to the intensity of these sessions, it can be quite strenuous on your body so we include a lot of rest time and more low-intensity activities to help your body recover and rebuild in between sessions.
Typically the timetable consists of two group Cross fit training sessions lasting one hour each per day plus a full six hours of open gym access to you to work on your own training plan as devised by your personal trainer.
On Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays session start early morning before the tropical heat and humidity builds up at 6 AM. If you have the endurance to push through you can have the option of doing a double training session on these days completing another one at 7 AM. Tuesdays and Thursdays training starts at 7AM.
There is a further cross fit session at 5 PM if you miss the morning session or want to split your training between mornings and afternoons.
Body Fit is every Tuesday and Thursday at 9am. This class consists of light weight and bodyweight movements programed to get your heart rate up and sustained throughout a longer working periods. Great for fat loss, toning, firming, and overall endurance.
This class is all about strength gains, mobility, and coordination. Olympic weightlifting is one of the most athletic sports around demanding many things from your body. If you want to work on your strength capacity, flexibility, and coordination, this class is for you.
PT Sessions (Included on Standard Options)
Your personalized training sessions happen 1 time per week during the open gym access. This is your opportunity to discuss with your dedicated trainer your own particular goals, set your workouts and come up with a structured plan for you to work on. One personalized training session per week is sufficient for most clients, however, if you want to book extra this is also possible at £40per session. The PT sessions are delivered with a max. 2-1 student to trainer ratio although usually these are 1-1.
We include one surf lesson per stay. As you may know, Bali is the quintessential surf location, and with great views of airport right (one of the top surf spots in the world) live and direct from our roof terrace, you will be tempted to hit the surf!
We will pick you up with the rest of the group and take you to a Surf lesson at a different location. You get to see more of Bali and experience surfing at the same time!
5 Yoga sessions per week are also included in the programme (3 on the lean). As well as a multitude of sports you can join (not obligatory) like beach volleyball, Stand Up Paddle, basketball and a football pitch at our own sports facilities.
The Training Facilities
The training facilities are arguably some of the best in Bali. A substantial training facility that can accommodate up to 80 clients at one time. Not only do we have a fully functioning CrossFit area, plus resistance weights and an impressive stock of weights and machines. We also have recreational activities like volleyball, basketball and the soccer field as well.
Occasionally we hold conferences on health and fitness with guest speakers in the lecturing facilities there, although this is usually a special one-off event and not included in a typical package per se.
Nutrition Programme (Excluded on Lean Option)
Training hard and efficiently is only one factor that goes into delivering great results. What you put into your body is arguably even more important. One of the great things about the Bali fitness bootcamp, is we include a unique nutrition programme to really complement your fitness training goals. Our international team of French, New Zealand and Indonesian nutritionists have created a delicious healthy eating menu giving your clean healthy food for your Lunch options.
Note: 2 meals per day (excluding Sunday your well-deserved day off) are included. You will receive a buffet breakfast in the morning consisting of tasty energy supplying oats, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, tea and coffee. If you have not booked the “lean option” you also get a protein shake.
You then have the choice of taking lunch at the Villa (included) with multiple options from a healthy eating menu.
Our meal plan is designed with different fitness goals in mind. If you are looking to bulk up and gain muscle mass you may need to purchase additional meals or protein, to reach your desired calorific intake.
Why do we not include all meals?
It makes it more social. Jimbaran is a spectacular location with many cheap and stunning restaurants in the local area. Many set up right on the beach. With the option of having dinner outside of the villa, you can enjoy the social scene with your fellow bootcampers, by going out to dinner. Taking all meals in the villa you would genuinely miss out.
If you would prefer to take both lunch and dinner in the villa, or don’t fancy venturing out you can purchase an additional meal healthy meal from reception each day. The cost for this is about £5 per meal.
Lunch is served from 12.30 (and dinner if you like to order the extra meal as well around 6 PM). You can take this on our spectacular roof terrace. Meaning you can get back from training, shower and enjoy a beautiful Balinese sunset before sitting down to dinner with your fellow bootcampers, in the villa or out locally. Fun, super social and easy!
Please Note: Personalised nutrition consultation is not included in this bootcamp, but we can connect you with our nutritionist online at our Thailand Fitness Bootcamp if you like. After booking you have access to an online learning resource that will teach about the benefits of nutrition, eating clean and how to compliment your training with nutrition.
Here are some foundational facts about our meal plan.
Everything we use in our products are natural wholesome ingredients – we don’t ever use preservatives, artificial products, or MSG
We season using organic palm sugar and natural Bali sea salt
We source top-notch meat which are slow-cooked to get that juicy tenderness
Our vegetables come direct from Bedugul farms to our kitchen which means they travel through a short distance which equals max nutrients in your body.
Foods are immediately prepped & cooked on the day. When it arrives on your table, it’ll taste as if you cooked a healthy balanced meal yourself!
Please note you receive 6 lunch meals per week, if you skip one or choose to eat elsewhere the meals are not transferable to a later date.
Examples from the Menu*
HEARTY LAMB MOUSSAKA
Ground New Zealand lamb & chicken with garlic, tomatoes, grilled zucchini, eggplant with a layer of local sweet potato mash and a drop of béchamel sauce.
PALEO CHICKEN LOVER
Tender chicken breast topped with mixed mushrooms, bacon, garlic, tomatoes, fresh parsley, with a side of yams and Dijon mustard jus.
Salmon steak topped with oyster mushrooms drizzled in orange sauce coupled with sweet potato ratatouille and pesto.
Ground chicken, bacon, leek, lentils, tomatoes, sweet corn, topped with a layer of mashed sweet potato. Flavours blended to perfection.
Generations-old family recipe of traditional Indonesian beef Rendang with a healthy twist – slow cooked beef marinated in coconut milk & Balinese spices with crushed root vegetables on the side.
*Subject to change. Meals are frozen to seal in the nutrients at the time of cooking and need to be ordered and prepared prior to consumption. This can take 40 minutes so please plan when to take the meal accordingly. They can be delivered to your resort or taken at the training facility. You can order you meal via whats app.
Getting To Training Sessions
While you are there to train, no one is going to get you out of bed to attend classes. You need to make your own way to the fitness classes every day. Not a problem however as the training facilities are located right next door to the accommodation.
On arrival in Denpasar, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. The journey is short approximately 15 Minutes to the International Airport. We recommend a Sunday arrival although we can be flexible.
On the first day of your training, our Xtreme Gap rep will give you a full introduction, introduce you to the trainers, show you around the camp and talk you through the training timetable.
Everything is made really easy for you, allowing you to just focus on having a great time, getting fit and having a really great holiday.
If you arrive a day early, accommodation is not included. Check in is only on Sunday. Airport pick up is included, all day at anytime but only on Sunday. If you arrive early you have to arrange your own transfer to the accommodation.
How long should you go for?
We recommend you join us for four weeks at the Bali fitness bootcamp to get the most out of your time. Many people are constrained by how much time they have off work so most people go for two weeks. You can get a 30 day Visa for Bali fairly easily, if you wish to stay up to 8 weeks you will need to extend your Visa.
If you are looking to go really long-term and see drastic improvements, we recommend splitting your time between here and our Thailand fitness bootcamp, or focusing on the Thailand fitness bootcamp due to the ease of securing longer-term visas.
The main benefit you will take home is the knowledge gained of how to maintain and improve your fitness back home along with a solid foundation or fitness.
Of course, you also have had a fantastic holiday in Bali as well and it is not that often you can say you’ve come back from holiday feeling better than when you left!
Short-term guests will receive an amazing kick start to their health and fitness routine. Many who travel with us use this as a kick start to their travels as well, after all, if you are hitting the beaches in Bali, you want to look and feel good!
The maximum amount of time you can join is eight weeks. We are limited by the Visa limitations, you are able in most cases to get a 30 day Visa on arrival and extend this to 60. Please note this advice is subject to change so you should do your own research into visas as well.
Flights are not included, and please do not book your flights before booking with us as we do need to reserve your spot, and make sure there is availability. Submit your booking form and we will come back to you within 24 hours to confirm. Once we have issued you your confirmation invoice you are then good to book your flights to Denpasar, Bali.
Most people who attend the camp, are independent travelers and arrive at the camp on their own. If you are concerned about traveling solo, don’t be. There is such a social atmosphere at the camp, and it is a really supportive environment that everyone gets to know each other very quickly. Serious physical exercise in a group can be quite a bonding experience we assure you! So really it does not take long for people to get to know one another. 90 percent of people joining the boot camp travel solo.
The camp is located in Jimbaran right by the beach. This is located on a massive Bay with a white sandy beach, 15 minutes from the airport. It’s away from the typically touristy areas and a little bit quieter which is more conducive to fitness training and relaxation. Yet at the same time, it is easily accessible to some of the hotspots and more lively areas.
You will need to fly into Bali Denpasar International Airport. After booking, you are asked to provide your flight details and we will meet you in arrivals outside of the airport. We will then transfer you to your accommodation by taxi.
Early arrival is fine and we can recommend a few great options for accommodation. Please note that if you are not arriving on your start day, airport collection is not included, but a taxi from the airport to a nearby hotel is usually about 10GBP
Please bring suitable training gear such as trainers, a couple of pairs of shorts, sports bras for the girls, and training tops. We advise bringing a towel as well to take to the gym and also a beach towel. Please bring a padlock for your locker.
This depends on your own spending choices, but as 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) are covered per day you will not need to bring much. Meals are not included on Sundays.
You only need to cover one meal a day, your external excursions and activities. Bali is very good value, but you will want to budget spending money to go on a couple of tours, and the transportation to take you to other areas of the island. We would recommend £100 £150 per week.
We have a Halal lunch menu at the moment of writing they are: Vegetable Curry, hearty Lamb Moussaka, Thai Green Curry, Chili Con Carne, Salmon Ratatouille, Cauliflower & Chicken Soup, Broccoli & Zucchini Soup.
Scooters are widely available for hire, however, we do not recommend people hire them. Traffic conditions are crazy in Bali, and it is not uncommon for people to have very serious accidents on scooters. We will take no responsibility for any accidents or damage that occurs from clients renting scooters. Taxis are cheap and easy to arrange so we would advise that. All of the resorts are within walking distance of the training area.
Yes! 90% of our clients join the boot camp on their own. In fact far from this being a problem, we would encourage people to do so. It’s a very social environment at the camp and you will make friends very quickly.
Probably 70% female30% male. Both sexes will have different goals and motivations about booking the camp as well. With women, usually it’s about toning up, weight loss and body confidence.
With men, it’s more about strength and conditioning training but not exclusively. Really there are people who join for all reasons. The important thing to consider is everyone is catered for at the Boot Camp, and people’s goals might change throughout your stay.
High season is the dry season. Between April and September Bali is typically busier than usual. While temperatures are pretty constant all year round, it’s rainfall that can make the difference between the months.
The rainy season, which usually falls between December and Jan you can expect downpours happening mainly at night. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be constantly raining all the time, you can have some heavy rains, and then it is sunny again. It’s also cooler to train during the rainy season. Can be more humid, however, the training facility is air-conditioned and the rooms are also airconditioned at night time. The boot camp runs all year, come rain or shine anyway.
Due to the nature of the Boot Camp, we are often asked “what kind of results will I see”. This is actually an impossible question to answer because everyone is different. People have different metabolisms, and ultimately it is down to how hard you work, and how long you stay for. We are confident you will definitely see an improvement, even if you go short-term you will be set on the right path, and given a good foundation to continue your training back home. You will learn all of the tools and techniques you need in order to continue to improve.
You do not have to attend classes. No one will make you get out of bed to come training. But you will find it’s very addictive, and most clients have no issue making it to class.
On average people train 2 to 3 hours per day. You have a good mix between group cross fit training sessions, and individual personal training sessions. When you are not training you also can join stand up paddle too (local payment)!
Yes, people can book extra additional personal training sessions locally. 1 is included per week as standard, and this is usually enough for most people considering all the group training involved as well.
Yes absolutely, we have a range of really exciting trips in Bali which you can easily bolt onto the beginning or end of this programme. For example, our Bali backpacker experience, will give you a good overview of the island and even take you to the Gili Islands. Alternatively, we have some surf trips which you can easily add on at the end of this programme.
At peak times you might have a max of 3 other room mates. Usually this is less and we manage room allocation to keep the number of room mates to a minimum. Due to us managing bookings in advance it is not possible to move beds or rooms without prior agreement from reservations. If you do not feel comfortable sharing we offer the deluxe option with your own private room in a luxury hotel.
Bali is a deeply spiritual island and there are plenty of national holidays and local ceremonies which can affect training schedules. The main ceremony happening once per year is Neypi when the whole island goes on lockdown for 2 days. Please note, no businesses are allowed to operate during this time, so we lay on additional training sessions, and arrange other activities to compensate. Please check on google that your dates do not coincide with any national holidays to avoid
Please note, no businesses are allowed to operate during this time, so we lay on additional training sessions on days around the festival, and arrange other activities to compensate. Please check on google that your dates do not coincide with any national holidays to avoid
Please check on google that your dates do not coincide with any national holidays to avoid disappointment if going short-term (1 week), We cannot be held responsible for any disappointment due to timetable changes during national holidays.
If your training period does coincide with a national holiday, though, it can be a great way to experience the local culture. The festivals and events, in general, tend to be quite fun, and it’s a great way to learn more about Balinese culture and get involved with the locals.
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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.
Pre departure information
Access to online buddy system, meet others online before travelling
Airport pick up
Introduction by our rep
Access to all training equipment and gym
Access to online UF fitness App with online training videos, nutrition information, body mass index calculators and more.
All group cross fit training sessions
Bodyfit sessions (timetable dependent)
Use of Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer fields
Air-conditioned rooms in accommodation (Note: Ac works at night time and evenings only)
Accommodation in our Fitness villa with pool, Jacuzzi & Roof terrace or at a Boutique Deluxe Hotel
Healthy Breakfast 7 days a week
Unlimited Water Refills in the Villa
Also Included in Standard And Deluxe Options (Excluded from Lean Option):
Breakfast Protein Shake*
Meal plan lunches, 6 days a week – excluding Sundays)*
Weekly personalized training session 1 to 1*
Five Yoga sessions a week*
One surf lesson per stay*
One amazing excursion per stay to temples and beaches*
Brand new abs on departure!
*Excluded with “Lean Option” (Lean Option Inclusions are: Access to the online fitness app, Accommodation in the amazing Fitness villa with free Wifi, a pool, jacuzzi, rooftop terrace in a stunning bay next door to the gym, all gym group sessions and free use of gym 6 days a week, beach training sessions, 3 yoga (not 5 as with standard option) a week, breakfast and access to the online buddy system before travelling)
Meals on Sundays and one meal per day (Only Breakfasts provided on lean option)
Small local payment to access Uluwatu & Padang Padang
Taxi back to airport
Extra personal training sessions
Optional excursions and SUP rental
For the Deluxe option at the Bali bootcamp please note there is an 80 GBP / 85 EUR surcharge, and also you need to book an extra night when planning on check out on 31st December, at 70 GBP / EUR as there is no check out on the 31st. Only on the 1st. Or you can check oput 1 night earlier, 50 GBP/ 45 EUR discount
Take an epic three week road trip throughout Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. New friends on new adventures along the way, in truly one of the most breathtaking Southeast Asian countries. Fully guided full on bring it on! Insanely good value as well.
Discover Vietnam’s epic highlights on this exciting 3 week group adventure from North to South! Hang out in Hanoi, learn about the war torn history of Vietnam, get to know Vietnamese culture, go trekking enjoy a cool beach week checking out the world famous Halong Bay. Finish up with an all-encompassing road trip south to Ho Chi Minh city via Hoi Ann and Na Trang.
Fancy going somewhere completely different? You will love Vietnam.
Explore the vibrant 1,000 year old of historic city of Hanoi during the first week.
Learn about Buddhism and Meditation, explore interesting Vietnamese places including Pagodas and temples in the second week.
Go trek the amazing Sapa mountain and learn about the culture here, visit markets.
Discover Ho Chi Minh City
No worries about going it alone, this trip has a buddy list so you can chat to other people on the trip before you go!
Incredible Experiences In An Incredible Country
Vietnam is blessed with natural beauty. It has it all. Mountains, lowlands, a huge coastline blessed with beaches, national parks that are the envy of the world like Sapa and Halong Bay, and a culturally rich and troubled history that makes visiting Vietnam such a unique and interesting experience, it will be more than your average holiday.
This trip is about showing you all the best sites and attractions in Vietnam, whilst offering you lots of cultural interaction in a group and leaving you happy in the knowledge that you will be well looked after during your stay.
Our group sizes for Vietnam are small, and an average age between 18 to 22 years old, this is the ideal trip to book if you are dead keen on seeing Vietnam and want personalised action and intimate groups.
The 3 week Itinerary
Day 1, Arrival Day
Arriving on Sunday or start your adventure in the all some ancient capital of North Vietnam Hanoi. This is it! The beginning of your 3-week adventure that is full of excitement, culture, history, a road trip and great times with new friends. With an airport pick up included you settle into your accommodation in Hanoi, you´ll get a chance to meet up with your fellow backpackers and find out about everyone you´ll be spending the next few weeks with.
Most people on our Vietnam Experience are in the same boat, i.e. they are travelling solo, so there is no need to be nervous. You´ll be far too busy to worry about that!
Day 2 Hanoi old quarter
To new visitors, Hanoi is a fantastic city bustling with crazy drivers, overloaded bicycles, colourful markets and street food stalls selling local dishes, some of which aren´t always identifiable (and yes, they are partial to chomping on a bit of Fido!).
Luckily you have a guide to help you through that initial culture shock, allowing you to absorb it with a bit of help. You´ll visit the 12th century Temple of Literature, see a local music performance and have lunch in the Old Quarter when your guide will take the opportunity to tell you all about what the next four weeks has in store. In the evening, you´ll have dinner and see a performance at the world famous water puppet theatre.
By the end of today, the sensory overload will either have you sleeping like a log or wide awake with wonder! Check out this gallery on our blog for more photos!
Today we are heading to Halong City gateway to the world heritage site of Halong Bay.
Halong Bay, which means ´Bay of the Descending Dragon´, is approximately 170km north of Hanoi and is famous for its surreal and somewhat eerie landscape of over 3000 limestone monoliths that rise imposingly from the ocean.
Just make sure that you get those all important emails addresses from your trip mates so that you can swap photos and keep each other up-to-date with any more adventures you do. Believe us, this trip will leave you wanting more. There is no vaccination for the travel bug!!
Day 4 and 5
Vietnam is full of epic landscapes, Giao Xuan is a stunning little village that will not disappoint. Today we’ll learn everything there is to know about Vietnamese culture. You will be learning some basic trying your hand Vietnamese cooking, and we will even take you to a local market where you can haggle for some ingredients for a major feast later that day.
Day 6 Quintessential Vietnam paddy fields caves and temples
Today involves a relaxing boat trip around Tam Coc and Dinh Cac Pier, which has a stunning landscape of towering karst islets and vast expanses of paddy fields. You´ll also float through three impressive natural caves, which is what the name Tam Coc means, ´three caves´. This whole area epitomizes rural Vietnam, and you´ll want to make sure your camera is charged.
After lunch, you can cycle to the village and onto Thai Vi Temple and Bich Dong Pagoda, which dates back to 1428 and is located on Ngu Nhac Mountain.
Day 7 and 8 (Sat & Sun)
Its weekend! You have a couple of days ´off´ at this point in the trip – that is you are free to explore at your own pace and see what you and your adventuring friends can find. Meet up in the evenings and swap stories and photos with the whole group, while soaking up the atmosphere and thinking about everything you’ve seen and done so far. Typically the groups head out to Cuc Phuong National Park, the picturesque waterfall, and temples of the 11th c former capital, Hoa Lu. Our guides can offer you advise on what’s best to see in the area.
Day 9 (Mon) Sapa
A local village, hill tribes and beautiful scenery are on the agenda today. Cat Cat Village is about 1km from Sapa, located at the bottom of the Muong Hoa Valley and as you walk there you´ll see the breathtaking mountains, over 3000m high, and the green rice terraces that drop almost 1000m below. You´ll also pass the sparkling Cat Cat waterfall. The village itself is home to the H´Mong tribe, who retain many of the old customs and traditions, some of which you can see, such as hand weaving and dying of materials to make textiles. Have you still got room for souvenirs?!
Locals and villages
We hope you´re feeling well rested for today as there is a 10km trek through the hills, past the streams and into the valley of Muong Hoa to visit Ta Van village, where you’ll stay overnight with a local family. This gives you the chance to experience firsthand the lifestyle and culture of the people living in this area. After the long trek, the pool is bound to look appealing to soothe those aching muscles! You also have the chance to pitch in and help to cook dinner (you might even get to use some of the skills you learnt in your cookery class) before settling down for a peaceful night with your local hosts.
Day 10 (Tue) trekking
Bring your trekking boots because we are going on an epic journey. 10 hours of trekking through hills, paddy fields and classic Asian scenery until we hit Ta Van village. Take a dip in the pool there because you have deserved it.
Day 11 (Wed) Waterfalls and landscapes and trekking
You´ll have been glad for a peaceful night as today is an amazing seven hour round trip trekking to a waterfall and passing through some stunning landscapes along the way something that you´ll probably be getting used to now, given how beautiful the country is. Anyway, you´re young and fit so no slacking, you can handle it!
Day 12(Thu) Sapa
Back to Sapa and a well earned rest. Kick back and sip a 666 Vietnamese beer. Super cheap and very tasty!
Sapa is perfect for a well-earned rest. You´re more than halfway through your adventure so you can sit back, chill out and reflect on all the places you’ve been, things you see and people you´ve met so far. We reckon by this point you´ll realize this is one of the best things you’ve ever done!
If you are up for it check out the beautiful orchid gardens on the Ham Rong Mountain. Located in Sapa town, you don´t have far to travel to admire the panoramic views, gardens and unusual rock formations. It is well worth the effort of walking to the top as once you get there, and along the way, you´ll be rewarded with some great photo opportunities.
Day 13 (Fri) Market
Today you’ll visit the beautiful local market and beautiful old Sapa church in the morning. You’ll have free time for the rest of the day until your bus back to Hanoi.
Day 14 and 15 (Sat & Sun) Hanoi craziness free time
Yes weekend again :). You’ve had quite a number of days admiring the beautiful Vietnam countryside and now it´s back to crazy Hanoi. You have a couple of days to explore more of the city, after which time you can decide whether you love it or hate it, it´s a bit like Marmite! Your guide will be able to give you the lowdown on the best places to visit and where to eat and drink.
You then have two days to explore the incredible city of Hanoi – our guides can give you some great suggestions of places to go, although often the group will have their own ideas there is only things you can see and do it will be hard to cram it all in. Stock up on snacks and charge your smartphone batteries because the following night you will be doing a very long bus trip which takes us to Hoi an.
Third Week 3: Days 16 – 21
Day 16 Hoi An is awesome
You will arrival to Hoi An in the afternoon and have time to visit Hoi An Old Quarter. It has a distinctly French colonial flare, and it’s also an awesome place to get any type of clothing tailor-made for you!
You could spend time exploring the town and its many alleyways of cute shops, cafes and extensive food market or maybe hire a scooter and head out to the gorgeous local beaches.
Day 17 Ancient Ruins
You will visit the ancient ruins of the Cham dynasty in My Son. Ancient ruined temples two massive towers a really special place.
We will join the bus to transfer to Nha Trang tonight.
Day 18 & 19 Beach time
Na Trang has fantastic beaches and great nightlife. Nha Trang’s golden beaches are yours for the taking, alternatively, take a boat trip to nearby islands or sample sumptuous seafood.
Day 20 Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh
It’s been a huge epic journey but finally, we’ve made it to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Sai Gon)! Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, it has a distinctively different feel to Hanoi.
Day 21 (Sat) Saying goodbyes
On day 24 you will stay in Sai Gon where it will be time to say goodbye to your travel buddies. Lifelong friendships will have been formed, incredible time is had by all, in a truly stunning country. At the end of an amazing trip before continuing with your onward travels
Only breakfast is included throughout the programme. But you can get a nice (and cheap) meal on every corner of every street. Meals are about 1 to 3 GBP per meal.
Vietnamese meals consist of rice or noodles accompanied by fish or meat and a vegetable dish or soup. But in many places, you can also get Western food like pizza!
The winter months are December, January and February. It can be quite cold as you also go up to the north is Sapa, which is in the mountains. In January, there is no start date but in December there is. Be aware that you can not sunbathe.
Book today with a deposit and travel after 11 - Feb - 2018 to lock in the early bird price. "Hurry only limited early bird spots available !"
Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.
Airport transfer on arrival to make it easy for you!
Fully guided with local knowledgeable English speaking Guides
Trip to the Water Puppet Theatre
Visit Ho Chi Minh Memorial (optional)
20 nights’ accommodation
Overnight in rural village homestay
Black H’Mong hill tribes and scenic waterfalls
Guided jungle trek in Cuc Phuong National Park and visit to Muong ethnic community (Optional extra)
Boat trip in Tam Coc
Stunning boat trip in Halong Bay
Experience a Vietnamese floating village
Adventure Kayaking in Lan Ha Bay
Hanoi city tour
Overnight Bus to Hoi An
Walking tour of Hoi Ans beautiful waterways
Cham dynasty temples in My Son
Adventure Trek to Cat Cat Village
2 Glorious days by the beach in Nha Trang
Ho Chi Minh City
Access to buddy lists before you go
Extra activities not on itinerary
Return airport transfer
Lunch and Dinner
Breakfasts during travel days
Extra night if needed at the end of the trip in Ho Chi Minh
Starts on a Sunday ends on a Saturday
16 July 2017 – 05 August 2017
13 August 2017 – 02 September 2017
10 September 2017 – 30 September 2017
22 October 2017 – 11 November 2017
19 November 2017 – 09 December 2017
24 December 2017 – 13 January 2018
14 January 2018 – 03 February 2018
18 February 2018 – 10 March 2018
18 March 2018 – 07 April 2018
15 April 2018 – 05 May 2018
17 June 2018 – 07 July 2018
15 July 2018 – 04 August 2018
16 September 2018- 06 October 2018
11 November 2018 – 01 December 2018
COMBINE WITH THE 4 WEEK THAILAND EXPERIENCE OR 3 WEEK THAILAND ENTOURAGE STARTING THE SUNDAY AFTER
Welcome to the Philippines! See amazing sights, explore stunning beaches, splash around in underwater rivers, snorkel the crystal clear waters, discover the Filipino culture and enjoy the best sunsets of your life. Meet the locals, kayak through caves, indulge in delicious food and party the night away.
Epic Philippines 10 Day Tour
The Philippines is consistently rated to have some of the best beaches and most spectacular islands in the world, a natural beauty only rivalled by the friendliness of its people and fascinating culture. We show you the best of the Palawan islands, an area largely untouched by tourism. You will explore jungles and cities, discover the Puerto Princesa Underground River, greet the rising sun from a private beach camp, island hop on a private boat, climb for your own coconuts, snorkel the starfish fields, and loads more!
For those wanting to continue their adventure and visit Boracay or swim with the whale sharks in Cebu*, we also offer optional self-guided packages after your 10 day tour has finished (flights not included). Join us and walk the path less traveled!
DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN MANILA! LETS GO!
DAY 2 – PALAWAN HERE WE COME!
DAY 3 – UNDERGROUND RIVER EXPLORATION!
DAY 4/5 – THE CASTAWAY EXPERIENCE – PRIVATE BEACH CAMP!
DAY 6 – BOUND FOR EL NIDO PARADISE
DAY 7 – ISLAND HOPPING
DAY 8 – EL NIDO TOWN
DAY 9 – CULTURAL DAY
DAY 10 – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!
Day 1 – Manila
In and around Manila
Arrive at any time on day 1 and your guide will be there to meet you at the airport. Weave through the streets of one of Asia’s most frenetic cities straight to your accommodation. Time to settle in and meet the group! If you arrive earlier in the day, you can use your time to explore the city and do some last-minute shopping. In the evening we get together for a BBQ on the roof terrace overlooking the city, and then on to experience some Manila nightlife!
Day 2 – Puerto Princesa
Palawan here we come! Today we take a short flight to the southern end of the Palawan Islands. We check in to our guest house and then head to the Iwahig Prison. This is a strange ‘prison without walls’, where inmates control how the prison functions. They even have a mayor! Meet and interact with some inmates and hear their stories. We then take you to the Bay Walk, where you can try all different kinds of famous Filipino food in small food stalls lining the water. Later in the evening we head out for some more fun!
Day 3 – Underground River & Port Barton
After a quick breakfast, we head to the famous Underground River. We go by boat through the incredible subterranean river system. In the afternoon we make our way from Puerto Princesa to the stunning fishing village of Port Barton. This is when you will truly feel like you’ve arrived in paradise but trust us, it gets better! Spend your evening sipping fresh coconuts on white sand while listening to some island reggae in the background. Tonight we stay in traditional Filipino beachfront bungalows. Accommodation here is basic but comfortable and in a great location.
Days 4 and 5 – Island camping with the locals
Jump on a local fishing boat to take you to our tropical island beach camp. Tucked away on a secluded beach, the camp has everything we need. Snorkel with turtles, explore the island, or catch fish to grill by the beach over a couple of beers. This is your time to truly experience idyllic island life. We have our own boat, which allows us to explore the surrounding islands and experience how the local island communities live. In the evening, we get together around the fire by our own little beach ‘bar’ and watch the spectacular sunset that this area is famous for. Perfect! For the more adventurous, we visit a secret rainforest waterfall for a dip on the second day to wash off all that sand and salt. Don’t worry about food either, our local guides will be catching fish during the day while we explore the area and cook up feasts for us! Condition permitting, we will visit one of the small schools on neighboring islands to meet the kids and find out what it’s like to grow up in a remote area of the Philippines.
Day 6 – Bound for El Nido
In the morning we all jump into a bus and we are on our way to El Nido! When we arrive, you will see why Palawan was named the most beautiful island group in the world. Surrounded by islands and cliffs, El Nido is a secret paradise we are lucky enough to share. Once you pick your jaws up off the ground, we will check in to the funkiest hostel in Palawan. Exclusive to One Life, this slick hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers! Settle in, then head out to one of our favourite beach bars in the evening for food and fun.
Day 7 – Island hopping
Today we set sail on the most (in)famous boat in El Nido! This custom built boat will take us on an island hopping adventure to secret beaches and pristine reefs. Go kayaking over the emerald waters or jump in and snorkel over coral teaming with life. The awesome crew will take care of all your food, and include all your beer, rum, and cocktails in the afternoon. So go on, you’ve earned a drink! We have music on board, chill-out areas, and a freshly cooked buffet including of the best seafood you can get. Before we set sail back to El Nido, get some pictures of you doing a backflip off the boat with the sun setting in the background, or just relax on deck listening to the music on board.
Day 8 – El Nido town
In the morning, we climb up to the top of one of the cliffs surrounding El Nido bay and get the most spectacular views in the area! After the big morning, we feel you’ll need some chill out time. We include a traditional Filipino massage to ease those muscle aches. Take your time today to relax and soak up your surroundings, or explore the surrounding area. Ask your guide where the coolest spots are, or just discover them for yourself!
Day 9 – Cultural experiences and zipline at Las Cabanas
We spend today outside El Nido in small villages with the local people. We try a little fishing in traditional boats, learn about the many uses they have for coconuts, discover the secret for cooking a perfect ‘Adobo’ (national dish of the Philippines), try your hand at weaving with palm leaves, and finish with a Halo-Halo (Filipino iced dessert). When you are feeling brave enough, it’s time to take a hike up to the top of the mountain overlooking the beach. Why? Because this is your time to know how it feels to fly across the ocean between two islands over beaches and corals reefs. Once you finish your zipline on Snake Island, wade across the water and join the crew on the beach! In the evening we all head into town for one final farewell dinner.
Day 10 – Good Bye!
Sadly all good things must come to an end! For those of you who booked their onward journey, this is where we must say our goodbyes. The rest of us jump in a minivan back to Puerto Princesa where we finish our trip. We also help with any onward travel. Want to visit Cebu? Party on the white sand beaches in Boracay? Just let us know and we’ll make it happen!
*We are an adventure tour company and include more than any other company in our itinerary. We are committed to showing our guests the most beautiful and untouched areas of Palawan. This means that sometimes the facilities in these more remote areas may be rather limited. Embrace it as part of the adventure!
Welcome to Cebu City, Queen City of the Philippines, known to many as the second capital of the country. The Island of Cebu is known the world over for world class waterfalls, incredible diving and snorkelling and acts as a central transport hub to other areas in The Philippines. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the 4th best island destination in the world, so you know its going to be phenomenal. Your personal driver, will be waiting for you in the airport as you land to transfer you directly to your hostel in the bustling centre of the city. Once you get there, you can take the rest of the day to explore this wonderful city and treat yourself to some famous Cebu Lechon!
Gorge yourself on the huge breakfast in the guesthouse before meeting your driver outside who will transfer you to the Ceres South Bus Station. Hop on the plush air conditioned bus, sit back and relax whilst enjoying the stunning Cebu scenery as you whizz through its centre. After a couple of hours you’ll arrive in the town of Moalboal where your hostel will pick you up and transfer you to your room. After which, you have the chance to explore Panagsama Beach, grab a devious burger in Chilli’s or throw on a snorkel and swim with the millions of sardines swimming just off the coast, the choice is yours.
This is your free day to explore the area around Moalboal, our recommendation is to head to Kawasan Falls. This stunning 2 tiered waterfall is a popular destination for tourists around the world and always makes it onto any Philippine Travel Video. The water is powerade blue and the lush greenery to flanks the flowing whitewash make a heck of a profile picture. If you’re feeling adventurous you can book a canyoneering tour through your hostel and jump, slide and rope swing your way downstream.
Make sure you get an early night as your driver will be arriving to pick you up at 4am in the morning. The reason for this is that today is your day to swim with the biggest fish in the ocean, the whale sharks. A truly mind-blowing and unforgettable experience as you spend 30 minutes surrounded by these friendly giants just off the coast, make sure you charge that GoPro! After your swim, you’ll be directed to your breakfast spot before getting back in the car to head down the cost to Aguinid Waterfalls. Aguinid Falls is smaller version of Kawasan but nevertheless still a spectacular 5 tiered waterfall. Once you’ve finished posing for photos under the falls, your driver will then take you to your last spot, Tumalog Falls. This majestic and quiet waterfall is the perfect spot for some relaxation and reflection after a busy morning. You’ll then be transferred back to Cebu City to your original hostel where you can finally pinch yourself after a day to remember.
One Life Adventures will provide you with a handy Cebu city guide which you can use to aid you in your DIY tour around the City. Cebu city is one of the oldest and proudest cities in the Philippines with a rich colonial and religious history to sink your teeth into. Some of the oldest cathedrals in the country are here and prime for you to explore. Cebu is also the food capital of the country with some incredible eateries detailed on your guide, make sure you attempt to try them all! When you’re ready to leave, you’re driver will be waiting for you 2 hours before your flight at your hostel to take you to the airport. We hope you enjoyed your time in Cebu and have some incredible pictures to prove it!
Welcome to Boracay, one of the top-rated beach destinations in the world! It is known as the Ibiza of Asia, with its powdery white sand beach lined with some of the most exciting bars filled with travelers ready to party. You’ll arrive in Caticlan Airport, where you’ll be picked up and led into a bus that will take you to the Caticlan Jetty Port. From here, you will be taken to the outrigger boat that will bring you to your shuttle on Boracay Island. You’ll be dropped off by the shuttle at Second Wind Bed Bunk & Breakfast or MNL Hostel. Take this time to explore on your own and get to know your new destination!
Hop on a tricycle and make your way to Ariel’s House. Make sure to be there BEFORE 10:30AM for your pre-departure registration. At 11:15AM, you’ll go on a boat cruise on a traditional Filipino outrigger boat known as a banca beyond the shorts of Boracay. A stark contrast to the famous White Beach, you’ll see the coastline comprised of lush forests, deserted beaches, and volcanic rock. The boat ride lasts 35- 45 minutes, depending on the type of boat used, and is the perfect time to make new friends and enjoy the start of your open bar! Get your day officially started with some heart-stopping, death defying cliff diving. Huffington Post named Ariel’s Point as the perfect place to check cliff diving off your bucket list. With five different diving boards and platforms ranging from 3-15 meters, it’s not hard to believe. If you’re not yet ready for this, it’s okay. There’s a bamboo ladder and floating dock, for simply chilling out. Ariel’s Point’s protected location makes it the perfect area for kayaking along the unspoiled shoreline of Buruanga, a small coastal village on the island of Panay. Enjoy paddling to nearby deserted beaches or use your sit-on-top kayak as a mobile platform for cliff diving and nature photography. You might even encounter some flying fish or start a conversation with the local fishermen. Both single (one-person) and tandem (two-person) kayaks are available. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times. The beautiful seas of the Philippines are teeming with marine life. The coastline around Ariel’s Point is no exception. Clownfish, damselfish, starfish, and sea anemones are just a few of the fascinating species you might encounter during your underwater adventure. Some guests have even spotted sea turtles and dolphins visiting the area. Snorkels, masks, and life jackets are provided. Of course, you won’t go hungry! Enjoy a delicious buffet that includes fresh and traditional dishes such as grilled fish, grilled pork, barbecue chicken, longaniza sausages, pancit noodles (vegetarian), eggplant salad (vegetarian), herb potatoes (vegetarian), steamed rice (vegetarian), prawn crackers, and an assortment of fruits (vegetarian). The package also includes a late afternoon snack or merienda such as caramelized bananas or local sweet potatoes. Don’t forget! You can enjoy unlimited drinks during you visit to Ariel’s Point.
Boracay is known for its unholy never-ending happy hours, but the happiest of hours happen with a classic Boracay Pubcrawl! Hop through five bars and clubs and take advantage of the crazy Pubcrawl special discounts. Your Pubcrawl Party Captain will lead the way, and take you through some fun and funny get-to-know games. You’ll get your own Pubcrawl Shirt, a shot glass, and a baller band to take as a souvenir. Objective: Party with an awesome group with VIP treatment!
Time to nurse your aching head! Your whole night partying will definitely have you feeling a bit tired. Take this day to relax and chill out. Grab a fresh mango shake at Jonah’s, pick up a choriburger (chorizo burger) and just lie on the beach. You’ll find plenty of locals offering you a massage or a paraw (sailboat) ride, if you feel like doing a little bit more.
Time to bid farewell to your white sand party island! You’ll be picked up at Second Wind Bed Bunk & Breakfast or MNL Hostel to start your journey back to the airport. Just make sure to confirm with the receptionist at your hostel your flight details, so they can advise you on the best time that you can be picked up according to your flight. As your flight takes off and flies over Boracay Island, relax in your seat, and look out the window, and bid adieu to your home for what was hopefully some of the best 5 days!
You will need to fly into Manila International Airport. Airport transfers are included in the cost of the tour on the start day of the tour only. If you arrive any earlier, you can book an extra night in the Z Hostel and make your own way. Taxis are easy to arrange from the airport.
Your tour ends in Puerto Princessa on day 10. Return airport transfer (to Manila) is not included as part of the tour.
When booking flights after the tour, we suggest booking your onwards flight to leave early evening (6pm local time) on the last day in Puerto Princesa then you have plenty of time to get to the airport from Palawan to Manila.
The main way to get back to Manila is by flight.
This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; our Bali bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic. If you are looking to give your health and fitness a good boost and still have an adventure holiday, then this is the perfect combination for you.
Combining two of our best experiences in Bali, Indonesia
This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; The Bali Fitness bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic trip. Whilst joining us at bootcamp for a week or two to focus on your health might be your main priority, it is great to know that you are able to see and do that much more by adding on a 10-day adventure and really get the chance to experience the best of Bali. Besides, who wouldn’t want to show off their new Bali body, while exploring the rest of this beautiful place and visiting the pristine golden beaches that coat the island!?
Bali Fitness Bootcamp
A new lease of life, improved fitness and new friends in paradise!
Motivation guaranteed! Train with fun, like-minded people and professional trainers! (don’t worry we are certainly not all in great shape :))
Great nutrition with a healthy meal plan with an energy boosting menu
Gorgeous luxury resort stay in Our Fitness Villa or Deluxe resort
Find a new addiction! One surf lesson in Bali included
Awesome excursion to Uluwatu temple and sunset beach!
10 Day Epic Bali Trip
Explore Majestic temples
Discover beautiful waterfalls
Visit the locals at the Monkey Forest
Spend 3 nights on the stunning island of Gili Trawangan
Experience Bali’s night-life at its finest.
FOR FULL DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL TRIPS BELOW.
The bali Fitness and adventure trip is put together exclusively by Xtreme Gap Year. This unique trip combines working on your fitness and exploring a new country and its beutiful culture and beaches.
Working out in the morning, exploring lush green rice paddies and chilling by the amazing beaches of Bali in the afternoon. Eat Sleep Workout Repeat. Getting fit and healthy in a tropical paradise with Xtreme Gap Year is the perfect remedy for everything bad modern life can throw at you!
See amazing sights, explore majestic temples, splash around in waterfalls, visit an active volcano, wander through rice fields, enjoy local coffee, discover islands and kick back on beautiful beaches. See wild monkeys, shop the markets, indulge in delicious food, learn to surf, snorkel in the crystal clear sea & dance the night away at the [...]
The training can take it out of you, so to relax after a hard session you stay in comfortable accommodation. There are two options for accommodation on the Bali Fitness Bootcamp. Both options are close the beach and to everything else as well, so you have plenty of opportunities to go explore. Taxis are cheap in Bali, and there are plenty of areas of interest you to visit including temples, resorts, beaches and areas of cultural interest. Day trips can be booked through our Bali team.
Boutique Shared Villa Accommodation
With a stunning pool and a shared room in our stunning Fitness Villa you are in the midst of the action. Its a fun set up with roof top jacuzzi overlooking the ocean and a pool and communal living area on the ground floor. The villa is 150 metersthe the most stunning bay in Bali. The perfect set up to relax, meet other bootcampers and feel right at home. This is the social hub of the bootcamp but also large and private enough to have important relax and down time.
The sleeping arrangements are based on airconditioned, shared ensuite mini dorms with max. 2 – 4 persons (mixed gender). Airconditioning operates from 7 pm to 7 am ensuring you get a comfortable nights sleep.
Deluxe Resort Accommodation
If you do not wish to share and would like even more luxury, your fitness training will be complemented perfectly by a stay in our beautiful deluxe hotel option. Located right next to the best beach in Bali, you can relax in between training sessions on the white sands of Jimbaran, or at the stunning pool of the hotel. The luxury deluxe option is located 5 minute walk to the training camp and is the epitome of luxury. This exclusive resort is brand new in 2016 and caters to those with higher budgets.
Complete with stunning pool and roof top lounge with unrivaled views of Jimberan bay it is a lovely place to stay if you can afford the extra expense.
The Surrounding Area
Our stunning bootcamp is set in an exclusive quieter area of Bali called Jimberan. The perfect beach with views stunning rollers, its the perfect location for a mental and physical reset. You can also venture down to the traditional markets, enjoy fine dining with a selection of lovely restaurants or sunbathe on a white sandy beach. The beach and the hotel are separated by road, and along the road, there are local Seafood Cafés.
The location is rewarded by some of the best sunsets in Bali, with temples and plenty of points of interest nearby.
ACCOMMODATION ON 10 DAY EPIC
Your 9 nights accommodation is fully included for this part of your trip and is a combination of some awesome hostels and surf hotels. The rooms are twins or doubles and you will share with the same sex unless you specify.To make it just that much better, all the spots you stay in have a pool. Which is always great to chill and relax by after a fun day of exploring.
The camp is located in Jimbaran right by the beach. This is located on a massive Bay with a white sandy beach, 15 minutes from the airport. It’s away from the typically touristy areas, and a little bit quieter which is more conducive to fitness training and relaxation. Yet at the same time, it is easily accessible to some of the hotspots and more lively areas.
You have nothing to worry about, our expert Group Leaders will help you book everything you need in order to get to where you’re heading, whether that be on to some more islands or back to the airport to catch a flight.
If you arrive a day early, accommodation is not included. Check in is only on Sunday. Airport pick up is included, all day at anytime but only on Sunday. If you arrive early you have to arrange your own transfer to the accommodation at the training camp.
Yes! 90% of our clients who join the boot camp and our group trips are solo travellers. In fact far from this being a problem, we would encourage people to do so. It’s a very social environment and you will make friends very quickly.
High season is the dry season. Between April and September Bali is typically busier than usual. While temperatures are pretty constant all year round, it’s rainfall that can make the difference between the months.
The rainy season, which usually falls between December and Jan you can expect downpours happening mainly at night. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be constantly raining all the time, you can have some heavy rains, and then it is sunny again. It’s also cooler to train during rainy season. Can be more humid, however the training facility is airconditioned and the rooms are also airconditioned at night time. The boot camp runs all year, come rain or shine anyway.
You will need to fly into Bali Denpasar International Airport. After booking, you are asked to provide your flight details and we will meet you in arrivals outside of the airport. We will then transfer you to your accommodation by taxi.
Incredible Kitesurf Camp With Beach Front Accommodation
Learn how to kitesurf and perfect your skills on our progressive course
High percentage of onshore thermal wind days, plenty of activities on non-wind days
Living in an amazing beach house right in front of the sea and kite launch zone.
Excursions to world heritage sites, and stunning Majorcan beaches
Expert tuition from our International Kite Surf team
Unrivalled location with plenty to do and experience
Awesome Kitesurf camp vibe
Become a Kite God and experience true freedom!
If one word sums up what it is like to be a Kite surfer that word would have to be freedom. When you are hooked into a power kite on the open water with wind propelling you at great speeds it’s an amazing feeling.
Then combine the ability to jump, and use the power of the kite to give you amazing hang time you can pretty much fly as well. Kite surfing is like skiing or snowboarding, but more forgiving. But there’s a lot of skill involved in being able to master the moves.
Fortunately, it’s not difficult it just takes practice, a little bit of ability and the right instruction. Mostly it takes an opportunity because it’s weather dependent you need the ability to jump in the water as soon as the wind is on. This is what this course gives you. Located right by the sea, weather permitting you can go kiting every day, improve your kite surfing ability and come home with an amazing new addiction.
Be warned though, kite surfing is a lifestyle. Once you have the bug, nothing will be the same. You will crave the wind like you are possessed. Because with the wind, comes the ability to at least something so fun, it will make good days great days.
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to become really good at something. But given enough time, and the opportunity to do so, perfecting a skill is an awesome achievement. Apply this to kite surfing and you got the ingredients for something amazing.
This is not just a Kite Surf course. Yes of course is fantastic instruction, and there’s more on that below, but signing up to this program is investing in your summer.
The location of the kitesurf camp is unrivaled. You will live right by the sea, 10 m from the beach, 50 m from the kitesurf channel. That gives you the ability to go kite surfing every day. And should the wind not come in, you can go and explore the bay on stand-up paddles. The kite surf house is located in a national park, in a truly beautiful location.
The sandy shallow bay of Pollenca, stretches out in front of the house. It’s a large bay, with aquamarine water which is quite shallow for several hundred meters providing the perfect conditions to learn to Kite Surf. The water is warm, and the views are stunning. Dramatic mountains stretch to the north, and Majorca’s best beaches are within a short distance from where you are staying.
In the evenings you are a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Port of Pollenca town See can go and hit the nightlife with your fellow kite surfers. If a full day on the water has knackered you out, we have an amazing chillout area on the roof of the beach health. A huge kite surf viewing platform by day, chillout zone and outdoor cinema by night!
Xtreme Gap Year has a beach house in Majorca, where we run this kite surf programme. You will stay in a shared apartment right by the beach in a beautiful National Park. Based on Twin share.
Shared bathroom, lounge and outdoor chillout zones on the roof.
The Shared Villa
Most people opt for the standard shared villa option. based on twin share dorms. The villa is located right next to the training areas, so rolling out of bed is easy.
It is also a haven of relaxation when you are not training. Equipped with a rooftop terrace with views of the ocean.
Kiting together and living together is a very bonding experience, it’s a great way to make friends. Don’t worry about needing your own space also. The villa is sufficiently big with plenty of chillout areas for you to catch some quiet time to.
Due to the nature of the Kite Boot Camp, people do not tend to have late-night the villa. You will be exhausted! So you can expect to get a good nights sleep in fan cooled rooms.
Sunday Arrival Day.
Arriving into Palma de Mallorca the transfer to the local town of Alcudia takes approximately one hour on the A32 bus service (direct from the airport). A member of our friendly team will be waiting to meet you off the bus and transfer you to the beach house on arrival. You can arrive at any time on Sunday and check in after 2pm. After checking in, you are free to chill at the villa, hit the beach, or do some stand-up paddle. A group orientation and introduction and getting to know you session will take place at 5 o’clock at the UF villa.
Monday Intro Day & Start Training
As with most days we start off with an early morning sun rise yoga session to stretch your muscles. Sessions take place on the roof terrace overlooking the ocean, National Park and Sierra Tramontana mountain range.
Then time for a healthy breakfast consisting of fruit, yoghurt, smoothie options, muesli, and eggs. Breakfast is served from 830 to 915 on the roof terrace.
Stand Up Paddle
Depending on the water conditions we have a daily stand-up paddle session. The bay of Pollenca has crystal calm flat water in the morning and is the perfect place to do some stand-up paddle due to it being relatively shallow and exceptionally beautiful. The thermal wind doesn’t tend to kick in until around 1 o’clock that’s great to start your mornings by getting out on the water when it calm and serene.
Buffet style healthy lunch served on the roof terrace or in the garden. Stock up on your carbs as you’re going to be burning a lot of energy on the water.
1.30 – 4.00
And it’s on! Thermal wind kicks in pretty much every single day in the summer which means you can be out on the water most days. If you have never learnt to kite surf before, you will have a nine-hour in water course spread out over a couple of days. After that it’s all about practice so you will be out riding on the water improving your kite surf abilities.
Kiting takes place right in front of the villa we are merely a couple of metres away from the launch point.
Every Wednsday and Thursday we take excursions which you are welcome to join.
For example on Wednesday there is an excursion to the beautiful Roman town of Pollenca where you can visit a local market.
On Friday afternoons you have the opportunity to do a nature trek, this lasts approximately 2 ½ hours taking you through a beautiful valley, down to a secluded beach.
Early risers are able to enjoy a beautiful sunrise SUP session, or perhaps you may prefer a lie in. After a healthy breakfast at 8:30 AM on Saturday, it’s excursion day!
There are a range of options for excursions depending on the preference of the group. Some of these excursions are free and others incur a local charge:
Some of the excursion options include:
Speed boat hire: (Minimum for persons 100 EUR per person) includes captain, fuel and boat hire 4 hours)
Formentor Beach we catch a glass bottom boat across to one of the most beautiful beaches. The journey takes 25 minutes Puerto Pollensa to Formentor the views of the bay along the way are impressive. You can get a closer look at the lighthouse at Cap de Formentor and La Fortaleza, one of Spain’s most impressive estates featured in the bbcs night manager. It is an open ticket, so you can choose the timetable you prefer to come back, so the choice of options is flexible and you are not in a rush.
Formentor look out. Head up to a beautiful world heritage site with dramatic clifftop views.
Water Park Excursion (entrance fee not included)
Pirate Boat Experience: five hours exploring the bays beaches and cliffs of Majorca, on a pirate cruiser, includes snorkelling equipment and lunch. With pickup and drop-off from the villa. €60 per person
Sunday Check Out Day
Sunday is rest day, if you are checking out you will have to vacate your room by 10, but you are welcome to chill by the villa if you have a later flight. Say good bye to your new friends and hello to maintaining a new healthier better you!
Changes to Itinerary & Inclusions
Please note the above itinerary can change, so the above is to be taken as an indication of what you will achieve, but it is not set in stone.
Locations Of Activities
While “the hub” of the Kite Camp is set at the beach house. You will be given a bicycle on check-in, which will be your mode of transport for the majority of the camp. The furthest distance you would have to cycle would be 10 minutes and approximately 3 km to get from the beach house to the local town centre of town. The area is well connected with bike paths and is completely flat, along the ocean promanade. Should you wish to go to the local town by taxi, it’s six euros (shared with a maximum of four others).
Learning to Kite Surf what is it like?
Talk to anyone who’s into kite surfing and you will find out how enthusiastic and impassioned they are about this amazing sport. It’s easy to think, looking at some of the acrobatic and near death-defying moves that good kite surfers can pull off that is an almost impossible sport to get good at. Not true. Kite surfing is like anything it takes practice but anyone can learn. You build it up in stages from the basics mastering techniques until you become intermediate through to advanced.
It requires time on the water, and of course wind! But this is why this program is so good. With Majorca’s thermal wind, pretty much guaranteeing to blow every single day throughout the summer months you are out on the water every day. You have the time to perfect the basics, and start mastering intermediate techniques like jumps, transitions and some seriously cool moves.
Once you become a kite surfer, and you are up and running on the water it becomes highly addictive. The sheer freedom of movement on the water gives you a taste of something that is hard to give up.
Kite surfing is quite forgiving on the body, because most of the weight and force is taken by the harness, which means you can spend hours on the water without getting overtired. It’s a sport that gives you speed, the ability to fly, jump and buzz over the water like no other sport can.
How are the days structured?
Majorca benefits from thermal wind in the summer. This is basically a seabreeze that rushes in as the land heats up over the day. Locally this is known as “Embat” and has been a constant since the island was 1st populated thousands of years ago.
Because it takes time for the land to heat up the thermal wind doesn’t kick in until around 1 o’clock. So mornings are easy at the kite Academy. Get up when you are ready, and have breakfast. You are able to enjoy your breakfast on the roof terrace with 360° views of the kite beach, mountains a world heritage site and the largest National Park in Majorca all around. It’s a truly terrific spot. If you want to get active before hitting the water, you can take a mountain biking go explore the natural reserve. Most people will take time to chill in the morning, brush up on some theory to fix in their mind the techniques they want to try out that day.
Then come 1230 time to gear up. We had down to the launch channel which is located conveniently just 200 m from the house.
You will inflate your kites, connect your lines, do your safety checks and then it’s time on the water. The wind will blow solidly until about 4 o’clock, sometimes later but 3 hours a day on the water is more than enough to see some serious progression.
Come 6 o’clock you will be back at the house for dinner, with a debrief, discussing what you learned that day before having a well deserved dinner on the roof terrace.
The evenings are free to do as you wish. You are very close to the bars and restaurants of Port de Pollenca and Alcudia, or you can chill catch a movie on our large outdoor cinema, and just enjoy the local environment.
Here’s how it normally goes. When you start learning, you usually have around 12 hours of instruction which is a beginner kite surfing course. The 1st half a day, let’s say around 3 hours you learn all about how to set up the kite, all about the safety systems how the bar (the control system) works. The idea is to get you comfortable with the equipment, so you can then move into the water safely. Once you’re done with the safety training, you learn how to launch the kite, and you are then in the water without a board learning how to steer and control the kite. This takes usually around 4 to 5 hours depending how quickly you pick it up. It’s very much like driving a car, at 1st you don’t really know all the gears and levers do, but after a while it becomes 2nd nature. So the learning part of the course is designed to get this into your head. Once you are comfortable with the kite control, and the instructors also comfortable with you, you can then do body dragging. This is where you are moving through the water using the power of the kite without the board attached to you. This is where you 1st start to get a feel for the power of the kite and how it can move you through the water. Body dragging does not take that long, but it is designed to get used to the sensation of moving in the water.
After body dragging comes probably the most exciting bit: Water start. Water start is basically your 1st attempt at getting up on the board using the power of the kite. How long this takes is really down to the individual, some people pick it up straightaway (well within the hour) other people take quite a long time to get the feel for it. Once you do crack it, you will be up and moving and then it’s all about practice.
The 1st time you successfully water start, it’s a huge mix of sensations. It’s usually very exciting followed very quickly by a feeling of my God how do I stop this thing!
Once you are up and moving in the water, due to the nature of the sport you tend to be on your own. So it really is just like learning to drive, you have to keep practising.
This programme is open to people with all levels of kite surfing ability. That includes if you’ve never even seen a kite surf in your entire life! Kite surfing is a remarkably progressive sport. No matter how long you’ve been practising, you can always improve. It’s time on the water that really makes the difference. You can go from complete novice to beginner in around 6 hours. After several weeks of constant practice you will be intermediate. But here’s the issue. Due to the sport being heavily dependent on the wind, often people don’t have the time to progress. The beautiful thing about this course is you are living right by the kite surf channel, when the wind is in which is pretty much a daily occurrence in June due to the thermal winds kicking up in Majorca, it on. You will have plenty of time to perfect your kite surf ability.
Majorca has 3 kite surf beaches. The most popular is in the bay of Pollenca on the north-east of the island. This is exactly where you will be located. The Beach house’s front line, you are just a couple of metres from the ocean. When your kite surfing day is done, there’s plenty to do in the area as well.
If you have your own kite surf equipment you are more than welcome to bring it. However this is not necessary as all the equipment is included. Majorca during the summertime operates on thermal winds. So we use kites around 14 m with big boards for the perfect setup.
We will collect you from the Alcudia and transfer you to the beach house. There is a direct bus transfer from the airport which takes approximately 1 hour to Alcudia. You will need to make your own way to Alcudia on this bus service.
All food is included, Gappers take it in turns to cook. We have full cooking facilities at the apartment both indoors and outdoors. Breakfast consists of bread, eggs cereals on a self-serve basis. Lunch and dinner will be healthy filling and nutritious and consists of Pasta, salads bbqs ect
Surprisingly not. It’s not easy, but it’s certainly not difficult. It’s a bit like learning to drive the car. Once you know how to do it, safely it becomes 2nd nature. But then it’s about improving your skills, and that requires time on the water. Something that you will have loads of on this course.
Kite surf development courses is a great when they are done over several months, as you will probably need 4 to 6 months of practice prior to being able to take your instructor exam. If you are out on the water every day, you can probably cut this time down to about 3 months or 12 weeks, but I would really give yourself more time just to get as much practice as possible. The exam part is a financial commitment and you wouldn’t want to fail it, plus you need the necessary experience yourself if you’re going to be put in a position of responsibility to instruct.
The Xtreme Gap course is a great opportunity to test the waters to see if the above is for you.
An unforgettable 18 day Thailand tour in the land of smiles. All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you do not need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we will take care of the rest! This trip takes in all of the major islands that you need to see.
A great value arrival into Thailand, jam packed with exciting activities and excursions. Timed perfectly to give you a 18 day introduction, helps you meet people and get to know your surroundings and gives you a further 12 day ´s on the same 30 day visa (free upon arrival) to explore on your own steam if you want.
Thailand is the dream destination for any adventure-loving traveller itching to get out and see the beauty of the world, experience the kindness of people and have one of the most epic trips of a lifetime.
Thailand ticks all the boxes; sun, sea, sand, islands, adventure, nightlife, shopping, culture, history and friendly people. This tour is the perfect first-time trip for anyone looking to travel with a group of like-minded, similar aged people. Fully guided by English-speaking, Western guides, you´ll always feel safe, comfortable and at ease with the people around you.
Imagine yourself traveling through the bustling streets of Bangkok on a shaky tuk tuk, diving headfirst into crystal clear emerald water, partying on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or riding an elephant through lush tropical rainforest. The exotic smells, breath-taking sights, mouth-watering tastes and new sounds of traveling through Thailand will live long on in your memory after the trip is over. The Xtreme Gap Thailand Bucket List takes in the very best of Thailand in 18 amazing, adventure-filled days, including plenty of down time on some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world!
So make memories to last a lifetime; visit Thailand and have the time of your life. There´ll never be a better time than now; Thailand is waiting for you!
18 days in the land of the smiles for a price that will keep you grinning!
The excitement and hedonism of Khao San Rd
Tuk Tuk ride through Bangkok
Temples, palaces and markets and cruising down the Chao Praya river
Go Xtreme in the stunning Khao Sok National Park with bamboo rafting, kayaking tubing and cliff jumping.
You get to spend the night on amazing unique floating bungalows in an off the beaten track beautiful destination
Amazing longtail boat trips and boat parties
Stay overnight on Bottle Beach one of the most secluded paradises in Thailand
4 days on stunning Island Koh Tao
Eating some of the most amazing Thai food with the rest of the Xtreme Gap group in Koh Phangan
Stay a few nights on Koh Phangan. the party Island
Visit the famous Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island
Kayaking in Railay Beach, Krabi
Snorkelling boat trip in Phi Phi
Visit the little locals on Monkey Beach
Party Tuk Tuk in Patong, Phuket
Wicked laughs and fully guided with a trip leader
All accommodation, activities and transport included
The Thailand Bucket List 18 Day Tour Itinerary
Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you!
Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you´ll instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.
From the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, to the remote hidden beaches and islands made famous by legend and movies, this tour packs in so much epicness and adventure in just 18 days!
Day 1: Arrive to the Land of Smiles!
You´re getting closer and closer to the greatest adventure of your life. Just 10 minutes from landing in Bangkok airport, you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach. A new friend is waiting for you on the other side, ready to take you through the crazy streets of Bangkok to your accommodation and a group of fellow travellers who will soon become close friends. Once you´ve taken some time to relax and unwind in the guesthouse after your flight, you´ll head out for dinner and drinks with your new friends and travel buddies on the iconic Khao San Road.
Welcome to the first day of your amazing Thai adventure! It only gets better from here!
Day 2: Exploring the In´s and Out´s of Bangkok
Bangkok is known as the ´Venice of the East´, so what better way to explore the city than taking to the rivers. Cruising along the Chao Phraya River, you´ll experience one of the most epic skylines in Asia, seeing how the modern metropolis has merged with the ancient temples to create one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
After the river cruise, you´ll visit two of the most important temples in Thailand, where you´ll get your first experience of the beauty and intrigue of Thai history and culture. Next, we´ll jump on a Tuk Tuk for a whirlwind ride through the city back to Khao San Road. If you´ve never been on a Tuk Tuk before, you´ll be laughing (and possibly screaming) all the way, as it swerves and dodges all sorts of traffic and obstacles imaginable. Who knew driving could be so adventurous!
Finish the day with an amazing lunch and dinner in one of the best eating spots in Bangkok, Khao San Road; cheap, authentic and delicious!
Day 3: Preparing to head South
Your final day in Bangkok sees you getting ready to head to the tropical south of the country. After checking out of your accommodation, you´ll have an opportunity to relax with a traditional Thai Massage in a local spa. This should keep you sufficiently chilled out during your overnight train journey to the south of the country. You´ll probably be so relaxed that you´ll fall asleep on the train. If not, make sure to check out the awesome views of the Thai countryside.
Don´t worry though, as you´ll have plenty of time to pick up some souvenirs and do a little shopping in the awesome Khao San Road before you depart from Bangkok.
Day 4: Visiting Paradise in Khao Sok National Park
Prepare to be in awe of the beauty of Khao Sok National Park. Arriving bright and early at 7am, after the overnight train, you´ll be taken direct to the stunning park. Your accommodation here just so happens to be floating on the Cheow Larn Lake. Yep, you read correctly! These cute wooden bungalows are situated on a beautiful turquoise lake, surrounded by mountains covered in lush evergreen rainforest. You can even sit right outside your bungalow door, cooling down by dangling your feet in the lake!
Swimming, kayaking, tubing, bamboo rafting and cave exploring are just some of the awesome adrenaline-pumping activities that can be enjoyed in the park, while surrounded by some of the most gorgeous scenery you´ll ever see. We´re sure you´ll never want to leave your temporary home floating on the lake. However, Thai beaches are waiting:and that´s a pretty good excuse to keep moving!
Day 5: Beaches, Waves and Cocktails
Today we leave Khao Sok National Park via ferry to Koh Phangan, one of the most iconic and beautiful areas in Thailand. You´ll spend the day on Bottle Beach, a postcard-perfect beach with bright white sand and turquoise blue water, often regarded as one of the best beaches in Thailand!
Swim, sunbathe, relax or snorkel during the day, while in the evening we´ll prepare an awesome private beach party for you and your travel buddies. Cocktails, a campfire, lanterns and music will make this evening one of the most memorable during your travels in Thailand.
After a few drinks and dances around the campfire, you won´t have very far to go for a good nights sleep. In fact, you´ll still be able to hear the sounds of the ocean as you stay in your own private beach bungalow just a few metres from the waves. Not a bad way to spend a day!
DAY 6: MUAY THAI TRAINING LESSON
Wake up in paradise and step out onto the soft sand of Bottle Beach. Today, you can spend the morning sleeping, swimming, getting your tan on, or taking selfies with the world´s best backdrop!
The afternoon is reserved for your Muay Thai boxing experience! Hopping in a taxi boat, we´ll head towards the fishing town of Chaloklum, where you´ll get picked up by open air taxi and travel back through the heart of Phangan to Haad Rinn. It is here where you will try your hand at a bit of Thai boxing. Over the course of an hour your will learn about the sport of Muay Thai, techniques of the national sport and experience a training session with a local fighter. After building up a sweat we check into our accommodation in Haad Rinn just in time for a shower and some sunset drinks in one of our favourite beach bars.
DAY 7: EXPLORING THE PHANGAN ISLANDS
Koh Phangan is one of the best snorkelling and diving spots in the world, and at 11am you´ll be on your way there to explore the water and island for the day. From bathing in a waterfall like a boss, to enjoying lunch on the beach and watching the sunset from the boat, your day in Koh Phangan will definitely be one for the scrapbook!
In the evening, back at the resort we´ll enjoy a dinner courtesy of the tour organizers. Of course no event is finished without some celebratory drinks to commemorate your first amazing week in paradise! On the beach, you´ll party, enjoy a famous Thai bucket or two, and dance the night away, preferably in your bare feet!
DAY 8-12: LIVING IT UP ON KOH TAO
The next four days will be spent on the beautiful Koh Tao Island just north of Koh Phangan. Here is where you can tailor make your adventure by adding in some optional activities.
You will be staying on the gorgeous Sairee beach where you can relax into laid-back island life and choose how you spend each day. If you want to experience the best adrenaline-pumping adventure, you can add in additional activities (at an extra cost) like scuba diving, rock climbing, abseiling, water skiing, wake boarding and free diving. You do not have to pre-book. Decide what you want to do when you arrive. The included activity during the four days will be a boat trip to Koh Nangyuan, one of the most picturesque spots in the world where you can take in the surroundings, top up the tan and even enjoy a spot of snorkelling.
This is Koh Tao:
Day 12-15: Heading West
You´ve come to the end of your stay on Koh Tao, but don´t worry; there are lots more beautiful beaches and islands waiting to be explored in Thailand. One of those beaches is Railay on the west coast of Thailand; one of the most remarkably beautiful beaches on earth.
Although Railay is on the mainland, it is only accessible by boat so you´ll still feel like you´re on a remote tropical island, surrounded by scenery that looks like it´s been taken straight from a postcard.
Here you can relax, play, drink, eat and enjoy your surroundings, in between more intensive activities such as snorkelling, sea kayaking and rock climbing. Make sure to climb up to the lagoon viewpoint for some of the most fantastic views in the country.
The nightlife in Railay is always buzzing, with fire shows a regular fixture of the nightly entertainment around the many bars and restaurants.
Day 15-17: Island Bliss
We´re sure you´ve heard about your next location; the absolutely beautiful Maya Bay; so good it even stole the limelight from Leonardo DiCaprio in the film The Beach!
You´ll get to spend two glorious days on Phi Phi Island, taking a sunset boat trip around the other islands including Maya Bay, Monkey Island and the Viking Caves. Free lunch will be served on the boat before continuing on for more snorkelling and swimming back in the emerald waters of Phi Phi Island.
In the evenings, hang out with the group, enjoy some drinks and the nightlife, or do some amazing night swimming among the ´glow in the dark´ plankton.
Day 17-18: Final Days in the Land of Smiles
In the morning, we take a trip to Thailand´s largest island; Phuket. Phuket is as you would expect of any of the Thai islands; beautiful and laid-back with lots of things to do. It´s the perfect place to spend your final night in Thailand before leaving the next day for home, or the next part of your journey.
Party all night in Patong town, the party capital of Phuket, experiencing the nightlife through amazing Party Tuk Tuks; the ultimate crazy way to end your epic 18-day trip through the most beautiful country on earth!
On day 18, we´ll help you organize everything you need to make it back to Bangkok for homeward bound flights, or whether you´re continuing your journey through Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Please note this is a flexible itinerary. Due to local conditions, changes can and often do happen at local level, which means the above itinerary, and things listed in the included section, is meant as a reference guide as to what might happen not as a contractual obligation as to everything included. Sometimes we add additional things into the itinerary, sometimes we do not do all the things listed due to group members wanting to do other activities instead.
During the trip you will stay in a variety of gorgeous cosy guesthouses, backpacker hostels and even in a floating resort. You share your accommodation With one other person of the same sex. We really go to town on the quality of accommodation as well for instance on the final night you will stay in a luxurious resorts.
It depends how long you are travelling for or if you are moving onto another country after but you will not need to pack much for SE Asia. The climate will stay the same all year round which will be in the mid 30´s so light clothing will be best. It will also help if you use a backpack rather than a suitcase as it will be more comfortable for you to travel around with.
Can I speak to other group members before I go? Yes of course you can. We will put you in touch with other group members shortly before your tour. You can also join our Facebook page to interact with your group and others, see pictures etc.
It is recommended that you do take malaria pills in some parts of Thailand and the surrounding countries. The areas that we visit during the tour are generally considered malaria free however this can change so always speak to your GP before you travel and if you are going to other areas of Thailand and S.E. Asia it is very likely that you will need some. You can also consult the CDC website for more info
If you are susceptible to motion sickness then you may experience symptoms during a cruise/ferry, although symptoms tend to disappear as you adapt to the conditions in one or two days. Your Group Leader can help you pick up some medication that will help with this or you could look into getting some sea sickness bands which are now commonly available
Some meals are included so please make sure you let us know in good time if you have any special dietary requirements. Please click here to see the itinerary in full which will tell you what meals are included.
The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does recommendations vaccinations such as hepatitis A & B and Typhoid as well as being sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. For more information, you can visit the CDC website but please remember that information surrounding vaccinations changes on a regular basis so always consult your GP before you travel.
The first day of your tour is mainly a check-in/meet and greet. It gives you the chance to chill out after a long haul flight. Day two is the start of your activities. Do I need to pay for any transport? All transport is included with the Experience within the week.
(Please note: If you arrive in Bangkok 3 days or more prior to your start date, you may have to arrange and pay for your own airport transfer.) and if you choose to go out in the evenings or take part in activities not included in the itinerary then you will need to pay for your own cabs etc…
Any time is a good time. The climate is relatively steady throughout the year and it depends where in Thailand you are going. It can rain more down South during October and November and there are some fluctuations in temperature but in most of the country it is guaranteed to be hot all year round! See our Weather page for more info. When will I meet my group leader? Your tour leader will greet you off your flight at Bangkok airport and take you to your guesthouse. If you have already arrived in Bangkok prior to your start date, then we will put you in touch and your Group Leader will arrange to meet you at the guesthouse when you arrive.
It differs from city to city but very rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius. Bangkok is always around 35c and tends to have the odd down pour. Do not pay attention to the iphone weather app as it will always say thunderstorms in Bangkok. Not the case! On the islands it is less humid and averages around 33c all year round. They do have a brief rain season between October and November, however it usually only rains for about an hour or two with sunshine for the rest of the day. Check out our country info page for more info.
Yes. The media has a tendency to report only the very worst news, which means that we can get quite a negative impression of a country and quite often we don’t hear anything about the very friendly, helpful people and extraordinary cultures in these amazing destinations.
Nearly 95% of Thailand’s population is Buddhist of the Theravada school, though Buddhism in this country has become integrated with folk beliefs such as ancestor worship as well as Chinese religions from the large Thai-Chinese population. Buddhist temples in Thailand are characterized by tall golden stupas, and the Buddhist architecture of Thailand is similar to that in other Southeast Asian countries, particularly Cambodia and Laos, with which Thailand shares cultural and historical heritage.
You will automatically be granted a 28 day tourist visa on entry to Thailand if you are from one of the countries on the exemption list (see our Visa page). If you are considering staying in Thailand for longer then you may need to arrange your own visa. Visit the Visa Info page on our website to find out all you need to know.
Book your flights to land on your start date if you can. Do not book your flights until you have booked with us and received a confirmation invoice. Generally people will arrive on that date or one or two days before hand. If you land much before or are already in Thailand just let us know and we will help you arrange a transfer and to meet at our accommodation.
Yes. Let us know via email if you are arriving early and your group leader will reserve a room for you at your guesthouse. All you would need to do is pay for the additional nights. Once your group starts,we will cover the rest.
All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you don´t need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we´ll take care of the rest!
What else is included?
17 Nights´ accommodation
Bangkok River Cruise
Visit two historical temples
Experience Bangkok nightlife
Tuk Tuk ride
Visit Khao Sok National Park
Go kayaking and explore caves
Stay in floating bungalows
Boat trip around Koh Phangan
Snorkel at some of Thailand´s best spots
Spend a day and night on Bottle Beach
Muay Thai Training lesson
Three evening meals and several lunches
10 days of island hopping
Boat trips to Maya Bay (The Beach), around Phangan and Koh Tao
Party Tuk Tuk night life tour of Phuket
All transport around and accommodation in Bangkok, Khao Sok, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi & Phuket
Optional upgrades – scuba diving, rock climbing & water skiing/wake boarding (additional cost)
Return transfer to Bangkok
Start Dates 2017
21st July – 7th Aug
4th Aug – 21st Aug
13th Aug – 30th Aug
18th Aug – 4 Sept
2nd Sept – 19th Sept
13th Sept – 30th Sept
20th Sept – 7th Oct
3rd Oct – 20th Oct
8th Oct – 25th Oct
14th Oct – 31st Oct
1st Nov – 18th Nov
8th Nov – 25th Nov
15th Nov – 2nd Dec
1st Dec – 19th Dec
Start Dates 2018
5th Jan – 22nd Jan
12th Jan- 29th Jan
16th Jan – 02nd Feb
28th Jan – 14th Feb
5th Feb – 22nd Feb
8th Feb – 25th Feb
14th Feb – 3rd March
26th Feb – 15th March
6th March – 23rd March
13th March – 30th March
16th March – 2nd April
30th March – 16th April
6th April – 23rd April
13th April – 30th April
15th April – 2nd May
27th April – 14th May
2nd May – 19th May
7th May – 24th May
11th May – 28th May
15th May – 1st June
27th May – 13th June
06th June – 23rd June
12th June – 29th June
26th June – 13th July
30th June – 17th July
7th July – 24th July
10th July – 27th July
13th July – 30th July
27th July – 13th Aug
06th Aug – 23rd Aug
9th Aug – 26th Aug
27th Aug – 13th Sept
3rd Sept – 20th Sept
7th Sept – 24th Sept
10th Sept – 27th Sept
23rd Sept – 10th Oct
28th Sept – 15th Oct
2nd Oct – 19th Oct
06th Oct – 23rd Oct
9th Oct – 26th Oct
26th Oct – 12 Nov
100% Financially Protected
You are financially protected when booking with Xtreme.
Xtreme Gap Year operates a client trust account. All monies paid to Xtreme are held in a separate client trust account until the completion of your holiday.