Adventure lovers will get their fill of Indonesia's wondrous natural landmarks during this 11-day itinerary. Starting on the island of Bali, you'll walk through rice terraces, swim under waterfalls, dive in nearby bays, hike to the top of volcanoes, and meet monkeys in a sacred forest. Then, fly to Labuan Bajo, located on Flores Island in the spectacular Komodo National Park. This is where you'll boat to and around various islands while enjoying tropical beaches and wildlife both above and below the water.


  • Swing above or walk around the lush green rice terraces around Ubud
  • Take a sunrise hike to the volcanic Mount Batur followed by hot springs
  • Enjoy some time to relax on the gorgeous Pink Beach of Padar Island
  • See the dragons and swim with manta rays in Komodo National Park

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud Ubud, Bali
Day 2 Explore Rice Terraces, Temples & Waterfalls Ubud, Bali
Day 3 Scuba Diving Excursion in Tulamben Bay Ubud, Bali
Day 4 Sunrise Hike at Mount Batur, Soak in the Batur Hot Springs Ubud, Bali
Day 5 Visit Ubud Palace & the Sacred Monkey Forest, Transfer to Nusa Dua Nusa Dua
Day 6 Visit Uluwatu Temple, Sunset at Tanah Lot, Drinks at Rock Bar Nusa Dua
Day 7 Fly to Flores Island, Free Time in Labuan Bajo Labuan Bajo
Day 8 Visit Padar Island, Pink Beach & Komodo Island, Snorkeling at Manta Point Labuan Bajo
Day 9 Sailing Excursion to Kelor Island, Kanawa Island & Taka Makassar Labuan Bajo
Day 10 Snorkeling at Kambing Island & Manjerite Beach, Sunset on Kalong Island Labuan Bajo
Day 11 Fly to Bali, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali, Transfer to Ubud

Shake off jet lag with a stroll on the Campuhan Ridge Walk near Ubud

Welcome to Indonesia! Upon arrival at the airport in Bali, you'll be assisted through customs until you meet your driver, who will transfer you to your hotel in the charming town of Ubud. Take the remainder of the day to adjust to the local time and rest or explore the area independently.

Ubud is Bali's cultural capital, surrounded by green rice terraces and tropical forests dotted with ancient Hindu temples. This afternoon, get the lay of the land by hiking along the easy and scenic Campuhan Ridge Walk. If you'd rather relax and rejuvenate after your long flight, enjoy a traditional Balinese massage, take a yoga class with a view of the jungle, or soak in a flower bath by the river.

Day 2: Explore Rice Terraces, Temples & Waterfalls

Discover the hidden cave waterfall of Tukad Cepung near Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Prepare for a day touring Bali's temples and nature, starting with a visit to Ubud's mesmerizing Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a landscape of verdant terraces carved into steep hillsides. Swing above or walk through the paddies to get an inside look at old Balinese farming techniques. Nearby, you'll find several traditional Balinese villages where you can witness local life and culture. Next, hike for about an hour to a cave hiding Tukad Cepung Waterfall for a refreshing swim in the pools below.

Continue your tour at the Great Mother Temple of Bali at Besakih, the largest and most significant Hindu temple complex on the island. Situated on the slopes of volcanic Mount Agung, far-reaching views of the mountains and rice paddies surround the complex of over 80 temples and shrines, each dedicated to a different deity. The temple dates back to the eighth century, and despite being located in an active volcanic area, it has survived numerous eruptions and earthquakes over the years.

Your next stop will be the Tirta Empul Water Temple. This Hindu temple complex, which means "holy spring" in Balinese, includes a central courtyard with a natural bathing area, a petirtaan, used for ritual purification. Respectfully observe locals praying at the shrine or receiving cleansing in the spring-fed ponds, and spend time walking around this peaceful compound, learning about the rich traditions of Balinese Hindu culture.

Day 3: Scuba Diving Excursion in Tulamben Bay

Diving in Tulamben
Dive into the vibrant underwater around Bali in Tulamben Bay

It's time to explore the vast underwater world around Bali. Today, you'll grab your regulator and dive deep into the waters of Tulamben Bay with a private diving excursion. One of the most popular diving destinations in Bali, Tulamben has three separate diving sites right off its black-sand shores. The most famous site is the USAT Liberty shipwreck, beached in 1942 and eventually sunk during the Mount Agung eruption of 1963. Nowadays, it's teeming with rich marine life and features thrilling swim-throughs and coral formations.

The other two dive sites, Coral Garden and Drop Off, are full of colorful tropical fish, lively coral reefs, interesting geological formations, and even the occasional Buddha statue. Tulamben is also known as a hotspot for muck divers, as the stretches of black volcanic sand underwater are full of rare creatures such as harlequin shrimp and ghost pipefish.

Day 4: Sunrise Hike at Mount Batur, Soak in the Batur Hot Springs

Sunrise Hiking at Mt. Batur and Hot Spring
After a sunrise hike up Mount Batur, soak in the hot springs at the base of the mountain

Wake up before dawn for a sunrise hike up Mount Batur, one of Bali's highest active volcanoes. This challenging trek begins with flashlight-only hiking and ends with an incredible view of the sunrise, rising smoke from the crater, and the surrounding mountains. On the two-hour trip, you'll be accompanied by a local guide who will share the mountain's history and mythology. Bring sturdy shoes and warm clothing for the uneven path and chilly summit. 

After your sunrise excursion up the mountain, return to the base for a well-deserved soak in the Batur Hot Springs. The springs, surrounded by peaceful greenery and beautiful views and known for their therapeutic properties, are a must-stop after such a strenuous early morning hike. 

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Day 5: Visit Ubud Market & the Sacred Monkey Forest, Transfer to Nusa Dua

Meet the residents who live in the sacred forest sanctuary near Ubud

This morning, immerse yourself in Ubud's rich culture. Begin by shopping for handmade Balinese crafts and souvenirs at the world-renowned Ubud Art Market, a lively open-air hub next to Ubud Palace. Snap up gifts for yourself or a loved one, such as traditional textiles, woodcarvings, jewelry, and paintings. You can also shop in the conventional, everyday section of the market for items like fruits, vegetables, and household goods.

After exploring the market, visit the neighboring palace, also known as the Puri Saren Palace, with its well-preserved Balinese architecture and lovely gardens, for a traditional legong dance performance, a nightly occurrence. Legong, which likely originated in the 19th century, requires such intense training that most girls begin at the age of five. The complicated hand movements and intricate footwork tell a mesmerizing story of mythical origins, accompanied by traditional music.

In the afternoon, you'll visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a popular tourist attraction in Ubud. The forest sanctuary, established in the 14th century and sacred to the locals, is home to over 700 long-tailed macaque monkeys. Learn about the sanctuary's conservation efforts, observe the monkeys in their natural habitat, and even feed them. Also home to several temples, you can walk through the forest to visit these intricate shrines while monkeys wander free. At the end of the day, your driver will take you to Nusa Dua, a luxurious beach town on the island's southern tip. 

Day 6: Visit Uluwatu Temple, Sunset at Tanah Lot, Drinks at Rock Bar

Visit Tanah Lot
Take in the ocean views from the sea temple of Uluwatu, perched on the edge of a cliff

Today takes you to the spectacular setting of Uluwatu, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. This 11th-century temple, perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, is dedicated to the Hindu god of the sea, Dewa Baruna. The temple is also home to a large population of monkeys, which is considered sacred and believed to protect the temple from evil spirits.

Explore the temple grounds and learn about the history and traditions of Balinese Hinduism. While there, you'll also witness a kecak dance performance held on the temple grounds. This Balinese dance and music form originated in the 1930s in Bona, Bali, and is performed by male dancers who use their bodies and voices to create a mesmerizing rhythmic chanting sound.

Next, make a memorable sunset visit to the iconic sea temple of Tanah Lot. Located on a rocky outcrop along the southwestern coast of Bali, Tanah Lot becomes even more enchanting during sunset. Then, spend your final night in Bali at the famous Rock Bar in the town of Jimbaran. The bar, designed in a modern and minimalist style, is accessible by a steep cliffside tram or stairs. The views are more than worth the trip! Watch the stars appear over the ocean as you enjoy live music, delicious small plates, and creative cocktails. 

Day 7: Fly to Flores Island, Free Time in Labuan Bajo

Enjoy some free time to explore Labuan Bajo, the gateway to Komodo National Park

Check out of your hotel in Ubud this morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to the beautiful Labuan Bajo. A short flight from Bali, this small but bustling town on Indonesia's westernmost Flores Island is the gateway to the famous Komodo National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned as the home to the most giant lizard in the world, the Komodo dragon.

Use the rest of the day to explore Labuan Bajo and it's immediate area. Take in the views from one of the rooftop pools, wander the boulevard along the beach, catch the sunset at the nearby Bukit Cinta (also known as the Staircase to Heaven), or try fresh fish at one of the many stalls of the Night Market.

Day 8: Visit Padar Island, Pink Beach & Komodo Island, Snorkeling at Manta Point

Check out the famous tri-colored beaches from atop the picturesque Padar Island

Today, you'll hop aboard your private charter boat, and your friendly guide will sail you to the various islands that make up Komodo National Park, beginning at Padar Island. Padar is famous for its picturesque hikes, providing incredible panoramic views of the surrounding islands, including Komodo Island and Rinca Island. Once you arrive, trek across the magnificent landscape to reach the island's highest point. The steep staircase can be challenging, but once you're at the viewpoint, marvel at the beaches of three different colors you can see: black, pink, and white. 

Your trek will continue to the famous Pink Beach, which gets its rosy hue from ground seashells. Relax on the beach, snap a few photos, and gear up for the next adventure: Komodo Island. This is the best place in the archipelago to spot the one and only Komodo dragons, which live nowhere else on Earth. These huge lizards can grow up to 9.8 feet (3 m) and average 150 pounds (70 kg).

You'll hop in the water to snorkel at the famous Manta Point off the coast of Komodo Island. Located on the island's southern coast, this spot is known for its large population of resident manta rays. Strap on your mask and fins, then swim among these gentle, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. After this memorable experience, you'll sail back to Labuan Bajo for a night on the island.

Day 9: Sailing Excursion to Kelor Island, Kanawa Island & Taka Makassar

Finish the adventure by snorkeling off the coast of Taka Makassar

Today, you'll sail first to the island of Pulau Kelor, a tiny piece of paradise known for its white-sand beach—a prime spot for relaxing, snorkeling, swimming, paddleboarding, or kayaking. A short, steep, 10-minute hike to the island's high point rewards you with views of the surrounding landscape. Watch for the many birds and other wildlife that make Kelor their home.

Kanawa Island is the next stop on your sailing trip around Komodo National Park. The crystal-clear waters surrounding the island are home to diverse marine life, including colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, and even manta rays. The calm waters make the waters surrounding the island ideal for both beginning and experienced snorkelers, and the island also has diving shops that provide lessons and tours. If you'd rather, explore the pristine white sands of the island and soak up the sun and views of the Flores Sea

End the day snorkeling with manta rays off the tiny, beautiful Taka Makassar, a spit of sand surrounded by vibrant coral reefs. Relax in the sand and spot ocean creatures like black-tip reef sharks, turtles, and colorful tropical fish before boarding your boat back to Labuan Bajo.

Day 10: Snorkeling at Kambing Island & Manjerite Beach, Sunset in Kalong Island

Snorkeling in Kambing Island
Discover the underwear species near islands like Kambing and Manjarite

Continue your island-hopping tour of the Flores Sea on Kambing Island, a small island reachable only via boat. It is known as one of the best spots in the national park for snorkeling, thanks to its clear waters, vibrant reefs, and relative quiet. The calm, shallow water is ideal for beginners, although more experienced snorkelers will find plenty to explore in the lively underwater world. 

Your next stop will be Manjarite Island, known for some of the archipelago's most diverse marine life. While snorkeling in the shallow, clear water, watch for aquatic species like angel fish, baby sharks, and barracuda. End the day with a picture-perfect sunset at Kalong Island, also known as "Flying Foxes Island," due to the large population of bats that inhabit the mangrove-covered islet. Arrive at dusk to witness the memorable moment where around 300,000 of these bats take flight into the setting sun for their nightly hunt. 

Day 11: Fly to Bali, Depart

Watch the sunrise over Komodo National Park before your departure
It's time to say goodbye to Indonesia! Check out of your hotel in Labuan Bajo, where a driver will be waiting to transfer you to the airport for your three-hour flight to Bali, where you'll have plenty of time to catch your connecting flight home or to your next destination. Safe travels!

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