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Ayu Masita

Travelling the world since I was a little girl and then working internationally and locally within the tourism developement sector and travel industry helped me to see the big picture of tourism. Exploring many corners of our great planet helped to appreciate even more my own country, Indonesia is so diverse and fascinating in culture, nature, history and much more. I feel the need to show this wonderful country to the world but at the same time protect its uniqueness and diversity. That is why I decided to build my own responsible travel company to ensure safe journeys that leaves our travellers stunned and the local people and their environment in tact.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"As a company we offer journeys all over Indonesia but I am personally very keen on promoting areas that are not already suffering of overtourism and where our travellers still can find the authentic and inspiring Indonesia. Key destinations for me are Bali (more remote areas), Flores, Sumba, Belitung and Raja Ampat (Papua). Our activities can be related to culture, nature, active elements and project visits, our target is to provide responsible and educational tours. Offering customised and thematic tours is a way for us to adapt to our clients individual needs."

How did you get involved in travel?

"After my first time to Japan when I was just 4 years old, my family and I were fortunate enough to visit many different countries. I guess that was the time when my traveller soul was born. In the beginning of my professional career in a development organisation I started to explore the biggest archipelago in the world and discovered its diversity in food, culture, nature etc. After finishing my Masters Degree in the UK I dedicated my work again to an international development organisation supporting sustainable tourism development in remote areas. After a while I realised that Indonesia has such a great potential and when building a responsible travel company I can really make a difference for the visitors and the visited communities through exchange at eye level."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I remember when I was travelling for the first time to Sumba, an isand in Nusa Tengara Timur in the eastern part of Indonesia. Arriving there was already a great experience, the landscape and nature is so different to most other places in Indonesia. We visited a local community that we wanted to work with and they invited me to their house. What made it so special is that we really became part of their daily life, just sitting and discussing about their simple but very happy life. After sharing plenty of laughters we just walked along one of the most beautiful (empty) beaches I have seen to enjoy a mesmerizing sunset. The hospitality, their unique culture combined with that amazing landscape was definitely unforgettable. "

Recent trip reviews for Ayu

Bali with sarah, Indonesia - Oct 12 - Oct 20, 2018

Traveler: Lynne L. - Local specialist: Ayu Masita

Ayu was so helpful and professional in booking our trip to Bali. With all the information available online, it is overwhelming to know where to go or what to do. She gave us invaluable information on which beach city was the least touristy and helped us come up with an itinerary that minimized travel time. Our Guide Leni and Driver Mady were so warm, personable and helpful throughout our trip. It was an amazing experience.

Ayu Masita, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Lynne, for the nice review.
We are very happy that you liked it and enjoyed your journey with us.
I already extended your feedback to our guide and driver. Our guide Leny really enjoyed your company as well and she was actually very sad when you left.
Again thank you for choosing Wise Steps Travel & KimKim and let us know if you plan to come to Indonesia again.
We are happy to help!
Best wishes
Ayu

Day trip birding for each of the 2 days, Indonesia - Aug 23 - Aug 23, 2018

Traveler: Keith G. - Local specialist: Ayu Masita

We had a wonderful visit to the Botanical Gardens on Bali with Susan the bird guide who accompanied us was impressive with her knowledge of the bird song enabling us to have some really wonderful views of the birds.
The arrangements worked very well, we were collected promptly from our hotel by the taxi, had a lovely lunch in a local restuarant and enjoyed our visit to the local fruit amd vegetable market.
Overall it was a very enjoyable day.

Keith Gooday

Ayu Masita, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Keith,

Thank you very much for your nice feedback we really do appreciate it.
We are happy you liked your experience with us and feel free to let us know if you want to explore other parts of Indonesia in the future.
Again thank you for traveling with us and the lovely feedback.
Best wishes
Ayu

Honeymoon, Indonesia - Aug 19 - Aug 22, 2018

Traveler: Shang-Wei P. - Local specialist: Ayu Masita

I only had a few days to plan my trip. Despite my time constraints and our travel plans being in high season, our trip went very smoothly. They ensured there was ample time to travel between places. There were a few pleasant surprises put in for us. We had our honeymoon planned with Wise Steps Travel and all of our accomodations are arranged with cute and small romantic touches.

We had honeymoon pictures taken in Bali, the photographers recommended to us were professional and very friendly people.

As Leni said before we left. We left our hearts here in Bali.

Ayu Masita, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Shang-Wei,
It was a pleasure to have you here in Indonesia and we are very happy to be able to contribute to your Honeymoon memories.
Thank you very much for your kinds and hope to see you again!
Ayu

Kate

Must sees in bali, Indonesia - Jul 7 - Jul 12, 2018

Traveler: Kate R. - Local specialist: Ayu Masita

Had a terrific experience with Ayu and also with Leni our tour guide and driver. I have some feedback which is given with the intent to help you in the future with travellers visiting Bali and how to better serve them!!
(1) Travel Truama is a real thing in Bali - it takes a very long time - on average 60 - 120 minutes to get from one temple or sight to Ubud or to another temple or sight.
(2) On Day One - we saw two temples: Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi and were meant to go to Tegalalang and... read more

Had a terrific experience with Ayu and also with Leni our tour guide and driver. I have some feedback which is given with the intent to help you in the future with travellers visiting Bali and how to better serve them!!
(1) Travel Truama is a real thing in Bali - it takes a very long time - on average 60 - 120 minutes to get from one temple or sight to Ubud or to another temple or sight.
(2) On Day One - we saw two temples: Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi and were meant to go to Tegalalang and Fire Dance and dinner. We probably spent 4 hours in the car getting to and from these locations. We had to drop the Fire Dance and were never going to get to Tagalalang as it was late and we were road weary
(3) On the second day we drove 2 hours to get out of Ubud and to Kintamani volcano,
temple Ulun Danu Batur, Les Village (for snorkeling). Again - on that day we spent at least 5 hours in the car to get to and from these places which limited our time when we actually got to them.
(4) Day three: Batu Karu Temple and Jatiluwih and we also got to the Tegalalang. We easily spent another 5 hours in the car. We spent more time in the car these three days combined than at the locations we were driving too.
(5) We ended up not doing the Nyambu Village - as once we got to Bali Eco Stay - we realized that the next day would have taken us 5-6 hours in the car. Not what we wanted.

Ayu Masita, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Kate,
First of all we would like to thank you and your family to visit us in Indonesia, it was a great pleasure to have you here.
Second, I deeply apologize for the inconveniences you and your family needed to face due to extreme traffic conditions (in high season). That was surely not our intention but shouldn't have happened.
In the future we will definitely take that into consideration when crafting journeys and make sure this won't happen again.
Thank you for your valuable feedback and we hope you have arrived safe and sound back home.
Greetings from Indonesia
Ayu