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Benjamin Ioan

I discovered Indonesia for the first time in 2009 when I finished my studies and went backpacking around the world for a year. I immediately felt a connection with the country and its inhabitants. I had a strange feeling like I was back home. A few years later, in 2012, my company, Altai Travel, offered me the chance to move to Bali and lead the creation of a tour operator focused on nature and adventure travel. I jumped on the plane without hesitation!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We live in Bali - the island hides no secrets from us. From this strategic location, we make a point to continuously search for new routes and to discover different activities throughout the entire archipelago. We specialize in outdoor activities, nature travel, soft and hard adventure tourism, cruises and multi-activity tours for children and adults alike"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I have always been attracted to traveling; one moment that stands out to me as perhaps the most important travel event in my professional life was a trek with friends in the desert of southern Algeria. It was when time ran out and I had to return from this trip that I decided to turn my passion into my job, a decision I have never doubted."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"During a trip on our local cruise ship to the east of the Sunda Islands, we set off with some of the crew to climb the Sirung volcano. We started on foot from the beach at dawn accompanied by a local leader from the nearest village. Our guide used the outing as an opportunity to hunt hinds which live in the eucalyptus forest on the flanks of the volcano with his bow, his arrows and with help from his dog! A simply amazing spectacle greeted us as we arrived at the edge of the crater… We were alone in the world, in an immaculate environment, truly spectacular yet so unknown. It is moments like this which help us to realize that, despite the growing numbers of tourists in Indonesia, it is still possible to discover special places, hidden in the remote areas of the vast archipelago."

Featured trips & expertise

Komodo Dragon
Indonesia: Java, West Bali, & Komodo - 17 Days

This 17-day, multi-island itinerary will allow you to discover some of the highlights of Indonesia. The tour launches with visiting the temples and active volcanoes in Java, before the discovery of Balinese culture and nature. The trip ends with an encounter alongside the famous Komodo dragons and heads back to Bali for some relaxation by the beach of Seminyak.

Your vessel awaits
Hike & Cruise Indonesia: Lombok, Komodo, and Flores - 14 Days

Step out of modern life and onto a cruise around the Lesser Sunda Islands. You'll spend two weeks lounging on deserted beaches, visiting wooden stilt-house villages, hiking volcanoes, and more. The best part? You'll be traveling from Lombok to Flores via Sumbawa and the Komodo Archipelago in style, aboard a traditional Indonesian boat.

Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days
Temples and Trekking from East Java to Bali - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary will take you from East Java to Bali with stops at sites both famous and less-frequented. Tour multiple Javanese temples, including Borobodur and Prambanan; trek up to the tops of Bromo, Kawah Ijen, and Batur volcanos; and stroll through terraced rice fields and coffee plantations as you explore these two lush islands.

Nusa Penida
Outdoor Adventures in Bali and Nusa Penida - 10 Days

Add some activity to your holiday with this itinerary through the islands of Bali and Nusa Penida. You'll start on Bali with walks through rice paddies and temples, a cycling tour, hikes down into a volcanic caldera and up to a mountaintop, whitewater rafting, and more. The catch a boat out to Nusa Penida for three days of island exploring and snorkeling before you return to Bali to depart.

Komodo National Park Kayak Expedition - 6 Days
Komodo National Park Kayak Expedition - 6 Days

This is a truly unique expedition where we paddle our sea kayaks to some of the most remote beaches on earth, drifting over magnificent coral reefs, accessing little-visited coves and visit the only islands on Earth still inhabited by dragons, the famous Komodo dragon.