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Wise Steps Travel is one of the pioneers of responsible, educational and accessible travel in Indonesia. Our passion is to organize unique and meaningful experiences where you dive into the real life of a society and all that it has to offer. By bringing people together and to extraordinary places we want to be a driver for positive change within the tourism industry to protect the natural and cultural diversity of Wonderful Indonesia.

From all profits generated by Wise Steps Travel we reinvest 10% in educational activities and contribute to local organizations where it is needed the most.

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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.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
Bali Honeymoon - 8 Days

Spend eight days in two of Bali's most popular spots with this itinerary. You'll start off in Seminyak, visiting surfing beaches and watching the sun set. Then head to Ubud to take in the temples and wildlife and learn to cook in the Balinese style before you depart.

Terraced rice fields
Highlights of Bali - 8 Days

Explore the culture, countryside, and coastline of the "Island of the Gods" with this eight-day itinerary. Drive around the southeastern corner of the island through rice fields, temples, villages, the Monkey Forest, a volcanic caldera, and more before ending your trip on the beach.

A Sumatran orangutan in Gunung Leuser National Park
North Sumatra Adventure - 7 Days

Explore lush landscapes, meet amazing wildlife, and encounter fascinating cultures on this week-long whirlwind tour of North Sumatra. You'll go from the city to the rainforest, where you'll play with elephants and observe orangutans in their natural environment. Spend the second half of your trip on the volcanic Lake Toba and Samosir Island, where you'll learn about ethnic Batak history and traditions.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple
Highlights of Java - 6 Days

On this six-day tour of Java, Indonesia, you'll see some of the most magnificent sights the island has to offer. Enjoy unforgettable sunrises over volcanoes and ancient temples, learn about rural life on visits to traditional villages, and explore the fascinating city of Yogyakarta. You'll hike up a volcanic crater, go on a classic train ride through the countryside, and roam around Buddhist and Hindu archaeological wonders along the way.

Recent Trip Reviews for Wise Steps Travel

Benoit

Highlights of bali, Indonesia - Aug 22 - Aug 30, 2019

Traveler: Benoit Z. - Local specialist: Nadia Wiharja

Nadia, our specialist, was very helpful in booking our trip to Bali. After a couple of messages, we had a fantastic trip plan ready to book. She also helped us during our trip with recommendations and booking transportations for an extra person who joined last minute.

Our guide John and driver Benny were fabulous. They took us everywhere on the itinerary and even included extra stops. It was a lot of fun visiting Bali. They were very knowledgeable and flexible. Skipping an activity,... read more

Nadia, our specialist, was very helpful in booking our trip to Bali. After a couple of messages, we had a fantastic trip plan ready to book. She also helped us during our trip with recommendations and booking transportations for an extra person who joined last minute.

Our guide John and driver Benny were fabulous. They took us everywhere on the itinerary and even included extra stops. It was a lot of fun visiting Bali. They were very knowledgeable and flexible. Skipping an activity, leaving earlier and other last-minute changes were not an issue.

Highlights of the trip were Mt Batur hike at sunrise and Gili Trawangan, great car-free island, where we enjoyed snorkeling with turtles, swimming in crystal clear water and glorious sunsets every night.

Couple things could have been better:
- I couldn't find my driver at the airport, I had to take a taxi. Luckily Nadia made up for it and comped us the value.
- We didn't really enjoy Candidasa. The hotel was very average compared to the others. Walking on the beach, we've counted 10 unsightly oil tankers and an oil terminal. Not very appealing.

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Nadia Wiharja, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Benoit,
Thank you very much for your time to share your thoughts and pictures from your trip with us.
It is nice to know that you guys enjoying Bali and Gili Trawangan.
Your constructive feedback about airport pick up, Candidasa Area and the choice of hotel in Candidasa will be my attention to make our service better in the future.
I do really appreciate your feedback.
Hope to see you again in Wonderful Indonesia!
Take care and thank you!
Best,
Nadia

Raja ampat? , Indonesia - Apr 20 - Apr 26, 2019

Traveler: Blair M. - Local specialist: Nadia Wiharja

Like previous trips, everything was great and handled expertly by our KimKim team (Nadia). Everything went according to plan and all recommendations were spot on and excellent. Nadia event went the extra mile for us in helping get a stranded bag to us at the airport during a tight connection. I would recommend KimKim to anyone who wants the help of a travel expert and all details taken care of. Great product!!

Blair

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Nadia Wiharja, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Blair,
I hope you are well!
Thank you very much for your kindest towards the review for us and thank you for trusting us with your journey to Raja Ampat.
It was our pleasure to design this journey for you and Stephanie.

Hope to see you soon again in Wonderful Indonesia!
Have a great day!

Nadia

Java , Indonesia - Jan 16 - Jan 16, 2019

Traveler: Jean G. - Local specialist: Ayu Masita

Our guide Tony and driver Daniel were fabulous. They took care of everything we needed and wanted. For example we had never had the opportunity to taste durian. Daniel knew a particular fruit stand that sold the best. He drove us through heavy traffic to find it. Tony made sure the fruit vendor sold us a tree ripened fruit. It was a very interesting taste. They recommended restaurants for us to try and took us there to compare menus. One evening we went to see the classical dance. It was... read more

Our guide Tony and driver Daniel were fabulous. They took care of everything we needed and wanted. For example we had never had the opportunity to taste durian. Daniel knew a particular fruit stand that sold the best. He drove us through heavy traffic to find it. Tony made sure the fruit vendor sold us a tree ripened fruit. It was a very interesting taste. They recommended restaurants for us to try and took us there to compare menus. One evening we went to see the classical dance. It was pouring rain. Daniel sat in our hotel lobby while we changed and drove us there so we would not have to order a taxi.

The activities were well suited to our interests. We enjoyed the archeological sites, markets, palaces and batik. The birdwatching and cycling through the small village were highlights. Whenever we wanted to stop and take photographs Daniel accommodated us.

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Ayu Masita, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jean,
Thank you very much for traveling with Wise Steps Travel, we are very happy to host your journey to Java, Indonesia. Thank you also for the nice feedback, I will let our colleagues on the ground know that you really enjoyed it.
I wish you safe travels back home and all the best for you and Christopher.
Best wishes
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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