Welcome to the ‘kaleidoscope’ that is the island of Bali, known for its stunning beaches, volcanic landscapes, lush green jungles and amazing locals! Come with us on a 12-day adventure of a lifetime that will leave you with an unquenchable thirst for more travel.
Everyday is packed with awesomeness, but some of our highlights are:
Stay in the lively resort of Kuta
Relax in the warm glow of a stunning beach sunset
Eat, Pray, Love in Ubud
Feast your eyes on the UNESCO World Heritage rice paddy fields
Try your hand at Balinese cuisine with a cooking lesson
Experience the uniqueness of a Bali on a VW Safari tour
Take a trip into Monkey Forest
Bathe under a beautiful waterfall
Learn how to make Ecobricks and build with them
Dive headfirst into some scuba fun dives
Enjoy a classic Beach BBQ
Get batty in a cave
With 16 people per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $1997. This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and tour related activities (we really do cram it in!). Please note that your international flights are not included.
To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or in full 90 days before you travel).
Locations: Kuta, Ubud and Penida
Tour Length: 12 days
Tour Cost: $1997
Start Date: Friday
Finish Date: Tuesday
Volunteer Work: Marine Conservation
Arrival Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Departure Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Group Size: Maximum 16
Average age range: 50-75
Going Solo?: Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates
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- Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival into Bali
- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our experienced local guides
- All tour activities included in the itinerary
- Heaps of meals!
- Project donation
- Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
- A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice
Mangrove Conservation & Restoration
How we do it?
We are organising a weekly event where you can expect to get your hands dirty but for a reason that is worth all the sweat and all the hours.
Collecting plastic bottle (1.5L) that are cut into half.
Half plastic bottle is filled with nutritious soil.
Propagules/mangroves seed collected from the shore are carefully planted.
Regular watering and love.
After 3 month baby mangroves will be planted on the shore of Bali (specific location still needs to be determined)
Eco Brick Workshop
An Ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed to a set density with used, clean and dry plastic to achieve a building block that can be used over and over again. Ecobricks can also be packed with other non-biological un-recyclables that, uncontained, are toxic to the environment (i.e. styrofoam, wires, small batteries, etc.). Ecobricks are used to make modular furniture, garden spaces, walls and even full-scale buildings. Ecobricks are an exciting way that individuals, communities, and companies can start their immediate transition from plastic towards ever greener harmony with the Earth’s cycles.
Manta & Aware Shark Conservation
How we do it?
Basic biology of sharks/rays, managing treats and recognizing values, taking action and joining the Project aware movement
Current conservation status
What we can do to help, followed by a snorkelling trip to Manta Bay to try and take belly pictures of manta rays to submit to MMF (www.marinemegafaunafoundation.org)
Managing treats and recognizing values, taking action and joining the Project aware movement
Bali Summer Hotel (Kuta): Build in a traditional Balinese architecture Summer Hotel is located right in the hub of action. Only 3 min walk to the beach and 5 min to Kuta Square, one of Balis best addresses for shopping, eating and drinking.
All rooms come with air conditioning, a flat screen TV, a minibar and western style bathrooms. Each of the rooms enjoys a view of the beautiful garden with the pool located in the middle of it.
Max One (Ubud): Located just 700m from the iconic Ubud Monkey Forest this beautiful hotel combines modern architecture with traditional balinese.
All rooms come with air conditioning, a flat screen TV and western style bathrooms. The property itself offers a Spa for relaxation after a day of exploring, a restaurant with a wide range of food and a rooftop bar. But undoubtedly the highlight of this location is the stunning rooftop pool which stretches right until the edge giving you a one of a kind view of Ubud.
Homestay provided by the IndoOceanProject (Nusa Penida): Featuring free WiFi, a Balinese garden, and a terrace, this accommodation is lcoated in the central village of Nusa Penida.
Rooms will be shared (8 per room max) and every room comes with a western style bathroom with hot water
Breakfast is included each day as well as some other meals as stated in the itinerary.
DAY 1 (FRIDAY) KUTA:
Stretch your legs and find that Bamboo logo in the crowd outside your terminal because the tour begins now. Whether you're flying, bussing, or sailed for six months under the tutelage of a 10th generation Magellan, our staff will greet you and take you to your new home. Once you’re checked-in, grab a shower (re: you better shower if you sailed), meet up with the rest of your group and choose to relax, or get lost in the incredible lanes filled with everything and anything you can think of. The day is yours.
Nested in the heart of Kuta, surrounded by shopping, bars, restaurants and just a short, easy walk to Kuta’s main beach, your hotel is extremely well placed to allow even the most laid back explorers venture out and discover Bali’s most popular tourist hub. Rooms here feature everything you need to rest and sleep well - but let’s face it, you’re not here to spend time in your bedroom! Nevertheless, you’ll have the much needed air-conditioning, western bathroom, TV, fridge and comfortable beds. The hotel also features a lovely pool and restaurant.
In the evening, for those feeling up to it, there’s an informal meet-and-greet over some dinner and a few drinks. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers, ask those niggling questions you may have and ease any stresses and relax before the party really starts!
DAY 2 (SATURDAY) KUTA:
Here we go!
The day begins with breakfast followed by a detailed orientation about your tour. We include all the useful information you need, the do’s and don’ts, culture and customs, details about your day today, and a group Q&A session. Once you’re up to speed, let us guide you around the town of Kuta to help you have your bearings and are able to seek out anything at a moments Notice.
Following the tour, we’ll transfer to one of the islands most popular must-do’s, a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean at Padang Padang Beach and Uluwatu cliffs. You can enjoy some lunch if you desire or sit back and admire the scenery. This is a tour highlight and we’re sure you’ll be blown away.
Our day together concludes with a proper sunset Kecak dance, and the official welcome meal before heading back to Kuta for a fun night on the town.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 3 (SUNDAY) UBUD
This morning we have a treat for you, we're going to teach you the art of Balinese cooking. You'll learn how to mix flavours and create some traditional dishes that you can take home and share with your friends and family. Once we're finished up and enjoyed our lunch we’ll head north to the hills surrounding Indonesia’s artisan and cultural hub of Ubud. Ubud is in many ways Bali's cultural heart, the location of the magical movie Eat, Pray, Love, and once here you’ll understand why this is such a spiritual place to be. Thanks to Bali’s narrow roads, transfer time is between 60 minutes to 2 hours.
Once checked into our new accommodation we’ll meet up in the cafe for a refresher on our time here. We’ll point out the local points of interest and answer any questions that you have.
You’ll have some time to explore locally and grab a bite to eat before we venture deep into the Monkey forest. Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, is one of Ubud’s most sacred places; a natural forest sanctuary that is home to around 400 grey long- tailed macaques, be sure to leave your bananas at home.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 4 (MONDAY) UBUD
There’s no better way to experience the stunning jungle backdrop of Ubud than to feast on the most amazing views from the Ayung River. This is serious fun, but you may get wet as we raft our way down a few lazy rapids!
Once dried off, and we’ve finished laughing at the hilarious stories you’ve created, we know you’ll be ravenous so lunch is included for you.
Day four then continues with a top-down (weather permitting!), VW jeep tour through the jungles of Ubud to the rice terrace, coffee plantation and we’ll give the chance to try out an incredible, heart- stopping swing! This is a true spectacle.
From there, via the volcano of Kintamani, it’s on to the Tirta Empul/Water Temple . This complex dates back over 1,000 years and is the site of a traditional tale of Good vs Evil. The legendary pond inside the inner courtyard at Tirta Empul temple is said to have magical healing powers. As stunning as it is interesting, a visit to Ubud without a visit to Tirta Empul, doesn’t count!
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 5 (TUESDAY) UBUD
Our adventure continues today with a visit to The Lake Temple of Pura Ulun Dhanu. But that’s not all! Time to swap your flip flops for sturdier shoes as we tramp through dense jungle, clambering over rocks and duck under lush green canopies hunting for Bali’s hidden waterfalls. This is a trek that should be on everyone's bucket list. It’s certainly on ours!
Luckily for all of Bamboo’s adventurous souls, Bali is home to more than 13 of these hidden gems, many of which are off the beaten track and unknown to the tourist crowds. Go on, jump right in, and follow us.
On the way here we’ll have a chance to visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage rice paddies that sit proudly on the sides of a very steep ravine. This is one of Bali’s most incredible monuments to ancient engineering that has not only withstood the tests of time but has astounded visitors from around the world for hundreds of years.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 6 (WEDNESDAY) PENIDA
Time to say goodbye to Ubud as we’re on the move again today to one of Bali’s most exotic neighbouring islands, Nusa Penida.
‘Penida’, as it’s referred to, is known for being a part of Bali that remains untouched, a place overgrowing with unspoiled natural beauty. Home to empty, yet stunning, white sand beaches surrounded by a dramatic landscape, Penida is a place for you to really relax and where we’ll spend time giving back to the Balinese culture and people.
From Ubud we’ll travel to the town of Sanur to catch the fast boat across the strait. Arriving in the early afternoon, we’ll then transfer to our supported project base and get up to speed with the project work. Learn how things will take place over the next few days and grab a spot of lunch.
After lunch we’ll head down to the beach for a swim and explore the batcave, before helping out the local Trash Heroes NGO with a much needed beach clean.
This evening there’ll be a welcome BBQ so we can all have a chat about what lies ahead with the team we’ll be working with.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 7 - 9 (THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY) PENIDA
Penida really is a stunning location, brimming with local culture and customs. It’s a place that’s managed to fend off the ever-encroaching threats of tourism and has remained true to everything that has made Indonesia such a beautiful archipelago.
Of course, without the ‘Tourist Dollar’ arriving on the island, the population has remained largely poor. Eeking a living from farming of fruits and rice to live hand to mouth. Because of this meagre income, many areas that need financial assistance have suffered. The work that Bamboo is doing will help to ensure that Penida can develop and care for its wildlife, cottage industries and supporting eco- culture.
For those of you who are keen to know more about the local marine life, or simply love the ocean, you’re in for a genuine, once-in-a-lifetime treat! Join in with the Marine Workshops and you’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or dive with Manta Rays and sharks! You can also learn about the coral reef conservation projects and how the survey dives work! This really has it all and is a genuinely incredible opportunity to help support the ocean.
We’ll team up in a series of workshops to learn more about the work being carried out and the work that’s required. We’ll team up again with Trash Heroes for each cleans. Learn about the mangroves and how they affect life on and around the island and much more.
With the knowledge learned, we’ll head out in to the field, joining various projects and really getting stuck in with the development here. Your help is vital in ensuring that this project and all of the goals on the island are met and it all remains truly sustainable. Your help is essential.
For good measure we’ll also throw in a cooking class where you can learn the local culinary skills. We know there are some budding Gordon Ramsay’s out there, so once we’ve cooked it, we’ll eat it! itinerary
Meals Included: Breakfast everyday. Other meals vary depending on your day and location.
DAY 10 (SUNDAY) PENIDA
Today we’ll really get out and about and explore Penida from both the ocean and the land. This morning we have a boat trip out to some of the best snorkel sites in Indonesia. Be prepared to be blown away by the incredible marine life that surrounds the island; Manta Ray, turtles, sharks to name just a few.
Once back on the island, we’ll grab some lunch before heading off to visit some more of Penida’s best locations. These include Klingking Beach, Angel Billabong, Broken beach and more. This really is an island of natural wonders, so bring your camera and be your spare batteries!
This will be an incredible day, that’s guaranteed. And to make it even more memorable, once we’re back at the accommodation, showered and freshened up, we’ll arrange a final night BBQ for everybody to join and swap stories of who spied the biggest Manta, who got the best selfie!
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11 (MONDAY) KUTA
This morning after breakfast, we’ll be saying goodbye to our hosts and catching the fast boat back to Bali island. We know what you’re thinking, and we don't want it to end either!
We plan to arrive back to where it all began in the early afternoon. So once we’re checked in you’ll have time to head off for some last minute retail therapy, lounge by the pool, take another dip in the sea or hit the bars.
As with everything Bamboo does, there’s always plenty of time for a party! So tonight we’ll get our glad rags on, hit the town and make it one to never forget!
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 12 (TUESDAY) KUTA
The trip may have only been twelve days, but it’s twelve days that will live long in the memory - guaranteed! There’ll be plenty of time for that final ‘Bali Crew’ team photo, lots of hugs, hi-5’s, and no doubt, a few tears - and that’ll just be from our guides!
Beyond that, we’ll help you arrange any transport to your next stop — be it to the airport, bus terminal, shipyard, dragon’s den, wherever. Safe travels.
Meals Included: Breakfast
1 - What isn't included?
In short - anything that’s not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren’t included are:
International flights - we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.
Travel Insurance - you can choose your own travel insurance, or we can organise this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this onto your booking when you pay your program fee.
Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see below for more info on visas.
2 - How should I book my flights?
You need to book a flight that lands into the the major airport on Bali, Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) on the Friday that the tour starts, between 8am and 8pm. Providing you arrive between these hours on this day, one of the team will then be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hotel. If you arrive later than 8pm on the Friday start date, we will organise an airport pickup without a Bamboo representative to meet you.
If you arrive before your Friday start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you, at your own expense and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport.
This tour will end on the Tuesday 12 days later in Kuta, so you need to make your departure arrangements from there that day.
3 - Do I need a visa?
Depending on your country of citizenship you may be entitled to a 30-day visa-free entry into Indonesia. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa or not.
4 - How much spending money will I need?
This largely depends on you. Lots of breakfasts throughout the tour are included, along with a couple of dinners. The rest of the meals are up to you, and if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food, it will be more depending on where you eat.
5 - Do I need vaccinations?
This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.
6 - When does my deposit have to be put down?
There is no deadline for paying the US $250 deposit, but we cannot secure your place until we have received this. Places are limited, and this is one of our most popular tours, so we recommend you do this as soon as possible to be sure of a spot. Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive this within 48 hours, please check your junk/spam email folders and let us know if you cannot see it.
7 - What are the Payment options?
Your final balance is due 90 days before you travel. We will send you an email shortly after you have secured a spot offering you two options for payment. You can either pay the program fee in full (at any point before the date it is due), or you can set up weekly instalments to pay a small amount off regularly until it is paid in full. You can choose either of these with or without travel insurance. Any changes to your trip must be made more than 90 days before you travel.
8 - Is Bali safe?
Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!), and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Indonesia is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our award-winning team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.
9 - What currency are your prices?
All of our prices are in USD. If you would like to see what this is in your local currency, you can use a conversion site such as www.xe.com which will give you the current exchange rate. Please bear in mind that the amount will be taken in USD when you pay and exchange rates will fluctuate.
10 - How can I be sure this is not a scam?
We have been operating for over 15 years, have sent over 25,000 travelers and have an experienced team with a wealth of knowledge and passion! But don’t just take our word for it - if you visit our website Verification Page, you can see our accreditation and recommendations for different worldwide organisations. You can also visit our Facebook page to see reviews from previous travellers and volunteers.