Explore seven Indonesian islands with a group of gay travellers and discover the culture and history of Indonesia. We’ll begin at Java and then head to a rustic lodge in Borneo. Here we’ll explore the rainforest and diverse flora and fauna of Borneo – keep an eye out for monkeys. We’ll sail through the rainforest on a Klotok and visit feeding stations for the Orangutangs. Back in Java, we’ll explore Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple.
It’ll then be time to discover Bali. We’ll have lunch overlooking Lake Batur. At Tirta Epul we’ll visit a holy spring and then watch a fire dance at The Chedi Club. From Labuan Bajo we’ll sail to Seraya Island and take a speedboat over to Pink Beach. You’ll even get the chance to see the Komodo Dragons of Rinca Island. This will be the adventure of a lifetime.
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- 22nd April 2022 Friday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Arrival in Jakarta
Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. We’ll go for an orientation tour and then dinner later in the evening.
Day 2: Borneo
After breakfast our three day Borneo adventure begin. From Pangkalan Bun airport we’ll transfer to Kumai River and board a Klotok (riverboat). As we sail down the river, we’ll see monkeys frolicking in the rainforest, including Macaques and Proboscis. We’ll have lunch on board and then head to our rustic lodge. Keep an eye out for macaques as they often hang out around the lodge.
Day 3: Pondok and Camp Leaky
Hop back on board the klotok after breakfast and our journey continues. We’ll walk through the forest and see the tropical trees. On our travels, we’ll see Bornean Orangutans at two feeding stations and maybe even spot a Gibbon or two. If you have a banana and you happen to see a Bornean bearded pig then do be generous: they do love a banana.
Day 4: Pangkalan Bun-Jakarta-Semarang-Magelang
This morning we’ll bid farewell to our lodge and sail down Kumai River to Tanjung Puting. We’ll then fly to the island of Java and check into our amazing accommodation near to Magelang. We’ll have lunch on the way.
Dinner on your own tonight and evening at leisure.
Day 5: Borobudur Temple – Prambanan Temple
Today we’ll visit the world’s biggest Buddhist temple. Watch the sunrise over Mt Merapi and experience a tranquil dawn at Borobudur. We’ll also visit Pawon Temple and Mendut Temple. After breakfast we’ll head to Candirejo Village and explore it by an Andong (horse-drawn carriage). We’ll learn about the customs of a community who’s traditions remain unchanged for many years.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll head to the 9th-century Prambanan Temple. Discover the extraordinary shrines and carvings and then we’ll head back to the hotel.
Day 6: Yogyakarta – Bali
Today we’ll discover the Javanese architectural style of the Sultan Palace. It’s still in use and home to a fragrant garden. We’ll then join a Batik workshop and learn about the traditional method of cloth being drawn on hot wax. After lunch, we’ll fly to Bali and check into our Ubud Hotel where we’ll be staying for three days. Evening at leisure.
Day 7: Ubud – Kintamani
This morning we’ll join a woodcarving workshop in Mas Village. We’ll then head to Kintamani, a mountain resort overlooking Bali’s highest volcanic crater. Here we’ll have an organic lunch. We’ll then head to the scared spring of Tirta Empul and the God Indra shrine. A day will conclude at a coffee and spice plantation. You could try the Kopi Luwak coffee if you’re brave – it’s made from Asian palm civet droppings and it’s known as one of the most expensive coffees in the world.
Day 8: Free Morning
Day at leisure. You can unwind by the pool or take a stroll through town.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a Kecak and Fire Dance at the Chedi Club. Expect a chorus of 50 men chanting around an oil lamp, creating a rich tapestry of vocals to accompany the dance. We’ll then have a Balinese Royal dinner at the hotel’s pavilion overlooking the rice paddies.
Day 9: Labuan Bajo – Seraya Island
So, this morning we’ll fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo, take a boat to Seraya Island and check into our beach resort. This will be home for the next three days.
Day 10: Padar Island – Pink Beach – Rinca Island
Early start this morning. After breakfast, we’ll take a speedboat and make the 3-hour crossing to Padar Island. Here we’ll cruise to Pink Beach and enjoy some of the best snorkelling in the world. You’ll find thousands of species of fish and a wide array of coral. Lunch on board and then we’ll continue to Rinca Island. We’ll go for a 2-hour hike and keep an eye out for dragons and lontar palms.
Day 11: Seraya Island
Day at leisure. Feel free to relax, snorkel – anything you want. You can also get the shuttle into town.
Day 12 To 13: Back to Bali
We’ll take the shuttle back to Labuan Bajo and head to the airport. Our last two nights are in the Seminyak region. It’s an upscale resort area with lots of shops, bars and clubs. Explore the beaches along the shoreline of the Indian Ocean and soak up the sun. We’ll have a farewell dinner on our last evening together.
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