Bali & Komodo In Style
Our Bali & Komodo In Style holiday is full of handpicked moments which make the journeys as engaging as the destinations. Spend time exploring the rural landscape and elaborate temples of central Bali, before journeying eastwards through the Komodo National Park - a biodiverse region of natural wonders - aboard a traditional Indonesian phinisi.
At a glance
- Explore central Bali's temple-studded countryside
- Graze Ubud’s culinary scene on a multi-stop dining tour
- Island hop between Sumbawa, Komodo & Flores aboard a traditional phinisi
- Encounter Indonesia’s imposing Komodo Dragon
- Wonder at Indonesia's clear waters and vibrant marine life
Ubud - 3 nights
Renowned for its thriving artisan community, who sell their work in colourful fringes along the town’s bustling streets, Ubud is full of confidence in its alternative ambience; a place where generations of travellers have come to tune into Bali’s beauty. Its long history as a centre for healing means there are excellent spa facilities available on every level, offering plenty of options for relaxing body and mind. Connect with the town’s idiosyncratic culture, cycle out to verdant rice fields and ancient temples, climb an active volcano and taste the world on a plate in the town’s vibrant restaurants.
Day 1 - Arrive Denpasar, drive to Ubud
On arrival in Bali, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel in Ubud.
Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.
Day 2 - Explore central Bali's rice paddies, lakes & temples
Head out to discover the lakes, temples and stunning scenery of the surrounding area. Stop at Bedugul to explore the local market, with its stalls of eye-catching tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and flowers, before continuing on to Ulun Danu, rumoured to be the most photographed temple in Bali. Built on several small islands, the temple appears to ‘float’ on the surface of Bratan Lake, its distinctive tiered roofs mirrored in the waters below, and is one of Bali’s holiest Hindu temples. Head back towards Ubud via the UNESCO listed rice terraces of Jatiluwih, where there’ll be time for a leisurely short trek through the fields, learning about the traditional ‘subak’ style of rice farming. Take a final stop at Pura Taman Ayun, the Royal Temple of Mengwi, surrounded by a moat and boasting multi–roofed meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates, before returning to Ubud.
Day 3 - Evening food tour
Enjoy a day at leisure before your sunset culinary tour around Ubud. Begin with a cocktail and tapas overlooking the Ayung River at Sayan Valley, then head to a traditional cabin in the rice fields for an authentic Balinese feast. A stop will be made en-route at Saraswati Palace to watch a traditional dance at the beautiful candle-lit lotus pond, and end your evening tasting sweet delicacies at a favourite local restaurant.
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Sidemen - 2 nights
With the majestic slopes of Mount Agung rising in the distance, the town of Sidemen has witnessed the power of nature at its most awe inspiring, but day-to-day it remains a sleepy rural idyll where customs have stayed the same for generations. In a valley surrounded by terraced hills, a world away from the Bali of glitzy nightlife and luxury beaches, Sidemen shows you the deeper traditions of the island that fewer visitors get to see. Witness temple ceremonies, wander along rice terraces and past spice plantations and feel the rhythms of local agricultural life.
Day 4 - Drive to Sidemen, via temples & mountains
Set off towards Mount Batur, enjoying panoramic views along the way. Stop en-route to descend over 300 steps into the river valley at Gunung Kawi’s 11th century temple complex, where imposing shrines, each standing over 8 metres high, have been sculpted into the rock face. Proceed to the equally impressive Hindu temple complex of Tirta Empul, meaning ‘holy water spring’, where Balinese Hindus travel annually for purification in its bathing areas. The cleansing ritual is strictly for devotees, so you won’t be able to participate, but can witness the ritual taking place. Continue north to Kintamani, a volcanic region with the active Mt Batur as its centrepiece. Although not the island's highest volcano, Batur is certainly its' most active, and sits within a high-walled caldera, along with a large crater lake that reflects the spectacular views. After exploring Kintamani return to your car and continue onto Sidemen.
Day 5 - Countryside cycling, Besakih temple
Saddle up for an hour-long cycling trip with your guide through the picturesque rural landscape around Sidemen. This gentle route takes you through rice terraces, past clove and coffee plantations and nurseries growing chillies. The duration of your ride is flexible, so if you want a longer journey just ask your guide. After the morning’s exertions proceed, by car, to Besakih, Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’. Bali’s largest and most sacred Hindu temple complex clings to the slopes of the island’s highest (and holiest) volcano, Mt Agung. The scale of the complex is impressive, as are the surrounding views with the imposing volcano in the background, often shrouded in mist. After exploring Besakih return to your hotel to relax.
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SeaTrek Cruise - 7 nights
Between April and August, SeaTrek’s beautifully refitted phinisi operate 7-night cruise itineraries among the islands of Bali, Komodo and Flores. SeaTrek is proudly Indonesian and from the moment you step aboard the boat you feel a true sense of place, due in part to the all-Indonesian crew. Shore excursions showcase the cultural and natural wonders of this biodiverse archipelago and are designed to beat the tourist crowds. Expect village visits, scenic treks, plenty of swimming and snorkelling, and of course an up-close Komodo Dragon experience. One of the benefits of the 7-night cruise (longer than most Komodo boat itineraries) is that you’re able to journey away from the increasingly busy waters of the Komodo National Park.
Day 6 - Drive to Amed & meet the SeaTrek crew
Transfer the short distance to Amed on the east coast, where you will meet the SeaTrek crew and the travellers who will be joining you on your sailing adventure. The remainder of your day will be at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities, or take a stroll into the nearby village. In the evening, join your fellow sailors for sunset drinks, followed by a Balinese-style welcome dinner.
Day 7 - Set sail for Sumbawa
Relax and settle in to your new floating home as your phinisi sets sail across the Lombok Strait towards Sumbawa. This deep trench of water between Bali and Lombok marks part of the Wallace Line, an important ecological boundary that was first described by the renowned British naturalist and explorer, Alfred Russell Wallace. Drinks will be served on deck as the sun sets, followed by a delicious multi-course dinner. The Balinese chef works wonders in his small kitchen.
Day 8 - Sail eastwards to Bungin & Moyo Islands
Having moored off Sumbawa’s west coast, spend a leisurely morning snorkelling, paddle boarding, swimming and beachcombing. After lunch, set sail to Bungin Island, home to the Bajau sea-gypsies, who reside in stilt houses and live entirely on what the sea provides for them. Visitors are rare and so the villagers are likely to be as curious about you as you are about them! Later in the afternoon, continue sailing towards Moyo Island, where you will moor up for the night.
Day 9 - Swim with whale sharks, sail to Satonda & hike the caldera
Wake up early in Saleh Bay – a large bay that's frequented by a group of whale sharks, attracted by a ready supply of food from the local squid boats. There will (hopefully) be the opportunity to swim with these gentle creatures. Continue sailing on to the small volcanic island of Satonda. When nearby Mt Tambora violently erupted in 1815 it caused a tsunami wave that washed over Satonda, filling the island’s crater lake with salt water. Hike up to the lip of the caldera for views down into the lake and across the surrounding ocean. The waters surrounding Satonda are rich with marine life and colourful coral: spend your afternoon exploring the underwater world.
Day 10 - Visit a traditional boat builder, sail to Banta Island
Wake up off the coast of Sangeang Island, home to one of the most active volcanoes in the Lesser Sunda Islands. A community of boat builders have started construction of a large phinisi boat on the beach here and you’ll have the opportunity to go ashore and witness them in action: an impressive sight and a marvel of engineering. Back on board continue sailing to the island of Banta where a leisurely afternoon of swimming and snorkelling awaits.
Day 11 - Sea-based activities, Snorkelling Makassar Reef
Wake up off the coast of Komodo Island, the largest of 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. Enjoy a morning of sea-based activities including a fantastic drift snorkel over the reef, kayaking and paddle-boarding at Gili Lawa Darat island. Cruise around the coast to Makassar Reef, where there is a high chance of spotting manta rays. Proceed to Gili Lawa Darat in time to witness arguably the most memorable sun set of your cruise.
Day 12 - In search of Komodo Dragons on Rinca Island
Wake up off the coast of Rinca Island. Go ashore for an early morning, beat-the-crowds, ranger-led trek in search of Komodo dragons. The parched grassland landscape affords little camouflage for the giant lizards so there’s a good chance of a dragon encounter. The plan for the afternoon is island hopping, interspersed with snorkelling amongst this awesome underwater world. As the sun sets, having moored up beside an uninhabited island, go ashore for a beach barbeque.
Day 13 - Sail to Flores, village visit, depart Labuan Bajo
Rise early for one last swim before your boat cruises towards Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. Spend your morning in the village of Melo where a community-based project offers visitors an insight into the distinct Manggaraian culture. Return to your phinisi for a final lunch, before bidding farewell to the SeaTrek crew and transferring to the airport in time for your onward flight.
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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.
Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.
|Hotel class||Price per person (based on total # travelling)|
|2 persons||3 - 4||5 - 6|
Atta Mesari Resort & SpaIf you’re looking to experience the best of Ubud’s laid back atmosphere, with a little extra class, the Atta Mesari Resort and Spa delivers… See more
Teras BaliOverlooking the forested hills and rice terraces of the Sidemen region, Teras Bali offers simple, secluded accommodation and relaxing spa facilities with panoramic valley views…
Wapa di UmeA charming boutique resort with a distinct Balinese vibe, Wapa di Ume enjoys the best of both worlds when it comes to location: surrounded by the picturesque rice fields that the region is well known for, yet a five minute drive... See more
SamanvayaThe Samanvaya is a charming boutique resort in the Sidemen hills, providing high-quality villa accommodation with some tasteful luxury details… See more
Kayon ResortStanding against the richly forested hillsides of Ubud, the Kayon Resort is a sheltered, adult-only retreat... See more
Wapa di Ume SidemenWapa Di Ume Sidemen has been carefully constructed to take advantage of its scenic surrounds, boasting 360° panoramic views across a tapestry of rice fields overlooked by the mighty Mount Agung... See more
Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.
These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
The important stuffPlease note: During high season periods (such as July - September and Christmas) hotels often levy a surcharge, and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.
- English speaking, local guide
- All accommodation listed
- Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
- All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals listed
- All meals & non-alcoholic drinks during the Seatrek Cruise.
- International flight reconfirmation.
- Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
- Entry visas
- International airport departure taxes
- Any meals not listed in the itinerary
- Drinks, other than water on activity days
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance
- All other services not listed in 'inclusive'
Please noteAll prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.
FlightsWe will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.
VisaYou will require a visa to enter Indonesia but this is obtained on arrival. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
PassportPlease ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
InsuranceYou will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.
Vaccinations and Malaria PreventionYou will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.
Booking ProcedureOnly once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.
Travelling ResponsiblyWe care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.
Our tailor-made service costs you no extra
This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...
Your own private guides & drivers
You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.