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With its soaring green mountains and white sand beaches, Bali has long held mystique for travelers from around the world. On this trip, we will explore the artist colony of Ubud in Bali’s interior and relax on the sand-ringed shores. In addition, we will take a trip to Borneo, the island famous for its orangutan population to explore the jungle and its inhabitants.

In Ubud, meet the cheeky monkeys of Monkey Forest, explore the colorful markets and art galleries, learn about the spiritual culture of the Hindu religion which is dominant in Bali, make an offering and learn Balinese dance techniques.

In Borneo, explore the lush jungle looking for animals like orangutans, gibbons, and monkeys, learn about Diane Leakey’s work in orangutan research and about conservation efforts, meet local Malay villagers, and enjoy exotic jungle surrounds at your upscale eco-lodge.

In Sanur, enjoy beautiful white sand beaches and plenty of relaxation time! There are plenty of optional activities here like scuba diving and snorkeling, bike riding, shopping, massage services, and more.

 

 

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the airport, be met at the arrival-hall by our airport representative who will assist as escort through the immigration and customs process and handle the necessary paperwork to ensure that there won’t be any long queuing. While your luggage is collected you have access to a lounge offering complimentary snacks and drinks. The airport representative will assist with luggage handling and lead the way to the arrivals zone where the guide and driver will be waiting for the transfer.

Overnight Komaneka Rasa Sayang or similar

Day 2:

This morning explore the Scared Monkey Forest which is packed with mischievous monkeys and also hosts an important temple and a mystic spring. Afterwards,walk through Ubud’s main market. Get an introduction to local daily life while mingling with the shoppers who come to buy the fresh fruits, spices and other ingredients on offer. Browse the colorful flower-filled stalls in one section of the market, learning how they are used to make temple offerings. Then, head to Pura Tirta Empul. The guide will give a short explanation about the importance of water and cleansing ceremonies in Hindu culture.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight Komaneka Rasa Sayang or similar (B)

Day 3:

It’s time to make one of the unique Balinese offerings you learned about yesterday. Called canang sari, the offerings are an integral part of Balinese life with three offerings presented daily in gratitude to the Gods. Alongside the guide and other locals, design a personalized offering while hearing stories about the rituals of Bali’s residents. Continue this cultural immersion with Balinese Dance Class conducted by locals, this class will teach you the basic movement of Balinese dancers and learn about ancient Balinese dance performances.

Overnight Komaneka Rasa Sayang or similar (B)

Day 4:

Transfer to Denpasar for your flight to Pangkalanbun Airport in Borneo where you will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to the Kumai port to board local Klotok boat for a scenic journey along the Kumai and Sekonyer River. Start your navigation first on the wide Kumai River and after 30 minutes enter the much smaller Sekonyer River that marks the border of the Tanjung Puting National Park. The lush vegetation along the river bank first consists of Nipa palm (a palm tree only found near estuaries as they grow in salty water), slowly replaced by Pandans trees

A late lunch is served on board.

After a couple of hourse, you’ll reach the Rimba Lodge, an upscale eco-lodge located on the edge of Tanjung Puting National Park and only accessible by boat. This area is notable for its ecologically and biologically diverse areas with mangrove swamps, rain forest and dense jungles filled with primates, leopards, lizards and more than 250 bird species.

Overnight Rimba Lodge or similar (B, L, D)

Day 5:

Today, we head to Camp Leakey, the most famous place for orangutan research in the world. Over the years as many as 200 orangutans were gradually reintroduced to the wild since the camp was founded in 1971. Today the camp only operates as a feeding platform, but orangutans are still fed and medically monitored by the local rangers. There are only 3 feeding platforms in Tanjung Puting providing supplementary food to the orangutan so that they do not remain wholly dependent on the feeding sites and are instead encouraged to get their all food in the jungle. Most of the orangutan in the park are born in the wild and the ones that do come to the feeding sites are generally mothers with young offspring and animals that have been recently released

Enjoy a 30-minute walk along a wooden pontoon then following a jungle path with a chance to observe more wild animals on the way: gibbons, long tail macaque as well as wild pigs. Then, sit back and watch the afternoon feeding as many orangutans start coming down. Watching them going from branch to branch sometimes high up in the trees with agility and grace is an unforgettable experience. You will sit on fallen trunks only about 10 meters away from the platform and will have rangers with you. The orangutan may come to the platform from anywhere in the jungle with the dominant male usually always coming first and follow by females coming one after the other with their young offspring.

In the late afternoon, head back to the lodge. At this time of the day many proboscis monkeys, an endemic species of Kalimantan and easily recognizable by their long red nose, are coming close to the river banks to spend the night in large groups hanging in the trees.

Overnight Rimba Lodge or similar (B, L, D)

Day 6:

After breakfast, board the boat again and head upstream for about 1-hour to reach Pondok Tanguy, the 2nd feeding center of orangutans: a 700m walk first on a wooden pontoon then on a sandy path surrounded by ferns and lush vegetation. After spotting the orangutans at this platform, return to the boat and navigate downstream to Pasalat Rainforest station where several institutions and NGOs are working on conservation efforts with a strong focus on reforestation in order to preserve the natural habitat of orangutans. Meet the people and learn about their efforts.

Then, it’s back to your Klotok for boating down to Tanjung Harapan Camp where you will visit the 3rd and least visited of the feeding platforms in the National Park with a chance for additional orangutan encounters.

Back on board for a short crossing to Harapan village one of the only settlements along the river. Take a walk through this village and meet the Malayan families who live here.

Overnight Rimba Lodge or similar (B, L, D)

Day 7:

Wake up early this morning and take a box breakfast for your return by boat to Kumai and transfer by private vehicle to Pangkalanbun Airport for your onward flight to Denpasar, Bali. On arrival, you will be transferred to Bali’s beautiful southern beaches.

Overnight Sanur at Segara Village or similar. (B)

Days 8 and 9:

Enjoy a day at leisure on Sanur beach in Bali. Perhaps, book a scuba dive or snorkel trip, or a massage, or just relax on the beach or explore the many shopping areas beyond the hotel.

Overnight Sanur at Segara Village or similar. (B)

Day 10:

After check out, you will be transfer by hotel to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar to catch your onward flight.

Included:

  • 9-nights accommodation in 4- and 5-star resorts and unique jungle eco-lodge
  • All breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
  • English-speaking guide throughout
  • Monkey Forest tour
  • Temple tour and offering making class
  • Balinese dance class
  • Klontok and jungle treks daily in Borneo
  • Malay village visit

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenditures such as meals/activities not listed as included, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, laundry, gratuities, etc
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