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The Java-Bali-Komodo Tour

15 days / 14 Nights

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About the Java-Bali-Komodo Tour

This itinerary includes visits to the two best-known and most frequently visited islands of Indonesia, Java and Bali, as well as three days of sleeping on a boat, exploring the islands around Komodo, and, of course, seeing the Komodo dragon in its native habitat. 

There is a lot to see on this itinerary, but it concludes with two nights at a 5-star luxury beach resort in Bali, where you can sit on the beach or lounge by the pool and rest up before your flight home.

As with all our tours, these are private, tailor-made trips that can be changed to meet your particular needs. You can have more touring and less downtime, or less touring and more downtime. The choice is yours.

Java-Bali-Komodo Tour Pricing

A single supplement for all tours is $595. For example, if two people travel together but each has his or her own room, the cost is an additional $595.

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Java-Bali-Komodo Tour Itinerary

Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 1
Arrival Jakarta
Arrival Jakarta

Upon your arrival at Jakarta International Airport and clearing customs, you will head over to the Anara Airport Hotel, which is right at the airport. As a rule, we do not include Jakarta itself as part of our Indonesia tours. It is mainly a huge, hot, and crowded business city devoid of tourist interest.

  • Overnight at the Anara Airport Hotel
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 2
Jakarta - Jogjakarta
Jakarta - Jogjakarta
Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta Indonesia

Today will be a very full day, and you’ll need to get an early start. The day will begin with a short (45-minute) domestic flight to Yogyakarta, in Central Java, the cultural heart of Java. The first site you will be visiting is The Kraton, the former home of the Sultan of Yogyakarta, built in the mid-1700s.

From Kraton, it is only a short distance to the batik market. Yogyakarta is a center of batik production, and you can learn something about the process, including the difference between the more commercial ‘stamp’ batik and the more exclusive ‘tulis, or hand-drawn batik.

After some time at the batik market and perhaps some shopping there, it will be time to leave for the major experience of the day, a trip to the Prambanan Temple Complex.

Prambanan Temple is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is the second-largest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia (next to Angkor Wat). It dates back to the 9th century. Your Yogyakarta tour is structured in such a way that you are able to visit Prambanan and Borobudur on separate days. The two famous sites are each around a 1-hour drive from Yogyakarta but in completely opposite directions. Seeing them all in one day would be a tourist overload.

Returning to town after visiting Prambanan, you will have time to rest up somewhat at your hotel, which is the beautiful Melia Purosani, an urban resort-style hotel with lush tropical gardens and a lagoon-style swimming pool.

A full Indonesian buffet dinner and a performance of the traditional Ramayana Ballet will cap off this exhausting day. 

  • Overnight at the Melia Purosani Hotel
    • Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 3
Yogyakarta and Borobudur
Yogyakarta and Borobudur
Borobudur Nothwest view

After breakfast, drive to the west of Yogyakarta to visit what is perhaps the most famous single site of your tour, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and dates back to the 9th century.

You will be able to climb up through all nine levels of Borobudur if you decide to do so. After leaving Borobudur, there will be a tour of nearby Candirejo, a traditional Javanese village. You can travel by bicycle or horse-drawn cart along small lanes lined with typical Javanese houses, stopping to see village activities.

  • Overnight at the Melia Purosani Hotel
    • Breakfast
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 4
Yogyakarta-Mojokerto-Mt. Bromo
Yogyakarta-Mojokerto-Mt. Bromo
Mount Bromo East Java tour

After an early breakfast, transfer to the train station and board the morning train for Mojokerto. You will enjoy the volcanic landscape of East Java from your executive-class seat on the train. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the station and driven to the Bromo area. You will be spending the night at the beautiful Jiwa Jawa Resort, over 6,500 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Bromo.

  • Overnight at the Jiwa Jawa Resort
    • Breakfast
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 5
Mt. Bromo - Surabaya - Bali
Mt. Bromo - Surabaya - Bali
Java Bali Komodo Tour Bromo Tengger Semeru

You will have to rise very early today if you want to view the sunset at one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes in the world. Leaving your hotel in the early hours, you will travel by jeep and pony cart to the slopes of Mt. Bromo for, we hope, a great sunrise. The view from Penanjakan Hill is otherworldly.

Then it’s time to return to the hotel for breakfast and check out. The next step will be to drive to the Surabaya airport for the short flight to Denpasar Airport on the island of Bali. You will be met at the Bali Airport (DPS), where your approach will be over the Indian Ocean, and then drive inland for around 1 hour to the famous art center of Ubud. Upon arrival, check into the beautiful Komaneka Bisma Resort, a boutique luxury resort in a beautiful setting.

Dinner will be at your hotel. Dinners in Bali feature a wide array of tropical fruits and dishes, with terrific fresh seafood always available. You will even find very good, Dutch-brewed local beer. Breakfasts are usually served buffet-style and are excellent. With fresh tropical fruits and juices, made-to-order omelets, and wonderful Balinese coffee, breakfast can be a meal in itself.

  • Overnight at the Komameka Bisma Resort
    • Breakfast and Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 6
Bali
Bali
Kintamani Bali Tours

Today will be devoted to seeing some of the most interesting parts of the island of Bali. This will be a very full day with a lot to see. A string of 8,000-foot mountains and volcanoes (some of which are active) separates Bali in two, running about 100 miles straight across the island from east to west. The scenery is spectacular. The terraced rice fields, using every inch of available space and watered by bamboo pipes, are a particular favorite of ours.

But despite the small size of the island, there is an awful lot to see. And if there is a ceremony scheduled, we will make sure that you are able to be there to see it. The Balinese still practice an ancient form of Hinduism and frequently have ceremonies (usually cremation ceremonies) that can last all day. These ceremonies are not held for tourists, but tourists are welcome to attend them.

After breakfast, the tour will begin with a visit to a beautiful traditional Balinese village, Penglipuran.

Our next stop is the 11th-century temple complex of Gunung Kawi, where 10 niched shrines are cut into the sheer face of a cliff. (‘Gunung’ means ‘mountain’ in the Indonesian language.)

We then drive to the Tirta Empul water temple. Tirta Empul is a Hindu-Balise water temple. The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go for ritual purification. The temple is very active, so you will be able to observe the worshippers as they perform their rituals.

Our next visit will be to the town of Kintamani, up in the mountains and situated inside the huge caldera of Lake Batur.

On your way down the mountain and back to Ubud, we will stop to see the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a huge, lush rice terrace where you will be able to walk among the rice fields and get a close-up view of the ancient traditional Balinese system of irrigation (subak).

Dinner will be at Café Lotus, a very nice local restaurant in Ubud.

  • Overnight at the Komameka Bisma Resort
    • Breakfast and Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 7
River Rafting Trip and Monkey Forest
River Rafting Trip and Monkey Forest
Ayung River Rafting Bali tour

Today will be an exciting day. The rafting company van will pick you up at your hotel after breakfast and take you to the Ayung River's shore, where the raft trip starts. You will be issued safety equipment and given safety training before starting out. The trip is quite safe. You’ll be rafting around 9 miles down the scenic Ayung River, past rice fields and deep forests. There are a number of rapids on the way, but your onboard guide will help you negotiate them. Lunch will be provided on the way.

When you return to Ubud, there should be enough time for you to make a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, which is in Ubud, not too far from your hotel. This temple is devoted to and essentially owned by monkeys. They are not in cages; they just wander around, trying to get food from the many tourists.

The monkeys are very tame, but don’t be surprised if they jump on your shoulder or even put their hands in your pockets looking for food. You can buy food to feed the monkeys yourself. But be careful about keeping anything of value in your pockets.

  • Overnight at the Komameka Bisma Resort
    • Breakfast and Lunch
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 8
Bali Tour Continued
Bali Tour Continued
Tanah Lot Temple Bali Indonesia Thomas Depenbusch

You will be leaving Ubud today and moving on to see more of the island of Bali. The first stop of the day is the Tanah Lot Temple, one of the most famous and beautiful of Bali’s sea temples. Tanah Lot is a place of pilgrimage for the Balinese. You can stand above the cliffs and watch the waves crash below you.

We now drive to the village of Bedugul, which is situated on a high mountain lake. Bedugul is famous for being the home of the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, one of the most famous and striking temples in Bali. It is located on the shores of Lake Bratan.

Next, there will be a visit to the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, the oldest rice terrace in Bali and one that is actually a Unesco World Heritage Site.

We end the day at Munduk Village, across the mountains on the north side of Bali. We will be spending the night there. Munduk is famous for its waterfalls and is in a more rural and less touristy part of the island. You will be spending the next two nights at the Munduk Moding Nature Resort. This is another one of the incredibly beautiful hotels that are included on your tour.

  • Overnight at the Munduk Moding Nature Resort
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 9
Munduk
Munduk
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan

After breakfast, it will be time to set out on a hike to see three nearby waterfalls. The hike is flat and fairly easy. You will be passing through some local villages as well as beautiful tropical landscapes. The reward will be close-up views of three wonderful waterfalls.

Leaving the waterfalls, the next activity will be a walk through the thick tropical jungle to Tamblingan Lake. This is another lake built into the crater of an extinct volcano, and it is the site of Ulun Danu Tamblingan, a beautiful 10th-century temple. You will cross the lake in a dugout canoe.

At the end of this fairly active day, it will be time to return to your luxurious hotel for a nice dinner and relaxation.

  • Overnight at the Munduk Moding Nature Resort
    • Breakfast and Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 10
Fly to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island
Fly to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island
Labuan Bajo port in West Flores Nusa Tenggara Indonesia

After breakfast, it’s time to drive back to the airport on the south side of the island and board your short flight to Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores, east of Bali. Upon arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and driven to the beautiful and luxurious Plataran Komodo Resort. Here is a link to their website so that you can get a better idea of what this fabulous place is like: https://www.plataran.com/plataran-komodo/ 

Take the rest of the day to relax, have a swim, or take a spa treatment.

  • Overnight at the Plataran Komodo Resort
    • Breakfast
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 11
Komodo Tour
Komodo Tour
Java Bali Komodo Tour marvelous boat

In the morning, you’ll board your home for the next two nights on the Marvelous Phinisi boat. A phinisi boat is a two-masted yacht modeled on 19th-century Indonesian trading schooners. Your particular boat was built in 2017 and is around 72 feet long. The ensuite cabins are all air-conditioned, and you will be taking all your meals on board. You and your party will be the only people on the boat, aside from the crew. Naturally, the boat has all the requisite safety equipment.

The first stop on your boat trip will be Kelor Island, around an hour's sailing time away. Kelor is a beautiful island known for its white-sand beaches and scenery. It is part of Komodo National Park and is uninhabited. You can take a short hike up to the top of a hill on the island to get great panoramic views of the surrounding area. You can also do some swimming and snorkeling. Snorkeling equipment is supplied.

The next stop, after reboarding your boat, is Manjerite Island. This is another uninhabited island, and it is known as a great place for snorkeling. The clear, shallow water makes this a perfect place to see such exotic fish as clownfish, scorpion fish, angelfish, and colorful eels.

Reboarding the boat, the next port of the day will be Kalong Island. This island, full of mangrove plantations, is famous for the thousands of fruit bats that come out to feed in the late afternoon.

Leaving Kalong Island, you’ll sail to a safe, calm place to have dinner and spend the night on your Phinisi schooner.

  • Overnight on the Phinisi schooner
    • Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 12
Komodo Tour
Komodo Tour
Wild Komodo dragon Komodo island

The first stop this morning is another beautiful, uninhabited island, Padar. Again, some short treks will give you terrific panoramic views and photo opportunities.

From here, we sail on to Pink Beach, where you can do some more swimming and snorkeling.

It is now time to visit Komodo Island itself. Komodo and nearby Rinca Island are the only places in the world where you can see the Komodo Dragon, and you are sure to see them and be able to take photos.

Adult male dragons can be up to 10 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds. Your guide will help you find the best places to observe these huge lizards during your stay on the island.

Leaving Komodo Island and the dragons, your schooner will make a stop at Manta Point, a huge reef where you may be able to see manta rays while snorkeling. This cannot be guaranteed, however.

  • Overnight onboard the Phinisi schooner
    • Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 13
Nusa Dua Beach
Nusa Dua Beach
Nusa_Dua_Bali

Sailing back to Labuan Bajo to take your flight back to Bali, your cruise will stop at Sebayur Island and Kanawa Island, two more very scenic places.

Then sail back to Labuan Bajo and head directly to the airport for your return flight to Bali.

Upon landing in Bali, you will be met at the airport and have a short drive to Nusa Dua, where you will check into your new hotel, the luxurious Melia Bali Resort. You will enjoy a premier garden-view room. Nusa Dua is a private luxury resort area directly on the Indian Ocean that became famous in 1986 as the area where Ronald Reagan stayed on his visit to Indonesia.

The Melia Bali Resort is a beachfront sanctuary that features five restaurants, a large lagoon swimming pool, and a landscaped tropical garden. It is located along the shores of Nusa Dua Beach. The hotel features complimentary resort activities ranging from canoeing, paddle surfing, bicycling, and archery to various daily kid activities.

  • Overnight at the Melia Bali Resort
    • Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 14
Nusa Dua Beach
Nusa Dua Beach
Revivo Bali pool

Most people will use this day for relaxing, sunbathing, and enjoying all the activities your luxury hotel has to offer. But if you are determined to take one more tour of Bali, that can also be arranged.

  • Overnight at the Melia Bali Resort
    • Dinner
Java-Bali-Komodo Tour: Day 15
Departure
Departure

After breakfast, your time is free until you leave for the nearby airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

  • Breakfast