This tour combines visits to all our five lodges situated in unique ecological and cultural locations in the Indonesian archipelago. The activities described here can be modified and tailor made according to your wishes. For example if you are a diver, you could spend more days in the Komodo National park on this activity; or a keen birder on that activity in our best bird lodge, the Satwa Sumatra elephant Eco Lodge . The main emphasis is on showing this country with the aid of our local guides, some of its wildlife and culture through scenic and physical activities. There are some long travel days (days 8, 11 and 14) but these are to be enjoyed as traveling in this country feels like one large family on the move. Through the experience you will see and meet many Indonesians most of whom welcome you into their country.
Ecolodges Indonesia is a conservation company, mandated in our Mission statement to “empower local people so that they use eco tourism as a basis for their sustainable jobs and thus form a conservation stakeholder in the areas where they are living at the edge of national parks.
Arriving at Ngurah Rai International airport in Bali, you are picked up by our staff who will transport you to Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge – welcome and briefing on the tour by one of our senior staff. Depending on arrival time birders will be offered a bird walk either in the gardens of the Lodge or at the Nusa Dua Settling Ponds. This lodge is the oldest lodge, designed and built by Meryl Wilson in 1995.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will leave for the flight to Labuan Bajo where you will be met by your guide and taken to the Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge arriving for lunch followed by a short siesta. At around 15:30 you can either proceed on a snorkeling visit to Bidadari island only 35 – 40 minutes by Lodge boat OR if the tide is right a River Safari for birders. The latter will take you up a river to the south of the lodge where you should see water birds. It is also home for the critically endangered but very dangerous Estuarine crocodile. This lodge was designed and built by Meryl Wilson in 2002 and is considered locally an icon of the town.
After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the harbor for your boat to Komodo Island, the main and most beautiful island of the Komodo group of islands. We purposely choose a slow boat as it is very relaxing to move slowly through reefs of the Sea of Flores, past many islands and the large island of Rinca on your left arriving at around 09:30 (depending on currents) passing the world famous Pink Beach on your way. You will be briefed by a park warden and then immediately proceed on a walk to look for Komodos and other animals; you should also see a number of bird species. Then lunch back on the boat and proceed for snorkeling on The Pink Beach. This is a fabulous place and is world renowned for its biodiversity; however the current can be strong and you must take local advice where to swim; then back to Labuan Bajo and dinner at the Lodge.
On this day, you can have a choice of either an inland mountain tour to Ruteng to view the scenery, do some hiking birding and see a weaving community OR diving/snorkeling on some of the very bio diverse coral reef systems in The Komodo National Park. For divers, this is a chance to dive in one of the most famous diving sites in the world our international partner diving company.
After an early breakfast, you will take a flight to Ende in the east of the island of Flores, where your guide will pick you up and first show you the town of Ende where Sukarno (Indonesia’s first president) was interned. After that you will start your travel into the mountains to the lodge stopping briefly at a traditional village and a market. You will arrive at this beautiful lodge in a valley with a rive flowing though under Mount Kelimutu for a late lunch and briefing on this part of the tour. After a siesta you are free to roam the lodge grounds and the valley either just walking or birding. This lodge has been designed and built by Meryl Wilson in two phases the first being 11 rooms finished in 2010 and a further 11 rooms finished in 2014. It beautiful location has been praised by many.
One of the main aims of this tour is to see the Kelimutu Lakes at dawn, a magic experience. You start very early at 04:00 and after a cup of tea or coffee, drive, with your guide, to the crater lakes (around 19km) through the base of the Kelimutu National Park. You then walk to the lakes through woodland where hopefully you will hear the beautiful song of The Bare Throated Whistler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVY-C1UwlGs), arriving at the top just before dawn. See the sunrise, at the top site with a coffee, see the lakes (a magic moment) and just enjoy the whole scene and environment after walking to view all the three lakes. You then return via the park to hear and see the birds and return to the Lodge for a late “Pancake breakfast”. After breakfast, you are taken into the village of Moni to view the market and local agriculture. After lunch and a short siesta, you are taken to see a local village where weavers prepare ikats (weavings) using centuries old techniques with pure colours; back to the lodge for dinner.
One of the joys of this mountain area is walking, meeting with the local Lio people and viewing some of the unique birds in the area. On this day you can choose your activity after discussion with your guide as there are a variety of walks. The Lio people are staunchly Roman Catholic but do have some very old customs where the lakes are central to some beliefs. You should get an early night as the following day is a long travel days.
You will have a very early start early flight to Bali, then on to Java and then Pangkalan Bun in Borneo arriving in the late afternoon. After meeting your guide, you will be transported to Kumai to your klotok (river boat) to start the magic trip up The Sekonyer river to The Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. On the way (if the weather is clear) you will see many fireflies and after two hours see the welcome lights of The Rimba on your left side. You will be welcomed and briefed by our Manager for dinner. This is a very long day and we hope you enjoy as you cross six of the main islands of this vast nation.
For Birders, a pre breakfast Bird walk is suggested. Then take your river boat to famous Camp Leakey to view Orangutans in their natural habitat along the river or at Leakey; other primates seen will be Proboscis Monkeys, Gibbons and Long Tailed Macaques, Silverbacked Langurs and you will see many birds, crocodiles, pigs and monitors. Camp Leakey (named after the famous Oxford based scientist Louis Leakey), one of the homes of Professor Birute Galdikas (an investor of Ecolodgesindonesia). Camp Leakey is allegedly the longest biological, documented scientific experiment on the globe. Galdikas is one of Leakeys golden angels, the others being Dianne Fossey (Gorilla scientist – deceased) and Jane Goodall (the Chimpanzee scientist). If you are lucky, you may meet her. On the way home, if the evening is clear, you should have a great sunset with the Proboscis Monkeys and hopefully Horn bills. Without the hard and long term work of Birute Galdikas, we would not have Tandjung Puting National Park which would have been taken by illegal palm oil and other businesses. We owe her and great debt.
For Birders, again, early morning bird walk, breakfast and then a visit to Tanggui (a second Orangutan release centre) in an area famous for Butterflies. After the viewing, you will proceed on a hike around the area suitable for those interested in birds, butterflies and trees. This is an opportunity to study the area in a relaxed fashion. You will have lunch back at the lodge and proceed to Tandjung Harapan (the third release centre) for the afternoon viewing. You will then return to the Lodge for a short rest and then proceed for an evening dinner on the river with the “fireflies”. The latter is a terrific experience.
After an early breakfast at the Lodge, you will proceed down river to Kumai and then on to the airport to catch your plane to Jakarta, and Lampung in Sumatra. You will be met by one of our senior staff for the 90 minute drive to The Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge (90 minutes) where you will have a late dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast your guide will take you to the Elephant Training Centre where you will meet your mahout for a ride on an elephant in the park. You should take some sugar cane from Satwa (grown in the gardens) for your elephant. This is a terrific experience. After this on to the Bambangan reforestation centre for a picnic lunch, then short hike into the park to the reforestation area where you will have an opportunity to plant a tree, ask questions of Park staff re the dangers of fire and see the forest. During this walk on another river you may see evidence of Elephant and possible see the endemic white winged wood duck. Back to the Lodge for dinner.
On most days, you wake to the haunting call of The Siamang Gibbons in the nearby park. After an early breakfast, you will proceed into the park by vehicle and for a walk with the Siamang Gibbons with the aim of seeing these wonderful primates. Also you should see a variety of birds and deer. Back to the Lodge for lunch and into the Park again to Way Kanan for a river boat trip and a short hike in Tiger habitat, an exciting experience. On the river you should see many birds, primates and may see deer and wild elephants. Sun Bears have also been sighted. Back to the Lodge for dinner and for enthusiasts, a night bird walk with Heriyono (our resident bird guide).
After breakfast to Lampung to catch your flights back to Bali via Jakarta. You will have lunch at Jakarta airport. In Bali, you will be met by our drivers and taken back to Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge for a relaxing dinner and a night swim in the pool.
After breakfast there will be an opportunity for shopping and a rest. For those unable to proceed on The Settling Pond Bird and Uluwatu Kecak dance tours on Day 1, these will be organized. Vehicles will be supplied also to take you to Nusa Dua, Kuta and Kerobakan shopping areas if you wish. You may just wish to chill out and think of the events of this tour.
This a full day tour of parts of Bali including Kintamani and the crater area of Mt Batur, visits to temples, the art town of Ubud and viewing the famous rice terraces of Bali. This should introduce you to this rich Hindu culture and have some understanding of the importance of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago.
After breakfast you will be free to proceed to other destinations or home. We will assist all onward bookings and airport transport.
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