To provide an opportunity to collaborate with teachers and integrate new perspectives with informal environments to enhance learning initiatives.
To be immersed in the cultures, lifestyles, and the language of Indonesia.
To discover landscapes different to Australia, and their geological formations through the exploration of volcanoes and volcanic lakes, looking at chemical compositions and behaviours.
To observe natural selection and evolutionary divergence through exploring islands such as Komodo and observing different wildlife on the different islands of Indonesia, as Wallace did to develop his theories.
To understand how climate change is affecting the landscape of Indonesia, as well as the conservation of animals and land by visiting and engaging with local conservation programs (i.e. Bali Sea Turtle Society, Ko- modo National Park, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Coral Planting at Ayana).
Summary of Trip
We will travel from Melbourne to Denpasar, Bali, and stay in Kuta for 4 days.
On Day 5, we will travel to Labuan Bajo in Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province.
On Day 6, we will visit 6 destinations in the Komodo Islands: Padar Island, Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Taka Makassar Island, Manta Point, and Kanawa Island. Afterward, we will return to Labuan Bajo in Flores Island.
On Day 7, we will explore the mainland area of Flores Island, visiting the hobbit cave and a community-based tourism village.
On Days 8 and 9, we will journey to the east end of Flores Island, specifically Moni, to see the three-color craters of Kelimutu on Day 9, before heading back to Denpasar, Bali.
On Day 10, we will depart for Melbourne in the afternoon
More conservative clothing is recommended in Indonesia, especially when visiting temples and participating in traditional ceremonies. It is advisable to wear t-shirts with sleeves, polo shirts, and knee-length shorts. Please note that uncovered shoulders and knees may result in students being denied entrance to many temples due to it being considered disrespectful.
Luggage should be packed in a medium-sized suitcase or bag. All items should be marked with the student’s name.
Please remember that all students are responsible for packing & carrying luggage items.
General Luggage: Indonesian/English dictionary, padlocks for suitcase, laundry bag or plastic bags for dirty clothes, poncho/raincoat, one warm jacket, small umbrella, lightweight t-shirts and shorts, sandals, comfortable walking shoes/runners (we’ll be doing a lot of trekking and hiking).
Two pieces of luggage are allowable: 1x check-in luggage and 1x carry-on luggage
One medium sized soft bag, i.e. duffel bag or medium sized suitcase no more than 25kg
Small backpack for day use to be placed in coach and in overhead lockers on the plane - no more than 7kg
Any spare lithium & alkaline batteries must be kept in hand luggage. Camera should also be carry-on luggage.
Restrictions apply to the amount of liquids, gels and aerosols you can have in your carry-on luggage.
Please visit: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/ transport/security/aviation/LAG/index.aspx for more information
Prior to Departure
Fill in and affix luggage tag to your luggage (you might like to also add some other identifying ribbon, etc.).
Photocopy of passport and carry copy in your suitcase. Copy itinerary to leave with family. Check you have packed your passport.
10D/9N Bali and Flores | Biology and Indonesian Language School Trip
Day 1: Melbourne - Denpasar, Bali
Depart from Australia (e.g. Melbourne on Garuda GA717 flight to Denpasar via Jakarta), scheduled for 08:10am departure.
Upon arrival at Denpasar Ngurah Rai Airport at 05:20pm local time, our local guide will be waiting to pick us up and transfer us to our accommodation in Kuta.
Check-in at the hotel, followed by dinner at BeachWalk Shopping Mall (Dinner YO). The mall is located at a distance of 500m from the hotel, which is a 6-minute walk.
Accomodation in Bali will be at the Mamaka Hotel by Ovolo at Kuta Beach or similar
Rooftop Swimming Pool
Day 2: The Indonesian Institute of Arts, Uluwatu Temple, Jimbaran
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Denpasar to learn about Indonesian and Balinese arts and cultures, which will include: Introduction to Indonesian and Balinese arts and cultures. Arts workshops.Attending an art exhibition/performance
We will have lunch near the institute (provided).
In the afternoon, we will visit Uluwatu Temple to watch the Kecak Ramayana Dance
Dinner will be held at Jimbaran (provided).
SUNSET KECAK DANCE PERFORMANCE
The Kecak Dance sunset performance at Uluwatu Temple offers a truly mag- ical experience. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Uluwatu Tem- ple perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, this traditional Balinese dance takes on an even more captivating aura as the sun begins to set. As the sky transforms into hues of orange and pink, the rhythmic chants and vi- brant movements of the dancers create a spellbinding spectacle. The Kecak Dance tells the epic tale of the Ramayana, with a chorus of male performers providing the musical accompaniment through their synchronized chants of “cak.” The combination of the dramatic setting, the enchanting music, and the mesmerizing dance performance makes the Kecak Dance sunset performance at Uluwatu Temple an unforgettable cultural experience that showcases the rich heritage of Bali.
DINNER AT JIMBARAN
Dining in Jimbaran offers a delectable experience. Nestled along the stunning coastline of Jimbaran Bay in Bali, Indonesia, the renowned establishment is celebrated for their exquisite seafood offerings, picturesque ambiance, and warm hospitality.
Situated on the sandy shores overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean, Jimbaran Seafood Restaurants provide an idyllic setting to experience the
gentle sea breeze, the rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the shore, and the mesmerizing sunset views. These elements enhance the overall dining experience and create a truly magical atmosphere.
Day 3: Monkey Forest Ubud - Kuta, Bali
After breakfast, we will visit Monkey Forest, followed by bike riding in Ubud.
Then, we will have lunch and go shopping in Ubud Art Market (Lunch YO).
In the afternoon, we will return to our hotel and later head to the Potato Head Beach Club.
Activities at Potato Head from 4pm to 8pm will include swimming, relaxation and dinner (Dinner YO).
Return to the hotel soon after.
Day 4: Water Bom, Beach Activities
After breakfast, we will visit Waterbom and have lunch at Waterbom (Lunch YO). The distance from the hotel to Waterbom is 2km, which is a 20-minute walk along the beach.
At 2:00 pm, we will visit the Bali Sea Turtle Society on our way back to the hotel, which is approximately a 10-minute walk.
In the afternoon, once we return to the hotel, we will engage in various activities in and around the hotel, such as swimming, beach activities, and relaxation
It will be laundry time, where all dirty clothes can be washed and tumble dried in the hotel for free. Detergent will be provided.
For dinner, we will head to BeachWalk Shopping Mall (Dinner YO)
Day 5: Komodo National Park, Komodo Islands, East Nusa Tenggara
After breakfast, we will check-out from the hotel and head to the airport.
We’ll depart Ngurah Rai Airport Bali to Komodo Airport Labuan Bajo with Citilink QG 634. DPS-LBJ @11:45am /01:00pm
We will be picked up by our local guide and stop by for lunch (Lunch YO) on our way to the hotel.
Check-in at Ayana Komodo Waecicu Beach Hotel @02:30pm
Activities at the Hotel: Coral Plantation activities and learn about marine conservation in the area with an in-house marine biologist
Dinner at Taman Laut Handayani (Dinner Provided)
Back to the hotel
Day 6: Exploring 6 Destinations in Komodo National Park, Komodo Islands, East Nusa Tenggara
At 7:30am, after having breakfast at the hotel, we will depart from the hotel’s marina by boat for a one-day trip to the Komodo Islands.
During the trip, we will visit six destinations: Padar Island, Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Taka Makassar Island, Manta Point, and Kanawa Island. The travel time for each destination will be approximately 1-2 hours. unch will be provided at one of the islands
At 05:30pm we will return to Labuan Bajo and head back to the hotel. For dinner, we will have a group dinner at Plaza Marina, Labuan Bajo (Dinner YO).
Get excited as we’ll take you to see Komodo dragons, snorkel at Kanawa Island, spot the manta rays at Manta Point, relax on a pink sandy beach, and capture an epic view from the top of Padar Island. Check out the 360 video we made with our local guides below:
Day 7: Visiting Liang Bua Cave, Ruteng and Community-Based Tourism Village
After breakfast, we will travel to Liang Bua Hobbit Cave. We will make a stop at Ruteng for lunch (Lunch provided).
Continuing our journey, we will proceed to Bukit Porong Tourism Village. Here, we will have the opportunity to experience the local way of life in the community-based tourism village.
Activities will include learning traditional children’s games, exploring the farm-to-table concept, and assisting the community in preparing food from the garden.
We will then cook traditional food and enjoy dinner together with the community (Dinner Provided).
After dinner, we will return to the hotel.
Day 8: Labuan Bajo, Ende, Kelimutu Crater Lakes
After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel at 12:00 pm and head to the airport (Lunch Box Provided).
We will depart from Labuan Bajo to Ende with a flight scheduled for 01:20 pm.
Upon arrival in Ende at 02:15 pm, we will proceed directly to hike the Kelimutu Crater Lakes to see the lakes on Mount Kelimutu at sunset.
Dinner will be provided at the hotel (Dinner Provided) along with a traditional dance performance.
Lake Kelimutu, also known as the tri-colored Kelimutu lake, is a captivating feature of the Kelimutu National Park. Situated at an eleva- tion of 1690m, it encompasses three lakes that exhibit unique and ev- er-changing colors. The lakes not only differ from one another but also undergo color variations over time, creating a surreal and fascinating spectacle to explore.
Accommodation at Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge Koanara, Kelimutu, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Day 9: Departing from Ende to Labuan Bajo and Bali
After checking out from the hotel at 5:30 am, with breakfast to go provided, we will head to Ende airport and depart from Ende to Denpasar on flight IW1831 at 08:40 am and arrive in Labuan Bajo for transit at 09:25 am.
We will exit the airport and head to Plaza Marina Labuan Bajo for free time and lunch (Lunch YO) before heading back to the airport at 12:15 pm to prepare for our flight to Denpasar with Citilink QG 635, scheduled for 01:35 pm with an estimated ar- rival time of 02:50 pm.
Upon arrival in Denpasar, we will check in at Mamaka in Kuta. for dinner, we will dine at Beachwalk (Dinner YO).
Day 10: Returning to Australia
After breakfast, we will have free time before checking out from the hotel and visiting Bali Animal Welfare in Kuta (optional).
Then, we will head to Ngurah Rai Airport, check in for our flight, and have lunch at the airport (Lunch YO).
Our departure will be from Denpasar Ngurah Rai Airport on flight GA419 at 4:45 pm, with a layover in Jakarta.
We will be arriving in Melbourne in the morning (overnight flight).
This is our sample itinerary for an 10D/9N trip from Melbourne to Bali and Flores. We can cater to specific itineraries and make alterations based on your needs, including the departure city from all major Australian cities.
All of our trips include the following:
Best accommodations with breakfast
Experienced and certified divers (for snorkeling activities)
Marine biologist for coral plantation activities (only in Ayana Hotel)
Ambulance (will be readied at the Labuan Bajo marina for Island hopping activities)
Risk and safety management plan
Visa on Arrivals
Domestic plane tickets
Transportations (coaches and boats for inter-island hopping)
Accompanied teachers travelling FOC (maintaining a 1:6 teacher to student ratio)
The itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Please contact us for more information