Papua - Sulawesi - Komodo - Bali
Destination - Papua - Sulawesi - Komodo Island
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INDONESIA ADVENTURE

PAPUA – SULAWESI – KOMODO – BALI

18 days – 17 nights

 

Start:     Bali

End:      Bali

 

Day 01: BALI

Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, our guide will welcome you then transfer to your hotel. Bali is a beautiful island known for having a unique colourful spiritual culture. There are its many rituals and practices which originated thousands years ago, and till today they have survived. Such is the endurance of Balinese culture, which in turn reflects on the deep faith and resilience of the Balinese people. With swaying palm trees that beautifully line its many white sandy beaches, Bali welcomes every visitor to her land of songs, dance, colours and culture that are intertwined with its natural beauty.

Meals included: -

 

Day 02: BALI

The Balinese temple is a holy space where the deities are honoured with rituals and offerings. There are tens of thousands of temples in Bali; there temples of the local village, temples of greater regional and island-wide significance. Three village temples are: the pura puseh, the pura desa and the pura dalem. You will visit the Pura Desa and Pura Puseh in Batuan village and learn about the special significance of village temples and classic Balinese temple architecture. Afterwards you will visit a place renowned for its woodcarvings. Carving was a traditional art of the Brahmana caste, and the skills are said to have been a gifts of the gods. Traditionally, carving was limited to temple decorations, dance masks and musical instruments, but on the 1930s carvers began to produce intricate woodcarvings and masks for commercial use. Winding roads further up mountainous region will lead you to spectacular area of Batur. Volcanic area around Mount Batur, because of its geological heritage of international significance, became a member of the Global Geopark Network. Mount Batur itself is a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of huge crater. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Lake Batur, all surrounded by high walls of the crater rim. You will visit Museum Gunungapi Batur and discover secrets of Batur volcano. Before returning to your hotel you will visit Pura Tirta Empul. This one of Bali’s most significant temples is the site of holy springs that are believed to have magical powers and the Balinese coming here to bathe for healing and spiritual purpose. On the way you will stop also at Tegallalang village to view rice terraces.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 03: BALI – JAYAPURA – WAMENA

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Jayapura. Upon arrival in Sentani airport, a connection flight to Wamena, in Baliem Valley. New Guinea is a hot, humid island rising from the sea with some of the most impenetrable jungles in the world and yet also has snow caps covering almost 5,000 metre–high mountain peaks, island is full of mysterious rivers, birds of paradise, endless swamps and impassable rainforests. New Guinea (world's second largest island – after Greenland) is now divided into two parts: the eastern part is called Papua New Guinea, independent state, and western part (formerly known as Irian Jaya), two Indonesian provinces: Papua and West Papua. Those two provinces are the least populated, least visited and most remote provinces of Indonesia. It is a land of outstanding natural splendour, with stunning scenic beaches, huge stretches of marshlands, cool grassy meadows and powerful rivers carving gorges and tunnels through dark and dense primeval forests. The people of the island can be divided into more than 250 sub-groups, which are closely related to the islands along the southern rim of the Pacific and include among others: Asmat, Dani, Kamoro, Korowai and Yali. Those in the central highlands still maintain their customs and traditions and because of the terrain have virtually been untouched by outside influences. The Baliem Valley is located at the highlands of Papua, is occupied by the Dani people. The valley is about 80 km in length by 20 km in width and lies at an altitude of about 1,600-1,700 m. Upon arrival at Wamena Airport, Wamena, the main town in Baliem Valley, you will meet our guide who will escort you to the hotel. On the way you will visit Jibama traditional market.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 04: BALIEM VALLEY

You will explore to southern part of Baliem Valley. The road ends about 3 km before Kurima village and your walking tour starts here. On the way to Kurima you will cross small river, walk through Dani settlements and sweet potato fields. Sweet potato, cassava and banana are staple crops of Dani. Walking from Kurima to Seinma you will cross hanging bridge. Enjoying great views of the Baliem river and Baliem valley, crossing on the way one more hanging bridge, you will reach Sogogmo village. Your car will be waiting in Sogogmo and your walking tour ends here.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 05: BALIEM VALLEY

First you will drive to Kurulu district to see the salt spring and the process how Dani make the salt. Afterwards you will visit Jiwika village and “meet” the mummy. In the past, important Dani were preserved with the use of herbs and a process of smoking in a secret ceremony known only to a select few. Afterwards you will explore Wosi cave with extraordinary rock formations and Wondugul village where you will see honai .

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 06: BALIEM VALLEY

A special “pig festival”, probably the most interesting thing to see on a travel to Papua, will be arranged for you. The Dani use an earth pit (a pit in the ground) technique of cooking pig and their staple crops. They heat stones in a fire until they are very hot, then wrap parts of meat and vegetable inside banana leaves. The food is then placed into a pit with hot stones, some of hot stones are placed on top, and the whole pit is covered in grass to keep the steam in. After a couple of hours pit is opened, food removed and then eaten. Pigs are reserved for very special occasions only. Before coming back to Wamena, you will trek around Seroba village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 07: WAMENA – JAYAPURA

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport and flight to Jayapura/Sentani. Upon arrival at Sentani Airport, you will start city tour. Jayapura is the capital of Papua province, it is situated on Yos Sudarso Bay. You will visit Mac Arthur monument (the area served as General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters until the conquest of the Philippines in March 1945) and Anthropology Museum.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 08: JAYAPURA – MAKASSAR

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Makassar. Upon arrival at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar you will meet our guide and direct transfer to the hotel. One of the world’s most strangely formed island, Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes) is the island of contrasts. Rugged mountains, virgin rainforests, lush paddy fields, highland lakes and perfect beaches, rich coral reefs, the island’s dramatic geographical features share a fabulous tropical setting with an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Sulawesi is the world's eleventh-largest island, covering an area of 174,600 km2. The highlight of South Sulawesi is, except striking landscapes, remarkable people; this part of the island is home to four major ethnic groups and several minor ones. The costal and lowland regions of South Sulawesi are occupied mainly by Bugis, great seafarers and shipbuilders; other groups, as Makassarese and Mandarese are closely related to the Bugis. In the northern part of peninsula is a region inhabited by people collectively known as Toraja. Makassar (formerly named Ujung Pandang) is the largest city, communication and business centre in eastern Indonesia.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 09: MAKASSAR – SENGKANG

You will visit Benteng Rotterdam, built in 1545 during the reign of Tuni Pallanga, the 10th sultan of Gowa. When Gowa capitulated to the colonial forces in 1667, the fort was reconstructed and established as the centre of the civilian government. One of the best preserved forts of that area, only the thick walls of earth and stones remain of the original complex, the fort now houses Makassar Provinical Museum, exhibiting archaeological and historical objects, manuscripts, ceramics and ethnic costumes and ornaments. You will continue the trip and first stop at Bantimurung Waterfall located in a steep limestone valley with lush vegetation, popularly known as “The Butterfly Valley“. Brightly coloured butterflies, indigenous to this area, are considered among the most beautiful in the world. Proceed to Sengkang - the capital town of Wajo Regency is well-known for its silk weaving and Lake Tempe. You will cross the lake by motorized canoe and visit floating village.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 10: SENGKANG – TANA TORAJA

You will visit the traditional silk weaving home industry where silk sarongs and clothes are woven. Afterwards depart to Tana Toraja – the regency of South Sulawesi and home of Toraja ethnic group people. It is one of most beautiful regions of Indonesia because of distinctive cultural exceptionality, extremely gorgeous scenery, funeral ceremonies, old traditions, traditional carvings and craftsmanship. The Toraja have unique culture based on strong animistic beliefs, they practice an ancestor cult where death and afterlife ceremonies are great feasts. A strict hierarchy is followed in the villages and for an important figure, wedding and burial ceremonies, can take days to perform, when buffalos are sacrificed, the deceased's remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves hollowed out in high cliffs. The mouth of the cave is guarded by lifelike statues, who diligently look out from a balcony at the families and friends they have left.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 11: TANA TORAJA

You will explore highlights of the region. Scattered among rice fields are several gravesites where rows of wooden effigies gaze from hanging balconies like guards of their stony graves. In Lemo you will see cliff graves where burial chambers are cut out of the rock and several balconies are filled with tau tau - effigies of the dead. You will see tree baby graves and next ancient cave graves at Londa. You will visit one of the region’s oldest traditional villages Ke’te’ Kesu, famous for its wood carvings and paintings. Afterwards you will stop at Rantepao market full of handicraft and souvenir shops.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 12: TANA TORAJA

You will drive to Palawa, a village where you can find big and beautiful tongkonan - traditional Toraja houses. Toraja people usually live in small settlements; several extended families live in a series of tongkonan houses in each village, which are arranged in a circle around an open field. Tongkonan houses are built on stilts with the roof rearing up at either end, representing the prows of the first ship to arrive in the area with the Torajan's ancestors. The houses all face north and some say that this because it was from the north that the ancestors of the Toraja came. Afterwards drive to Batutumongga where you can view Rantepao and surrounding valleys. Then you will start walking through seldom visited small village compounds, coffee, cloves, bamboo plantations and rice fields (approximately 3 hours walk).

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 13: TANA TORAJA – MAKASSAR – BALI

Early morning drive back to Makassar to catch the flight to Bali. On the way you will stop at Bambapuang to have a view over the “Erotic Mountain“. Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, our guide will welcome you then transfer to your hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 14: BALI – LABUAN BAJO – RINCA ISLAND

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Labuan Bajo. Upon arrival at Komodo Airport, Labuan Bajo (western part of Flores Island), our guide will welcome you then transfer to the harbour. You will get aboard and sail to Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park was established in 1980 to conserve firstly Varanus komodoensis and its habitat; over the years expanded to protect Park’s entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. To show biological significance the Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1991. Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total area of 1,817km2 (marine and land). These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led to them being called Komodo dragons. Upon arrival at Loh Buaya, the entry point on Rinca Island you will start trekking to see Komodo dragons at their natural habitat. During the trekking tour you may spot also long-tailed macaques and wild water buffaloes. In Komodo National Park area you can see spectacular beaches and crystal clear blue waters. If time permits you will stop for swimming and snorkelling.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 15: RINCA ISLAND – KOMODO ISLAND – LABUAN BAJO

Early morning sail toward Komodo Island – the largest island in Komodo National Park. Upon arrival at Loh Liang you will start the trekking tour and will have another chance to see the world's largest living lizards. You may spot also wild animals such as wild buffalos, wild pigs or birds like yellow-crested cockatoo. After trekking you will visit friendly Komodo village and observe daily community life. After discovering the land and its life you will sail to the Pink Beach for swimming and snorkelling. Islands in Komodo National Park are mostly dry and harsh, but below the surface of the water the view is the exact opposite. Marine life of all shapes and sizes enjoys the rich waters surrounding the islands. The Park is one of the richest marine environments in Indonesia and therefore one of the best snorkelling sites. In the afternoon you will sail toward Labuan Bajo. Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo harbour you will be transferred to the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

 

Day 16: LABUAN BAJO – BALI

In the morning you will visit Batu Cermin – limestone cave and extraordinary rock formation. Afterwards transfer to the airport for your flight to Bali. Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, our guide will welcome you then transfer to your hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 17: BALI

You will have free time to enjoy hotel facilities or book optional tour.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Day 18: BALI

You will have free time until transfer to the airport for the flight to the next destination.

Meals included: breakfast


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