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Appreciate the wildlife, forests, and volcanoes in Indonesia in this two-week-long Orangutans and Dragons tour. This island nation of Indonesia is home to the rare and endangered Orangutans, with whom you will have multiple encounters during this tour. The Komodo National Park is home to the rare and elusive Komodo dragons and is an ideal place for experiencing the majestic jungle landscape. The tour also includes a range of outdoor activities like volcano climbing, snorkeling over coral reefs, and plenty of beach time. Enjoy the several wonders of Indonesia during this exciting trip alone, or with friends or family.
Arrival at Bulkit Lawang
Once you arrive at the airport, the representatives shall receive you and drive to Bukit Lawang, located on the edge of Gunung Leuser National Park. There will be a stop on the way for lunch. guests are free to relax after the flight and explore the village during the rest of the afternoon. Thanks to an orangutan conservation program that has been operating on the eastern edge of the park since 1970, Bulkit Lawang is one of the most convenient places to witness orangutans. One of the orangutans’ last remaining strongholds, the Gunung Leuser National Park is home to more than five thousand animals living in the wild. Rare sights of Sumatran elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and Sumatran tigers are also found in this park. The village is located on the riverside and has a relaxed vibe to it. It is not an uncommon sight to see orangutans come down to the river to drink water.
Spend the day at Gunung Leuser National Park
In the morning, head into the Gunung Leuser National Park, one of the two remaining habitats of Sumatran orangutans. With over 800,000 hectares of virgin rainforests, this park is one of the biggest national parks in the world. guests can spend time with their guide looking for trails, orangutans, and other wildlife. This is an opportunity to spend a couple of leisurely hours during the hike during which guests can spot Thomas leaf monkeys and Long-tailed macaques along with the orangutans. The hike ends at the ex-feeding station that is still frequented by orangutans.
An excursion to explore the flora and fauna
In the morning, the guests shall return to the old orangutan rehabilitation center. Guests can then venture further from the park headquarters, discovering the varied flora and fauna. This national park is home to almost 700 different species of animals, more than 175 mammals, 190 reptiles, 320 birds, and amphibians like Thomas leaf elephants, macaques, and gibbons. guests can witness mammals like the Sumatran elephant, the elusive Sumatran tiger, and the rhinoceros. This excursion is almost 6-hours long including the time spent at the feeding station. The excursion can be taxing given the steep, muddy terrain and the hot and humid climate. This excursion requires a reasonable degree of fitness and is therefore, completely optional for the guests. guests who don’t wish to undertake the jungle-hike can spend the rest of this day at leisure.
Amidst Bulkit Lawang Cultural Side
Guests shall explore the cultural side of Bulkit Lawang on this day of the tour. The guests can walk through the village and reach a local house. Catch an Indonesian cooking demonstration by one of the villagers. Following this, the guests can enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch. Return to Medan in the afternoon. The guests shall be spending the night in Medan before the early morning flight of the following day.
Time to fly to Bali!
On this day of the tour, guests shall fly to Bali via Jakarta. Once you arrive in Bali in the early afternoon, you will be transferred to the hotel in Sanur near the beautiful beach. guests can relax for the rest of the day and plan for optional activities for the following day.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Sanur
Enjoy the beauties of Sanur on this day of the tour. This place has something for everyone, adventure lovers, and the ones who just want to spend a leisurely day. Those who are feeling active can go for the numerous sports activities like downhill biking tours, rafting, and the like. Others can relax at the nearby beach, take a tour of Bali, or explore the temples of this region.
Fly to Flores
On this day, the guests shall fly to the westernmost tip of the island of Flores, Labuan Bajo. This is the main entry point of the Komodo National Park and has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. The flight takes off around 12:30 and the guests shall be arriving at the hotel in Labuan Bajo later this afternoon.
The Komodo National Park was established in 1980. It comprises islands, the surrounding sea, including mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and colorful coral reefs. There are three main large islands namely Komodo, Rinca, and Padar along with many smaller islands along the boundaries of the park. The next three days of the Komodo Dragon tours shall be spent in the boat for the next three days. After lunch, the first destination is the Rinca islands which house Komodo dragons. It is also well-known for its wild pigs, buffalos, and birds. The guests can head out on a trek accompanied by a local island ranger, looking for Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. Later, return to the boat and set off to Padar Island. guests can go snorkeling in the pristine waters surrounding this island. In the late afternoon, the guests can walk up to the top of one of the hills of Padar to witness a picturesque panoramic sunset over the national park.
The Komodo National Park awaits you.
On this day, the guests shall head to Komodo Island. Upon arrival, the guests shall be taken on a trek to the Banunggulung river bed. Until the mid-2000s, the Komodo dragons were fed fresh goats in this region. During the hike, enjoy the spectacular surroundings and witness several unusual plants. The island is home to approximately two thousand Komodo dragons along with deer, buffaloes, and wild boars. It is also an excellent spot for bird-watching as it is home to cockatoos and Gosong birds amongst others. Witness the magical aquamarine life including parrotfish, clownfish, and sea turtles during snorkeling in the clear waters. Enjoy the beach before heading toward Manta Point. This place is named after the Manta Rays, some with a wingspan of 4m. The Gili Laba Island is where the anchor is dropped off for the night.
Head to Komodo Island
Before dawn, the guests can head to a viewpoint on Lava Island to enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Later in the day, the guests can enjoy some more snorkeling before setting sail. There may be an optional stop at the Kanawa Island for snorkeling if time permits. Once you return to Labuan Bajo, you will be transferred back to the hotel for the night.
Sightseeing at its glory
On this day, the guests shall fly back to Denpasar. Once you arrive at Denpasar, drive to Ubud, the final destination. Ubud is surrounded by rice fields and temples and derives its name from the Balinese word “ubad” meaning medicine. Originally, this town was important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants. However, today Ubud is known for its blooming artistic community, awash with artists’ galleries and workshops.
The history of this place dates back to the 8th century when a Buddhist priest came to Bali from Java. Legend has it that he meditated at the confluence of the two Wos rivers at Campuan, west of the modern-day town center. Later, a shrine was established and expanded by a Javanese priest known as Nirartha. He is regarded to be the founder of Bali’s religious practices and rituals as we know them today. The colonialists interfered only a little when Ubud chose to become a Dutch protectorate. Traditional arts and culture continued to flourish in this region. Since 1930, western artists and intellectuals frequented Ubud thereby furthering the local art scene. Charlie Chaplin and H.G Wells are some famous artists who visited this region.
Fly back to Denpasar
The Kintamani area is the first stop on the tour of Central Bali. Here, the guests can go on a short hike from the rim of the Batur caldera, descending through black lava fields. The guests can learn more about the volcano and enjoy majestic views over the crater and the surrounding area. Continue to the Tampaksiring area and visit the Gunung Kawi Temple. This 11th-century temple is set amidst the rice terraces and features ten rock-cut shrines (candi) carved on the face of the cliff. Following this, the guests shall visit the Tirta Empul Temple which is known amongst the Balinese Hindus for its holy waters. This holy water is believed to wash away bad spirits. Tegalalang is the last stop for the day from where the guests can witness the island’s most impressive rice paddy fields.
Central Bali is such a treat!
On this day, the guests are free to explore the colorful streets of Ubud along with its cafes, shops, temples, and theatres. Alternatively, guests can go on a trip exploring the other parts of the island. The tour leader shall guide the guests on how to spend the day in the best way possible.
Explore the vibrance of Ubud
Like all good things in life, this trip ends here. The guests are taken to Denpasar airport in time for their flights back home.