A Tale of Two Islands
Hoon from Yogyakarta to Sanur, on the way you’ll catch some temples in Borobudur and Prambanan, a sunrise at Mount Bromo, markets in Ubud, waterfalls at Lovina, views from Mount Batur and Bintangs in Sanur.
How to steer clear of Bali Belly? Some people swear by drinking a glass of red cordial each morning (worth a shot we reckon).
(Was East Java & Bali)
Day 1-2 - Yogyakarta
Meet your travel buddies in Yogya. Take a cycle rickshaw (becak) tour to the Sultan’s Palace and learn the tricks of the trade in some puppetry workshops.
- Arrive in Yogyakarta - a pre departure meeting is scheduled for approx 6pm
- Perhaps take an optional city tour by on a cycle rickshaw (becak) to explore the Sultan's Palace, markets and the batik and puppetry workshops of Yogya
- Enjoy free time to wander through the markets in Malioboro Street and check out the many cafes in town
Day 3 - Borobudur - Yogyakarta
Borobudur is a temple complex on top of a hill just out of Yogya. We head to puppetry show or gamelan concert (both optional) in Yogya tonight.
- Spend a day exploring one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in South East Asia
Day 4-5 - Solo - Malang
There's quite a bit of driving over the next two days. First stop is Prambanan and its 220 odd temples, then we stay in Solo and drive to Malang on Day 5.
- Visit the famous Prambanan complex, which encompasses 224 ruined Hindu temples
- Stay overnight in Solo with its interesting markets, and perhaps visit the Mangkunegaran Palace
- Drive on to the Dutch colonial town of Malang, set in lush countryside
- Stay in a guesthouse just outside the centre of Malang
Day 6-7 - Mount Bromo
Take the lazy-arse way up a mountain (in jeeps) to watch sunrise. Sleep in bungalows on a coffee plantation in the hills near Kalibaru.
- Continue to Mount Bromo (Gunung Bromo)
- Set off pre-dawn to the rim of this live volcano
- Arrive at the crater rim in time for sunrise
- Take jeeps to a stunning viewpoint for the sunrise and look across to Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and the peak of Mount Semeru
- Cross the 'sea of sand' and climb 246 steps to the cone of Mount Bromo
- Drive to the hills of Kalibaru, and stay the night in bungalows near coffee, cocoa and rubber plantations
- If you're game for 1 am start, perhaps join an optional night trek to catch dawn by the sulphur lake on top of the Ijen volcano
Day 8-9 - Ubud
Drive to the port of Banyuwangi, where you’ll see kids diving for coins from high poles. It’s the local sport. There’s more to Bali than cheap beer and novelty t-shirts you know.
- Perhaps see children diving for coins from high poles - a local sport
- Take a short boat trip across to Gilimanuk, in the paradise island of Bali
- Continue on a scenic drive through the villages and forests, and reach the hotel in Ubud
- Explore the temples, paddy fields and the famous art and craft market in the centre of town
- We do not recommend visiting the Monkey Forest in Ubud due to safety reasons
Day 10-11 - Lovina
On our way to the north coast we'll check out the temples of Taman Ayun and cool off under the Gitgit Waterfalls.
- Visit Gitgit Waterfalls and perhaps take a swim
- Drive over the highlands that divide the north coast from the south
Day 12 - Kintamani
Leave the coast and hit the slopes of Mount Batur where we stay the night near Kintamani.
- Get up early for a dolphin cruise. It's optional, but you won't want to miss this
- Leave the coast and ascend the scenic slopes of Mount (Gunung) Batur
- Stop at several viewpoints to take in views of the crater and its lake
- Stay overnight in the Kintamani area - a highland town at an altitude of 1500 metres
Day 13-14 - Sanur
Those who are fit and don't mind a 2 am start can attempt an optional climb up to the top of Mount Batur for sunrise
Travel to Sanur and time for shopping, eating and a few Bintangs before the trip finishes.
- Transfer to Sanur
- Enjoy the afternoon shopping or relaxing
- Perhaps take an optional last night out with the group
- The trip ends today in the morning
What to Know
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Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
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A Tale of Two Islands
Nick - Canada, 23 Sep, 2012
Overall it was a really great trip-I saw and did a lot in Indonesia in two weeks, and met some really great people on the way.