Indonesia Island Hopping Vacation Tour

A 12 day trip to Bali / Indonesia 
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Discover the legendary landscape and glowing waters of Bali and Flores, on which white sand beaches shimmer, emerald forests blanket volcanic peaks, and komodo dragons bask in the sunlight near their nests. Indulge in the tropical fruits growing wild in the countryside and stroll beneath homes erected on towering stilts. Learn about the myths that shaped the islands and the stories that continue to add to the culture. Your custom tailored vacation takes you on an unforgettable journey through traditional villages and gorgeous rice paddy fields, combining picturesque scenery of untouched wildlife with hidden waterfalls and ancient culture. 

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General Information

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Island coastline in Indonesia.
Snorkeling in the Indonesian coral reef.
Bridge through the island landscape.
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Sanur Beach, Maumere, Detusoko, Kelimutu, Riung, Bajawa, Ruteng, Labuan Bajo, Rinca, Komodo

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Sanur Beach – Island Perfection

The pristine waters of the Indian Ocean lap at the powdery golden sand of Sanur Beach. Colorful fishing boats linger in the shade cast by soaring palms and tropical brush. The sweet aroma of the sea spreads across the shoreline and blends with the distinctive fragrance of coconut milk drifting out of the street-side cafes. Your flight lands at Ngurah Rai International Airport where your private transfer greets you at baggage claim. A coral reef and natural breakwaters protect the coastline.

Beachfront hotels offer opulent views of the thin beach, comfortable shading umbrellas, and sapphire shining sea. On the main street of Ji Danau Tamblingan, you find shops, restaurants, and cafes brimming with a mixture of locals and visitors on their vacations. The warm sunlight washes over town and highlights the oldest dated artifact in Bali, known as the Stone Pillar. A narrow lane leads to the pillar, which contains Sanskrit inscriptions recounting the military victories of form more than a millennium ago. The beauty of the beach blends with the majestic history on the island of Bali.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Maumere – Fabulous Flores and the Marvels of Maumere

The sunrise spreads vibrant light over the eastern seaboard, casting a gentle glow over Bali’s first beachfront walk winding nearly three miles along the sand. Cafes have open views to the lapping water, blending the scent of fresh Indonesian coffee with the enticing ocean aroma. After breakfast, your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your brief flight to Maumere on the island of Flores. The plane descends into the Frans Xavier Seda Airport. You look out the window to view the magnificent stretch of tropical greenery reaching the foothills of the mountains rolling along the horizon. The grass and tropical brush shine jade against decorative blossoming frangipanis.

The town blends a bustling daily life with coastal paradise, from the incoming boats at the Port Sadangbui to the social ambiance of the Alok Market. The scent of chicken skewers coupled with peanut sauce drifts out of the local restaurants. After settling into your luxurious hotel overlooking the soft gold sand of the bay, you can make your way to Wuring, a fishing village framed by the towering figure of the active volcano of Mount Egon rising in the background. The Bugis people continue their traditional work as fishermen, taking their boats out on the ocean in search of their daily catch, providing freshly caught seafood to the Sikkanese markets. The children wave and cheer as you pass through the village. Their bright smiles provide a friendly welcome to the island and village. 

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 3: Detusoko – Outer Rim to Inland Beauty

In the morning, you can look out your window to enjoy the view of the sapphire water contrasting the golden sand. At breakfast, the aroma of tropical fruit, from grapefruit to rambutan, fills the dining room. You leave behind the luxurious colors of the coastline to traverse the inland hills and mountains of the island of Flores. The golden sand glints in the sunlight and fades behind the jade and emerald hues of the trees. Water buffalo graze on the tall grass and long-tailed macaques linger in the trees.

The looming figure of Mount Egon puffs steam from its crater at an altitude of nearly 5,500 feet above sea level. The town of Detusoko sits wedged between the stunning peaks covered with a layer of morning mist. The rice fields texture the valley and terrace the bordering foothills. The scent of cloves growing on the local plantations fills the air. Cocoa beans thrive in the cool climate of the tropical mountain range. Jackfruits dangle from the treetops and green bananas blend into the canopy. The landscape has a beatific quality deriving from the unique image of the terraces ascending the hills as if popping out of the ground like a three-dimensional painting. In the village, you find women weaving traditional garments with lavish colors and remarkable patterns, carrying on a tradition passed down through the generations from mother to daughter.

What’s Included: breakfast, tour, transfer, accommodation

Day 4: Riung – Colors of the Countryside

You wake up before dawn with a guide by your side, winding along the mountainous roads to reach Kelimutu National Park. The early hour creates a thin veil of mist spreading across the hilltops over the countryside. The national park encompasses an area of more than 19 square miles, capped with Mount Kelibara, the park’s highest peak, reaching an altitude of more than 1,730 feet above sea level. The cool morning air contains a hint of herbaceous burflower trees and sweet edelweiss. You reach a viewpoint as the sun crests over the park’s western rim. The mist dissipates and reveals three deep volcanic lakes known for their distinctive colors.

The waters shift between turquoise, olive green, and rust resembling a pool of paint. The surrounding moonscape of the volcanic summit provides an ethereal ambiance to your view, accentuated by the sporadic puffs of smoke lifting off the water’s surface. Your guide explains the importance of the lakes to local folklore. The waters contain the souls of the dead who migrate across the landscape to bask in the warmth of the lakes, with the wicked dwelling in Tiwi Ata Mbupu, the Black Lake. The sun reaches its apex, making the various colors of the waters shimmer against the bordering black rocks. 

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, tour, accommodation

Day 5: Riung – Island Life off Flores

In the morning, the colorful produce, from bright chili peppers to verdant lettuce leafs, emanates from the stalls of the morning market. Women and girls converse with passersby beneath the stretching branches of burflower trees. Your scenic drive through the heart of Flores took you from the central highlands to the isolated town of Riung. Rice fields stitch the landscape. Coconut palms offer a mixture of sweet and herbaceous aromas. Homes ascend from the ground, positioned on firm stilts. The arid coastline presents seemingly endless stretches of golden sand brushed with indigo waters. A volcanic cone hides the verdant foliage until you wrap around the foothill to find a burst of emerald trees and radiant tropical flowers.

Riung feels like you have stepped back in time and discovered an untouched town with quiet, walkable streets and a waterfront acting as a doorway to a protected marine park. The scent of spicy and sour fish soup emanates from the local café near the water. The white sand shimmers against the backdrop of sapphire water reaching the horizon. You can step onto a boat to reach the 17 islands making up the marina park. The shaded canoe hustles across the water splashing sea spray onto your cheeks. The journey takes you along the various shades of blue coloring the water, with crystal clear views down to the coral reefs. 

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, tour, accommodation

Day 6: Bajawa – Traditions of Flores

In the morning, the traditional village homes have unique image rising above the landscape, as if imitating a tree canopy. The thatched rooftops slope at a steep angle and chickens graze in the shade of the mounting structures beside curious children. At breakfast, you find a surprising sweetness in a refreshing mango smoothie, made with freshly harvest mangoes taken from the nearby trees. Your private transfer meets you at your accommodation and escorts you to the town of Bajawa, located in central Flores at more than 3,600 feet above sea level. The refreshing climate filters through the hillsides, emanating from the surrounding dense forest.

The greener blankets the sporadic volcanic peaks. The precise conical peak of Gunung Inerie Volcano looms over the southern ridge at a height of 7,663 feet above sea level. Your guide leads you to a traditional Bena Village less than 10 miles outside of town on the foot of Mount Inerie. Ancestral shrines divide traditional thatched roof homes, which are shaped in imitation of the conical volcanic peak. The village is made up of two parallel rows of homes with shrines dedicated to the two clans, representing particular sets of ancestors. The umbrella-like pole depicts the male ancestor of a clan with the trunk adorned with a warrior figure carved into the wood.

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 7: Bajawa – Into the Coveted Heat

At breakfast, you find the scent of sweet potato and cassava lingering amidst the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee. After the meal, you continue your exploration of the culture and traditions in and around Bajawa, this time venturing to Mangeruda Hot Springs located less than 15 miles from the town center in the Florinese highlands. You travel along rice fields and into the rich forest where the springs meet the river’s whitewater. The aroma of coconut milk and coffee emanates from a small café edging the facilities. 

Coconut trees shade the riverbanks, and the natural volcanic activity heats the water beneath the surface. Locals believe the waters contain healing properties, with the natural minerals from the volcanic soil helping relieve skin conditions. You dip your toes to pierce the water’s steaming surface. The heat soothes your skin and welcomes the rest of you to plunge into the pool. You can hear the sound of the rushing river outside the hot springs facility with the hot and pristine water steaming beneath the shade of the encircling forest. 

What’s Included: breakfast, tour, accommodation

Day 8: Ruteng – Into the Heart of Flores

Flores contains a mixture of lavish forest and remarkable coastline. The mountain peaks roll through the sky alongside conical volcanic summits. In the morning, you find the familiar and intoxicating aroma of coconut milk drifting upwards from a freshly made banana pancakes. The dish contains coconut milk to add a subtle sweetness and crispy texture to the thin layers folded over sliced bananas. You leave behind the charming streets of Bajawa and venture to the enchanting town of Ruteng, the capital of the Manggarai district. The streets meander along the foot of the high mountain range overlooking a network of stunning valleys.

Rice paddies texture the landscape alongside thriving coffee plants. The central market fills with locals and visitors from the nearby villages in search of hand-stitched clothing or produce. The spider web rice fields spread across the valley. Their name is indicative of their design. The fields spread across the valley floor in a circular pattern before reaching the forested hills. You stand on a lookout with a perfect view of the unique design. The herbaceous aroma of the grass fills the air, and you can see farmers tending to the segmented fields.

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 9: Labuan Bajo – More than the Harbor

In the morning, your private transfer escorts you west to Labuan Bajo, a seaside town known for its access to the nearby islands. Over the years, the town itself has grown into a fabulous destination. The scenic drive along the inland hills allows you to stop at enchanting destinations along the way, including the impressive Cunca Rami Waterfall. The road takes you into the untouched rural reaches before reaching a trail winding through the forest. Pass a small village and views of agricultural fields. Water buffalo graze on the bright grass with goats freely nibbling on weeds.

You can hear the roaring waters of the falls before you reach the turquoise pools. The twin cascades rush over the limestone walls, sprinkling down into the waiting water. Dip your feet into the rejuvenation waters cooled by the mountain air. Enjoy the tranquil scenery before continuing to Labuan Bajo. Vibrant cafes and restaurants line the main street of Jl Soekarno Hatta. Boats offer a connection to distant shores of other Indonesian islands. In the evening, the sunset fills the western sky with layers of pink, purple, and a burning red. You have an unfettered view of the bright horizon along the white sand beaches on the outskirts of town. 

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 10: Rinca – Island in the Sun

In the morning, venture to the harbor to board a chartered boat bound for Rinca Island. The bustle along the marina creates a thrilling atmosphere. Fishermen carry nets brimming with fish bound for market. Captains offer rides to visitors eager to set their eyes on the nearby islands. The water laps at the coastline and splashes against the walkway’s wooden plinths. The boat weighs anchor bound for the Rinca. You have a private room from which you can view the shimmering sapphire water. The verdant hills of the bay recede, replaced with the radiant glow of Pink Sand Beach. The blue water contrasts the rosy hues of the shoreline.  You can jump into the warm water of the Indian Ocean to view the reef.

Manta rays pass nearby. Their fins ripple and stretch like wings. The red coral on the beach mixed with the white sand provides a rich pink shine. The boat weighs anchor at Rinca Island. You step onto the landscape to find a collection of trails crisscrossing the island. You take a medium-length trail through the trees, meandering between the exposed savanna shady lontar palms. You can see the exposed slopes rising along the island’s center. You find a dragon’s nest near the island’s rangers office. Seeing one of the largest reptiles in its natural habitat is thrilling. They can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh nearly 150 pounds.

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, transfer, tour

Day 11: Labuan Bajo – On the Komodo Shores

The marine ecosystem of Komodo National Park encompasses more than 700 square miles of protected land and sea. In the morning, the aromatic sea combines with the scent of fresh watermelon smoothies. Fried bananas offer a delicious flavor and crunchy texture to start the day. You reach the rangers office at Loh Liang. A small dock leads onto the soft sand. The office is located inside a traditional wooden construction with thatched roof. In the morning, the island is pristine and serene. The ocean air combines with the arid ambiance of the coastline.

Beyond the office, you can find trails leading through the dry forest. Timor deer and wild pigs linger at the watering hole in search of a drink. The lushness of Flores has given way to the dryer landscape and trees, offering the unique atmosphere in which the komodo dragons thrive. Venture to the top of Frigate Hills for a view of the entire island leading out to the water. En route back to the boat, a komodo dragon lounges in the sunlight in wait for a passing wild pig. The simultaneous grace and menace of the world’s largest lizard are unforgettable. You return to Labuan Bajo in the even and settle into the luxuries of a hotel overlooking the beach.

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, tour, accommodation

Day 12: Labuan Bajo – An Adventure to Remember

In the morning, lush mounds rise out of the Indian Ocean near the shores of Labuan Bajo. Outside of town, the Batu Cermin cave opens to the dramatic limestone wall, allowing rays of light to reflect off the stone. Long-tailed macaques linger in the canopy near the cave mouth and nibble on dangling fruits. A walkway leads into the cavernous chambers where bat colonies sleep along the vaulted ceilings. The light pierces through naturally carved holes in stone before refracting off the crystals in the wall, causing a vibrant, colorful glow. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel when you are ready and escorts you to Komodo Airport on the outskirts of Labuan Bajo. Your flight makes its way to Ngurah Rai International Airport on Bali, where you meet your transfer for the flight home.

What’s Included: breakfast, airport transfer 

Price

Price 

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