12D11N EXPLORING INDONESIA

Day 01 ARRIVE MAKASSAR (L, D)

Meet and great by our guide in Makassar, and then directly transfer to your hotel.

Depending on arrival time, arrival in the morning you will have the chance to explore the city of Makassar

Makassarese and Bugis are religious people, most are Muslims and very strong minded. Bugis people are among the best sailors in the world.  Drive to Rammang-Rammang Village (the karst mountain) for a short walk on the rice fields, continue onboard motorized fisherman  boat to visit Kampung Berua – the traditional Bugis/Makassar Village, light trek in the countryside to see the local people life. Afterwards boat ride back to the jetty, then continue by car to visit Leang-Leang Cave, Parang Tinggia Village to see hundreds of bat nests surrounding the trees (just by the people’s houses) and Bantimurung famous for its waterfall and as center of butterfly breeding.

Dinner and overnight in Makassar

DAY 02 MAKASSAR – TANA TORAJA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, check out hotel and drive to the high lands of Tana Toraja which will take approximately 8 hours.

The road from Makassar to Toraja runs along the coast for about 130 km’s and then hits the mountains. After the entrance to Tana Toraja at the market village of Mebali one enters a majestic landscape of giant, gray granites and stones and blue mountains afar that form a sharp contrast with the lively green of the fertile, rain-fed terraces and the rusty red of the tropical soil. Reach Tana Toraja, here, the nobility of Toraja are believed to be descendent of heavenly beings who came down by a heavenly stairway to live here on earth in this beautiful landscape. Arrive Tana Toraja and check in to your Hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Tana Toraja

DAY 03 – 04 2 DAYS OF TANA TORAJA EXPLORATION (B, L, D)

Tana Toraja is most well-known for its elaborate funeral ceremonies that can take days and involve entire villages. These are not only moments for mourning but are moreover events to renew family ties and to ensure continued unity among villages and communities. Death ceremonies, however, are held only after the last rice harvest is in and cleared, which is normally between July to September, while ceremonies celebrating life are held in conjunction with the planting season which starts in October.  These timings are possible since the dead are not buried immediately but are kept for months, sometimes for years, in the ancestral house until time and funds allow for a proper funeral.

Within these two days of explorations visit will be made to to the fascinating villages of Tana Toraja with the unique Tongkonan Houses which shape like a ship bow and stern. Lemo the grave yard on the cliff, Suaya for an old royal stone graves of the seventh king, then to Sanggala the tree for the dead babies, Londa an ancient natural graves and puppets on the balcony representing the dead. Headed to the ancient village of Ketekesu, in the heart of Toraja highlands and continue to Batutumonga, mountainous area with fantastic scenery of green paddy field and rice terraces. Palawa ofr its oldest village of Toraja with old Tongkonan houses and rice barns surrounded. Bori, the stone showing the existence of the funeral site of the clan and Siguntu, traditional village with Fantastic tongkonan houses surrounded. Attending to the funeral ceremonies will be included, if timing if and event is possible during the visit.

DAY 05 TANA TORAJA – MAKASSAR - BALI (B, L)

Leave hotel in the morning, after your enjoy your breakfast and drive back to Makassar.

Stop will be made for lunch in Pare Pare, late afternoon arrive in Makassar, then proceed to the airport to catch the onward flight to Bali.
After arrival in Bali, meet your guide and proceed transfer to your hotel. You will stay one night before heading north, direction East Java.

DAY 06 EAST JAVA (MT. IJEN) (B, L, D)

Today you will be transferred to East Java. We start our drive in the morning, heading to Gilimanuk harbour to cross the Bali Strait by ferry to Java. From here we continue to Ijen Resort for your accommodation. Free at leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Randu Agung

Highlight of todays:

Puri Rambut Siwi

After a long distance drive, to break the stretch a stop will be made to Pura Rambut Siwi a spectacularly sited coastal temple whose history is linked to the sixteenth-century Hindu priest Nirartha. Now the most important temple in Jembrana district, it is believed to contain a lock of Nirartha`s hair. Its name translates “the temple for worshiping the hair”. The gift is kept in a sandalwood box inside the central 3-tiered meru. Perched among frangipani on a promontory overlooking the sea, Pura Rambut Siwi occupies a truly beautiful site. Then continue to Perancak river for an amazing sight of the small outrigger “traditional jukung” and sampan boats which can be seen quietly resting on the river.

DAY 07 MT. IJEN (B, L, D)

Wake up in the morning and ready for a 4WD jeep adventures up to the base station of Mount Ijen. Then it is a refreshing hike up to the summit of Mount Ijen. After an easy descend, return to your hotel and free at leisure. You will have half a day to explore the magnificent vicinity of the hotel, built next to a typical Javanese village. Alternatively you may spend the afternoon gazing out over the beautiful Javanese landscape.

Highlight of todays:

Mt. Ijen

Ijen is a fascinating mountain in East Java, very near to the Strait of Bali. It takes a 4wd jeep drive from the nearest hotel to the base camp from where you can hike all the way to the summit. The walk up to the crater rim takes 60-90 minutes. It’s pretty steep and the path is just one-way so there is no need for any guidance. Halfway is a small post where the sulphur-workers take a break. The magnificent turquoise sulfur lake of Kawah Ijen lies at 2148 m above sea level and is surrounded by the volcano sheer crater walls. The vent is a source of sulfur and collectors work here, making the trek up to the crater and down to the lake every day. Sulfur collectors hike up in the morning and return around 1 pm when the clouds roll in. They carry shoulder basket of pure sulfur from a quarry on the lakes edge under the shadow of the sheer walls of the crater. The mineral at Kawah Ijen is purer and is worth commercial exploitation despite the horrendous labor involved: Javas homegrown sulfur is a natural source of sulfuric acid, in great demand in the oil-refining business and in the production of fertilizers. At night it can be pretty cold up there.

An absolute must is a handkerchief to put in front of your mouth and nose to avoid inhalation of the sulphur gases.

Dinner and overnight in Randu Agung

DAY 08 MT. IJEN – KALIKLATAK – LOVINA (B, L, D)

Before arriving in Ketapang, you will visit an authentic coffee & rubber plantation. Then you cross by local ferry to Bali. The Strait of Bali is only 1.600 m wide at this point. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the Island of The Gods. The drive leads past the north coast of Bali to Lovina.

Highlight of todays:

Kaliklatak Plantation

This plantation is located in Banyuwangi obtained an abundance of grace of God Almighty in the earth’s natural environment and a fertile, beautiful, and fascinating. This 1013 hectares situated at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level, at the highest about 850 m above sea level that is Hargosonyo, visitors can see views of the city of Banyuwangi, Bali Strait, Blambangan Peninsula, and the island of Bali. Plantation Kaliklatak originally owned by Dutch company and in 1957, after a negotiation and agreement, this garden changes hands to R. Soehoed Prawiroatmodjo, an indigenous entrepreneur who started his career from the bottom. In the beginning of this plantation planted with coffee, rubber and cocoa afterwards. Now, growing with the addition of various kinds of economic crops such as pepper, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, keningar, eucalyptus, coconut, and fruits of various kinds such as bananas, oranges, and kelengkeng.

Walking through the village and past the local school and clinic, one realizes the plantation is completely self-sufficient. Everywhere people will greet you with courteous smiles.

Dinner and overnight in Lovina

DAY 09 LOVINA – TANJUNG BENOA (B, L, D)

Morning time, Dolphin watching tour followed with breakfast.

Bali’s northern coastline is a stark and interesting contrast to the green and golden rice fields of the south and the misty rainforests of the Central Highlands.  Physically separated from the rest of Bali by the mountains that cross Bali from east to west, the northern Buleleng regency is distinguished by its dry climate, unusual red soil, orange groves, grapevines and peaceful black sandy beaches. Taking the scenic road through Bedugul, a stop will be arranged at one of restaurant and enjoy the magnificent view down across the valley.

Highlight of todays:                  

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin watching tours at Lovina Beach remain one of the main nature attractions of this quiet and laidback coastal town in North Bali. What this black sand beach lacks in features when compared to the beaches around the island’s south, it makes up for with its frequent sightings of dolphin pods that favour these calm waters. Back in the days, every sunrise, local fishermen in traditional outriggers set out for their daily catches in the bay, and so did the dolphins. This unique kinship between humans and dolphins developed over time – hunting pods led local fishermen to where schools of sardines and mackerels, and likewise, dolphins joined in for a frenzy following the cast nets. Occasionally, the cetaceans would breach the surface to check out on the action above. Fishermen now regularly take visitors for a dolphin watching ride to see their aquatic friends from up closer.

Gitgit Waterfall

One of Bali’s most popular waterfall located only a 10km drive south of North Bali’s main town of Singaraja. The falls are easily accessible from the main road and also provide a relatively easy trek, with a wooden boardwalk over a small gorge and cool streams. Upon reaching the base after the few minutes’ walk down into the lush ravine, you can instantly enjoy the spectacle of the 40m cascade that constantly pours into a rocky pool with a small shrine that ‘guards’ the site. You can enjoy a cool plunge in the pool. The falls are also referred to by the locals as the ‘twin falls’ or Air Terjun Kembar Gitgit, due to its flow that is often split into two equal streams.

Dinner and overnight in Tanjung Benoa

DAY 10 TANJUNG BENOA (B)

Free day at leisure for self-exploration of Tanjung Benoa area or enjoy the hotel facilities

Overnight in Tanjung Benoa

DAY 11 TANJUNG BENOA (B)

Free day at leisure for self-exploration of Tanjung Benoa area or enjoy the hotel facilities

Overnight in Tanjung Benoa

DAY 12 DEPARTURE (B)

Check out hotel and transfer to airport for your departure flight.

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