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Indonesia: Bali & Lombok

Pearls of the archipelago - Trip for singles

Book From   € 799,-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 14 DAYS

Indonesia: Bali & Lombok

These two islands are renowned for their astonishing beauty, mystic temples, impressive volcanoes and palm-lined shores. The natives, like the traditional Sasak in Lombok, are known for their wonderful hospitality and we’ll experience their rich culture, abundant nature, gorgeous food and unforgettable entertainment.

Travel documents

It is your own responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents for your trip. You should have a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport beyond your return travel date.

For a number of nationalities, it is possible to gain a free 30-day tourism visa (depending on point of entry). For those not qualifying for the free visa, it is possible to organise the visa upon arrival at a cost of US$35 per person (11/14). If you need to organise your visa in advance of travel then you should do so either through your closest Indonesian embassy or through an agency such as CIBT

Please check visa information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one

Accommodation and transport

During this trip we have access to a private bus. For the routes from Bali to Lombok and from Gili back to Bali, we use fast boats. Airport transfers are not included in this trip.

Departure tax: Please note that you must pay a departure tax at the airport in Indonesia. We do not list any amounts for this as they are often changing.

Travel distances:
Denpasar Airport to Sanur: 20 km / 1 hour
Sanur to Lovina: 87 km / 5 hours (including visit to Gitgit and Ulun Danu)
Lovina to Ubud: 98 km / 7 hours (including visit to Kintamani, Tirta Empul and Gunung Kawi)
Ubud to Senggigi: 4 hours (including boat crossing)
Senggigi to Gili Islands: 20 km / 1½ hours (by bus and boat)
Gili Islands to Tuban: 120 km / 4½ hours (including 2 ½ hours sailing time)
Tuban to Denpasar Airport: 15 km / 30 mins
Note: The above times are approximate and will vary depending on traffic, road conditions and weather. 

You will stay in hotels in double/twin rooms with private bathroom. Almost all scheduled hotels have a pool which we 're sure you'll enjoy! This applies to Sanur, Lovina, Ubud, Sengiggi and Tuban. In exceptional cases we may need to change the hotel but an alternative pool will be located. Most hotels have a restaurant, sometimes with a lovely garden or patio.

Travellers who book alone will share a double/twin or sometimes triple room. A triple room often consists of two double beds, which means the beds are shared. Sometimes it is a double room with a third bed or mattress added. We of course keep in mind that you should share the room with fellow group members of the same sex. If you would like a single room for the whole trip, this is possible. You just need to indicate this on your booking and the applicable supplement will be charged.

Group size:
*Please note that when the group size is between 2 and 7 you will have one guide for Bali and another for Lombok. When the group size is 8 and above, then it will be one guide staying with you throughout.

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This tour is classified as Category A

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This tour of Bali and Lombok is a category A tour, so it is suitable for just about everybody. Remember that this trip is to a developing country with a much lower standard of living to what we are used to. Hotel rooms can be less comfortable than in Europe, the power cuts out more frequently and there is sometimes only cold water available. Furthermore, it is possible that the route may deviate from the planned schedule due to bad weather and/or bad road maintenance. For this reason, a flexible and positive attitude is more important for this trip than physical fitness.

Nature of the trip
The beauty of these two very different islands will leave you speechless. Green rice fields, mystical temples, small villages, imposing volcanoes and palm-surrounded beaches characterise the area. You can enjoy the interesting tribes such as the Sasak tribe on Lombok, rich culture and nature, not forgetting the delicious delicacies and lively nightlife. The trip has a slow speed, so you will have plenty of opportunity to get to know this part of Indonesia.


We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here


Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.


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