Escape to mind-blowing Bali
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Trip Highlights

Bali Seascape Bali Hike
Sunrise summit

Climb to the summit of Mount Batur at dawn, and watch a spectacular Balinese sunrise

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Bali Waterfall Swimming in Ubud
Highlands and waterfalls

Trek through misty peaks in the lush valleys of Ubud and wild swim in a waterfall

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Gili Air Beach Playing guitar in Gili Air
Island dream

Unwind on the powdery white beaches of Gili Air, a tiny coral island with no cars

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Vibrant Coral Reef Turtle spotting
Shipwreck, ahoy

Snorkel around a World War Two shipwreck, amid tropical fish and dazzling coral reef

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Cooking class Bali Cooking class Bali
Balinese cuisine

Learn how to conjure up local delicacies in a community-led cooking class

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Bali bar hopping VW Campervan
Bar-hop by VW van

Jump aboard a fleet of VW vans to hop between Seminyak’s hippest beach bars

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What's included

  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

  • 11 nights’ accommodation in twin room hotels, including a riverside wellness retreat

  • All activities, from snorkelling to local cooking, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus, island ferries

About the trip

Ready for blazing Bali adventure?

Our 12-day escape to the Island of the Gods features a stunning sunrise trek to the summit of a live volcano and a VW van ride around the rooftop bars of Seminyak, Bali’s answer to Ibiza. Along the way, we’ll hike the evocative jungle hillsides of Ubud, swim at a secret waterfall and visit the legendary Tirta Empul Water Temple.

This is your chance to snorkel around a World War II shipwreck with incredible marine life and bathe in the bubbling beauty of Toya Devasya Natural Hot Springs. To learn to cook the Balinese way and try anti-gravity yoga in a riverside wellness retreat. And to unplug on the powdery white beaches of Gili Air, a tiny traffic-free island where the sun shines bright and the living is deliciously easy.

From beautiful boutique hotels to mist-clad jungle terrain and rousing Balinese sunsets: jump aboard to light up your soul.

Where you will stay

The Haven Bali, Seminyak

Chic hotel in central Seminyak

A 10-minute walk from the beach, this boutique bolthole comes with spacious, contemporary rooms. Its leafy facades are carefully thought out and very pleasing on the eye.

Why we stay here

Understated elegance is what it’s about here, with soothing wooden interiors and artistically placed tropicalia. Sprawl out by the palm-fringed pool or book in for a facial at the on-site spa.

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Svarga Loka Resort, Ubud

Tropical spa retreat in Ubud

Peaceful Balinese-themed rooms with comfy beds, mosquito nets and balconies overlooking abundant, vivid green forest, just a short walk from Ubud’s Campuhan river.

Why we stay here

From swimming in one of the two swimming pools and daily yoga classes, to mastering martial arts and embracing meditation, this is a restorative oasis for relaxing and reconnecting.

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Grand Sunset Grand Sunset

Villa Karang Hotel

Beach hotel opening onto the seafront

Located at a stone’s throw from Gili Air Harbour, this tropical resort boasts an outdoor pool and direct access to Gili Air Beach.

Why we stay here

Enjoy comfortable, spacious rooms equipped with air-conditioning, as well as a variety of activities on offer ranging from snorkelling and diving.

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The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

A new dawn in Bali

Welcome to Bali, an island so idyllic that even the airport comes framed in tropical foliage. Please touch down before 3pm, where you’ll be whisked off by private transfer to your hotel in Seminyak. This chic beach haven is quietly fostering a reputation as Bali’s unsung rock star. More serene than neighbouring Kuta, it’s home to designer boutiques, eclectic galleries and a growing clutch of internationally renowned restaurants. Today is all about getting to know your fellow Flashpackers, so settle in before joining your new group at one of Seminyak’s hip hangouts, with a front-row seat to the Indian Ocean. Grab a cocktail – signature drinks are made with local starfruit and citrus – before soaking in your very first Balinese sunset. As the sky turns to a blaze of fiery orange, get chatting to your newly-formed squad of adventurers and soak in the Ibiza vibes of this stylish beach metropolis.

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Seminyak sunset

Day 2

Fly-high yoga and a local cooking class

Today we’ll travel an hour north to Ubud, Bali’s thrumming cultural heart. This idyllic hillside town has become more popular since its star turn in the novel Eat, Pray, Love but it’s still a draw for free-spirit explorers. Artists and traditional tukang (craftspeople) are everywhere, trading their skills against a backdrop of lush valley scenery. Settle in by flexing your yoga skills at a beginner’s Fly High yoga class. Suspended in hanging belts, your instructor will lead you through a series of stretches as you dangle from the ceiling. Or if yoga’s not your thing, there’s a great café nearby. Later on, you’ll make your own dinner with a Balinese cooking class in a community village kitchen. Learn how to transform the region’s rich local ingredients – think fragrant spices and an abundance of super-fresh veg – into tasty dishes, then savour the fruits of your labour. Who has the best culinary prowess?

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Fly-high yoga

Day 3

Trekking and temple bathing

Start the day the healthy way, with an invigorating amble through Ubud’s jungle valley. The Campuhan Ridge Walk takes around two and a half hours, with great views over the region’s jaw-dropping landscape. Pass through steep valley ravines framed by thick tropical foliage, and villages peppered with picturesque lotus ponds. From jungle hilltops clouded in mist to pathways flanked by palm trees and rice paddies that stretch away into the horizon, there’s plenty to marvel at – and the potential for Insta-fodder is unrivalled. Next stop is Tirta Empul Water Temple, and a chance to see Ubud’s legendary healing waters. Witness the tradition that has been observed since the Middle Ages of locals taking a ritual bathe in one of Bali’s most sacred garden temples. The water here is thought to cleanse your karma, so make a wish in your tranquil surroundings framed by ancient stonework and greenery.

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Temple hiking

Day 4

Wonderment and waterfalls

This morning we’re heading up into the Bedugul Highlands, where it’s time for the time-honoured rite of a waterfall swim. After a two-hour drive, we’ll reach this slice of serenity and veer a little off the beaten path to reach its plunging beauty. There’s a short descent for 500 metres through lush foliage, before the trees part to reveal Banywana. The cascading waters are the perfect spot for a refreshing plunge. We’ll roll out mats for a waterfall picnic, tucking into local naki bungkus served on banana leaves. The afternoon is then yours to spend bathing and relaxing with your Flash Pack gang, before we head onwards to a boutique mountain resort.

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Bedugul Highlands Waterfall Bathing

Day 5

Hooray for hot springs

Begin today with a visit Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a 17th Century Hindu water temple that was built in honour of a lake goddess. It spreads across a series of small islands and appears to float on the water of the Danau Bratan, a dramatic volcanic lake. Afterwards, we’ll travel a few hours northeast to the heart of Mount Batur caldera, making a beeline for the Toya Devasya Natural Hot Springs. Set against the backdrop of Lake Batur, the infinity pool here is heated to a balmy 40°C, with a rich mineral content that’s believed to have therapeutic powers. Let the bubbles work their magic before grabbing a beer back at your hotel with sunset views of Mount Batur. Your hotel for the night is a touch more basic than our usual standards, but we’ll only be staying here a short while before embarking on a (very) early morning trek.

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Temple visitors

Day 6

A volcanic sunrise trek

Rise and shine for a 2am start as we take a sunrise trek up Mount Batur, regarded as one of Bali’s most sacred mountains. It takes around three hours to reach the summit of this active volcano, looming at 1700 metres. With clear mountain air, the rustle of the jungle and a starlit sky on clear nights, the pre-dawn walk is a special experience. You’ll need a fair amount of stamina to tackle the rocky alpine paths that spiral upwards, becoming progressively steeper. The summit will be worth it, though, as you watch the sky alight in a cacophony of orange, pink and lavender streaks in a spectacular Balinese sunrise. Afterwards, you can peer in the steaming crater, and you may also spot resident macaques nearby. Then it’s back down the volcano, where a Prosecco breakfast awaits. In the afternoon we’ll depart for Amed, a series of charming fishing villages tucked away on Bali’s east coast.

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Silhouetted group sitting on Bali mountain top at sunrise

Day 7

Snorkel a shipwreck

After the predawn wake-up call yesterday, today you can savour a lazy lie-in at your beach-facing villa. An easygoing coastal oasis, Amed really is a relaxed destination; people come here for yoga, hiking and swimming. Later, we’ll be making the most of the incredible marine life with a spot of snorkelling around the world-famous SS USAT Liberty. The ship has been beached off Bali ever since it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in 1942, and its shell has been transformed into an underwater haven. Snorkel your way around the warm, clear waters to admire the beautiful coral reef and schools of tropical fish that cluster around the ship’s remains. Look out for big-eyed trevally, lizardfish, barracuda and eels, all of whom call the shipwreck home. Grab time to wallow in a poolside hammock before cheering your Flashpackers with a mango smoothie or two in one of Amed’s laid-back beach bars.

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Diving towards a shipwreck

Day 8

An island escape

Today, we’ll hop on a fast boat across to Gili Air: one of three tiny coral isles on an archipelago off the northwest coast of Lombok.The pace of life here is slow and relaxed. There are no cars; instead, you can rent a bike, travel by a “cidomo” horse cart or simply walk – the entire island takes half a day to stroll around. With a friendly, tight-knit community and a slightly hippy vibe, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hubbub of mainland Bali. Spend the afternoon getting into the groove of island life on powdery white beaches, flip-flops in hand. As the sun heads west, join your Flashpacker crew on the island’s southeast hub, and get familiar with the island’s beloved bar culture. Grab an ice-cold beer in one of the thatched beachfront huts and soak in those awe-inspiring sunset views. This is the life.

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A local plays a battered old guitar on the sea front of Gili Air

Day 9

Play at desert islands

This is the day where you get to play Robinson Crusoe: no activities, no agenda, just delicious free time to explore your very own island paradise. After all your adventuring so far, you deserve a little R&R. For a true escape, hunt down a hammock on the beaches of Gili Air’s remote northern coastline. While away the hours in the company of a good book and a refreshing dragon fruit smoothie. Want a bit more stimulation? Hire a paddle board from your hotel, and set sail on the turquoise waters. Or you could book in for snorkelling, horse riding or a horse cart drive around the coast. Island-hopping also calls for those of who you fancy checking out nearby Gili Meno or Gili Trawangan via a quick ferry ride. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you unplug, unwind and savour the downtime of some serious island chilling.

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Silhouettes play on swings on the beach

Day 10

Bright lights and boutiques

On the penultimate day of our trip, we return to the mainland via ferry. From here, it’s back to the starting point of your Bali adventure – Seminyak. The rest of the day here is free to do as you please. Given Seminyak is a shopping mecca, you could follow the trendsetters to a host of eclectic boutiques. Stock up on goodies from vintage surfer stores or fill your suitcase with floaty dresses and floral shirts that capture Bali’s bohemian spirit. For a cultural fix, pop by one of Seminyak’s many contemporary art and fine art galleries. Or you could book in for some chill time at a local spa, or head to a popular yoga hangout. After a sun-dappled day doing whatever your Flashpacker self pleases, return to the hotel for a sunset drink. It’s a tough life…

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Bali’s bohemian spirit features dancers in a riot of colour

Day 11

One last adventure in a VW van

Top up on your last precious hours of sunshine and warm sea this morning at the nearby Double Six or Petitenget beaches. In the late afternoon, we’ll jump aboard a fleet of VW campervans and drive to a remote riverside temple for a Balinese blessing. Adorn yourself with a sash and sarong and embrace this spiritual foray, as you reflect on your whirlwind escape. After, we’ll take a short sunset stroll to La Laguna, a quirky beach-side tapas restaurant and one of Seminyak’s most coveted night spots where you can tuck into a farewell dinner under a canopy of palm trees, fairy lights and purple bougainvillea. As the evening draws in, salute your final Balinese sunset and reflect on your adventure under a blanket of stars. We’ll then hop back in the VW vans – LED lighting and drinks ice box at the ready – to kick on to a few more beach bars.

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Balinese temple on water

Day 12

Farewell Bali

Fellow Flashpackers, it’s time to close the chapter on a brilliant Bali jaunt. It’s over to you to organise your taxi to the airport and depart in your own time. Wherever your next stop, fly high from your exhilarating foray through the Island of the Gods. You’ve sampled the cosmopolitan delights of Seminyak and marvelled at the lush jungle valleys of Ubud. You’ve trekked through paddy fields and up a live volcano in the pre-dawn light. You’ve been spiritually enlightened at a string of ancient and beautiful temples, with yoga classes thrown in along the way. You’ve picnicked and bathed at a gorgeous waterfall, and you’ve snorkelled a WW2 shipwreck. You’ve savoured golden sands and palm trees at every turn. All this, with a side serving of fruit cocktails, new friends and magnificent Balinese sunsets. We call that a win.

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Bali group

On the map

Important notes
  • Fly into and out of Denpasar International Airport.
  • Please try to arrive before 4pm on Day 1 if you can, and you’re free to leave anytime you want to on Day 12.
  • The hotel at Mount Batur is basic and not up to usual Flash Pack standards. However it’s the only option in the area and we stay there for a very short time before the sunrise trek.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.

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