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Island snorkelling & volcano trekking in Bali

Climb volcanic Mount Batur at sunrise, snorkel around the Gili Islands and immerse yourself in the sacred pools of Tirta Ganga

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Island snorkelling & volcano trekking in Bali

12 Days | From £2399

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  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation

About your trip

White-sand beaches, sacred temples and tropical snorkelling; Bali and its surrounding islands offer the perfect backdrop for your next adventure.

This 12-day escape to the Island of the Gods will see you hike a live volcano at sunrise, trek through the misty valleys of Ubud, wild swim a secret waterfall and bathe in the sacred waters of Tirta Empul.

Factor in the leisurely days of snorkelling and desert island living, and you’ve experienced a rich taste of Indonesia in less than a fortnight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local transport
  • Most meals included
  • Max 14 travellers per group
  • Private airport transfers

Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.


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Your Itinerary

  • Day 01 Hello, Bali

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    Welcome to Bali, an island celebrated the world over for its beaches, pristine rainforest and blooming biodiversity. Touch down before 3pm, then you’ll be swiftly transferred to your hotel in Legian. Get to know your fellow travellers over a refreshing cocktail (starfruit and citrus flavours are prime ingredients), before catching a spectacular Balinese sunset.

  • Day 02 Surfing lesson and rice terraces

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    On your first morning, you’ll dive straight into a surfing lesson in Legian. New to the sport? Fear not – we cater to all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced. With its long, sandy coastline and magnificent waves, this is a fantastic place to get your first taste of surfing. This afternoon, you’ll catch a transfer to Bedugal, where you’ll visit the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces; a scenic region of undulating slopes and shimmering rice fields. Enjoy an afternoon walk through the terraces, learning about traditional Balinese irrigation methods and what makes them completely unique to the island.

  • Day 03 Hindu temples and waterfalls

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    Begin your day with a visit to Bratan Temple, a beautiful Hindu shrine on the shores of Lake Bratan. Spread out across a series of small islands, the temple appears to float on the surface of Danau Bratan, a volcanic lake. You’ll then head onto Banyu Wana Amertha waterfalls, descending through the jungle for 500 metres or so. Eventually, the trees will part to reveal the flowing streams of a secret waterfall – the perfect spot for a refreshing dip. After a light swim, tuck into a jungle picnic (served the best way: on banana leaves), before spending the rest of the afternoon bathing and relaxing by the water. Then, you’ll catch a transfer to the town of Ubud – renowned for its traditional crafts and Hindu shrines – where the rest of the evening is yours to unwind.

  • Day 04 Flying yoga and community cooking

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    Wake up today in Ubud, where you’ll learn the ropes of flying yoga (literally). Channel your inner trapeze artist, as your instructor leads you through a series of stretches while dangling from the ceiling. We’ll leave the rest of the morning up to you to spend as you please, then in the afternoon, you’ll have the option to take part in a community cooking class. Learn how to transform local ingredients into typical Balinese dishes, then feast on the fruits of your labour.

  • Day 05 A volcanic sunrise trek

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    Rise and shine for a 2am start as you embark with your group on a sunrise trek up Mount Batur – one of Bali’s most sacred mountains. With cool mountain air and starlit skies, the pre-dawn walk is a special experience. It will take you around three hours to reach the volcanic summit, where you’ll arrive in time to celebrate together beneath a sky alight with orange, pink and lavender streaks. Back down on ground level, a prosecco breakfast awaits you – some guilt-free indulgence is in order. Enjoy a slow morning, before departing for Candi Dasa, a beautiful beach resort located on the edge of a freshwater lagoon.

  • Day 06 Temple sights and beach relaxation

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    This morning, you’ll have the option to visit the famous Lempuyang Temple, also known as the Gates of Heaven. Later in the morning, make your way to Tirta Ganga temple where you’ll have the chance to bathe in one of Bali’s most sacred garden temples. Then, a leisurely afternoon of beach relaxation lies ahead of you. Settle into the soft sands of Virgin Beach for the rest of the day, with the warm tropical sea at your disposal.

  • Day 07 A day at leisure in Gili Air

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    Sail over to Gili Air this morning, one of the Gili Islands just off the coast of Bali. With picture-perfect white sands and sparkling sea waters, this is one of the region’s most idyllic islands. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, and what better place to have nothing on the agenda.

  • Day 08 Island-hopping and snorkelling

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    You’ll be spending today at sea, exploring all three Gili Islands on a relaxed snorkelling excursion. Weave through forests of coral reef located just off the shore (many of which are in the process of regeneration), with the chance to swim through the mysterious underwater statues that the Gili Islands are famed for. Back on dry land, spend the rest of the afternoon as you please.

  • Day 09 Desert island dreams

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    We’ve left today for you to explore things at your own pace: no activities, no agenda, just free time to explore your very own island paradise. For a true escape, hunt down a hammock on the beaches of Gili Air’s remote coastline. While away the hours in the company of a good book, or take a leisurely swim in the tropical sea. You’ll then enjoy a seafood barbecue feast on the beachfront, as the sun fades over the Bali Sea.

  • Day 10 Beach chilling & sunset cocktails

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    On the penultimate day of our trip, enjoy a relaxed morning on Gili Air before we return to the mainland via ferry. From here, it’s back to the starting point of your Bali adventure – Legian. The evening here is free to do as you please, whether that’s relaxing by the hotel pool or heading down to the beach for sunset cocktails with your group.

  • Day 11 Adventures by VW

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    Relish your final morning on the beach, with a few long hours to soak up the sea and sun. In the afternoon, hop on a fleet of VW campervans, driving to a remote riverside temple for a Balinese blessing – a little piece of Bali’s spirituality to take home with you. Experience this ancient ritual with a local priest, before enjoying a farewell feast with your fellow travellers.

  • Day 12 Farewell Bali

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    After breakfast at the hotel, your Bali adventure has come to an end. It’s over to you to organise your taxi to the airport and depart in your own time. If you feel like exploring Indonesia further, see how you can extend your adventure with our trip to Komodo & Flores.

Our Favourite Hotels

Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.

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Away Bali Legian Camakila

Modern beach-side resort with sweeping views of the coast

Boasting exclusive access to the beach, wake up to incredible views. This is the perfect paradise retreat after a day of exploring.

Why we stay here

This stylish hotel is equipped with two swimming pools, a spa and fitness room – as well as comfortable spacious rooms decorated in an elegant Balinese style.

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Mola Mola Resort, Gili Air

Traditional-style huts located on the beach

The wooden huts exude a rustic charm on the outside, yet are stylish and modern on the inside. The infusion of traditional and new gives the place its character.

Why we stay here

The location is fantastic: we love how easy it is to access the beach from here. The pool is beautiful, with no shortage of loungers to stretch out on beneath the sun.

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Saranam Resort & Spa, Bedugul

Beautiful hillside resort with views of the rainforest

This hotel feels elegant and expansive, its interiors decorated in a traditional Balinese style with wooden furnishings.

Why we stay here

You’ll feel a million miles from home here, as you sink into the al fresco pool looking out at the serene verdant landscape. Besides the spa, the hotel also offers yoga and cooking classes. 

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Important Notes

  • Fly into and out of Denpasar International Airport (DPS).

  • 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 – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.

  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.


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