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Best of Bali & Borneo

September 10- October 1, 2020

Classic Tour

From the beautiful beaches and exotic culture of Bali to the exciting jungles of Borneo. This amazing tour will take us from a luxurious beach resort to Ubud, the heart of bali where the spirit and culture of the island are most accessible. Then on to the thick, dense jungles of Borneo. Experience the otherworldly limestone cliffs of Mulu National Park and its famed bat exodus; encounter the orangutans of Sepilok; set off on a river cruise in search of elusive Bornean pygmy elephants; and discover the Lipad mud volcano, a mineral salt lick for local wildlife.

 

Signature Moments

  • Experience the awe of centuries old temples
  • Feel the healing powers of a traditional Balinese healer
  • Explore the Ubud villages on a relaxed cycling tour
  • Be in awe of the amazing Orangutan
  • Learn about some of the world's most important conservation
  • See some of the earth's most fascinating wildlife
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 21 Nights superior accommodations
  • Transportation by private, luxury air-conditioned coach
  • 10 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Flower lei upon arrival
  • Visit to Tirta Gangga Water Palace
  • Tour a 12th century Hindu Temple
  • Visit an ancient fortress village
  • Visit a traditional healer
  • Yoga lesson
  • Attend an authentic cooking class
  • Visit the sacred Monkey Forest
  • Attend a cultural performance
  • Farewell beach BBQ
  • Bottled water at transfers and sightseeing
  • Nature Walk in Kubah National Park, Kuching
  • Excursion to a Bidayuh Tribal Village
  • Santubong River wildlife and dolphin cruise
  • Night walk in Mulu National Park
  • Boat excursion to Wind and Clearwater Caves
  • Walking excursion to Deer and Lang Caves
  • Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
  • Kinabatangan River and wildlife excursions on foot and boat
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve excursions by jeep and on foot
  • Internal flights
  • Arrival Transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Denpasar

Welcome to Bali!
The island of Bali lies in the east of Java and covers an area of 5,633 sq km (2,253 sq miles). Although small, rich millennia of history has fostered an artistically diverse population, with virtually every Balinese skilled as artisan, dancer, or artist and living a spiritual life. The island also has beaches, volcanoes, rice paddies, mountain treks, arts and crafts, ceremonies, and blessings, mountaintop sunrises, and beach side sunsets. Whichever Bali you're looking for, it’s waiting to be found.
Accommodations - Alila Manggis

 

Day 2 - East Bali

After breakfast, we depart our hotel at 8:30 with our guide and coach for a full day exploration of Eastern Bali. Our first stop is at Puri Agung or Karangasem Palace, a 19th century royal building with a series of compounds that house the royal palace of the last king and other associated compounds and courtyard. Next we proceed to Tirta Gangga Water Palace, the second water palace magically located between towering hills and rice terraces. After exploring the extensive tropical gardens and two large, shallow ponds, the painted statues of Balinese Barong and Rangda as well as the series of decorated water channels, we continue the visit to Sibetan Village, which is famous for its "salak" or snake skin fruit. Before traveling back to our hotel at 5:30, we stop at Putung for its awe inspiring view of surrounding countryside. Lunch is included today at a local restaurant.
Accommodations - Alila Manggis

 

Day 3 - East Bali

We depart the hotel at 8:30 with our guide and coach for another full day tour devoted to the history, culture and the village life of the people in Eastern Bali. We begin our tour at Pura Kehen, a magnificent 12th-century Hindu Temple dedicated to Shiva and built with traditional Balinese architectures and outstanding stone carvings. Next we visit the 14th century Besakih Temple, the largest Hindu temple and most iconic Balinese temple with its profile appeared on everything from money to stamps. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Rendang Village with a view of the rice terraces. If weather permits, we may enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Agung, the highest volcano in Bali. Next, we travel to Tihingan Village. The villagers here are well known as the producer of Gamelan, a traditional music instrument made from bronze or copper, used in escorting Balinese dances and some ritual ceremonies. We then proceed to Tenganan (Bali Aga), an ancient fortress village surrounded by high mountains and preserves local beliefs and rulings which are very different from the rest of Bali. People in these villages are skilled in arts and crafts, including the double Ikat weaving, and Gringsing, which is practiced in only two other places in the world. On the way back to the hotel, we make a short stop at the shore to see the traditional salt Processing.
Accommodations - Alila Mangiss

 

Day 4 - Ubud

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to our hotel in Ubud with a visit to Bat Cave “Goa Lawah Temple”. After lunch at a local restaurant, we enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Ubud is one of those places where days can become weeks and weeks become months. With a population of about 30,000 people, it is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. It's also home to good restaurants, cafes and streets of shops, many selling goods from the region's artisans.
Accommodations - Alaya Ubud Resort

 

Day 5 - Ubud

No visit to Bali would be complete without a visit to an insightful healer. Today we depart our hotel at 9:30 and visit one of the most noted healers in Bali, Pak Cok. We will meet with him in a private session for a consultation, where we have the opportunity to discuss anything we would like to know (the healer is subject to availability and cannot be pre-booked). Afterwards, we enjoy a suckling pig lunch at Ibu Oka in Ubud. Following lunch, we spend time strolling through the many shops and galleries before returning to our hotel.
Accommodations - Alaya Ubud Resort

 

Day 6 - Ubud

At 8:00 am, we have a one-hour Yoga lesson with a Yoga instructor at Ashram Ubud. We then travel back to our hotel for breakfast and enjoy some free time. At around 15:00, we will be picked up from the hotel for a cooking class. Our chef will introduce us some local specialties and answer questions we may have about Balinese cuisine. After some informative and entertaining hours of practice, we enjoy the mouth-watering dishes, which we have prepared. We travel back to our hotel after dinner.
Accommodations - Alaya Ubud Resort

 

Day 7 - Ubud

After breakfast, you will be picked up for a relaxed cycling trip around Ubud villages to see the local Balinese rural life and a village temple. Cycling along small roads, the tour will take about 2 hours and you will see many friendly locals along the way. Arrive back at your hotel around 3pm and the balance of your day is free.
Accommodations - Alaya Ubud Resort

 

Day 8 - Seminyak

At 12:00, check out of the hotel and travel to Seminayk and our hotel. After check in and some rest, we depart for Mengwi “Taman Ayun”, known as the “Garden Temple in the Water”. Being a UNESCO Heritage site and one of the seven royal temples in Bali, the imposing complex stands on an island in a river and consists of two courts and a walled inner temple closed to non-Hindus.
Leaving the temple, we visit the sacred Monkey Forest, a cluster of towering trees, home to hundreds of monkeys. From here, we travel to Tanah Lot, the Temple of Earth and Sea, and watch the sunset beyond the black towers of this 16th century temple built on a black lava rock 200 meters off shore. The dramatic setting draws crowds to these shores every evening, and at low tide we can walk up on the rocky outcrop where the temple sits over the ocean.
Accommodations - The Royal Beach Seminyak

 

Day 9 - Seminyak

e depart the hotel at 8:00 for a full day of tour featuring some of the highlights of Bali. The tour begins at the village of Batubulan, where we attend a cultural performance of Barong and Keris Dance, which depicts the story of the eternal battle between the good and the evil. We then proceed to Tohpati Village, where the famous Batik fabrics of Bali are painstakingly created by hand. Next we stop at Batubulan Village, which is well-known for its stone carving and ornate temples. We continue on through the woodcarving village of Mas and watch artisans chipping intricate designs from wood blocks. Our last stop before traveling back to our hotel is Celuk, the artistic heart and the gold and silver making center of Bali. Before traveling back to our hotel, we enjoy a cool break at the mountain village of Kintamani with its cool breeze and breathtaking vista of the still-active Mount Batur and its crater-lake while enjoying our lunch at local restaurant.
Accommodations - The Royal Beach Seminyak

 

Day 10- Seminyak

We enjoy the morning at leisure. At 1:30 PM, we depart the hotel with our guide for a pleasant short ride along the hills of Bali’s southern peninsula. This area, known as Bukit, offers a landscape and topography unequaled by any other region of the island. Unlike the majority, lush tropical countrysides which owe their fertile soils to the volcanoes that dotted the central highlands, this arid terrain-formed by millennia of coral sedimentations is a world of its own. The beautiful-yet-wild beaches are heaven for surfers. In the corner of this peninsula, perched on a sheer cliff, a highly venerated Uluwatu temple is situated.
On arrival, we enjoy a performance of the Ramayana epic-based Kecak Dance with the majestic temple and sunset as its background. The Kecak Dance is an especially unique and one of the most dramatic of all Balinese dances. A combination of dance and drama, the Kecak dance depicts the Hindu epic, “Ramayana,” and tells the story of Prince Rama, who with the help of the monkey-king Hanoman defeats the evil King Rahvana to rescue his Princess Sita. We then enjoy our Farewell BBQ Beach Dinner at Jimbaran
Accommodations - The Royal Beach Seminyak

 

Day 11 - Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination and fabulous new friends. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Kuching.

Welcome to Borneo!
Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel.
The adventure begins tonight. We will have a quick welcome meeting before dinner, after introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour.
Accommodations - The Waterfront Hotel

 

Day 12 - Kuching

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Bidayuh tribal village, a thriving rural community which is home to one of the few remaining traditional Bidayuh longhouses in Sarawak. The Bidayuh (or Land Dayak) are the second largest indigenous tribe in Sarawak and we spend the day learning about their culture, history, and contemporary life. With our local guide, explore the old longhouse and village, walk through the farmlands, and enjoy a traditional lunch. Return to Kuching in the evening.
Accommodations - The Waterfront Hotel

 

Day 13 - Kuching

Visit Santubong peninsula this morning, and embark on a river cruise. Explore the mouth of the Santubong river and mangrove forest of Kuching Wetlands National Park. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the mangrove swamp and learn how the various animals, like the proboscis monkeys, and the uniquely adapted mangrove trees develop a complex symbiotic eco-system. The rare Irrawaddy Dolphins are often seen here. While most commonly associated with the Mekong river delta and the Irrawaddy river (Myanmar), this dolphin is also found in coastal areas of the island of Borneo in estuaries close to mangrove forests. This slate gray dolphin species features a bulging forehead and short beak and only a very small dorsal fin. Increasing levels of bycatch and habitat degradation in recent years have led to decreasing numbers of this elusive animal and have driven it almost into extinction in some areas of its habitats in Southeast Asia.
This afternoon we will visit Kubah national park for an evening nature walk with an amphibian expert. View rare ferns and orchids, as well as a wide variety of palm species. The recent discovery of a new tiny frog species at the park has made this place famous for frogging. Commonly refered to as the Kubah Narrow-mouthed Frog, this newly discovered species is one of the smallest frogs in the world at the size of a pencil’s tip. This frog is often found living in insect-eating pitcher plants and while these carnivorous plants kill insects, there is no harm to the frogs and their tadpoles grow in the liquid inside of pitcher plants. With our expert, we will search for this famous little creature as well as other popular amphibians such as the Bornean Horned Toad, several species of Sticky Frogs, White-eared Tree Frog, Wallace’s Flying Frog, Harlequin Tree Frogs and many more. While on the look-out for frogs and other amphibians, enjoy the stunning jungle orchestra during night fall, which made Kubah National Park the winner of the ‘Most Beautiful Sound in the World’ contest. The recording ‘Dusk by the Frog Pond’ by an Australian professional in photography and bioacoustics beat out hundreds of entries, standing out among the 11 other finalists that also featured nature recordings.
Accommodations - The Waterfront Hotel

 

Day 14 - Gunung Mulu National Park

Catch a flight and transfer to our hotel near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mulu National Park, known for its lush rainforest and impressive cave systems.
Enjoy this stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage, home to the world-famous Mulu Caves. The caves hold many world records in terms of size, height and length including the Sarawak Chamber; thought to be the largest known natural underground chamber. As well, considered the largest known cave passage in the world, the Deer Cave is home to a phenominal 2-3 million bats. Finally, the Clearwater Cave boasts an extensive system of passages, currently known to be the longest in South-East Asia. To date approximately 100 km of the system has been explore, and much still remains a mystery.
This evening take a night walk with our local guide to search out nocturnal wildlife; watch for blinking fireflies and luminescent fungi. Accommodations - Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

 

Day 15 - Gunung Mulu National Park

Board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to a Penan Village for a short visit. Continue our exploration, to the Wind Cave, noting the rock calcite formations and cool breeze of the Kings Chamber. After, climb up the steps to reach the stunning underground river in Clearwater Cave. Take a dip in the cool waters and enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest at Clearwater Springs. This afternoon, enjoy a walk through the rainforest to the Lang and Deer Caves. Marvel at Lang's stunning stalagmites and stalactites, and be awed by Deer Cave — the largest cave passage in the world and home to an estimated 2 to 3 million bats.
Accommodations - Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

 

Day 16 - Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the rainforest and opt to take a canopy walk. This afternoon, catch a flight to Kota Kinabalu and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Accommodations - Hotel Grandis

 

Day 17 - Sungai Kinabatangan

Catch an early morning flight to Sandakan and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. The orangutans at the centre were either rescued as orphans or from illegal domestication. Once rehabilitated, they are set free to live in the wild. Watch these creatures being fed or roaming the grounds along with other animals such as macaque monkeys.
Then we will continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (home of the world's smallest bear) and enjoy a talk on the bears and the conservation efforts to protect them. After, transfer by private vehicle to our lodge.
This evening we will enjoy a wildlife cruise and night walk. Cruise through the crocodile-infested waters with an expert boatman. While wildlife-spotting can't be guaranteed there's a good chance you will spot some monkeys, birds and the occasional saltwater crocodiles
Accommodations - TBA

 

Day 18 - Kampung Bilit

Enjoy wildlife excursions on foot and by boat with local guides and naturalists into the jungle. Cruise the Kinabatangan River in search of birds and wildlife, keeping your eyes open for one of Borneo's seven primate species, including the proboscis monkey and orangutan, as well pygmy elephants. Also enjoy a hike to an oxbow lake.
Accommodations - TBA

 

Day 19 - Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Drive to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and check into our rainforest lodge. Then enjoy a hike along an elephant trail to the active Lipad mud volcano which provides a mineral salt lick for wildlife. Climb the observation tower and admire the contrasting landscape of the bare mud volcano to the surrounding lush forest, where birds are commonly seen. Try to identify the multitude of animal footprints here. The adventurous can try the effects of the volcanic mud, said to be beneficial for a glowing complexion.
After dinner, enjoy a night safari and look out for nocturnal wildlife. A night safari is an excellent way to see wildlife that’s nocturnal, such as the Western Tarsier, the Slow Loris, the Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Palm Civet, Mousedeer, flying lemur and Colugo. Care is taken not to disturb them with high-powered lighting.
Accommodations - Tabin Wildlife Resort

 

Day 20 - Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Spend the day exploring the Tabin Wildlife Reserve with local guides. Enjoy an early morning bird walk, searching out some of the 300 species of birds in the area. After breakfast, drive to the main wildlife-spotting area. Later, trek through the lush green rainforest, known for its rich diversity of plants and animal species, to the Lipad Waterfall. Relax and take a dip in the natural pool and enjoy a refreshing shower under the waterfall. In the late afternoon, take a wildlife drive and if we're lucky, catch a glimpse of one of the two largest mammals of Sabah — the Borneo Pygmy Elephant and the Tembadau. Nine species of primate are present in the park, as well as three species of cats, all of which are on the protected wildlife list. This evening, take a night walk in search of sleeping birds, frogs, and insects.
Accommodations - Tabin Wildlife Resort

 

Day 21 - Kota Kinabalu

Spend the morning at leisure before catching a flight back to Kota Kinabalu. With free time opt to watch a video about the Tabin Wildlife Reserve or make a keepsake using mud from the Lipad Mud Volcano.
Accommodations - Hotel Grandis

 

Day 22 - Kota Kinabalu Depar

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful area and fabulous new friends as you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $8469 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $11548 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $650 per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - May 10, 2020

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Booking Deadline

March 1, 2020
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after March 1, 2020 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
There are a couple of walking tours. You should be able to walk comfortably for a few hours at a relaxed pace with stops. Some of the terrain may be uneven. There is one 2 hour long cycling trip that will be at a relaxed pace.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Flight from Bali to Borneo
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Denpasar
Depart from Kota Kinabalu

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
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Alila Manggis

Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali – a soothing haven of serenity set amidst a coconut grove, nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain. Head away from the crowds to this unspoiled east coast resort in Candidasa, where modern European shapes meet open, tropical design. Demonstrating creative function, elegant luxury and pure well-being, outdoors meets indoors throughout this boutique hotel.

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Alaya Ubud Resort

With 106 luxurious rooms, Alaya Resort Ubud is a sanctuary of serenity and sophistication in the culturally charged village of Ubud in the island of Bali. It has been built with rare sensitivity towards the surrounding environment and shares its rice terrace views with a number of the communities’ local independent cafes and eateries, including the neighbouring Bebek Bengil restaurant and Monkey Forest.

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The Royal Beach Seminyak

Situated on the exclusive Seminyak Beach, the 128 room The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali is set amongst 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens. Along with two stunning pools, one right on the beach and another tucked into the garden area, the resort hotel offers 17 secluded villas, each boasting a private whirlpool or swimming pool. The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali also offers an impressive ballroom and is within walking distance of Seminyak Village, the home to some of the trendiest bars, restaurants and shops in Bali.

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The Waterfront Hotel

In a stately building adjacent to the Plaza Merdeka mall, this modern hotel is 3 minutes' walk from the Kuching Waterfront's restaurants and shops along the Sarawak River, and 10 km from Kuching International Airport.

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Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Surrounded by rainforest and overlooking the Melinau River, this elegant hotel is 3 km from both the storied Mulu National Park and Mulu Airport.

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Hotel Grandis

Setting a new standard in style and service, Hotel Grandis offers 188 rooms which comprise 118 superior rooms, 52 deluxe rooms and 18 upscale suites, all of which are beautifully designed in a contemporary style. Guests are greeted with spacious and elegantly furnished rooms with tailored amenities such as LED TVs with satellite channels, complimentary high speed internet access, an in-room locker, and a power shower.

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Tabin Wildlife Resort

To create a natural Malaysian wildlife experience with a difference, with warm and lasting memories, meeting the expectations of our guests in an eco-friendly manner.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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