Please make sure you arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) on the selected Sunday start date.
Day 1 (Sunday) Welcome to Bali
Om Suastiastu! A member of our local team will be waiting for you at the airport holding a PMGY sign with your name on. Your driver awaits!
From the airport, you will be transferred to a hotel in Jimbaran, approximately 45 minutes away. The rest of the day is yours to relax by the pool or catch up on jet-lag as you wait to meet your fellow volunteers.
Day 2 (Monday) Orientation & Beaches
Your day will begin with an orientation by our PMGY staff member, who will outline everything you need to know to set you up for your two weeks of travelling. This includes safety issues and what you can expect from the tour.
The adventure then begins in Uluwatu, located on the south-western tip of the island. Initially discovered a surfer’s spot in 1972, the area attracts many visitors to admire the beautiful beaches and escape the crowds.
First up, Uluwatu Temple; a Hindu religious building located on a 70-foot-tall cliff front, offering stunning views that extend into the distance. After a tasty Balinese lunch, you’ll have a chance to recover fully from your jet-lag on the stunning Dream Land Beach. As one of Bali’s hidden gems, you’re surrounded by limestone cliffs and white sands – stunning!
Day 3 (Tuesday) Catch Some Waves
It’s now time to make our way to the black sands and majestic waves of Canggu. As a popular hotspot for amateur and professional surfers, the local team will be more than happy to help you arrange some lessons (at an additional cost). Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you will have a chance to exploit your core strength as you attempt to ride the waves.
Should you prefer to take a more relaxed approach, you will not be let down by the number of chilled out green-juice bars and funky shops.
Day 4 (Wednesday) Let’s Go To Gili!
Hopefully, your body’s not aching too much because it’s an early start to the Gili Islands! More specifically, you’re off to Gili Trawangan (better known as Gili T). You’ll soon shake off your sleepiness as you arrive on your paradise island for 11am. But not too fast, first you’ll need to check-in to your hostel and pick up your bike!
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the spenders of the Island. On Gili T, there are no motorised vehicles, making push-bikes a popular method of exploring this Indonesian gem. With lengths of passably paved roads around most of the borders, what better or more convenient way to go around than by bike? From sunbathing to waterboarding, Gili is the place to be!
If you fancy more of an adventure, Gili T is the only island among the Gilis with a hill that you can climb up to discover a couple of great finds. Firstly, a mysterious shrine sits adjacent a Muslim burial site, then further up is the crumbling remnants of a WWII Japanese machine gun bunker. And upon reaching the top, you will claim your prize of a birds’ eye view of the surrounding waters and the majestic outlines of Mount Rinjani on the neighbouring island of Lombok. Sunset or sunrise really offers the jackpot.
Day 5 (Thursday) Swim with the Fishes
Stop admiring the blue waters and get into them! Today it’s time to explore the waters and enjoy all the underwater beauty. The waters around the islands are relatively shallow, and occasional sightings of sea turtles roaming freely will be an added bonus. You’ll visit 3-4 snorkelling sites, with a quick stop in Gili Air to grab a snack.
The rest of the day is now yours again to do as you wish. There is a row of beach bars and restaurants lighting up the shores of Trawangan and there is usually some fire dancers and fireworks on the sand to add to the nightly spectaculars the islands offer up!
Day 6-7 (Friday-Saturday) From Bright Blue to Rich Green
You’ve got the morning to soak up Gili’s bright blue seas before catching your boat back to Bali. We’re now off to Sideman, a home to rice paddies, mountains, valleys and rivers.
For the next two days, we’re pairing up with Bali Kuno in Tangkup Village, Sideman, to allow you to experience a true local way of life. Here you will be engaging in numerous activities, ranging anywhere from sarong-making-classes to traditional team-building exercises. These two days will really put your Bali experience into perspective, allowing you to better appreciate the Balinese culture and also further develop friendships with other members of your group.
Day 8 (Sunday) Hiking for Sunrise
Rise and shine! It’s 12am and time to get moving. We’ve got a 2-3-hour journey to the base of Mount Batur before beginning our ascent to the peak, sitting just over 5,500 feet above sea level.
The sacred mountain draws tourists from all over the island for its breath-taking views over Lake Batur. You’ll make it to the top just after 6am and arrive at the conveniently named ‘Sunrise Point’ to hopefully take in a very impressive sunrise that the lack of sleep will make up for! At 7am we will continue the trek around the entire crater before beginning the descent at the finishing point around an hour later back down to Toyabungkah Village.
From the village, we will head directly to Toya Devasya Hot Springs for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Here there are four natural hot spring pools to take a dip in and soothe your calf muscles!
After lunch, we’ll begin our next journey to Lovina, another beach resort, but this time located on the North Coast.
Day 9 (Monday) Dolphin Spotting
It’s another early start, but as always, it will be worth it. As one of the main nature attractions of this beautiful coastal area, you’ll have the opportunity to witness several species of dolphins as they graze the morning waters.
After lunch, we’ll be making our way to Munduk.
Day 10 (Tuesday) Munduk Village
It’s time to explore the lush scenery of Munduk village. Located away from the tourist madness in the North of Bali, we will be taking you off the beaten track, from canoeing on Tamblingan Lake to trekking through the rice paddies, relaxing under waterfalls and visiting coffee plantations.
You will have the opportunity to witness one of Bali’s most famous temples: Temple Pura Ulun Danu Bratan. Built into Tamblingan Lake, the complex is surrounded by towering mountains and vast waters, making it a must-see!
Day 11-12 (Wednesday-Thursday) Time for Ubud!
After breakfast, we will be making our way to Ubud. A community renowned for its crafts and arts, Ubud is also teeming with vegan cafes, crystal shops, chakra cleansing workshops and boho shopping galore. It also has its fair share of ancient sites such as; the Royal Palace, the cheeky inhabitants of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the Tirta Empul temple complex, intricately carved Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Gunung Kawi with its rock-cut shrines.
Wednesday is an opportunity to shop until you drop in Ubud’s bustly Art Market – Pasar Seni Ubud. A shopper’s heaven for everything from silk scarves to coconut bowls and baggy pants. Practice your haggling skills as you barter for the best deals. You may wish to spend the rest of your day relaxing in one of Ubud’s many cafes or do you dare to explore the Monkey Forest?
You’ll be kick-starting Thursday’s adventure with Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a famous tourist attraction for beautiful rice terraces, designed with exquisite beauty in its hollowing rice field. It is precisely located on the hill bank showing off its spectacular panoramic view of the valley with rice terrace and coconut trees that ornament it. You will see the Balinese farmers do their rice field routines complete with its system irrigation. We will have our lunch here surrounded by beautiful scenery.
We will then head to Gunung Kawi Temple. A magnificent shrine cut out of the rock, these funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens.
The final stop of the day is Tirta Empul, a magnificent temple complex devoted to Vishnu, the Hindu God of Water, which dates back to 926 A.D. After admiring the striking temple, it’s time to put on a traditional sarong and sash, and head to the Holy Spring to take part in a blessing ceremony. Once you’ve made an offering to the Gods, you will be led into the pool by the temple priest to be blessed in the sacred waters.
Day 13 (Friday) All good things must come to an end
Today is our last day of travel!
What better way can you start a day than a sugar fix? Our day begins with a lesson all about chocolate and the process that transforms the bean to the bar. Finish off the learning experience with the opportunity to make your own bar and the chance to taste tens of different chocolate varieties.
We will then make our way to Tanah Lot temple. This incredible temple has been a part of Balinese mythology for centuries. It is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast.
Our final stop on the trip – Kecak dancing. This traditional dance involves the dancers expressing stories of dance-drama through bodily gestures, including use of the fingers, hands and even eyes!
And that’s it! You will be transported to either the Volunteer House or local hotel for your last night in Bali.
Day 14 (Saturday) Time to Fly!
Saturday is your last day of the PMGY Mini Bali Experience.
Whether you are continuing your travels or heading home, our local team will be able to help arrange transport to your next destination or back to the airport.
Meals included on Saturday: None
* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances.