We all loved our family holiday in Indonesia - it felt like our first really immersive journey, full of new experiences, stimulation of the senses and some magical moments on both land and sea. We saw and did so much but we also had a chance to relax and reconnect after a full-on year. Read on below for some of our highlights."
Alice, ETG Family Travel Expert
PUSHING THE EDGE OF THE ENVELOPE
1. Wapa Di Ume, Ubud
The whole family will love the spacious villas and beautiful setting – not to mention the fun and interactive cooking class on offer - at this stylish and welcoming hotel
2. Country Walk with a Balinese Priest
Gain a personal insight into past and present rural life as you take a walk through the countryside in the company of a Balinese priest and artist. Highlights include a chance to experience a very special blessing at a scared spring and a tasty home-cooked lunch at the priest’s house.
3. A Diverting Temple
Break the drive as you cross from west to east Bali and stretch your legs while exploring the remarkable 13th Century Pura Kehan temple. Look out for the exceptional stone carvings which include elephant guardians, snakes and turtles, and the monk’s cell built high in the branches of a 400 year-old Banyan tree!
4. Volcanoes to Beach Cycle
Cycling is a cooler way to sightsee, in more ways than one. Feel the wind in your hair as you follow your cycle-guide through small villages, paddy terraces and volcanic valleys, stopping along the way to taste peculiar tropical fruit, before heading downhill for a seafood lunch on the beach.
5. Komodo Cruise
A private cruise through the Komodo archipelago on board a traditional boat is a fantastic experience: jump into crystal clear waters to snorkel over incredible underwater worlds, spot flying foxes and giant manta rays, visit remote stilted villages…or simply recline on the deck and admire the phenomenal scenery all around you.
6. Land of Dragons
Hop off at Rinca for a chance to face-to-face with the famous Komodo dragon. Be warned, the young dragons live up trees to stay safe from the predatory adults!
7. Sunrise over Bromo
If you're going to get the kids up early, this is the sight worth doing it for! The views of Java’s most popular mystical mountain are breathtaking as the sun rises, and things get even more dramatic when you reach the summit (with the help of a jeep and a pony ride across the ‘sea of sand’) and gaze into the smoking crater. Even children who think a sun rise won't be much of an adventure will find themselves talking about this experience for years to come....
All our guides were exceptional, they made us welcome, showed a vast breadth of knowledge, and made us feel safe and well looked after throughout. Our favourite special moment was having a cocktail at the Komodo Dive Resort at sunset.”
Daniel, ETG Customer