AIRPORT PICK UP
The time has come for your trip of a lifetime to begin! Pack your bags, get a pint (what do you mean it’s only 8 am?), hop on a plane and we’ll meet you at Denpasar airport, before taking you to meet the rest of your TruFam at our hotel in Canggu. Your welcome talk with our Travel Ninjas will become a highlight in itself as you’ll be meeting your coolest friend for life (they’re not real ninjas - most couldn’t punch their way through a tortilla, but they do know how to help you relax and have a good time - think less kick-ass, more kickback). Then spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool, popping to the beach or exploring Canggu, before a rooftop dinner and drinks to get acquainted with your new TruFam as your Balian adventure begins.
So, what better introduction to Bali's rich culture than heading to two of it’s most famous temples. Tanah Lot, set on a rock formation in the sea, which, let us tell you now, is a (Tanah) Lot of fun to explore; and then onto the Royal Temple of Taman Ayun, which translates as ‘beautiful garden’. D’you know why? Well, yeah, obviously it’s a beautiful garden; a garden filled with fantastic architecture, fish-filled ponds, and lush greenery. In the evening we'll take in the spectacular sunset on one of the area’s most picturesque beaches, before a big night out in Canggu, a place where, if you’re looking to party, you’ll thank us. Your liver, not so much.
Tanah Lot & Taman Ayun visits
Surf’s up, dudes. Grab your board, hit the beach and let’s catch some bitchin’ waves (surf slang for amazing). That’s right, it’s time for your very own surf lesson on Kuta Beach, one of the best places to surf in Asia. Here, one of our excellent local Kuta instructors will teach you the basics and show you how to make some cool moves. When we say cool we mean we’ll be well impressed if you can stand up for longer than 5 seconds, but you never know. Maybe you’ll be a natural. After a day on the water, we’ll head back to chill out at the rooftop pool or have a stroll on the beach, before watching the sunset, cocktail in hand, recounting the day’s surfing stories, like when you did that 360 when no one was looking. Course you did.
Right, pack your bags. We’re off to the bohemian jungle town of Ubud. Ubud doesn’t need much of an introduction; it's full of famed terraced rice paddies, temples, shrines and, of course, monkeys. Before we get there though, we’ll stop to cool off in the most famous waterfall you’ve never (if you have, 5 points to Gryffindor) heard of, the beautiful Tegenungan waterfall. Optional activities, including taking one of those ridiculous pics of you emerging from the water, flicking your hair back for Insta. Once we’ve checked into the hotel, you'll have a bit of time to look around the town, take in the sites, chat to the lovely locals and have a nibble on some Ubud delicacies. After we've freshened up, we'll head out to one of Bali’s coolest live music destinations where they’ll play hits such as ‘Going Back to Bali’, which is a Balinesian remix of the Biggie Smalls classic.
COOKING CLASS & MONKEY FOREST
Gordon Ramsay? Jamie Oliver? Heston Blumen-whatshisface? Yeah, they ain’t got sh*t on you after today, a traditional Indonesian cooking lesson is on the horizon. We’ll start the day by having a bit of brekkie, before heading down to the markets to have a peek at the freshest ingredients Bali has to offer. Then we’ll join the amazing Wayan and his fam (part of our TruFam) to learn how to rustle up some of Bali’s most famous cuisine, as well as Canang Sari, the flower offerings made for the God. And the best part? You’ll get to tuck into the delicious dishes you’ve just made. Then, with our bellies popping with scrummy Balinesian grub, we’ll head and meet some of Ubud’s cheekiest locals at the sacred monkey forest, where it is believed the hundreds of monkeys that live there protect the ancient temples inside. That protection also means they’ll nick whatever you have to hand so that Micheal Kors bag? Yeah, we’d advise not bringing that. The Balinese long-tailed monkeys are big fans of designer brands, smartphones, Raybans and AirPods. After a day with these literal cheeky monkeys, it’s time to head back for dinner with your TruFam where you can eat, drink, monkey around and count up all the unforgettable memories you’ve made so far. Might be a late one.
Cooking class & Monkey Forest
Traditional Cooking Class
RICE TERRACES & VOLCANO VIEWPOINT
Did you know half the world’s population’s daily diet is 20% rice? No? Well, now, you do. Get ready for one of the most exciting (and famous) things to do in Bali - wandering through the impossibly beautiful and scenic rice terraces of Tegalalang. Trek through Ubud valleys, snap an Insta-worthy pic on one of the many swings (please keep your arms inside the vehicle), and take a swig from a fresh coconut, all the while learning the importance of those little grains in the Balinese, and world economy. This afternoon we'll visit Kintamani for a spot of lunch overlooking the active volcano Mt. Batur. We’ll head back to either top up your tan by the pool, pick up some souvenirs at the colourful and vibrant local market, or have a pilau fight with your Tru buds (see what we did there).
rice terraces, volcano viewpoint & local markets
HEAD TO THE GILI ISLANDS
Right. We’ve done the temples. Done the rice paddies. Done the monkeys. It’s about time we hit up Bali’s famous beaches, don’t you think? Today we’re jumping on a bus, before riding a ferry over to the stunning Gili Trawangan, an island that might be small in size, but that’s big in ‘Holy sh*t, this is amazing. First, we’ll check in to our tropical accommodation in the heart of the island, where we’ll spend our final few days, before spending the afternoon having a beer, chilling by the pool, or exploring the many idyllic beaches that are only a stroll away. Kick back, put your feet up, and paddle in the crystal waters of the Gili Islands before gorging on the mouth-watering food on offer for dinner. Then get your glad rags on (shorts and a semi-clean tee’ll do) as we head out to drink responsibly in the incredible bars this tiny island has to offer. Did we say responsibly? Yeah, course. If you want to. This can be as loose or as civilised as you guys want, this is your Tru party after all.
ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE
They call it ‘island hopping’. We call it getting in a boat, racing along the sapphire waters, feeling the sea breeze in your hair, clearing the hangover in a matter of minutes, and visiting the most stunning places Bali has to offer. We’ll hop around the three islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air home to some of the best snorkel spots this incredible place has to offer. You’ll see stunning coral, beautiful fish, turtles and maybe even a shark or two. Don’t worry though, only white tip and blacktip reef sharks here, the only sharks in the world that love a cuddle. Once you’ve had a gander at Bali’s incredible sea life, you can enjoy a beachfront lunch on Gili Air, before we head out this evening to enjoy the stunning sunset and an ice-cold cocktail at some of the best beach bars on the island. Unless you were eaten by a cuddly shark earlier. Then no cocktails for you.
Island hopping & snorkelling
BIKE RIDE AROUND GILI T
Do you know one of the best ways to explore the Gili islands? Boat? Car? Lama? Nope. Bicycle. Yay! Today we’ll explore the island on one of Gili’s only modes of transportation, pushbike. We’ll all cycle around the island, exploring all the nooks and crannies (including a WWII bunker) of this unreal place, before taking a small trek up the hill to see the best viewpoint Gili has to offer. (Which is bloody incredible, if we do say so ourselves. Which we do, by the way.) Then you’ll get a chance to enjoy one last sunset with your travel buddies as you reminisce about your epic time on the trip over a farewell dinner, before finishing off in Tru style with a little party to celebrate what we guarantee have been the best 10 days of your life.
CHILLED CHECK OUT
Ah, mate. Last day. Today you say bye to your Tru Fam, the unbelievable place that is Bali, and to this amazing experience that, let’s be honest, changed your life. Thing is, the fun doesn’t necessarily have to end. Your Travel Ninja is on hand to fly kicking you into your next adventure; whether that be more adventures throughout Indonesia, a trip to another destination, or to bid you farewell on your journey home. It’s been a wild one. Whatever you do, keep in touch, TruFam.
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