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New Year on Togean islands, Java and Bali

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Tour description

We begin with the celebration of an unforgettable New Year on the paradise Togean Islands. Imagine being with only a few like-minded people on a picturesque beach away from civilization. No tourists!  And then we will visit the most stunning places on two main islands of Indonesia. 

  • Discover the main shrines of the country - the famous complexes Borobodur and Prambanan
  • Feel like on another planet among the martian landscapes on top of Bromo and Ijen volcanoes 
  • Watch traditional Kechak fire dancing in Bali
  • Jump in picturesque waterfalls in the middle of the pristine jungle
  • Visit the last sea nomads of the world - Sama-Bajau people

Tour departures

29 December 2023 - 15 January 2024

The price of the tour includes

All domestic flights; All accommodation, including twin and triple rooms of tourist class hotels; All transportation including buses, boats, ferries, hired and public transport; All meals during our stay on Togean islands + breakfasts in some hotels during the rest of the trip; Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included

Flight to Makassar and from Bali back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals); Insurance (mandatory); Entrance fees to temples, parks and other attractions (up to $160-200) and additional excursions on the islands ($40-100); Diving (from $33 per dive or PADI Open Water diving course including 5 dives, test and certification – $390); Snorkeling ($7-10 per day for snorkeling gear rent); Food ($8-15 per person per day).

Tour map

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Tour itinerary

Day 1-3

Ampana, New Year on the island

We arrive in the Makassar on the island of Sulawesi and check into the hotel in the transit zone of the airport. Here we begin our group trip to Indonesia! In the morning we fly to Luwuk, and take a car to Ampana (5 hours on the way). This is a small town that serves as the gateway to the Togean Islands. We will walk through the authentic city, visited by vary few foreigners and spend the night in the hotel.  

In the morning we take a speedboat to the main port of Togean (1.5 hours on the way). From here we take a boat to our bungalows on the beach - and we are in paradise! Imagine kilometers of the cleanest beach, clear turquoise water, picturesque wild jungle, lack of roads and communication. We will celebrate New Year on the beach of a very small beautiful island. We will swim, eat food cooked on the fire, dance and enjoy the complete absence of the so-called civilization.

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Day 4-8

Uninhabited islands and beaches, Villages of Sama-Bajau people, Jellyfish lake, Diving and snorkeling

We continue our guided tour to Indonesia and spend five unforgettable days on the pristine Togean Islands. We will explore tiny uninhabited islands  to find cozy beaches and beautiful places. Let's see a jellyfish lake, take a walk through the jungle to meet the hornbills and hunt for coconut crabs. Be sure to explore the underwater world - after all, these waters are home to the 96% of the coral species existing in the world! 

We will also meet the last sea nomads - the Sama-Bajau people. Some of them live in the villages on the water in small wooden houses on stilts. We will explore the streets of this unusual settlements, play with curious children, get acquainted with the local way of life and walk the hill to appreciate the views. 

On the fifth day after breakfast, we bid farewell to Togeans, return to Ampana and drive to Luwuk (5 hours on the way).

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Day 9-11

Cultural capital Yogyakarta, Prambanan and Borobudur, Muslim districts , Market of traditional medicine and spices

In the morning we travel to Makassar and fly to Yogyakarta on the island of Java. Our guided tour to Indonesia has taken us to the cultural capital of the country. We head to the Kraton palace, where the Sultans of Yogyakarta have been living since the 18th century. A whole city in the city, it boasts cafes and shops, and several unique museums. One part os the palace is still home to the sultan's family.

After lunch we go to Prambanan, the complex of Hindu temples, where we learn more about Hinduism in Indonesia. The complex consists of many temples dedicated to Hindu gods and was built in the 9th century. The highest temple of Shiva has a height of 47 meters! It is hard to believe that just a hundred years after construction, these grand buildings were abandoned and soon fell into neglect.

In the morning we go to the 9th century Borobudur Buddhist stupa - one of the largest in the world! This grand structure consists of nine platforms with 504 Buddha statues. People who are a little familiar with Buddhism can read this stupa like a book. Here we will learn about the dramatic story of the birth of Buddha Shakyamuni, about his years of spiritual quest, the main principles of his teaching and about his departure to parinirvana... Now imagine that all this amazing structure stands in the background of two huge volcanoes! 

In the evening we walk through the Muslim quarters of Yogyakarta, observe very authentic life, visit a restaurant in a traditional Javanese house and a market of medicinal plants and spices.

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Is this trip for you?

The trip is of light physical grade. Expect long city walks, and two night bus trips. We will also take four domestic flights, and one long daytime ride in hired minivans with sightseeing on the way (13-15 hours). Accommodation in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels. Every room will have attached bathroom with hot water, and wi fi internet. Accommodation on Togean islands can be chosen in additional options.

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