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SURF CAMP IN BALI

SURF CAMP IN BALI

DAY 1. FIRST STEPS IN BALI

Welcome to Bali! Enjoy your new reality as you take your first steps on Balinese soil! You will arrive at Denpasar Airport and be transferred to the surf camp in Padang Padang, in the south of Bali on the Bukit peninsula. The area is famous for its beautiful nature, amazing landscapes and secluded surf spots for all levels. Transfer from the airport to the camp will take 40 min to 1 hour 15 min (depending on the traffic). Look out for caves, cliffs, and high-class waves.

You will meet your guide after dinner and he/she will explain everything about Bali, including different routes to get by in Bali and activities to do during your visit.

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DAY 2. FIRST SURFING LESSON AND INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Surfing lesson #1 will be theory (information about the ocean, swell, waves, rules etc.) followed by a practical component. The first lesson takes a minimum of 4 hours. Experienced English-speaking surf coaches will explain the theoretical basis and teach you how to get up on a board and keep your balance. After each lesson teachers usually recap the lesson via pictures or videos to show students their mistakes in the ocean.

Why is surfing awesome? In this sport you don’t have to do anything extraordinary or prove anything to anyone. Surfing is about trusting nature and being aware of your surroundings. It is the art of being in the flow. Surfing in Bali is surely on the bucket list of every visitor – whether you’re just learning to surf or are an experienced surfer.

After lunch you will enjoy indoor activities; learning words in Bahasa, doing some handiwork or crafts and then watching movies about surfing in the evening.

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DAY 3. 2ND SURFING LESSON

Surfing lesson #2 will take place today. The focus will be less on theory and more on practice.

Today you will learn how to turn on a surfboard. After lunch you will have beach activities – SUP, volleyball, body boarding etc.

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DAY 4. TREKKING, COOKING CLASS AND UBUD

Today you will take a break from surfing. (After 2 days in the water, your muscles might hurt!) You will wake up early and leave the hotel at around 7 to reach the middle of the island; the Ubud area. The drive is about 1.5 hours.

You will do a trek in the rice fields not far from Ubud. Balinese rice paddies are a symbol of human labor. Rice is the basis of Balinese cuisine, the most common food here. It grows only when it is covered by water, so from time to time the rice paddies look like huge mirrors. The rice fields are carved by hand with the help of some simple tools, and are maintained by families over generations. Rice paddies are a must-see in Indonesia!

After the trek, you will take part in a Balinese cooking class. Balinese food is a mix of indigenous cuisine as well as influences from Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. This sets it apart in many ways from standard “Indonesian food.”

After lunch you will go to Ubud, a cozy, authentic city in the middle of the jungle. The cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is a city of artists, painters, vegans, designers and yogis. You will visit the Monkey Forest; a sacred jungle where hundreds of monkeys live. It is a green, fresh and mysterious place. The scenery looks unearthly with giant roots bending around bridges, huge stone carvings of Balinese gods sticking out from the sides of river banks and beautiful old temples. The place is home to huge gang of macaques/Balinese long-tailed monkeys. You will have dinner either back home or in Ubud – this small, cute city is famous for a big variety of restaurants.

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DAY 5. SURFING LESSON AND ULUWATU TEMPLE

In the surfing lesson you will learn how to paddle without the help of a teacher, turn on the board and go through the break. In the evening you will go to the 11th century Pura Uluwatu temple. As soon as you enter, you will feel the magical energy of this place with your whole body. From the observation deck you can admire the powerful ocean waves.

Uluwatu Temple was built on top of a cliff of made of black coral rock, 90 meters above the Indian Ocean! Unlike all other temples in Bali, which face west or south, this one faces east. Uluwatu’s location provides spiritual balance to the island. The view from the coastline is truly breathtaking.

At sunset the national fire dance, Kecak, begins. This is a performance based on the sacred book of the Bhagavat Gita. It features 70 men singing and 150 men dancing in sarongs.

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DAY 6. SURFING LESSON AND TRIP TO IJEN VOLCANO

Today you will enjoy surfing real waves, not just whitewash which can push a board easily. This promises to be both fun and challenging. You will get to experience “real” surfing – paddling yourself, picking a proper place at the line-up and paddling through the break. After this experience, many people fall in love with surfing.

You will break for lunch and a rest before your journey to Ijen Volcano starts at around 13/14:00.

This spectacular volcano on Java Island with a sulfur lake in the crater and unbelievable landscapes will leave you speechless. The trip is long and not for the faint-hearted – you will be transferred by bus to the port (about 4 hrs), then on to a ferry for a 1-hour journey, then approximately a 1 hr 30 min drive to the volcano.

Ijen is a quiet but active volcano. It is set amidst a stunning landscape of volcanic cones. The beautiful turquoise sulfur lake is the largest acidic lake in the world. Ijen is known as a “blue” volcano because of the bright blue flames rising in the crater. This can be seen only at night and in certain temperatures. You will arrive at Java Sunrise homestay as a temporary place to rest, refresh and enjoy dinner before the midnight activity kicks off.

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DAY 7. CLIMBIMG IJEN VOLCANO

Around 1 AM you will start climbing the volcano. You will first be given all instructions and equipment – masks, gloves, flashlights, water, and small snacks – before a guide explains the rules. The trek takes about 2.5 hours and is not too hard, even old folk can do this. It can be very cold as you climb to the top of the volcano – expect temperatures of around 12-14 degrees Celsius. Please make sure you have something warm to wear for those chilly temperatures. Comfortable hiking shoes are also essential. Finally, the highlight of the journey is viewing a spectacular sunrise on the top of the volcano.

After lunch you will enjoy seeing the beautiful Jagir waterfall close to Ijen volcano. Prepare to get wet, so bring extra clothes.

You will arrive back in Bali in the evening. The same process follows to get back to the camp – a transfer to the ferry, then 1 hour on the ferry and the final transfers to the surf camp

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DAY 8. SURFING LESSON AND SOCIAL WORK

Hopefully you will feel more confident on the surf board and perhaps even know how to turn, keep your balance and control the speed of your board.

This afternoon you will visit either a shelter or an orphanage. This promises to be a very meaningful, sustainable, fun, mutually beneficial and authentic experience where you can interact with and improve conditions for those who live in deserving communities. Intellectual activities or games/beach activities will be enjoyed during the evening.

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DAYS 9-10. GILI AIR

In the morning you will check out of Kamafari Surf Camp and be transferred to Gili Island, where you will spend 2 nights. This is an incredibly quiet island with turquoise water, sea turtles and Nemos at your fingertips, along with chilled beach bars and breathtaking sunsets. There are no bikes, cars, or scooters on this tropical island – only bicycles and horses. It is possible to walk around the island in 2 hours – it is tiny. Gili Air is a great combination of clean blue water, white sand and a variety of beach activities. Divers and snorkelers love this island. The local people are super relaxed, welcoming and friendly.

Getting to Gili involves a transfer to Padang Bai port (about 2 hrs drive), then a speedboat (90 min), then a walk to the hotel. Afternoon activities will include snorkeling, swimming in the beautiful warm ocean and social work with the Community Outreach Program.

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DAY 11. WATER ACTIVITIES IN BALI

You will be transferred back to Bali and check in to a hotel in Sanur. The location is central and has access to endless water sports. It’s time to hit the beach and get active with SUP, beach volleyball and snorkeling. Dinner and board games will be enjoyed in the evening.

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DAY 12. BEACH ACTIVITIES & TRANSFER TO BATUR VOLCANO

Enjoy more beach and water sports in the morning if you have loads of energy to spare. You will take a rest in the afternoon in preparation for climbing another volcano to enjoy yet another spectacular sunrise.

At around 23:30 you will be transferred to Batur Volcano which will take an hour. Mount Batur (or The Kintamani Volcano) is an active volcano and a very popular hike. The captivating Mount Batur surrounds the 13-sq-km Batur caldera lake.

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DAY 13. BATUR VOLCANO & TIBUMANA WATERFALL

Around 1:00 you will start climbing the Batur volcano (1717 meters high) in order to arrive by sunrise. The hike takes about 4 hours. A local guide will follow the group. It is cold at the beginning and hot at the end of the hike. From the top you will see the caldera and the beautiful Lake Batur, the main source of irrigation of the island and local breeding ground for freshwater fish. You will observe the sunrise from the ridge of this volcano.

After lunch you will relax at hot springs near Batur and visit the beautiful Tibumana waterfall, one of the most beautiful hidden waterfalls near Ubud.

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DAY 14. WHITE WATER RAFTING

This morning gets off to an early start in which you will enjoy the rainforest and the views of the rice fields. Get ready to experience whitewater rafting at Ayung river near Ubud. It is considered to be one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in Bali. The river in Ubud is suitable for beginners. The tour offers a thrilling adventure combined with beautiful scenery.

Lunch will be followed by social work and a summary of the whole trip.

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DAY 15. END OF THE TRIP

Today you leave Bali with memories and experiences you will treasure for a lifetime.

After breakfast and check out you will be transferred back to Ngurah Rai International Airport where you will make your way back home.

Come visit Bali again soon!

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Travel authors

Марго Беккер
Maria Apakidze