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Experience it All
Indonesia
Experience it All

For 20 days, you’ll have the chance to island hop through Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, on this once in a lifetime backpacking adventure. This country offers an infinity of possibilities for an epic adventure but we think we’ve nailed the perfect recipe for you to experience Indonesia in 20-days with just enough beach time, cultural experiences and adrenaline filled activity. Landing in the busy city of Jakarta is where your journey begins and it will take you to the beautiful Javanese beach town of Pangandaran, followed by Yogyakarta to see the sun rise over the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temple, to Ubud the Balinese cultural hub, the volcanic island of Lombok to hike and camp overnight on the mystifying Mount Rinjani, that will take you to the more relaxing part of the trip when we reach the tiny paradise of the Gili Islands, and finally the trip wraps up in Kuta, Bali where you can surf all day and dance all night! If you are looking to relax on the beach with nonstop parties for 20 days, this trip isn't for you, but if you are looking to see many different places, have cultural experiences, do a plethora of activities as well as getting in some beach time then come Experience it All in Indonesia!

 
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Jakarta

A huge and sprawling megalopolis and capital to the world's 4th most populous country, Jakarta is at the very centre of Indonesia's rapid industriousness. Its high density of concrete buildings and high-rises jammed alongside its oft-gridlocked streets make Jakarta a bit daunting at first, and we won't try to fool anyone it's not the prettiest city to look at either. But the people of the city are surprisingly upbeat and relatively good-natured, compared to other cities of its size the crime rate in Jakarta is actually extremely low. And hidden amongst all the chaos of the city lies cool cafes, gorgeous hotels and lounges, and some very rad bars. So although we try to make our time in Jakarta as brief as possible, that doesn't mean we won't enjoy the night we have here!

 
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Pangandaran

Home to a huge stretch of pristine volcanic black sand, Pangandaran's beach runs far past its town and into an endless, completely secluded paradise. Pangandaran Beach is wide and flat making it an ideal location for beach games and laying down your sarong to soak in the sun. The beach also sports a stellar beach break ideal for learning how to surf or for taking advantage of the nice, slow-moving waves to hone your skills. A quick walk further down the beach will take you to a national park formed by a narrow peninsula between two long sweeping beach bays where you can gawk at the beauty of the place and if you keep alert eyes, see an exotic array of monkeys, lizards and birds. Pangandaran is, without a doubt, one of Indonesia's premier beach towns!

 
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Yogyakarta

Java’s culture-filled capital Yogyakarta, is the Javanese heart and soul of Indonesia, where its art and traditions are most present. The Hindu and Buddhist temples surrounding Yogyakarta are some of the oldest in Southeast Asia and include the colossal Borobudur, a massive and intricate temple set in a stunning jungle setting. There are many other cultural sights like the sultans old palace of Kraton and the water castle of Taman Sari. Some of the best markets in Indonesia are found in Yogyakarta and you can find virtually anything including the local's famous Batik artwork at the various marketplaces around the city. A very artistic city, its huge size is not over-bearing as the many cafes, malls and urban centres maintain an old-style way of living.

 
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Ubud.

Hidden amongst the jungle canopies of Bali, Ubud exists in its own universe of creative mystique. Popularized in ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ Ubud lives up to its reputation of intrigue, with an impressive display of handmade items for sale and a myriad of cafes, shops and spiritual temples to spend your time. Much of the experience of being in Ubud, however, is simply enjoying Ubud. It can be amazing all on its own to just walk around and soak in the sights of the dense rainforest, the active wildlife and the shimmering rice terraces decorating the hills. Be sure to either take as many photos as you can or keep an alert memory so you can savour everything about your experience in Ubud!

 
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Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani is a massive active volcano on the island of Lombok, it rises to 12, 224 ft (so it's no quick hike), but it's sure to provide some of the most breath-taking views of your life that'll make the long hike more than worth it. On Mount Rinjani is a huge crater lake known as Segara Anak (Child of the Sea) that is an absolutely wondrous sight to see as you trudge up the mountain. But once you get to the top, you rise above the clouds and stand on top of the world feeling like a god on Mount Olympus, a fitting reward for the long hike! And instead of just hiking right back down we set up tents on top of Mount Rinjani with our whole group and have an amazing night enjoying the awesome camping experience. In the morning you're sure to awaken to one of the most memorable sights of your life as you open up the tent flap to stare out across the surrounding landscape as the first colourful rays of sun reach across the horizon and seemingly paint the sky.

 
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The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands, located off the northwest corner of Lombok, is an incredibly glorious place where there are no cars, the beaches are as nice as can be and the turquoise water is as calm and clear as a swimming pool. The pristine reefs surrounding The Gili Islands host a fascinating array of exotic marine life. A good way to spend a day is popping on a snorkel mask, spotting 1 of the many sea turtles around the islands and simply following him around for awhile! The Gili Islands are a great place to kick back and enjoy the wonderful life of being on a tropical island, complete with wild beach parties at night!

 
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Kuta Beach, Bali

The legendary island of Bali is what originally put Indonesia on traveler's radar - teeming with party-hardy travelers and a spectacular stretch of beach, Kuta Beach is arguably the liveliest beach destination in Bali. Home to the nicest sunsets in Indonesia, the beach stretches further than the eye can see and makes for a perfect place to learn to surf or perfect your wave-shredding abilities. The nightlife in Kuta is infamously awesome and when passing through this town you're sure to have a memorable (or hard to remember) night or two! Our stopover in Kuta beach is always full of wicked activities, chill beach days, great shopping and epic parties, making it a perfect spot for a Free & Easy group!

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Experience it All

For 20 days, you’ll have the chance to island hop through Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, on this once in a lifetime backpacking adventure. This country offers an infinity of possibilities for an epic adventure but we think we’ve nailed the perfect recipe for you to experience Indonesia in 20-days with just enough beach time, cultural experiences and adrenaline filled activity. Landing in the busy city of Jakarta is where your journey begins and it will take you to the beautiful Javanese beach town of Pangandaran, followed by Yogyakarta to see the sun rise over the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temple, to Ubud the Balinese cultural hub, the volcanic island of Lombok to hike and camp overnight on the mystifying Mount Rinjani, that will take you to the more relaxing part of the trip when we reach the tiny paradise of the Gili Islands, and finally the trip wraps up in Kuta, Bali where you can surf all day and dance all night! If you are looking to relax on the beach with nonstop parties for 20 days, this trip isn't for you, but if you are looking to see many different places, have cultural experiences, do a plethora of activities as well as getting in some beach time then come Experience it All in Indonesia!

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Experience it All
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Experience it All

For 20 days, you’ll have the chance to island hop through Indonesia, an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, on this once in a lifetime backpacking adventure. This country offers an infinity of possibilities for an epic adventure but we think we’ve nailed the perfect recipe for you to experience Indonesia in 20-days with just enough beach time, cultural experiences and adrenaline filled activity. Landing in the busy city of Jakarta is where your journey begins and it will take you to the beautiful Javanese beach town of Pangandaran, followed by Yogyakarta to see the sun rise over the spectacular Borobudur Buddhist temple, to Ubud the Balinese cultural hub, the volcanic island of Lombok to hike and camp overnight on the mystifying Mount Rinjani, that will take you to the more relaxing part of the trip when we reach the tiny paradise of the Gili Islands, and finally the trip wraps up in Kuta, Bali where you can surf all day and dance all night! If you are looking to relax on the beach with nonstop parties for 20 days, this trip isn't for you, but if you are looking to see many different places, have cultural experiences, do a plethora of activities as well as getting in some beach time then come Experience it All in Indonesia!

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IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Day 1 Jakarta
Group flights arrive in the afternoon or late evening. If you arrive early you will have the opportunity to walk the bustling streets of Jakarta and visit the National Monument and surrounding park. This is the perfect occasion to sample Indonesian cuisine and beverages while getting to know your group.
Day 2-4 Pangandaran
Take a private A/C bus from Jakarta to Pangandaran. While in Pangandaran you will get to experience, beach bonfires, surfing, the Green Canyon tour, a local fish market and more!
Day 5-6 Yogyakarta
Take a bus and then train to Yogyakarta. Here visit historic Borobudur, the largest Buddhist Temple in the world, and watch the sunrise over volcanoes on the horizon. We also have a fun way of showing you some of the hidden gems of this culturally rich city.
Day 7-8 Ubud
Take a flight from Yogyakarta to Denpasar where mini buses will take you to the cultural destination of Ubud. Here we will see the more rural side of Bali and get a chance to see monkeys, temples and spend a day cycling through the countryside.
Day 9-11 Mount Rinjani
A minivan ride, followed by a fastboat will take you to the island of Lombok. From there we take a bus to Senaru, which is a small town at the base town of Mount Rinjani. The following day will be spent trekking up to the Crater Rim of Mount Rinjani where you will watch the sunset from above the clouds and then camp underneath the stars. Watch the sunrise, and start the trek back down to Senaru where you can celebrate your accomplishment!
Day 12-15 Gili Trawangan
Take a minivan and then a short ride on a local boat over to the paradise island of Gili Trawangan. Here the pace of the trip slows right down so you can experience Gili island living! Enjoy the beach life, or stay busy with scuba diving, paddle boarding, snorkelling with sea turtles, amazing food and nightlife that's perfect for backpackers.
Day 16-20 Kuta, Bali
Board the high speed "Fast boat" to Bali and then minivans to Kuta, Bali. Our centrally located hotel is minutes away from Kuta Beach, perfect for sunsets and learning to surf. Other options include traditional Balinese dance shows, white-water rafting, an incredible water park, or dance the night away at one of the many multi-storey night clubs! On the last day taxis take the group to Denpasar airport for departure.

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

IMPORTANT: If you are doing a combo trip and booking your own flights, please contact us to confirm the start and end point of your trip.

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

Traditional Kecak Fire Dance Show at Uluwatu

High up on the cliffs of Uluwatu, get ready to take in an incredible spectacle: the traditional Balinese dance called the Kecak. Based on the traditional Balinese ritual, it tells the famous epic Hindu story of the Ramayana. It’s a very popular performance - just to get there will bring you through the paths of the temples and along clifftops with their view of the ocean, finally arriving at the stage. The dance will feature no instruments, but rather the chanting of about 30 Indonesian men. The story that will unfold is that of a woman stolen from her husband by a demon, and the challenges he must face to rescue her. To top it all off? The whole performance takes place as the sun is setting, adding to the beauty and drama of the experience.

Go Scuba Diving

Diving is like no other experience on Earth. Life under the water is silent and peaceful, everything is flowing and moving in a way that we land creatures are unaccustomed to. Despite all of our high tech equipment, we are extremely out of our element in the water and it is a humbling experience to watch and observe what life is like under the sea. Fish come in all shapes, sizes and colours and move together in a harmonious unison through beautiful coral and twisted sunlight. On our trips, scuba diving is a huge activity as we travel to countries that offer some of the best diving in the world. The Caribbean in Central America possesses the second largest reef in the world, the warm waters of the South Pacific in Southeast Asia are home to the largest diversity of sea-life in the world and the seas of the Mediterranean are full of rich history and beauty. There is a whole universe under the ocean and experiencing what it's like to be in it is a must at least once in your life!

Bike Ride Adventure through Ubud!

What is adventure? It's a full day bike trip where you bike through the villages of Ubud, you stop to try all the local coffees including the "cat-poo-ccino,” you stop at a banyan tree, at a house in one of the villages to learn more about traditional Hinduism, at some rice fields, and you end the day off with a delicious late lunch buffet. It's the most incredible day! But what really makes it an adventure? Doing it all with two amazing leaders and a group of your new best friends who are just as excited as you are about trying new things and seeing the world from a local’s point of view. Treat yourself to adventure: Go to Indo.

Catch a Fish and Eat It, Too

We get so many people who come on our trips that say they don't like seafood and won't eat it - usually, they're not from a coastal town. So when we serve up a fresh barracuda or tuna or some other tasty fish that the fisherman caught that morning and we convince them to give it a try, the first thing they say (with a satisfied smile) is that this doesn't taste like the seafood they've tried. There's just no getting around it, fish is meant to be eaten fresh! And the only thing tastier than a fresh fish is one that you caught, too! Catching the fish that you eat used to be a part of life and still is in many parts of the world, however, more and more people are buying from the commercial fishing industry which is unsustainable and is destroying the ocean's eco-system. We offer the option to go fishing on nearly all of our trips with friendly, local fisherman that show you their tricks - it's an experience that not only teaches you the importance of fishing but is also a hell of a good time: on a boat, with friends, with beer, in the sun, drifting down a tropical coastline… 'nuff said!

Sunrise at Borobudur

Surrounded by droves of deep-green paddies and looming palm trees, Borobudur on the island of Java is a colossal Buddhist temple built over 1200 years ago and one of Southeast Asia's most incredible relics. The amazingly preserved temples show intricate detail and display the beauty of the past civilization that constructed Borobudur. The best time to see Borobudur is at sunrise, as the first rays of light cut across the horizon and the sculptures and temples seemingly come alive. It is one of the most incredible sight you'll ever see and we're sure all of our group members who have witnessed it will attest to that!

Visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud.

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, also known as the Monkey Forest Ubud, is not just a tourist attraction, but also an important spot when it comes to research and conservation programs. Researchers from various institutions around the world visit the sanctuary to conduct research, particularly about the monkeys’ social interactions and behaviours. There are hundreds of monkeys running around this forest, and if you’ve ever wanted to interact with one, then this is the place to do it. Buy a couple bananas when you get there, and you’re guaranteed an exciting time! Take a walk through the forest and explore the shrines, temples and even graveyard contained within. This is a unique experience, not to be missed!

Sunset Bike Trip.

The Gili Islands are one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. Picture idyllic small islands in the ocean, surrounded by white sand beaches and fluttering palm trees…it’s paradise. On Gili Trawangan, where we will be staying, there’s one main road that loops the entire island—yes it’s that small. So the best way to see a sunset? Grab some pedal bikes (rented for you courtesy of Free & Easy) and do a lap of the whole island! We stop at “Sunset Bar” to grab an ice cold bottle of Bintang and watch the sun go down, and then pop by the local market for dinner on the way back. You won’t forget this sunset anytime soon!

Green Canyon

The Green Canyon, or Cukang Taneuh, is a natural beauty in Western Java! It has been formed through millions of years of soil erosion that has left the Cijulang river with stunning emerald green water, bordered by towering cliffs and trees. The only way to reach this canyon is to hop aboard a local long tail and follow the winding river to the entrance of the canyon where you will get to jump into the refreshing water for a midday swim. This experience is always different based on the water level so it's something you simply have to try. One thing you won't miss no matter what: the unforgettable beauty of swimming in a fairy tale land that looks straight out of your day dreams. From the Green Canyon we head to Batu Karas, a beautiful beach with a great beginner surf break, and enjoy lunch and some drinks on the beach with your new best friends! This is an amazing day trip that we didn't think should be missed, so we decided to include it in the price of the trip!

Camp on Top of an Active Volcano

Volcanos are a fascinating natural force as well as one of the most beautiful things to see on the planet. The wondrous sight of a volcano is enhanced by its power and the knowledge that it could erupt at any minute, hiking up one is a great experience and puts a good perspective into the mountains that these powerful forces brood beneath. But some volcanos are worth more than a hike up and a hike down, once you get up there it's worth it to set up tents with your friends and enjoy the spectacular natural wonder that you stand atop of and wake up to perhaps the greatest sunrise of your life. And there is no volcano in the world better suited for this experience than Mount Rinjani in Indonesia.

Snorkel Trip in a Glass Bottom Boat

Let’s get that dose of Vitamin Sea! Free & Easy hires our very own private glass-bottom boat for a whole day. We’ll be cruising around the Gilis, throwing back beers, and stopping at a couple rad snorkel spots. The crystal clear, beautifully warm waters here are ideal to see all manner of sea life, so don’t be surprised if you get to hang with a couple of turtles throughout the day. Midway through we’ll be stopping on Gili Air for lunch, before heading back out to sea. There is no better way to chill out in the Gilis.

Beach Cleanup

Our Trash Hero beach cleanups are a great way to do good, feel good, and get some beach all at the same time. With thousands of tons of trash swirling around the oceans, the unfortunate reality is that some of it washes up onto the beautiful beaches we fall in love with around the world. So we thought ‘Let’s do something about this!’ Our partnership with Trash Hero began in Koh Lipe, Thailand, where they regularly organized beach cleanup days. Today, Trash Hero has gone viral and can be found operating in Thailand and Indonesia, and is spreading into dozens more countries at a rapid pace. On our end, beach cleanup day quickly became one of the most fun and rewarding days on our Thailand trip. So we decided to spread the love, and have instituted a beach cleanup day into our regular itineraries across the world. Through our sponsorship and partnership with Trash Hero, our travellers and others like them have since collected tens of thousands of kilograms of trash from the beaches we travel to…and really, there’s nothing more epic than saving the world! ** We will always strive to make a beach cleanup happen, but sometimes we may not be able to make it happen **

Surf A Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that 6 of the countries that we run trips to (Indonesia, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru & Colombia) have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Accommodations and Transportation

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What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 17 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Meals: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • All meals incl. on 2-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Crater trek
  • Breakfast incl. in Jakarta, Pangandaran & Ubud
  • BBQ dinner on the beach, Pangandaran

Activities: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • 7 destinations, and 4-5 islands! (Java, Bali, Lombok, and the Gilis!...)
  • National Park Day Trip, Pangandaran
  • 2-Day Mt. Rinjani Volcano Crater Trek (guides, porters ncl.)
  • Green Canyon Day Trip
  • Batu Kara’s Surfing Day Trip
  • Snorkel trip on a glass bottom boat in the Gili Islands
  • Transportation to temples (Borobudur & Uluwatu)
  • FNEZ sponsored beach cleanup

Optional Activities: Indonesia (20 Days)

  • Fishing
  • Sunrise at Borobudur
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing
  • Yoga
  • Waterpark
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Trip to the Fish Market
  • Visit Waterfalls
  • Sunset Bicycle Trip
  • Balinese Cultural Fire Dance
  • Ubud Bicycle Trip
  • Bali Countryside Bicycle Trip
  • Explore Monkey Forest in Bali

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above (optional activities are not included)
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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