HOW WE DO IT
Bali Coast 2 Coast is a totally unique holiday. Much like the world famous treks from hut to hut in the Swiss Alps or tea house treks in Nepal, Bali Coast 2 Coast will start and end on the trail with no vehicle travel involved. Our hike will take you through the original and classic Bali.
Along the way we will hike through rice fields, traditional villages, black sand beaches, mountains, and volcanoes. We’ll trek ancient spiritual paths to temples, wander shepherd’s footpaths and scramble along hidden routes. Along the way we’ll have authentic interactions with locals that rarely see tourists, take in world class scenery and come to appreciate Bali’s natural beauty.
Breakfasts are included at our hotel and a we provide a few free lunches along the way. Other than that, you’ll be free to sample Bali’s cuisine including anything from spicy street food to Western food to top class international fare.
Accommodation is included and it’s terrific! We usually stay directly on the beach with a swimming pool and always with outstanding scenic views! All of our accommodation is small scale, locally owned with exceptional service.
While our hikes begin and end at our nightly accommodation we have a well maintained private vehicle (with AC!) to provide emergency transport, offer additional activities when time allows and transport luggage. This means you will only need to carry a small day pack on our daily excursions!
The trip will be a mixture of trekking, spontaneous cultural experiences and free time. Reasonably fit, adventurous and determined— if that’s you, you can hike Bali Coast 2 Coast.
ITINERARY – A typical trip is 8 days and follows the itinerary listed below, however, shorter and longer private group trips can be arranged with advanced notice.***
*** NOTE: The trip has an 8-day itinerary. However, we meet on Day 1 (no hiking) and on Day 8 you are on your own to explore Bali and surrounding environs (no hiking) for a total of 6-days hiking during the trip.
Day 1- BUITAN We begin the journey in the very small beach town of Buitan. Arrive anytime; we meet at 6:30 pm to discuss details of the trip.
If you cannot attend the orientation meeting please contact us in advance. We will be collecting your insurance details and providing up to date information about our journey. (Please note travel insurance is compulsory. We require, at a minimum, that you are covered for medical expenses and emergency repatriation.)
- Meet your fellow intrepid travellers
- Beach front bungalows
- We recommend that you join us for a group welcome dinner but you are free to opt out and find food in the small village
Day 2- CANDIDASA From the beach we trek high up the coastal hills, and then descend through forested slopes to Tenganan and Tenganan Dauh Tukad, the thousand year old partially walled villages of the original Balinese. After lunch we climb an ancient pilgrimage path, and then follow the ridgeline to East Bali’s bustling seaside resort of Candidasa. Along the way we have outstanding views of the coast and volcanoes of East Bali. Candidasa has anything a traveller needs! A full range of local and international restaurants, massage, spas and a night market are available!
A very challenging day of 6 hours actual hiking (not counting lunch, extended breaks, etc.).
- Original Balinese artists villages (carving & weaving)
- Sample locally produced arak & agricultural products (palm alcohol, young coconuts)
- Candidasa’s famous lagoon and tourist scene
- Boutique hotel with swimming pool a minute’s walk from the beach
- Breakfast at hotel
- Lunch will be catered and delivered to us in Tenganan Village by our private vehicle (there is nothing good to eat in the village otherwise!)
- Dinner will offer a full range of options from local street stalls to a fabulous gourmet restaurant (really, there is!)
Day 3- BUGBUG From our hotel we head to a temple on a rocky promontory, and then bushwack up a steep seaside slope until the ridgeline, with panoramic views in all directions. Passing a major temple complex, we gradually descend through coconut plantations and rice fields until we reach the practically deserted black sand beach of Bug Bug. Moderate day (3 hours actual hiking). Accommodation is in poolside villas directly on the beach. Lounge about or we can arrange a variety of activities (massage, shopping at the artists villages in Tenganan, visits to Candidasa or a local night market, walks along the mile long beach)
- Visit two major Balinese temples along a pilgrimage route
- For those so inclined a visit to the Indonesian shrimp and mollusc breeding center can be arranged!
- New private villas directly on the beach
- Breakfast at the villa
- Lunch & Dinner will likely be at our hotel (there is little else in the beach front town). However, our private transport can take you further afield.
Day 4- JASRI Leave the beach and follow a winding shepherd’s trail to an ocean side cliff. Descend through pastures and groves to a small lava strewn peninsula, finally reaching White Sand Beach (Pantai Pasir Putih- The Triple P!), Bali’s most enchanting and photogenic beach. After lunch continue through coastal rice fields to the quiet resort of Jasri. Moderate day (three hours actual hiking) and various activities can be arranged.
- The Best Beach in Bali!
- Visit Charlie’s Chocolate Factory (locally grown cacao syrup, chocolate bars & organic soap)
- Become Wiser on the Swing of Instant Enlightenment
- Optional activities (fishing, snorkelling, boat trips, swimming in crystal clear water, massage)
- A lovely beachfront hotel with a small swimming pool
- Breakfast at the villa
- Choose your lunch from a variety of thatch roofed beach front restaurants
- For dinner you can choose from a couple of hit or miss food stalls and some nice Western options!
Day 5- TIRTAGANGGA Hike along the coast and turn inland through rice fields, with a swim in a natural, secluded spring-fed pool, followed by a visit to the superbly located Ujung Water Palace. We skirt the small city of Amlapura (except for a quick lunchtime stop), taking footpaths along, and sometimes through, isolated small rivers and river valleys. Later we climb to a hilltop shrine with spectacular views, before snaking through more rice fields to our hillside destination of Tirtagangga, famous for its own Water Palace with refreshing pools and cool weather. Tirtagannga is literally a one street town, but many tourist services and a range of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants are available. A very challenging day of six hours hiking.
- Tirta- a natural spring fed freshwater pool located at the foot of a temple in the rice fields
- Seaside Ujung Water Palace
- Tirtagangga Water Palace– a stunningly beautiful retreat built by the last King of Karangasem
- A visit (inside, if we’re lucky!) to the seaside compound of a Hollywood producer!
- Gorgeous boutique hotel with a swimming pool nestled in the rice fields
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Choose lunch from a range of options in the lively market town of Amlapura or splurge on panoramic views and world class dining at Bali Asli!
- Tirtagangga offers a wide range of choices for dinner from local to Western
Day 6- CULIK We pass authentic rural hamlets, some of Bali’s most photographed rice terraces, and a new range of coastal hills and ravines, on our way towards the north-east coastal plain and the town of Culik. There is no tourist accommodation near the endpoint of today’s hike. Challenging day of six hours hiking.
- Stunning views of Gunung Agung
- An intimate glimpse into daily life of rural rice farmers
- The best rice fields in Bali
- We have the option of returning to the comforts of Tirtagangga for the night (private transport included) or arranging more adventurous lodging in a cliffside temple with views of the Lombok Straits or a local home.
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Lunch will be found at the best local warung in the tiny hillside town of Ngis (there aren’t many choices but the food is good!)
- Dinner will be your choice (back in Tirtagangga, delivered to the temple or at your homestay)
Day 7- LIPAH (AMED) A short walk through rice fields takes us to a sheer hillside ascent of 60-75 minutes, and an area of East Bali we call “Nepal”, because it can be reached only by footpaths. Dotted with homes, fields and temples (but no schools) these steep hills offer unsurpassed views of holy Gunung Agung, the Lombok Strait, and the past week’s hiking. We descend on yet another ridgeline, reaching the coast at the small, sandy bay of Lipah. Lipah has a range of services. Very challenging (6 hour) day with an option to walk even more in “Nepal”.
- See Bali as it was decades ago!
- Traverse ancient footpaths to visit isolated villages with little contact with modern civilization
- Rugged terrain defined by sheer ravines, ephemeral streams, cliffs and mountain views
- Charming beachside hotel with a swimming pool
- Breakfast at your hotel, the temple or homestay
- Trailside lunch (this is the only day we need pack our lunch)
- Celebratory Dinner in Amed at a great beach front restaurant (but we recommend a place with a well stocked bar!)
Day 8- LIPAH (AMED) No activities planned. Stay longer at this delightful beach, head to another part of Bali, or return home. Most of you will be thinking-WHAT AN AMAZING ONCE IN A LIFETIME ADVENTURE WE JUST HAD! PLEASE, ANYTHING… JUST NO MORE HIKING!