We are pleased to announce this exciting trip that combines overland adventures exploring the landscape and culture of Bali with a snorkeling trip to see the underwater sites of both Bali, and the stunning reefs of the Komodo islands.
This trip is being run by our new partner and friend Ben and his team. Based in the U.K., they are experts in the Coral Triangle, run amazing excursions, and have a great appreciation for the underwater world.
This small group trip
(16 snorkelers + guide) is an exceptional value for a 15 day remote adventure filled with
fantastic reefs, rich cultural travel experiences above the water, beautiful landscapes, and Komodo Dragons!
This trip is less snorkeling intensive than some of Ben's offerings, with extra time exploring the rich culture and attractions above the water. If you would prefer a trip that is more snorkeling intensive, see any of Ben's other trips on this page.
The first eight days are spent exploring the attractions above and below the water on Bali, at two different areas.
You will spend the first few days recovering from the travel in a small and exclusive resort in central Bali. This beautiful resort, surrounded by lush green rice paddies, has stunning volcano views and access to local villages and culture.
You will then move to the northwestern coast, where you will enjoy some spectacular snorkeling, and great land based excursions. You will then spend a night in the arts center of the island, Ubud, where you can explore the markets, Monkey Forest, and enjoy local entertainment over dinner.
Finally the group travels together to Komodo Resort, an extraordinary island resort on the outskirts of Komodo National Park. Your luxurious beachfront bungalows are en-suite and air-conditioned and the sunset beach bar is simply wonderful. The house reef offers beautiful snorkeling opportunities, but the real attraction is the lush and lively reefs within the national park, as well as the chance to snorkel with the huge and majestic manta rays. Land based excursions here include a visit to Rinca Island where you can see the Jurassic looking Komodo Dragons in the wild.
The tour is fully escorted by an experienced member of Ben's team, and no prior snorkeling experience is required.
De Klumpu Bali is a unique resort in the heart of Bali. Surrounded by lush trees and rice fields, with views of Mount Agung, this comfortable resort is built in the traditional Balinese style. The resort offers the perfect combination of Balinese traditional living with luxurious comfort.
The restaurant prepares an array of Balinese and international cuisine,
using organic ingredients. The resort also features a fabulous spa
offering a whole range of wellness treatments in a soothing
atmosphere, from hot stones treatments to traditional massages.
Only two hours from the airport, this is the perfect place to read a book by the pool and enjoy some of the cultural activities Bali is known for. The resort can arrange traditional dance classes, Balinese cooking classes, yoga lessons, trekking to local waterfalls, a tour of the fields and local villages by bicycle, or time with local farmers learning about the traditional techniques of planting and plowing using buffalo.
Next you will spend four nights at the Menjangan Dynasty Resort which offers the ultimate luxury glamping resort experience in a world class snorkeling location within the beautiful surroundings of northwest Bali. This eco-friendly, tented, boutique retreat caters to outdoor adventure enthusiasts with an appetite for indulgence as well as folks who just want to relax and be pampered. The safari-style permanent tents are luxurious and offer beautiful views. There is a fabulous restaurant on-site offering el fresco dining.
The first of its kind in Bali, Menjangan Dynasty Resort is designed to blend with the environment and provide you with exciting natural encounters through activities such as snorkeling, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, bird-watching, and horse-riding or quite simply lounging on the beach.
You will have three long snorkel sessions by boat where you may see everything from schooling fish, turtles, octopus, nudibranchs and reef sharks, to stunning coral gardens and plunging walls with huge gorgonian fans. You will visit Pulau Menjangan, an island with a fringing reef rich with beautiful corals, teeming with tropical fish life, giant clams and bat fish amongst other marine life.
Alongside the snorkeling there will be plenty of time to relax back at the resort where you can use the pool, visit the turtle hatchery or use one of the complimentary kayaks
A full day land experience is also included to visit north Bali.
You will then spend one night in Ubud, in central Bali, at the Plataran Hotel. The hotel is surrounded by rice paddy fields and you can use the pool or spa. Ubud is a fabulous and lively artsy town and is a delight to walk around, shop, enjoy the bar and music scene.
Next stop, Komodo!
Komodo is a national park of 26 islands which lie to the east of Bali. Taking a trip to this remote corner of Asia feels like stepping back in time.
The islands are volcanic in origin with striking rugged hillsides of dry savanna and green thorny vegetation surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches.
Below the surface you can expect truly world class snorkeling. It is after all the heart of the Coral Triangle. Manta cleaning stations are scattered throughout the park. It isn’t uncommon to have encounters with large numbers of these majestic creatures. Schooling pelagics and reef sharks also make frequent appearances. Below the surface topography ranges from diverse coral gardens to craggy pinnacles and walls. This makes the snorkeling suited to a variety of preferences. Topside, there’s the chance to trek on Rinca Island and see the legendary Komodo Dragons lazing in the warm sunshine.
You will have six nights at Komodo Resort which is set on its own private island in a secluded area of eastern Indonesia. Not only is it within range of some of Komodo's finest snorkeling sites, it has a spectacular and pristine house reef, powder white sand beaches for afternoon relaxation and accommodation finely in tune with its surroundings. The abundance of pristine reefs, islands, islets and sandy bays found within range of Komodo Resort would take a lifetime to explore.
The 16 seafront bungalows are made of teak wood, have private bathrooms, and are surrounded by the nature of a desert island.
All the rooms have air conditioning, fans, hot water and 24 hours electric power.
The open air bamboo restaurant serves international and Italian cuisine with fresh produce and fish straight from the sea. You can enjoy daily homemade bread, pasta at dinner and pastries and cakes at breakfast. They also accommodate dietary restrictions. Feel the breeze and enjoy the view of the ocean sipping a glass of wine.
The resort also has a small spa offering traditional Javanese massage, relaxation massage, masks and scrubs. There is also a small gym, if you need a workout after all the snorkeling and island hiking.
This is a small group trip and we expect it to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
September 14-28, 2019
$4,515 per person (Twin/Double Share)
(Note this includes some, not all board. See notes below. Ben's team can give you an estimate of what additional costs you can expect.)
Single Person Supplement: $665.00 USD
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers and leaders of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from Tropicalsnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all signups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben's team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.
How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.
Ben contacted us about his upcoming new snorkeling trips, and we were very excited to go on them and share them with you. We have spent a lot of time emailing and video conferencing with Ben (his company is in the U.K.) to work out the details of what is being offered, and to get a good feel for how we get along, which is very well indeed!
He and his team have around twenty years of experience guiding and diving in Asia, and eight years running his own business (which gets great reviews). He started offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.
His small company has experienced guides, marine biologists, and underwater photography specialists. So they are bringing a lot of experience to their new snorkeling trips.
Ben is offering two different styles of snorkeler specific trips to different locations in Asia. You can choose either snorkeling intensive trips, where most of your time is spent with your head in the water, or snorkeling trips with more opportunities to experience the culture and wilderness above the water.
All of his trips are small groups of 12-16 guests. And for where they visit, and how packed they are with experiences, they are very affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. They have never cancelled a trip, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.