If you were ever to create islands for the adventurous, then they’d surely look just like Bali and Lombok. These havens of incredible landscapes and extraordinary diversity are perfect for those that like their journeys with a big hit of activity. Dotted with small, character-filled villages, smouldering volcanoes rising out of lush rich fields, idyllic beaches and colourful reefs – these islands reward the curious and the animated traveller. Beginning in Ubud, cycle through backstreets, quaint villages and rice fields, conquer the slopes of simmering Mt Batur, and discover the underwater wonders of Bali Barat National Park. Ride white water rapids near Ubud, walk through rice paddies to Candidasa, and saddle up for a bike ride along the coast to Amed. Cruise over to Lombok and spot monkeys in the forests near Mt Rinjani and search for sea turtles around the remote Gili Islands. In between all this action there’s plenty of time to experience local culture, from Balinese cuisine to Hindu-Buddhist temples, and get a healthy dose of beachside chill-time – this trip strikes the perfect balance.

Highlights

Enjoy a mixture of adventurous activities, from snorkelling to hiking to rafting – perfect for those who love to get their pulse going

Adventure to the summit of Mt Batur and the crater rim of Mt Rinjani. On a clear day you may be able to see across from peak to the other

Snorkel the crystal waters around Menjangan Island reef and off the coast of the Gili Islands. Look of for schools of tropical fish and, if you're lucky, gliding sea turtles

Get an insight into the real Indonesia, with cultural activities and visiting local villages

Lombok and the Gili Islands are less frequented than their Balinese neighbour. Stay on the East Coast of Lombok in an area off the tourist trail.

Relax and unwind on pristine beaches in Amed and Gili Air, the perfect places to rest your bones after your active adventures