Indonesia Eclipse 2016
OUR CORE ITINERARY
2 MARCH - 11 MARCH 2016
Day 1 Arrive Bali – Village of Ubud (D)
Day 2 The Many Sides of Ubud (B,L,D)
Day 3 Volcano & Eastern Bali (B, L, D)
Day 4 Melasti Ritual – Preparing for Nyepi (B, L, D)
Day 5 Temples and Tanah Lot Sunset (B, L, D)
Day 6 Bedugul - Jatiluwih (B, L, D)
Day 7 Bali – Sulawesi (B, D)
Day 8 Sulawesi Total Solar Eclipse (B, L, D)
Day 9 Sulawesi – Bali (B, D)
Day 10 Depart Bali or Join Optional Add-on Programs (B)
(B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
detailed core Itinerary
2 March 2016: arrive - village of ubud
Upon arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport (code: DPS) on “The Island of Gods,” you’re met by a representative who arranges the easy transfer to your hotel accompanied by our English-speaking guide. Set among terraced rice paddies in the foothills of the Gianyar Regency, Ubud enjoys cooler temperature than Bali’s coastal regions thanks to its elevation of 200 m (650 ft) above sea level. Spend the rest of the day exploring this cultural center of Bali, then enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Alila Ubud Resort (or similar) 3 nights.
3 March 2016 - The Many Sides of Ubud
After breakfast, you’ll visit a traditional Balinese household compound to experience the local way of life, then head to Batuan Village in the district of Sukawati. With a recorded history dating back nearly one thousand years, Batuan is famed for the distinctive painting style used by its artists to depict ancient legends and tales of mystery. Among the architectural highlights is Pura Desa Batuan, a classic Balinese temple devoted to Brahma the Creator and decorated with elaborate carvings. Next stop is the impressive Agung Rai Museum of Art, opened in 1996 to house masterpieces by renowned painters from diverse cultural traditions including Raden Saleh, Lempad, Affandi, Sadali, Bonnet, Le Mayeur, and Walter Spies. After lunch we return to Ubud, where you can enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure, again followed by dinner served at the hotel.
4 March 2016 - Batur Volcano & Eastern Bali
Today you’ll discover the fascinating eastern region of Bali. After a brief journey in our air-conditioned coach, you arrive at Kintamani to take in dramatic views of active Mount Batur volcano, as well as serene Lake Batur, from the rim of the giant Batur caldera, about 1,700 m (5,600 ft) above sea level. Nearby on the slopes of Mount Agung, you’re welcomed to the Mother Temple of Besakih, the largest and most important Hindu temple in Bali. From there we carry on to Candi Dasa, a seaside town on the edge of a freshwater lagoon and home to the Tirta Gangga Water Palace, founded by the Karangasem royal family. As you stroll the gardens among tiered fountains, bathing pools, and stone sculptures of mythical creatures spouting water, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape with its lush rice paddies.
5 March 2016 - Melasti Ritual – Preparing for Nyepi
Checking out of our hotel after breakfast, we’re off to meet Balinese villagers as they put the finishing touches to their ogoh-ogoh, giant figures of mythological demons made from wood, bamboo, paper, and other light materials that make them easy to carry – and quick to burn. Embodying spirits that disturb the course of human life, the ogoh-ogoh are paraded through village streets and then reduced to ashes in celebratory bonfires on the eve of Nyepi – a day of silence, fasting, meditation, and self-reflection.
Next comes the Melasti ceremony of cleansing and purification. Join thousands of worshippers in traditional dress as they form a procession to the Hindu temple carrying ceremonial idols, along with offerings to the sea and water deities who have the power to wash away the physical residue of existence. After lunch we transfer to Tanjung Benoa and your hotel for the next three nights. Relax for the rest of the day in this luxurious beachfront resort and spa, with its spacious guestrooms set amidst lush gardens and tranquil pools overlooking a golden-sand beach.
Overnight: Conrad Bali Resort (or similar) 3 nights
6 March 2016 - Temples and Tanah Lot Sunset
Spend the morning at your leisure, taking advantage of all that our seaside resort has to offer. After lunch, join us on a visit to Taman Ayun, the royal temple at Mengwi. Set in peaceful gardens at the edge of a large pond, the temple appears to be floating on the shimmering water. Also on our seaside route is one of the most venerated shrines in Bali: the temple of Tanah Lot, which sits offshore on a rocky outcrop that has been sculpted by the tides for millennia. One of the best views is at sunset from the nearby Pan Pacific Hotel, where you can sip a cocktail as the waves crash onto rocks and the temple is spectacularly silhouetted against a red and gold sky
7 March 2016 - Bedugul - Jatiluwih
This morning we drive via Bedugul through Bali’s central highlands at an altitude of more than 700 m (2,300 ft). Our destination is Jatiluwih, famed for its magnificent terraced rice paddies cascading down the slopes of Mount Batukaru to the sea. Designated as a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, the Jatiluwih rice fields use the subak irrigation method that has been passed down from generation to generation since the 9th century. From here our journey takes us into the Tabanan Regency to the temple of Ulun Danu, on a plateau by the shores of Lake Bratan, which is paired with nearby Mount Beratan as divine embodiments of fertility and prosperity. After lunch, return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon and evening at your leisure.
8 March 2016 - Bali – Sulawesi
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes). Situated between Borneo and Maluku, the world’s eleventh-largest island is renowned for its spices. After a quick trip to our hotel via air-conditioned coach, you’re free to roam and take in the exotic surroundings. Join us this evening for dinner, followed by a weather briefing and a preview of the total solar eclipse from the TravelQuest astronomer.
9 MARCH 2016 - Sulawesi Total Solar Eclipse
Depart before sunrise to reach our carefully selected viewing site, where you’ll stand in the Moon’s shadow for nearly 2 minutes and 45 seconds of totality. After the big event, you’ll return to the hotel for lunch, followed by an afternoon of leisure and reflection
WHAT TO EXPECT ON ECLIPSE DAY
by Eclipse Meteorologist Jay Anderson
Indonesia is a land of tropical humidity, cloud, showers – and sun. While it’s a difficult environment in which to capture an eclipse, careful site selection that takes advantage of normal weather patterns, and the ups and downs of the terrain, considerably improves the likelihood of seeing the event. TravelQuest’s preferred location on Sulawesi benefits from the lower cloud cover in the eastern part of the archipelago, where the eclipse track is moving into a drier and more stable air mass. After studying the topography and visiting the area, the TravelQuest scouting party picked a site where the prevailing airflow will descend from the surrounding mountains, drying the air column and suppressing the formation of clouds.
Most clouds in this part of Indonesia are formed from the heating of the ground during the day. The time of the eclipse in the cool morning hours (when clouds are barely beginning to develop), and the decline in temperature that comes with the approach of the Moon’s shadow, will ensure that totality should arrive with the very best weather prospects. By situating in the eastern part of Indonesia, TravelQuest has brought together all of the important elements needed to maximize the chances of a clear sky during our 2¾ minutes of totality
10 MARCH 2016 - Sulawesi – Bali
Today we fly back to Bali, where you can look forward to further exploring or simply unwind at the hotel. In the evening, join the group for a special dinner celebrating our unique eclipse experience.
Overnight: Conrad Bali Resort (or similar)
11 March 2016 - Depart Bali or Join Optional Add-on Programs
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then, depending on your program, either transfer to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (code: DPS) for your journey onward, or continue your holiday travelling to wherever you desire. At The Independent Traveller we specialise in tailor-making holidays for each individual client. If you would like to extend your trip - put us to the test with your travel ideas and we will create something unique.
Important: The Independent Traveller and Travel Quest, working with our partners, make every effort to follow the published itinerary. However, please keep in mind that it is subject to change depending on weather and other local conditions