Ballin’ in Bali

Trip Region: Southeast Asia
Country(ies): Indonesia
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $1635
Airfare Estimate: $1200
Nightlife: 4   •   Activity: 2

If beaches, food, drinking and temples that would make Indiana Jones jealous are your thing, then this is the trip for you. Ballin’ in Bali is all about exploring what makes Bali a top destination in Southeast Asia. We will see all the cultural sites and experience all the tastes and flavors that Bali has to offer. Grab a swim suit and your drinking shoes, cuz we are gonna be Ballin’ in Bali.

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 20

Om Swastiastu! Welcome to Ubud, the arts and cultural centre of Bali. Our adventure begins with a welcome meeting with our loacal tour guide. Afterwards, we will head out to for a group meal at one of the delicious local restaurants before getting to know each other better over a few drinks.

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 21

Our day starts early at the Ubud markets. Then we will head to Ubud Rice Field before heading off on guided ‘padi’ expeditions. Later in the day we will learn how to create authentic Balinese dishes and then enjoy a traditional Kecak dance performance. Driven not by musical instruments but by human chanting, this fascinating theatrical performance is considered a highlight by many travellers. At night we will attempt to replicate the dances at some of the local bars.

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 22

Big tree farms that produce premium cacao, coconuts and sugar will be our morning destination. Here we will get to try Coco Mojo, which seems to be some kind of juice. In the afternoon we will visit a couple of local temples – Tirta Empul and Goa Gojah.

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 23

Today we transfer to Lovina, an area of Bali known for its beaches. Today will be mostly a free day to relax and but first we will visit Git Git waterfalls to enjoy some of the natural beauty. Drinks on the beach will end our night.

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 24

Grab some coconut water in the morning to help with your hangover before enjoying a day of snorkelling on Menjangan Island reef, a short boat ride from the coast. This island and its coral reefs are part of the Bali Barat National Park. Enjoy some free time in Lovina this afternoon, exploring the sun-drenched coastline. Tonight we head to a traditional dinner and get to enjoy a Babi Guling feast. Babi guling, or suckling pig, is one of Bali’s most famed dishes. The pig is stuffed and infused with a spicy concoction typically involving turmeric, coriander seeds, lemongrass, black pepper and garlic, and traditionally spit-roasted. Vegetable dishes will also be available.

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 25

Today we head to the tiny hilltop village of Munduk. We will walk through clove and coffee plantations to a hidden waterfall. Later we will visit Lake Bratan nearby for delightful views of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu/Buddhist temple set on a small island in the lake. Tonight we will be staying in Bedugul. This mountain town is nestled in the cool and misty highlands, in a volcanic lake region covered in lush vegetation. After a visit to Bali Botanical Gardens, we will head back to our hotel where we will enjoy the stunning views over multiple beers.

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 26

Today we head to Uluwatu temple, one of six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars. It is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. This temple also shares the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important sea temple located in the island’s western shores. Afterwards we head to Legian where we will be staying for the next 3 nights. In the afternoon stretch out those muscles with a relaxing yoga class. Legian is well known for its nightlife, so we will show Bali what it means to be a Rosser at night.

Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 27

Today we head out away from the crowds on our own private boat to Lembongan island. We will stop for snorkeling on the way and then have an included lunch at a restaurant on Lembongan. In the afternoon, we will head to the less visited crystal bay to swim and relax. If day drinking on the beach is your favorite activity, this is a day made especially for you. We will arrange for drinks to be stocked on board so that we can have our very own booze cruise.

Day 9 — Monday, Aug 28

Today we have a special day planned as we go retro-hipster-glam with an afternoon “safari” to some of Bali’s best beaches and beach clubs, where the only hunting you’ll do will be choosing the next great cocktail. We will travel the southwestern Bali coast in a modified 1980 VW Kombi — a bit of retro hipster style to complement your afternoon cocktail adventure. But of course, we can’t go all the way to Bali just to drink, so along the way, we’ll stop at a small, seldom-seen temple built on a rock in the ocean, where it’s said that fertility prayers are answered (we make no promises).

Day 10 — Tuesday, Aug 29

Today we must unfortunately say goodbye to Bali and head to the airport. On the flight back we will look back on all the incredible experiences we had on the best MTrek ever.

Akshay Walia

Akshay joined this MTrek late. All of the planning was done, and then bingo-bango, guess who decides he wants to lead an MTrek? This guy. Akshay is a native Michigander with aspirations of living a life similar to his role model – Tim Allen. You can find Akshay attempting to deflect every night out on the town into a karaoke night, where he’ll surely try to serenade you with the musings of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning”. This summer he’ll be working in New York for Cadillac, and if you have a few hours (or days) you can ask him about his Cadillac (please don’t).

Sneha Bhattacharyya

What’s that you say? You want to embark on the best trip of your life with an ex Victoria’s Secret Angel, UN ambassador, and Olympic athlete? Well look no further. Sneha is all those things and more. As a Detroit native, 2x Rosser and Chicago enthusiast, Sneha is the embodiment of cool girl. After a few years in consulting, Sneha will join this crew of alcoholic misfits from the depths of PepsiCo working to bring free Gatorade for all. Note: if you want Sneha to stay out past midnight, bring her somewhere where she can showcase her moves (preferably to 90s hip hop/R&B). Note: Sneha is neither a model nor an athlete, but did compete in Model UN in high school.

Rohan Bhagwat

Lupe Fiasco once said “I’m from the city in the Midwest, best city in the whole wide wide world,” and that is where the similarities between Rohan and Lupe end. You’ll usually find Rohan stalking open tables in the Winter Garden or pounding tequila shots at Ricks. Telling dad jokes and eating tacos are some of his specialties, but being disappointed by all the sports teams he roots for is his true passion in life. And if you ever find yourself getting chased by a bear in Bali, remember that you don’t have to run faster than the bear, you just have to run faster than Rohan, which is easy because he’s the slowest runner ever. After a summer full of consulting and traveling the country to potentially obscure locations, Rohan is ready to hop on a few more flights all the way to sunny Bali.

Natassia Gutman Safan

“New York, concrete jungles where dreams are made of, there’s nothin you can’t do…” Unlike Rohan and Lupe, Natassia and Jay-Z have a far deeper connection. In fact, it was these inspiring words that changed Natassia’s life forever. Born and raised in New York City, Natassia worked in fashion prior to business school, however inspired by Jay-Z’s timeless lyrics, she decided to turn her dreams into reality and move into investment banking (yes, some people dream about going into investment banking,  yes, she knows what the hours are and yep, we think she’s crazy too). This summer, she’ll be doing industrials investment banking, i.e. heavy machinery, manufacturing, automotive… So anyone interested in making a hard core professional pivot, she’s your girl.  During Mtrek,  you’ll likely find her breakdancing (with or without audience) or drinking whiskey. Please note, these events are by no means mutually exclusive.

David Fernandez

The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead and David still hasn’t recovered. David stops functioning as a human and instead turns into a statue when drunk. Beaches? Drinks? Count David in. He hails from San Ramon, California and is utilizing b-school to procrastinate on real life support his travel habit. This summer you can find him lounging by the pool in Dallas in between weeks of his marketing internship at Frito-Lay. Sneha’s bringing Gatorade, David will bring the Doritos. With fun times ahead in Bali, keep an eye on him so he doesn’t wander off and get left behind – we almost left him in Morocco last year! He is now a huge fan of the buddy system.