Bali Turtle Conservation

Immerse yourself in our exciting new turtle conservation project. Get involved with turtle nesting sites, helping out at our great rehabilitation centre and caring for turtles on this unspoiled island, you will be sure to leave knowing that you made a positive and important impact. Welcome to Indonesia!

 Dive into an amazing cultural intro week in a rural village near Ubud. Then get ‘hands on’ on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida by immersing yourself in our exciting turtle conservation project. By involving yourself with turtle nesting sites, helping out at our great rehabilitation centre and caring for turtles on this unspoiled island, you will be sure to leave knowing that you made a positive and important impact. Get involved with the community too, by teaching English to local kids, while you stay near a stunning beach off the beaten track!


Bali Turtle Conservation

Everything on the island is fantastic.  The palm trees, golden sandy beaches. Stars you have probably never seen before. Most of our travellers are constantly taken aback by the fact that it’s all real and that they are really there!

This exciting program is 2 or 3-weeks  and starts off with a cultural introduction week on Bali, near Ubud followed by a stay on a tropical island. You can expect a true conservation adventure, where you get to experience true Balinese culture and make a positive impact while spending your time in Indonesia.

  • An intro week: Learn about the popular culture of Bali, day trips, cultural excursions and of course getting to know the rest of the group followed by
  • Turtle conservation week (you can join 1 or 2 weeks)

Some Highlights

  • Get started and well informed during the introduction week
  • Visit ‘Monkey Forest’ in Ubud, experience a traditional Balinese dance show, visit some amazing spots while stopping off at ancient temples along the way
  • Help with turtle conservation on a beautiful Balinese island
  • Care for and rehabilitate turtle, plus help release them back into their natural habitat
  • There is a possibility you may get to help with nesting sites, eggs or hatchlings – May-September is turtle breeding season.
  • Stay near one of the most picturesque beaches on an untouched island and soak up all the sun you want.
  • Help teach English to kids in the local community and even help out with community and environmental projects

The Bali turtle conservation trip is designed to give you a real taste of Bali, taking you to places that you wouldn’t normally see on your typical backpacker tourist trail, whilst giving you the opportunity to give back and make a real difference.

This trip combines well with a trip to the Gili Islands, or our 10 day Bali trip if you want to try some diving, freediving or chill out on golden sandy beaches.

Perfect for First-time travellers or if you want to visit Bali in a group. For people who want to give back and make a meaningful difference. Fully guided we have locally based Xtreme Gap representatives on hand to settle you in and show you the best that Bali has to offer.


Itinerary Bali Turtle Conservation

This awesome 2 or 3-week Bali trip and is filled with culture, Conservation projects, and adventures in Bali!  With one week’s cultural introduction in Ubud, followed by 1 or 2 weeks on an amazing island to help with our turtle project.

Week 1: Cultural Introduction Week


The introduction and orientation starts every Monday and you need to arrive in Bali on the Sunday before orientation, Sunday you check in and relax before the introduction and orientation on Monday.

Of course, we include a pick-up. When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and he will make sure you get to your accommodation in lovely Ubud.


On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction to the Bali traditions and culture.

You will get to know the Balinese families in the surrounding area and learn about their culture. Also, we will take you on an amazing walking tour of the popular Monkey street is to follow and a visit to Ubud market to shop for some special Balinese gifts to take home. After the visit, you will have lunch and then join a class on introduction to Balinese culture. We will have an early dinner, followed by a traditional Balinese dance show… before ending off Day 1 of your adventure!


8.00 Breakfast
9:30 Balinese Language Class. It’s always fun to learn a few words like hello, “thank you” and “a coffee, please”. This simply adds to your cultural experience and might even help along the way.
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Village Walking Tour. You will finally get to see the stunning rice terraces with your own eyes, plus walk through the arty village and surroundings of Ubud. It’s truly stunning over here.
17:30 Dinner


8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Balinese Language Class
12:00 Lunch
13.00 Batik painting class. Batik is an amazing and ancient method of colour dyeing, and you will get to learn how to do this.
17:30 Dinner


8:00 Breakfast
09:30 Cooking class
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Balinese flower offering Class
18:30 Dinner


8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Spiritual Tour: we go to visit the famous temple ” Pura Tirta Empul ” the holy water temple and you can enjoy a shower with the Holy Water. The temple is a stunningly beautiful place, full of flowers and life.
13:00 Late Lunch at the house /Possible to get some snack or drink in the temple
15.00 Project meeting, we go over what you can expect the next coming week with the turtles, yeah! not long now.
17:30 Dinner

Saturday & Sunday:

Once your cultural orientation week is over you will then be driven with our coordinator for 40 minutes to Sanur on the coast, it’s a beautiful drive. In Sanur you will hop on board a 40-minute speedboat ride to the remote and unspoiled island of Nusa Penida where the turtle conservation project is based.

Week 2 (and 3): Volunteer Week at Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

You will go over to your next stop, the turtle rehabilitation project on Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is small, there are few people here, almost no tourists, and it’s absolutely amazing. Your accommodation is located about 10 minutes away from the harbour, and the beach is a two-minute walk away.  Volunteering will take place from Monday-Friday, with Saturday and Sunday free days. A typical volunteer week looks something like this:


On Monday, after having breakfast, you will start feeding the turtles, cleaning their tanks and collecting seaweed. Then, time will be allocated to welcome new arrivals. After that, you will have your lunch and receive a briefing and a short introduction on the beach in order to familiarize you to this new exciting setting. This will be followed by a short introduction about Nusa Penida, particularly, about the supermarket, ATM facilities, and the Nusa Penida Center. In the evening, you will be able to feed the turtles which would be an amazing experience for those who haven’t done it before.

Tuesday to Wednesday

After having breakfast on Tuesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed. Then you will be given some time to prepare for lessons as you will be teaching at a local school on this day. After lunch, you will depart to the local school where you will get the opportunity to interact with local students. Finally, you would call it a day by feeding the turtles after you come back from teaching the school children.


On Thursday, you will have your breakfast and start cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed as usual.


Then you will have lunch and visit an amazing location called the Crystal Bay which has a breathtaking view. Finally, you will be feeding turtles and enjoy a dinner by a Bonfire at the beach.


On Friday, after having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles into the sea. After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.

After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.


Accommodation and Location

Intro Week

We take care of all your accommodation for you during the programme. In your first week, you will be in a shared guesthouses in the village of Pejeng, about 15-minute drive from Ubud. It is proper Bali and is a beautiful rural, unspoilt village which is off the beaten track, surrounded by picturesque rice paddies. The village will offer you a true cultural immersion into Balinese culture.

You and your new friends will be staying in a traditional Balinese style property and will be living right next door to local families. It’s the most authentic way to experience Balinese culture and to meet the extremely friendly locals.

The accommodation will be in single-sex dorm rooms, sleeping between 4-8 per room. The house has 12 dorm rooms.

Although the accommodation is basic. it has everything you need, with comfortable bunk beds and a fan in each room. There is a great communal area and a basic shared kitchen with a fridge in each house. Mosquito nets are not provided in the accommodation so you may want to bring one with you. A local laundry service is also usually available for around USD5 per load.

The Bathrooms are shared, but don’t worry, they are western style toilets and there is hot water. Quick note: Some of the showers have traditional open ceilings and do not offer much privacy so you may want to bring swimming gear with you.

Ubud is just a quick drive away and we offer a shuttle service into town for anyone who needs bits n bobs, snacks etc… Plus there are ATM’s in town too.

There is also a nearby swimming pool that the volunteers can use, which is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the accommodation.

Please note:  Since you will be living fairly close to local families, alcohol is not permitted in the volunteer houses.

Meals during these weeks are included. The food is traditional Balinese for 3 meals/day on weekdays, weekends (2 meals/ day).

Turtle Week

Once again, we got you covered, all your accommodation is provided for you during the programme, also in shared guesthouses on the unspoilt island of Nusa Penida. You have to be prepared for a more basic standard of living on the island, with less access to shops and tourist attractions, but remember, you are now in a real tropical, with the most beautiful beach practically on your doorstep. This little slice of heaven offers a completely unique cultural captivation into the Balinese way of life and you don’t get better than this!

The accommodation is basic but still comfortable with bunkbeds and a fan in each room. Mosquito nets are not provided here either, so keep that in mind. Bathrooms are shared and have western toilets and hot water.

The accommodation has curtains rather than doors due to the warm weather and the safe island location. We recommend you bring a padlock with you to lock your suitcase. You should also bring a torch with you to find your way around after dark.

There is no Wi-Fi internet access and it is super difficult to get a mobile signal on the island, but that’s part of the reason why we are here, to get away from it all.There is a hotel 20 minutes walk from the accommodation, which has internet access, a pool and a restaurant. You may want to bring books, dvds etc. to enjoy in your free time.

If you do wish to travel back to the mainland on the weekends, during your free time, then a speedboat ride costs around £6-7.


Three meals a day are included on weekdays and 2 meals (breakfast and dinner) on the weekends for the full three week programme. Indonesian food is amazingly delicious and diverse. Most dishes include sate ayam (chicken or pork skewers with satay sauce), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans). Other dietary requirements may also be catered for.

Arrival Details

You should arrange your arrival into Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar International Airport) in Bali on a Sunday. Transfers are available if you arrive between the hours of 6.00am and 6.00pm.

When you arrive you will need to go to the visa desk and obtain your 30-day visa (you will need to have USD25 in cash with you to pay for this). It may take a little time for you to get through customs. You will be met in the arrivals hall by a representative and driven to your accommodation in the village of Penestanan Kaja. The airport transfer takes about 1 hour and is included in the trip price.

Sunday is an arrivals day only and participants from all around the world will be arriving throughout the day. No food or activities are included today, you can just take some free time to settle in and get to know the others in your group.

Departure day is Saturday. A return transfer is not included but the local co-ordinators can help you arrange a taxi for a cost of 200,000 Indonesian Rupiah (approx £10).

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, We have. There are a mosquito net in the Fan room. The A/C room no need the mosquito net. Want to know more about Indonesia and Bali? Check out our Indonesia Blog for further details.

Yes, for this trip you need to arrange a social visa for Indonesia.

Regarding pick up every arrival is on Sunday from 6.00-18.00 any earlier or later  it will be extra charge for 60 EUR pay on arrival. If you already are in Bali we can arrange a pick up at no extra cost:

  • Ubud Starbucks (Jalan Raya, Ubud next to cafe lotus) at 13.00
  • Bintang Super market (Jl. Raya Seminyak) in Legian at 13.00
  • Denpasar airport, at the international arrival flight information center at 14.00
Yes, We have. There is the local internet access in the house centre. Participants should bring their Laptop. The Internet is for free off charge and good enough for Email,Facebook, Blog etc. There are many restaurants and coffee shops nearby 2 minute walk with free Wi-fi as well.

If you´re here for a short time, and only staying in Ubud, you can easily get along by walking everywhere : this is one of the charms of Ubud. (Just watch out for uncovered sections of sidewalks, and please do your best to avoid stepping on the offerings the Balinese leave at the entrances to their family compounds and businesses!)

If you´re here for longer and wish to do some independent island exploration, bicycles are available for rent. Make sure you get a good helmet : roads are narrow, often full of pot holes, dogs are everywhere, and the Balinese like to drive like stock car racers! While driving, repeat this mantra: Slow and Go, Slow and Go There are plenty of drivers ready and willing to take you anywhere. Walking is still the best choices for you.

If you visit between November and April a rain poncho or umbrella will come in handy, and both can be purchased inexpensively here. As this time is Bali´s summer, the rains tend to be warm and humid, but a light jacket can be useful for evenings. May through October is typically dry season and winter. Comfortable sandals are a must, and should be easy to take off as most Balinese do not wear shoes indoors. Same day laundry service is inexpensive and plentiful, so you´re better off to pack light. Don´t forget your bathing trunks!

Anytime you go into a temple for a ceremony or tourist attraction you MUST wear a long sleeve shirt, pants or preferably sarong that cover your knees. Women and men have separate requirements.

It is recommended that you visit your GP, personal physician or a travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure to Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations often include hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Bali is not a high-risk area for malaria and the tablets can be considered controversial, we recommend that you do some research and make your own decision on this. Dengue fever is another mosquito borne illness to be made aware of.

You might want to bring a prescription of Keflex, or another type of oral antibiotic that can help with stomach ailments. Even though you will be eating in good restaurants, there is always a chance that you can get Bali Belly – a mild dysentery that passes in a few days.

You will probably want to! If you would like to stay more than 30 days, you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa at the Consulate of Indonesia closest to you. You will likely have to show proof of a ticket to leave the country.

Yes, a visa is required for Indonesia. A visa-upon-arrival system is in place for most countries including Australia, Canada, US & EU citizens. When you arrive at the airport in Denpasar you will enter the Visa-on-arrival line, where you will be asked for U$25.00 and your passport will be stamped for 30 days from the date of arrival. Upon leaving, a 150,000 rupiah departure tax will be assessed.

N.B. ” If your passport is due to expire within 6 months, we advise you renew. On occasion, Indonesia has not allowed tourists into the country, and your airline might not allow you on the plane.

Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)Intro week & 1 Turtle weekGBP 559Book Now
2 (Week)2 Turtle weeksGBP 849Book Now
3 (Week)Intro week & 2 Turtle weeksGBP 999Book Now


  • Comprehensive pre departure information pack
  • Airport Pick Up
  • All accommodation
  • Great healthy all meals in the first three weeks
  • Optional Island Tour (Ubud, monkey forest, rice field terrace, barong/kecak fire dance, Kintamani volcano) or a / beach trip (Uluwatu, bukit, padang2, nusa dua, jimbaran)
  • Yoga session or Massage
  • Locally-based English-speaking coordinator
  • Comprehensive intro week
  • walking tour of monkey Street and Ubud
  • Balinese traditional dance show
  • Balinese language classes
  • Indonesian cooking classes
  • Visiting rice paddies and exploring Bali’s epic scenery
  • Meeting the locals during Village walking tours
  • Batik painting class
  • Visits to temples and spiritual sites
  • Five-day cultural immersion week with activities based in the local community
  • Day trip to southern Bali beaches and Turtle Island
  • Cycling tour visiting the volcanoes seeing beautiful landscapes and spice plantations
  • Bicycle hire included
  • Whitewater rafting the Ayung River
  • Breakfast at Mount Batur
  • Traditional Balinese massage


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Spending Money
  • Return Airport Drop Off
  • Entrance Fees to attractions if applicable


More dates

Spain Horse Whisperer

Do you love horses? Learn to understand and manage them, as you never have before while you get under the skin of the real Mallorca. Imagine the waving reeds, the mountain views in the distance, brilliant blue skies and spending your days learning how to be a horse whisperer, working on a new level with horses, expanding your skills and riding out into mountains.

Love horses? Learn to understand and manage them, as you never have before. Get under the skin of the real Mallorca and learn new skills and gain new experiences. Get out of the house this summer and immerse yourself in waving reeds, the mountain views in the distance, brilliant blue skies! and spending your days learning how to be a horse whisperer, working on a new level with horses, expanding your skills and riding out into mountains. You can relax on the stunning beaches on your time off. This is a totally unique and awesome experience that you must not miss!

Spending your days learning how to be a horse whisperer, working on a new level with horses, expanding your skills and riding out into mountains. You can relax on the stunning beaches on your time off. This is a totally unique and awesome experience that you must not miss!

Spain Horse Whisperer


  • All inclusive pack, meals, accommodation and transfers
  • Stunning weather on a beautiful island
  • Learn how to make the best tapas yum!
  • Get to know this stunning island by horse
  • weekends off for some serious beach time
  • Accommodation in a lovely house in the nicest town in Mallorca
  • During your weekdays spend time at a Spanish Ranch with pool next to the stables
  • Cheap and short flights to Mallorca
  • Ride on the edge of a natural wildlife reserve on the unspoilt plains of North East Mallorca
  • Work with horses every day
  • Instruction on natural horse care
  • Hands-on experience with your horse


Full Details

Your 2 week programme will be on the stunning island of Mallorca, Spain. Only a 2 hours flight from the UK, so cheap flights, short journey time, and the ultimate island life! Mallorca has nice weather year round, but just to make sure you can enjoy the best weather in Europe, visit the beaches and ride some amazing treks under blue skies, we have selected 2 summer start dates during which you will spend most of your time at a Spanish Ranch overlooking the horses, and yes of course there is a pool to chill at during your downtime.

Your Itinerary

Week 1: introduction

You’ll sleep in a Mallorcan town house in the nicest town of the island just 10 min from the best beaches, with free transfer to the stables. The whole group will spend their days at the stables where there is a swimming pool and outdoor and indoor kitchens for cooking and eating together. Lorenzo will share everything he knows with you about Mallorcan life and about horses. You will learn to speak some Mallorquine (Catalan) and about the true culture and traditions of the island.

Xtreme Gap Year Horses Spain (17)During the first week you will be given your own horses for your two-week stay and there will be instruction on natural horse care and hands-on experience with your horse in the mornings.  This will include:

  • How to create a natural paddock
  • How to build strength in a hoof and get rid of horseshoes
  • Horse nutrition and how to judge a horse’s needs
  • Trimming and caring for bare hooves
  • Teeth inspection and knowing a horse’s age
  • Massage and stretching for horses
  • Horse communication and horse coaching
  • Working in the round pen and horse control

At lunchtime there will be cooking demonstrations of authentic dishes on an island where food is valued above all else – no food is wasted and every part of an animal is eaten. You will be cooking the vegetables, the rice and potatoes which you see growing around you. (vegetarian options are available!) Learn to make paellas that are to die for! As well as soups, roasted meats, tapas, empanadas, and breads then eat them together for lunch. At the same time you will be learning some conversational Mallorquine, particularly around ordering and discussing food.

In the afternoon there will be bitless riding in the arenas and out into the countryside, using and demonstrating the skills you have learnt.

Week 2

Xtreme Gap Year Horses Spain (8)For the first 4 days of week 2, you will be working at the stables using your new skills in the morning. Then cooking your personal favourites of the dishes you have learnt for lunch. In the afternoons depending on your abilities you can go out for longer rides exploring the area, ride to town for coffee or work one to one in the arena with your horse increasing your horse communication skills with Lorenzo’s help.

Three days before you leave this horse paradise, you will take an amazing two-day trail into the Tramuntana Mountains on your horse. You will stay overnight in an ancient monastery – a truly unforgettable experience. You must order your own food and drinks in Mallorquine along the way.

On the last day it’s up to you to show off what you’ve learnt. You’ll have a different horse to examine, communicate with and make a presentation about to Lorenzo and the rest of the group. Then a celebration lunch and a last ride out together before we declare you a horse whisperer too.


Xtreme Gap Year has a beach house in Majorca, where we run the fitness and kite surf programmes. It has a cool surfer vibe!  You will stay in a shared house right by the beach in a beautiful National Park. Based on Twin share.

Shared bathroom, lounge and outdoor chill-out zones on the roof.


The accommodation is completely safe. Our Spanish (but English speaking) host, our English programme manager Rosemary and Mallorquin guide Lorenzo will all be there to guide you and make your trip one to remember. If there are any issues they are there for you.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

All dietary needs will be cared for. Special foods are widely available in Mallorca.

No, you will learn everything you need to know and more if you want to, during your stay

No, the stable’s philosophy is around improving skills and building confidence, any level of riding ability including beginners are welcome

No there are no single rooms available

Yes there is wifi at the accommodation and at the stables

Yes, there are always insects in Mallorca in the summer and particularly around horses. None of them are dangerous but being bitten is annoying and makes you itchy. Insect repellent is strongly recommended

Mallorca can be very hot in the summer and riding will be organised to avoid the hottest times of the day for the sake of the horses and the people. Some riding may be early in the morning or late in the evening allowing time for long lunches and siestas. Sun tan creams are essential to avoid burning

Very casual and comfortable clothes including tea shirts, shorts, thin trousers or summer dresses and swimwear. Bring strong comfortable shoes, boots or trainers for riding and working with the horses and a waterproof just in case because it can  rain in the summer

Towels for washing will be provided but please bring your own beach towel for swimming and sunbathing

Yes, you will be able to buy wine, beer and other drinks in local supermarkets and keep them in the fridge where you are staying

The stable minibus will go into town most days for groceries and other necessities and guests will be welcome to go along in small groups to do their own shopping

There are washing machines in both sets of accommodation and things dry very quickly

Make sure you have an EHIC with you and a good travel insurance policy. Should you become ill unexpectedly we can call an English speaking doctor or take you to the walk in centre in Sa Pobla, where you will be treated immediately. Pharmacies are well stocked and have expert staff on hand for everyday ailments and we have basic first aid facilities at the stable

Usually 220 gbp is enough

Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)GBP 959Book Now


  • Accommodation in a shared room
  • Linen and towels
  • Room Cleaning
  • Introduction
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Transfers to town and the ranch
  • Breakfast and packed lunch
  • Guides
  • Cooking classes
  • Basic Mallorquin language lesson


  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Any travel that guests choose to make for independent sightseeing or shopping
  • Drinks or snacks in cafes or restaurants taken whilst out riding
  • Personal items such as soap and shampoo
  • Dinner


Dates 2019

1 week 23rd June – 30th June 2019
2 week 16th June – 30th June 2019