WELCOME TO THE START OF YOUR DOLOMITES STAYCATION

"Each mountain in the Dolomites is like a piece of art." Reinhold Messner

You are embarking on an adventure in a place and among people whose lives might vary from your own. Aspects of life in Europe and in the villages in the Dolomites might seem unusual. Remember that these are often the same aspects that make an area an exotic and attractive destination.

While the advantages of a staycation are that you can choose how hard you want this trip to be, no trek is easy, even those rated “easy or moderate”. In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather conditions, especially in the mountains.

To prepare for this, “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. Bring a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humour, and a willingness to encounter the unexpected, and you will find Walking in the Dolomites the adventure of a lifetime!

Where Dinosaurs Roamed!

A large part of the most imposing mountains in the Dolomites are no more than enormous fossilised barriers. Archaeologists have discovered marine fossils in the rocks that indicate the Dolomite mountains were once underwater.

Worry not! We’re not really sending you back in time.

But the reality is, that these mountains did see dinosaurs roam.

Named after the French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu (1750–1801) the Dolomites have been formerly known as the “Pale Mountains” due to their light carbonate rock formations. Formed over millions of years the characteristic rock of the Dolomites consists of fossilised coral reefs once located at the bottom of the ancient tropical Tethys Ocean dating back to the Triassic Period. The impact of the collission of the African and European tectonic plates forced the rocks to soar skyward and led to the disappearance of the western part of the Tethys Ocean. The Mountain Range of the Dolomites was born.

The various rock formations are striking. Presented in the form of table mountains and elsewhere rugged, fractured massifs soaring in sharp contrast, with extensive high areas of grassy meadows in between. It’s a truly unique and magical site with a new vista presenting itself around every corner.

Located in the now Italian region of the “Alto Adige” German is surprisingly the predominant language in this region originating in the formerly Austrian occupancy.

The region offers the best of a combination of Austrian Italian culture and the typical local culture of the valleys. Also known for its unique cuisine and famous wines the region is one of the preferred holiday spots for serious mountain climbers and families alike.

It is belived that the mountains were once part of an atoll in the ocean, formed via sedimentation during the Permian Period nearly 280 million years ago.

Your Journey

DAY 1: Arrive at Verona accommodation
DAY 2: Transfer to Bad Moos (B, D)
DAY 3: Smuggler Trail Monte Elm. (B, D)
DAY 4: Alpine Pastures – Bike Ride (B,D)
DAY 5: Passo Monte Croce – Prati di Croda Rossa (B,D)
Day 6: Trek into the Dolomites to local Rifugio (2528 m – 2450 m) – Summit Croda Fiscalina (2675 m) (B,D)
DAY 7: Rifugio to Paternkofel Monte Paterno (Via Ferrata) to Drei Zinnen (B,D)
DAY 8: Rest day or a local walk (B,D)
DAY 9: Meadows of Monte Gsell – Casella di Fuori – Rifugio Tre Scarperi (B,D)
DAY 10: Transfer back to Verona (B,D)
DAY 11: Explore Verona (B,D)
Day 12: We bid you farewell (B)

The Multi Activity Experience

The Dolomite Mountains were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list for its unique biodiversity in 2009.

As you’re by now hopefully aware, you don’t need to be an Olympic Athlete to relish this experience.

You do require former walking and biking experience and should be comfortable with heights. Walks can be challenging on some days with long ascents and descents involved. The bike ride, concluded on E-Bikes, involves being in the saddle for 5-6 hours that day, so don’t forget your Lycras!

While the Via Ferrata is optional and the grade will be adapted according to the group’s fitness level No Roads reserves the right to decide on whether group members are eligible to conclude this part. Alternative options are available.

Basically sai the higher your level of fitness, the greater enjoyment you’ll find, and the ease with which you’ll get through each planned activity of the day.

That said, for anybody that does find the going tough and just wants to take a break or even a day off, there’s no issue with staying back at the hotel enjoying the garden and spa facilities or choosing one of the daily alternatives walks offered and guided through the hotel.

It’s your trip, and we want you to do it your way to gain the most enjoyment!

If you are a little unsure, or just want to discuss your own level of fitness with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Note: Safety regulations do require each trekker to wear a helmet and harness for the Via Ferrata option.

A DAY IN THE DOLOMITES

Our team is dedicated to breaking days up in a combination of mountain activities, refreshing halts, and free time for relaxation, paired with a bit of local history and gourmet experiences.

Time is spent exploring the lush diversified landscape of this world heritage listed mountain range mostly on foot, and one day on wheels, interrupted by regular stops at the mountain huts for local refreshments and of course taking in the monumental sites.

Mornings start fairly early with a delicious spread of homemade and local sweet and hearty breakfast delicacies. After easing into the day enjoying the vast buffet we get ready for our daily activities exploring the stunning surroundings, stopping for local vistas and lunch and maybe a cappuccino and apple strudel (one of my favourites), along the way.

Returning back to our comfortable staycation hub, the Dolomitenhof, late afternoons are free to enjoy the spa with its indoor and outdoor pool or ease your mussels in one of the saunas or jacuzzi.

Groups are invited to catch up for a refreshing beer or Spritz before we settle for our daily 5-course dinner featuring local delights.

Sunsets are late but marvellous with the pink evening sky contrasting against the pale rock formations and can be best watched from the courtyard bar or your balcony before resting your head on your down pillow dreaming of a new day.

Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata Latin for ‘iron way/ road is a way of taming an otherwise inaccessible mountain ridge.

The route is marked by metal rails and rungs bolted into the mountain. Invented in the Dolomites, Via Ferratas originally were frequently used during World War I to move troops across the mountains, giving access to parts of the mountains that are not available to normal hikers. Nowadays Via Ferratas are adding a bit of challenge and fun to the mountain lovers’ activities.

Tackling a Via Ferrata requires very little equipment but a good head for heights. While it’s easy to follow, Via Ferratas have one set route that everyone has to follow. With everyone being clipped onto the same wire overtaking is difficult. To avoid blocking up people by moving on too slowly our guide will choose a suitable Via Ferrata option according to group strength.

The minimum equipment required to encounter a Via Ferrata is a harness, and a helmet. We also suggest wearing padded fingerless gloves (cycling gloves are fine) for comfort. Since most Via Ferratas involve more scrambling than climbing no special shoes are required and wearing your walking boots is fine.

Involving some exposure to high drop-offs and you have a phobia of heights the Via Ferrata may not be an option for you. If you decide not to do this option we will have a guide to escort you on an easier mountain trail with stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Note: Harness and helmet will be provided.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Straddled along the border between Austria and Italy, the Dolomites were the site of some of the most atrocious battles of World War I.

Expedition Extensions

The friendly and professional No Roads Team is dedicated to ensuring your pre-and on-trip experience is as enjoyable as possible. We will be here to provide support for all aspects of your expedition!

Having handpicked all of our trips we are happy to dip into our pool of knowledge to help you with any extension bookings, adventurous or relaxing alike. Our local guides might also have some insider tips to share.

Please contact us for more information.

Simply specify your extension preferences and time period. We will then get back to you with some exciting options.

 

Transfers

To offer more flexibility to our guests there are no scheduled city transfers in Verona on your arrival day.

A pre-trek meeting is scheduled at 6 pm on your arrival day in Verona before you head out for your group welcome dinner. Rooms are ready for check-in after 3 pm.

We have organised RETURN TRANSFERS from Verona to Bad Moos for the group on day 2 and further information will be sent to you in your joining information documents.

 

Destination Süd Tyrol

The Dolomites are located in the  Italian northernmost Province of Süd Tyrol, right on the Austrian border.

Our Dolomite Explorer trip starts and ends in the historical city of Verona, the capital of the Veneto province. Home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona and its fascinating past dating back to Roman times is the perfect gateway for our trip. 

There are multiple ways of getting into Verona while the closest and most frequented international airport is located near the city of Milan. Frequent trains are available from Milan to Verona.

If you decide to explore a bit more of “Bella Italia” beforehand Verona airport has a good domestic schedule.

Verona

Best known for its Shakespeare associations, Verona attracts a multinational gaggle of tourists to its pretty piazzas and knot of lanes, most in search of Romeo and Juliet and a bit of their romance. But beyond that, the medieval old town is a bustling center, its heart dominated by a mammoth, remarkably well-preserved, UNESCO heritage-listed 1st-century amphitheater, the venue for the city’s annual summer opera festival. Add to that countless churches, a couple of architecturally fascinating bridges over the Adige, regional wine and food from the Veneto hinterland, and some impressive art, and Verona shapes up as one of northern Italy’s most attractive cities. And all this is just a short hop from the shores of stunning Lake Garda and the beautiful Dolomites.

Val Fiscalina and Tre Cime

Our hotel, in the Dolomites, is located in the Val Fiscalina. As the last one in a chain of valleys before entering the rugged landscape surrounding the Three Peaks (Tre Cime), the Val Fiscalina is known for its outstanding natural beauty. Numerous hiking and climbing routes are leading past the peaks of the Sesto sundial and into the Three Peaks Nature Park to the infamous battlement-like Three Peaks and Monte Paterno. The UNESCO world heritage listed Three Peaks are known as the landmark of the whole Dolomites.

Taking advantage of our E-Bikes we are able to take a further look around the region and visit the beautiful Lake Braies (Lago di Braies), the deepest of the Dolomite lakes. This idyllic, almost fairy-tale-like spot will be the backdrop for our lunch break on our ride.

Weather

Verona

Verona’s climate is more continental oriented than the Mediterranean. The winters in Verona are much colder than other cities in a Mediterranean climate. In summer the temperature rises to averages of around 30C. 

Dolomites

The Dolomitenhof is situated in a valley and temperatures will be warmer than up in the mountains usually between 20-30C.
Mountain weather is very volatile and you may experience several conditions on the same day, so it’s essential you adequately prepare yourself with clothing for different weather conditions. For an up-to-date summary of conditions in the Sud Tyrol and the Tre Cime mountains click here.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Ötzi, the natural iced mummy of a man who lived some time between 3350 and 3105 BC, was discovered in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, which are part of the Dolomites.

Visa

Australian citizens visiting Schengen countries (of which Italy is a part of) do not need to apply for visas if staying for not more than 90 out of 180 days.

For any other nationalities please click here to be referred to the Schengen Visa Info Website.

Schengen Entry Requirements

You will have to present several documents at the Schengen port of entry, in order to be permitted to enter, if you are a non-EU/Schengen country national, regardless if you are a visa-exempt or not.

The documents you need to provide when entering the Schengen Area are as follows:

  • Valid Passport. Issued within the previous 10 years and valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU.
  • Schengen Visa. If you are a national of one of the third countries in need of a visa.
  • Covid 19: Depending on your country of origin and port of arrival in Europe requirements are ranging from proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery, and/or proof of a negative PCR.  Please click here to identify the requirements according to your travel plans.  
  • EU/Schengen border officials may also ask for other information and documents such as sufficient funds, proof of accommodation, how long you intend to stay, round-trip airline ticket, the purpose of your entry, travel insurance, invitation letter, etc.

    Please, make sure that the border officer gives you an entry stamp in your passport when you enter the Schengen area. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained.

For further information please check out Schengen Visa Information and Schengen Visa News.

We advise all of our guests to monitor the travel advise of their government. For our Australian guests please click here for further information.

INSURANCE

Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance is a requirement for all guests travelling on our expeditions. Once you have booked on an expedition we suggest booking your travel insurance as soon as possible to protect your investment. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any non-recoverable air or land expenses should you have to cancel your trip due to personal or family illness or leave the expedition early due to other reasons. For our Australian guests, our preferred Insurer is Aussie Travel Cover and you can contact our office direct, via phone or email, to obtain an insurance quote from us. For guests travelling with us from outside Australia, please check Travel Insurance options within your Country.

If you should receive an injury 12 months prior to your travel date, you must contact the Insurance Company with details to ensure you are covered for this injury whilst travelling. Should you not do this and require medical assistance for this injury whilst travelling you may not be covered by the insurance company.

In the event that an aircraft evacuation is required, No Roads Expeditions will undertake to arrange the evacuation on the condition that the expenses are reimbursed by the passenger before departing the Country.

Note: Accidents caused by the inappropriate consumption of alcohol or drugs may void your travel insurance.

COVID 19 Insurance Disruption: COVID has affected all of us and it is no different for the travel insurance market. Providers had to deal with an unprecedented amount of claims and as a result, many of them had to undertake procedure changes.

During this process, No Roads has reviewed the insurance policies of different providers to ensure we can offer our guests the best options on the market and you are covered adequately.
We are currently in the process of finalising an alliance with a new provider and will be able to sell domestic and international travel insurance to all of our guests again soon.

Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) with Italy which may cover some of your medical costs in the Italian public health system? Click here for more information.

For all other nationalities please explore insurance providers in your country.

Again, if you’ve any questions, don’t hesitate to ask info@noroads.com.au.

IMMUNIZATION

COVID 19 

Depending on your country of origin and port of arrival in Europe requirements are ranging from proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery, and/or proof of a negative PCR. 

Please click here to identify the country-specific requirements according to your travel plans.
You may also find further helpful information in response to Coronavirus here.

No further vaccinations are compulsory for entry to the Schengen Zone. However, you should consider MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and a combination vaccine TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis). We recommend that you ensure your tetanus cover is up to date. Depending on the season and the area of travel you might also consider a flu vaccination and other area-specific recommended vaccinations.

Please consult your doctor on these matters.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) Vaccine– Over the last decade, measles outbreaks have become more common in Europe. Protect yourself with this simple immunization.
TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) Vaccine– Due in part to immigration patterns, some diseases like diphtheria have resurfaced in Europe.
Flu Vaccine– Europe has been hit quite hard by the flu in recent years. If you plan on traveling during a high flu time (September to April) be sure to have the vaccine before you go.

Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations (seriously, vaccinations are one thing that should NEVER be left until the last minute when TIME can truly be your enemy). Some of them require an initial shot followed by a booster, while some vaccinations should not be given together.

Accommodation

Due to the Dolomites light color originating in their composition, are often called the Pale Mountains. They provide a great canvas reflecting the striking colouration of the rising and setting sun.

Hotels in Verona and the Dolomites

No Roads personally sources accommodation for their expeditions. Our aim for this trip is to provide a welcoming and luxurious home away from home, a place to relax and indulge after the daily activities.

The hotel in Verona will be boutique-style, in the historical center only walking distance to shops, bars, and restaurants.

The hotel in the Dolomites is the Dolomitenhof, a luxury spa hotel with amazing accommodation, gourmet meals, and exceptional views of the area.

The Dolomitnehof will be our STAYCATION home for 8 days. Unpacking our bags here upon arrival on Day 2 and repacking them upon our departure back to Verona on Day 10.

Please be aware that room sizes in hotels and their facilities will vary from one place to the next and sometimes from room to room within one hotel. 

Single Supplements are available for this trip. Please contact our team directly for further information.

Beyond tourism, much of Labuan Bajo's economy is subsistence. So valued are the Komodo Islands as destination for tourism, Komodo Island proper was closed to allow a recovery of the local dragon population.

Packing for Multi Activities

Equipment

Trekking Gear

Gone are the moments of rage, scrabbling through your backpack in search of something. On this trip, you should exploit the advantage of staying in “The One Place” for most of the trip. You can bring as much or as little as you like.

Suitcases are recommended for this trip, although many travelers carry their luggage in a backpack. Alternatively, a sports-type / carry-all bag with a shoulder strap would suffice.

You will also need a good day pack when out trekking/cycling to carry a jacket and personal effects such as camera, sunscreen, water, snacks, blister kit.

If you choose to take up the option of experiencing a night in a Refugio with us, you will also need a cotton or silk sleeping bag liner.

Travel Documents

Travel insurance
Air ticket
Credit card 
Spending money in Euro and Swiss Franc

Personal First Aid Kit 

Your personal First Aid kit will contain Band-aids, Paracetamol, Deep Heat or other muscle liniment, Blister pads, Crepe bandages, Antibiotic cream for cuts and scratches, ‘Imodium’ tablets, Strapping tape (for knees and ankles), Anti-chafing cream, Pawpaw cream, Foot powder if needed, Waterless hand disinfectant, Anti-inflammatory cream, Broad-spectrum antibiotic tablets, Anti-Nausea Tablets.
We also recommend sharing a First Aid Kit if you are traveling in a group.

 *If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections or sinus problems, bring what you need with you

Personal Items

  • Comfortable daypack with a rain cover
  • Waterproof bags for gear moisture protection in day pack while walking (garbage bags are fine)
  • Water bottles or Camelbak system ( 2-3 liters recommended. Water is accessible from fountains and hotels along the way.
  • Blister kit (see blister management), rehydration salts, and any personal medication you use
  • Alarm clock and LED head torch/flashlight
  • Sunscreen, hat, and high UV sunglasses with retaining cord

Clothing

  • Well worn in boots with ankle support, no sneakers on the trek – You are trekking in alpine terrain and will require shoes with a good grip especially in wet conditions.
  • 3 pairs of walking socks
  • 3 T-shirts (lightweight quick-drying tech fabric) or long-sleeved Trekking shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts and at least one lightweight pair of pants (for walking in – avoid wearing Jeans!)
  • Cycling pants
  • Bathers
  • Sleeping gear (lightweight for hotel and thermals for Refugio)
  • Warm fleece, sweater, hat, gloves (cold mornings)
  • Waterproof jacket & over-trousers
  • Sun hat

Non-Optional For This Trip

  • Walking poles (good for balance & taking the weight off your knees on descents).

Other Suggestions

  • Silk or cotton sleeping liner – good for extra comfort with blankets and must be used in Rifugios
  • Trekking scarf (buff)
  • Cycling Gloves (can also be used for protection while trekking with poles and on Via Ferrata)
  • Bathers
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for camera
  • Reading & writing material
  • Pair of flip-flops/trainers for anything
  • Knee brace or strapping tape – not essential but useful for injury
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal toiletries
  • Snacks – though these can be purchased locally
  • Book
  • Swiss army knife or similar
  • Mobile & charger

A Note On Your Boots

In the Dolomites, you will encounter alpine trek conditions that vary from well-defined treks to gravel to rocky terrain. Unless you are a very experienced trekker or trail runner we highly recommend wearing walking boots with ankle support on the trek to prevent you from any injuries.

A Note On Your Daypack

Being in high mountains you should prepare for all eventualities with the weather. High altitudes will always be cool and if clouds set in it can be cold & damp. Expect 20-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and at night temperature can fall below 10 degrees Celsius, so mornings can be cold. Better be prepared than sorry. Dress like an onion and take off/put on layers as required and store your gear in your day pack when not needed.

Personal Day Gear

  • Comfortable day pack with a rain cover
  • Water bottle or Camelbak
  • Well worn in trekking boots with ankle support
  • Preferred trekking cloth – shirt, pants, socks, trekking scarf (buff), sun protection hat with cord, sunglasses with retaining cord
  • Walking poles
  • Trekking gloves for blister protection if you use walking poles

Recommended Contents Of Your Day Pack

  • Blister kit (containing dedicated blister band-aids, moleskin if required)
  • Rehydration salts (Hydrolite), and any personal medication you use
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) according to the weather forecast
  • Preferred snacks, fruit, and nuts, muesli bars, lollies, chocolate
  • Fleece or Vest for extra warmth
  • Beanie
  • Camera (optional)
  • Personal spending money

For Last-Minute Supplies

There are a few good outdoor stores in Verona and Sexten where you can purchase extras such as walking poles, day packs, etc. We will give you the address on arrival. 

Supplied Equipment

  • Additional First Aid Kit
  • Helmet, Harness and Rope for Via Ferrata
  • Electric Bike and Helmet

Our Team

Without our locally based team, our efforts to deliver for you the most immersive, enjoyable, challenging and rewarding experience quite simply, would not be possible.

The more people we are able to send out on the track, the more meaningful we can make our impact on the local people of Labuan Bajo through greater opportunities to assist in the implemention of improvement projects and chances to offer ongoing employment.

This dedicated crew will be on hand to keep you safe, prepare campsites and meals during stops, aboard the boat as well as on sandy beaches, and doing anything else possible to assist should the need arise.

TIPPING

In case you would like to show your appreciation to a particular Guide for a job well done, do so at your own discretion.  Also, remember to mention the good service provided to a member of the tour Operations Management to be used as an example to encourage better staff performance and excellence.  A typical daily tip is approximately Rp 150,000 or AUD$ 15. This is per kayaker/guest not per support staff member. Thus on a 5-day kayak a reasonable tip would be Rp 750,000 or AUD $75 per kayaker/guest

We've Got You Covered

Kayaking guide with walkie talkie komodo islands

GENERAL TRAVEL ADVICE

All No Roads staff and teams consider guest safety and well-being an absolute priority and always follow the travel advice and guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Smartraveller. To further maintain the safety of our travelers, we promote good personal and hand hygiene along with adherence to safe food preparation practices.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

We are able to cater to all common special dietary requirements. Whilst on the expedition most of your meals will be Indonesian-based meals. Please advise us prior to your departure if you have any food allergies we should be aware of.

The No Roads team will do everything it can to support any allergies which might require a special diet, by informing all in-country personnel and ensuring reasonable provisions are made for all meals. We do, however, suggest and encourage all affected guests to assist us by providing this information while travelling in situations or instances where it may be required.

HYDRATION

As the temperature can be hot and humid in the Komodo Islands it is always a good idea to stay as hydrated as you can. Sometimes with the combination of kayaking, snorkeling, trekking, or a slight tummy upset, you may not realise that your levels of hydration have dropped. To avoid dehydration we suggest drinking plenty of water throughout the day and even having an electrolyte replacement if necessary.   

Please use the urine chart provided in the bathrooms on the support boat throughout your expedition, to gauge your fluid intake whilst on the trip. If you start to feel the effects of dehydration or heat stress, please make sure you inform your Guide immediately.

WOMEN’S HEALTH AND ISSUES

The Komodo Dragon has a very keen sense of smell, and being Carnivores, they can smell blood from miles away. 


As a requirement to visit the Komodo Dragons, Park Rangers will ask if any female adventurers are menstruating at the time of the trek. If so, you may not be allowed to go for the trek through Rinca Island as it will not only put you in danger but may put the others in your group in danger.

Of course, you can lie to the Ranger but you can’t lie to a Komodo Dragon. If you have any concerns in this area, please discuss the same with your Guide prior to your arrival at Rinca Island.

Alternatives we suggest, are:

  • Choose an expedition date that is compatible with your menstrual cycle
  • If you are on a contraceptive pill, skip your period while on the expedition
  • Don’t do this part of the trip. You will still be able to go to the Rangers office with the group and see the Dragons there, but you will not be able to do the trek. Keep in mind, the trek takes approximately 2-3 hours so bring a book to keep you occupied.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPORT

If you have any comments, questions, or want more information please let us know. We are here to support you with all information to help you prepare for your travels to Indonesia.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Ambulance Tel: 118
Fire Tel: 113
Police Tel: 110
Rescue Tel: 115, 111 or 151

Clinics in Bali

Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC)

Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai
100X, Kuta
Tel: (0361) 761263
Email: info@bimcbali.com
Website: www.bimcbali.com

Siloam Private Hospital, Bali

Jl. Sunset Road No. 818, Kuta,
Badung – Bali Tel: (0361) 779 900
Emergency Number: (0361) 779 911
Email: info.SiloamHospitalsBali@siloamhospitals.com
Website: www.siloamhospitals.com

Clinics in Labuan Bajo

Siloam Private Hospital, Labuan Bajo

J l. Gabriel Gampur RT 013 RW 005, Desa Gorontalo, Labuan Bajo
Tel: (0385) 238 1900
Emergency Number: (0385) 238 1911

Physical Preparation

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space advise that Indonesia is comprised of 18,307 islands! (That's at low tide of course).

FITNESS

All participants must make an effort to get in good physical condition for the trip they have signed up for, obviously the fitter you are the more enjoyable you will find this expedition. Every participant should have a health check with a medical physician to ensure that they are in good physical health prior to embarking on their trip. No Roads is not a medical adviser and we take no legal responsibility for medical or other emergencies that may arise on the course of a trek.  As the service provider and hosts, we will take all necessary steps needed to evacuate injured or ill clients on the understanding that all costs involved will be paid to us before leaving the country (see Insurance).

While not everyone has access to a kayak, we do suggest that you try one so that you understand what is involved with paddling. If you own or have access to a stand-up paddleboard try and fit this into your regular training regime. A rowing machine is also excellent training for these types of adventures.  

Lower back, upper body, and core strength training are all also very important when kayaking, so try and incorporate some training in these areas. For those without access to gyms,  push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups are excellent and all can be done at home or when you are out walking/jogging. Please consult a professional trainer for advice on training if you are unsure or starting a fitness program for the first time.

Due to safety regulations, our kayaks can hold a maximum capacity of 100kg for a single kayak and 200kg for a double kayak. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please contact our office to discuss this further.   We hope this helps you all enjoy your time on expedition.

We've Been We Know

No Roads is operating in the Komodo Islands since 2008 and has since supported local community projects such as buidling schools, as well as solar and water supply.

It’s time for a confession.

It took time to get this good at what we do!

This was never through a lack of trying, but the reality is after 14 years in sending guests across the world, we’ve learned a thing or two…

Here are a few more pointers we thought would be useful before you board your flight (or flights) to Indonesia!

MONEY

The currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah (Rp). Exchange rates vary depending on the strength of the US dollar and you can access the most updated exchange rates by clicking on the attached link. Cash and travelers cheques are readily accepted and can be exchanged for Rupiah at the airport, hotels, or banks in any major city. Credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted in many hotels, shops, and restaurants in major towns and cities. There are also plenty of ATMs in Bali and a few ATMs in Labuan Bajo. For spending money while on your expedition it is best to have money in local currency (Rp).

Approximate current exchange rates as of September 2021:

1AUD = 11,017Rp

1USD = 14,300Rp

1GBP = 19,938Rp

For this trip you will need cash for:

Meals not listed in your itinerary. (Total approximately Rp 500,000)

Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, snacks, etc.

Extra Alcoholic/bottled beverages and drinks. A water fountain, local soft drinks, tea, and coffee are provided (on the kayaking leg of your trip only).

Tips. All tipping is at your discretion (approx Rp 150,000 per day).

Souvenirs and handicrafts.

Please note, alcohol can be expensive in Indonesia (particularly wine). We recommend buying duty-free spirits etc if you wish to take some on the boat. Please purchase cans, no glass bottles, to consume on the boat, if you want to buy beer and soft drinks locally.

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS

Generally two pins round, 230V, in France and also in Italy, but some variations might appear in Italy & Switzerland. Generally, your hotel might provide you with an adapter if required.

SCHOOL VISIT

A lot of guests ask what they can bring with them to hand out to the children on the school visit and our suggestion is always to only bring a small number of supplies and something that is light to carry in your luggage. The school and children are always happy to receive any donations by the way of writing materials, colouring books, cards, pens, pencils, stickers, sports equipment, such as tennis balls, skipping ropes, bats and balls, etc. Please do not feel obliged to bring anything with you to donate to the school as this is a personal choice for each individual.

THE ENVIRONMENT

Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travelers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:

1. We discourage the use of soaps when washing both body and clothes. Vigorous scrubbing is usually sufficient. Even biodegradable soap is not good for any watercourse and as such is harmful to the ecosystem. We do provide fresh water to rinse off the saltwater during the trip. However, freshwater is limited and has to be carried from Labuan Bajo. There is no fresh water available within the National Park.

2. Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in either pits or in fires. These take years to degrade or let off toxic fumes when burnt. Simply put them in your pack until you return home (they can be discarded in waste bins before going through customs and immigration).

3. Please do not dispose of batteries in country. They are extremely harmful to the environment and usually, local governments do not have any means to dispose of them correctly. Return old batteries to your home country for disposal there.

4. At campsites use toilet facilities that are provided for your use.

By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for your children’s children.

WELCOME MEETING & SAFETY BRIEFING 

More information and guidelines will be given to you prior to the start of your kayaking adventure, either at your Welcome Meeting with our Local Manager or at the safety briefing with your Guide. Topics discussed then will include the following subjects.

 

  • How to kayak.
  • Lodging, meals, and other conditions while on expedition.
  • Safety procedures.
  • Evacuation Procedures.
  • Cultural and Environmental Considerations.
  • COVID 19 Procedures on Expedition
  • Other relevant information.

Note: We have placed a “No Roads Expeditions” information folder at the Holiday Inn in Bali for you which contains helpful and relevant information for your stay. If your expedition has you staying at the Holiday Inn in Bali, please contact the front desk staff if you would like to check out the folder.

Sustainable Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather a positive impact from tourism. Broadly speaking, this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please see our online policy for more details on our social and environmental approach and commitment.

The Environment

Many of the places you will visit are pristine. As travelers, we should try to have as little impact on these natural environments as possible. As such we recommend the following:

1. We discourage the use of soaps when washing both body and clothes. Vigorous scrubbing is usually sufficient. Even biodegradable soap is not good for any watercourse and as such is harmful to the eco-system.  We do provide fresh water to rinse off the saltwater during the trip. However, fresh water is limited and has to be carried from Labuan Bajo. There is no fresh water available within the National Park.

2. Please do not dispose of plastic bags and wrappers in either pits or fires. These take years to degrade or let off toxic fumes when burnt. Simply put them in your pack until you return home (they can be discarded in waste bins before going through customs and immigration).

3. Please do not dispose of batteries in country. They are extremely harmful to the environment and usually, local governments do not have any means to dispose of them correctly.  Return old batteries to your home country for disposal there.

4. At campsites use toilet facilities that are provided for your use.

By abiding by these simple guidelines, you will be protecting the local environment for the people who live there and for your children’s children.

The Local Community

Our philosophy and aim are to pay back to the local communities.

No Roads is dedicated in supporting local environmental projects in the places we visit. A $20.00 donation of each expedition booking is going towards a local charity project. For more information please visit our charity tab on the top of each expedition page.

On this expedition, we will visit local villages and a local school for an insight into their daily life. While we encourage to bring useful gifts such as educational games and toys, or books we discourage the distribution of lollies and sweets (the next dentist might be miles away).

No Roads is also supporting local improvement projects such as water and power supply.

Rubbish management is a broad problem in Asian countries and our crew is conducting frequent beach cleanings along the way. Our guests are invited to help if they wish.

School Visit

A lot of guests ask what they can bring with them to hand out to the children on the school visit and our suggestion is always to only bring a small number of supplies and something that is light to carry in your luggage.

The school and children are always happy to receive any donations by the way of writing materials, colouring books, cards, pens, pencils, stickers, sports equipment, such as tennis balls, skipping ropes, bats and balls, etc. Please do not feel obliged to bring anything with you to donate to the school as this is a personal choice for each individual.

Expedition Extensions

For those that have some extra time on their hands, we offer Expedition Extensions on Bali and Flores. These crafted itineraries will give you a more complete picture of your destination and give you an appreciation of the local cultural and natural history.

For more information please click here.

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RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN BALI

The following are some recommended restaurants in the Tuban area:

The Wharf: International and Indonesian cuisine. Mains approx $ 8-10. Tuban Beach.

La Cucina: Italian cuisine. Mains approx $ 8-10. Tuban Beach at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel.

Segara: Asian fusion cuisine. Mains approx $ 7-9. Tuban Beach next to Discovery Mall.

Envy: Asian and International. Mains $ 8-10. Tuban beach at Holiday Inn Resort.

Ma Joly: French fine dining. Mains $ 18-20. Tuban Beach at the Sandi Phala Hotel.

Pantai: International and Asian cuisine as well as Barbecue. Mains $ 5-10. Tuban Beach next to Holiday Inn Resort on the way to Discovery mall.

De Bali Cafe and Resto: Asian and Australian cuisine. Jl.Wana Segara, Tuban, Bali

The following are some recommended restaurants in the Legian, Seminyak, and Jimbaran areas:

Mades Warung: Great Indonesian food in an excellent setting. Jalan Legian, Legian. Mains approx $6-$8

Oche: Basic Indonesian fare on Jalan Legian, Legian. Mains approx $3-$4

La Luchiola: Excellent International fare in one of the best settings in Bali overlooking Seminyak Beach, Seminyak. Mains approx $20

Ku De Ta: Excellent stylish Bar and Restaurant. Great for after-dinner drinks in an excellent location. Seminyak. Mains approx $20-$25

The Living Room: Excellent fusion cuisine. Beautiful Restaurant and Bar. Seminyak. Mains approx $20 – $25

Metis: Excellent French, Mediterranean Restaurant, and Bar. Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan. Mains $20-25

Sardine: Enjoy the daily changing menu, depending on the catch of the day, accompanied by organic grown local vegetables overlooking rice paddies. Mains $20-25

Cafe Degan: Indonesian and Thai cuisine for reasonable prices. Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan. Mains $6-8.

Jimbaran Bay seafood: Great seafood on the beach at Jimbaran Bay. Prices are very reasonable and awesome location on the beach. Any restaurant is good along this strip.

RECOMMENDED SHOPPING IN BALI:

There is great shopping in Bali for any taste, style, and budget. Around the Holiday Inn, there is the Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta, which has international shops and brands in fashion, cosmetics, etc as well as local bargains. Only ten minutes walking distance.

There are countless other shops in the Kuta area only a 5-10 minutes drive from the Holiday Inn.

Another big shopping area is Legian, on Jl. Legian, for more local bargain and clothes and Seminyak, on Jl. Oberoi, for more upper class and more expensive shopping. Both are at least 25-50 minutes by taxi depending on the traffic.

RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN LABUAN BAJO

The following are a couple of suggestions for Labuan Bajo.

Puri Sari: Simple food prepared fresh each day by the hotel staff. Mains approx $5-$10.

Made In Italy: Simply the Best Italian food outside of Italy! No, really it is amazing and a must. Mains approx $8-$15.

Mediterraneo: Another excellent Italian restaurant with a relaxed feel. Mains approx $8-$15.

Le Pirate: Restaurant and Lounge Bar. International and Indonesian cuisine. Main Road Labuan Bajo. Mains $8-$12.

Paradise Bar: Excellent sunset spot for a chilled Bintang with views over the Komodo Park and islands. They offer simple food too. Hilltop, Labuan Bajo. Mains approx $3-$5

Bajo Bakery: Excellent bread, pastry, and muffins to accompany your cappuccino or fruit shake. Main road Labuan Bajo.

Happy Banana: Sushi restaurant. Excellent fresh sushi and special vegetarian meals in a cosy environment. Check out dates for the live music. Main Road Labuan Bajo. Mains approx $8-$13.

Bajo Bay: Excellent Seafood from the catch of the day. Dine right next to the waterfront overlooking the “Phinisi” anchoring in front of Labuan Bajo or enjoy a drink in the bar above. Main road before fish market. Mains approx $5-10.

Bajo Taco: Mexican food, the real deal! The menu changes regularly and what is on offer is nice and fresh. Start with a frozen Margarita to finish off the day. Main road Labuan Bajo, same building as Bajo Bakery. Mains approx $6-10.

AYANA Rooftop Bar: Great sunset spot to start or finish of your time in the Komodo National with one of the all-time favourite cocktails or the bar’s own creations. AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach Waecicu Beach, Labuan Bajo. Cocktails are pricy but it is worth the treat!

 

Parlez-vous Francais, Parli Italiano, Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Around 700 living languages are spoken across Indonesia. That equates to Indonesia having roughly 10% of the world’s languages!

A little effort to speak like a local can be a great icebreaker (as you stumble over the few words you remember) and is always appreciated by those whose homeland you are visiting.

SOME USEFUL (AND INTERESTING) words to impress the locals along the trek

English

Good morning
Good Day
Good evening
Good Night
Goodbye
How are you?
I am fine
What is your name?
My name is…
Nice to meet you/ Nice meeting you
See you later
I do not understand
I do not speak French, Italian, German
Yes
O.K.
No/ not
Thank you
You’re welcome
Please
Please help me
Excuse me
What time is it?
This
That
Where have you just come from?
What country are you from?
Where are you going?
Be careful / attention

Francais
Bonjour
Bonne journée
Bonsoir
Bonne nuit
Au revoir
Comment allez-vous?
Je vais bien/ Je suis bien
Comment tu t’appelles?
Je m’appelle…
Ravi de vous rencontrer./ Enchanté.
À plus tard
Je ne comprends pas
Je ne parle pas français
Oui
D’Accord
Non/ Ne pas
Merci
Vous êtes les bienvenus
S’il vous plaît
Aidez-moi, s’il vous plaî
Pardon
Quelle heure est-il?
Cette (feminine), ce (masculine)
Cette (feminine), ce (masculine)
D’où venez-vous?
De quel pays êtes vous?
Où allez-vous?
Soyez prudent / attention

English

Good morning
Good Day
Good evening
Good Night
Goodbye
How are you?
I am fine
What is your name?
My name is…
Nice to meet you/ Nice meeting you
See you later
I do not understand
I do not speak French, Italian, German
Yes
O.K.
No/ not
Thank you
You’re welcome
Please
Please help me
Excuse me
What time is it?
This
That
Where have you just come from?
What country are you from?
Where are you going?
Be careful / attention

Italiano

Buongiorno
Buona giornata
Buonasera
Buona notte
Addio
Come stai?
Sto bene
Come ti chiami?
Mi chiamo…
Piacere di conoscerti
Arrivederci
Non capisco
Non parlo italiano

OK
No/ non
Grazie
Prego
Per favore
Mi aiuti per favore
Mi scusi
Che ore sono?
Questa (feminine) , questo (masculine)
Quella (feminine), quello (masculine)
Da dove vieni?
Da che paese vieni?
Dove stai andando?
Stai attento / attenzione

English

Good morning
Good Day
Good evening
Good Night
Goodbye
How are you?
I am fine
What is your name?
My name is…
Nice to meet you/ Nice meeting you
See you later
I do not understand
I do not speak French, Italian, German
Yes
O.K.
No/ not
Thank you
You’re welcome
Please
Please help me
Excuse me
What time is it?
This
That
Where have you just come from?
What country are you from?
Where are you going?
Be careful / attention

Deutsch

Guten Morgen
Guten Tag
Guten Abend
Gute Nacht
Auf Wiedersehen
Wie geht es Dir/ Wie geht es Ihnen?/ Wie gehts?
Es geht mir gut
Wie heißt Du/ Wie heißen Sie?
Mein Name ist…
Freut mich, Dich/ Sie kennenzulernen
Bis später
Ich verstehe nicht
Ich spreche kein deutsch
Ja
OK
Nein/ nicht
Danke
Bitte schön
Bitte
Bitte hilf mir/ Bitte helfen Sie mir
Entschuldigung/ Entschuldigen Sie
Wie spät ist es?
Dies
Das
Woher kommst du gerade?
Aus welchem ​​Land kommst du?
Wohin gehst du?
Sei vorsichtig / Achtung

Checklist

Please make sure you have the following items before you travel to the airport for your flight to Indonesia.

1. Luggage – water-resistant duffel bag with personal clothing/equipment, etc.
2. Day pack (backpack) as hand luggage.
3. Valid passport.
4. Proof of your Electronic Indonesian Visa Grant Advise
5. Photocopy of the main page of your passport.
6. Photocopy of your COVID 19 Vaccination Status in addition to any proof on your mobile device.
7. Return Airfares and other travel documents.
8. Medical/travel insurance papers/certificates plus 2 copies of your policy.
9. Credit cards, cash dollars (or travellers cheques) for expenses while in Indonesia.
10. Personal First Aid Kit

Give Us A Shout

NO ROADS EXPEDITIONS

Office: (03) 95988581
24 hrs Access:
Irene Miller + 61 430 705 222
Peter Miller + 61 425 726 623
Email: info@noroads.com.au  

IN COUNTRY
Bali

Bali Tours Indonesia
Office: +62 (0)361 483555
Mrs Komang Jegeg: +62 812 39683457

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali
Jalan Wana Segara 33, Tuban
T: +62 (0)361 755 577
F: +62 (0)361 754 549

Flores/Labuan Bajo

No Roads Local Manager
Ms Fitri Rodja : +62 (0)852 53562926

Puri Sari Hotel Labuan Bajo
Jalan Pantai Pede
Kecamatan Komodo, Labuan Bajo
Flores – Indonesia 86554
Phone: +62 385 2443710

Bintang Flores Hotel
Jl. Pantai Pede Gorontalo, Labuan Bajo
Flores – Indonesia 86554
Phone:+62 (0)385 2443755  

We sincerely hope that you have the most wonderful Komodo trip!