As International Expeditions searches for new nature travel experiences, Bill Robison, IE Director of Program Development, has the “difficult” task of scouting a county for the best naturalist guides, hotels and to uncover extraordinary opportunities for our guests. Here we get Bill’s impressions and photos as he researches IE’s new Indonesia cruise and Bali tour options.

Day 6
“In Bali after a great night's sleep and dinner in Medan. The food here is amazing and I like to eat...a lot! Bali is such a magnificent place — rich culture, amazing beaches., and some of the friendliest people in the country. No wonder Bob and Bing followed the Road to...

“Traffic here is legendary but they completing new highways from Denpasar (airport) to Nusa Dua and Sanur Beach as well as the new underpass. That will make a HUGE difference! The new international terminal is also on its way to completion...that was badly needed. “

Day 11
“Just arrived in Pemuteran, Bali. I spent last night in Sanur Beach after an amazing four nights cruising through some of the most unique and interesting culture and snorkeling ever. Sangaeng Island was magnificent snorkeling...crystal clear waters and a great reef filled with life. That is just one tiny island in the Komodo Island National Park, where reefs like that are very common. A great experience!

“I drove from Sanur Beach to Bali Barat today...worth every tiny minute. Matahari Beach Resort is like staying on palace grounds...or a temple from days long past. The birdlife just here at the resort is great, and they have some wonderful dances and other dinner performances planned. The standard room is like a suite in any hotel — they even have a stone dragon shower on the outside deck. Tomorrow I visit Reef Seen Turtle Project and have a 4x4 drive through the national park. Reports are that the birding is excellent and there are quite a few mammals to spot as well.”