Metcalf Rayner 12 Days Bali and Borneo

  • 12 Days in Bali and Borneo

    The Islands of the Imagination Tour

November 4-15 2016

The start date is fixed as the activities and events we will participate in are already set and confirmed.

US$ 5600 (single)

There is a discount for booking double (net price US$ 5000). To view the terms of booking and to reserve a place, please scroll down to the form at the end of this page.

Group Size

The target group size is from 6 to 10 participants, so that the experience and training is personal. We need a minimum of 4 participants to confirm the tour is a "go".

Full Package

Best quality lodgings locally availabe, with full amenities for relaxing at the end of the day. Dining in high quality local places with varied menus to suit all palates.

Photo tour led by David Metcalf and Mark Rayner

This combination tour takes you on a journey to two vastly different islands – Bali and Borneo, each of them beautiful and mystical in their own way.

Bali has volcanoes, ancient ceremonies, and stunning landscapes allowing you, the photographer to capture green lush rice fields and experience the friendly local Balinese people.  Borneo is big and bold and bursting with wildlife. You will get to meet the beautiful orangutans, capture the magnificent Hornbill bird sweeping across the sky and experience indigenous tribal cultures, as we stop at small riverside villages and meet the Dayak people.  David Metcalf’s long association with the Dayaks have allowed for a unique visit to a special village.  The Dayaks love to meet foreigners and willingly engage with you, the photographer, allowing for some excellent portrait photography and a genuine exchange of cross-culture dialogue.


Of course you can bring your companion with you! With our local partners we have created a number of interesting and rewarding activities for them to fully enjoy the time too.


This is the beginning of the wet season, which means there is relatively more cloud and rain than in the dry season, but never so much as to impede good photography. Temperatures will be relatively milder and the nights increasingly cool, so bring a mix of clothes.


Energetic but not hiking or mountain climbing. You do have to be in reasonable health, capable of one hour hikes up hills. Do bring good walking shoes and comfortable clothes.

Tour Program

Mark Rayner and David Metcalf have been leading photography tours to these islands for the past four years and this time, they are combining the highlights into a fantastic package of wonderful photo opportunities with action-packed adventures every day. We have fun, and we put you in the right places for getting great shots with the right light. Our tuition is professional, practical, and you will learn more about your personal level of photography with the expert guidance of these two award-winning photographers. Teaching and patience will be delivered. The art of story telling through your vision and what you capture is what you will receive.

Photographic opportunities in Bali

• Colourful Balinese dance in the non-tourist area of West Bali
• Beautiful sunsets over the Indian Ocean
• Ancient holy temples
• Fishing villages with hundreds of colourfully decorated boats
• Exciting buffalo racing in the rice fields of West Bali
• World Heritage listed rice fields
• Terraced rice fields of Bali
• Waterfalls and the natural beauty of Munduk, North Bali
• Colour and vibrancy of traditional Balinese ceremonies
• Bali’s largest Volcano Mt Agung from many different angles

Photographic opportunities in Borneo

• Orangutans in their natural forest environment in two distinctly different areas, TanjungPuting NP and on an island near Palangkaraya.
• Traditional Dayak villages
• By invitation only, a special Dayak dance and music performance in the forest
• Meeting the children of Katimpun Village, who are supported by this tour and an on-going 3-year education project first hand
• Traditional medicine and handicraft of the indigenous Dayak cultures
• 3 days on a comfortable, air-conditioned boat (Australian owned and operated) travelling the ancient rivers of central Borneo, where we witness stunning sunsets and dine on 5-star food.

Please join us on a unique and extraordinary photography adventure. You will have many opportunities to receive one-on-one tuition and move your photography skills along. Personal attention is our commitment to you. Mark and Dave are both expert tutors and have 80 years combined photography experience.

Photos from David's and Mark's tour in Bali and Borneo


We provide flights between tour  destinations, transfers, tour transport, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, light refreshments and soft drinks, museum passes and other related tickets. For indoor photography we have reflectors and light boxes. All fees quoted are inclusive of taxes.

Don't forget!

Other than your digital camera (any type will do) you should bring some lenses, a sturdy tripod and ideally a shutter release cable. There is a fair amount of walking, some in rough patches, so wear sensible shoes and casual clothes with lots of pockets. The sun can be strong; light headgear might be good for some.


If you do not have or do not want to bring a PC with you, we can arrange for you to use one locally. If you do not have imaging software on your computer, we can provide you with a free copy that has basic functionality. If you don’t bring a tripod we have some spares. If you are using a Nikon DSLR then we also have some extra lenses.

Reserve your place on this tour

Once we receive your request we will call and email you to confirm details.


Bookings are made directly with the photographer. For more details please contact David Metcalf by email to davidmetcalf3@mac.com
or Mark Rayner by email to markrayner@tailoredphotography.com.au.


  • Fees are exclusive of your own travel to and from Bali.
  • Fees do not cover international travel and medical insurance.


  • 50% to be paid on confirmed booking.
  • Balance of 50% paid at least 45 days before the tour start date.
  • By credit card or bank wire transfer.


  • 100% refund if made 30+ days before the tour start date.
  • 50% refund if made 15+ days before the tour start date.
  • 25% refund if made 7+ days before the tour start date.

Registration Form

Just to be clear, filling in and sending this form does not commit you to anything or any payment until the booking is confirmed, which will be done with the photographer directly after you both have spoken and agreed everything.

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David Metcalf

Originally from New Zealand, David's passion for photography started when, 19 years old, he bought his first Kodak camera. David is an insightful tutor who inspires you to put the manual down, engage with the subject, access your creativity and capture the essence of a photo. He is the author of three cultural photography books and is a spokesperson for the indigenous Dayak people of Kalimantan. David’s tours connect you with travel and culture, opportunities that take you to a higher level of seeing and feeling.

Read more about David and his photo tours

Mark Rayner

Mark hails from Brisbane in Australia, but his photo tours span the world. Fully accredited as a professional photographer in Australia (AIPP), Mark is an established wedding, portrait and commercial photographer, for which he has been awarded several commendations including "2012 Shoot the Architect" competition sponsored by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Read more about Mark and his photo tours
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