Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores Cruise


Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores Cruise



12 months ago


8 Days




USD 2,990.00 per person


Dec 31, 2018
Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores Cruise
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Explore Indonesia from Bali east to Flores on this small ship cruise aboard the 24-guest Ombak Putih or 14-guest Katharina traditional Balinese sailing vessels. Few areas in Asia can match the cultural and natural diversity that's found following the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands: towering active volcanoes, jungle-clad mountain ranges and dry savannah lowlands, all teeming with wildlife.

This unique itinerary visits quiet coastal villages, emerald seas, megalithic cultures, bustling colorful markets, tribes and a world of kaleidoscopic beauty underwater. Over the course of seven days you'll look for (and have a great chance of spotting) the famous Komodo dragon, snorkel in pristine coral reef, make a wish at the stunning salt-water lake in Satonda and explore some of Indonesia's most beautiful deserted beaches.


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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $2990 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.


Day 1: Arrive Bali
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
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village of Amed, where you can relax and unwind with a swim or a snorkel, perhaps a scuba dive, or even a walk in the surrounding village and hillsides. It’s also an opportunity for those unfamiliar with snorkeling to have a lesson with our tour leader. In the evening, enjoy sunset drinks in the seaside bar, before having dinner with your fellow guests to get better acquainted for the voyage ahead.


MEALS: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Lombok & Gili Islands
Lombok, Bali, Indonesia
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We will wake in the morning at the resort, have a leisurely breakfast and maybe an early morning swim or snorkel before being transported the short distance to the boat, which will be waiting at anchor in the bay. After we board the vessel you will have a chance to settle in before the captain gives the orders for the anchor to be lifted prior to crossing the Lombok Strait. This deep trench of water between Bali and Lombok marks part of a very important ecological boundary called the Wallace Line, which was first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the renowned Victorian naturalist. Wallace noticed that the flora and fauna of the islands to the west are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands to the east of the invisible line have a greater similarity to species found in Australia. In the afternoon, we will make our first stop at one of the three Gili islands, a popular holiday destination just off Lombok’s northwest coast. We will spend a few hours here, during which time you can choose from a number of water activities: swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking, or simply enjoying the beautiful white-sand beach.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Senaru
Lesser Sunda Islands, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Moored off the coast of North Lombok, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast before going ashore and boarding a private bus for a trip into the interior of the northern side of the island and the traditional village of Senaru. Here, we will be taken on a tour, by one of the local women-guides, of the simple thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices, which will give us an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. Our mellow adventure will then lead us down a well-trodden flight of steps through the tropical forest to Sindang Gila, a roaring 40-metre tiered waterfall. The small gravel beach and flat rocks at the base of the falls are a meeting place for the local people, and if we want we can take a dip under the full force of the intense flow. Our walk will continue alongside an old irrigation canal offering panoramic vistas of rice fields stretching towards the sea. The area around Senaru and Bayan was the birthplace of Lombok’s unique Wektu Telu belief system in which ancient animist practices are combined with Islam. If we have time, we will visit Bayan Beleq, a grass-roofed mosque with woven bamboo walls. Said to have been founded in the 16th century, this is the oldest mosque in Lombok. We may also have time to see some weavers and spinners demonstrating their age-old skills. After getting back to the boat and having lunch, we will explore one of the coral reefs near Gili Sulat, which is a marine conservation area.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Satonda
Lesser Sunda Islands, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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This morning we will moor off Labuan Aji village on the island of Moyo, visit the village and then walk to Diwu Mba’i waterfall, where can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water. Our next stop will be Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its center that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater. The eruption was the biggest volcanic explosion in the collective memory of mankind; it had roughly four times the energy of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and gave rise to the ‘year without a summer’ because of the effect on North American and European weather. Local people believe Satonda to be magical, and with this in mind, we will walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake, alongside which are trees believed to be ‘wishing trees.’ Visitors to the island tie a small stone to a tree and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks. The seas surrounding the island are rich with soft and hard corals and colorful tropical fish, so we will spend the afternoon swimming and snorkeling. Another highlight of our visit to Satonda will be the sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. Immediately after sunset, we leave for an overnight passage on a course due east.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park, Flores, Indonesia
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Wake up with the boat at anchor off Komodo Island, one of 80 odd islands of Komodo National Park. Go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning ranger led trek through the Park searching for the Komodo Lizards. Meet these enormous and intimidating creatures In this rugged landscape. After re-embarking, sail to a beach called ‘red-beach’ because of the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here you will swim and snorkel over one of the richest reefs in eastern Indonesia and be stunned by the incredible variety of coral and fish.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Rinca Island & Labuhanbajo Bay
Rinca, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Today, visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. This island is well-known for its diverse wildlife. Apart from Komodo dragons, you may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer. From the top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular. In the evening your ship's crew will prepare an evening beach barbecue and you will enjoy a star-studded night sky. Late at night, sail to the bay of Labuhanbajo to spend another quiet night in this beautiful part of the world.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Disembark Labuhanbajo, Flores
Labuhanbajo, Flores, Indonesia
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After breakfast in Labuan Bajo, visit the local market or take a private bus to the inland village of Melo. Here, local ‘strongmen’ will perform the ‘Caci,’ a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. After the traditional dance performances, have lunch on the boat before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Bali.


MEALS: breakfast


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  • Accommodations and meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Transfers in Flores; beverages including coffee, cocoa, tea, soft drinks and fruit juice
  • Limited laundry service (2 items per day free of charge, service stops 2 days before disembarkation)
  • Guided excursions
  • Use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities


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Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the 7-day eastbound Bali to Flores itinerary listed above, there is a westbound voyage following the same route in reverse, with slight variations. Please click on the link to our website for details.

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