Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores Cruise


Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores Cruise



6 months ago


8 Days




USD 3,210.00 per person


Dec 31, 2019
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.

The main Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores cruise itinerary begins in Bali and ends in Flores. There is also a reverse itinerary that begins in Flores and ends in Bali as well as a 5-day Wonderful Komodo Cruise from Flores that focuses on seeing Komodo dragons. Cruises are aboard the 24-guest Ombak Putih or 14-guest Katharina traditional Balinese sailing vessels.


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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $3210 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: Kenawa & Bungin Islands
Kenawa & Bungin Islands, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Wake off the beautiful white sands of Kenawa Island in West Sumbawa. After breakfast there are opportunities to snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, swim and explore the island’s beaches, grasslands and corals throughout the morning. After lunch on board, the ship will set a course 10 miles further east to Bungin Island, home to a group of Bajau Sea Gypsies, famous for living in stilt houses above the water and living entirely off the sea. It is the second largest Bajau settlement in Indonesia and will provide an amazing and rare opportunity to experience a part of Indonesian culture that is a huge part of the country’s seafaring tradition. Later in the afternoon, set sail for Moyo Island.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4-5: 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.

Day 5 - Pulau Sangean & Banta: Wake up off the coast of Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 5,905 feet above sea level. After breakfast, go ashore to a small hamlet which, because of the active nature of the volcano, is only inhabited for short periods during the year when the local people come to tend their crops and small herds of buffaloes which can be seen swimming in the sea. Next snorkel on both a nearby reef and a location on the north of the island where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals, a most interesting sight. Proceed to the island of Banta and its pure white sand beach for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and hill climbing for the fit. Later that evening proceed on to Komodo dragon country.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park, Flores, Indonesia
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This morning, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. Go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning ranger-led trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons. In this savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape, encounter (at a safe distance) these awe-inspiring, giant lizards – Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. Hope to spot deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms. After returning on board, cruise around the coast and visit Komodo village, where you may buy some local handicrafts. Later you may head to Pantai Merah ‘red-beach,’ which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand, to swim and snorkel over one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia, relishing the unforgettable spectacle of the region’s many varieties of coral and marine life. Later, head to Makassar Reef to look for, and possibly snorkel, with manta rays. Next head to Gili Lawa Darat for some more snorkelling and a hill climb to watch a magical sunset.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Rinca Island
Rinca, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Today visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island for another ranger-led nature trek in search of more Komodo dragons, which are indigenous to this small group of islands. Rinca is also well known for its diverse wildlife, so you may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. From the top of the hills, the scenery is breathtaking. In the afternoon, consider snorkelling on the beautiful Siaba Island, before perhaps visiting the lovely Kelor Island. There is also the option of visiting the adjacent island of Kukusan to meet a settlement of ‘sea-gypsies,’ the Bajao people who build their homes on stilts over the sea. In the evening, go ashore to an uninhabited island and put your toes in the sand for a final night’s beach barbeque. With a raging bonfire, great food, dancing and the crew singing and playing guitars, this end-of-cruise celebration under the stars is a quintessential experience.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Ombak Putih or Katharina

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Melo & Disembark Labuan Bajo, Flores
Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
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For early risers, there is time for one last swim and snorkel before cruising into Labuan Bajo harbor. At about 9:00am disembark the boat for a trip to the 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. The men of Western Flores are famous for this test of daring and skill, requiring lightning quick moves to dodge the infliction of a wound. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. Besides this, the cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances. After the performance, have lunch on the boat before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Bali.


MEALS: breakfast and lunch


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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 8-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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