DANCES, DRAGONS & MAGICAL LAKES

7 days/6 nights - from £2550pp

A 7-days cruise embarks from Labuhan Bajo, Flores and explores the interior of east Lombok, the magical crater lake of Satonda in Sumbawa and includes a visit to the Komodo National Park, which is not only known as the home of the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, but also for the incredible marine diversity found in the rich, current-swept reefs and open water surrounding the park. This adventurous cruise offers a cross-section of uninhabited islands, quiet coastal villages, towering active volcanoes, tribal rituals and a world of kaleidoscopic beauty underwater.

 

Day 1 - Labuhan Bajo – Melo Village – Kelor Island – Kuku-san Island – Rinca Island

Upon arrival in Labuhan Bajo, you will go to the village of Melo to attend a performance of the traditional ‘whip-dance’, a test of daring and skill for which the men of the Western portion of Flores are famous.  Upon return you embark the vessel. After a few hours of sailing you will stop at the small island of Kelor to swim and snorkel and visit the adjacent island of Kukusan where you meet a settlement of the Bajau people. These ‘sea gypsies’ live in houses on stilts over the water. Originally from Sulawesi and formerly fully nomadic, living on their boats, nowadays the Bajau often occupy more permanent settlements. Onwards sail to Rinca Island. Overnight, lunch and dinner on board the Ombak Putih

Day 2 - Rinca Island – Loh Buaya – Komodo Island

You will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island for a first possible encounter with the famous Komodo dragons. This dry and rugged island is well-known for its diverse wildlife. In the afternoon you go to one of the beaches nearby for some excellent snorkeling. Onwards sail to Komodo Island.
Overnight, breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the Ombak Putih

Day 3 - Komodo Island – Loh Liang – Red Beach – Gili Lawa Darat – Gili Banta

Wake up with the boat at anchor off Komodo Island, one of eighty odd islands of Komodo National Park. You will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning ranger guided trek through the Park searching for the Komodo Lizards. After reembarking  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. Later in the afternoon  make a stop at Gili Lawa Darat. The brave make it to the top of this island that offers one of the best views of the Komodo archipelago. Onwards sail to Gili Banta.
Overnight, breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the Ombak Putih

Day 4 - Gili Banta – Wera Village – Satonda Island

In the morning  have a breakfast off the beach of Gili Banta, uninhabited and perfect for some excellent swimming and snorkeling. Following this daily excursion among underwater creatures, you will proceed to the east coast of Sumbawa to visit the village of Wera.
Wera is a Buginese settlement famous for its boat-building. Here we will see various types and sizes of traditional styled craft in various stages of construc-tion.  Stroll through the village and enjoy the time with the friendly local people. Night sailing headed west.
Overnight, breakfast, lunch and dinner on board of the Ombah Putik

Day 5 - Satonda Island – Satonda Crater Lake – Moyo Island - Lombok

Set foot on land at the little known island of Satonda with its stunning crater Lake and beautiful coral gardens. Located just a couple of miles off the north-west coast of Sumbawa, Satonda is what remained of an extinct volcano of which the caldera was filled with water when nearby Mount Tambora erupted in 1815.  A highlight of the visit to Satonda is the sight of many thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. From Satonda sail to the island of Moyo. Here we will land on the West coast of the island and take a short jungle walk to a local waterfall. You will plunge in the pool at the bottom and sense the chill of the sweet fresh water. Night sailing to east Lombok. towards Batu Muncul Island.
Overnight, breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the Ombak Putih

Day 6 - Labuhan Lombok – Sasak Village – Kondo Island – Gili Nanggu

Docked in Labuhan Lombok, east Lombok, after breakfast you will board a local coach for a tour into the interior of east Lombok. This relatively rural and traditional region is largely untouched by the busy tourist areas frequenting the West part of the island (Senggigi Beach, Gili Islands). Visit a pottery village, attend a local dance performance and enjoy a real Sasak (indigenous people of Lombok) lunch on the way. After re-embarkation we move to the small island of Kondo, where you will visit a coral conservation project and have a refreshing swim and snorkel inspection of the local reef. Long night sail to the southwest coast of Lombok Island.
Overnight, breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the Ombak Putih

Day 7 - Gili Nanggu – Serangan/Bali

The last day on aboard begins with a relaxing morning on a desert beach at Gili Nanggu (just off the coast of southwest Lombok), our last opportu-nity for snorkeling and enjoying the warm equato-rial waters. Midday will mark your departure sail back to Bali with lunch and time to pack enroute. In Serangan east Bali, you will disembark and say good-bye to the crew of the Ombak Putih and see you off to your next destination.

Highlights:

  • Watching the whip dance in Melo village
  • Swimming & snorkeling at Kelor Island
  • Meet Bajau people in Kukusan Island
  • Trekking at Loh Buaya in Rinca Island
  • Trekking at Loh Liang in Komodo Island
  • Swimming & snorkeling at Red Beach
  • Stunning view of Komodo Island from Gili Lawa laut
  • Swimming & snorkeling at Gili Banta
  • Visit Buginesse village of Wera Visit the crater lake of Satonda
  • Snorkeling at coral garden in Satonda
  • Visit waterfall at Moyo Island
  • Visit pottery village in Lombok
  • Watching Sasak dance performance
  • Visit coral conservation at Kondo Island
  • Relaxing at Gili Nanggu

The cost of the  7 days/6 nights trip is £2550 per person (excluding flights) and this includes: Accommodation in cabins with air conditioning, private toilet with hot shower and towels 6 nights live aboard arrangements. Full board with extensive breakfast and two meals per day. Refreshments, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, free tea and coffee. Unlimited use of snorkeling gear. Unlimited use of sea canoes or other recrea-tional equipment. Transfer from the airport in Flores (Labuhan Bajo) to Ombak Putih boat. Limited laundry service Scheduled excursions during the trip. Use of bath and beach towel.     Admissions fees to the National Parks and per-mits Services of English speaking tour guide.     Well seasoned all licensed Indonesian crew of fourteen and an experienced cruise director

You can get flights from as little as £650 per person return and the trip can be easily combined with a week stay on Bali.

All prices correct at the time of writing.  Give us a call or send an email to discuss your requirements and get a confirmed price. Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.

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Every effort will be made to carry out the cruise itinerary as planned, however the itineraries are subject to change at the Captain’s discretion. When touring at sea, weather, currents, and even harbour masters don’t always co-operate with the planned itinerary, which sometimes make the planned schedules challenging or even impossible to carry out. For that reason, the written itineraries must be approached with reasonable flexibility. The Cruise Company reserved the right to make alterations due to circumstances beyond their control and/or other factors, in the best interests of all. It’s part of the adventure!