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Bali - Komodo - Flores

2015 Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes

This 7-day cruise embarks from Labuhanbajo 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 Upon arrival in Labuhanbajo, we 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. Two men, protected by rattan shields, accompanied by an orchestra of local instruments, hit each other fiercely with a rattan whip. Lightning quick moves defend each from the objective…to inflict a wound on the back of the other. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered. Upon return we embark the vessel. After a few hours of sailing we will stop at the small island of Kelor to swim and snorkel and visit the adjacent island of Kukusan where we 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.

Day 2 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. Apart from dragons, we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer. From the top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular. In the afternoon we go to one of the beaches nearby for some excellent snorkelling.

Day 3 We wake up with the boat at anchor off Komodo Island, one of eighty odd islands of Komodo National Park. We 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. In the setting of a dry and rugged landscape we will meet these intimidating creatures that are obviously misplaced in today’s world. After re-embarking we will sail to a beach, called ‘red-beach’ because of the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here we will swim and snorkel over one of the ‘richest’ reefs in Eastern Indonesia. We will be stunned by the incredible variety of coral and fish on display underneath our arms and legs. Later in the afternoon we will 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.

Day 4 In the morning we have our breakfast off the beach of Gili Banta, uninhabited and perfect for some excellent swimming and snorkelling. Following this daily excursion among underwater creatures, we will proceed to the east coast of Sumbawa to visit the village of Wera. Wera is a Buginese settlement famous for its boatbuilding. Here we will see various types and sizes of traditional styled craft in various stages of construction. Many of the centuries old construction techniques are retained today and are examples of the way our schooners were built in recent years. We will stroll through the village and enjoy the our time with the friendly local people. Night sailing headed west.

Day 5 We 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. It was the biggest volcanic eruption in the collective memory of mankind, much larger than Krakatoa. With an estimated volume of 160 cubic kilometres of rocks and ash ejected from the volcano the following year became known as the “year without a summer” because of the effect on North American and European weather. A highlight of our 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 we 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. We will plunge in the pool at the bottom and sense the chill of the sweet fresh water. Night sailing to east Lombok.

Day 6 Docked in Labuhan Lombok, east Lombok, after breakfast we 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). We will 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 we 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.

Day 7 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 opportunity for snorkelling and enjoying the warm equatorial waters. Midday will mark our departure sail back to Bali with lunch and time to pack enroute. In Serangan east Bali, we will disembark and say goodbye to the crew of the Ombak Putih and see you off to your next destination.

Ombak Putih Cruise Itinerary

Ombak Putih Cruise : PROGRAM 2015

Cruise Code Start Finish Cruise Description No Days  Price *
OP1504FKB01 Apr 26 May 1 Bali - Komodo - Flores 7 $2,520
OP1505FB01 May 28 Jun 3 Bali - Komodo - Flores 7 $2,520
OP1506FB02 Jun 15 Jun 21 Bali - Komodo - Flores 7 $2,520
OP1507FB03 Jul 2 Jul 8 Bali - Komodo - Flores 7 $2.520
OP1508FB04 Jul 20 Jul 26 Bali - Komodo - Flores 7 $2.520
OP1508FB05 Aug 8 Aug 14 Bali - Komodo - Flores 7 $2.520
OP1508FB06 Aug 27 Sep 3 Bali - Komodo - Flores 7 $2.520

• Prices are per person and based on sharing a double or twin cabin.
• Special price is available upon request, please contact us.

Participants should be aware that itinerary and program of our sea voyages occasionally may have to be modified, due to factors beyond our control: unfavorable weather conditions, delay in processing harbour clearances, modified schedules of domestic flights. The cruise director and captain of the Vessel will adjust the program accordingly in the best interest of all.

Please note that the domestic flights are not included.

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