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13th May 2021 to 24th May 2021

Lesser Sundas Textile Adventure

£6580 Per person

Deposit Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Discover rarely visited islands and the culture of the textiles industry as well as watching  traditional dances, exploring small local villages, beautiful beaches and fantastic reefs

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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individual
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
11
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
42 metres
Skipper
Yes
Crew
Total crew of 14
Berth Style
24 guests in 12 cabins All cabins offer creature comforts and necessary amenities: Spacious twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower Washbasin and toiletries provided in your cabin Eac
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore the Lesser Sundas with David & Sue Richardson as we explore the textiles and culture of the islands

11 nights: 13 - 24 May 2021

Fr $8,190 / £6,580 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

This action-packed adventure will give you a true insight into the local culture of these islands, and how textiles have played a huge role in local life. There will be demonstrations of the local techniques of spinning, binding, dyeing and weaving. You'll get to discover new fabrics and beautiful traditional clothing.

We'll also be able to watch traditional dances and welcoming ceremonies as we discover the cultures of the different villages. From pop up street markets, to stilt houses built above water, and royal villages, each island has something new to see.

The whole vessel is available for charter. Please enquire for details. 

DAY 1

– Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the boat, which will be waiting at anchor.

– Lunch will be served as we head out into the bay to visit a local fishing village of Bugis and Bajau people, famous for their stilt houses built above the water.

– This evening before dinner we will relax over cocktails as David and Sue give an introductory talk about the culture and textiles of the local Sikka People.

DAY 2

– Today we will drive up into the highlands by car to visit a small village where we will be welcomed with music and dancing by the villagers.

– After gaining our first insights into the local techniques of spinning, binding, dyeing and weaving, we will have the opportunity to purchase some of the finished textiles, while the adventurous among us will be able to try betel nut, tobacco and locally distilled liquor.

– After lunch on board, we will head out to a village inhabited by refugees from an island off Flores, who were forced to leave their island following a volcanic eruption, and will see a demonstration of how they produce their distinctive textiles.

DAY 3

– This morning we will arrive in a sheltered picturesque bay under the gaze of a towering volcano, where we will go ashore and be welcomed by local Lamaholot villagers who will show us in detail how they produce their fantastic earthy-brown ikats decorated with small white seashells.

– We will then be guided around this colourful well-kept village before returning to the Ombak Putih for lunch. After lunch, we will sail to some small islands close to the northeast coast of Adonara Island for swimming, snorkelling and beachcombing. We will moor nearby overnight.

DAY 4

– We will arrive in Lembata next to the towering active volcano of Ile Api, where we will go ashore to see some of the superb ikat textiles produced in this region while meeting weavers from at least three neighbouring villages.

– After a formal welcome and demonstration of local weaving techniques, there will be a selling exhibition of textiles, giving you the chance to add a fabulous bridewealth cloth to your collection.

– Guests will also be invited to see an ancient anthropomorphic rock painting in a nearby village. Later, during lunch, the boat will cruise across the bay to another small rarely visited weaving village and a nearby location for a refreshing swim or snorkel.

DAY 5

– We will visit the tiny village of Uma Pura on Ternate Island, where we will discover how they make around 200 different natural dyes, using ingredients such as sea sponges, sea anemones and the ink of sea hares, and we will have the chance to see and buy many of their fabrics.

– Back on board, we will have lunch while sailing to Alor, where we will take a short drive takes us to a village inhabited by the colourful Abui tribe. We will be invited to join in the hypnotic lego-lego dance before shopping for textiles, baskets and jewellery at a small pop-up market.

– We will return via the Kalabahi Museum to see their fine display of textiles and moko drums from across the island.

DAY 6

– Today we will spend the morning relaxing, snorkelling over the reef, paddleboarding or kayaking. During lunch, we cross over to the isolated island of Pantar, where we will be enthusiastically welcomed and invited to participate once again in the culturally important lego-lego dance.

DAY 7

– Early the next morning we will arrive at a weaving village where we will be the first group they have hosted. We know they are very enthusiastic about sharing their culture and hospitality with us.

– Lunch will be served as we begin our long overnight sail to the beautiful non-volcanic island of Savu far to the south. This is a time for relaxing and enjoying simply being on the boat.

DAY 8

– After breakfast we go ashore at Napae Bay, following in the footsteps of Captain Cook who landed HMS Endeavour on the same beach in 1770. We will witness a cleansing ceremony before being welcomed by ikat-clad horsemen showing us their riding skills.

– A short drive takes us to Namata, the most important ritual centre on the island, where we will visit the sacred enclosure of priests of the ‘Jingi Tiu’ religion, containing the largest grouping of megaliths on the island.

– After lunch on board, we will visit the spectacular hamlet of Ledetadu, where local weavers will welcome us and show us how they still make their beautifully traditional naturally dyed cloths. The men will show us how they climb the tall lontar palms to tap their delicious juice. We are usually accompanied by Geneviève Duggan, the world expert on Savunese culture and textiles, who gives us many insights into why textiles lie at the heart of Savunese culture.

DAY 9

– We will go ashore on the neighbouring island of Raijua and make a short drive to the raja’s residence, where we will receive a formal welcome by dancers in traditional costume, and be shown the range of textiles used on the island.

– We will visit the home of one of the island’s top indigo dyers, who will show us how her family make a range of indigo textiles unique to this island.

– After lunch back on board the boat, we will swim or snorkel from one of the island’s pristine sandy beaches before cruising overnight to our next destination.

DAY 10

– We will go ashore on Sumba Island and visit two amazing but quite different royal villages, each with megalithic graves surrounded by tall traditional thatched houses.

– We will meet members of the two local royal families and see how they make some of the finest textiles to be found on the island, using the techniques of supplementary warp and warp ikat – sometimes even combining both techniques in one textile.

– We return to the Ombak Putih for lunch while we sail north, stopping at a local beach for a late afternoon swim and snorkel.

DAY 11

– Today we will drive to a rarely visited weaving village and be greeted by ikat-clad warriors on horseback. Sitting in the shade on the veranda of a traditional house we are welcomed by the entire village and entertained with traditional dances that are still used to welcome important visitors and were used in the past to welcome the warriors back from their headhunting expeditions.

– Textiles will be hanging everywhere and we will be offered a huge array of jewellery, statues, boxes, baskets and other crafts.

– Tonight, as we cruise north, you are invited to dress lavishly in your finest ikat cloths for tonight’s farewell dinner party with the captain and crew, who will entertain us on deck with traditional Indonesian song and dance.

DAY 12

– Today is a day for Komodo Dragons, as we go ashore for a short trek with a park ranger to see these ancient lizards on their natural habitat.

– Back on board, we will cruise to a nearby island in the Komodo National Park for our final snorkel before heading into port, having lunch along the way, before saying goodbye to our crew and being escorted to the airport for our onward journey.

  • Professional cruise directors
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes (add SUP)
  • Free tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
  • Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian and special menus on request)
  • Television, DVD and music centre in the lounge
  • Dining in spacious air-conditioned lounge
  • Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
  • Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
  • Mooring fees
  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip
  • Fine selection of wines, beer and spirits for sale
  • Travel to and from the vessel (including internal/domestic airfares)
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Open to families.
  • Open to solo travellers.

Fly to Frans Seda Airport, Maumere

Fly from Komodo Airport, Komodo

DAY 1

– Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the boat, which will be waiting at anchor.

– Lunch will be served as we head out into the bay to visit a local fishing village of Bugis and Bajau people, famous for their stilt houses built above the water.

– This evening before dinner we will relax over cocktails as David and Sue give an introductory talk about the culture and textiles of the local Sikka People.

DAY 2

– Today we will drive up into the highlands by car to visit a small village where we will be welcomed with music and dancing by the villagers.

– After gaining our first insights into the local techniques of spinning, binding, dyeing and weaving, we will have the opportunity to purchase some of the finished textiles, while the adventurous among us will be able to try betel nut, tobacco and locally distilled liquor.

– After lunch on board, we will head out to a village inhabited by refugees from an island off Flores, who were forced to leave their island following a volcanic eruption, and will see a demonstration of how they produce their distinctive textiles.

DAY 3

– This morning we will arrive in a sheltered picturesque bay under the gaze of a towering volcano, where we will go ashore and be welcomed by local Lamaholot villagers who will show us in detail how they produce their fantastic earthy-brown ikats decorated with small white seashells.

– We will then be guided around this colourful well-kept village before returning to the Ombak Putih for lunch. After lunch, we will sail to some small islands close to the northeast coast of Adonara Island for swimming, snorkelling and beachcombing. We will moor nearby overnight.

DAY 4

– We will arrive in Lembata next to the towering active volcano of Ile Api, where we will go ashore to see some of the superb ikat textiles produced in this region while meeting weavers from at least three neighbouring villages.

– After a formal welcome and demonstration of local weaving techniques, there will be a selling exhibition of textiles, giving you the chance to add a fabulous bridewealth cloth to your collection.

– Guests will also be invited to see an ancient anthropomorphic rock painting in a nearby village. Later, during lunch, the boat will cruise across the bay to another small rarely visited weaving village and a nearby location for a refreshing swim or snorkel.

DAY 5

– We will visit the tiny village of Uma Pura on Ternate Island, where we will discover how they make around 200 different natural dyes, using ingredients such as sea sponges, sea anemones and the ink of sea hares, and we will have the chance to see and buy many of their fabrics.

– Back on board, we will have lunch while sailing to Alor, where we will take a short drive takes us to a village inhabited by the colourful Abui tribe. We will be invited to join in the hypnotic lego-lego dance before shopping for textiles, baskets and jewellery at a small pop-up market.

– We will return via the Kalabahi Museum to see their fine display of textiles and moko drums from across the island.

DAY 6

– Today we will spend the morning relaxing, snorkelling over the reef, paddleboarding or kayaking. During lunch, we cross over to the isolated island of Pantar, where we will be enthusiastically welcomed and invited to participate once again in the culturally important lego-lego dance.

DAY 7

– Early the next morning we will arrive at a weaving village where we will be the first group they have hosted. We know they are very enthusiastic about sharing their culture and hospitality with us.

– Lunch will be served as we begin our long overnight sail to the beautiful non-volcanic island of Savu far to the south. This is a time for relaxing and enjoying simply being on the boat.

DAY 8

– After breakfast we go ashore at Napae Bay, following in the footsteps of Captain Cook who landed HMS Endeavour on the same beach in 1770. We will witness a cleansing ceremony before being welcomed by ikat-clad horsemen showing us their riding skills.

– A short drive takes us to Namata, the most important ritual centre on the island, where we will visit the sacred enclosure of priests of the ‘Jingi Tiu’ religion, containing the largest grouping of megaliths on the island.

– After lunch on board, we will visit the spectacular hamlet of Ledetadu, where local weavers will welcome us and show us how they still make their beautifully traditional naturally dyed cloths. The men will show us how they climb the tall lontar palms to tap their delicious juice. We are usually accompanied by Geneviève Duggan, the world expert on Savunese culture and textiles, who gives us many insights into why textiles lie at the heart of Savunese culture.

DAY 9

– We will go ashore on the neighbouring island of Raijua and make a short drive to the raja’s residence, where we will receive a formal welcome by dancers in traditional costume, and be shown the range of textiles used on the island.

– We will visit the home of one of the island’s top indigo dyers, who will show us how her family make a range of indigo textiles unique to this island.

– After lunch back on board the boat, we will swim or snorkel from one of the island’s pristine sandy beaches before cruising overnight to our next destination.

DAY 10

– We will go ashore on Sumba Island and visit two amazing but quite different royal villages, each with megalithic graves surrounded by tall traditional thatched houses.

– We will meet members of the two local royal families and see how they make some of the finest textiles to be found on the island, using the techniques of supplementary warp and warp ikat – sometimes even combining both techniques in one textile.

– We return to the Ombak Putih for lunch while we sail north, stopping at a local beach for a late afternoon swim and snorkel.

DAY 11

– Today we will drive to a rarely visited weaving village and be greeted by ikat-clad warriors on horseback. Sitting in the shade on the veranda of a traditional house we are welcomed by the entire village and entertained with traditional dances that are still used to welcome important visitors and were used in the past to welcome the warriors back from their headhunting expeditions.

– Textiles will be hanging everywhere and we will be offered a huge array of jewellery, statues, boxes, baskets and other crafts.

– Tonight, as we cruise north, you are invited to dress lavishly in your finest ikat cloths for tonight’s farewell dinner party with the captain and crew, who will entertain us on deck with traditional Indonesian song and dance.

DAY 12

– Today is a day for Komodo Dragons, as we go ashore for a short trek with a park ranger to see these ancient lizards on their natural habitat.

– Back on board, we will cruise to a nearby island in the Komodo National Park for our final snorkel before heading into port, having lunch along the way, before saying goodbye to our crew and being escorted to the airport for our onward journey.

Temperature in this sailing area varies little (27° to 33° Celsius year-round) with mostly blue skies and light winds. We suggest you bring the following:

Light cotton/ linen clothes, including a pair of long trousers for visits in the villages

Water shoes (boots or plastic shoes)

Hiking shoes

Camera

A plastic / waterproof bag for your camera when disembarking

High protection suntan lotion

A hat

Insect repellent

Dive/ snorkelling equipment if you have your own (there is plenty on board)

A sweater for cool evenings