8th May 2023 to 11th May 2023

Discover the textiles of the Lesser Sundas – Pre-Cruise (Ende-Maumere)

From $1390 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
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Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
3
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
44 to 50 foot.
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

Discover the textiles of the Lesser Sundas - Pre-Cruise (Ende-Maumere)

3 Nights: 08 - 11 May 2023

From $1390 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator's local currency. The amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

D A Y 1

After arriving in Ende mid-afternoon on your direct flight from Bali you set off immediately to see some of the highlights of Ende city, including the Bung Karno house where Sukarno lived in exile before becoming Indonesia’s first president, the cathedral and the market.

There will be an evening presentation about the history and textiles of the Lio people of Ende and you enjoy an excellent dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.

D A Y 2

This morning you drive to the nearby district of Ndona to visit a cooperative run by a small group of Lio weavers who make beautiful traditional textiles incorporating natural dyes.

You then continue up into the mountains to visit a fascinating village, where textiles are a feature of daily life, but where weaving is actually banned.

After a welcome by the local schoolchildren you enjoy your packed lunch. The clan leader (called a mosa laki) will then escort us around the village and explain about its history and culture. You arrive at Kelimutu Ecolodge in the late afternoon. After your welcome cocktails there will be a pre-dinner lecture about the textiles you see tomorrow.

D A Y 3

In the morning you head to the remote weaving village of Nggela, stopping along the way for photographs over the spectacular Mbuli Valley. The local weavers show you how they still produce some of the best quality ikat in the Ende Regency.

After lunch at the Ecolodge you venture to the other side of the valley to visit an interesting mixed Christian/Muslim village that also produces textiles, but with different designs and motifs.

Back at the Ecolodge you enjoy a traditional Lio feast and cultural performance.

D A Y 4

An early start today as you drive up the side of the volcano to the entrance to Kelimutu National Park. From here it is a pleasant 30-minute-walk through woodland to the first viewpoint over two of the crater lakes. From there you ascend to the second viewpoint, which gives you a spectacular view over all three of the multi-coloured lakes. If you are lucky you might also have close encounters with some of the local monkeys.

Later that afternoon you arrive in Maumere Harbour and board the Ombak Putih, which will be anchored in the bay.

  • 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.

H. Hasan Aroeboesman Airport

Maumere Airport

D A Y 1

After arriving in Ende mid-afternoon on your direct flight from Bali you set off immediately to see some of the highlights of Ende city, including the Bung Karno house where Sukarno lived in exile before becoming Indonesia’s first president, the cathedral and the market.

There will be an evening presentation about the history and textiles of the Lio people of Ende and you enjoy an excellent dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.

D A Y 2

This morning you drive to the nearby district of Ndona to visit a cooperative run by a small group of Lio weavers who make beautiful traditional textiles incorporating natural dyes.

You then continue up into the mountains to visit a fascinating village, where textiles are a feature of daily life, but where weaving is actually banned.

After a welcome by the local schoolchildren you enjoy your packed lunch. The clan leader (called a mosa laki) will then escort us around the village and explain about its history and culture. You arrive at Kelimutu Ecolodge in the late afternoon. After your welcome cocktails there will be a pre-dinner lecture about the textiles you see tomorrow.

D A Y 3

In the morning you head to the remote weaving village of Nggela, stopping along the way for photographs over the spectacular Mbuli Valley. The local weavers show you how they still produce some of the best quality ikat in the Ende Regency.

After lunch at the Ecolodge you venture to the other side of the valley to visit an interesting mixed Christian/Muslim village that also produces textiles, but with different designs and motifs.

Back at the Ecolodge you enjoy a traditional Lio feast and cultural performance.

D A Y 4

An early start today as you drive up the side of the volcano to the entrance to Kelimutu National Park. From here it is a pleasant 30-minute-walk through woodland to the first viewpoint over two of the crater lakes. From there you ascend to the second viewpoint, which gives you a spectacular view over all three of the multi-coloured lakes. If you are lucky you might also have close encounters with some of the local monkeys.

Later that afternoon you arrive in Maumere Harbour and board the Ombak Putih, which will be anchored in the bay.

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