27th March 2023 to 11th April 2023

Sail from Bitung to Komodo discovering corals, cultures and dragons

From $9950 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Sail from Bitung to Komodo discovering corals, cultures and dragons.
Clear
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
15
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

Sail from Bitung to Komodo discovering corals, cultures and dragons.

15 Nights: 27 March - 11 April 2023

From $9950 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

You are welcomed aboard the boat, meet the crew and your fellow passengers, settle into your seaborne home for the next two weeks and set sail on your 14-days adventure.

Your first stop will be the Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre, about a one-hour cruise to the south. You go ashore by tender and have a guided tour of the centre, where you learn of their conservation efforts and meet some of the wildlife that reside here including monkeys, hornbills, cockatoo, and sun bears.

In the afternoon you spend the time relaxing on deck while you set sail on your journey south.

D A Y 2

This morning you have the opportunity to snorkel on a local reef and spend some time stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and relaxing.

In the afternoon, you have your first chance to meet some North Sulawesi locals as you head ashore to a fishing village, where they will invite you into their home to share with you their way of life.

You head west for the overnight passage to the Togean Archipelago, one of Indonesia’s wonderful national parks.

D A Y 3

Some great wildlife experiences await you today both in the water and the air, with birds, fish and invertebrates as the main features.

You enjoy a fantastic snorkel on the reefs near the island of Malenge, before taking your snorkels and masks to experience a rare opportunity to swim with stingless jellyfish in nearby Lake Mariona, one of only 20 lakes in the world that are home to these amazing creatures.

You visit a local village and meet the people, and enjoy a late afternoon walk in the local forest before being witness to a most amazing show of nature as flocks of hornbills come flying in to roost in the trees – a once in a lifetime sight only accessible with SeaTrek.

D A Y 4

Today will be your first encounter with the Bajau sea gypsies of Southeast Asia, a people with a very unique way of living with the sea. About 2500 people live in Kabalutan village, and you be welcomed into their world to meet and talk with them about their lives.

You head to the southernmost tip of the park and have a long snorkel near the before setting sail to the southeast for a most unique wildlife encounter the following morning.

D A Y 5

A very unique experience awaits you today, one you will very likely have never had before – an encounter with a Maleo bird.

One of Sulawesi’s most interesting birds, the Maleo is a flightless fowl with some very unusual characteristics and behaviours, and also the symbol of the province within which it lives.

You visit a conservation project on the mainland where scores of Maleo live and breed. Entering in twos, you can watch them at their sandy nesting sites from a camouflagued hide as they go about their business.

Later that morning you cruise south and snorkel in the afternoon on a beautifully rich reef in front or Pulau Dua, or ‘two islands’ in the Indonesian language.

D A Y 6

A trio of unique experiences await you today involving culture, conservation and wildlife.

You visit the bustling Indonesian island port town of Bangaii, a place filled with activity and commerce. Here on Banggai Island you visit the local market, explore the neighbourhoods, the sultan’s palace and the maleo bird egg ‘museum’, and all from your fleet of brightly-coloured motor rickshaws, which will be on the dock awaiting your arrival.

You pay a hands-on visit to LINI, an NGO doing great work with coral restoration on the surrounding reefs, in addition to working with local fishermen in finding sustainable solutions for supplying fish for overseas markets and the live aquarium fishing trade.

The last of the day’s highlights will be a snorkel on a local reef where you see the most elegant, but very threatened, Banggai Cardinal Fish – a darling of saltwater aquarium lovers worldwide.

D A Y 7

The Bokan Islands are an area of unsurpassed beauty and today will a day of marine exploration and relaxation as you snorkel, swim, paddle and kayak around the glorious reefs, beaches and islands with many caves and snorkelling spots.

You also have the rare privilege to swim once again in another stingless jellyfish lake, the exotically named Danau Piasu Botangan.

D A Y 8

A visit to another Bajau ‘sea gypsy’ community awaits you today, as you get to once again meet and experience one of Southeast Asia’s famous nomadic cultures.

After your visit with the sea gypsies on Padai Kecil Island, you snorkel on one of the local reefs, and then set sail later in the afternoon, heading south to the wonderful Wakatobi National Park.

D A Y 9

This is day one of two in the Wakatobi National Park, a very hard to reach archipelago filled with fascinating culture and also one of Indonesia’s best national parks, with outstanding underwater life natural beauty.

As well as snorkelling in the morning and afternoon, you will enjoy a personalised tour of the island of Wangi Wangi, with highlights that include a seaweed farm, meeting with a traditional weaving community, and the ruins of a centuries’ old Dutch fort, a relic of the ancient Spice Trade.

D A Y 1 0

More fascinating culture and snorkelling awaits you today, as you visit a famous local blacksmiths and do a drift snorkel on the Wakatobi Resort’s magnificent house reef.

Snorkelling comes first in the morning, and then during lunch you cruise to nearby Binongko Island, where the local craftsmen use hand-operated bellows on the furnace in the blacksmith shop to produce machetes and knives for that are highly sought-after right across Indonesia

D A Y 1 1

When you awake today the sky will be filled with the sight of Brown- and Red-Footed Boobies and Lesser Frigate birds, many of which will be circling the boat and trying to land on the stays and masts.

The island where you be is Kakabia, an uninhabited sea mount in the middle of the Flores Sea, rich in upwelling nutrients and a perfect habitat for fishing and raising their young.

You spend the day here snorkelling and exploring and you make an attempt to go ashore (tide depending) for an afternoon of swimming, kayaking, paddling and fun. In the evening (also tide depending) you have a BBQ beach party with your crew providing the entertainment.

D A Y 1 2

Today you walk amongst the hulls and hulks of a huge unlaunched flotilla of pinisi ships being built on a remote island archipelago. you meet the shipwrights and discover their age-old traditions of shipbuilding that they have practiced for centuries in this forgotten corner of the world, using basic plans, wood, and a collection of simple tools and age-old techniques.

Bonerate is rarely visited by tourists outside of SeaTrek, and seeing this open-air boatyard is an experience to be savoured. As you walk through the village and along the beaches and meet the locals, you will gain a new appreciation for island life and for the kind of boat you have been cruising with for the past twelve days.

D A Y 1 3

Giants will loom large in your day today: Komodo dragons, flying foxes and manta rays, three of the biggest and most impressive animals in Indonesia.

Rising early in the Komodo National Park, you take you for a privately arranged, ranger-led walk around the island of Rinca, where you see not only Komodo dragons, but also their preferred menu of prey – monkeys, deer, pigs and buffaloes.

After lunch on board you go in search of manta rays as they glide by as they feed in the current at their local cleaning stations.

This evening, as the sun starts to set, you gather on the deck and be witness to a most spectacular event as thousands of flying foxes leave their mangrove forest homes en masse on their nightly fruit-foraging missions.

D A Y 1 4

Your final day will be one of snorkelling and culture. After an optional morning swim and snorkel, you take you on a private tour to a local village high up on a mountain plateau where you be welcomed in by the elders and offered betel nut and arak, a potent local alcoholic brew.

You be witness to the traditional ‘caci’ whip dance, and the ‘bamboo’ dance, performed by the villagers for generations.

After a final Indonesian lunch on the boat you say farewell to your crew, who have looked after you so well for the past two weeks, and transfer to Komodo airport for your flight back to Bali and your 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 from Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali

Fly to Komodo Airport, Flores

D A Y 1

You are welcomed aboard the boat, meet the crew and your fellow passengers, settle into your seaborne home for the next two weeks and set sail on your 14-days adventure.

Your first stop will be the Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre, about a one-hour cruise to the south. You go ashore by tender and have a guided tour of the centre, where you learn of their conservation efforts and meet some of the wildlife that reside here including monkeys, hornbills, cockatoo, and sun bears.

In the afternoon you spend the time relaxing on deck while you set sail on your journey south.

D A Y 2

This morning you have the opportunity to snorkel on a local reef and spend some time stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and relaxing.

In the afternoon, you have your first chance to meet some North Sulawesi locals as you head ashore to a fishing village, where they will invite you into their home to share with you their way of life.

You head west for the overnight passage to the Togean Archipelago, one of Indonesia’s wonderful national parks.

D A Y 3

Some great wildlife experiences await you today both in the water and the air, with birds, fish and invertebrates as the main features.

You enjoy a fantastic snorkel on the reefs near the island of Malenge, before taking your snorkels and masks to experience a rare opportunity to swim with stingless jellyfish in nearby Lake Mariona, one of only 20 lakes in the world that are home to these amazing creatures.

You visit a local village and meet the people, and enjoy a late afternoon walk in the local forest before being witness to a most amazing show of nature as flocks of hornbills come flying in to roost in the trees – a once in a lifetime sight only accessible with SeaTrek.

D A Y 4

Today will be your first encounter with the Bajau sea gypsies of Southeast Asia, a people with a very unique way of living with the sea. About 2500 people live in Kabalutan village, and you be welcomed into their world to meet and talk with them about their lives.

You head to the southernmost tip of the park and have a long snorkel near the before setting sail to the southeast for a most unique wildlife encounter the following morning.

D A Y 5

A very unique experience awaits you today, one you will very likely have never had before – an encounter with a Maleo bird.

One of Sulawesi’s most interesting birds, the Maleo is a flightless fowl with some very unusual characteristics and behaviours, and also the symbol of the province within which it lives.

You visit a conservation project on the mainland where scores of Maleo live and breed. Entering in twos, you can watch them at their sandy nesting sites from a camouflagued hide as they go about their business.

Later that morning you cruise south and snorkel in the afternoon on a beautifully rich reef in front or Pulau Dua, or ‘two islands’ in the Indonesian language.

D A Y 6

A trio of unique experiences await you today involving culture, conservation and wildlife.

You visit the bustling Indonesian island port town of Bangaii, a place filled with activity and commerce. Here on Banggai Island you visit the local market, explore the neighbourhoods, the sultan’s palace and the maleo bird egg ‘museum’, and all from your fleet of brightly-coloured motor rickshaws, which will be on the dock awaiting your arrival.

You pay a hands-on visit to LINI, an NGO doing great work with coral restoration on the surrounding reefs, in addition to working with local fishermen in finding sustainable solutions for supplying fish for overseas markets and the live aquarium fishing trade.

The last of the day’s highlights will be a snorkel on a local reef where you see the most elegant, but very threatened, Banggai Cardinal Fish – a darling of saltwater aquarium lovers worldwide.

D A Y 7

The Bokan Islands are an area of unsurpassed beauty and today will a day of marine exploration and relaxation as you snorkel, swim, paddle and kayak around the glorious reefs, beaches and islands with many caves and snorkelling spots.

You also have the rare privilege to swim once again in another stingless jellyfish lake, the exotically named Danau Piasu Botangan.

D A Y 8

A visit to another Bajau ‘sea gypsy’ community awaits you today, as you get to once again meet and experience one of Southeast Asia’s famous nomadic cultures.

After your visit with the sea gypsies on Padai Kecil Island, you snorkel on one of the local reefs, and then set sail later in the afternoon, heading south to the wonderful Wakatobi National Park.

D A Y 9

This is day one of two in the Wakatobi National Park, a very hard to reach archipelago filled with fascinating culture and also one of Indonesia’s best national parks, with outstanding underwater life natural beauty.

As well as snorkelling in the morning and afternoon, you will enjoy a personalised tour of the island of Wangi Wangi, with highlights that include a seaweed farm, meeting with a traditional weaving community, and the ruins of a centuries’ old Dutch fort, a relic of the ancient Spice Trade.

D A Y 1 0

More fascinating culture and snorkelling awaits you today, as you visit a famous local blacksmiths and do a drift snorkel on the Wakatobi Resort’s magnificent house reef.

Snorkelling comes first in the morning, and then during lunch you cruise to nearby Binongko Island, where the local craftsmen use hand-operated bellows on the furnace in the blacksmith shop to produce machetes and knives for that are highly sought-after right across Indonesia

D A Y 1 1

When you awake today the sky will be filled with the sight of Brown- and Red-Footed Boobies and Lesser Frigate birds, many of which will be circling the boat and trying to land on the stays and masts.

The island where you be is Kakabia, an uninhabited sea mount in the middle of the Flores Sea, rich in upwelling nutrients and a perfect habitat for fishing and raising their young.

You spend the day here snorkelling and exploring and you make an attempt to go ashore (tide depending) for an afternoon of swimming, kayaking, paddling and fun. In the evening (also tide depending) you have a BBQ beach party with your crew providing the entertainment.

D A Y 1 2

Today you walk amongst the hulls and hulks of a huge unlaunched flotilla of pinisi ships being built on a remote island archipelago. you meet the shipwrights and discover their age-old traditions of shipbuilding that they have practiced for centuries in this forgotten corner of the world, using basic plans, wood, and a collection of simple tools and age-old techniques.

Bonerate is rarely visited by tourists outside of SeaTrek, and seeing this open-air boatyard is an experience to be savoured. As you walk through the village and along the beaches and meet the locals, you will gain a new appreciation for island life and for the kind of boat you have been cruising with for the past twelve days.

D A Y 1 3

Giants will loom large in your day today: Komodo dragons, flying foxes and manta rays, three of the biggest and most impressive animals in Indonesia.

Rising early in the Komodo National Park, you take you for a privately arranged, ranger-led walk around the island of Rinca, where you see not only Komodo dragons, but also their preferred menu of prey – monkeys, deer, pigs and buffaloes.

After lunch on board you go in search of manta rays as they glide by as they feed in the current at their local cleaning stations.

This evening, as the sun starts to set, you gather on the deck and be witness to a most spectacular event as thousands of flying foxes leave their mangrove forest homes en masse on their nightly fruit-foraging missions.

D A Y 1 4

Your final day will be one of snorkelling and culture. After an optional morning swim and snorkel, you take you on a private tour to a local village high up on a mountain plateau where you be welcomed in by the elders and offered betel nut and arak, a potent local alcoholic brew.

You be witness to the traditional ‘caci’ whip dance, and the ‘bamboo’ dance, performed by the villagers for generations.

After a final Indonesian lunch on the boat you say farewell to your crew, who have looked after you so well for the past two weeks, and transfer to Komodo airport for your flight back to Bali and your 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