16th May 2023 to 26th August 2023

Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons (Bali-Komodo)

From £3885 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Enjoy eight days and seven nights of snorkelling, trekking, iconic wildlife encounters and tropical island exploration as you sail between Bali and Komodo along Indonesia’s Ring of Fire.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
42 metres
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

Enjoy eight days and seven nights of snorkeling, trekking, iconic wildlife encounters, and tropical island exploration as you sail between Bali and Komodo along Indonesia’s Ring of Fire.

7 nights: Various dates May - August 2023

Price: US $4200/ £3885 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.

Day 1-2

After breakfast, experience some of the best that Bali can offer with a tour of East Bali with its deep culture and glorious landscapes and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine.​

On the first day, you will arrive at your beachside resort in East Bali and have a chance to unwind, swim, or have a snorkelling lesson with your Cruise Director. Sleep in the shadow of Bali’s  Mt Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali.​

Your ship and floating home for the next few days will first bring you along the coast to a local fisheries and coral conservation project where you will get to learn about fish reproduction and how important the coral reefs are to their success. 

After your visit you return to the boat for a refreshing lunch on the water, wind willing you start your sail across the famous Wallace Line, the deep-sea boundary that has separated Asia’s biological system from Australia’s biological system including their people for many years.​

 

Day 3-4

Visit a village of the famous Bajao ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Southeast Asia, and see how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water.​

Off the northern coast of Sumbawa, you hope to swim with a group of awe-inspiring whale sharks. These massive but harmless animals have long congregated here. As you probably know, whale sharks are under constant threat due the sky-high value of their fins, but thanks to your visit, these fishermen are paid a healthy fee for spotting where the whale sharks are and letting you in the water by their boat platforms to be up-close to one of the largest creatures in the ocean. As a result the fisherman protect these beautiful animals and you get to be a conservationist.​

Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board in the crater lake on Satonda Island, whose caldera filled by water from a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history.​

Drink sunset cocktails as you float on the current while tens of thousands of giant fruit bats emerge from their forest lair and fly out directly over the boat on their nightly foraging missions.​

Day 5-6

Step ashore on an active, smoking volcanic island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus metre traditional wooden pinisi boat.

Spend the afternoon on a deserted white sand beach on another volcanic island, this time an extinct one. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and laze away the day before enjoying sunset cocktails on the sand.​

Swim with majestic manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like.​

Day 7-8

Go on a trek in search of the ancient Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad birds as we walk through the forests and savannas of this large island.​

Snorkel at a nearby island that is a favorite hangout of sea turtles, where you will have a chance to glide with these gentle creatures as the cruise above the technicolor reef below.

Taking a short drive to a traditional local village where you enjoy their hospitality with betelnut and local ‘arak’ (alcohol extracted from palm trees), before being treated to a selection of traditional dances performed by both men and women. You will then say your goodbyes onward to each of our next destinations”.

  • 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

Day 1-2

After breakfast, experience some of the best that Bali can offer with a tour of East Bali with its deep culture and glorious landscapes and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine.​

On the first day, you will arrive at your beachside resort in East Bali and have a chance to unwind, swim, or have a snorkelling lesson with your Cruise Director. Sleep in the shadow of Bali’s  Mt Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali.​

Your ship and floating home for the next few days will first bring you along the coast to a local fisheries and coral conservation project where you will get to learn about fish reproduction and how important the coral reefs are to their success. 

After your visit you return to the boat for a refreshing lunch on the water, wind willing you start your sail across the famous Wallace Line, the deep-sea boundary that has separated Asia’s biological system from Australia’s biological system including their people for many years.​

 

Day 3-4

Visit a village of the famous Bajao ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Southeast Asia, and see how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water.​

Off the northern coast of Sumbawa, you hope to swim with a group of awe-inspiring whale sharks. These massive but harmless animals have long congregated here. As you probably know, whale sharks are under constant threat due the sky-high value of their fins, but thanks to your visit, these fishermen are paid a healthy fee for spotting where the whale sharks are and letting you in the water by their boat platforms to be up-close to one of the largest creatures in the ocean. As a result the fisherman protect these beautiful animals and you get to be a conservationist.​

Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board in the crater lake on Satonda Island, whose caldera filled by water from a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history.​

Drink sunset cocktails as you float on the current while tens of thousands of giant fruit bats emerge from their forest lair and fly out directly over the boat on their nightly foraging missions.​

Day 5-6

Step ashore on an active, smoking volcanic island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus metre traditional wooden pinisi boat.

Spend the afternoon on a deserted white sand beach on another volcanic island, this time an extinct one. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and laze away the day before enjoying sunset cocktails on the sand.​

Swim with majestic manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like.​

Day 7-8

Go on a trek in search of the ancient Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad birds as we walk through the forests and savannas of this large island.​

Snorkel at a nearby island that is a favorite hangout of sea turtles, where you will have a chance to glide with these gentle creatures as the cruise above the technicolor reef below.

Taking a short drive to a traditional local village where you enjoy their hospitality with betelnut and local ‘arak’ (alcohol extracted from palm trees), before being treated to a selection of traditional dances performed by both men and women. You will then say your goodbyes onward to each of our next destinations”.

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

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