29th April 2023 to 24th August 2023

Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons (Komodo-Bali)

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.
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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 April - August 2023

From US $4,200 / £3,885 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

For the first night, you will be staying at a beachside resort on an island just outside of Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park. You will have the afternoon free to relax and unwind with a swim or a snorkel.

An opportunity to watch Caci (Whip) dance performance is in the agenda for you. Local ‘strongmen’ perform a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments.

You have a chance to snorkel at a coral restoration project where you may see how massive the corals have grown after they were first transplanted in 2017.

A chance to watch fruit bats flying out of their roost to the mainland at sunset to look for food is such a nice experience especially when done from the comfort of our ship.

Day 3-4

You have a chance to look for Komodo Dragons. They are a species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of the Komodo National Park. It is the largest living species of lizard, growing up to a length of 3 meters and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms.

Swim with manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin.

Snorkel at an island which is a favourite hangout of sea turtles, where you have a chance to swim with these gentle reptiles as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

Exploring an uninhabited island with pure white sand with some sparkles of red sand. Beautiful coral reefs laid parallel across the beach.

Visit a volcanic island where local villagers are boat-builders experienced in building traditional wooden pinisi boat. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a momento.

Day 5-6

You visit a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its centre that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater is believed to be magical by local people. A recent researcher pointed out that the reefs found in the lake are similar to those found in the Precambrian era. You have the chance to swim, kayak, and paddleboard on the lake.

A chance to swim with a gentle giant of the sea – Whale Shark. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will. These massive but harmless animals have long congregated here but now, thanks to travelers like you, we have formed a mutually beneficial alliance with the local fisherman who have their traditional small floating fishing platforms in the bay.

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 are very glad to protect these beautiful animals and you get to be a conservationist.

Day 7-8

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.

Another relaxing afternoon awaits as you land on a nearby uninhabited island, where once again you will relax and enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Wake up and anchor off the coast of Bali before you say goodbye to the crew and start your tour back to the south of Bali.

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

  • 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)

Fly to Komodo Airport, Flores

Fly from Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali

Day 1-2

For the first night, you will be staying at a beachside resort on an island just outside of Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park. You will have the afternoon free to relax and unwind with a swim or a snorkel.

An opportunity to watch Caci (Whip) dance performance is in the agenda for you. Local ‘strongmen’ perform a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments.

You have a chance to snorkel at a coral restoration project where you may see how massive the corals have grown after they were first transplanted in 2017.

A chance to watch fruit bats flying out of their roost to the mainland at sunset to look for food is such a nice experience especially when done from the comfort of our ship.

Day 3-4

You have a chance to look for Komodo Dragons. They are a species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of the Komodo National Park. It is the largest living species of lizard, growing up to a length of 3 meters and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms.

Swim with manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin.

Snorkel at an island which is a favourite hangout of sea turtles, where you have a chance to swim with these gentle reptiles as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

Exploring an uninhabited island with pure white sand with some sparkles of red sand. Beautiful coral reefs laid parallel across the beach.

Visit a volcanic island where local villagers are boat-builders experienced in building traditional wooden pinisi boat. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a momento.

Day 5-6

You visit a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its centre that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater is believed to be magical by local people. A recent researcher pointed out that the reefs found in the lake are similar to those found in the Precambrian era. You have the chance to swim, kayak, and paddleboard on the lake.

A chance to swim with a gentle giant of the sea – Whale Shark. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will. These massive but harmless animals have long congregated here but now, thanks to travelers like you, we have formed a mutually beneficial alliance with the local fisherman who have their traditional small floating fishing platforms in the bay.

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 are very glad to protect these beautiful animals and you get to be a conservationist.

Day 7-8

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.

Another relaxing afternoon awaits as you land on a nearby uninhabited island, where once again you will relax and enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Wake up and anchor off the coast of Bali before you say goodbye to the crew and start your tour back to the south of Bali.

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

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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