16th April 2023 to 25th April 2023

Sail to a Remote Tropical Island for the Total Eclipse of the Sun

From £6545 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Join a sea adventure like never before, and sail out over the eastern seas of Indonesia to witness a total solar eclipse in the remote southern reaches of Indonesia’s remote Banda Sea.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
9
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
42 metres
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

Join a sea adventure like never before, and sail out over the eastern seas of Indonesia to witness a total solar eclipse in the remote southern reaches of Indonesia’s remote Banda Sea.

9 Nights: 16 April - 25 August 2023

From $7, 100/ £6,545 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

After a beautiful low-altitude flight from Bali that will overfly the Komodo National Park, you’ll arrive in Maumere on the island of Flores in the early afternoon. You will be picked up at the airport and taken directly to the boat and head off on your journey. You will have a chance to relax and get acquainted with your new home, getting to know your fellow travelers and enjoying the tropical sunshine and breeze on your face as you head east. At sunset, you enjoy cocktails on the deck as the sun sinks nicely slowly into the west.

 

Day 2

Just after dawn, you arrive at the small island of Batang, where you will have the morning to enjoy your first snorkel of the trip along the colourful coral reefs. The island has a small settlement on the northern side, so you may stop by for a visit and meet the local people. Mid-afternoon you head east once more in the direction of Wetar, hopefully arriving in the morning.

 

Day 3

Waking up offshore of the coast of Wetar you go ashore and visit a local village and their school, where you will have a chance to meet the locals and be witness to a special cultural performance in your honour. Later that morning you go snorkelling on a nearby island in front of the village with good corals and lots of big fish. Early afternoon you set off to Romang Island, enjoying sunset drinks and dinner on board.

 

Day 4

You wake up off the coast of the beautiful island of Romang, already in the eclipse zone. You go ashore and meet the local people and catch a glimpse into their daily lives, as well as visiting the school where you can donate books and school supplies. You spend the afternoon snorkelling and visit a second local village (optional), where you can again visit the school and meet the kids there. You then move to a small island near Maupora island for a great snorkelling and a relaxing day beach time before heading to your viewing spot at a small white-sand island just off-shore. Here guests who wish to set up camera equipment on land can do so, while others can swim and snorkel.

 

Day 5

Waking up you organise into groups for the commencement of the eclipse at around midday. Those who have set upon the island will be transferred to the beach, while those who want to stay on the boat can relax and wait for the festivities to begin, maybe even go snorkelling or exploring on the spectacular coral reefs. This evening you will be having a large communal BBQ party on the beach with all the boats to celebrate this wonderful celestial event. After the party, you head off back in the direction of Wetar for a long crossing back across to Wetar Island to start the return leg of your journey.

Day 6

Today will be one of relaxation. Depending on what time you finish the party and depart the night before, you will make landfall in the afternoon in Wetar where you go snorkelling and have some beach time before continuing your journey westwards towards the island of Sika.

Day 7

You arrive in the early morning in Sika, a small Island in the northern part of Alor, which has some fantastic snorkelling with lots of corals and sea grass habitat, a favourite location of the dugong. If you are extremely lucky you may have the chance to spot one. From here you will cruise to the southwest of Alor to Lingal and Pantar Islands.

Day 8

Lingal has a beautiful white sandy beach located on the southwest part of Alor, and you will enjoy the snorkelling and swimming before cruising to the southeast part of Pantar island to visit Tamakh village, a place seldom visited by foreigners before. They will welcome you to the village wearing their beautiful bitil tube skirts, and will perform the Lego-Lego dance for you, and you will be invited to enjoy a bit of audience participation. You will then head back to the boat and cruise to Solor.

Day 9

After breakfast, it will be a good time for some water activities; kayaks and paddle boards for the keen, and swimming for the others. (The snorkelling isn’t so great here), before you visit the old fort at Lohayong. From Lohayong you cross to Larantuka, a bustling little town situated at the foot of the imposing Ile Mandiri volcano, and a very nice example of urban island life. As you go ashore you will be welcomed by local Lamaholot villagers who will show you in detail how they produce their fantastic earthy-brown ikat fabric, which are decorated with small white seashells. You will go snorkelling in the afternoon before heading off for an overnight crossing to Maumere.

Day 10

On this last day, you visit Wuring village, a Bajau ‘sea gypsy’ settlement, a village built on the water of coral rocks and wooden poles. Living right the way across the waters of the Coral Triangle, this is a fascinating insight into a very traditional way of life. You then head back to the boat to have lunch and to bid final goodbyes to your crew before heading back to the airport for your flights back to Bali.

  • 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

After a beautiful low-altitude flight from Bali that will overfly the Komodo National Park, you’ll arrive in Maumere on the island of Flores in the early afternoon. You will be picked up at the airport and taken directly to the boat and head off on your journey. You will have a chance to relax and get acquainted with your new home, getting to know your fellow travelers and enjoying the tropical sunshine and breeze on your face as you head east. At sunset, you enjoy cocktails on the deck as the sun sinks nicely slowly into the west.

 

Day 2

Just after dawn, you arrive at the small island of Batang, where you will have the morning to enjoy your first snorkel of the trip along the colourful coral reefs. The island has a small settlement on the northern side, so you may stop by for a visit and meet the local people. Mid-afternoon you head east once more in the direction of Wetar, hopefully arriving in the morning.

 

Day 3

Waking up offshore of the coast of Wetar you go ashore and visit a local village and their school, where you will have a chance to meet the locals and be witness to a special cultural performance in your honour. Later that morning you go snorkelling on a nearby island in front of the village with good corals and lots of big fish. Early afternoon you set off to Romang Island, enjoying sunset drinks and dinner on board.

 

Day 4

You wake up off the coast of the beautiful island of Romang, already in the eclipse zone. You go ashore and meet the local people and catch a glimpse into their daily lives, as well as visiting the school where you can donate books and school supplies. You spend the afternoon snorkelling and visit a second local village (optional), where you can again visit the school and meet the kids there. You then move to a small island near Maupora island for a great snorkelling and a relaxing day beach time before heading to your viewing spot at a small white-sand island just off-shore. Here guests who wish to set up camera equipment on land can do so, while others can swim and snorkel.

 

Day 5

Waking up you organise into groups for the commencement of the eclipse at around midday. Those who have set upon the island will be transferred to the beach, while those who want to stay on the boat can relax and wait for the festivities to begin, maybe even go snorkelling or exploring on the spectacular coral reefs. This evening you will be having a large communal BBQ party on the beach with all the boats to celebrate this wonderful celestial event. After the party, you head off back in the direction of Wetar for a long crossing back across to Wetar Island to start the return leg of your journey.

Day 6

Today will be one of relaxation. Depending on what time you finish the party and depart the night before, you will make landfall in the afternoon in Wetar where you go snorkelling and have some beach time before continuing your journey westwards towards the island of Sika.

Day 7

You arrive in the early morning in Sika, a small Island in the northern part of Alor, which has some fantastic snorkelling with lots of corals and sea grass habitat, a favourite location of the dugong. If you are extremely lucky you may have the chance to spot one. From here you will cruise to the southwest of Alor to Lingal and Pantar Islands.

Day 8

Lingal has a beautiful white sandy beach located on the southwest part of Alor, and you will enjoy the snorkelling and swimming before cruising to the southeast part of Pantar island to visit Tamakh village, a place seldom visited by foreigners before. They will welcome you to the village wearing their beautiful bitil tube skirts, and will perform the Lego-Lego dance for you, and you will be invited to enjoy a bit of audience participation. You will then head back to the boat and cruise to Solor.

Day 9

After breakfast, it will be a good time for some water activities; kayaks and paddle boards for the keen, and swimming for the others. (The snorkelling isn’t so great here), before you visit the old fort at Lohayong. From Lohayong you cross to Larantuka, a bustling little town situated at the foot of the imposing Ile Mandiri volcano, and a very nice example of urban island life. As you go ashore you will be welcomed by local Lamaholot villagers who will show you in detail how they produce their fantastic earthy-brown ikat fabric, which are decorated with small white seashells. You will go snorkelling in the afternoon before heading off for an overnight crossing to Maumere.

Day 10

On this last day, you visit Wuring village, a Bajau ‘sea gypsy’ settlement, a village built on the water of coral rocks and wooden poles. Living right the way across the waters of the Coral Triangle, this is a fascinating insight into a very traditional way of life. You then head back to the boat to have lunch and to bid final goodbyes to your crew before heading back to the airport for your flights back to Bali.

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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