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Dances, Dragons & Magical Lakes II

Labuan Bajo, Flores I Komodo I Sumbawa I Lombok I Bali

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Highlights

Immerse yourself in the Komodo National Park and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands on a voyage of discovery from Flores to Bali, visiting remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo Dragons. This adventurous, eight-day inclusive voyage of discovery aboard with the luxury phinisi vessel 24-passenger Ombak Putih or the 12-passenger Katharina.

Activities: cruise - live on board, sight-seeing, culture, nature, leisure & adventure.

TOUR SCHEDULE: APRIL - SEPTEMBER 2020
24 April - 1 May 2020  |  20 - 27 May 2020  |  15 - 22 June  |  3 - 10 July 2020  |  21 - 28 July 2020  |  13 - 20 September 2020 

This is a cruise group tour, with a fixed itinerary and scheduled start dates.

Itinerary
DAY 1
ARRIVAL LABUAN BAJO

After flying from Bali in the early afternoon, you will be transported to a beachside resort just outside of the port town of Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park. You will have the afternoon free to relax with a swim or a snorkel, or a gentle walk around the town. It is also an opportunity for those unfamiliar with snorkeling to have a lesson with our tour leader. In the evening, we will enjoy sunset drinks on the beach before dinner with your fellow guests as you get better acquainted for the voyage ahead. Meals Included : lunch & dinner

DAY 2
LABUAN BAJO - KOMODO ARCHIPELAGO

After breakfast, we will go to the Village of Melo. Here, local ‘strongmen’ will perform the ‘Caci,’ a ritual whip-fight between two rivals who will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. After satisfied with the performance, we will return to Labuan Bajo with an enchanting phinisi boat and cruise to the Island of Kelor for a swim or a snorkel, kayak, or for have a little bit of fun on a paddleboard. We will also have the option of visiting the adjacent Island of Kukusan where we will meet a settlement of ‘sea-gypsies,’ the Bajo people who build their homes on stilts over the sea. At around sunset, we will be able to witness the departure of thousands of flying foxes departing their roosts to feed. Later in the evening, we will cruise to Komodo dragon country. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 3
KOMODO ARCHIPELAGO

Today, we will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island where we will have a ranger-led nature trek in search of Komodo dragons and some other creatures like monkeys, wild buffaloes, and deer as well. In the afternoon, we can go snorkeling in the rich waters of Siaba Island, and then head to the gorgeous Pantai Merah ‘red-beach,’ which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here, we will swim and snorkel, relishing the unforgettable spectacle of the region’s many varieties of coral and marine life. With over 1000 species of fish in the waters of the national park, there is much more to this wildlife reserve than just dragons. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4
KOMODO ARCHIPELAGO

When we wake up, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. We will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning ranger-led trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons—Indonesia’s living dinosaurs—from a safe distance, and also for sulfur-crested cockatoos, rare orchids, and jungle chickens. During lunch, we will head to Makassar Reef looking for manta rays, and if we are lucky enough to spot them, we will go snorkeling with these gentle giants. Then, head to Gili Lawa Darat for some more snorkeling and a hill climb to watch a magical sunset enlivened by a beach barbeque with a raging bonfire, dancing and the crew singing and playing guitars, a celebration under the stars. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5
KOMODO ARCHIPELAGO - BIMA

We will wake up off the coast of Banta Island with its pinkish-white sand beach for a swim, snorkel, or even hill climbing for the fit! After lunch on the boat, we will then proceed to Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 1,800 meters above sea level, then ashore to a small hamlet that is only inhabited for short periods of years due to the active nature of the volcano. There, we can see the buffaloes on the beach and sometimes even swim in the sea. We will snorkel on both a nearby reef and maybe a location on the north of the island where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals, a most interesting sight. At sunset, we will head to Satonda Island. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6
BIMA - SUMBAWA

Today, we reach the strange and mystical volcanic Island of Satonda with a sunken crater lake in its center that was filled with saltwater. Local people believe Satonda is magical. There, we will walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake where alongside there are trees believed to be ‘wishing trees.’ From Satonda, we will cruise to the Island of Moyo where we will moor off Labuan Aji Village and walk to Diwu Mba'i Waterfall. We can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below. Returning to the sea, we will find time for snorkeling on the reef and later relax under the stars aboard the Ombak Putih or Katharina as we will continue our westward voyage to Lombok. Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

DAY 7
LOMBOK

On Moored off the coast of North Lombok, we will have breakfast before boarding a private bus for a trip to the traditional Village of Senaru. Here, we will be taken on a tour which will give us an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. Our adventure then continues to a well-trodden flight of step through tropical forest to Sindang Gila where you can take a dip under the full force of the intense flow of a roaring 40-meter tiered waterfall. Our walk will continue to the area around Senaru and Bayan–the birthplace of Lombok’s unique Wektu Telu belief system. If we have time, we will come to Bayan Beleq, the oldest mosque in Lombok established in the 16th century. Also, see how some weavers and spinners demonstrating their age-old skills. After lunch, we will snorkel on nearby Gili Sulat before heading off in the direction of Bali. Tonight, under the starry sky we will have a last night party with the crew on board. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8
DEPARTURE

We will wake up off the coast of East Bali under the majestic gaze of Mount Agung, Bali’s mother mountain. Here, we will go for a final snorkel and swim before heading south along the coast to our disembarkation point of Amuk Bay. We will say farewell to our crew and join a bus for the 90-minute trip back to south Bali. Meals Included : breakfast

Include
  • One (1) night accommodation in Labuan Bajo & six (6) night accommodation in luxury phinisi Ombak Putih or Katharina - based on twin bed sharing (notes : For the single traveller who wants to secure their own cabin we do charge a 75% supplement. If you are a single traveller and don't mind sharing a twin cabin with another person of the same gender, then this fee will not apply).
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea time, snacks & soft drinks) as mentioned in the itinerary, except alcoholic drinks.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Professional english speaking guides.
Exclude
  • Domestic & international airfares to and from our start and end points + departure taxes if applicable (notes : The price of this cruise does not include any domestic airfares to and from our start and end points, however, our reservations specialists are more than happy to help arrange domestic flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we know the best routes to take to ensure you arrive on time. We only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included. If you are booking flights by yourself, do not book any flights before checking with us first. Our first and last day programmes rely on strict time scheduling, so please confirm with us to ensure that you arrive and depart at your destination with plenty of time to spare and to avoid disruption to other guests' schedules).
  • Additional tour or activity if available (optional).
  • Personal expenses (mini bar, laundry, room services, additional food & drink at hotel/restaurant, etc).
  • Personal travel insurance & visa fees.
  • Tipping to captain & crew (notes : on your final night on board, you will have an opportunity to discretely contribute to a collective ‘captain and crew’ tip fund, which will be distributed equally among the crew members. We believe that between US$ 5-10 per cruising day is an appropriate amount (i.e. seven-day cruise = $35 to $70 total, not per crew member). However, this is just a suggestion and remains entirely up to the judgment and discretion of the guests. We do ask that you please refrain from offering tips to crew members at any time, except during cases of exceptional service, when it should be arranged through the office. Tipping of your tour leader for their hard work is also welcome, and is at your discretion. There will be an envelope provided for both crew and tour leaders in the cruise bag in your cabin).
Price & Additional Information
Age Accommodation Room Type Price/Person
Adult Ombak Putih Twin Bed Sharing $3,210/Person
Adult Katharina Twin Bed Sharing $3,210/Person


WHAT TO BRING

  • Clothing - The tropical climate means you can safely leave all of your warm weather gear at home. Bring cool cottons, T-shirts and shorts. We cruise during the dry season in each of the regions that we visit but rain is always a possibility so bring a lightweight waterproof jacket; it can sometimes be a bit windy on the boat and this will also help keep you warm. Likewise, a lightweight fleece could be useful for pre-dawn trekking or if there is a cool wind on the boat – even if you don’t need it onboard, it will be useful for the plane. Adventure Archipelago is respectful of the local cultures and customs; bring clothes that cover your shoulders and knees for village visits. Finally, you might want to bring at least one smart-casual outfit for sunset cocktails and evening meals on the boat. Ladies: beach throw-overs, kaftans and sarongs are always useful; choose fabrics that dry easily. Also, bring a lightweight sundress or two – the boat offers a great setting for a photo shoot, live it up
  • Bags - A day backpack is essential on day hikes to carry things such as your water bottle, camera, binoculars, and rain jacket. Ombak Putih or Katharina provides each guest with a metal water bottle, which can re-filled as often as required, and makes a nice souvenir to take home. A waterproof wet/dry bag is a good idea for your phone, camera etc.
  • Footwear - Pack comfortable trainers, trekking sandals, sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots for hikes and walks. Bring socks to wear inside your walking shoes to avoid getting blisters. Many travellers appreciate the added stability of a walking stick or hiking pole; lightweight telescopic poles are easy to pack. You might also want waterproof sandals or reef shoes for wet landings and water activities. Flip-flops are great for the beach. Note: Standard practice is to go barefoot on the boat.
  • Sun Protection - You’ll be spending plenty of time out in the scorching tropical sun, so be sure to pack sunscreen with a high enough SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, which are stronger in the water, and some sun-protective clothing as well. Cover-ups, sarongs, sun shirts, and other such clothing will ensure that you come back from your trip with just happy memories and photographs – and not sunburn. A good hat is essential; a wide brimmed hat or cap will keep the strong equatorial sun off your face and neck. Sunglasses keep your eyes protected and add a little glam to your photos. A strap to hold your glasses can be a good idea on more active adventures. Just in case you fail to avoid getting sunburnt, bring an aloe-based lotion to soothe burned skin.
  • Swimwear - Don’t forget your swimsuit/bikini/shorts/trunks/Speedos —and preferably more than just one swimsuit, so that one or two can be drying while you are wearing another. Luckily, swimsuits and/or swim trunks don’t take up too much space in your luggage. The water is warm but a rash guard (or a wetsuit) will protect you from the sun, abrasions and stings.
  • Skin & Hair Protection - Ladies, it’s important that you take good care of your skin and hair. The sun, seawater and salty air may be beautiful to experience but it can be tough on your body and will wreak havoc on your locks. Bring moisturising lotion to soothe skin parched by the sun and the saltwater; bring a leave-in conditioner to de-tangle your hair with ease because the water, mask, and hair-ties will leave it in knots. Also consider bringing a scarf or headband to hold back unruly hair, or hair-ties/pins to keep your hair off your face and therefore prevent water seeping into your mask. Note: Your cabin is outfitted with towels, shampoo, conditioner and bodywash.
  • Camera Equipment - If you are photo enthusiast bring all of the camera and video equipment that you will use as you can expect exceptional opportunities for photography. If you prefer the ease of a point & shoot, bring that. If you want to take underwater photos you might want to invest in a waterproof camera/GoPro or waterproof housing to capture photos of the incredible marine life.  It’s a good idea to bring a spare memory card; our cruises explore remote regions where memory cards cannot be purchased.

Unforgettable experiences you’ll get:

  • Eight-days liveaboard experience, cruising from Labuan Bajo, Flores to Bali by the luxury phinisi vessel, Ombak Putih or Katharina.
  • Explore Satonda Island, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its center.
  • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs, floating in a turquoise sea and fringed by pink sand in Pink Beach, Komodo.
  • Searching giant lizards-komodo dragons, spot the manta rays and picture perfect sunsets in Komodo Island.
  • Watch local ‘strongmen’ perform the ‘Caci Dance', a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in Labuan Bajo.

TRIP OVERVIEW

Labuan Bajo, Flores I Komodo I Sumbawa I Lombok I Bali

Cruise - Live on Board

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