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Orangutans & Dragons

Palangkaraya, Borneo I Bali I Lombok I Sumbawa I Komodo

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Highlights

For this exciting 12-days adventure, we offer you a heady and rare mix of encounters with orangutans, proboscis monkeys, tropical birds, Komodo dragons, manta rays, fascinating cultures, tropical jungles, and snorkeling among the spectacular coral reefs of Indonesia.

Cruising with riverboat along Kalimantan's rivers through the forested landscape to see orangutans in their natural habitat, visiting small villages along the route that gives the opportunity to experience the culture of the indigenous Dayak people firsthand. Followed by a sea cruise on a traditional pinisi boat from Bali to Komodo through the myriad islands of East Nusa Tenggara. Get to see up close the legendary Komodo dragons, stopping at remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, waterfalls, a mysterious volcanic lake, and have ample opportunity for kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and swimming along the way. This truly is a trip to excite all the senses and tick so many boxes - not least the mighty 'man of the forest', the orangutan.

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

TOUR SCHEDULE: APRIL - MAY 2020
20 April - 1 May 2020

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

Itinerary
DAY 1
ARRIVAL BALI

You will arrive in Bali where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for an opportunity to rest up after your long journey for the adventures ahead. Meals Included : No meals included on this day.

DAY 2
BALI - PALANGKARAYA

This morning we will fly to Palangkaraya, the capital of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan and transfer to Palangkaraya Harbor after meeting your fellow travellers. We will start our journey by a river boat, cruising upriver past stilted and floating houses and small villages. In the early evening, we will take a canoe through the shimmering black water lakes, keeping an eye out for proboscis monkeys, red langurs, hornbills, and brahmini kites. We will then return to the boat for a quiet dinner in the midst of the jungle. Meals Included : Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 3
PALANGKARAYA

The boat moves up the Rungan River as we enjoy our breakfast. On arrival at Bapallas Island, we will take a motorized canoe to observe the orangutans in their natural habitat as seen in Animal Planet’s ‘Orangutan Island’ series. At the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) Education Centre, we will see the adult orangutans that are waiting to be placed on the pre-release islands. Lunch on board while cruising to Sei Gohong, a tiny riverside village on the Rungan River. We will be welcomed by Dayak Ngaju and a village elder who will welcome us with a ceremony. Later, continue to Tangkiling Hill to see traditional Dayak spirit houses and climb to the top to see the sunset over the vast flat landscape. Back to the boat, we cruise down to Lake Tahai overnight. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 4
PALANGKARAYA

At dawn, there will be the option for canoeing to Lake Tahai for bird watching followed by a breakfast on board as the boat passes the orangutan pre-release island of Pulau Kaja. Then we will depart to Kanarakan, passing the orangutan islands. In Kanarakan, we will be meeting again with the Dayak Ngaju and see their ceremony, stroll around the village’s gardens and livelihoods there. Also, we will visit the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories! We will return to the boat for lunch and cruise downstream to Muara Rungan where we have dinner. We will stay overnight in a quiet location on the river. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5
PALANGKARAYA - BALI

After breakfast, the boat cruises to Tanjung Sangalang for check out and transfer to Palangkaraya Airport. From here we will fly to Bali and spend the night in a hotel in Amed where you will meet with your fellow travelers in preparation for Part Two of the adventure. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6
BALI - GILI ISLANDS

After a leisurely breakfast we board the vessel you will have a chance to settle in as we head off in the direction of Lombok across the Lombok Strait to the Gili Islands - a popular holiday destination just off Lombok’s northwest coast. We will spend a few hours here, during which time you can choose from a number of water activities: swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, or simply enjoying the beautiful white-sand beach. In the evening, we will off to the west as we watch the sun go down and enjoy cocktails on the back deck. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7
GILI ISLANDS - LOMBOK

On Moored off the coast of North Lombok, we will enjoy a hearty 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. Next, we are going to visit Senaru and Bayan through an old irrigation canal that offers panoramic vistas of rice fields. 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 getting back to the boat and having lunch, we will explore one of the coral reefs near Gili Sulat, which is a marine conservation area. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8
LOMBOK - SUMBAWA

This morning we will moor off Labuan Aji village on the Island of Moyo, visit the village and then walk to Diwu Mba’I Waterfall where you can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below. Our next stop will be the magical Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its center that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora erupted in 1815. Local people believe Satonda to be magical, and with this in mind, we will walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake where alongside, there are trees believed to be ‘wishing trees'. In Satonda, you will also watch the rare sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk. The seas surrounding the island are rich with soft and hard corals, and colorful tropical fish, so we will spend the afternoon swimming and snorkeling. Immediately after sunset, we leave for an overnight passage on a course due east. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9
SUMBAWA - BIMA

We will wake up off the coast of Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 1,800 meters above sea level. After breakfast, we will go ashore to a small hamlet that is only inhabited for short periods of years due to the active nature of the volcano. We will then snorkel on both a nearby reef and 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. We will then proceed to the island of Banta and its pristine white sand beach, for an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling and hill climbing for the fit. Later that evening, we proceed on to Komodo dragon country. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 10
KOMODO ARCHIPELAGO

This morning, 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, searching for the giant lizards—Komodo dragons—Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. We may spot deer, wild boar, sulfur-crested cockatoos, rare orchids, and jungle chickens. After returning to the onboard, we will cruise around the coast and visit Komodo village where we can buy some local handicrafts. Later, we head to Pink Beach — one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia that have red corals. You may snorkel there! Satisfy yourself by snorkeling more in Makassar Reef and Gili Lawa Darat, spot the manta rays, and climb the hill to watch a magical sunset. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11
KOMODO ARCHIPELAGO

Today, we will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island, have another ranger-led nature trek in search of more Komodo dragons as well as other creatures like monkeys, wild buffaloes, and deer. In the afternoon, we can go snorkeling on the beautiful Siaba Island before perhaps visiting the lovely Kelor Island. 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. That evening we will go ashore to an uninhabited island and make a barbeque for final night’s beach along with a raging bonfire, dance, and song—an end-of-cruise celebration under the stars. Meals Included : breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12
DEPARTURE

For those early risers, we will have time for one last swim and snorkel before cruising into Labuan Bajo harbor. At about 9am, we will leave the boat for a trip to the Village of Melo. Here, local ‘strongmen’ will perform the ‘Caci,’ a ritual whip-fight between two rivals that will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. Besides this, the cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances. After the performance, we will have lunch on the boat before transferring you to the airport for your flight back to Bali or your next destination. Meals Included : breakfast & lunch

Include
  • Three (3) night accommodation in Kalimantan with river boat, one (1) night accommodation in Bali & six (6) night accommodation in luxury phinisi Ombak Putih - 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 $5,750/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:

  • Cruising with riverboat along Kalimantan's rivers through the forested landscape to see orangutans in their natural habitat.
  • Visiting small villages along the route that gives the opportunity to experience the culture of the indigenous Dayak people firsthand.
  • Seven-days liveaboard experience, cruising from Bali to Labuan Bajo, Flores by the luxury phinisi vessel, Ombak Putih.
  • Explore Satonda Island, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its center.
  • 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

Palangkaraya, Borneo I Bali I Lombok I Sumbawa I Komodo

Cruise - Live on Board

12 Days 11 Nights

start from $5,750 per person

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