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Bali to Komodo Sailing Cruise Adventures 7 Days 2016

This adventurous 7-day inclusive excursion aboard the 24 – passenger Phinisi offers a cross – section of uninhabited islands, quiet coastal villages, jungle clad mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, tribal rituals, and a visit to Komodo National Park to get a look at the infamous Komodo Dragons. Immerse yourself in the Komodo and Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, voyaging through a panorama of islands experiencing fresh discoveries daily. There will be ample opportunity to snorkel and view the kaleidoscopic beauty of this underwater world. Unlimited use of the  stand – up paddle – boards and sea kayaks on board add yet another dimension to your nature explorations.

Departures

2016 Departure:
Apr 2 – Apr 8, 2016
Apr 21 – Apr 27, 2016
May 10 – May 16, 2016
Jun 11 – Jun 17, 2016
Jun 29 – Jul 5, 2016
Aug 9 – Aug 15, 2016
Sep 6 – Sep 12, 2016

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 / Bali - Lombok Strait
We will gather in Sanur in the morning and depart for either Amed or Padang Bai, both on the southeastern side of Bali, where the the ship will be anchored waiting for us. It is a pleasant and beautiful drive of about 2 hours and a great opportunity to see a bit of the island. After we board the vessel you will have a chance to settle in, meet your tour leader and have a safety briefing before the captain gives the orders for the anchor to be lifted and we cross the Lombok Strait. This stretch of water between Bali and Lombok marks a very important ecological boundary, first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the British naturalist. He noticed that the flora and fauna of the islands to the west are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands to the east of that “line” have a greater similarity to species found in Australia. In the afternoon we will make our first stop at one of the Gili islands, just off the Lombok coast. We will spend a few hours here where guests can choose from a number of water activities; swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking or simply enjoying the beach.
Day 02 / Island of Lombok Interior Tour
Docked in North Lombok, after breakfast we will board a local coach for a tour into the interior of the northern side of the island, an area untouched by crowds. We will visit local traditional villages, and experience the culture of the Sasak people that are indigenous to the island. After re-embarkation we will explore one of the coral reefs near Gili Sulat which is a marine conservation area.
Day 03 / Satonda, Mt Tambora, Flying Foxes
This morning we will stop at the island of Moyo to visit the village, take a short walk to the waterfall and enjoy a refreshing swim or snorkel before lunch and our departure for Satonda. The island of Satonda with its craterlake and beautiful coral gardens along the coastline is located just a couple of miles off the northwest coast of Sumbawa. Satonda is an extinct volcano whose crater was filled with water when nearby Mount Tambora erupted in 1815. Scientists around the world study this rare saltwater lake and the view from its crater is a highlight for guests. This was the biggest volcanic eruption in the collective memory of mankind, much larger than Krakatoa. With an estimated volume of 160 cubic kilometers of rocks and ash ejected from the volcano the following year became known as the “year without a summer” because of the effect on North American and European weather. Another highlight of our visit to Satonda is the sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. Immediately after sunset, the Ombak Putih leaves for an overnight passage on a course due east.
Day 04 / Wera, Buginese Phinisi Ship Builder Village, Mt Sangeang
Today we visit Wera, a Buginese settlement on the east coast of the island of Sumbawa, where the men build boats along the black sand shores and the village women spend days weaving brightly colored cloth called ikat. Here we will visit the village and see hand-crafted vessels in various stages of construction, we proceed to the island of Banta, passing Sangean island, an active volcano towering 1800 meters above the surrounding waters. Banta island lies within the boundaries of the Komodo National Park, it is uninhabited and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Day 05 / Komodo Island, Land of The Dragon
We wake up with the boat at anchor off Komodo Island, one of the 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 these prehistoric giant lizards. In this almost savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape we will encounter, at a distance, these awe-inspiring creatures. After returning to the ship we will cruise to a unique beach, called ‘red-beach’ because of the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here we will swim and snorkel over one of the ‘richest’ reefs in Eastern Indonesia. It is a lovely display of the variety of coral and marine life in the region.
Day 06 / Island of Rinca
Today we will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island where we will have a ranger-led tour of Komodo National Park and will spy the infamous Komodo Dragon, unique in the world to this small grouping of islands. Rinca is also well known for its diverse wildlife and so we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. From the top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular. In the evening we will go ashore to an island where you will have a quintessential experience and a highlight for many guests. With your feet in the sand and the stars rising in the vast Indonesian sky the crew will build a bonfire and prepare a beach barbecue as a final celebration of our memorable voyage.
Day 07 / Labuan Bajo, Komodo
After breakfast we will go into Labuan Bajo and visit the local market or, time permitting, take a coach to the interior of the island and the village of Melo. Here local ‘strongmen’ will perform the whip-dance, a test of daring and skill for which the men of Western Flores are famous. After the performance we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Bali.

Included

  • Full board meal
  • English speaking guide service
  • Free flow coffee and tea
  • Use of our water activities equipment (snorkel, fins, goggles, sea canoe)
  • Limited laundry.

Not Included

  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks consumed from boat bar during the cruise
  • Domestic airfares (unless mentioned included)

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Apr 2 – Apr 8, 2016
Apr 21 – Apr 27, 2016
May 10 – May 16, 2016
Jun 11 – Jun 17, 2016
Jun 29 – Jul 5, 2016
Aug 9 – Aug 15, 2016
Sep 6 – Sep 12, 2016

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How to get to port

Port of Embarkation : BALI (DPS) | Port of Disembarkation : Labuan Bajo, KOMODO (LBJ)

  • From Jakarta
  • ​From Bali

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  • A deposit of 50 percent is required no later than 7 days after the date of reservation to confirm your booking
  • Payment of the balance must be made and received us 90 days prior to departure date.
  • Failure of payment within the stated period will automatically give the rights to offer the berth to other participant on the waiting list.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure: 50% refund of monies on hand.
  • Cancellations within 90-0 days prior to departure: all monies on hand are forfeited.
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FAQ

  • Q. Is this tour offers Diving?
    A. No this cruise is a leisure cruise, offers themed excursion and unlimited snorkeling opportunity.
  • Q. How can I arrange my flights to and from starting/end port ?
    A. Please inform us that you would like us to arrange the domestic air tickets for you
  • Q. How can i get from Airport to The boat and vice versa ?
    A. Once you arrive at starting port/end port of cruise, transfer to and from airport is include in the service.
  • Q. How much cash do i need to carry in this cruise ?
    A. Since this is a full board cruise, during the cruise you may only need money (cash in local currency) when you are purchasing souvenir. You may also needs to pay your bar bill (alcoholic drinks are not included in the service) after the cruise, you can also pay onboard the ship using Credit Card (Visa & Master Card only)
  • Q. What is Included in this cruise ?
    A. Full board meal, English speaking guide service, free flow coffee and tea, use of our water activities equipment (snorkel, fins, goggles, sea canoe), Limited laundry.
  • Q. What is not included ?
    A. Personal expenses, Alcoholic drinks consumed from boat bar during the cruise, domestic airfares (unless mentioned included).
  • Q. Do I Need Travel Insurances?
    A. Highly recommended and advisable to purchase travel insurance, please follow this link to purchase world travel insurance.
  • Q. What about safety precaution and medic ?
    A. Crew of the boat are certified for the Basic Safety Training, and they are also regularly train for medical first aid officer.
  • Q. What about emergency support ?
    A. The ship operator and us at all time monitors movement of then boat by satellite tracking device installed onboard the ship, and regularly receiving report from boat captain, should there is something emergency assistance needed, there should be a plan already, even for an airlift emergency evacuation.
  • Q. What time will the boat leave port, in case i only get the latest flight to be in the starting port ?
    A. Depends on the itinerary program, if you are arriving late, you may missed the morning attraction, boat leave at 12.00 noon, so guest able to have lunch onboard the ship. Please arrange your ticket by consulting us to assure you are not missing any program by arriving the latest.
  • Q. What time the boat will arriving at the end port?
    A. Boat will arrive early morning and depend on the itinerary whether we have morning program/attractions or not, if not we will then transfer you directly from boat to the airport for your return flight.
  • Q. Are domestic flights sometime delay and cancelled ?
    A. Though nowadays air transport departure and arrival time has been increasing in term of quality, but there is always possibility of weather-caused delay. There you could missed your connecting flight. Please have at least one day stay in Bali /Jakarta before connecting to your Int’l flight.