• a boat on a body of water with a mountain in the background

Dances, Dragons & Magical Lakes (East to West)

This luxury adventure takes explorers through an Indonesian archipelago covered in pristine beaches, vibrant jungles, active volcanoes, mysterious lakes, cascading waterfalls and traditional villages drenched in authentic Indonesian culture.

Journey through the islands of Bali, Lombok and Moyo towards the Jurassic landscapes of Komodo National Park, located within the Lesser Sunday Islands. This luxury cruise takes you on a magical journey through time, visiting legendary lands of natural beauty that remain completely untouched. An eight-day inclusive adventure provides travellers with a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the breathtaking sights and natural wonders of Indonesia that are inaccessible by land.

Transporting you on this amazing voyage are the 24 passenger Ombak Putih or the 12 passenger Katharina – both suitably luxurious accommodation for the beautiful surroundings. During your trip there is plenty of time to relax, unwind and take some time to explore the very best of all there is on land and sea.

You will have a chance to see the majestic Komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world, up close in its natural habitat. With daily opportunities to snorkel and view the kaleidoscopic beauty of the underwater world, pack your underwater camera and get ready to swim alongside vibrant marine life, brightly coloured corals and unique rock formations.

Unlimited use of stand-up paddleboards and sea kayaks onboard will add yet another dimension to your nature explorations as well as providing a fun activity to bond with your loved ones and other travellers on board.

KATHARINA

Led by Captain Iwan and operated by a crew of 12, Katharina is a 38-metre traditional Phinisi yacht that elegantly sits low upon the water, showcasing a unique and classic design that is few and far between. The Katherina provides accommodation for up to 12 guests in six comfortable cabins and includes a salon & bar, two sun decks and a stunning outdoor dining area. There are plenty of areas to socialise outside or inside with your fellow shipmates. On the top deck, you’ll find an area with cushions and bean bags, so you can sit back, enjoy some private time, watch the world go by, read a book or take an afternoon nap.

Departure Dates

  • 26th July 2019
  • 24th April 2020
  • 20th May 2020
  • 15th June 2020
  • 21st July 2020
  • 26th August 2020
  • 13th September 2020

Sleeping Configuration

  • 2 x double bed cabins
  • 2 x triple cabins (one double bed & one upper single bunk - bunk ideally suitable for children 12 or under)
  • 2 x twin bunk cabins (one above the other)

 

OMBAK PUTIH

Led by Captain Agung, with a crew of 14, The Ombak Putih (which means ‘White Wave’ in Indonesian) is a traditional Indonesian schooner boat measuring 42 meters long and 10.5 meters wide. With around 400 square meters of public space split between two decks, there are plenty of areas to socialise outside or inside with your fellow shipmates. On the top deck, you’ll find an area with plenty of benches, couches and bean bags, so you can enjoy some private time, watch the world go by, read a book or take an afternoon nap. The Ombak Putih is the largest of our two SeaTreks, providing accommodation for up to 24 guests in 12 comfortable cabins. The boat includes a salon with a library, presentation TV, small bar, coffee station, an electronic charging "dry zone" and mini-fridge.

 

Departure Dates

  • 26th July 2019
  • 13th August 2019
  • 24th April 2020
  • 27th May 2020
  • 15th June 2020
  • 3rd July 2020
  • 21st July 2020
  • 8th August 2020

Sleeping Configuration

  • 6 x double bed cabins
  • 2 x triple cabins (one double bed & one upper single bunk - bunk ideally for children under 12)
  • 4 x twin bunk cabins (one above the other)
Duration
8 days

Guide Price

 £2,199  pp
Best time to go
June - September
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Bali Aerial Beach View

Trip highlights

  • Explore secluded beaches, untouched jungles, hidden coves, cascading waterfalls and underwater marine life
  • Enjoy ranger led tours that take you in search of Komodo Dragons, monkeys, buffalo and deer
  • Snorkel over one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia and see an abundance of colourful sea creatures and corals
  • Venture through Indonesian villages and meet the natives as they partake in ancient rituals and traditional dances

When you arrive 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. Prepare to be greeted with a warm Balinese welcome and take a moment to admire the traditional architecture as you check in to your hotel and get ready for an afternoon of relaxation. The day is then yours to enjoy, take a refreshing dip in the pool, a stroll along the beach or for those new to snorkelling, there will be an opportunity for a practice lesson with a tour leader.

In the evening, enjoy sunset drinks and a Balinese-style welcome dinner, a chance to indulge in some flavour rich traditional foods and mingle with other guests before your departure the next day.

Overnight at resort.

a body of water with a mountain in the background

After breakfast, at about 9am all guests will depart the boat for a trip to the village of Melo. Here you will see the local ‘strongmen’ perform the ‘Caci,’ a ritual whip fight between two rivals, where each one, armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other whilst dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. The men of Western Flores are famous for this test of daring and skill, requiring lightning quick moves to dodge the infliction of a wound. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. The cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances and after enjoying these performances you will return to Labuan Bajo and board the impressive pinisi boat, home for the next 7 days.

Once settled, soak up the sun and mingle with other guests as the boat cruises to the island of Kelor. Once there, you can swim, snorkel, kayak, or use one of the paddle boards provided. There will be an option to visit the adjacent island of Kukusan, home to a settlement of ‘sea-gypsies’ - the Bajao people who build their homes on stilts over the sea. At sunset, prepare to be blown away by thousands of flying foxes departing their roosts to feed. In the evening, the boat will cruise to Komodo dragon country.

Overnight in on the boat. Full Board basis.

Komodo Dragon

This morning, prepare for another nature trek as you head to the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. Rinca is famous for its diverse wildlife, providing an opportunity to see wild Komodo dragons as well as monkeys, wild buffalos and deer. Prepare to be blown away by the views from the top of the hills, a picture perfect moment.

Later that day, the boat will head to Pantai Merah ‘red-beach,’ which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here you can swim and snorkel over one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia and see the region’s many varieties of coral and marine life.

Overnight on the boat. Full Board basis.

a small boat in a body of water

In the morning the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up Komodo National Park. Your first adventure for the day will be a visit to a ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning nature trek through the park on another search for Indonesia’s legendary living dinosaur, the Komodo dragon.

During lunch, we will head to Makassar Reef, where we will look for manta rays, and if we are lucky enough to spot them we will go snorkelling with these gentle giants.

We will then head to Gili Lawa Darat, an opportunity for more snorkelling and an invigorating hill climb where you can watch the sunset. That evening there will be a beach BBQ where there will be a bonfire, great food, dancing and the crew singing and playing guitars.

Overnight on the boat. Full Board basis

Bali Aerial Beach View

Wake up off the coast of Banta Island, an uninhibited, partially submerged volcano off the Northwest coast of Sumbawa. Swim ashore and check out the pure white sandy beaches or take a hike up the mountain, explore and get some exercise.

After some lunch on the boat, the next stop will be Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 1,800 metres above sea level. Today you will visit a small hamlet, only inhabited by the locals for short periods of the year due to the active nature of the volcano. They visit to tend to their crops and small herds of buffaloes, which you may see swimming in the sea.

The local community of boatbuilders on the mainland have begun constructing a brand new and very large pinisi boat on the beach at Sangean village. Here you have a special opportunity to see the process that built both the Ombak Putin and Katharina boats in action.

Later that day, enjoy snorkelling at a nearby reef, with the option to move to a location on the north of the island, where you can marvel at volcanic gas escaping in the form of bubbles from the sea floor amongst the coral. The boat will then proceed to Banta Island, a stunning, uninhabited island off the Northwest coast of Sumbawa. Swim ashore and check out the pure white sandy beaches or take a hike up the mountain, explore and get some exercise.

Overnight on the boat. Full Board basis.

an island in the middle of a body of water

The boat will travel across the Flores Sea to Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its centre. This lake was filled with saltwater from the nearby Mt Tambora when it erupted in 1815 (one of the worst volcanic eruptions in history). This location is considered sacred by the local people of Satonda, calling the trees upon this land ‘wishing trees’. Take a walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake and make a wish by tying a small rock to one of the trees there

From Satonda we will cruise to the island of Moyo where the boat will dock at the village of Labuan Aji on the island of Moyo. Afternoon activities will include a wander through the village and in to the jungle, where you will visit the magnificent Diwu Mba’I waterfall. For the adventurous, jump upon the rope swing and plunge into the deep clear river pool below, or if not so daring, simply bathe in the natural swimming pool and absorb the beautiful nature around you.

Later that day, you will return to the boat where there will be more time for snorkelling on the reef or other water activities. In the evening, enjoy dinner and relax under the stars as the voyage continues to West Sumbawa

Overnight on the boat. Full Board basis.

a sandy beach next to a body of water

This morning, the boat will be anchored off Bungin Island in West Sumbawa, which is home to a group of Bajau ‘Sea Gypsies’, well known for residing in stilt houses above the water and living entirely off the sea. Being the second largest Bajau settlement in Indonesia, this will provide an incredibly unique and rare opportunity to experience a part of Indonesian culture and seafaring tradition.

After lunch on the boat, the journey will continue 10 miles further east to the beautiful white sands of Kenawa Island in West Sumbawa where you can head out on to the water for fun activities such as snorkelling and paddle boarding. Alternatively, take a leisurely swim and explore the island’s beaches, grasslands and corals.

That evening celebrate your final night at a beach party with the crew. The perfect end of voyage celebration.

Overnight on the boat. Full Board basis.

Wake up to humbling views of Mt Agung, an active volcano, which has been named Bali’s mother mountain. After some breakfast, there will be time for a final snorkel and swim before the boat lifts its anchor and heads south along the coast to the final destination of Amuk Bay. Here you can say your farewells to the crew and then hop on a transfer back to Bali which will take approximately 90 minutes.

Included

  • Operated with English speaking guide
  • The cruise fare includes full board
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Excursions
  • Use of bath and beach towels
  • Limited laundry service
  • Use of snorkelling gear and sea canoes or other recreational equipment
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfer to and from the ship to airport (Excluding Bali, in Bali, ship to meeting point)

Not included

  • Visa arrangements
  • International / domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic beverages, laundry more than determined, telephone, tips etc)
  • Crew and tour leader gratuities
  • Transfer to and from the meeting point in Bali
  • Travel insurance
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above