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9D8N Snorkelling Cruise, Bali to Komodo – Flores

This is a classic route and allows you to explore a number of islands, pristine beach locations and ideal diving sites as well as the wonders of the Komodo National Park.

This cruise can cater for divers and non-divers alike with the opportunity to explore islands such as Satonda with its salt water lake, the views from Gili Lawa Laut and of course the dragons on Komodo and Rinca. Many of these islands are the home to a varied range of wildlife such as the Timor deer and wild boars. In the water we can always guarantee turtles, sharks and colorful reef fish.

We offer  cruises to Bali to Komodo to Bali  Indonesian Cruises as well as charter cruise opportunities for small and large groups throughout Indonesia.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Bali to Komodo to Bali

  • See the endemic Komodo dragon in its native habitat.
  • Explore Komodo National Park’s golden, savannah covered hills, shrublands, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and coral reefs.
  • Cruise comfortably on a traditional, hand-crafted Buginese schooner,making stops to snorkel reefs and explore tropical forests on the way.

Komodo National Park is a collection of rugged volcanic islands located in Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands. The area has been protected since 1980 and is globally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While Komodo is known primarily for the endemic Komodo dragon, it also features excellent marine diversity, and uniquely dry vegetation that gives the islands a golden hue. The park’s rich marine life includes manta rays, eagle rays, pygmy seahorses, false pipefish, clown frogfish, abundant nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, and diverse sponges, tunicates, and corals. Fringing and patch coral reefs are extensive and best developed on the northeast coast of Komodo with beautiful corals and thousands fishes found in crystal water.

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Itinerary

The Grand Cruise: Bali to Flores (or reverse) visiting the “Gilis”, Lombok, Satonda and Komodo

9D/8N. Departure from either Bali or Labuhanbajo Return from either Bali or Labuhanbajo

This is the cruise of a lifetime combining many and varied attractions including uninhabited islands, spectacular scenery (above and below the water), unforgettable fauna and flora and the chance to relax aboard a traditional Indonesian Phinisi schooner. There will be plenty of time to relax and unwind as well as the flexibility to vary our plans according to your interests and wishes.

This is an example of one of our trips

 

Day 1

We plan a leisurely departure late morning and will cruise up the north-east coast of Bali to the small village of Tulamben the site of the wreck of the USS Liberty, a US Army transport ship torpedoed in 1942. We will anchor here for the night and enjoy our first night under the stars.

Day 2

There will be adequate time to explore the wreck and then we will head off across the Straits of Lombok. 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. We will anchor at one of the Gili islands with plenty of time to explore the pristine environment, swim and relax.

Day 3

We will sail all day today on our way to Moyo islands. Stopping to swim and explore as we wish, we aim to arrive at Moyo for an afternoon anchorage.

Day 4

Today we relax and explore Moyo, a large island with virtually no roads. The majority of the island is a National Park. Our mooring will be close to a small village and once on shore we can walk down shaded tracks passing small farms into the forest. This track ends at a clear river pool fed by a large waterfall. There will be plenty of time to swim and relax in this wonderful tropical paradise. After lunch we will cruise to Angel reef, an incredible coral garden which will treat you with crystal clear water and numerous fish species. A wall offers the more adventurous a drift snorkel before we move down the coast to experience the sunset display as thousands of bats leave their caves for their nightly forage.

Day 5

Today we continue east towards Pulau Satonda. Satonda is a mystical island with a sunken volcano marine lake at its centre. We will have plenty of time to explore this island, our mooring has been chosen to maximise the opportunity to swim, snorkel and explore. You can swim in the marine lake, and the more adventurous can walk around the edge of the volcano. We will stay here overnight.

Day 6

After an early morning drift snorkel, hopefully seeing the thousands of sea eels that live in the white sand and look like sea grass swaying in the current we will continue east with the plan to anchor overnight in a secluded by on Komodo island.

Day 7

After breakfast we go ashore on Komodo Island at the Rangers station in Loh Liang for a trek on the island that gave its name to the Park. We make the trek in the company of some experienced rangers so we can watch the dragons in their natural habitat. The ranger shows us the dens and nests of the dragons and we learn a lot about this mysterious creature. We have lunch while crossing over to nearby Padar Island to another spectacular beach location for more exceptional snorkeling. At the end of the day we move to a protected bay to spend the night at anchor.

Day 8

We will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island for a second opportunity to encounter the dragons. We go trekking through the dry and rugged island of Rinca, which is well-known for its diverse wildlife. So aside from the Komodo dragons, we are likely to spot monkeys, wild buffaloes, deer and horses. From the top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular – you have to see it yourself! After this adventure and a healthy meal on the boat, we go to one of the many beautiful beaches in Komodo N.P. for snorkelling and swimming. The National Park is world-known for its teeming underwater world and colourful coral reefs. The plankton-rich seas around Komodo support amazing reefs and a range of large marine life, including whales and dolphins. After a short sail along the Northern Coast we also pay a visit to Rinca village. Finally we move to Kelor Island where in the evening our crew will prepare an evening beach barbecue and we enjoy a star studded night sky.

Day 9

We will have a leisurely sail to Flores; if time permits we will have a swim at Bidadari Island and after lunch we then deliver you to the Labuanbajo airport for your return flight to Bali.

Komodo National Park entrance fee is additional to cruise costs. Allow $100usd for this.

For the Flores to Bali itinerary please read the above in reverse!

Please note: All our itineraries are dependent on weather conditions and maybe modified if required. Please allow adequate time at the start and end for travel connections.


Fares: US$375 per night standard cabin, US$450 for deluxe cabin – per person twin sharing occupancy

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Fares inclusive of:
Full board meals & snacks , English speaking guide service, free flow coffee and tea, use of our water activities equipment (snorkel, fins, goggles), Limited laundry

Fares exclusive of:
Personal expenses, Alcoholic drinks consumed from boat bar during the cruise, domestic airfares (unless mentioned included), travel insurance, accommodation pre and post cruise.