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6 Nights Ombak Putih Komodo Cruise

Destinations Covered
Bali - Lombok - Satonda - East Sumbawa - Komodo Island - Rinca Island

Day 1 Bali - Lombok

You will be picked up from your hotel in South Bali (based on area Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Tuban, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa), and transferred to Serangan (Turtle Island) for embarkation.

After boarding and settling in, the Ombak Putih will depart, sailing up along the East coast of Bali.

Post Lunch on board, day at leisure to relax.

At night, we will cross the famous 'Wallace Line', the Lombok Strait between Bali and Lombok that marks an important ecological boundary. It was first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the 19th Century Welsh naturalist. Wallace noticed that the demarcation on the Westside of the island is home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands located on the East side have more of the species found in Australia.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2 Lombok Island

Dock in Labuan, East Lombok.

Post breakfast, depart by a local coach for a tour into the interior of East Lombok.

This area is untouched by the crowds frequenting the West part of the island (Senggigi, Gili’s).

Visit a pottery village, attend a local dance performance and enjoy a real Sasak lunch with the indigenous people of Lombok on the way.

After reboarding the boat, move to the small island of Kondo, then visit a coral conservation project and have a refreshing swim and snorkelling tour over the local reef.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 3 Lombok - Satonda Island

Set foot on to the island of Satonda, which holds the stunning Crater Lake and has beautiful coral gardens along its coast line.

Lunch will be on the way, at a stop just a couple of miles off the Northwest coast of Sumbawa. Satonda is what remains of an extinct volcano. Its caldera was filled with water when nearby Mount Tambora erupted in 1815. This was the biggest volcanic eruption in the collective memory of mankind, much larger than Krakatoa’s. An estimated volume of 160 cubic km of rocks and ash were ejected from the volcano, and the following year became known as the "year without a summer" due to the ash’s effect on North American and European weather. We’ll also see many thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland.

Immediately after sunset, Ombak Putih leaves for an overnight passage, going due East.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4 East Sumbawa

Arrive in the morning at Wera, on the East coast of the Island of SumbawaWera is a Buginese settlement, famous for its boat-building. Here, we will see all kinds of crafts in various stages of construction, and can imagine how the Katharina was built in 1998. Stroll through the village and chat with the friendly local people.

Lunch en-route.

Weather permitting, sail to Sangean Island, an active volcano towering 1800 metres above the surrounding waters. Meet the people of this tiny settlement on the island and make a short hike, testing the steepness of the volcano. In the afternoon, proceed to the Island of Banta, the first within the boundaries of the Komodo National Park, which is uninhabited and perfect for some swimming and snorkelling. Spend a quiet night here.

Dinner and overnight stay on board.

Day 5 East Sumbawa - Komodo Island

In the morning, the boat anchors at Komodo Island, one of 80-odd islands of Komodo National Park. Go ashore at the ranger station in Long Liang for an early trek through the park, looking for the Komodo lizards. In this dry and rugged landscape, meet the giant creatures that come closest to anything you ever fancied of prehistory.

Lunch en-route.

After re-embarking, sail to Red Beach, named because of the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here, swim and snorkel over one of the “richest” reefs in Eastern Indonesia. The incredible variety of coral and fish is stunning.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 6 Komodo - Rinca Island

Today we visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. This island is well-known for its diverse wildlife. Apart from Komodo dragons, we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer.

Lunch en-route.

The scenery is spectacular from atop the hills. In the evening, our crew prepares a beach barbecue, to eat under a star-studded sky.

Late at night, sail to the bay of Labuan  Bajo,  where we spend a quiet night.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 7 Labuan Bajo (Flores) - Bali

After a last early morning swim, say goodbye to the crew and leave the boat. If time permits, visit the market or attend a demonstration of the whip dance in the village of Melo, a 30 minute drive from the centre of Labuan Bajo. Around noon, fly back to Bali.

Note

  • The cruise tour is inclusive of all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), as well as sightseeing and accommodation.
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