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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ombak Putih
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Cruise between the North Sulawesi city of Gorontalo and head south to Labuan Bajo in Flores. This cruise offers a full sailing adventure experience, and follows a pre-planned and optimized route worked out in conjunction with Captain Fery of the Ombak Putih and your Tour Leaders. Enjoy some freedom and flexibility to investigate anything of particular interest that comes across your path. En route explore the various islands and atolls of eastern Sulawesi and engage in a host of activities that include visiting remote villages and meeting local people, ample snorkeling on beautiful coral reefs, trekking, encounters with whale sharks and manta rays, nesting seabirds and Komodo dragons, as well as simply enjoying the pleasure of sailing across the tropical seas on a beautiful and traditional pinisi ship.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bali | Gorontalo | Embark
Days 2-3 : Tonian Islands | Balanta Island
Day 4 : Pulau Besar and Pulau Poson Islands
Day 5 : Banggai Island
Day 6 : Manui Island
Days 7-8 : Wakatobi National Park | Moromaho Island
Day 9 : Batuata Island
Day 10 : Kalao Island | Rinca Island | Komodo National Park
Day 11 : Rinca Island | Kalong Island
Day 12 : Labuan Bajo | Disembark | Bali

Highlights

  • Enjoy a unique encounter with amazing whale sharks
  • Kayak and snorkel at the beautiful archipelago of the Tonian Islands
  • Visit the local village of Lokotai, ringed with atolls and gorgeous reefs
  • Discover Wakatobi National Park, famous for its colorful corals

Ship

Ombak Putih

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Mountain Range in Komodo National Park, Indonesia A pair of dragons on Komodo Island Kayaking in Southeast Asia Pura Ulun Danu temple, Bali Snorkelers interacting with a friendly whale shark.

Day 1 Bali | Gorontalo | Embark

Fly from Bali to Gorantalo and upon your arrival be taken directly to the ship. After some welcome drinks, head off to the area of Botubarani (approx. two hours away) where a group of whale sharks are often in residence, giving you a very good chance to get in the water and snorkel and swim with them. After dinner set sail for the Tongean Island group for an overnight crossing

Day 2-3 Tonian Islands | Balanta Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Wake up in the Tonian Islands and spend two days exploring this beautiful archipelago, visiting various islands, anchorages, and villages. Enjoy abundant time for snorkeling, kayaking, trekking, and swimming. After dinner on day three set out for an overnight voyage to Balanta Island.

Day 4 Pulau Besar and Pulau Poson Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up at anchor off Pulau Besar and Pulau Poson islands and spend the day visiting the local village market, snorkeling, swimming, water sports, trekking, and time on the beach. After dinner set sail for Banggai Island.

Day 5 Banggai Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in Banggai, home to the endemic Banggai cardinal fish. Visit the local village of Lokotai, snorkel, swim and spend time on the beach, and maybe visit a nearby resort. The local area is ringed with atolls and beautiful reefs with great snorkeling, so later in the afternoon cruise to a nearby island and spend the night at anchor. This night enjoy a BBQ on the beach, and later in the evening cruise south to Manui Island.

Day 6 Manui Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning explore and snorkel near Manui Island, where you can visit a Kampung Bajo (a village of the Bugis Bajo people, built on stilts above the water), before exploring the local islands for beaches and snorkeling. Overnight sail to Wakitobi Archipelago.

Day 7-8 Wakatobi National Park | Moromaho Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days exploring the beautiful Wakatobi National Park area, famous for its colorful corals and nature. Stop for some water sports and snorkeling and a possible scuba dive with the local resort for interested guests. Visit the Operation Wallacea project. Then late morning on the second day cruise to Moromaho Island, a haven for pan-tropical seabirds. Then cruise overnight to the island of Batuata.

Day 9 Batuata Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today wake up at Batuata Island and spend the day exploring, beaching, snorkeling, visiting a local village, and swimming. Set off late afternoon to cruise to the Bonerate Archipelago.

Day 10 Kalao Island | Rinca Island | Komodo National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Kalao Island in the Takabonerate area and visit the village of Beru. After that spend the day swimming and snorkeling and doing water sports, before setting off later in the afternoon for an overnight cruise to Rinca Island in Komodo National Park.

Day 11 Rinca Island | Kalong Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today set off for an early morning trek on Rinca Island in search of the famous Komodo dragons. After breakfast spend some time at the beautiful Pantai Merah (red sand beach) and then search for and snorkel with manta rays. In the evening time anchor off Kalong Island to watch the many tens of thousands of flying foxes fly off to the mainland to feed before you enjoy an exclusive farewell beach BBQ.

Day 12 Labuan Bajo | Disembark | Bali

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today spend your final morning on the boat with time for a last snorkel and swim before you cruise into Labuan Bajo harbor. Have lunch and disembark for your transfer to the airport for the return flight to Bali.

Ombak Putih

Per person starting at
$5,500
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Cabin Deck. Spacious, air-conditioned twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds and private bathroom with toilet and hot shower.

Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.75 times the published rate.

Rates Include:
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private shower and toilet
  • Full board, tea and coffee, soft drinks, mineral water
  • Excursions
  • Use of towels
  • Use of snorkeling gear
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Transfer to and from the ship in all harbors with the exception of Serangan Harbor, Bali
Rates Exclude:
  • Domestic airfare
  • Personal insurance
  • Social alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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