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A Taste of Indonesia: A Culinary Voyage

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Ombak Putih
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Join Ombak Putih on a unique Indonesian voyage devoted to the flavors and spices of the archipelago. Sail in the company of Ubud Food Festival Founder and Director, Janet DeNeefe, renowned Australian food photographer, Petrina Tinslay, and Indonesian cult-chef Rahung Nasution as they share their skills both in the kitchen and behind the lens with demonstrations and presentations. Experience Komodo National Park and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, cruising through a diverse landscape of islands and discovering new wonders each new day. Enjoy ample opportunities to snorkel and view the kaleidoscopic beauty of the underwater world. Unlimited use of the stand-up paddleboards and sea kayaks onboard add yet another dimension to your explorations.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Labuan Bajo | Embark
Day 2 : Komodo Island
Day 3 : Rinca Island
Day 4 : Wera, Sumbawa
Day 5 : Satonda, Mojo Island
Day 6 : Labuhan, Lombok
Day 7 : Bali | Disembark

Highlights

  • Join this unique cruise in collaboration with the Ubud Food Festival
  • Swim and snorkel over one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia
  • Visit Wera and have a look at the hand-built boats in construction
  • Take a walk up to Satonda's volcano and view its lake and "wishing trees"

Ship

Ombak Putih

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sanur Beach, Bali Tide during sunset in Indonesia

Day 1 Labuan Bajo | Embark

Start your adventure in the airport in Bali with an early morning flight to Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. Upon arrival take a private bus to the inland village of Melo. Here, local ‘strongmen’ perform the ‘Caci,’ a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, try to hit each other while 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. After your visit to Melo return to Labuan Bajo. Enjoy plenty of time to settle in and get acquainted with the crew and fellow passengers as you cruise to the island of Kelor. Once there, swim or a snorkel in the bright blue sea, ply the waters in a sea kayak, or have a little bit of fun on a paddleboard. 

Day 2 Komodo Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island from where you head off on a ranger-led nature trek in search of Komodo dragons, which are indigenous to this small group of islands. Rinca is also well known for its diverse wildlife, so you may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. From the top of the hills, the scenery is breathtaking. After returning to the ship, cruise to the gorgeous Pantai Merah ‘red-beach,’ which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here swim and snorkel over one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia, relishing the unforgettable spectacle of the region’s many varieties of coral and marine life. With over 1000 species of fish in the waters of the national park, there is much more to this wildlife reserve than just dragons.

Day 3 Rinca Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up at the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. Go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for another early morning ranger-led trek through the park searching for more Komodo dragons. In this savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape, encounter, at a safe distance, these awe-inspiring giant lizards – Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. Spot deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids, and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms. During lunch, cruise past Makassar Reef towards Gili Lawa Darat, the northernmost island in the park. Guests who’d like to go ashore can hike to the summit of one of the islands’ hills where the horizon opens up to a complete vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. The sight of the long white sandy beaches with clearly visible coral formations, the savannah-like landscape of Komodo Island, and volcanic island silhouettes in the background is a unique photo opportunity and a cherished memory for many guests.

Day 4 Wera, Sumbawa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning enjoy your breakfast off the beach at Gili Banta, an uninhabited island that is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Following this daily excursion among the denizens of the reef, proceed to Wera, a Buginese settlement on the northeast coast of Sumbawa, opposite the active, 1800-meter, volcanic island of Sangean. Here, at Wera, the men build wooden boats along the black-sand shores and the village women spend days weaving brightly colored cloth. Visit the village and have a look at the hand-built boats in various stages of construction. Some of these boats are colossal in size, and it is fascinating to see how they are constructed. Tonight relax on the deck as you continue west toward Satonda.

Day 5 Satonda, Mojo Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today reach the strange and mystical volcanic island of Satonda with its beautiful coral gardens along the coastline. Satonda has a sunken crater lake in its center that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mont Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater. The eruption was the biggest volcanic explosion in the collective memory of mankind; it had roughly four times the energy of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and gave rise to the ‘year without a summer’ because of the effect on North American and European weather. Local people believe Satonda to be magical, and with this in mind, walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake, alongside which are trees believed to be ‘wishing trees.’ Visitors to the island tie a small stone to a tree and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks. From Satonda cruise to the island of Moyo and moor off Labuan Aji village and walk to Diwu Mba’i waterfall. Here, swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water. 

Day 6 Labuhan, Lombok

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Moored off the coast of North Lombok, enjoy a hearty breakfast before going ashore and boarding a private bus for a trip into the interior of the northern side of the island and the traditional village of Senaru. Here, take a tour of the simple thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices, which gives you an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. Re-embark in the west of Lombok, and cruise towards the island of Tangkong where, in the late afternoon, you are treated to a quintessential experience and a highlight for many guests. On this deserted island with your feet in the sand and the stars rising in the vast Indonesian sky, the crew builds a bonfire and prepares a beach barbecue as a final celebration of your memorable voyage. 

Day 7 Bali | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Depending on the weather conditions, either visit the island of Nusa Penida, the island of Nusa Lembongan, or Amuk Bay in Bali. Then have a final swim and a snorkel before cruising to a mooring in either east or southeast Bali. Finally, say goodbye to the crew, and disembark before seeing everyone off to their next destination.

Ombak Putih

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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 airfares
  • Personal insurance
  • Social alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities
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