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Komodo-Bali - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Katharina
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This adventurous, 8-day inclusive voyage of discovery aboard the Katharina offers a cross-section of remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, tribal rituals, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo dragons. As always, there is ample opportunity 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 nature explorations. Immerse yourself in the Komodo National Park and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, cruising through a panorama of islands and encountering new wonders on a daily basis.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
Day 2 : Melo | Embark
Day 3 : Rinca Island
Day 4 : Komodo Island
Day 5 : Pulau Sangean
Day 6 : Satonda | Moyo
Day 7 : North Lombok
Day 8 : Disembark | Bali, Indonesia

Highlights

  • Relax and swim, snorkel, or walk in the surrounding rice fields of Bali
  • Visit the mysterious Satonda Lake, which local people believe is magical
  • Explore the famous Komodo National Park in llok for dragons
  • Discover some of Melo's local traditions & culture thru a exotic performance

Ship

Katharina

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

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Day 1 Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

After flying 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. You will have the afternoon free to relax and unwind with a swim or a snorkel, or even a walk around the town. It’s also an opportunity for those unfamiliar with snorkelling to have a lesson with the tour leader. In the evening, enjoy sunset drinks on the beach before dinner with your fellow guests as you get better acquainted for the voyage ahead.

Day 2 Melo | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast at the resort, at about 9am leave the resort for a trip to the village of Melo. Here, local ‘strongmen’ will perform the ‘Caci,’ a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will 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. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. Besides this, the cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances. After your visit to Melo we will return to Labuan Bajo where you will get your first glimpse of your splendid pinisi boat. We will have 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, enjoy a swim or a snorkel, kayak, or have a little bit of fun on a paddleboard. You will also have the option of visiting the adjacent island of Kukusan where you will meet a settlement of ‘sea-gypsies,’ the Bajao people who build their homes on stilts over the sea. At around sunset you will be able to witness the departure of thousands of flying foxes departing their roosts to feed, and later that evening cruise to Komodo dragon country.

Day 3 Rinca Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island where we will have 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 we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. From the top of the hills along the walks, the scenery is breathtaking. In the afternoon, you can go snorkelling in the rich waters of Siaba Island and then later head to the gorgeous Pantai Merah ‘red-beach,’ which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here you will swim and snorkel, 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 4 Komodo Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
When you wake up, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. You will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning ranger-led trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons. In this savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape, you will encounter, at a safe distance, these awe-inspiring, giant lizards – Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. You may 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, head to Makassar Reef, where you will look for manta rays, and if you are lucky enough to spot them you will go snorkelling with these gentle giants. Then head to Gili Lawa Darat for some snorkelling and a hill climb to watch a magical sunset, then get your toes in the sand for a beach barbeque. With a raging bonfire, great food, dancing and the crew singing and playing guitars, this celebration under the stars is a quintessential Bali experience.

Day 5 Pulau Sangean

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up off the coast of Banta Island with its pinkish-white sand beach. You will go ashore and enjoy a morning of swimming, snorkelling and hill climbing for the fit. After lunch on the boat, you will then proceed to Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 1,800 metres above sea level. Go ashore to a small and very simple village, which, because of the active nature of the volcano, is only inhabited for short periods during the year when the local people come to tend their crops and small herds of buffaloes. Luckily for you, the local community of boatbuilders on the mainland has started construction of a brand new and very large pinisi boat on the beach at Sangean village. You will have the opportunity to see the process that built both the Ombak Putin and Katharina in action; truly an impressive sight and a marvel of engineering. You will snorkel on both a nearby reef and maybe a location on the north of the island where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals, a most interesting sight. At sunset we will head for Satonda Island.

Day 6 Satonda | Moyo

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you 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 centre that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt 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, we will 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 where we will moor off Labuan Aji village and walk to Diwu Mba'i waterfall. Here, you can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water. Returning to the sea, find time for snorkelling on the reef, and later relax under the stars aboard the ship as you continue your westward voyage to Lombok.

Day 7 North Lombok

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Moored off the coast of North Lombok, have breakfast and then go ashore and then head off by bus or car into the interior of the northern side of the island to the traditional village of Senaru. Here, you will be taken on a tour, by one of the local women-guides, of the simple thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices, which will give you an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. Your mellow adventure will then lead you down a well-trodden flight of steps through the tropical forest to Sindang Gila, a roaring 40-metre tiered waterfall. The small gravel beach and flat rocks at the base of the falls are a meeting place for the local people, and if you want you can take a dip under the full force of the intense flow. Your walk will continue alongside an old irrigation canal offering panoramic vistas of rice fields stretching towards the sea. The area around Senaru and Bayan was the birthplace of Lombok’s unique Wektu Telu belief system in which ancient animist practices are combined with Islam. If you have time, you will visit Bayan Beleq, a grass-roofed mosque with woven bamboo walls. Said to have been founded in the 16th century, this is the oldest mosque in Lombok. You may also see some weavers and spinners demonstrating their age-old skills. After lunch, snorkel on nearby Gili Sulat before heading of in the direction of Bali. Tonight, under s starry sky you will have a last night party with the crew on board.

Day 8 Disembark | Bali, Indonesia

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Wake up off the coast of east Bali under the majestic gaze of Mt Agung, Bali’s mother mountain. Here you will go for a final snorkel and swim before heading south along the coast to your disembarkation point of Amuk Bay. Here, say farewell to your crew and join a bus for the 90-minute trip back to south Bali.

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Cabin Deck. Spacious, air-conditioned twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds. Private bathroom with toilet, washbasin, 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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