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Komodo - Bali - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Katharina
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This 8-day trip from Komodo island to Bali takes you to some of the most popular destinations in southern Indonesia. After searching for the renowned Komodo dragon, embark aboard the Katharina and set sail for surrounding islands to explore local towns and snorkel around vivid coral reefs.  Hike for breathtaking views of the lush islands, and then cool off with a swim in the crystal-clear waters teeming with vibrant fish. Learn about traditional ways of life and shipbuilding techniques with a village visit, and swim in a lake at the heart of an extinct volcano. As you swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard look for countless tropical fish species and keep an eye out for the majestic gentle giants, whale sharks. End your journey in famed Bali, an island known for its rich culture and spectacular natural beauty. 
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  • Visit local communities to learn about their way of life.
  • Snorkel vibrant coral reefs and spot bright tropical fish.
  • Enjoy a barbecue picnic on the beach.
  • Discover unique species that can be found in this region.
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Bali
  • Indonesia
  • Banta Island
  • Komodo Island
  • Komodo National Park
  • Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Moyo Island
  • Pulau Sangeang
  • Rinca Island
  • Satonda Island
  • Sumbawa Island
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Komodo

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive at Komodo airport and transfer to your hotel, where you can relax by the pool, swim in the sea, and brush up on your snorkeling skills with your tour leader. Gather at sunset for evening cocktails before sitting down to an Indonesia buffet dinner as you get acquainted with your fellow guests who will be joining you on the cruise ahead. 

Day 2: Komodo | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, take a short drive to a traditional local village high up in the hills, where you will be witness to the fast and imposing caci whip dance by the local villagers. Here enjoy their hospitality with coffee, betel nut and a highly potent local arak (not for the faint-hearted!), before being treated to a selection of traditional dances by their men and women. By late morning board the boat, and as you enjoy a buffet lunch it will cruise out into the Komodo National Park where you will have your first snorkel amongst the corals. In the early evening at cocktail hour, the ship will anchor off Kalong Island to see thousands of fruit bats emerge from their mangrove homes and fill the sky as they head off to the mainland in search of food.

Day 3: Rinca Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Rinca Island and go on a trek in search of Komodo dragons. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad species of birds as you walk through the forests and savannahs of this large island. Swim with schools of manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called "cleaning stations," where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like. Later, snorkel at Siaba Island, a favorite hangout of sea turtles, where you will have a chance to swim with these gentle reptiles as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

Day 4: Gili Banta | Sangeang Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning on Gili Banta, a deserted island with a beautiful white sand beach. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and play. Cruise across the sea as the crew raises the sails and sets course for Sangeang Island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus meter, traditional wooden pinisi boat, with the same pedigree and history of your ship. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a memento. In the afternoon, snorkel on a vibrant coral reef just off the shore filled with fish and marine creatures from all shades of the color spectrum, including a meadow of hundreds of glass eels.

Day 5: Satonda Island | Moyo Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up off Satonda Island, an extinct volcano with a brackish lake at its heart, where you can swim, snorkel, kayak, paddle board and explore the surrounding forest if you wish. The lake was created when it the crater was flooded by a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history. Set sail for Moyo Island and take a walk through a village to a jungle waterfall and play with local kids as they take the lead on a rope swing above a cool, deep jungle pool to show you how it’s done.

Day 6: Sumbawa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up early off the coast of Sumbawa, where you can hopefully swim with a group of whale sharks that congregate off fishing platforms, where local fishermen catch small baitfish and keep them suspended in nets, which attract the sharks. Spend the afternoon on a nearby beach where you can snorkel, paddle, kayak and explore the lush jungle surroundings.

Day 7: Village Visit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit a village of the famous Bajao "Sea Gypsies" of Southeast Asia, and see how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water. Another relaxing afternoon awaits as you land on a nearby uninhabited island, where once again you can relax and enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Enjoy Indonesian hospitality as your crew hosts a beach barbecue this evening. On offer is plenty of good food, music, cocktails, dancing, and frivolity as you dance and sing the night away next to a bonfire under a clear tropical night sky.

Day 8: Bali | Disembark

Wake up at anchor off the coast of Bali under in the shadow of Bali’s Mt. Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali. Enjoy an early morning swim or snorkel before saying goodbye to the crew and starting your tour back to the south of Bali. Along the way, experience the best that East Bali can offer can offer with a tour of its deep culture and glorious landscapes. Visit water palaces, ancient villages, see lush rice terraces and jungles and the islands volcanic peaks, and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine. 



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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.
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • First aid kit containing all major medicines.
  • Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck.
  • Permits, Park Fees, and Port Fees
  • Complimentary cotton backpack, luggage tag, fan, and stainless steel water bottle, which guests are encouraged to take home and keep.
  • Two pieces of laundry each day.
  • Use of all on-board water toys, such as snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports.
  • Free wine, beer and selected cocktails at beach BBQ.
  • Local Tour Leaders
  • Full board including all meals and soft drinks, tea, coffee, snacks. Starting and ending with lunch on first and last days.
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • Internal and International Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks outside of special dinners and beach BBQ.
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately



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