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Keli Mutu Crater on Flores Island, Indonesia

Seatrek Thru The Textiles of The Lesser Sundas Pre-Cruise

Ende - Maumere - Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Ombak Putih
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Join this 4-day Seatrek thru the Textiles of the Lesser Sundas pre-cruise from Timor to Maumere. On this exploration, visit the villages of Nggela in Mbuli Valley, Ende Island, Kupang, etc. Throughout the journey, see how they make naturally dyed Amarasi textiles, learn about the history and textiles in Ende, and take beautiful photographs. Create an unforgettable experience before embarking on Ombak Putih in Maumere.
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  • Learn about history and textiles of the Lio people of Ende.
  • Watch the local weavers produce the best quality ikat in Ende Regency,
  • Drive up the side of the volcano to Kelimutun National Park.
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Kupang | Embark

After our direct flight to Kupang check into your hotel before driving to Baun for an audience with the King of the Amarasi, before making a visit to a small local weaving cooperative to see a demonstration of how they make naturally dyed Amarasi textiles.
- There will be an evening presentation about the history and textiles of the Lio people of Ende and enjoy an excellent dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.

Day 2: Ende, Flores Island

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will be taken straight to the airport for an early flight to Ende on Flores Island, where you will visit the nearby district of Ndona to visit a cooperative run by a small group of Lio weavers who make beautiful traditional textiles incorporating natural dyes.
Continue up into the mountains to visit a fascinating village, where textiles are a feature of daily life, but where weaving is banned.
-The clan leader (called a mosa laki) will escort you around the village and explain about its history and culture. Once you arrive at Kelimutu Ecolodge, there will be a pre-dinner lecture about the textiles you will see tomorrow.

Day 3: Nggela Village | Mbuli Valley

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, head to the remote weaving village of Nggela, stopping along the way for photographs over the spectacular Mbuli Valley. The local weavers will show you how they still produce some of the best quality ikat in the Ende Regency.
After lunch at the Ecolodge, venture to the other side of the valley to visit an interesting mixed Christian/Muslim village that also produces textiles, but with different designs and motifs.

 Back at the Ecolodge, enjoy a traditional Lio feast and cultural performance.

Day 4: Maumere| Disembark

An early start today as you drive up the side of the volcano to the entrance to Kelimutu National Park. From here it is a pleasant 30-minute-walk through woodland to the first viewpoint over the spectacular three-colored crater lakes.

Later that afternoon, arrive in Maumere Harbour and board the Ombak Putih, which will be anchored in the bay.


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- 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.
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • First aid kit containing all major medicines.
  • Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck.
  • 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.
  • Beach BBQ with complimentary wine, beer, and selected cocktails
  • English-speaking SeaTrek tour leaders
  • Full board including all meals and soft drinks, tea, coffee, snacks. Starting and ending with lunch on first and last days.
  • All port fees
  • Welcome drink and cold towel upon boarding the boat on the first day and each time guests return from all off-boat excursions
  • Daily room cleaning
  • Towels and linens
  • Sunscreen lotion but do bring your own
  • Soaps, shampoo and conditioner
  • Selected wines with special farewell dinner
  • Use of on-board TV and multimedia facilities
  • Library of books, kids’ games and TV documentaries
  • Unlimited use of espresso machine
  • All park fees, cultural performances, local guides, and off-boat activities
  • Use of all facilities on board, including snorkeling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board games
  • All transfers to and from the boats in ports
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Domestic Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks outside of special dinners and beach BBQ.
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Transit hotels


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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!
Meyer Smolen
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