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Snorkel the coral reefs of Indonesia

SeaTrek To A Remote Tropical Island Total Eclipse Of The Sun

Maumere - Maumere - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ombak Putih
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Experience some of the best culture, wildlife, and scenery Indonesia has to offer on this 10-day tropical island adventure hosted by Ombak Putih, including snorkeling at some of the world's most magnificent coral reefs and witnessing one of nature's most profound celestial wonders. This opportunity is truly once-in-a-lifetime.
Mountain Range in Komodo National Park, IndonesiaWild Komodo Dragon in its habitatTwo monkeys admire the statuesBalinese deer standing on a sandy beachVolcano scenery at sunriseSnorkel the coral reefs of Indonesia
Highlights
  • Snorkel among the colorful coral reefs
  • Explore the beautiful Romang Island
  • Witness the beauty of total solar eclipse
  • Enjoy Lingal's beautiful white sandy beach
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Indonesia
  • Flores Island
  • Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Maumere
  • Wetar Island
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: Maumere | Embark

Arrive in Maumere on the island of Flores in the early afternoon. You will be picked up at the airport and taken directly to the boat and head off on our journey. On this day you will have a chance to relax and get acquainted with your new home, get to know your fellow travelers, and enjoy the tropical sunshine and breeze on your faces as you head east. At sunset, you will enjoy cocktails on the deck as the sun sinks nicely slowly into the west.

Day 2: Batang Island

Just after dawn, you will arrive at the small island of Batang, where you will have the morning to enjoy your first snorkel of the trip along the colorful coral reefs. The island has a small settlement on the northern side, so you may stop by for a visit and meet the local people. Mid-afternoon you will head east once more in the direction of Wetar, hopefully arriving in the morning.

Day 3: Wetar

Waking up offshore on the coast of Wetar you will go ashore and visit a local village and their school, where you will have a chance to meet the locals and be witness to a special cultural performance in your honor. Later that morning you will go snorkeling on a nearby island in front of the village with good corals and lots of big fish. Early afternoon you will set off to Romang Island, enjoying sunset drinks and dinner on board.

Day 4: Romang Island

You will wake up off the coast of the beautiful island of Romang, already in the eclipse zone. You will go ashore and meet the local people and catch a glimpse into their daily lives, as well as visit the school where we can donate books and school supplies. You will spend the afternoon snorkeling and visit a second local village (optional), where you can again visit the school and meet the kids there. You then move to a small island near Maupora island for a great snorkeling and a relaxing day of beach time before heading to your viewing spot at a small white-sand island just off-shore. Here guests who wish to set up camera equipment on land can do so, while others can swim and snorkel.

Day 5: Commencement of the eclipse

Waking up you will organize into groups for the commencement of the eclipse at around midday. Those who have set upon the island will be transferred to the beach, while those who want to stay on the boat can relax and wait for the festivities to begin, maybe even go snorkeling or exploring the spectacular coral reefs. This evening you will be having a large communal BBQ party on the beach with all the boats to celebrate this wonderful celestial event. After the party, you will head off back in the direction of Weter for a long crossing back across to Wetar Island to start the return leg of our journey.

Day 6: Wetar

Waking up exhilarated and not without a few sore heads, today will be one of relaxation. Depending on what time you finish the party and depart the night before, you will make landfall in the afternoon in Wetar where you will go snorkeling and have some beach time before continuing your journey westwards towards the island of Sika.

Day 7: Sika

You will arrive in the early morning in Sika, a small island in the northern part of Alor, which has some fantastic snorkeling with lots of corals and sea grass habitat, a favorite location of the dugong. If you are extremely lucky you may have the chance to spot one. From here you will cruise to the southwest of Alor to Lingal and Pantar Islands.

Day 8: Lingal

Lingal has a beautiful white sandy beach located in the southwest part of Alor, and you will enjoy snorkeling and swimming before cruising to the southeast part of Pantar island to visit Tamakh village, a place seldom been visited by foreigners before. In fact, 2018 textile cruise was the first time all the villagers had ever met foreigners. They will welcome you to the village wearing their beautiful bit tube skirts and will perform the Lego-Lego dance for us, and we will be invited to enjoy a bit of audience participation. You will then head back to the boat and cruise to Solor.

Day 9: Lohayong

After breakfast, it will be a good time for some water activities; kayaks and paddle boards for the keen, and swimming for the others. (The snorkeling isn’t so great here), before you visit the old fort at Lohayong. From Lohayong we cross to Larantuka, a bustling little town situated at the foot of the imposing Ile Mandiri volcano, and a very nice example of urban island life. As we go ashore we will be welcomed by local Lamaholot villagers who will show us in detail how they produce their fantastic earthy-brown ikat fabric, which is decorated with small white seashells. We will go snorkeling in the afternoon before heading off for an overnight crossing to Maumere.

Day 10: Maumere | Disembark

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On this, our last day, you will visit Wuring village, a Bajau ‘sea gypsy’ settlement, a village built on the water of coral rocks and wooden poles. Living right the way across the waters of the Coral Triangle is a fascinating insight into a very traditional way of life. You will then head back to the boat to have lunch and to bid or final goodbyes to our crew before heading back to the airport for our flights back to Bali.

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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.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 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
Excluded
  • 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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