Bali – Sumbawa-Komodo – Flores 9 Days/8 Nights
Day One, Leaving 08.30 a.m. from Sanur, south Bali, you will be transferred to the anchorage off the village of Amed, north-east Bali, a pleasant ride through a largely unknown area of Bali (approx. 2 hours). After boarding and settling in on the vessel, the captain gives the orders to lift the anchor and we set sail across the Lombok Strait. This stretch of water between Bali and Lombok marks an important ecological boundary, first described by Sir Alfred Russell Wallace, the 19th century British naturalist. He noticed that flora and fauna of the islands west of this boundary are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands east of that “line” have a greater similarity to species found in Australia. In the afternoon we make a first stop at the small island of Gili Trawangan, off the west coast of Lombok, for a couple of hours of swimming, snorkeling and beach-combing. Late afternoon we go on a north-easterly course for the overnight passage to east-Lombok
Day Two, Docked in Labuhan Lombok, east Lombok, after breakfast we set off on a little expedition with private cars for a tour into the interior of east Lombok, untouched by the crowds frequenting west Lombok. We will visit a pottery village, attend a local dance performance and have our lunch on the way. After re-embarkation with the yacht we continue our journey to the island of Moyo, off the coast of west Sumbawa. At the southern tip of Moyo we spend a few hours relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. Before nightfall we are headed to Badas, the harbor of Sumbawa Besar, capital of west Sumbawa, Here we spend a quiet night amidst the hills surrounding a beautiful bay.
Day Three, We disembark and go for a visit to the city of Sumbawa Besar. The island of Sumbawa traditionally is divided in two Sultanates, Sumbawa Besar in the western part and Bima, overseeing the eastern part of the island. We will visit the former Sultan’s palace, a structure entirely laid out in local teak and harboring relics, displaying the luster of the ancient Sultan’s court. From this lofty location we descend to meet the locals at their typical Indonesia habitat, the pasar. Those who want to join the pace of daily life, may jump on the typical local means of transport, the horse cart. In a parade with the local people, out for their daily shopping, we are brought to the market. Here we are overwhelmed by the colors, fragrances, and stunning variety of vegetables, fruits and spices. Prices are established by an elaborate process of negotiating. After our lunch on board we set sail to the island of Satonda, an extinct volcano. Here we will walk over a tiny ridge hiding the craterlake. We feel the eerie atmosphere surrounding this big pond, all silent except the sound of a lonely bird or the odd gecko. Swimming over the beautiful local reef just off the island enlightened by a rainbow of aquarium fish we enter a world entirely different in colors but similar in silence. A highlight of our visit to Satonda is the sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. At night time we sail north of Sumbawa to the east coast of the island.
Day Four, we arrive in the morning at Wera on the east coast of the island of Sumbawa. Wera is a Buginese settlement famous for its boatbuilding. Here we will see all kinds of craft in various stages of construction. We visit the village and hope to attend a local performance. If weather prohibits a safe landing, we sail to Sangean island, an active volcano towering 1800 meters above the surrounding waters. We will meet the people of the tiny settlement on the island and make a short hike testing the steepness of the volcano. In the afternoon we proceed to Gili Banta, uninhabited and perfect for some excellent swimming and snorkeling. During the night Mantas sails onward to the island of Rinca, part of the Komodo National Park.
Day Five, we wake up with the boat at anchor off Rinca island, the second largest of the eighty islands in the Komodo archipelago and the richest in terms of fauna. We will go trekking through spectacular scenery of savannah, looking to view wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar, monkeys, and of course the famous ‘Komodo dragons’. We have lunch while crossing over to Padar Island to another spectacular beach location for some exceptional snorkeling. A quiet night will be spent in the bay of Loh Liang in form of Komodo Island proper.
Day Six, this morning we will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang on Komodo Island for another trek through the Park. In a setting of a dry and rugged landscape we will meet some of these giant creatures that come closest to anything you ever fancied of prehistory. Shock and awe is our part! In the afternoon we stop at the small island of Mesa where we visit a settlement of the Baju, the ‘Sea Gypsies’ who are indigenous to the area of the Lintas Strait and live in houses on wooden stilts that are often underwater during the high tide. If time allows we will make a final stop in the Park at Sabolon, another paradise in its own right. The beach has a pink look caused by scattered particles from red coral. As the sun sets we hoist the anchor for the overnight passage to the North Coast of Flores
Day seven, today we take our time to explore the Riung Archipelago, a group of (17) uninhabited islands with white sand beaches and beautiful coral gardens just off the North coast of Flores. Here we will spend the whole day beachcombing and snorkeling. A hike up to the hill warrantees the spectator of a spectacular view of the main island. We will have a barbecue on a desert beach before we continue our voyage further eastward.
Day eight, early in the morning we reach Ropa, Central Flores, the starting point for our excursion to Kelimutu. The Kelimutu is a volcano with 3 crater lakes, each in a different color. Situated in the midst of forest-covered mountains, the colors of the lakes are a surprise, as they change from time to time. They may be turquoise, black and a reddish brown, but don’t be surprised if you find a white one or a red one! We take our time to experience the spooky atmosphere surrounding this natural phenomenon, quite unique in the world. On the way back we stop in several villages to meet with some of the women who specialize in the typical Flores ikat weaving techniques. Back on the vessel, we move to a nearby beach for the remainder of the afternoon for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. In the evening we may have another BBQ on the beach. At night we will have our last sailing from Ropa to Maumere, east Flores
Day Nine, early morning the Yacht will arrive in Maumere. In the morning we will
pay a visit to the small village of Watublapi where we will witness a cultural performance and the traditional hand weaving process typical for Flores. After the performance you will be transferred to Maumere airport for your return flight to Bali.