KOMODO – MAUMERE – ALOR 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
This itinerary simply combines the best of everything in Eastern Indonesia: world class diving and snorkeling, serious fishing, visiting isolated villages, exploring mighty volcanoes and enjoying pristine beaches. You will venture off the beaten track – not too many people explore this region and it’s hidden treasures. The biggest highlights of this trip certainly are seeing the famous “Komodo dragons” in Komodo National Park, climbing Kelimutu, the Holy Mountain of Flores with three colored lakes on top, and visiting the village of Lamalera, which possesses one of the last peoples in the world who dare hunt whales armed only with wooden spears. You’ll have 11 days of luxury aboard the “Zen” providing you an adventure of a lifetime.
After arriving to the airport of Labuhan Bajo, you will meet our local driver who will transfer you to the town’s harbor. Here the adventure begins! Our crew will welcome you on board the “Zen” – a luxury, wooden sailboat that for next 10 days will become your home. We’re gonna make sure that you’ll feel right at home! You will be accommodated in private cabins with all facilities necessary to make your trip as relaxing as possible. After a short safety briefing and introduction to crew members, we set sail for Sabolan Island, surrounded by untouched beaches and spectacular coral reef. This is going to be our first diving/snorkeling spot and later in the evening, dinner will be served on the main deck so you can enjoy it under the stars.
Good morning! Welcome to Rinca Island – the smaller “twin island” of Komodo Island. Today is going to be pretty exciting as it’s time to face the last living link to dinosaurs on Earth. Famously referred to as “Komodo Dragons”, they are in fact the world’s largest species of monitor lizards. We will spend a few hours tracking these dragons of Komodo down under the protection of our local rangers. Don’t worry – we’ve got your back covered.
We will head back to the Zen for lunch and after a short while, set anchor in the northern part of Komodo, near the islands of Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut – an area that has some serious claims to be one of the best diving spots in the world. Here you can also enjoy stunning landscapes and some of the prettiest beaches of the National Park. We will explore three amazing dive sites with unreal underwater mountains, beautiful coral and a myriad of fish – keep your eye out for manta rays and reef sharks that often are seen here. An alternative for non-divers will be a lazy beach day, snorkeling, watersports or fishing (we won’t be within the borders of the National Park anymore). We return back to the Zen for lunch and later in the afternoon our crew will take you for a short hike to the top of a nearby hill with a breathtaking view of the sunset over Komodo! In the evening we can arrange a BBQ on the beach as well.
Today we will be exploring the area of the small archipelago of Riung. Here you can explore these coral islands that offers pristine beaches and amazing diving/snorkeling sites. During a short trek around the island, we will have a great view towards Flores as well. After lunch we’ll visit an isolated village on the mainland and learn about the culture and everyday life of its people. There is an interesting cave nearby where at dusk you can see an impressive spectacle of millions of bats taking off for a night hunt. After dinner we will set our sails for Paloe.
This morning you will wake up in another amazing place – the small volcanic island of Paloe. Here is an unreal village built just on the slope of the volcano, as if the smoking crater above was no threat at all, and make a visit to see the traditional way of making ikat – a unique fabric that can be seen only in this region of Indonesia. There is also a pretty interesting system of bamboo pipes constructed by villagers to collect hot water from the top of the mountain. After lunch is served on board the Zen, we spend our lovely afternoon snorkeling and diving in the crystal clear waters of the small and quiet island of Paloe.
After breakfast we disembark the Zen in Rope for a day-long trip to one of the biggest highlights of Indonesia – the famous three colored lakes on top of magnificent Mt. Kelimutu. It will take approximately three hours to drive through the Flores’ interior until we reach a place where we can start climbing the summit. The view from the top of Kelimutu is truly breathtaking – you will not only see the famous lakes but also a panorama of the entire eastern part of Flores. Later on we drive down to the village of Moni to have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we continue our trip to the traditional villages of Golowaru and Sikka, where houses, megalithic monuments and graves are sometimes hundreds of years old. We’ll return back to the Zen in the evening for dinner.
We’ll be spending our time today in Maumere Bay enjoying some diving/snorkeling or fishing. There is a small village on the coast and a mysterious crater to be explored. Alternatively – just grab your book, put your sunglasses on and enjoy your laziness! It’s a holiday after all.
Today we visit a very special place – Lembata Island with the village of the Lamalera where the legendary whale hunters live. There is only one place like this in the world and here you will have the unique opportunity to observe the people of the Lamalera while they hunt for whales. The island dwellers are the perfect hunters using traditional hunting methods and tools that have not changed for generations. It is one of few tribes that are officially allowed to hunt cetaceans, sharks, and mantas. The hunters’ skills are legendary in Indonesia, and a chance to see these people “in action” is an experience that cannot be compared to any other. In confrontation with a whale it is never certain whose life will be taken – the whales or the man who is after it? Lunch boxes and drinks will be served onboard the boat and you will return to your cabins for dinner.
Today we will visit Iliape Village. It’s the perfect place to hide for juvenile fishes that can be seen in huge numbers here. We’ll spend all day beachcombing and snorkeling in this region with its innumerable passages and as the sun sets, we will expierence local dance show.
Today we will reach Pantar Island. Pantar Strait Marine Park is one of the most beautiful in the country and comparable only with that of the Caribbean Sea near Central America. This Marine Park has its own unique characteristics and beauty.This strait is located between Alor and Pantar islands in the Alor Archipelago, East Nusa Tenggara.
In the morning we arrive to Alor . It’s time to say farewell to the Zen’s crew and put your feet back on steady ground. We will transfer you to the airport where you can catch your flight back to Bali or another destination.
Be advised that the itinerary above may be subject to modifications due to weather conditions, delays in processing harbor clearances or changes of scheduled flights. The cruise director or the Zen’s captain may adjust the itinerary in best interest of its passengers as well.