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Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes

8 Days
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US$ 3,198

This adventurous, eight-day inclusive voyage of discovery aboard the 24-passenger Ombak Putih or the 12-passenger Katharina offers a cross-section of remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, tribal rituals, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo Dragons.

This 8-day cruise through the magical islands of Indonesia invites you to immerse yourself in a wide variety of cultures, and walk in the lands of the world’s last true dragons. It can be taken in either direction.

If you’re departing from Labuan Bajo, you’re right at the doorstep of Komodo National Park. You’ll have the chance to snorkel or swim before spending the night on land, then meeting your sailing ship for your 7-night voyage. Your first stop is the village of Meio, known for its traditional ‘whip fights’ before visiting the famed ‘sea gypsies of Kukusan.

On to Rinca Island, and a ranger-led trek in search of Komodo dragons. Besides the famous reptiles, Rinca’s beautiful landscape is blessed with deer, monkeys, and buffalo, along with over 1000 species of fish. You’ll then have a chance to go snorkelling on Siaba Island. The following day, drop anchor off Komodo Island and go ashore for another dragon trek, Again, the wildlife – including birdlife – is plentiful. In the afternoon, the Makassar Reef impresses with its snorkelling, potentially in the shadow of majestic manta rays.

If you’re feeling energetic, you’ll have the chance to scale the 1,800-metre high volcano of Banta Island. But there’s a beautiful white sand beach if you’d rather just drop and flop. You’ll also meet the locals and learn about the island’s ambitious boat building project. On the island of Satonda, see the coral gardens and sunken crater lake, formed at the site of the largest volcanic eruption in human history. Spend the rest of your day visiting local villages, learning about local folklore and exploring the tranquil pools and waterfalls of Satonda.

A visit to Lombok Island takes you to the village of Senaru, where your guide takes you on a tour with focus on the indigenous Sasak people and a visit to the 40-metre-high Sindang Gila waterfall. Learn about the ancient Wektu Telu animist religion, which has uniquely blended with elements of Islam, before visiting the oldest mosque in Lombok.

A final dinner with the crew under the stars brings your Indonesian adventure to a memorable close before disembarking in Bali, the sole Hindu dominated island in Indonesia. Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali may tempt you to stay longer with its idyllic beaches, abundant cultural activities, and friendly people.


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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,198

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Day 1

Arrive Labuan Bajo

After flying from Bali in the early afternoon, you will be transported to a beachside resort just outside of the port town of Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park. You will have the afternoon free to relax and unwind with a swim or a snorkel, or even a walk around the town. It's also an opportunity for those unfamiliar with snorkelling to have a lesson with our tour leader. In the evening, we will enjoy sunset drinks on the beach before dinner with your fellow guests as you get better acquainted for the voyage ahead.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night

Bintang Flores Hotel

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    Bintang Flores Hotel

    The Bintang Flores Hotel is a four-star hotel situated in Labuan Bajo, Flores. Located amid spacious grounds fronting a private beach, the hotel is both a destination in its own right and a convenient staging area for visits to nearby Komodo Island and world-class dive ...

    The Bintang Flores Hotel is a four-star hotel situated in Labuan Bajo, Flores. Located amid spacious grounds fronting a private beach, the hotel is both a destination in its own right and a convenient staging area for visits to nearby Komodo Island and world-class dive sites along the coast of Flores. The property is located in Labuan Bajo, a harbor at the western most point of the island of Flores and situated on a private beach two kilometres from the harbour and three kilometres from the airport.


    • Bar(s)
    • Dive Center
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities

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Day 2

Village of Melo

After breakfast at the resort, at about 9am we will leave the resort for a trip to the village of Melo. Here, local'strongmen' will perform the 'Caci,' a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. The men of Western Flores are famous for this test of daring and skill, requiring lightning quick moves to dodge the infliction of a wound. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. Besides this, the cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances. After our visit to Melo we will return to Labuan Bajo where you will get your first glimpse of your splendid pinisi boat. We will have plenty of time to settle in and get acquainted with the crew and fellow passengers as we cruise to the island of Kelor. Once there, we can enjoy a swim or a snorkel, kayak, or have a little bit of fun on a paddleboard. We will also have the option of visiting the adjacent island of Kukusan where we will meet a settlement of ‘sea-gypsies,’ the Bajao people who build their homes on stilts over the sea. At around sunset we will be able to witness the departure of thousands of flying foxes departing their roosts to feed, and later that evening we will cruise to Komodo dragon country.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights


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    Led by Captain Iwan and operated by a crew of 12, the 38-metre Katharina sits low in the water, making her a most beautiful looking boat. Built in 1995 in Kalimantan, her slim hull was originally planned for use as a commercial freighter before she ...

    Led by Captain Iwan and operated by a crew of 12, the 38-metre Katharina sits low in the water, making her a most beautiful looking boat. Built in 1995 in Kalimantan, her slim hull was originally planned for use as a commercial freighter before she caught our eye with her simple lines and sleek structure. After her 2014 interior refit, her transformation is a conservation exercise back to authenticity of a mighty seafaring tradition. Not only is the Katharina very elegant on the water, she is also fast becoming a classic yacht, as very few of these original designs remain. Accommodating just 12 guests in six cabins, with a salon & bar, two sun decks, and an outdoor dining area, she offers a more intimate experience.


    • Bar
    • Outdoor Dining
    • Salon
    • Sundeck

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Day 3

Rinca Island

Today we will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island where we will have a ranger-led nature trek in search of Komodo dragons, which are indigenous to this small group of islands. Rinca is also well known for its diverse wildlife, so we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. From the top of the hills along the walks, the scenery is breathtaking. In the afternoon, we can go snorkelling in the rich waters of Siaba Island and then later we will head to the gorgeous Pantai Merah 'red-beach,' which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here we will swim and snorkel, relishing the unforgettable spectacle of the region's many varieties of coral and marine life. With over 1000 species of fish in the waters of the national park, there is much more to this wildlife reserve than just dragons.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Komodo National Park

When we wake up, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. We will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning rangerled trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons. In this savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape, we will encounter, at a safe distance, these awe-inspiring, giant lizards - Indonesia's living dinosaurs. We may spot deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids, and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms. During lunch, we will head to Makassar Reef, where we will look for manta rays, and if we are lucky enough to spot them we will go snorkelling with these gentle giants. We will then head to Gili Lawa Darat for some snorkelling and a hill climb to watch a magical sunset, then will get our toes in the sand for a beach barbeque. With a raging bonfire, great food, dancing and the crew singing and playing guitars, this celebration under the stars is a quintessential SeaTrek experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Banta Island

We will wake up off the coast of Banta Island with its pinkish-white sand beach. We will go ashore and enjoy a morning of swimming, snorkelling and hill climbing for the fit. After lunch on the boat, we will then proceed to Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 1,800 metres above sea level. We will go ashore to a small and very simple village, which, because of the active nature of the volcano, is only inhabited for short periods during the year when the local people come to tend their crops and small herds of buffaloes. Luckily for us, the local community of boatbuilders on the mainland has started construction of a brand new and very large pinisi boat on the beach at Sangean village. We will have the opportunity to see the process that built both the Ombak Putin and Katharina in action; truly an impressive sight and a marvel of engineering. We will snorkel on both a nearby reef and maybe a location on the north of the island where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals, a most interesting sight. At sunset we will head for Satonda Island.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Island of Satonda

Today we reach the strange and mystical volcanic island of Satonda with its beautiful coral gardens along the coastline. Satonda has a sunken crater lake in its centre that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater. The eruption was the biggest volcanic explosion in the collective memory of mankind; it had roughly four times the energy of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and gave rise to the 'year without a summer' because of the effect on North American and European weather. Local people believe Satonda to be magical, and with this in mind, we will walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake, alongside which are trees believed to be 'wishing trees.' Visitors to the island tie a small stone to a tree and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks. From Satonda we will cruise to the island of Moyo where we will moor off Labuan Aji village and walk to Diwu Mba'i waterfall. Here, we can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water. Returning to the sea, we will find time for snorkelling on the reef, and later relax under the stars aboard the Ombak Putih as we will continue our westward voyage to Lombok.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Lombok Island

Moored off the coast of North Lombok, we will have breakfast and then go ashore and then head off by bus or car into the interior of the northern side of the island to the traditional village of Senaru. Here, we will be taken on a tour, by one of the local women-guides, of the simple thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices, which will give us an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. Our mellow adventure will then lead us down a welltrodden flight of steps through the tropical forest to Sindang Gila, a roaring 40-metre tiered waterfall. The small gravel beach and flat rocks at the base of the falls are a meeting place for the local people, and if we want we can take a dip under the full force of the intense flow. Our walk will continue alongside an old irrigation canal offering panoramic vistas of rice fields stretching towards the sea. The area around Senaru and Bayan was the birthplace of Lombok's unique Wektu Telu belief system in which ancient animist practices are combined with Islam. If we have time, we will visit Bayan Beleq, a grass-roofed mosque with woven bamboo walls. Said to have been founded in the 16th century, this is the oldest mosque in Lombok. We may also see some weavers and spinners demonstrating their age-old skills. After lunch we will snorkel on nearby Gili Sulat before heading of in the direction of Bali. Tonight, under s starry sky we will have a last night party with the crew on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Bali

We will wake up off the coast of east Bali under the majestic gaze of Mt Agung, Bali's mother mountain. Here we will go for a final snorkel and swim before heading south along the coast to our disembarkation point of Amuk Bay. Here we say farewell to our crew and will join a bus for the 90-minute trip back to south Bali.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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From Komodo Island: Mar 25*; Apr 2, 13*, 20; May 15; Jun 2, 20; Jul 8, 26; Aug 13
From Bali: Apr 3*, 11, 22*; May 6, , 24*, 25; Jun 11, 29; Jul 17; Aug 4, 22
* These departures are operated by the Ombak Putih


  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner daily
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • Use of bath and beach towels
  • Use of snorkeling gear and sea canoes or other recreational equipment
  • Services of English speaking tour guide
  • Transfer to and from the ship to airport (excluding Bali, only to and from pick up point)


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

13 Aug 2019
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