"Ombak Putih" Cruise
Flores - Komodo - Bali
A combination of adventure, culture, beaches and fauna,
including the Jurassic Dragons of Komodo!
€1,400 per person sharing a double or twin cabin in low season
€1,595 per person in July and August
On day 1 embarkation in Labuhanbajo on the Western tip of Flores. After a few hours of
sailing we will make our first stop at the small island of Mesa where we visit a settlement of
the Bajau people. These 'sea gypsies’ live in houses on stilts over the water. Originally from
Sulawesi and formerly fully nomadic, living on their boats, nowadays the Bajau often occupy
more permanent settlements.
On day 2 you will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island for a first possible
encounter with the famous Komodo dragons. This dry and rugged island is well-known for its
diverse wildlife. Apart from dragons, we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer. From the
top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular. In the afternoon we go to one of the beaches
nearby for some excellent snorkeling and in the evening our crew will prepare an evening
beach barbecue and enjoy a star studded night sky.
On day 3 you will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang on the island that has given the
Komodo dragon as well as the National Park its name. Accompanied by a ranger, we will hike
for about 2 hours on this dry island that is covered by steppe and forest. The ranger shows us
the dens and nests of the dragons and we learn a lot about this mysterious creature.
On day 4 you will wake up in the little harbor of Bima on the island of Sumbawa where you will
visit the local market and a village in the nearby highlands where the inhabitants will
demonstrate some traditional dances. Most famous is the ‘adu kepala’ : the ritual head-tohead
On day 5 we set foot on land at the little known island of Satonda with its stunning crater lake
and beautiful coral gardens. Located just a couple of miles off the north-west coast of
Sumbawa, Satonda is what remained of an extinct volcano of which the caldera was filled with
water when nearby Mount Tambora erupted in 1815. It was the biggest volcanic eruption in
the collective memory of mankind, much larger than Krakatoa. With an estimated volume of
160 cubic kilometers of rocks and ash ejected from the volcano the following year became
known as the "year without a summer" because of the effect on North American and European
weather. A highlight of our visit to Satonda is the sight of many thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next
day. Immediately after sunset, Ombak Putih leaves on a course due West.
On day 6 we will anchor off East Lombok and go ashore to visit a traditional pottery center,
several small villages and to witness a traditional dance performance.
On day 7 your last day aboard the Ombak Putih starts with a relaxing morning on a deserted
beach at Gili Nanggu (just off the coast of South Lombok). We will leave around lunch time for
the four hour sail back to Bali.
Participants should be aware that itinerary and program of our sea voyages occasionally may have to be modified,
due to factors beyond our control: unfavorable weather conditions, delay in processing harbour clearances, modified schedules of domestic flights. The cruise director and captain of the Vessel will adjust the program accordingly in the best interest of all. Please note that the domestic flights are not included.
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