Komodo National Park Cruise

       

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OMBAK PUTIH LEISURE EXPEDITION

GIORNO 1 - -

Embarkation in Labuhanbajo (LBJ), West Flores. After a few hours of sailing we reach our first destination, the uninhabited island of Sabolon. Here we spend our first afternoon beachcombing and snorkeling followed by a quiet evening and a night at anchor under the stars.

GIORNO 2 - -

After a refreshing morning dip in the sea we hoist the anchor around nine o’ clock and after a short sail our first stop of the day will be at the small island of Mesa where we visit a settlement of the Bajau, the ‘Sea Gypsies’ who live in houses on wooden stilts that are often underwater during the high tide. Originally from Sulawesi and formerly fully nomadic, living on their boats, nowadays the Bajau often occupy more permanent settlements. In the afternoon we move to another deserted beach on nearby Mauan Island in the heart of the National Park.
At the end of the afternoon we move to our night anchorage in Komodo Bay.

GIORNO 3 - -

We go ashore on Komodo Island at the Rangers station in Loh Liang for a trek on the island that gave its name to the Park. We make the trek in the company of some experienced rangers so we can watch the dragons in their natural habitat. The ranger shows us the dens and nests of the dragons and we learn a lot about this mysterious creature. We have lunch while crossing over to nearby Padar Island to another spectacular beach location for more exceptional snorkeling. At the end of the day we move to a protected bay to spend the night at anchor.

GIORNO 4 - -

You will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island for a second opportunity to encounter the dragons. We go trekking through the dry and rugged island of Rinca, which is well-known for its diverse wildlife. So aside from the Komodo dragons, we are likely to spot monkeys, wild buffaloes, deer and horses. From the top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular – you have to see it yourself! After this adventure and a healthy meal on the boat, we go to one of the many beautiful beaches in Komodo N.P. for snorkeling and swimming. The National Park is world-known for its teeming underwater world and colorful coral reefs. The plankton-rich seas around Komodo support amazing reefs and a range of large marine life, including whales and dolphins. After a short sail along the Northern Coast we also pay a visit to Rinca village. Finally we move to Kelor Island where in the evening our crew will prepare an evening beach barbecue and we enjoy a star studded night sky.

GIORNO 5 - -

We sail back to Flores and after a morning excursion to witness an unusual ancient whip fighting dance by the local Manggarai people we then deliver you to the Labuanbajo airport for your return flight to Bali.

GIORNO 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.

GIORNO 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.

GIORNO 8 - -

We go ashore for an early morning trek from the village of Geti. We enter the rainforest to try and spot some of the endemic species of parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets and perhaps even the elusive cuscus or a rare black macaque.

GIORNO 9 - -

In the course of the morning we cross the equator and enter the northern hemisphere. We find ourselves off the island of Kayoa and the captain will look for a good
anchorage nearby to celebrate the event.


GIORNO 10 - -

We reach Tidore, seat of Ternate’s arch-rival since time immemorial, the Sultan of Tidore. We will have a guided tour around the island. We visit the ruins of Portuguese fortresses and stop at clove and coconut plantations. We also visit the local museum in Soa Siu displaying the Sultan’s crown and other royal paraphernalia.

GIORNO 11 - -

We go ashore for a first reconnaissance of Ternate City. We meet the mixed races of the island: Malay, Chinese, Mediterranean, Melanesian, Arab, Indian, settled down one by one since the beginning of the last millennium. See the colonial warehouses at the harbour-site.
Before lunch we start an extensive guided tour around Ternate, including visits of Portuguese and Dutch fortresses (Kayu Merah, Oranye, Toloko, Kastela). We see the giant oldest clove-tree in the world (400 years old) in the shadow of its protective Kenari trees. We visit the beautiful Laguna Lotus pond supposedly inhabited by a royal crocodile, venerated by the local people. We have a picnic in the foothills of the awesome Gamalama volcano. Late afternoon we return to the Katharina to freshen up and get ready for a well-deserved dinner.


GIORNO 12 - -

We visit the ‘Kedaton’, the palace of the Sultan of Ternate. We hope to attend court-dances in the ‘pendopo’ (covered atrium). If we are lucky we may enjoy the presence of the Sultan and his family. We will be drinking tea and listen to a short introduction of the dances and the history of Ternate. We will visit the museum that is attached to the palace and displays numerous gifts from other royal families, ancient holy krisses and the world-famous ‘Mahkota’, the crown with hair of the first Sultan of Ternate that allegedly still is growing. (Following a special request prior to the visit, obligatory ceremonies have been observed). In the evening we have a farewell dinner on board of the sturdy ship that took us across the equator.

GIORNO 13 - -

When we say goodbye to the captain and crew, cars are waiting to take us to the airport for the flight back to Makassar and our onward connection to Denpasar or Jakarta.

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.

-TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Please advise your clients that their passports should be valid for 6 months after the date of entering Indonesia and check whether they can obtain visa on arrival or they would need to apply for one at an Indonesian consulate prior to entering the country. -LIABILITY It is essential that passengers arrange a comprehensive personal and baggage travel insurance to cover any eventuality, including charges arising from any flight cancellations. The Ombak Putih Cruises (PT. Pinisi Duta Bahari) does not accept any liability for matters such as baggage loss or damage, expenses or inconvenience caused by delayed or cancelled transportation services, change of schedule, strikes or other conditions beyond PT. Pinisi Duta Bahari 's control. A copy as proof of our Protection and Indemnity insurance is available on request. -ITINERARIES Sailing itineraries and daily programs are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions, availability of safe anchorage, government regulations and other factors. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned. Program changes may take place during the cruise to take advantage of local cultural events, to adapt to sailing conditions, or in response to other factors. -PASSENGERS The maximum number of guests aboard is 24 for the Ombak Putih. The minimum of guests to guarantee departure is 2 passengers. If any of the cruises are withdrawn prior to sailing date, Kampoentg Kita liability is limited to a refund of monies received at the time of cancellation. -CANCELLATION FEES If your clients have to cancel their cruise, PT. Pinisi Duta Bahari will charge the following cancellation fee: Outside 60 days prior to sailing 25% of the total amount. From 60 days up to 30 days prior to sailing 40% of the total amount. From 30 days up to 7 days prior to sailing 60% of the total amount. From 7 days up to and including one day prior to sailing 80% of total amount Cancellation on or after the day of departure 100%.


Price includes

All rates are quoted in USD per person on a twin share basis. Our fares are inclusive of all meals during the cruise, tea, coffee, mineral water, excursions, towels, use of snorkeling gear and sea canoes, European or multilingual tour guide, transfer to and from the ship in all harbor’s, with the exception of Benoa-Bali.

Not included

Exclusive are domestic airfares, beverages, laundry and crew gratuities, and transfers to and from the ship in Bali.
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