Immerse yourself in the Komodo National Park and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, cruising through a panorama of islands and encountering new wonders on a daily basis. This adventurous, 8-days inclusive voyage of discovery aboard the 14-passengers 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.
Safari covers Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo and Flores
You will arrive in the afternoon at the beach resort in the delightful and quiet, East Bali coastal village of Amed. In the evening, enjoy sunset drinks in the seaside bar, before having dinner with your fellow guests to get better acquainted for the voyage ahead.
We will wake in the morning at the resort, have a leisurely breakfast and maybe an early morning swim or snorkel before being transported to the boat. After we board the vessel we will be crossing the Lombok Strait. In the afternoon, we will make our first stop at one of the three Gili islands. Activities of the day : swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking, or simply enjoying the beautiful white-sand beach.
Moored off the coast of North Lombok, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast before going ashore and boarding a private bus for a trip into the interior of the northern side of the island and the traditional village of Senaru. After getting back to the boat and having lunch, we will explore one of the coral reefs near Gili Sulat, which is a marine conservation area.
This morning we will moor off Labuan Aji village on the island of Moyo, visit the village and then walk to Diwu Mba’i waterfall. Our next stop will be Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island. The seas surrounding the island are rich with soft and hard corals and colourful tropical fish, so we will spend the afternoon swimming and snorkelling. Immediately after sunset, we leave for an overnight passage on a course due east.
We will wake up off the coast of Pulau Sangean. We will then snorkel on both a nearby reef and a location on the north of the island where volcanic gases escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals. We will then proceed to the island of Banta and its pure white sand beach, for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and hill climbing for the fit. Later that evening we proceed on to Komodo dragon country.
This morning, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island. We will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for a trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons. After returning to the onboard we will cruise around the coast and visit Komodo village. Later, we will head to Makassar Reef, where we will look for manta rays. We will then head to Gili Lawa Darat for some more snorkelling and a hill climb to watch a magical sunset.
Today we will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island in search for more Komodo dragons. Rinca is also well known for its diverse wildlife, so we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. That evening we will go ashore to an uninhabited island and get our toes in the sand for a final night’s beach barbeque.
At about 9am we will leave the boat for a trip to the village of Melo. The cultural group will showcase traditional dances. After the performance, we will have lunch on the boat before transferring you to the Labuan Bajo airport for your flight back to Bali.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.