You will be picked up at Lombok airport and transferred to the Sekotong region, in the southwest of the island, to embark on our traditional wooden schooner, the Cahaya Mandiri! After the visit of the boat, the first briefing and the introduction of the crew members, you will finally enjoy a relaxing evening on the water.
GILI NANGGU & MEKAKI BAY
The day starts with a quick sail to the paradisiacal island of Gili Nanggu where we will have a peaceful morning punctuate by snorkeling and sunbathing. After lunch, we will jump in a pick-up truck to go meet the gold prospectors located in the magical landscapes of this region. A priceless encounter! Later in the afternoon, we will swim in turquoise water in the wild bay of Mekaki. And it is under the stars, on a desert island disconnected from everything that we will spend the evening in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere enjoying a tasty BBQ prepared by the crew.
GILI MENO – MOUNT RINJANI – SUGIAN
We will go snorkeling in the translucent waters of Gili Meno, where it is very common to come across a large number of sea turtles, before to land in Lombok. We will take a local bus to reach the slopes of the famous Rinjani volcano and go for a 2 hours walk in the middle of the rain forest punctuate by a refreshing swim in some wonderful waterfalls. In the afternoon we will drive to the village of Sugian, in the northeast of Lombok, where the boat will be waiting for us.
Day 4 & 5
GILI SULAT & MOYO ISLAND
We will spend an entire day snorkeling in the waters of Gili Sulat and visiting the mangrove that grows around this small island. On the 5th day, we will explore Moyo Island and its beautiful waterfalls before to set sail on a small coral island ideal for snorkeling.
WERA VILLAGE & BANTA ISLAND
The morning will be dedicated to the visit of Wera, a carpenters’ village where boats are still built in the traditional way. We will then sail to Banta and spend the rest of the day enjoying this magnificent island characteristic of the Komodo archipelago with its arid hills falling on idyllic beaches. If we are lucky, we will see manta rays while snorkeling in our little bay. The day will end with a stunning sunset on the beach facing the active Sangean Api volcano!
SABOLAN ISLAND – SERAYA BESAR VILLAGE
We will spend the morning at Sabolan, a small island not far from Seraya Besar, doing snorkeling in crystal-clear waters above a magnificent preserved reef where we might come across black-tip sharks or eagle rays! In the afternoon, we will visit the small fishing village of Seraya Besar and discover a community of Bajo (called gypsies of the seas) living above the water.
RINCA & PADAR
Early morning, we will arrive to Loh Buaya Bay on Rinca Island where a local ranger will take us on a hike of approximately 1 hour to go meet the famous & fascinating “Komodo dragons”! During this walk, we might also come across wild deer and buffaloes living in the area.
Back on board, we will set sail to Padar, the third-biggest island of the Park which looks like a “Pirate’s Island” with its atypical vertical landscapes. We will go snorkeling in its pristine waters and, if the currents allow it, we will moor in a large bay and disembark to reach one of the most beautiful pink sand beaches of the archipelago.
PADAR – KOMODO – PANTAI MERAH
We will start the day admiring the sunrise at Padar viewpoint (we disembark in the bay and walk approximately 30 minutes to a belvedere offering a beautiful view over the various bays of the island). We will then head toward Komodo Island, stopping for a snorkeling session in a secret bay along the way. In the afternoon we will reach Pantai Merah: another very beautiful pink sand beach which offers exceptional snorkeling! Depending on the conditions, the sunset will be enjoyed from a small vantage point or from the boat.
We will spend the morning in Karang Makassar reef, also called Manta Point, trying to meet those majestic rays who come here to be cleaned by tropical fishes. It is also a great opportunity to meet small reef sharks (black tip and white tip, harmless). We will then navigate to Gili Lawah where we will spend the night.
Day 11 & 12
GILI LAWAH & LABUAN BAJO
On the second-to-last day, we will go snorkeling at dawn in a channel which has a rich marine life: the strong currents in this area make it a privileged place for reef sharks, barracudas and other carnivorous fish. After this amazing underwater excursion, we will explore Gili Lawah and enjoy an enchanting sunset from the top of one of its hills.
On the last morning, we will disembark at Labuan Bajo and organize your transfer to the airport or to your hotel.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.