This exciting voyage will take us along the eastern seaboard of Sulawesi, and across the Flores Sea to the Komodo National Park, where we will encounter the fearsome Komodo dragons in their natural island habitat. Cruising from the North Sulawesi city of Gorontalo and heading south to Labuan Bajo in Flores, we will explore the many islands and atolls of this spectacular region. With the opportunity to engage in a whole host of activities, which include visiting remote villages and meeting hospitable local people, snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs, trekking, possible encounters with whale sharks and manta rays, endemic birds and colonies of nesting seabirds, rare endemic fish, and Komodo dragons.
Safari covers Gorontalo, Togian Islands, Banggai, Wakatobi and Komodo
Around 1pm, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Gorontalo Harbour where our beautiful boat, The Katharina, will be waiting.
If there are no whale sharks, we will instead visit the Portuguese-built Fort Otanaha. After dinner we will depart on an overnight crossing to the Togian Islands.
At dawn there will be a special ceremony as we cross the Equator before reaching the volcanic island of Una-Una. Later, we will do an easy trek within the surroundings of Binaguna village.
Snorkeling at Tanjung Kalama, and then we cross over to Pulau Togian. In the afternoon we visit Danau (Lake) Mariona, to snorkel. The rest of the afternoon will be spend at nearby paradisiacal spots such as Karina Bay for snorkeling and other kinds of water sports.
In the evening we move to nearby Pulau Malenge.
We will set out as dawn for a trekking and bird-watching excursion on Pulau Malenge. Mid morning, we will take the dinghies to go snorkelling.
In the afternoon we can visit a sea gypsy village on the south side of Pulau Talatakoh. We will visit a sea gypsy village and climb a hill on Pulau Papan, east of Pulau Malenge; there is good snorkeling nearby.
We will cruise overnight to Banggai Island.
In the morning we will tour the village of Banggai . In the afternoon, we will have ample time for water sport activities near Tanjung Mosongan.
In the late afternoon we will cruise to the Sulawesi mainland to the Morowali National Park.
At dawn we will have the opportunity for some trekking through the Morowali National Park. Later, we will set off on an overnight cruise to Pulau Padei in the Manui Archipelago.
In the morning we can enjoy some splendid snorkelling in front of Pulau Padei Kecil. After this, we will visit the well-organised sea-gypsy village of Samarengga on Pulau Padei Besar.
Departing for the beautiful Wakatobi National Marine Park.
Arriving at Wangi-Wangi, the main island of Wakatobi, we will tour around the island, visiting the capital Wanci. Later we will cruise to Pulau Hoga, were we can experience some superb snorkelling in the afternoon.
In the evening we will head further south to Pulau Tomia.
We will start the day with snorkelling at the Wakatobi Resort House Reef of Pulau Tomia, later cruising to Binongko Island to visit a village famous for its blacksmiths.
After lunch we will depart on an overnight passage to the distant island of Kakabia.
Early in the morning we will arrive at Kakabia, and the Katharina will circle this bird island, allowing us the opportunity to watch thousands of sea birds. During the rest of the day we will spend our time on the beach, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and seabird watching. In the late afternoon, we will commence our overnight crossing to the Bonerate Archipelago.
In the morning, we will visit the neat village of Lambego on Pulau Kalao. Afterwards there will be fabulous snorkelling in front of this village. In the afternoon we can visit Pulau Tertera, on the north-east side of Bonerate, for either snorkelling or bird watching
We will go ashore on Rinca Island for a ranger-led nature trek in search of the fearsome Komodo dragons. After returning to the boat, we will cruise to the gorgeous Pantai Merah ‘red-beach. Here we will swim and snorkel. Later we will cruise to Karang Makassar (Manta Point) to search for, and hopefully snorkel with, the giant manta rays. We will then cruise to Kalong Island.
After this, the crew will build a bonfire and prepare a beach barbecue as a final celebration of our memorable voyage.
We will wake up off the white sand beaches of Bidadari Island have breakfast and then head off for a very short cruise to Labuan Bajo. At about 9am we will leave the boat for a trip to the village of Melo.
We will have lunch on the boat before transferring you to the airport for your flight back to Bali.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.