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Overview

Encounter giant lizards, snorkel around coral reefs and capture tropical sunsets on a three-day cruise. Board Plataran Felicia, a traditional phinisi schooner, and cruise around the Komodo Islands. Go ashore to see exotic wildlife then dive underwater to discover a marine world filled with colourful fish, rays and turtles.

Trip Highlights

Leisurely Cruising Komodo (SIC)

Trek Komodo and Rinca Islands

Join a park ranger for a wildlife trek to see Komodo Dragons, deer, wild boar and numerous bird species.

Snorkel at Manta Point

Explore Indonesia’s exotic marine world while snorkelling at Manta Point, seeing coral reefs, manta rays, turtles, cuttlefish and more.

Sail through the Komodos in style

Spend two nights sleeping on a traditional phinsi, enjoying sunset cocktails on the deck and local meals served on board.

Itinerary

1

Waecicu – Rinca Island – Kalong Island

Labuan Bajo Airport – Harbour (3 km): 10 minutes Approx sailing time to Rinca: Approx. sailing time to Kalong:

Take a morning flight to Labuan Bajo, the city at the most western tip of Flores. A local guide and car will meet and transfer the guests to the harbour.

Recommended flights (Not included and quoted separately– Tariffs and schedule subject to change without prior notice): Garuda Indonesia from Denpasar (Bali) to Labuan Bajo GA7026, departing at 07:30 and arriving at 09:05.

The beautiful Phinisi schooner Plataran Felicia waits at the private jetty near Labuan Bajo. The journey starts with a sail over the blue ocean to Rinca Island, which is part of the Komodo National Park. Relax on board for the next three hours until arrival on the island with its famous inhabitants, the Komodo Dragons. The trek starts at the ranger station near the jetty in a small lagoon, and guided by experienced rangers the trek will lead to the unique lizards, which are most of the time relaxing hidden being branches or under the local people’s stilt-houses. After the trek, the cruise continues to Kalong Island where the Plataran Felicia will be mooring for the night. Kalong is known for its mangrove forest and the “house of thousand bats”.

All meals will be served on the boat.

Overnight onboard the boat.

2

Komodo Island – Pink Beach – Manta Point

Early in the morning the boat will set-off for Komodo Island. After breakfast another trek awaits, and despite both islands being part of Komodo National Park, both Rinca Island and Komodo Island offer different landscape features. Besides the dragons, on Komodo also other animals can frequently be observed, such as deer, wild boar and numerous of birds. A local ranger will lead you through this nature reserve.

Continue for a relaxed session of snorkeling and some relaxation at the world heritage Pink Beach (Pantai Merah). The beach has its color from small red coral fragments that mix with the white sand.

Lunch is served on board.

In the afternoon proceed to Manta Point. Manta Point (called Karang Makassar locally) is a spot where manta rays can often be encountered. It's a popular dive site for this reason and snorkeling is on the program once again this afternoon if you’d like to see the rays, huge marine creatures that can grow up to 4 meters in width. They are endangered, and efforts are made to protect them from illegal fishing practices. Although seeing manta rays can’t be guaranteed, Manta Point offers excellent snorkeling experience. Reefs are lying from only 2 meters to 9 meters depth. Turtles, eagle rays, giant trevallies, huge clams, various kind of sponges, and cuttle-fish are frequenting the reef on regular basis.

Back on board enjoy a drink for sunset. Dinner is served on board slowly sailing to Siaba for overnight stay. Overnight onboard the boat.

3

Kanawa – Sabolon Island - Labuan Bajo

In the morning after breakfast you can enjoy snorkeling safari starting at Kanawa Island which is a beautiful small island with amazing corals. Afterward the Phinisi boat will bring you to another beautiful snorkeling around the Komodo sea at Sabolon Island. Sabolon islands is one of the best snorkeling islands in Indonesia, its located on the north part of Labuan Bajo. The islands itself is uninhabited; no one lives there but goats. The island has a small beach but the underwater world is spectacular.

Continue the sail to Labuan Bajo for farewell and disembarkation at around noon. Transfer to the airport for onward travel or possible extensions in Labuan Bajo.

Recommended flights (Not included and quoted separately– Tariffs and schedule subject to change without prior notice): Garuda Indonesia from Labuan Bajo to Denpasar (Bali) GA7027, departing at 16:00 and arriving at 17:30.

Important Information

  • Return airport transfer from Labuan Bajo airport
  • Accommodation on board 3 days / 2 nights on SIT-IN-CHOACH Cruise (boat shared with other passengers) in private cabin
  • All meals including water and soft drink
  • National Park entrance fee
  • taxes
  • Visa arrangements.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • International and domestic departure tax.
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees at Komodo National Park.
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc.).
  • Travel insurance.  
  • Crew and tour lead, gratuities
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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