Across the Flores Sea 8N/9D
KENDARI - LABUAN BAJO
We propose the following itinerary which adheres to our ‘slow travel’ philosophy. This itinerary is highly recommended but can be modified to suit your taste and needs.
Visit three National parks in a single trip.
Explore the remote islands and the atoll of Flores sea.
Enjoy world-class beaches and snorkeling.
Encounter the fascinating “Bajo” people and their way of life.
Day by Day
This itinerary should only be used as a guideline and may change according to weather conditions and also the sweet surprises and not-to-be-missed events that we may discover along the way.
Learn more about the 'Nomad experience' on this page.
Upon arrival at Kendari Airport, we will transfer to the harbor where we embark on our vessel, the BUGIS. While sailing, our cruise director will provide a briefing to familiarize you with the vessel and our safety procedures. In the late afternoon we will meet the local community of Saponda island.
Wake up to the breathtaking vista of Wangi Wangi Island in the morning. Our day begins with a visit to Bajo Mola, the original Bajo village on Wangi Wangi Island, established 65 years ago. Join our crew as we embark on a shopping adventure to the local market to gather fresh produce. Following an exciting snorkeling session near the boat and exploring this beautiful region.
We will drop the anchor early morning at the southern tip of Hoga island, nearby Kaledupa Island. Fringed by mangrove forest and beaches shaded by coconut trees, those islands have a lot to offer for the two days we’ll spend there. A visit to a Bajo village entirely built on stilts above the sea is a must. In the past these `sea gypsies` were more nomadic, living on their boats. Today they live more sedentariously in houses on stilts but they still rely.
With its high cliffs towering over a heavenly beach lined with coconut trees, Batuata is definitely one of the most scenic island of the region. After setting foot ashore, we pay respect to the local Chief, ask for permission to go around and see the island. We visit the local school, hear the children singing the latest local hits. This is truly a remote place, far away from other islands and you will definitely enjoy the remoteness of it.
We spend the day exploring the many islands of the Taka Bonerate National Park, some inhabited, most empty. There will be plenty of beach combing, snorkeling, zodiac exploration in lagoon, visits villages with hordes of children in tow, meeting the locals and listen to their stories.
After a night of navigation, we arrive at Bonerate island, in the middle of the Flores Sea. We visit the main village: sandy streets, traditional houses built on stilts and elegant Lambo boats being built on the beach. Midday, we cross the narrow strait to the eastern tip of Kalao island and anchor along a spectacular beach. Snorkeling on a nearby reef, hike to the nearby village. Late afternoon we will sail to the the north coast of Flores.
After this journey, we will reach Sabolan Island in the late morning, right at the entrance of Komodo National Park. We'll have a great time swimming and snorkeling on a beautiful sandy beach. After lunch, we'll sail to Sebayor Island for a nice walk and enjoy the sunset with a view of the park.
Today we will start by an early trek Rinca Island, to see the famous “Komodo dragon”. After the hike and the visit of the museum, we will go back to the boat, have a swim along a nice beach and sail to Karang Makassar to explore, a superb reef surrounded by a lovely beach where Manta ray and turtles can often be spotted.
You will wake up along a charming little island just 30 min away from the harbor. There, you can unwind on a delightful beach and explore the vibrant marine life after that, we say farewell to the crew and we will transfer you to the airport with a great memory to keep.
Pricing & Inclusions
We apply a simple pricing structure. However, the inclusions and exclusions of each itinerary may vary. Please see the 'Inclusions and Exclusions' below.
Shared Trip (2024): $400/person/night + additional distance fee if applicable
Private Charters (2024): $3000/ 8 persons/night + additional distance fee if applicable
Accommodation in a shared double bed cabin
All meals, snacks soft and hot drinks
Land excursions during the trip
Use of paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear and other amenities onboard
Airport transfers from/to the closest airport
Harbor and park fees 200/person/trip
Transfer from hotel
Onboard or Local Purchases
Passenger Surcharge (+75% from the trip cost)
Crew and Cruise Director gratuities (Tips on board recommended 5% to 10% of published rates)