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Bajau "Sea Nomads" & Banggai Archipelago Ultimate 11D/10N





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Explore the secluded Banggai archipelago, explore untouched islands and villages, meet Indonesia's sea gypsies and jungle-dwellers, and have the best time of your life with this adventure-packed itinerary.


  • The warm hospitality of the Bajau communities

  • Discover the Wana tribe

  • Explore untouched islands & villages

  • Lunch and dinner barbecues on empty white sandy beaches

  • Exceptional snorkeling on remote and pristine reefs. 

  • Give back and help protect the environment

  • Highly recommended for photographers

 Day by Day 

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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 Luwuk airport, transfer to the  harbor where we board our boat, the BUGIS. While  we sail, your cruise director gives you a general  briefing to familiarize you with the vessel and our  safety procedures. Late afternoon, we make a  swim stop in a lovely bay, if time permits. We’ll  weigh anchor during the night to sail along the  coast.


Our first day in the archipelago will take us in the  area of the second marine protected area that we  support. We will be snorkeling along a nice island  and going on a Zodiac expedition in the  crystal-clear waters of the surrounding lagoon. We  shall set foot on shores for a walk in the village


As the early morning sun graces the horizon, we will  arrive to on a tiny island fringed by pure white-sand  beaches and turquoise waters in the middle of the  Banggai Archipelago atoll. Snorkeling and swimming  and barbecue on some remote beaches.


At day break, we sail to nearby Burung island. After a  visit to the local village, the highlight of the day will be  some snorkeling inside the lagoon where mangrove  trees grow in crystal clear waters with spectacular  reefs growing within the mangrove trees. This is called  the “blue” mangrove, where juvenile fish can be seen in  all their kaleidoscopic colors. In the afternoon, we  explore rarely visited nearby islands where we indulge  in the spirit of adventure that defines our slow cruises.  Spend a night on anchor place.

DAY 5 & 6

We reach Bokan, a group of islands separated by  lagoons; we’ll start the day with a session of snorkeling.  Then we visit the local village to experience the daily  lives of these sea people.Those 2 days we’ll explore the  many islets, coves and passages doting the southern  coast of the island, stopping here and there for some  snorkelling or beach combing in various coastal areas, in  particular some reefs where we can see the endemic Banggai cardinal


This will be a day of exploration with visits of “Bajo”  villages where you can expect to be the center of  attraction for this is a place rarely visited by  foreigners. Early morning, if the conditions allow, will  be on Toropot island, to visit one the biggest Bajau  village on the region. The community live mainly from  the octopus’s trade and seagrass. Here we go ashore  into the interior and visit a traditional village where we  will see the fisherman trading their catch of the day.  Night at anchor


After re-embarkation we continue our journey to the next island to relax and enjoy the long white sandy beaches of  the island of Telapo. We may go swimming, snorkelling  and zodiac rides along the coast. Snorkeling and visit a  village on the beachfront.  Snorkeling and swimming on some remote beaches In  the afternoon, we explore another traditional village.


It is in the northeastern part of Banggai Island that we discover the most stunning beaches of the archipelago. While we may not have the chance to explore them all, we will certainly make a stop to arrange a barbecue beneath  the shade of a tree that graces the edge of the fine sandy shoreline.

DAY 10

Early morning, we will hike through the local village  and surroundings, passing through cloves  plantations. We will also visit the Tampotika marine  conservation area to which our foundation is  associated; we will meet the staff who will take us  around and explain their conservation work in  detail. We’ll have time for some snorkeling on the  best reefs of the area. We set sail in the night in the  direction of Luwuk, our final destination.

DAY 11

Back in the harbor of Luwuk on the Sulawesi mainland.  After breakfast, we say farewell to the captain and  crew and transfer you to the airport for the return flight  to Bali or to any other destination.










 Pricing & Inclusions 

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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, yoga mat, snorkeling gear, surf board, fishing gear and other amenities onboard 

  • Airport transfers from/to the closest airport


  • Harbor and park fees 200/person/trip

  • Alcoholic Beverage

  • Travel Insurance

  • 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)



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