Bajau "Sea Nomads" & Banggai Archipelago Ultimate 11D/10N
LUWUK - LUWUK
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
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.
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.
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
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 (2023): $400/person/night + additional distance fee if applicable
Private Charters (2023): $2700/ 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
Port and park fees: $200/pers/trip
Transfer from hotel
Onboard or local purchases
Crew and Cruise Director gratuities (Tips on board recommended 5% to 10% of published rates)