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Bajau "Sea Nomads" & Banggai Islands_9D





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

Note that this itinerary is highly recommended but can be modified to suit your taste and preferences.


  • The warm hospitality of the Bajau communities

  • Lunch and dinner barbecues on empty white sandy  beaches

  • Exceptional snorkeling on remote and pristine reefs.

  • 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 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.


In the morning, we'll set sail for Pulau Tiga, a cluster of three  islets home to Bajau communities. Once there, we'll go  ashore to visit the local school and village. Afterward, we'll  enjoy snorkeling around the beautiful reef. During lunch, our  journey will continue to Sambori Island, also known as "Little  Raja 4." We'll spend the afternoon exploring numerous bays  and coves using our Zodiac boat, followed by a refreshing  swim


This day, we'll make a stop at Bungintende, a small island  boasting white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Here,  we'll have the opportunity to meet the Bajau community,  known for their octopus-catching expertise. Following this,  we will snorkel around a nice reef. Later, we'll head to a  beautiful beach for a relaxing swim.


After getting back on board, we'll keep sailing to the next island,  where we'll meet the Bugis and Bajau communities on the island of  Nal and learn about how they connect with each other. We will also  have the chance to go snorkeling on a beautiful reef. In the  afternoon, we'll set sail for another island to enjoy a beautiful beach  and more snorkeling.


At day break, 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.


In the morning, we'll reach a small island surrounded by  beautiful white-sand beaches and turquoise waters in the  Banggai Archipelago atoll. Our day will be filled with  snorkeling, swimming, and a barbecue on the lovely beach.  In the afternoon, we'll take a short sail to a tiny island to  meet a small community called Bajau who live there. We'll  enjoy a bonfire with them on the beach as the sun sets


This day promises exciting exploration with visits to "Bajo"  villages, where you'll likely be the center of attention as it's a  place rarely visited by foreigners. In the early morning,  weather permitting, we'll be on Toropot Island to explore two  picturesque Bajau villages. These communities primarily  sustain themselves through the octopus trade and seagrass.  The highlight of the day will be snorkeling near the  mangroves, offering a chance to spot the endemic "Banggai  cardinal fish." We'll also go ashore and visit a traditional  village in the interior, witnessing fishermen trading their daily  catch.


In the northeastern part of Banggai Island, we'll find the  most breathtaking beaches in the archipelago. Though we  might not get to explore all of them, we'll definitely make a  stop under the shade of a tree along the fine sandy  shoreline. Here, we can enjoy snorkeling around the superb  reef. Additionally, we'll embark on a Zodiac raid to meet the  local fishermen. As the sun sets, we'll raise the anchor and  head to our final destination, Luwuk.


We will arrive at the harbour of Luwuk early morning. After  breakfast we say farewell to the crew and we will be  transferred to the airport for the return flight to Bali.










 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, snorkeling gear and other amenities onboard 

  • Snorkeling gear

  • Airport transfers from/to the closest airport


  • Port and park fees: $200/pers

  • Alcoholic Beverage

  • Travel Insurance

  • Transfer from hotel

  • Onboard or local purchases

  • Single Surcharge 75% from the trip rate

  • Crew and Cruise Director gratuities (Tips  on board recommended 5% to 10% of  published rates)



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