Luwuk-Kendari - Bajau "Sea Nomad" & Banggai Archipelago
OCT - NOV
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
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, 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 make a stop at a charming beach. As night falls, we will weigh anchor to continue our journey along the picturesque coast.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will arrive at the harbour of Kendari early morning. After breakfast we say farewell to the crew and we will be transferred to the airport for the guest depart.
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
Port and park fees: $200/pers
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)