indonesia komodo island dragon

A Snorkeling, Wildlife, and Cultural Expedition with Andrea Duggan

Overview

Sail with us from Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site renowned for its rich marine biodiversity in Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands, to the Alor Archipelago, an undisturbed realm of white-sand beaches and mountainous landscapes. We’ve created an exclusive itinerary that explores the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions of these stunning islands in Indonesia’s spectacular Pacific Ring of Fire. On board the Katharina, a classic Indonesian schooner that takes just 12 guests, we’ll awake to volcanic peaks jutting dramatically from the sea, seek out the famed Komodo dragon in the wild, snorkel in kaleidoscopic underwater seascapes specially chosen for their marine life, and explore ancient villages and their traditional crafts. Relaxing evenings will perfectly complement our active days as we enjoy the ship's exceptional level of service, fabulous onboard presentations, and tropical sunsets dipping below the horizon.

Itinerary at a Glance

*Please Note: The July 9-July 20, 2020 and July 17-July 28, 2021 departures are in reverse order. See Detailed Itinerary for more information.

Days 1-2
Komodo National Park, Indonesia / Dragons of Rinca Island

We fly to Flores Island and visit a small village for a traditional caci performance. Our first snorkel of the trip is among the rich marine life and coral gardens off Flores Island, and we savor cocktails at sunset while fruit bats dramatically disperse from Kalong Island. On Day 2, we head out in search of the legendary Komodo dragons on Rinca Island and spend the afternoon snorkeling with sea turtles.

Days 3-5
Komodo Island / Manta Rays / Riung Conservation Area / Cape of Flowers

Komodo Island is not only famous for being home to the largest lizards in the world, but also for its abundance of unique marine life. We’ll search for the dragons on Komodo's rugged terrain, swim with giant manta rays, hike to the top of Gilli Lawa Darat for panoramic views and sunset, and island hop in Riung Conservation Area, a pristine realm of more than 20 islands.

Days 6-8
Cape of Flowers / Larantuka Textiles / Solor Strait / Lembata

The Bunga Peninsula is known for its incredible snorkeling and colorful coral gardens—we’ll look for the best spots to drop anchor and dive in. We witness sea-faring life and textile-making in Larantuka, sail through the stunning Solor Strait, and awake to the smoking Ile Api volcano for a day of island and underwater exploration on Lembata.

Days 9-12
Bubu Fishing Traps / Pantar / Ancient Village / Depart

On Pulau Buaya, we visit the small village where traditional bamboo fishing traps—bubu—are used and made. We explore Pantar Island with its rugged, volcanic terrain, remote beaches, and traditional island cultures. On Ternate Island we stroll the streets of an ancient Muslim village, and on Alor we are serenaded with song and dance during our Farewell Dinner celebration. On Day 12, we witness a colorful lego-lego dance in the morning and depart to the airport for our flight home in the afternoon.

Reverse Itinerary In-Brief

Days 1-2: Traditional Dance on Kalabahi / Alor Island
Days 3-5: Ancient village of Ternate / Pantar Island / Lembata Island
Days 6-8: Larantuka Textiles / Cape of Flowers / Riung Conservation Area
Days 9-12: Komodo National Park / Manta Rays / Sea Turtles & Fruit Bats

Note: Please be aware that this itinerary is designed to be flexible. Although we will visit all the places listed on the itinerary, we rarely follow the schedule as described exactly because of weather, tides, and other factors. Come prepared to be flexible!

Highlights

Highlights

Experience Komodo National Park’s unsurpassed marine biodiversity
See Komodo dragons, up to 10 feet long and weighing 150 pounds!
Travel aboard our elegant 130-foot, 12-passenger sailing vessel with two sun decks and a large outdoor dining area
Snorkel in some of the most pristine waters with sea turtles, giant manta rays, and colorful reef fish
Enjoy the comfort and high standard of service of a one-to-one crew to guest ratio on board

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $7795  
Arrive: Bali, Indonesia
Depart: Bali, Indonesia
Lodging: 11 nights aboard a 12-passenger yacht
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Snorkeling, hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking