Day 1: On the first day, embarkation at Benoa Harbor, Bali. The ship will depart around 9:00 AM. After lunch you visit the traditional Bali Aga village of Tenganan (East Bali). At night, you will cross the famous "Wallace Line" on your way to Lombok. The Strait between Bali and Lombok marks an important ecological boundary, first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the British naturalist. He noticed that the flora and fauna of the islands to the west are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands to the east of that “line” have a greater similarity to species found in Australia.
Day 2: On day two we will stop at Lombok Harbour on the Eastern shore of the island to visit a traditional pottery center, several small villages and to witness a traditional dance performance.
Day 3: On day three you’ll set foot on to the little known island of Satonda with its stunning Crater Lake and beautiful coral gardens. Located just a couple of miles off the north-west coast of Sumbawa, Satonda is what remained of an extinct volcano of which the caldera was filled with water when nearby Mount Tambora erupted in 1815. This was the biggest volcanic eruption in the collective memory of mankind, much larger than Krakatoa.
With an estimated volume of 160 cubic kilometers of rocks and ash ejected from the volcano the following year became known as the "year without a summer" because of the effect on North American and European weather. A highlight of our visit to Satonda is the sight of many thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. Immediately after sunset, Ombak Putih leaves for an overnight passage on a course due east.
Day 4: On day four in Bima on the island Sumbawa you visit the local market and a village where the inhabitants will demonstrate some traditional dances. Most famous is the ‘adu kepala’ or the ritual head-to-head combat.
Day 5: On day five, very early in the morning we will anchor off Komodo Island for the first of two days in the National Park. We will go ashore at the rangers’ station in Loh Liang in search of the world famous Komodo dragons. In the afternoon we go to one of the beaches nearby for some spectacular snorkeling. The National Park is world-known for its teeming underwater world. The plankton-rich seas around Komodo support amazing reefs and a range of large marine life, including whales and dolphins.
Day 6: On day six, we will visit the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. This dry and rugged island is well-known for its diverse wildlife. Apart from Komodo dragons, we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer. From the top of the hills, the scenery is spectacular. In the evening our crew will prepare an evening beach barbecue and we will enjoy a star studded night sky.
Day 7: After a last early morning swim we enter the harbor of Labuhanbajo in West Flores in the course of the morning and around noon we fly back to Bali.
Participants should be aware that itinerary and program of our sea voyages occasionally may have to be modified, due to factors beyond our control: unfavorable weather conditions, delay in processing harbor clearances, modified schedules of domestic flights. The cruise director and captain of the vessel will adjust the program accordingly in the best interest of all. Please note that the domestic flights are not included.
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