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Great Creatures - Orangutans and Komodo Dragons of Indonesia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Indonesia  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Rainforest  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3000 US Dollar (USD)

This amazing expedition will take us to see both the legendary Komodo Dragon and the awesome Orangutan of Borneo. In doing so we will be visiting two of Indonesia’s remotest regions, the islands of Nusa Tengarra and the jungles of Kalimantan.

We first fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo, on the western tip of Flores. Once in Flores, we will transfer directly to our converted fishing boat and set sail for Rinca island. Hopefully this will be the place we site our first 3m long 150 kg Komodo Dragon.

Over the next 3 days we will visit uninhabited islands, snorkel pristine reefs and either camp on deserted beaches or sleep on deck. We will visit the famed Komodo Island and end the first half of our journey in our eco-lodge back in Labuan Bajo.

The following morning we will fly to Pangkalabun in Kalimantan where we will transfer to our hotel and have a look around town. The next day we will head off to the small town of Kumai and hop aboard our river boat or klotok for the rivers and jungles of the Tanjung Puting National Park.

The Tanjung Puting National Park is home to a host of both wild and semi-wild Orangutans (one of mans' closest relatives). It is home to a unique eco-system and unique species such as the proboscis monkey and the false gavial crocodile.

We will visit orphanages where captive Orangutans are reintroduced into the jungle and witness the work of the Camp Leakey Foundation and FNPF. Both organizations are helping the Orangutan survive and both are helped by donations derived from your participation on this expedition.

Our Klotok has a shower and sit down toilet and our sleeping quarters are on mattresses on deck, surrounded by mosquito nets. After a few days in the jungle we will head back to Pangkalabun for an overnight stay then onto Surabaya and finally Bali.

This combined expedition will introduce you to two of the world’s most amazing creatures and take you to two quite distinct environments. The pace is slow and easy, but the sense of adventure and discovery is high.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly Bali to Labuan Bajo. Board boat for Bibadari Island - Kalong Island
Sail to Bibadari Island for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach – sail to Rinca Island to see the Komodo dragon and other island wild life – sail to Kalong Island.

Day 2: Kalong Island - Red Beach - Komodo Island
After breakfast sail from Kalong Island to Red Beach for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. Lunch aboard the boat then sail on to Komodo Island to see the flying fox. Stay overnight at Komodo Island aboard the boat.

Day 3: Komodo Island - Manta alley - Kanawa Island
After breakfast walk around Komodo Island with ranger to see the Komodo dragon, visitor’s center, orchids and other wildlife. Leave Komodo Island and travel to Manta alley. Sail on to Kanawa Island for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing then back to the boat for dinner.

Day 4: Kanawa Island – Sabolo Island – Labuan Bajo
After breakfast, more snorkeling, relaxing or exploring before leaving for Sabolo Island for lunch, relaxing, swimming and exploring. After Sabolo Island, sail back to Labuan Bajo for dinner and over night stay.

Day 5: Labuan Bajo – Departure for Surabaya, Java
Free program to explore Labuan Bajo until transfer to Airport for your flight to Surabaya. Transfer to hotel and time to explore city.

Day 6: Surabaya to Pangkalanbun
Transfer to Surabaya airport for the flight to Pangkalanbun on Kalimantan. Transfer from airport to the hotel in Pangkalanbun, settle into room and then off for a motor canoe trip up the river to experience the local lifestyle. Transfer back to hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 7: Pangkalanbun – Kumai – Seikonyer River – Tanjung Harapan - Pondok Tanggui
After breakfast transfer to the small town of Kumai where you will board your boat, called a Klotok, and meet your crew. Once boarded the crew will start the trip up to Tanjung Harapan village for a short tour and a chance to buy traditional crafts from the local Dayak people. Leave Tanjung Harapan village for the first chance to meet Orangutan at the Tanjung Harapan rehabilitation camp.

After meeting staff from the camp and seeing Orangutan being prepared for eventual release we set off up the Seikonyer River and into the Leaky River to see Proboscis monkeys, Macaques, crocodiles, lizards and numerous bird species, including the magnificent Horn Bill. The night will be spent aboard your Klotok, sleeping on a bed set up by your crew with a mosquito net up on the top deck.

Day 8: Pondok Tanggui – Camp Leaky – Croc Lake
After waking to the sounds of the jungle animals you will trek to see the morning viewing area where you can see orphaned Orangutan and maybe even some semi- wild Orangutan. After the morning feeding your Klotok sails further up the Leaky River towards camp Leaky where you will have a chance to visit the information center to learn about the Orangutan as well as the other animals and plants of the Tanjung Putting National Park.

From the visitors center you will be led by a local Ranger and your guide on a trek through the Jungle around camp Leaky. Here you will have a chance to see some of the diverse range of wildlife that inhabits the area. It is possible to sometime see Kosasih, the King Orangutan; he is about fifty years old and weighs over 100 kilograms. After the trek you will go back to the boat for Lunch and a rest. After lunch you will be led to a remote rainforest feeding station for the afternoon feeding. You will leave camp Leakey in the late afternoon to Croc Lake where we will spend the night.

Day 9: Croc Lake - Camp leakey or Pondok Tanggui - Pangkalanbun Hotel
It’s your last day in the jungle of Borneo, before we return to Kumai then the hotel in Pangkalanbun, you have an opportunity to do one last trek through the jungle around camp Leaky or you may like to re-visit one of the other places on your return trip to Kumai, Which one will depend on what you decide? Once back in Kumai you will be transferred back to the hotel in Pangkalanbun.

Day 10: Pangkalanbun Hotel – Surabaya
Wake early for your transfer to the airport for your journey back to Surabaya. Time is your own in Surabaya.

Day 11: Surabaya-Bali. End of expedition.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:

- All internal flights
- Hotel Accommodation in Labuan Bajo (1 night), Pangkalabun (2 nights) and Surabaya (2 night)
- All boat costs in Flores and Kalimantan
- All meals in Kalimantan
- All meals on the boat component of the Komodo Dragon portion
- Cooks
- All domestic flights to and from Bali
- All transfers in each destination
- Meet and greet in Bali
- National park fees
- Professional guide to meet clients and for transfers and all parts of tour
- Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
- All meals including tea, coffee and drinking water (3 liters of drinking water per client per day)
- Ice chest including ice on board the boat (Komodo only)
- Substantial donation to organizations protecting these Great Creatures.