Ombak Putih: Gods and Dragons - 7 days

Individual Private Tour - Tour Details & Information, Tour Code: SI-DPS-FLO

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Begin of Tour Denpasar (Bali) - Padang Bai / Amed - Gili Islands (D)

Gili Air Beach © Michael BuchholzGili Air BeachIn the morning depart for either Padang Bai or Amed, on the southeast or eastern coast of Bali respectively, where the ship will be waiting for you. The will take approximately 1 hour (or 2.5 hours depending on the departure point), and is a great opportunity to see a little bit of the island. After boarding the vessel you will have a chance to settle in before the captain gives the orders for the anchor to be lifted prior to crossing the Lombok Strait. This deep trench of water between Bali and Lombok marks part of a very important ecological boundary, which was first described by the British naturalist Sir Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace noticed that the flora and fauna of the islands to the west are home to Asian animal and plant species, whereas the islands to the east of the invisible "Wallace Line" have a greater similarity to species found in Australia. In the afternoon we will make our first stop at one of the three Gili islands, a popular holiday destination just off Lombok’s northwest coast. The boat will spend a few hours here. You can choose from a number of water activities: swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking or simply enjoying the beautiful white sandy beach.

Day 2: Gili Islands - Moyo (B/L/D)

Ombak Putih Cabin © Sea Trek BaliOmbak Putih CabinA hearty breakfast will be served in the morning. Afterwards start out for a day trip to the mainland of Lombok. Board a private bus for a drive to the traditional village of Senaru. One of the local female guides will take you on a tour to see the simple thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices, which will give you an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. This mellow adventure will then lead down a well-trodden flight of steps through the tropical forest to Sindang Gila, a roaring 40m tiered waterfall. The small gravel beach and flat rocks at the base of the falls are a meeting place for the local people, and if you want you can take a dip under the full force of the intense flow. Continue with a walk alongside an old irrigation canal offering panoramic views of rice fields stretching towards the sea. The area around Senaru and Bayan was the birthplace of Lombok’s unique Wektu Telu belief system in which ancient animist practices are combined with Islam. If possible, visit Bayan Beleq, a grass-roofed mosque with woven bamboo walls. Said to have been founded in the 16th century, this is the oldest mosque in Lombok. Continue the trip with a visit some weavers and spinners demonstrating their age-old skills. After re-embarkation, explore one of the coral reefs near Gili Sulat, which is a marine conservation area.

Day 3: Moyo - Satonda (B/L/D)

Satonda IslandSatonda IslandThis morning the phinisi will moor off Labuan Aji village on the island of Moyo. Visit the village and then walk to Diwu Mba’i waterfall, where you can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water. The next stop will be Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a crater lake in its center. When Mt. Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami in the process, the crater on Satonda was filled with saltwater. The eruption was the biggest volcanic explosion in the collective memory of mankind; it had roughly four times the energy of the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. 1815 is known as the ‘year without a summer’ because of the effect on North American and European weather. Local people believe Satonda to be magical. Keep that in mind when you climb up to the caldera to view the mysterious lake, alongside which are trees believed to be ‘wishing trees.’ Visitors to the island tie a small stone to a tree and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks. The seas surrounding the island are rich with soft and hard corals and colorful tropical fish. You can spend the afternoon swimming and snorkeling. Another highlight of the visit to Satonda will be the sight of thousands of flying foxes that rise at dusk from the island to hunt on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. Immediately after sunset, the boat will leave for an overnight passage on a course due east.

Day 4: Satonda - Banta (B/L/D)

Ombak Putih © Sea Trek BaliOmbak PutihStart today with a visit to Wera, a Buginese settlement on the northeast coast of the island of Sumbawa. The men of the village build wooden boats along the black-sand shores and the women spend days weaving brightly colored ikat. You can see the hand-built boats in various stages of construction. Some of these boats are of colossal size, and it is fascinating to see how they are constructed. Then proceed to the island of Banta, passing Sangean island, an active volcano towering 1800m above the surrounding waters. Banta island lies within the boundaries of the Komodo National Park; it is uninhabited and perfect swimming and snorkeling.

Day 5: Banta - Pink Beach (B/L/D)

Kanawa Island, Komodo National Park © Christopher MisslingKanawa Island, Komodo National ParkThe boat will anchor just off Komodo island in the morning. The Komodo National Park encompasses 80 islands. You will go ashore near the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons. The animals are endemic to the islands of the national park. You will be accompanied by a local ranger at all times. The giant lizards roam free on the small islands. You will encounter them during your hike trough the dry, savannah-like landscape. You may also spot deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms. After returning to the boat continue the trip with a visit to Komodo village, where you can buy some local handicrafts. Later head to the gorgeous Pantai Merah also known as Pink Beach. It takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Relax at the beach or swim in the sea.

Day 6: Pink Beach - Labuhanbajo (B/L/D)

Komodo dragonKomodo dragonGo for a second hike in search of the Komodo Dragons. Start today at the ranger station Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. The ranger will take you along one of the designated trails. Rinca is well-known for its diverse wildlife. You may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes, and deer. From the top of the hills, the scenery is breathtaking. In the afternoon you can go snorkeling. The underwater wold of the national park is rich with over 1,000 documented species of fish. Go ashore in the evening and enjoy a romantic bonfire at the beach. With your feet in the sand and the stars rising in the vast Indonesian sky, the crew will build prepare a beach barbecue as a final celebration of this memorable voyage.

Day 7: Labuhanbajo - End of Tour Labuan Bajo (Flores) (B/L)

After breakfast in Labuan Bajo harbor leave the boat for a short visit to the local market or take a private bus to the inland village of Melo. Here, local “strongmen” will perform a ritual whip-fight called Caci. Two groups of rival players, each armed with rattan shields and whips will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. The men of Western Flores are famous for this test of daring and skill, requiring lightning quick moves to dodge the infliction of a wound. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. The dancers will also perform other traditional dances. Afterwards return to the harbor and have lunch on the boat. Later transfer to the airport for flight back to Bali.

Hotels, Rates & Information

Hotels for this Tour
(Changing the hotels according to your wishes is no problem!)
LocationComfort Hotels
Gili IslandsOmbak Putih
Boat
Cabin
MoyoOmbak Putih
Boat
Cabin
SatondaOmbak Putih
Boat
Cabin
BantaOmbak Putih
Boat
Cabin
Pink BeachOmbak Putih
Boat
Cabin
LabuhanbajoOmbak Putih
Boat
Cabin
Rates
Options Comfort
Rate per person EUR 2.240
USD 2,680
Based on individual private tour, min. 2 travellers in double/twin room
Changing or adapting this tour to match your personal needs, interests and wishes is, as always, possible. Please contact us! Group rates (closed groups only, min. 4 Pax) on request.
Single Supplement On Request

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Information, Services, Remarks
Depart/Arrive:

Denpasar (Bali) / Labuan Bajo (Flores)

Hotel/Airport Transfers:

Transfers are inclusive from and to above mentioned airports and hotels of the immediate area.

Services (included):

Private tour
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned car with driver
Accomodation: DBL room hotels (or similar)
Transfers, Entrance fees as per itinerary
Meal Plan as stated:
6x Breakfast 6x Lunch/Lunchbox 6x Dinner

Not included

Own expenses
Additional services (marked 'optional' above)
Programme not mentioned above
Season Surcharges
Domestic flight between Bali and Flores.

Best Season(s):

April - September

Important Remarks:

Min. 2 Persons. Single traveller rates on request.
Important information for traveler: Outside of highly touristic regions like Bali there is only a limited touristic infrastructure available. Regular flight connections, restaurants and hotels (all classes from simple to high end) are limited. Flight cancellations and delays are quite common. Please don't expect amenities like warm water, air-conditioning and even comfortable beds at all hotels and homestays during the round trip. This applies especially outside of bigger cities.
This round trip includes flights with an indonesian airline. Most indonesian airlines are blacklisted by the EU. Please check the EU Air Safety List.
Tour travels from and to Bali. Please refer to schedule. A domestic flight between Bali and Flores is required. Air fare is not included. Modifications from itinerary are possible.
Schedule 2017
02.06.2017 - 08.06.2017 Flores – Bali
11.06.2017 - 17.06.2017 Bali – Flores
20.06.2017 - 26.06.2017 Flores – Bali
01.07.2017 - 07.07.2017 Bali – Flores
10.07.2017 - 16.07.2017 Flores – Bali
21.07.2017 - 27.07.2017 Bali – Flores
30.07.2017 - 05.08.2017 Flores – Bali
09.08.2017 - 15.08.2017 Bali – Flores
18.08.2017 - 24.08.2017 Flores – Bali
04.09.2017 - 10.09.2017 Bali – Flores
Please pay attention to the Travel Information provided.
When travelling islamic countries there can be interference during the month of Ramadan, other high holidays and fridays.
Volcanism: The Sunda Islands and the Sunda Archipelago are of volcanic orgin and show high volcanic activity. Accrodingly it may be possible that tours, routings and activities (especially those involving or near volcanoes) need to be altered in case of high activity or order by the government.