- 6-night cruise on a traditional all-wooden Pinisi boat
- Tropical climate and diverse nature
- Remote islands
- Snorkeling in the area with the largest marine biodiversity on Earth
- Clothing-optional environment
- Three meals served daily onboard with a revolving Juice-of-the-Day
- Free-flow alcohol, massages, body shaving services, more
Pre-Trip: Labuan Bajo
One day before the ship sails, you’ll fly into the airport of Labuan Bajo (LBJ) on the island of Flores. We’ll meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. You’ll have time to explore the town, and perhaps try one of the authentic Italian restaurants like “Made in Italy”. If you’re looking for more of a local option, be sure not to miss the local fish market.
Day 1: Rangko Cave
In the morning of our departure, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the harbor. After a refreshing welcome juice and an introduction to our five-man crew, you’ll explore our large all-wooden ship known as “Pinisi”. Made completely without nails in the traditional Bugis style, Pinisi are crafted on the southern part of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Their design has remained unchanged for over 1500 years, and in 2017, UNESCO designated these ships as an art of “Intangible Cultural Heritage.”
Our captain and crew will set sail to our first destination, Rangko Cave. Swim, marvel at the sunlight bouncing off the water, or just enjoy a quiet moment as you take in the stalagmite and stalactite-filled tropical wonderland. En route to our night anchorage, we’ll snorkel at Pulau Burung, a small but stunning island with turquoise blue water and a white sand beach.
Day 2: Kalong/ Flying Foxes
Amongst literally thousands of islands – Indonesia’s archipelago boasts nearly 17,000 pieces of land surrounded by water – many are uninhabited, and many are small. Pulau Siaba, Kelor, and Manjarite are a few of them – and they’re on today’s itinerary. This is the perfect place to enjoy swimming and snorkeling in tranquil waters. If you haven’t snorkeled before, it’s no problem… just let one of our staff take your hand. Later in the day we’ll anchor at Pulau Kalong Rinca, to watch thousands of flying foxes head out into the sunset. There’s nothing quite like seeing the largest bats on Earth, while enjoying a drink from our ship’s bar.
Day 3: Loh Baru/ Komodo Dragons
After an early morning start we’ll arrive at the ranger station of Loh Baru, where we will see the famous Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat. These other-worldly beings are truly amazing. And they’re endemic to the islands of Komodo, which were declared a World Heritage Site about thirty years ago. Easily the largest lizard on earth, Komodo Dragons can grow up to 10 feet. No one knows exactly why, yet almost everyone agrees: there’s nothing on the planet quite like them.
After a delicious and colorful lunch from our cook, we’ll enter a more isolated area – a perfect spot to shed your clothes with new friends. Alternatively, you can chill out and browse through a book from our library – or help the crew to sail the ship. It’s your experience, so do whatever you’d like.
Day 4: Pulau Padar/ Pink Beach
Green mountains surrounded by three turquoise bays? Sure, it sounds lovely. But Padar Island has a surreal quality, due to the different colored sand in each one of its bays – one’s white, one’s black, and one’s pink. To see ‘em, we’ll go early, while the sun’s still low. A thirty minute hike up, and you’re in one of the most picturesque places on the planet. Yep – guaranteed.
Back on the boat, we’ll set sail to one of ten red beaches on the entire planet. The pink-red color comes from foraminifera, single-celled organisms. Funny that most people don’t know them; they’ve been on earth for the last 540 million years. It’s the shells of these guys, that churn up on only a few select beaches in the world. And it’s a very small number of guys on the planet who can actually see them. Join the club.
Day 5: Gili Lawa/ Manta Point
The first stop today will be Manta Point, where the waters of two oceans meet to create a perfect underwater climate for Manta Rays. With a bit of luck we’ll be able to go snorkeling with these calm, gliding giants. From there our ship will head towards the far north of the national park. You’ll see craggy rocks, sensuous hills, and mountains – all surrounded by a mix of seas. The sparkling sun reflects off them, and wildlife appears at the strangest times (think flying fish, flying foxes, and bright blue kingfishers – flying fast from the trees). As striking as it is wild, the land – and the sea – and the air – and the light all combine to create a spectacular landscape. At the end of the day we’ll make a thirty minute hike to the top of the small island known as Gili Lawa, for a stunning sunset.
Day 6: Pulau Tatawa Besar/ Coral Triangle
Indonesian islands form an intricate coastline that’s the fourth longest in the world. Being so extensive, it’s characterized by coral reefs, deposits from volcanoes, and rich marine biodiversity. The islands we visit make up the driest climate in the country. The combination of effects create a rare form of beach: relatively dry, surrounded with endemic plants and cliffs that create visual privacy. We will visit Tatawa Besar and Pulau Sebayur where you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming. Perhaps this is when you’ll choose to take advantage of our body hair shaving, or enjoy a complimentary massage.
Day 7: Labuan Bajo
After Breakfast we’ll arrive around 11:00 am in Labuan Bajo. It’ll be time to say goodbye to new friends – but we’ll have spectacular memories of our time here together.