FULL 7 DAY ITINERARY
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. One of Everything To Sea’s group leaders will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. You’ll have time to explore the town, or perhaps enjoy an afternoon at the pool in one of our recommended hotels. 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 crew, you’ll explore our large all-wooden ship known as “Pinisi”. 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: Sea Turtles/ 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 with Sea Turtles. 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: Rinca Island
After an early morning start we’ll arrive at Loh Baru. Safely guided by local rangers, we will explore the Flora and Fauna of Rinca Island. Walking through the natural habitat of water buffalos, blue kingfishers and Komodo dragons is a true experience for every outdoorsman.
After a delicious and colorful lunch from our chef, we’ll slowly sail along the impressive south coast of Rinca Island. It’s one of the most isolated areas on our trip, and the perfect spot to enjoy with new friends. Alternatively, you can chill out and browse through a book from our library – or take advantage of our body hair shaving, or enjoy a complimentary massage. It’s your experience, so do whatever you’d like. Just before the sun sets on the horizon, we’ll arrive at Padar Island to land on the beach for sundowners.
Day 4: Padar Island/ Komodo Dragons
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.
After a lax morning and snorkel in the crystal clear waters at Long Beach, we’ll set sail for Komodo Island. Guided by national park rangers, we will hike through the dragons’ 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.
Day 5: Pink Beach and Manta Point
Wake up early, if you like, and catch the stunning sunrise in the morning. Later, we’ll head out 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.
Back on the boat we’ll cruise to 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. In the evening we’ll enjoy a personal favorite of the Everything To Sea founders – a dinner on the beach under a star-filled sky.
Day 6: Sebayur/ Labuan Bajo
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. This is perfectly displayed on our last snorkeling spot – home for hundreds of different fish species, and is nothing short of astounding!
In the afternoon we’ll slowly cruise back to Labuan Bajo to give our sea legs a break. Let us show you our favorite spots in town. Paradise Bar – the best place to kick back and enjoy the sunset, followed by a celebration dinner in the town’s most delicious restaurant. Afterwards we’ll transfer you to one of our excellent hotels.
Day 7: Labuan Bajo / Goodbye
After breakfast, it’ll be time to say goodbye to new friends – but we’ll have spectacular memories of our time here together. Our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight out or perhaps to your hotel, if you decide to stay on.