In short: No, the islands are not closed… only one island will be closed. And yes, it’s definitely possible to see the dragons in the wild on our trips.
Perhaps you’ve read news about this in recent months. It’s been determined that the population of Varanus komodoensis, the largest species of lizards on the planet, is dwindling. In order to replenish the population of Komodo dragons, a proposal was put forth to close all of Komodo National Park (comprised of 172 islands). However, that didn’t pass; instead, the government is closing only Komodo Island – one of the largest islands – for one year.
Komodo dragons exist nowhere else in the world, and are of great interest to scientists studying evolution. They’re the last representative of a relic population of large lizards that once lived across Indonesia and Australia. The population amongst the Park’s volcanic islands is estimated at around 3,700 individuals. There’s another 2,000 dragons living on the island of Flores, which is not considered part of the Park. Larger specific populations in the National Park islands are as follows: Komodo Island (1,700), Rinca Island (1,300), Gili Motang Island (100), Gili Dasami Island (100). In our case, because we’re always looking to get away from the spots other travelers typically visit, we had never intended to stop at Komodo Island. Instead, we worked with our captain to choose a secluded and more natural spot to see them, and it’s located on Rinca Island.
Flores is in the country of Indonesia, a sprawling nation comprised of over 17,000 islands. You’ve probably heard of some – like Bali, Sumatra, and Java. The island of Flores is 700 kilometers from Bali.
Of course, that depends upon where your travel is originating. A range of reasonable flight times (including time in transit) is listed below, for flights into Bali or Jakarta:
Western Europe, 15 – 18 hours
USA, 21 – 27 hours
East Asia, 2 – 5 hours
Australia, 3 – 6 hours
• From Bali, Labuan Bajo is an additional 45 minute plane ride to the east.• From Jakarta, Labuan Bajo is an additional 2.5 hour plane ride.• Airport codes: Bali “DPS”; Jakarta “CGK”; Labuan Bajo “LBJ”.
• There are many ways to fly into the country of Indonesia, for example through islands like Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, or Bali. We recommend Bali for several reasons: it’s very proficient in handling travelers arriving from all over the world, it’s got great proximity to the island of Flores, and it has several daily flight departures between the two islands. Moreover, a lot of guys like to spend some time in Bali, too – see “CAN I EXTEND MY TRIP?” under the Booking FAQs. A roundtrip flight from Bali to Flores is fairly cheap.
A decent alternative would be to fly into Jakarta, on the island of Java. Sometimes airfare prices are significantly lower to Jakarta than Bali. And a roundtrip flight from Jakarta to Flores is not much more than from Bali.
Airport codes: Bali “DPS”; Jakarta “CGK”; Labuan Bajo “LBJ”.
• One day before the ship sails, you’ll fly into the airport of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores. We’ll meet you in the airport and bring you to your hotel.
• The next day, we’ll pick you up from your hotel, early in the morning. Because of this, all travelers must come in the day before our departure, and stay in a Labuan Bajo hotel. Recommendations for accommodations are sent in our pre-departure materials.
• At noon. We will be at port by noon on Day 7. This is deliberate so that we will have a relaxed morning together, but with enough time for your onward travel – whether that means you’ll be going over land or air.• Flights out of Labuan Bajo (LBJ) usually make departures until 6pm on any given day. From the harbor to the airport by car typically takes 10 minutes. It’s a small, efficient airport. We recommend you’re there 45-60 minutes before your flight.
• We offer a mix of local dishes and Western meals. Local dishes are mostly noodle and rice-based, with fresh vegetables and meat or fish. It’s a good opportunity to try new foods and new flavors – think coconut milk, tofu and tempe, peanut sauces, and even hot chilis, if you desire. Western foods are European or American-based. Our cook is skilled at changing menus so that there’s variety for your taste buds. We provide three meals a day, and there’s always enough food for everyone. Plus, you should expect fresh Juice-of-the-Day, and island fruits available, all the time. And of course – coffee, tea, and water. Forget about junk food: imagine eating healthy, delicious, fresh food, for the entire time you’re on the boat!
• Don’t forget that we also include alcoholic drinks, so you may enjoy beer, wine, or cocktails as you like.
• While we can’t cater to specific diets, should you have certain food preferences or needs, we’re happy to try and accommodate such.
Not much. We’ve aimed to make things all-inclusive on the boat, so that while you’re free of clothes, you’re also free of costs.
• You’ll come in one day before the ship sails. Most hotels in town will range from US$40 – $90 for the night.
• If you want to pick up a souvenir (like a carved Komodo dragon sculpture), or buy various sundries in the town of Labuan Bajo on your first night pre-sail, you should budget for that. Most people would have a hard time spending more than $30 or $40 for such, but obviously there are more expensive works of art that can be had, too.
• The only other thing to anticipate as a cost is tips – but only if you desire to give any to the crew. Suggested range of tips that a person could give for the whole crew – $50 – $90.
Bring comfortable shoes for walking or trekking, if you’d like to explore any of the islands on foot. Waterproof sunscreen. A hat, and sunglasses, if you like. And a swimsuit for when we’re near others – although we’ll have baskets on the ship with sarongs to grab, for a quick cover-up, should another boat pass by. Payment on the islands is mostly on a cash basis – so make sure you bring enough cash in Rupiah – the local currency (See HOW MUCH MONEY WILL I NEED ON THE TRIP, in FAQ section above.) Overall, pack lightly – you won’t be needing many changes of clothes! Either soft or hard luggage is fine.
• Yes, you’ll get your own bed – unless you’re traveling with another guy and want to share it with him.
• Rooms are shared amongst guys, with either two or three men to a cabin.
• Some cabins on The StandardPlus Boat have double beds and single beds in the same room. In that case, the double bed can be reserved, for an additional fee.
• If you prefer to have privacy as a single traveler, you may book a private room.
• Private room and Reserved bed costs are shown on Boat Overviews, and also on our Booking page.
In olden days, the bathroom on a ship was called the Head, because it was all the way in the front. You’d be sitting outside, literally next to the figurehead, and you’d relieve yourself directly into the sea. In that case, well… Everyone Could See.
The facilities on our ships are quite different. All cabins have private bathrooms equipped with toilets, sinks, and hot water showers.
The bathrooms on The Deluxe Boat are one notch up – more sumptuous, if you will – with stone sinks, larger spaces, and beautiful woodwork.
• Cell reception varies like on any body of water. Overall, the country has a very strong telecommunications network. You may want to arrange an international calling plan that best suits your needs, with your cell phone provider before you leave. Alternatively, you can buy a SIM card in Indonesia (they’re cheap and easy to obtain), and use a local number for calls.
• The boat is equipped with Wifi. Although internet access can occasionally go down in this part of the world, it usually comes back up rather quickly. Having said that, there is one particularly isolated spot on our trips where we will lose reception for about a day.
Online reservations are available 24/7. Simply go to the right side of the menu bar and click the Book Now button. Follow the prompts, and you’ll be “on board.”
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If you feel this sounds like a great experience, we strongly recommend you book soon, since space on each departure is limited to twelve men. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll do all we can to help your future be naked!_________________
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Definitely. We can suggest a few add-on experiences that are our personal favorites:• Spend time in Bali, either before or after the sailing trip. Length and activities can be tailored to your desire. People commonly spend anywhere from a few days to three weeks on the Island of the Gods. Activities can include yoga, surfing, visiting the LGBT neighborhood known as Seminyak, learning about the arts and culture, or delving into the spiritual elements offered on the island.
• Scuba diving excursions are available from the islands of Flores, Lombok, or Bali. We can help arrange various lengths and locales, so please talk to us about these.
• We can arrange a local LGBT-friendly guide and/or driver for you.
For most people, the answer to this is simple: just a valid passport and a valid return airline ticket. But read these details, please:
• When coming into the country, Immigration will grant you a free visa, good for a 30-day stay. Most travelers are eligible for an additional 30-day stay, by requesting a “Visa on Arrival” while still in the airport. Although this option exists for nearly 90% of the countries in the world, there are a few countries with which Indonesia restricts travel, and so a visa arranged beforehand would then be necessary. Because of that, you’ll want to confirm your specific situation with a visa agent or embassy in your home country, beforehand.
• When on the plane, a flight attendant will give you a customs form to fill out, which you’ll turn in as you exit the airport on arrival. It will ask you to list an address for where you’ll be staying, and you should list the hotel you’ll be in on your first night.
Cancellation requests must be sent via email, to hello@EverythingToSea.com. The date of your email determines the cancellation fee:
$200 deposit is non-refundable.
181 days or more before departure: 100% of trip cost returned, minus $200 deposit.121-180 days before departure: 60% of trip cost returned, minus $200 deposit.61-120 days before departure: 30% of trip cost returned, minus $200 deposit.60 days or less before departure: 0% of trip cost returned.
Before canceling a trip, you may want to consider changing your departure date. See “HOW CAN I CHANGE MY DEPARTURE DATE?” in the BOOKING section of these FAQs.
Change of departure requests must be sent via email, to hello@EverythingToSea.com. The date of your email determines the change of departure fee:
You can change your dates up until 181 days before departure for no additional fee.Changing dates 61-180 days before departure will result in a +$400 administrative fee.Changing dates 60 days or less before departure will result in a +$800 administrative fee.
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Men. All kinds of men.
We welcome men of all ages… men of all orientations: gay, straight, bisexual, questioning… men of all shapes and sizes… and men of all nationalities. We welcome men who are nudists, as well as men who like to keep their clothes on. We welcome men who like to look at naked bodies, and men who like to be looked at.
This is an experience of men coming together in camaraderie, to be on a boat cruising around islands in the buff (and at times, clothed, too) – to experience a greater sense of freedom than what they normally encounter in everyday life.We know that guys from every decade have something to contribute, to form an amazing voyage. From muscles and flesh and eye-candy, to knowledge and experience and depth, to humor and positive attitude, it’s our firm belief that every man is interesting on some level. Indeed, different backgrounds and life experiences are what makes each of our trips unique, and we hope that everyone – from recent college graduates to grandfathers – will join us for these memorable experiences.
No. The trips on The StandardPlus Boat are clothing-optional trips. Trips on The Deluxe Boat are either clothing-optional or clothed (two different departures are offered).
Regarding clothing-optional: We know that no matter how “free” a man is, we all have room for growth: any one of us can experience an even greater sense of freedom. That can be in our minds, or with our bodies, and yes, even with our clothes. If that means, for you, just having an extra button opened on your shirt, then do that – it’s a valid step. Perhaps for another guy, it’s about feeling free enough to go shirtless – or showing off that speedo. And for some guys, it’ll mean being completely naked, feeling most comfortable that way. We’re all about personal freedom, without any pressure to do what others are doing.
Although we want men to experience nudity as they like, we also aim to respect the local culture. Should another boat come within our proximity, or should we approach a jetty, we ask that all guys cover up – with either shorts, a swimsuit, or a sarong.
The short answer is: “Yes”. We know that being naked with your partner or someone you’ve just met can be exciting and erotic. And that sometimes leads to a desire to do more than talk.
Remember, though, that our native crew are working on the ship. They have jobs to do – and that doesn’t include sex work. Also, occasionally we might pass another boat. We aim to respect the local culture, which much like your own culture, doesn’t show sexual activity in public. For these reasons, we ask you to be discreet and use your cabins for play, during the day.
Our boat is constructed with two upper decks. At night, they create a cozy environment to let men do “what men do” when they’re naked together. Moreover, if any cabin ends up being free of guests, we’ll turn it into a sort of “lounge” for guys.
Fun? Sure. Discreet? Sure. Bottom line? We want you to enjoy yourself as much as possible, while respecting others.
No. Sex between consenting adults (18 years of age) of the same sex or gender is not criminalized in the Indonesian Penal Code.
There are two regional exceptions in this vast island nation (it spans 5,120 kilometers from the island of Sumatra to the island of New Guinea). In the province of Aceh, in the northwest tip of Sumatra, same sex behavior is criminalized for Muslim men. There are also penalties for same sex behavior in Palembang, South Sumatra.
As a result, many Sumatran gay men leave their families and move 4,000 kilometers east, to the island of Bali (Flores and the other islands we visit – mostly uninhabited – are even further still.) We’re 45 minutes east of Bali – and a world away from Sumatra.
It’s interesting to note that there are some LGBT people in the national media, and Indonesia’s government – a relatively moderate and tolerant Muslim nation – has allowed a discreet LGBT community to exist. In recent years, the LGBT community in Indonesia has steadily become more visible, organizing public events and being politically active.
Actually, we don’t expect you to do anything. If you want to recline in the sun, or chat with the other guys, or keep your eyes peeled for Komodo dragons or flying fish or other wildlife – that’s totally up to you. Many guys won’t be at all interested in sailing, and that’s fine. Bottom line: it’s your own unique adventure; we want you to choose whatever you want to do. However, if you are interested in sailing, our crew will be happy to integrate you in the ways of anchoring, tying a knot, hoisting the sails, or anything else nautical.
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