Summary : Experience the remarkable Komodo Dragons, superb beaches, and gorgeous, unspoiled coral reefs of the Komodo Islands. Choose your own adventure aboard the graceful and stylish, classic Indonesian super yacht Dunia Baru, offering exclusive charter experiences in the Komodo Islands. At first sight the mysterious islands of the Komodo archipelago can be intimidating places – but what they really offer is a chance to get away from the craziness of the modern world, and to be immersed in a life of adventure and freedom.
Dappled by a stormy monsoon sky, the islands rise out of the Indonesian sea in great humpbacked ridges that are covered with windblown savannah grasses and spiked with the tousled heads of lontar palms. They rise from waters so rich with marine life that they are known to be among the best places on the planet to dive and snorkel: here, there are more than 1000 types of fish and 260 corals. The best time of year to sail these waters is between April and November and while Dunia Baru has existing itineraries that you can follow, we can put together an itinerary that will suit your interests and the time you have available. From walking with dragons to swimming with manta rays and relaxing on deserted beaches, you are sure to enjoy a holiday that is so much more than you could ever imagine.
Activities : Child-Friendly, Culture, Kayaking, Snorkeling
Upon arrival at the Labuan Bajo airport you will be met by members of the crew, who will bring you to the boat. You are welcome to spend time exploring the quaint village and local market or go aboard right away and cruise to nearby Salayor, where you will anchor for the night. Here you can swim, snorkel, kayak, stroll onshore, or simply luxuriate on one of Dunia Baru's spacious decks.
Sail in the morning to Tatawa, an uninhabited island with a beautiful beach inviting you to be Robinson Crusoe for the day. You can go for a leisurely walk on the beach or venture off further to explore the island. Avid divers will be pleased with the option to dive one or more of the world-class dive locations around the island.
After a short morning sail, you will arrive at Batu Bolong east of Komodo Island for more scuba diving, excellent snorkeling, or just slip into the sea for a refreshing swim. Later in the afternoon you will visit Pantai Merah, the famous 'pink sand' beach, one of only seven in the world. Dine in on board or opt for a romantic beach barbeque.
Today you will have a good chance of seeing a Komodo Dragon, the world's largest lizard – more than 10 feet long – in their natural habitat. Local rangers will guide you during your walk and point out special plants and wild monkeys, flying lizards, and numerous birds. Manta Alley offers exhilarating diving and fishing outside of National park boundaries guarantees the freshest seafood on the dinner table.
Padar is the third largest island in the Komodo Islands park and one of the most charming islands for hiking. Although there are no dragons living here you can spot other wildlife such as wild boar. The island offers the most spectacular vantage points to view the island and take stunning photographs of the sparkling white sand and unusually tinted gray sand beaches. A jet ski tour around the island is quite an adventure.
Amazing underwater creatures can be seen here. Your dive guide will point out weird and wonderful marine life not easily spotted with the untrained eye, like spider crabs, frog fishes, and other almost invisible camouflaged bottom dwellers. A perfect location for snorkeling, jet skiing or kayaking.
Beautiful, deserted beaches just beg to be discovered and provide you private, magical places to sunbathe and have a break between watersports. Guides from the Rinca Ranger station escort you on short or long walks across the savannah-like island. Return to Labuan Bajo and connect with domestic flights back to Bali.
Please Note: This itinerary is just an example. Itineraries are tailor made for each charter in the chosen destination.
This itinerary is an example. The charter vessel itinerary is fully customizable within the designated location. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; snacks; bottled water & refreshments including tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soda; alcoholic beverages per day include unlimited local beer, two bottles of house wine, two bottles of house spirits; shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary; entrance fees and permits at seasonal home ports; transfers to/from shore to the ship; services of English-speaking cruise director; service of the crew; use of the water sports equipment including sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, Sunfish sailing dinghy, dive equipment including wetsuits for certified divers, snorkel equipment, and water skis; jet skis (where permissible by local authorities); a total of 50 nautical miles per charter day (surcharge applies for additional nautical miles per day). Subject to change without notice.
Enroute accommodations at stopover cities at the beginning and end of trip; aircraft charter fees; international airfare; domestic airfare; excess baggage fees; passport, visa, or airport departure fees; entry permits; ports and handling fees outside seasonal home ports; alcoholic beverages; land expedition and cultural program costs; PADI dive ceritification courses; medical care; any special requests and resulting transportation costs incurred in acquiring requested items; telecommunication costs for satellite phone and email charges; repositioning fees; government taxes, cancellation and medical insurance.
Please Note: A maximum of 14 guests are permitted aboard the Dunia Baru. In rare circumstances, it is possible that prices may be increased. While all efforts will be made to minimize the implementation of surcharges, circumstances under which they may occur include: increase in transportation costs (including fuel costs), increase in local taxes and duties (e.g. freight taxes, landing fees, embarkation/disembarkation fees, sales taxes, etc.); currency fluctuations; significant government or park permit price changes.
Photos: © Chris Hamilton, Leah Sindel