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Komodo Islands

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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

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Itinerary
Day 1
Labuan Bajo / Gili Lawwa Darat

Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo airport a representative of Dunia Baru’s Crew will meet you, assist you with all baggage, and then transport you directly to the boat. Once onboard, guests will be welcomed with a beverage and safety briefing before sitting down to lunch, which will be served as Dunia Baru gets underway.

A calm, protected bay on Gili Lawa Darat offers the perfect place to anchor for a night—and it’s also the perfect place from which to set out on a sunset trek. After a 20-minute hike (athletic shoes are *strongly recommended*), you’ll be rewarded with spectacular sunset views and an excellent opportunity for photos. Be sure to have your camera’s battery charged!

Day 2
Gili Lawa Darat

Following breakfast, you are free to visit the beach, snorkel water filled with coral, fish, and turtles, or enjoy various watersports at your leisure. Northwest of Komodo Bay, Dunia Baru will pass by Tatak Makassar and the Makassar Reef, which has a shallow flat bottom; interspersed with patches of coral. The corals here might be pretty ordinary, but Makassar Reef is one of the most interesting places in the Komodo archipelago—because it’s here that manta rays gather.

As Dunia Baru continues on to Komodo Bay—dependent on sea conditions—you may have the opportunity to disembark for an exhilarating drift snorkel where you will be carried along the reef by the ocean current.

The Komodo dragon lives exclusively in Indonesia and has its maximum length of 3 meters and weighs more than 70kg. It is the largest living lizard. Due to the enormous size they are referred to as the 'dragon'. In Komodo National Park, dragons are only found on two of the islands: Komodo Island and Rinca.

Tomorrow will be your first attempt at viewing these incredible creatures. Tonight, in preparation for an early nature walk (to avoid the heat!) you will anchor in Komodo Bay and enjoy sunset near Bat Island, locally known as Pulau Kalong.

Here, thousands of fruit bats dwell among the island’s mangrove forest. Its sunset features the beautiful panorama and amazing moment when thousands of bats come out from their nest to locate the fruits at other islands around Pulau Kalong.

Day 3
Komodo Bay

Accompanied by a park ranger, a tour through Komodo Island’s Loh Liang best starts early in the morning—dragons and other wildlife will be pointed out and explained by an educated and experienced professional.

Forget endless white sand beaches: on Indonesia’s Komodo island there is a beach where the sand is pink. Soft, warm, rosy pink sand that gently filters into the clear Flores Sea.

Day 4
Komodo Bay

Padar Island is the third largest island in the Komodo National Park. It is located in the south central of the park, between Komodo and Rinca Island In the past, Padar was one of the islands in Komodo where dragons lived, however evolution has taken its toll. Likely due to a lack of food, the dragons living on this island have either been unable to sustain life or have migrated to more favorable locations (Komodo and Rinca Islands). Other animals, such as wild boar, can however still be seen relatively frequently. Dragon-free, the island provides a very charming spot for trekking and enjoying water sports in its calm waters. Additionally, for those who enjoy taking pictures this is perhaps the best place for spectacular photos.

Day 5
Nusa Kode

The large, coral-encrusted boulders of Nusa Kode island attract some of the biggest reef fishes that you’ll see in Komodo National Park. On your list of must-sees you’ll be able to tick gigantic potato cod, Malabar grouper and red snapper. Just as impressive as the island’s diving, is the beach wildlife viewing: this is a really good place to see Komodo dragons on the shoreline. You’ll take you along in the rib, and you’ll get fantastic shots from the coastline of these gigantic lizards in their natural habitat.

Day 6
Nusa Kode

Tucked into the east coast of Rinca Island, Pulau Muang in Sokolo Bay is a wonderfully secluded spot. Very few boats come here. You will enjoy it for that beautiful sense of isolation and for the pretty scenery.

Activities today include watersports, enjoying the island’s pristine beaches, taking a rib-ride around the bay to explore its shoreline, and as night falls—incredible stargazing!

Day 7
North Rinca

Loh Buaya is Komodo National Park’s second ranger station from which one can view the dragons. On a typical guest charter, you would visit one or the other—selecting which one based on its overall fit into the itinerary created to best suit the client’s needs. This morning, you will embark on another early morning nature hike to try your luck again in the other nature reserve.

The journey to the north of Komodo will see both visibility and water temperatures rising along with the amount of fish, schooling around the different dive sites of this area—you will still be able to enjoy the underwater treasures with your snorkel.

Wind permitting, this will be your last opportunity to hoist sail and reflect on the week’s activities. As Dunia Baru glides through water of Komodo National Park’s northern portion, guest will enjoy a breathtaking sunset showcasing Sangean Volcano in the background.

Day 8
Labuan Bajo

Today you will arrive back in Labuan Bajo harbor in the morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and prepare for final departure.

Please Note: This itinerary is just an example. Itineraries are tailor made for each charter in the chosen destination.

Notes

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.

Included:
Shipboard accommodations; 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 and fishing gear (where permissible by local authorities); a total of 50 nautical miles per charter day (surcharge applies for additional nautical miles per day); all meals onboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
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 certification 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

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