Bali and Komodo small ship cruise

“Here be dragons. This is an amazing opportunity to see Komodo dragons, and a bit of Bali, too – all with great deserted beaches along the way. That’s the beauty of this eight day cruise in Indonesia.”


Benoa Port, Bali | Saringi and Keramat Island | Satonda Island | Banta Island | Rinca Island | Komodo Island | Moyo Island Pamanang Port | Lombok | See komodo dragons | Optional activities include snorkelling | Optional excursions on Moyo, Komodo and Lombok

Description of Bali and Komodo small ship cruise

Indonesia is made up of over 17,000 islands, so a small cruise ship might be the best way to get around. Plus, staying small means you can get to the places bigger boats can't. Starting at Benoa Port in Bali, on this round trip you'll sail all the way east to Rinca Island and back. On the way you'll stop on the islands of Lombok, Keramat, Moyo, Satonda, Banta and Komodo.
Whilst you might think Komodo Island is the best place to spot the world's largest living lizard, Rinca Island is considered more authentic than Komodo Island for dragon watching. You'll visit both and explore with the help of knowledgeable local guides.
Many people will be excited by the prospect of seeing Komodo Dragons in real life, but there are plenty of other great sights along the way, like uninhabited islands where you can make the first footprints on deserted beaches, snorkelling spots where the reef is pristine, and coastal villages where you'll be treated to a unique insight into island life.
Santonda Island may not have dragons, but its flooded volcano has created an amazing lake in its middle, whilst if you take the optional excursion on Moyo Island, you can bathe in a jungle waterfall. If you don't go on the optional excursions, there are plenty of snorkelling and swimming opportunities in the tempting water, and chances to explore solo.
Your home for the week is a small sailing ship. Whilst you won't be under sail all the time, this mode of transport helps you minimise your carbon footprint in the destination. It's an intimate, friendly way to travel, with plenty of opportunities to swim off the boat. You'll get full board, but it's not always on board: you can look forward to the odd beach barbecue, too.
Included: 7 nights accommodation on board in your chosen cabin grade, each with private ensuite SH/WC & individually controlled air conditioning. Also mini fridge, and flat screen TV with complimentary movies. Full-board including: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, The programme includes a Welcome Cocktail, a themed Greek Night, a fun BBQ on the beach or on deck (weather permitting) and Captain's Dinner. Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit. Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment and sea kayak (subject to availability). Professional English-speaking Cruise Director

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

According to WWF there are just 6,000 Komodo dragons alive today, but only 350 of these are breeding females. They are a major attraction for tourists and it is hoped that this will help with their conservation by providing funds and also employment for the local population. They are listed as 'vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Komodo Dragons are restricted to just 3 small islands, Komodo, Flores and Rinca. During our visit we will be guided by park rangers who make sure that there is no habitat degradation due to tourism, and that you are kept safe.

This is a sailing holiday which can be very environmentally friendly when managed in the right way. Sail power has very obvious benefits, vastly reducing the carbon used in any form of travel. Although we cannot use the sails all the time and in all conditions, they do provide a welcome benefit.

Any rubbish generated on board (we minimise this) is returned ashore and disposed in an appropriate manner.

All the food on board is bought locally; fruit vegetables, plenty of fish, meat and other staples are all locally grown and produced, and much of it is bought from small retailers or even directly from the grower or fisherman.

The Impacts of this Trip

We will endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically. We will encourage our passengers to learn and understand as much as possible about the local traditions and way of life to enable them to appreciate the reality of life in Indonesia.

Our visit to Komodo provides employment for the local community as park rangers. We also visit Moyo Island where we again hire some local guides to show us around the nature reserve and its diverse wildlife.

We encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts.

The ship’s managers will buy as much of their produce as possible from local communities, and will also encourage our passengers to spend money in the communities that we visit. By trying local fruit juice for example instead of a well known American brand of soft drink, you wull support the economy, it will be better for you and who knows, you might find you enjoy it more too.


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