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Komodo Voyage 2016

Komodo is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature
Komodo is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature

One of the 7 Wonders of Nature, as voted by travellers, the Komodo National Park is one of the most inspiring place we have ever been to, both under and above the water.

Discovery Channel had a slogan back in the noughties:  “The World. Is. Just. Awesome.”  This phrase really sums up our feelings when we think of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park.   To reach Komodo we sail east from Bali across the imaginary ‘Wallace line’, where the flora and fauna of subtropical Asia make a sudden and dramatic change into those typical of Australasia.

Few places in the world could possibly match the cultural and natural diversity we will experience in the islands beyond Bali: towering volcanoes, dry savannah landscapes, quiet coastal villages, emerald seas, and megalithic cultures.  It was Burden’s 1932 voyage through this volcanic landscape that inspired the 1933 classic film King Kong..

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Yacht Charter in Bali

Regularly voted the world’s best island, Bali, is the ideal starting point for your yacht charter holiday to Komodo National Park.

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Despite its popularity, Bali retains its magical charm, cultural richness, and breathtaking beauty. Its exotic status began in the early 20th century when it was discovered by artists and became the backdrop for their creativity. Bali’s ominous volcanoes, terraced rice fields, gold sand beaches and flashes of cultural color make it an inviting place for any yacht charter adventure departing to Nusa Tenggara and the Komodo National Park.

Starting from Bali you can charter a yacht and sail across the imaginary Wallace line to the Komodo National Park and beyond, where the flora and fauna of subtropical Asia make a sudden and dramatic change into those typical of Australasia. In the islands of Nusa Tenggara (also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands) a fantastic diversity awaits the adventurous: climbing mountains, peering into volcanoes, trekking up to beautiful waterfalls, visiting rural villages, enjoying world-class surfing or scuba diving, exploring pristine beaches, or simply relaxing aboard the yacht while anchored in idyllic bays.

A yacht charter holiday here will show you that Indonesia’s cultural diversity is as varied as its natural diversity. Bali itself is a Hindu island with 1000’s of temples, and offers luscious green landscapes, terraced fields of Padi, and mountainous retreats that serve as a relaxing alternative to the buzzing parties found in and around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. The neighbouring island of Lombok, on the other hand, is a muslim island with 1000’s of mosques and where shades of green turn to shades of brown and vast landscapes open up.

Bali Komodo Yacht Charters – Sample Itinerary

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Location: Bali and Komodo (Indonesia)
Embarkation: Bali
Disembarkation: Labuanbajo
Duration: 7 days
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Spa/Massage, Trekking

Day 1: Embarkation aboard yacht Raja Laut in Serangan. After sailing into the Lombok Straits, with views of the majestic Agung volanco, the yacht settles on an course to arrive at the Gili Islands, northwest Lombok. The Gili islands have suberb white sand beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 2: The uninhabited island of Satonda is separated by a narrow strait from the Tambora volcano on the Sumbawa mainland, the site of the largest eruption in recorded history. Satonda itself is a small volcano and a salty lake fills its crater. At sunset one can enjoy the spectacle of a large colony of fruit eating giant bats flying over. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 3: Sangean island is an active volcano towering 1800 meters above the surrounding water. Here one can stop to visit the tiny settlement on the island and swim in crystal-clear waters. Opposite the island of Sangean, on the Sumbawa mainland is the village of Wera, a Buginese village known for boatbuilding. Here one can see all kinds of craft in various stages of construction, including the “Phinisi” trading ships of Indonesia. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 4: Gili Banta is the first of the islands in the Komodo Archipelago. This island provides a crescent shaped bay that offers a beautiful anchorage from where you can jump into turquoise water and swim to the white sandy beach. The islands of Gili Lawa Laut, on the northeast tip of Komodo, are another stunning location for anchoring, with beautiful moon-scape scenery, fantastic little bays and beaches, and the best dive sites of the entire Komodo National Park. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 5: Unesco World Heritage site, Komodo Island is famous for the local inhabitants: giant lizard known as the Komodo Dragon. One can go hiking and looking for the ‘dragons’, and also wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar, and monkeys in spectacular scenery of savannah and emerald coves. Climb up a local summit and one can enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-scape islands of the Komodo Archipelago. Red beach, directly across the bay from Komodo village, has a unique pink-red coloured sand. The color of the sand is caused by pulverized fragments of the red coral species. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 6: The serene anchorage of Labuanbajo is the main arrival point for visitors into the Komodo National Park. Here one can make a tour to a nearby village where, if the time is right, one can attend the ‘whip-fight dance’ ceremonies. Unique to the Manggarai people of West Flores is a dance called the “caci”- a whip and shield duel. This fascinating display of dance and war is never over until blood is drawn and these warriors wear their lacerations with pride, as they are the marks of bravery. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 7: After your breakfast you are transferred from the yacht Raja Laut to the port where a private car will be on hand to take you to the Labuanbajo airport for a return flight to Bali.

BEST TIME TO GO: The Lesser Sunda Islands are a year round yacht charter destination.

NOTE: Keen divers can begin their yacht charter from Labuan Bajo, on the door step of the Komodo National Park. With enough time scuba diving trips here can also encompass Maumere (Flores island) and some spectacular sites in Alor. Our sample itineraries may be subject to change; extended, shortened, or re-arranged to suit your private yacht charter preferences or the weather conditions, captain’s advice, and so on.

 

5 Best Dive Sites of Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park is the most popular yacht charter and scuba diving destination in Indonesia. The “Galapagos of the East” are famed for its carnivorous giant lizard – the Komodo Dragon – and the incredible variety of coral reef diving. As well as being able to find all your mega fauna – manta rays, a large variety of sharks, sun fish and dolphins – Komodo is also a macro photographer’s paradise.

Indonesia yacht charter

Indonesia hosts the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands. The entire region is filled with stunning picture postcard sandy beaches to explore, many still uninhabited islands with a number even still unnamed, and a true feast of nature and beauty.

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The entire region offers a truly rich diversity of ancient temples, music that ranges from the traditional to modern pop and live music, dances, rituals and ways of daily life that vary from island to island. Yet everywhere, visitors are welcomed by the warmth of the Indonesian people and their gracious innate friendliness.

Among the most well known islands of Indonesia are: Papua, Flores, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (better known as the Moluccas, the original Spice Islands).

Indonesia’s natural history is widely regarded as the world’s most varied and perhaps the most precious. Some 20% of the bird species found in Indonesia are not to be found anywhere else in the world, while 40% of the archipelago’s mammals are unique to this region

Indonesia’s location and geology means that the region is blessed with the most diverse landscape: from fertile ricelands on Java and Bali to the luxuriant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, to the savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara Islands to snow-capped peaks of West Papua.

The region of Indonesia offers the world’s second highest level of biodiversity. Her wildlife ranges from the prehistoric giant Komodo lizard to the Orang Utan and the Java rhino, to the Sulawesi Anoa Dwarf Buffalo, to birds with exquisite plumage like the cockatoo and the famous Bird of Paradise. This is also the habitat of the Rafflesia, the World’s largest flower, wild orchids, an amazing variety of spices and aromatic hardwood and a large variety of fruit trees.

The underwater world here is a paradise for divers and snorkelers and is subsequently, world renowned. The waters here are an epicentre of biodiversity hosting the most diverse marine life than anywhere else on Earth!

Scientists have found in North Sulawesi the prehistoric coelacanth fish (a “living fossil” fish) that predates dinosaurs living some 400 million years ago. Whales migrate yearly through these waters from the South Pole.

Indonesia offers outstanding and exhilarating experiences for divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers of all levels.

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