CRUISE THE LESSER SUNDA ISLANDS

A world away from the stresses of modern life, the hidden side of Indonesia is waiting for you. A secret paradise of clear blue waters and deserted white/black sandy beaches; a land where Komodo dragons roam free and tropical forests thrive; a kingdom of active volcanoes and stunning coral reefs... Discover the Lesser Sunda Islands. Travel from Lombok to Flores via Sumbawa and the Komodo Archipelago in style, aboard our brand new, traditional Indonesian cruise boat.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival

    Welcome to Indonesia! Arrival at Bali airport and transfer to Sanur where you can enjoy an evening and dinner at leisure with hotel accommodation.

  • Day 2 Lombok Island

    Lombok Island Today we explore Lombok Island. A picnic lunch on a scenic beach with the chance take a first dip in the clear blue waters is on the agenda before we head up to the volcanic flanks of Mount Rinjani (3726m) for todays hike. A fabulous walk awaits us featuring rainforest, rice fields and waterfalls (swimming in the waterfall pool is possible). This evening we board our cruise boat; enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board before settling down for the night.

    Transport: 1 hour by road to Padangbai Port + 2 hours by boat to Lombak. Approx. 2 hours drive to Mount Rinjani
    Night sailing: About 6 hours to Moyo Island

  • Day 3 Moyo & Satonda Islands

    Moyo & Satonda Islands As dawn breaks we reach the west coast of Moyo Island, a stunning monsoon forest covered nature reserve. Take a walk in the enchanting forest, discover a delightful coastal village and snorkel over a truly extrodinary coral reef. Late morning we sail to Satonda, an isolated extinct volcano where a fabulous walk around the crater lake awaits us.

    Dinner at anchor, night departure east.

  • Day 4 Wera Village & Banta Island

    Wera Village & Banta Island Our journey continues along the coast of Sumbawa stopping off at Wera, a delightful village of marine carpenters. We then make our way to the deserted island of Banta which is sure to impress with its pink sand beaches and exceptional coral reefs. An afternoon stroll in the hills and two hours sailing awaits us before we reach our anchor point.

    Dinner and overnight at anchor.

  • Day 5 Gili Lawa Darat Island & Karang Makassar reef

    Gili Lawa Darat Island & Karang Makassar reef A morning walk in the hills of Gili Lawa Laut Island reveals beautiful views of the Komodo archipelago. Today is a chance to swim with Manta Rays in an underwater Cleaning Station. Equipped with fins, masks and snorkels discover Karang Makassar reef, the underwater fauna and flora here are among the richest in the world. This afternoon, we sail between the islands Tatawa and Siaba and can enjoy another beautiful snorkelling session.

    Night at anchor.

  • Day 6 Gili Lawa Darat Island & Pantai Merah Beach

    Gili Lawa Darat Island & Pantai Merah Beach A morning hike on the slopes of Gili Lawa Darat Island with fabulous views of the Komodo Archipelago is a perfect way to start the day. Today we go snorkelling to explore the beautiful coral reef gardens around this island. Later, we set sail southwards towards the incredibly beautiful sandy beach of Pantai Merah.

    Night at anchor.

  • Day 7 Padar, Rinca & Komodo Dragons

    Padar, Rinca & Komodo Dragons Spend the morning on the island of Padar with its pristine beaches, fabulous snorkelling and lovely walks in the rugged hills with beautiful views of the surrounding islands. From here, it is two hours sailing to the island of Rinca, the second largest island in the Komodo archipelago. This afternoon we explore the beautiful savannah landscape of Rinca, home to those famous lizards, wild deer and buffalo.

    Night at anchor.

  • Day 8 Local villages & stunning snorkelling

    Local villages & stunning snorkelling Rinca village is surrounded by stunning scenary and the locals here live in wooden houses perched on stilts to protect them from the wildlife. Explore this settlement, discover ancient traditions and meet local people before heading to the Sebolan Islands (two hours sailing). Simply stunning snorkelling awaits us at these picture-perfect islands. Another 45 minutes of sailing will take us to the equally beautiful island of Seraya, home to Pasir Putih village.

  • Day 9 Mangroves, ricefields and local plantations

    Mangroves, ricefields and local plantations Today we visit the island of Sababi and explore this uninhabited area with a short walk, a snorkelling session and a swim. This afternoon, we venture into the deep bay of Terang where a zodiac trip to the mangroves awaits us. We can also walk in the rice fields, explore local plantations and discover two Manggarai villages.

    Night navigation to Riung.

  • Day 10 The Archipelago of Tujuhbelas

    The Archipelago of Tujuhbelas Today we arrive at Riung Bay and join the Tujuhbelas archipelago, a string of deserted islands where beautiful beaches and fabulous snorkelling spots are plentiful. Spend the day exploring this picturesque location and enjoy a BBQ on our very own deserted beach. At the end of the day, a short climb up to watch the sunset over the surrounding Indonesian islands is on the agenda - a truly lovely way to end the day.

    Night at anchor.

  • Day 11 Palue Island & Batu Boga Bay

    Palue Island & Batu Boga Bay It is three hours of sailing to the island of Palue where a morning hike awaits us - a scenic mountain trail up to isolated villages perched on the flanks of the volcano. Return to the boat to relax in the translucent waters and snorkel over Palues colourful coral reefs. Early afternoon departure to Batu Boga Bay, a deep uninhabited cove where swimming and snorkelling awaits us.

    Night at anchor.

  • Day 12 Kelimutu Volcano

    Kelimutu Volcano We leave at dawn in a truck-bus heading two and a half hours across the island of Flores towards the famous Kelimuto volcano. Along this scenic route we will stop to explore a tiny timeless Lio village. Today we summit Kelimutu, the fabulous volcano has three crater lakes, each naturally a different colour. This afternoon, a final short hike along ricefields and plantations awaits us before we head to Ende for the night (just over an hours drive away).

  • Day 13 Ende to Bali

    Ende to Bali Enjoy a visit to Endes local fish market before lunch. This afternoon you have an internal flight from Ende to Bali Island, then it is a short transfer to Sanur where you are free to check in to your hotel and enjoy a final dinner at leisure.

  • Day 14 Departure

    Free time then airport transfer for your international return flight with stopover.

Please note that this itinerary, including hiking and sailing times, is indicative. Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the various changeable conditions such as the tides, weather and demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to provide you with the most enjoyable trip in complete safety, changes to the programme may be made.

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Trip code: AIIS

Included

  • Domestic flights and taxes
  • All in-country transfers as detailed in itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • 11 nights accommodation on board our boat
  • All meals from breakfast Day 2 to lunch Day 13
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea on board
  • Full supervision by a qualified Altaï guide (Days 2 - 13)
  • Accompaniment by our experienced Indonesian boat crew
  • Entrance costs to everything in the itinerary
  • Right to access the National Parks

Not included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks on board
  • Evening meals in Bali on Days 1 and 13 (5-15 EUR per meal)
  • Tips for locals ( 4-5 EUR per person per day)

Terms and conditions

Booking conditions

Booking a trip with us implies acceptance of the terms and conditions of sale. Each customer is required to complete a registration form and, subject to availability at the time of registration, travellers are expected to pay a deposit of 30% of the total price to complete their booking. Payments can be made online or by bank transfer. You will receive an e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The full balance of the trip must be received at least 30 days before your departure date. We reserve the right to cancel your booking, free of charge, if this deadline is not respected.

Cancellation policy

If for any reason you have to cancel your trip, we require written confirmation of your decision so please contact us by e-mail, fax or letter. The money you have paid will then be refunded according to the following deductions:
  • Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
  • Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
  • Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Please note if you decide to cancel your trip having agreed, in writing, to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, additional flights or activities...), these services are usually non-refundable.
If we have to cancel a departure due to an insufficient number of participants, you will be informed no later than 21 days before departure and a full refund will be issued, you will not be entitled to further compensation. We reserve the rights to cancel departures due to exceptional circumstances which may impact the safety of participants. Such circumstances may include those amounting to 'force majeure' in which case participants will receive a full refund but they will not be entitled to any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If you wish to make a change to your booking please contact us in writing; you will be expected to pay any fee which might arise from this change. In the event of unforeseen external events, Altaï Indonesia may change some aspects of the travel contract. If any changes are necessary you will be informed as quickly as possible.

Pricing

The prices on our website are updated regularly and all of the prices we advertise are accurate when published. We reserve the rights to make changes to any of these prices. Before you make a booking we will give you the up-to-date price of your chosen holiday including any supplements, upgrades or additional activities you may have requested. If the number of travellers is fewer than the indicated number of participants on the website, a small group surcharge may be applied. For all of our trips we include details of services, prices and what is/is not included but please be aware that changes to the prices may be necessary in accordance with exchange rates or price changes of various components of the journey.

Contract transfer

If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can transfer your booking to another person in which case our modification conditions apply. Both the transferor and transferee will be jointly and severally liable for payment of the total holiday price and other associated expenses. Some airline carriers treat name changes as cancellations and you may be required to pay for the cost of a new ticket.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Altaï Indonesia as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advice you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info

Staff

You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of expert knowledge our professional team know Indonesia inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides and you are in safe hands with our experienced local boat crew.

Food

Free, unlimited soft drinks and all meals from breakfast Day 2 to lunch Day 13 are included. Most meals are served on board; exceptions are detailed in the itinerary.

We are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide from our hygenic on board kitchen. You can expect buffet style breakfasts, picnic lunches and three course dinners. Evening meals may include freshly caught fish and you will get to sample many traditional local dishes.

Please be aware that the tap water in Indonesia is not drinkable. Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Accommodation

On board:
  • 6 double cabins
  • 2 bathrooms/showers to share
  • Simple comforts
Hotel:
  • Double or twin room
  • Private bathroom

Budget & exchange

The currency in Indonesia is the Indonisian Rupiah, Rp (IDR)
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates. You can withdraw Indonesian Rupiahs from in-country ATMs or exchange money at the airport/local currency exchange offices. ATMs and exchange desks are only found on bigger islands like Bali (Denpasar, Ubud, Sanur). The cost of an average meal in Java is around 3€ to 8€; in Bali it is 4€ to 11€.

When purchasing souvenirs, we ask that our travellers resist the tempatation to buy traditional items which are part of local families/the countries heritage. We also ask our travellers to respect the Species Protection Agreements (CITES) which aims to protect more than 2,500 species of animals and 30,000 species of threatened plants by prohibiting the trade of hides, ivory, scales, corals, shells, and the import of live exotic animals.

Tips

Tips are always apprciated - we recommend a budget of 3€ to 4€ per person per day for tips.

Supplied equipment

We will supply you with:
  • A snorkelling mask
  • A snorkel
  • A pair of flippers
If you have your own (good-quality) snorkelling gear feel free to bring it with you.

Vital equipment

We recommend packing:
For your head:
  • A cap or sunhat
  • A good pair of sunglasses (level 3 or 4, glacier)
For your core:
  • 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
  • Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, appropriate for hiking in
  • 1 fleece or equivilent
  • A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
  • A rain cape or protective waterproof bag for your daybag
For your legs:
  • 1 or 2 pairs of long shorts
  • 1 pair of walking trousers
For your feet and hands:
  • Your hiking boots (high-cut, thick soles...)
  • A pair of trainers
  • A pair of sandels for wearing in the sea
  • Thick walking socks
To keep you hydrated:
  • A good water bottle (min. 1.5 l)
For snorkelling:
  • A swimsuit
  • A long-sleeved rash vest to protect you
And do not forget:
  • A good sun-cream (SPF 50+, water resistant, biodegradable...)
  • Insect repellant
  • Towel(s)
  • A wash bag - your personal toiletries... biodegradable soap, shampoo and toothpaste, a toothbrush.

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Helpful equipment

You may also want to bring:
  • A camera and spare batteries/portable charger
  • A power plug travel adapter
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • A pocket knife
  • A fast drying micro-fibre beach towel
  • A sarong
  • A bath towel
  • A mosquito net
  • Blister plasters
  • A small personal first aid kit
  • Zip lock bags to protect your important documents and electronics
  • A laundry bag/bin bag for your dirty clothes
  • A small sewing kit
  • Tissues
  • Earplugs

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a ruckack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring a small personal first aid kit containing any medication you may need such as inhalers, plasters, antiseptic and painkillers.

Passport

To go to Indonesia travellers need a passport which is valid for at least six months after the date of entry. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and proof of onwards travel is required.

Visa

Travellers staying in Indonesia for less than 30 days do not need to obtain a visa. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements.

Mandatory vaccines

No mandatory vaccinations are required to visit Indonesia. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diptheria, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Health information & recommendations

It is your responsibility to check that your personal insurance covers everything in this trip. A consultation with your doctor is a prerequisite for any trip. Malaria prophylaxis is advised if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, the Sundra Islands or Kalimatan. Anti-malaria treatments are not necessary in Bali, Java or Lombok. Avoid contact with mosquitoes as much as possible: apply repellents, wear long trousers/sleeves and sleep with a mosquito net. The World Health Organisation can provide further details of the latest health news and medical advice.

Weather

Indonesia is positioned on both sides of the equator making it subject to a similar climate year round. As a rule the South is generally drier and less hot. The average temperature ranges between 24°C and 35°C (75°F and 95°F). We cannot guarantee no rain but we can suggest that the best season to visit Indonesia is the dry season, from mid-April to October/November.

Electricity

Indonesia uses European-style plugs with two round pins. Voltage is normally 220 V 50 Hz except in a few places where it is 110 V.

Local time

Indonesia is spread across three time zones. The Lesser Sunda Islands use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +8.  Indonesia does not use Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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  • Lives in Bali
  • Passionate about nature and the outdoors
  • Higher diploma in adventure tourism
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Region
Flores & Komodo Lombok
Activity
Hiking cruise Secret destination
Duration
14 days
Group
2 to 12 people
Code
AIIS
Price
From €2,225
Level
2/5
Comfort
2/5
Language(s)
English / French

Strengths

  • Immersive cruise to discover the stunning Lesser Sunda islands and islets
  • Pristine seabeds with an incredibly rich variety of life
  • The multi-coloured lakes of Kelimutu volcano
  • Komodo dragons, snorkelling and hiking
CRUISE THE LESSER SUNDA ISLANDS

Required level

This is an active adventure cruise. Travellers should be competent swimmers to participate in water based activities like snorkelling. This trip includes short hikes which venture through dense rainforest with some steep sections.
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