Bali & the Islands of Paradise

Bali & the Islands of Paradise

Sailing from Benoa Port to Rinca island, experience the Indonesian archipelago on an island-hopping adventure. Relax on Satonda Island, a flooded volcano with a crystal-clear lake at its center; snorkel off Keramat Island and explore the colorful coral reefs below; stroll through the Komodo National Forest on the Islands of Komodo and Rinca and view the largest living reptile on Earth- the Komodo Dragon; bathe beneath a waterfall on Moyo Island.

A cruise voyage unraveling the wonders of Bali from Benoa to Benoa.Cruise Highlights include: Rinca Island  in the Komodo National Park and  the Komodo dragons. Satonda Island and the salted water crater lake. Moyo Island, its luxuriant vegetation and virgin beaches. Lombok and its amazing diversity



Cruise Facts

Category C:
From $ 2350 To $ 2350
Category B:
From $ 2690 To $ 2690
Category A:
From $ 3190 To $ 3190
Category P:
From $ 3550 To $ 3550
Port Charges: $ 490
Single Supplement: 50%
3rd Person Reduction (in Cat. B only): 30%

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday: Benoa, Bali

Embarkation 4 pm - Sailing 8 pm.

Day 2: Sunday: Saringi Island- Keramat Island ☽

Arrive at Saringi Island at around 9 am. Saringi Island and  Keramat Island  are  uninhabited and connected to each other by a  sand bank. We will spend the morning going from one island to the other and enjoy a day of beach activities. Swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding. Weather permitting we will enjoy a beach BBQ . Overnight at anchor.

Day 3: Monday: Keramat Island - Satonda Island

Morning sailing to Satonda Island. This spectacular island  took its name from its dormant volcano and its extraordinary crater lake in its centre. The island is uninhabited  and lush.  Legend says the crater got filled  after  a tsunami caused  by a nearby  volcano  explosion. Our walking tour will take you to the crater edge  and to a lookout high on the island, the ideal place for spectacular  photography. You will pass by " wishes trees" decorated with fishing stone, shells and pieces of coral. Make  a wish and leave your seashell or stone too. Later we return to the beach for a refreshing swim and snorkeling in this underwater paradise. At sunset, we will leave Satonda and sail overnight to Flores Island. Overnight at sea.

Day 4 | Tuesday: Flores Island - Rinca Island/Komodo National Park ☽

Arrival in Flores – Labuanbajo Port for our early morning optional excursion. The island is amongst the greenest in the archipelago and another surprise is that the island population is 85 % Catholic. Our excursion will take to us to Ruteng. Surrounded by forested volcanic hills and rolling rice-paddy plains, it is a cool, relaxing place. The market just to the south is the central meeting point for the local Manggarai people who speak their own language. They also have a distinctive culture most in evidence in  Ruteng Pu’u traditional Manggarai houses. Continue to Cancar to see the unique lingko, circular rice fields arranged like a spider web. In the afternoon, we depart towards Kokotao, an idyllic island just off Flores where we will enjoy the sea and the most amazing underwater life. Late evening arrival in Rinca – Overnight at anchor.

Day 5 | Wednesday: Komodo National Park, Rinca Island - Pink Beach, Padar Island

Rinca Island is the refuge of the world famous Komodo dragon, a giant lizard measuring up to 11 feet in length and weighing in at over 300 pounds. More authentic than nearby Komodo Island, Rinca has more Komodo dragons and sighting are more frequent. Local rangers will guide this OPTIONAL EXCURSION through the habitat of the Komodo dragons who live on deer and wild pigs and buffaloes that share the island with them. Travelling in small groups with the guide and a park ranger, guests will make their way along paths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands. We will walk approximately 2 hours along a trail and stop at the area's most favorable observation point to possibly locate more Komodo dragon. By mid-day we will return to the jetty and re board to the zodiac and return to vessel. We will leave Rinca Island to sail to nearby Padar Island. We reach Padar Island’ Pink Beach - Snorkeling and beach activities. We can walk to an observation point and admire three of Padar’s magnificent beaches, one  with black sand, one with pink sand and one with yellow. Evening sailing to Moyo Island. Overnight at sea.

 

Day 6 | Thursday: Moyo Island

Moyo Island is hidden paradise which became famous after the visits of Princess Diana and Mick Jagger to mention some celebrities. It offers a beautiful pristine forest, waterfalls, rivers and grassy savannah. The ship’s zodiac will disembark guests at the village of Labuhan Haji and you will be greeted by local villagers performing a   welcome traditional dance. The OPTIONAL HALF DAY EXCURSION starts with a walk around the village to witness daily activities of the local people and then continues with a hike to Mata Jitu waterfall passing through plantation of cashew nut. Look for beautiful red dragonflies, birds, and a huge array of jungle dwelling insects and spiders. The stunning Matajitu Waterfall are made of three waterfall levels and the last level is seven meters deep. Feel the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the jungle. Back to Labuhan haji and return back to the ship.

Day 7 | Friday: Pamenang port, Lombok Island ☽

After dropping anchor in Pamenang Port,  we reach the local dock by tender. Our  OPTIONAL  FULL DAY EXCURSION  will take us  to the North of Lombok. We will first reach the Malimbu cliff for a short break, to admire the panorama view of Gili Islands and of Bali’s mount Agung on the west. Our next stop will be at Tanjung traditional market. We will drive through lush paddy fields  to reach the  Senaru Village from  where we will start our walks to the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls. The  falls lie 600 m above sea level  beneath Mount Rinjani, a spectacular  dormant volcano. The cool, fresh air and calm hill will provide a comfortable resting point.  After lunch in a restaurant we will take a short visit to a Traditional Village, where mountain tribal life and traditions remain alive. We  return to the ship in the afternoon and prepare for  our farewell cocktails and Captain's  dinner. Late in the evening we sail to Bali - Benoa port. 

Day 8 | Saturday: Benoa, Bali

6 am arrival in Benoa Bali - Disembarkation 6 to 9.30 am.

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  1. Benoa Port, Bali
Discover a two-masted state of the art Motorsailer accomodating up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. Panorama II was launched in 2004 and fully renovated in 2012, offering the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.  In 2015,the main lounge and bar area have been completely refitted followed by a redecoration. The aft area at the Upper deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas and some magnificent views. The restaurant area at the Lower deck is the perfect setting for any of your meals, with generous buffet space and seating, while the Upper Deck restaurant seats all passengers in a single seating, offering meals al fresco weather permitting. The swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.    The Panorama II cabins located at the upper and main decks are equipped with windows, while those at the lower deck come with portholes. All cabins are handsomely designed, finished with lustrous wood trims and warm fabrics. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble. All cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.  

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