Small Ship Cruises
Bali | Indonesian Islands | Adult Only
Explore crystalline bays, tribal villages, jungle-clad mountains, and mysterious lakes on this weeklong Bali and Indonesian small-ship adventure
7 days / 6 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Surrender yourself to the exotic beauty and culture of Indonesia on this adventurous yet intimate voyage through Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands. Breathe in the salty air of the sea as you explore remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, tribal rituals, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo Dragons on this 7-day inclusive Bali vacation package. Immerse yourself in the colorful and diverse culture on the island of Bali, snorkel along the coast of the Gili Islands to discover the kaleidoscopic beauty of a tropical underwater world. Take in fiery sunset over a panoramic view of rice fields stretching toward the sea on North Lombok, learn the secrets of hand-crafted boats from locals on Sumbawa, make a wish on the mystical volcanic island of Sotanda, and search for the legendary Komodo Dragon on the famous Komodo Island. All the while, enjoy the best in regional cuisine and accommodations on a custom-built Indonesian schooner, or the sleek slim-hulled Indonesian sailing yacht, your home away from home in Bali. Austin Adventure’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to revel in the tropical paradise of Indonesia.
Immerse yourself in Bali, Komodo Island, and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, sailing through a panorama of islands and encountering new wonders on a daily basis. Explore crystalline bays, tribal villages, jungle-clad mountains, and mysterious lakes on this weeklong Indonesian small-ship adventure.
- Swim, kayak, and paddle board along the celebrated white-sand beaches of the Gili Islands
- Tour the thatched houses and spice gardens of Senaru village with a local guide eager to share her insights into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people
- Visit the mystical volcanic island of Satonda to tie a rock to the “wishing tree” and to watch as thousands of flying foxes make their way at dusk to the mainland
- Cool off at the base of a 120-foot waterfall and snorkel over colorful coral reefs teeming with life
- Hunt for giant Komodo Dragons, sulphur-crested cockatoos, and rare orchids on a ranger-led trek through Komodo National Park
- Wrap up your journey with a beach bonfire and barbecue, dining with sand beneath your feet and a star-filled sky overhead
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The art and culture: From traditional and modern dance to sculpture, woodworking, painting, and music, the Indonesian culture is a haven for colorful tradition.
Balinese cuisine: One of the highlights of your trip will most certainly be mealtime. Sample unique dishes, such as bebek betutu, nasi kuning, and lawar.
The wildlife and ecology: both above and below the water you'll encounter incredible diversity. From spectacular coral reefs to ancient dragons you'll be delighted and surprised at every turn.
Denpasar, Bali DPS
Denpasar, Bali DPS
Arrive in Bali
Meet in Sanur (Bali) in the morning and depart for either Padang Bai or Amed, on Bali’s the southeast and eastern coasts respectively, where the ship will be anchored and waiting for us. This is a pleasant and beautiful drive of either approximately 1 hour or 2.5 hours (depending on the departure point), and a great opportunity to see a little bit of the island.
After boarding the vessel and settling in the captain gives the orders for the anchor to be lifted to cross the Lombok Strait. This deep trench of water between Bali and Lombok marks part of a very important ecological boundary. The flora and fauna of the islands to the west are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands to the east of the invisible “Wallace Line” have a greater similarity to species found in Australia.
In the afternoon stop at one of the three Gili islands just off Lombok’s northwest coast. You’ll spend a few hours here, during which you can choose from a number of water activities: swimming, snorkelling, paddleboarding, kayaking or simply enjoying the beautiful white-sand beach.
About The Katharina and Ombak Putih
Whether embarking on the 12-cabin Ombak Putih, a custom-built Indonesian schooner, or the sleek, 6-cabin Katharina, a slim-hulled Indonesian sailing yacht, your home away from home in Bali includes an expert Indonesian crew and amenities such as private en-suite bathrooms and individually controlled air conditioning.
North Lombok & Gili Salut Islands
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before going ashore and boarding a private bus for a trip into the interior of the northern side of the island and the traditional village of Senaru. Here, you will be taken on a tour, by one of the local women-guides, of the village which will gives insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people.
After the village visit, take an easy walk down a well-trodden flight of steps through the tropical forest to Sindang Gila, a roaring 40-metre tiered waterfall. The small gravel beach and flat rocks at the base of the falls are a meeting place for the local people. Feel free to take a dip under the full force of the intense flow. Your walk will continue alongside an old irrigation canal offering panoramic vistas of rice fields stretching towards the sea.
If there is time, you can visit Bayan Beleq, a grass-roofed mosque with woven bamboo walls. Said to have been founded in the 16th century, this is the oldest mosque in Lombok.
After re-embarkation, you will explore one of the coral reefs near Gili Sulat, which is a marine conservation area.
Moyo & Satonda Islands
This morning visit the local village of Labauan Aji on the island of Moyo. After the visit walk to Diwu Mbai waterfall, where you can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water.
Your next stop will be Satonda, a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its centre that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora erupted in 1815, causing a tsunami that flowed into the crater. Local people believe Satonda to be magical, and with this in mind, walk to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake. Be sure to make a wish on the many trees along the lip that are believed to be “wishing trees.” Visitors to the island tie a small stone to a tree and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks.
Spend the afternoon swimming and snorkeling in the seas surrounding the island. These waters are rich with soft and hard corals and colourful tropical fish.
Immediately after sunset, we leave for an overnight passage on a course due east.
Sumbawa & Sangean Islands
Visit Wera, a Buginese settlement on the northeast coast of the island of Sumbawa, where the men build wooden boats along the black-sand shores and the village women spend days weaving brightly coloured cloth. You will be able to visit the village and learn about the hand-built boats in various stages of construction.
After your visit to Sumbawa, you will proceed to the island of Banta, passing Sangean island, an active volcano towering 1800 metres above the surrounding waters. Banta island lies within the boundaries of the Komodo National Park; it is uninhabited and perfect swimming and snorkelling.
Komodo Island and Komodo National Park
Wake with the boat will anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park.
Today, go ashore to the ranger station in Loh Liang for an early morning ranger-led trek through the park searching for Komodo dragons. In this savannah-like setting of dry, rugged landscape, youÂ will encounter, at a safe distance, these awe-inspiring, giant lizards – Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. Keep an eye out for deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms.
After returning onboard, cruise around the coast and visit Komodo village, where you will be able to buy some local handicrafts.
Later, head to the gorgeous Pantai Merah “red-beach” which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here, you will have the option to swim and snorkel over one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia, taking in the unforgettable spectacle of the region’s many varieties of coral and marine life.
Begin your day with a visit to the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island where you will embark on another ranger-led nature trek in search of more Komodo dragons, which are indigenous to this small group of islands. Rinca is also well known for its diverse wildlife, so look for monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well.
In the afternoon enjoy some snorkelling. With over 1000 species of fish in the waters of the national park, there is much more to this wildlife reserve than just dragons.
In the evening, go ashore to an island where you can enjoy an incredible and unique experience – with your feet in the sand and the stars rising in the vast Indonesian sky, the crew will build a bonfire and prepare a beach barbecue as a final celebration of our memorable voyage.
Flores Island / Flight back to Bali
After breakfast in Labuan Bajo, we will visit the local market or take a private bus to the inland village of Melo. Here, local “strongmen” will perform the Caci, a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments. Besides this, the cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances.
After the performance, we will have lunch on the boat before transferring you to the airport for your flight back to Bali.
Arrival & Departure
An Austin Adventures representative will meet you in Sanur (Bali) in the morning of day1 and depart for Padang Bai or Amed, on Bali’s southeast and eastern coasts, respectively, where your ship will be anchored and waiting for you. On day 8, after a morning on the island of Flores, you will enjoy lunch aboard your ship before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Bali.
- Hiking: Easy, 1-3 miles, ranger-led on trails.
- Swimming: Equipment provided, prior bike experience necessary
- Snorkelling: Equipment provided, no experience necessary.
- Paddleboarding: Equipment provided, no experience necessary.
- Kayaking:Equipment provided, no experience necessary.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining.
Included in Trip Price
- Double occupancy, individually controlled air-conditioned cabin and private bath.
- All meals while on board the Katharina or Ombak Putih.
- Fully trained, all-Indonesian crew, guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Any necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- All excursions.
- Transfer to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights.
- Beverages (non-alcoholic) while on board.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
- Guide & crew gratuities.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Boutique purchases and personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
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