Explore the ancient dragons of Komodo as you sail across the islands of Indonesia with traditional vessel Ombak Putih.
Walk with ancient dragons on the island of Komodo, the world’s largest lizard. Discover colourful kaleidoscopic coral reefs and watch as majestic manta rays glide effortlessly past.
Watch the sunrise over the stunning volcanic landscapes as you breathe in the fresh ocean air and spend 10 days snorkelling, trekking and witnessing breath-taking wildlife encounters. Enjoy tropical island exploration at its finest with a bucket list adventure holiday, between Komodo and Alor, along Indonesia’s Ring of Fire.
- World famous Coral Reefs
- Rainforest trekking
- Wildlife watching
- Local Culture
- Private ensuite cabins
- Package Travel Cover
A day to day guide
D A Y 1
Following an early morning flight from Bali to Labuanbajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park, climb aboard Ombak Putih and sail into the National Park, to Kalong Island for our first snorkel of the trip.
At dusk, gather on the back deck at cocktail hour to watch the sunset and witness the evening departure of tens of thousands of fruit bats as they leave their forest homes to forage on the mainland.
D A Y 2
Enjoy an early breakfast before stepping ashore in Rinca Island for a walk through the local village and a visit to a local bat cave.
Back on board, we cruise to the richly diverse reefs of Siaba Besar Island to snorkel with thousands of fish and the sea turtles that congregate in the area. After lunch, spend a leisurely beach afternoon, swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking. Later that evening we will move to the main bay of Komodo Island and spend the night at anchor.
D A Y 3
This morning we explore Komodo island with an early morning, ranger-led walk through the dry, rugged landscape of the island, encountering wildlife along the way.
After lunch we will go in search of manta rays to snorkel with these incredible creatures. We then enjoy our second snorkel in the north of the park where there will be the chance to watch the sunset from a hilltop vantage point, before heading off on our long overnight cruise to the east to the Riung Conservation Area.
D A Y 4
Today we explore the beaches and underwater world of the 17-Island, Riung Conservation Area. This nutrient rich area is home to a myriad of land animals and rich coral reefs which you will experience as Ombak Putih hops from island to island throughout the day.
Enjoy plenty of swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and relaxation. At around sunset we will head east in the direction of Maumere.
D A Y 5
Wake up at anchor in Maumere Bay to admire the backdrop of an extinct volcano as you enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the day’s activities begin.
We start with a short drive to the scenic Iwang Gete highlands to visit a small village of Watublapi. Here we will be met with singing and dancing by the local people who are famed for their unique textiles. Learn first hand their ancient techniques of spinning, dyeing and weaving of their famous fabrics.
There will be the chance to view (and purchase) some of the local textiles, try their betel nut and brave their locally produced liquor. Late in the afternoon we head off for an overnight cruise to Sodor Island.
D A Y 6
In the morning we visit the ruins of a 16th century Portuguese fort on Sodor, a reminder of the ancient spice trade. During lunch, we cruise through a beautiful passage between the islands and volcanoes as we had north east of Adonara for a snorkelling session. Later that afternoon we head north in the direction of the uninhabited, active volcanic island of Komba.
D A Y 7
After breakfast we explore the (hopefully) belching Komba volcano with our dinghies before a snorkel on the surrounding reefs. Later in the morning we head south, cruising towards the mainland and the beautiful Lewaling Bay.
Step ashore in the afternoon for a drive to a local village to see some prehistoric rock art. Following this, will be some time to snorkel before soaking up the sunset over Ile Apé, another active volcano. After dinner, Ombak Putih will head east in the direction of Pura island
D A Y 8
After breakfast, snorkel Buaya island, a location with a beautiful drop off and plenty of fish.
The afternoon is an opportunity to visit the ancient Muslim village of Uma Pura, where we will stroll around, meet the people and see their way of life. The village is well known for their use of sea sponges for the dying of their textile and we will get a chance to see the process in action. After Umapura village we will head to a local reef for a snorkelling session before making for the capital of Alor, Kalabahi.
D A Y 9
After breakfast, will visit the traditional village of Takpala to be greeted by traditional dancing before exploring the local market. If you are lucky you can see people buying Moko, the traditional bronze drums of Alor.
Later in the afternoon take a local boat trip to see the gentle dugong followed by a relaxing afternoon on the beach. Then it will be time to head to the boat for your farewell dinner.
D A Y 1 0
Wake up in a beautiful bay on the tropical island of Alor where we will have breakfast before saying goodbye to the crew and heading to the airport for your morning flight back to Bali.
Please note that this is a guide as to what to expect from your sailing holiday in Indonesia. With the ever changing wind and tides, flexibility is key. Our mission is to provide the best experience possible for our guests given the current conditions and when unexpected opportunities for adventure may present themselves along our cruise routes. Sometimes weather conditions, tides or other local factors dictate that we need to vary from the published route, and at times there are special opportunities to explore and discover new locations, events and activities. These explorations will always be a definite enhancement to the published itinerary and will be undertaken after discussion and agreement among guests. Ultimately, the boat captains and your tour leader will make decisions to maximise trip safety and your overall enjoyment, so please come prepared to be flexible!
All voyages for Ombak Putih
Guest berths: 24 Rig: Gaff Ketch
Ombak Putih is a traditional Indonesian pinisi sailing vessel built in 1995 on the island of Borneo. Part of a centuries-old maritime tradition of hand-crafted boat-building now classified as UNESCO cultural heritage.
Built by local Indonesian craftsmen using traditional hand tools and Indonesian hard-woods, Ombak Putih is full of cultural knowledge passed down from father to son over centuries. Working alongside her sister ship Katharina, (smaller but equally as beautiful!), they are both fine examples of some of the few original boats that still sail these waters.
Now led by Captain Jurfi, Ombak Putih takes guests on skippered sailing holidays to explore the cultural heritage, natural wonders and wildlife of the Indonesian islands.
Above decks, Ombak Putih has over 400sqm of communal space divided over her two main deck areas. A large saloon sits mid-ships at deck level with 360degree views with a large-covered canopy area to the bows for alfresco dining and daytime relaxation. A top deck sits above the saloon giving guests a secluded relaxation and sun-bathing area, as well as stunning views across the archipelago.
The galley sits to the stern and is really where this boat comes to life. With 14 crew on hand, you won’t have to a lift a finger with freshly-prepared meals showcasing the very best of Indonesian cuisine and hospitality.
Below decks, her interior refit has been to a high standard with spacious cabins and campion-ways. Hand-crafted beds using local timber and locally made soft furnishings give the boat an authentic Indonesian feel. There are 12 private ensuite cabins for guests in a combination of double beds, twin bunks and three berth cabins.
Deck planMore about Ombak Putih
Life on board
Indulge in a world of adventure as you discover the natural beauty of the Indonesian archipelago from the water. Walk barefoot along sandy shores, enjoy delicious local cuisine and wonder at the endemic wildlife species across the islands.
Life on-board Ombak Putih is one of traditional Indonesian culture, from the welcoming local crew to the fresh local delicacies, fascinating endemic species and breath-taking Indonesian landscapes. The local people are at the heart of everything that Ombak Putih does. From employing local people to sail her to the traditional craftsmen that built her, the networks and connections that have been nurtured by the crew are heart-warming. Visit remote villages where you’re greeted by running children, laughing and joking, sharing their local crafts. Dance around the fire, play music, exchange gifts and wonder their fascinating corner of paradise.
Sleeping and Relaxation
With six private, air-conditioned en-suite cabins full of traditional Indonesian charm, spacious communal area, alfresco dining areas and sun-lounge deck, Ombak Putih offers plenty of seclusion and relaxation. There are kayaks, snorkel gear and SUP’s for guests to use and the crew can arrange extra activities ashore from kite-surfing to cookery classes.
There are a total of 14 crew on Ombak Putih so you really won’t have to lift a finger. From home-made cocktails, freshly prepared Indonesian cuisine, there is even a host to take care of any extra excursion planning.
- Full board including all meals, soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks. (Starting and ending with lunch on first and last days)
- All Indonesian tour leaders
- All park fees, cultural performances, local guides and off-boat activities.
- Welcome drink, cold towel upon boarding and each time guests return from off-boat excursions.
- Daily room cleaning
- Two pieces of laundry each day
- Towels and linens
- Complimentary cotton backpack, luggage tag, fan and stainless steel water (which guests are encouraged to take home)
- First aid kit containing all major medicines
- Sunscreen lotion
- Soaps, shampoo and conditioner
- Beach BBQ
- Free wine, beer and selected cocktails at the beach BBQ
- Selected wines with special farewell dinner
- All port fee
- Use of on-board TV and multimedia facilities
- Library of books, kids games and TV documentaries
- Use of all facilities on board including snorkelling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board games
- Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck
- All transfer to and fro the boats
- Fuel surcharge
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Domestic flights
- Transit hotels
- Alcoholic drinks outside of specials dinners and beach BBQ
- Crew and tour leader tips
- Incidental expenses on land (souvenirs, private purchases etc)
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will likely be more than 12miles offshore.
Package Travel Regulations
This trip is covered by our Package Travel Regulations (PTR) Insurance. Please click here to view the Terms & Conditions.
Are all meals included?
Yes - all meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks)
Are there any added extra's?
No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Vegetarian, halal, kosher, children’s fare, low fat dishes, allergies, etc. However, we must be notified in advance of any special needs so we can make arrangements.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
(All cabins are ensuites) 6 x double cabins, 2 x triple cabins (one double bed & one upper single bunk), 4 x twin bunk cabins.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
There are 12 ensuites with each cabin.
Is there WIFI?
No! Time to disconnect from the modern conforms and reconnect with nature!
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes - there are plenty of USB sockets available.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a need for adventure.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure. Ginger tea and biscuits also help with sea sickness.
Is bedding included?
All bedding and shower towels are included. Please bring your own swimming towels.