Sailing the remote Ring of Fire in Indonesia
- Vessel: Ombak Putih
- Where: Maumere, Indonesia
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara - 25 June 2023, 08:00
- Disembark: Komodo, East Nusa Tenggara - 4 July 2023, 13:00
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 Maumere and Komodo, along Indonesia’s Ring of Fire.
- World famous Coral Reefs
- Rainforest trekking
- Wildlife watching
- Local Culture
- Private ensuite cabins
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
D A Y 1
Arrive into Maumere airport where your guides will meet you and take you to the boat. Once you’ve settled in, head ashore for a mesmerising cultural performance at Watublapi Village before heading back to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, we will set sail for Kodia and arrive just before sunset.
D A Y 2
Spend the day exploring this small cluster of islands surrounded by white sand beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Spend the day snorkelling the reefs and exploring with a hike inland.
An overnight sail to Capo des Flores (the Cape of Flowers) will give guests a beautiful anchorage to wake up to.
D A Y 3
Move north along Capo des Flores as we anchor and a great spot for snorkelling, swimming and paddling. Continue to the mighty Lie Mandiri off the coast of Larantuka where we will be greeted by friendly locals with traditional song and dance performances.
D A Y 4
Wake up on the island of Solor as we spend the morning exploring the island, local villages and a 16th century Portuguese fort. After we have finished exploring, head for the island of Lembata, stopping off along the way to explore ashore.
D A Y 5
Wake up under the gaze of the giant active volcano of Ile Api – aptly named the Island of Fire on the island of Lembata. Guests are welcomed ashore to the local village with traditional singing and dancing and the production of their famous local textiles.
After lunch, sail across the bay to snorkel in the vibrant coral reef and make use of the boats paddle boards and kayaks. The crew will be setting up nearby for a beach BBQ, bonfire and party under the stars!
D A Y 6
After an overnight sail, wake up again off the coast of the Capo de Flores. Today is the day the for snorkelling, paddling and exploring this beautiful part of Indonesia, including a visit to a local village, before heading further west at sunset.
D A Y 7
Paluweh island is an active volcano that rises some 3000m from the sea floor. Spend the day exploring this natural wonder surrounded with hiking trails, swimming, snorkelling and paddle-boarding opportunities.
D A Y 8
Wake up in near the island of Riung where guests are free to spend the day as they wish. Explore ashore taking a hike into the forest, snorkel and swim and make use of the boats paddle boards and kayaks.
In the evening, the anchorage provides a great vantage point to watch thousands of fruit bats coming our of their roost to forage at dusk.
D A Y 9
Wake up early after an overnight sail as we head ashore to the island of Rinca where the ancient komodo dragons live. Under the guidance of experienced rangers, explore the fascinating creatures with a trek across the island. After lunch, we will snorkel at Siaba Reef , home to many sea turtles and beautiful coral
D A Y 1 0
Spend a final morning exploring the Komodo National Park to the Makassar reefs to snorkel with manta rays before a visit to Pink Beach for some snorkelling. After lunch the crew will take guests to the airport or hotel for your onwards travel.
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.
Read more about what to expect from life on board Ombak Putih.
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
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.
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 12 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.
Read more about what to expect from your Indonesian sailing holiday aboard Ombak Putih here.
- 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
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.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will likely be more than 12miles offshore.
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.
From: Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara
To: Komodo, East Nusa Tenggara
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.