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Whale Sharks & Dragons: North Sulawesi to Flores 2018
Gorontalo – Labuan Bajo
Cruise Summary

This is an exciting new tour of the many islands, atolls and villages along the eastern seaboard of Sulawesi and across the Flores Sea to the Komodo National Park. We invite you to be a pioneer traveller on this very special exploratory cruise, where we will be charting a new route for use in SeaTrek’s future by the cabin and charter programmes.

Cruising between the 1st to the 12th of March 2017 between the North Sulawesi city of Gorontalo and heading south to Labuan Bajo in Flores, the cruise will offer a full SeaTrek Sailing Adventure experience, and follow a pre-planned and optimised route worked out in conjunction with Captain Fery of the Ombak Putih and our Tour Leaders, yet will offer the freedom and flexibility to investigate anything of particular interest that comes across our path. En route we will explore the various islands and atolls of eastern Sulawesi and engage in a host of activities that include visiting remote villages and meeting local people, ample snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs, trekking, encounters with whale sharks and manta rays (fingers crossed), nesting seabirds and Komodo dragons, trekking, swimming, kayaking, stand up paddling, as well as simply enjoying the pleasure of cruising across the tropical seas on our beautiful and traditional pinisi ship.

Guests will depart from Bali on a morning flight, changing in Makassar (South Sulawesi) and arriving in Gorontalo at around 1pm, where they will be taken directly to the awaiting boat. At the end of the trip, it’s just a 90-minute direct flight back to Bali. The cruise is all-inclusive (except for alcohol, which is charged close to cost price), with all activities are optional leaving guests the freedom to do what they wish.

Note: SeaTrek will do their utmost to ensure that everyone on board has a fantastic experience and that we see all that we hope to, but being an exploratory cruise we ask that guests bring an open mind to slight deviations and diversions that may occur due to tides, unforseen adventures and new interesting distractions that may raise their heads along the way.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1
Guests will fly from Bali to Gorantalo and upon arrival guests will be taken directly to the Ombak Putih which will be waiting in the harbour. After some welcome drinks the boat will head off to the area of Botubarani (approx. two hours away) where a group of whale sharks are often in residence, giving us a very good chance to get in the water and snorkel and swim with them. After dinner we will set sail for the Tongean Island group for an overnight crossing.

Days 2 & 3
We will wake up in the Tonian islands and will two days exploring this beautiful archipelago visiting various islands and anchorages, villages, talking lots of time for snorkelling, kayaking, trekking and swimming. After dinner on day three we will set for an overnight voyage to Balanta Island.

Day 4
We wake up at anchor off Pulau Besar and Pulau Poson islands and spend the day visiting the local village market, snorkelling, swimming, water sports, trekking and time on the beach. After dinner set sail for Banggai Island.

Day 5
We wake up Banggai, home to the endemic Banggai cardinal fish, which we will endeavour to track down. We will visit the local village of Lokotai, snorkel, swim and spend time on the beach, and maybe visit a nearby resort. The local area is ringed with atolls and beautiful reefs with great snorkelling, so later afternoon we will cruise to a nearby island and spend the night at anchor. This night we will have a BBQ on the beach, and later in the evening we will cruise south to Manui Island.

Day 6
In the morning we will do some exploring and snorkelling near Manui Island, where we will visit a Kampung Bajo (a village of the Bugis Bajo people, built on stilts above the water), before exploring the local islands for beaches and snorkelling. Overnight sail to Wakitobi archipelago.

Days 7 & 8
We will spend two days exploring the beautiful Wakatobi National Park area, famous for its colourful coral spots and nature. We will stop for some water sports and snorkelling and a possible scuba dive with the local resort for interested guests. We will visit the Operation Wallacea project. Then late morning on the second day we will cruise to Moromaho Island, a haven for pan-tropical seabirds. We will then cruise overnight to the island of Batuata.

Day 9
Today we will wake up at Batuata Island and will spend the day exploring, beaching, snorkelling, visiting a local village and swimming. We will set off late afternoon to cruise to the Bonerate Archipelago.

Day 10
We wake up at Kalao Island in the Takabonerate area and visit the village of Beru. After that we will spend the day swimming and snorkelling and doing water sports, before setting off later afternoon for an overnight cruise to Rinca Island in the Komodo National Park.

Day 11
Today we will set off for an early morning trek on Rinca Island, in search of the famous Komodo dragons. After breakfast we will spend some time at the beautiful Pantai Merah (red sand beach) and then search for and snorkel with manta rays. Evening time we will anchor off Kalong Island to watch the many tens of thousands of flying foxes fly off to the mainland to feed, before we have our own farewell beach BBQ.

Day 12
Today we spend our final morning on the boat with time for a last snorkel and swim, before we cruise into Labuan Bajo harbour, have lunch and disembark for transfer to the airport for the return flight to Bali.

Cruise Summary

This is an exciting new tour of the many islands, atolls and villages along the eastern seaboard of Sulawesi and across the Flores Sea to the Komodo National Park. We invite you to be a pioneer traveller on this very special exploratory cruise, where we will be charting a new route for use in SeaTrek’s future by the cabin and charter programmes.

Cruising between the 1st to the 12th of March 2017 between the North Sulawesi city of Gorontalo and heading south to Labuan Bajo in Flores, the cruise will offer a full SeaTrek Sailing Adventure experience, and follow a pre-planned and optimised route worked out in conjunction with Captain Fery of the Ombak Putih and our Tour Leaders, yet will offer the freedom and flexibility to investigate anything of particular interest that comes across our path. En route we will explore the various islands and atolls of eastern Sulawesi and engage in a host of activities that include visiting remote villages and meeting local people, ample snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs, trekking, encounters with whale sharks and manta rays (fingers crossed), nesting seabirds and Komodo dragons, trekking, swimming, kayaking, stand up paddling, as well as simply enjoying the pleasure of cruising across the tropical seas on our beautiful and traditional pinisi ship.

Guests will depart from Bali on a morning flight, changing in Makassar (South Sulawesi) and arriving in Gorontalo at around 1pm, where they will be taken directly to the awaiting boat. At the end of the trip, it’s just a 90-minute direct flight back to Bali. The cruise is all-inclusive (except for alcohol, which is charged close to cost price), with all activities are optional leaving guests the freedom to do what they wish.

Note: SeaTrek will do their utmost to ensure that everyone on board has a fantastic experience and that we see all that we hope to, but being an exploratory cruise we ask that guests bring an open mind to slight deviations and diversions that may occur due to tides, unforseen adventures and new interesting distractions that may raise their heads along the way.

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Cruise Summary

This is an exciting new tour of the many islands, atolls and villages along the eastern seaboard of Sulawesi and across the Flores Sea to the Komodo National Park. We invite you to be a pioneer traveller on this very special exploratory cruise, where we will be charting a new route for use in SeaTrek’s future by the cabin and charter programmes.

Cruising between the 1st to the 12th of March 2017 between the North Sulawesi city of Gorontalo and heading south to Labuan Bajo in Flores, the cruise will offer a full SeaTrek Sailing Adventure experience, and follow a pre-planned and optimised route worked out in conjunction with Captain Fery of the Ombak Putih and our Tour Leaders, yet will offer the freedom and flexibility to investigate anything of particular interest that comes across our path. En route we will explore the various islands and atolls of eastern Sulawesi and engage in a host of activities that include visiting remote villages and meeting local people, ample snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs, trekking, encounters with whale sharks and manta rays (fingers crossed), nesting seabirds and Komodo dragons, trekking, swimming, kayaking, stand up paddling, as well as simply enjoying the pleasure of cruising across the tropical seas on our beautiful and traditional pinisi ship.

Guests will depart from Bali on a morning flight, changing in Makassar (South Sulawesi) and arriving in Gorontalo at around 1pm, where they will be taken directly to the awaiting boat. At the end of the trip, it’s just a 90-minute direct flight back to Bali. The cruise is all-inclusive (except for alcohol, which is charged close to cost price), with all activities are optional leaving guests the freedom to do what they wish.

Note: SeaTrek will do their utmost to ensure that everyone on board has a fantastic experience and that we see all that we hope to, but being an exploratory cruise we ask that guests bring an open mind to slight deviations and diversions that may occur due to tides, unforseen adventures and new interesting distractions that may raise their heads along the way.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1
Guests will fly from Bali to Gorantalo and upon arrival guests will be taken directly to the Ombak Putih which will be waiting in the harbour. After some welcome drinks the boat will head off to the area of Botubarani (approx. two hours away) where a group of whale sharks are often in residence, giving us a very good chance to get in the water and snorkel and swim with them. After dinner we will set sail for the Tongean Island group for an overnight crossing.

Days 2 & 3
We will wake up in the Tonian islands and will two days exploring this beautiful archipelago visiting various islands and anchorages, villages, talking lots of time for snorkelling, kayaking, trekking and swimming. After dinner on day three we will set for an overnight voyage to Balanta Island.

Day 4
We wake up at anchor off Pulau Besar and Pulau Poson islands and spend the day visiting the local village market, snorkelling, swimming, water sports, trekking and time on the beach. After dinner set sail for Banggai Island.

Day 5
We wake up Banggai, home to the endemic Banggai cardinal fish, which we will endeavour to track down. We will visit the local village of Lokotai, snorkel, swim and spend time on the beach, and maybe visit a nearby resort. The local area is ringed with atolls and beautiful reefs with great snorkelling, so later afternoon we will cruise to a nearby island and spend the night at anchor. This night we will have a BBQ on the beach, and later in the evening we will cruise south to Manui Island.

Day 6
In the morning we will do some exploring and snorkelling near Manui Island, where we will visit a Kampung Bajo (a village of the Bugis Bajo people, built on stilts above the water), before exploring the local islands for beaches and snorkelling. Overnight sail to Wakitobi archipelago.

Days 7 & 8
We will spend two days exploring the beautiful Wakatobi National Park area, famous for its colourful coral spots and nature. We will stop for some water sports and snorkelling and a possible scuba dive with the local resort for interested guests. We will visit the Operation Wallacea project. Then late morning on the second day we will cruise to Moromaho Island, a haven for pan-tropical seabirds. We will then cruise overnight to the island of Batuata.

Day 9
Today we will wake up at Batuata Island and will spend the day exploring, beaching, snorkelling, visiting a local village and swimming. We will set off late afternoon to cruise to the Bonerate Archipelago.

Day 10
We wake up at Kalao Island in the Takabonerate area and visit the village of Beru. After that we will spend the day swimming and snorkelling and doing water sports, before setting off later afternoon for an overnight cruise to Rinca Island in the Komodo National Park.

Day 11
Today we will set off for an early morning trek on Rinca Island, in search of the famous Komodo dragons. After breakfast we will spend some time at the beautiful Pantai Merah (red sand beach) and then search for and snorkel with manta rays. Evening time we will anchor off Kalong Island to watch the many tens of thousands of flying foxes fly off to the mainland to feed, before we have our own farewell beach BBQ.

Day 12
Today we spend our final morning on the boat with time for a last snorkel and swim, before we cruise into Labuan Bajo harbour, have lunch and disembark for transfer to the airport for the return flight to Bali.

Day 1
Guests will fly from Bali to Gorantalo and upon arrival guests will be taken directly to the Ombak Putih which will be waiting in the harbour. After some welcome drinks the boat will head off to the area of Botubarani (approx. two hours away) where a group of whale sharks are often in residence, giving us a very good chance to get in the water and snorkel and swim with them. After dinner we will set sail for the Tongean Island group for an overnight crossing.

Days 2 & 3
We will wake up in the Tonian islands and will two days exploring this beautiful archipelago visiting various islands and anchorages, villages, talking lots of time for snorkelling, kayaking, trekking and swimming. After dinner on day three we will set for an overnight voyage to Balanta Island.

Day 4
We wake up at anchor off Pulau Besar and Pulau Poson islands and spend the day visiting the local village market, snorkelling, swimming, water sports, trekking and time on the beach. After dinner set sail for Banggai Island.

Day 5
We wake up Banggai, home to the endemic Banggai cardinal fish, which we will endeavour to track down. We will visit the local village of Lokotai, snorkel, swim and spend time on the beach, and maybe visit a nearby resort. The local area is ringed with atolls and beautiful reefs with great snorkelling, so later afternoon we will cruise to a nearby island and spend the night at anchor. This night we will have a BBQ on the beach, and later in the evening we will cruise south to Manui Island.

Day 6
In the morning we will do some exploring and snorkelling near Manui Island, where we will visit a Kampung Bajo (a village of the Bugis Bajo people, built on stilts above the water), before exploring the local islands for beaches and snorkelling. Overnight sail to Wakitobi archipelago.

Days 7 & 8
We will spend two days exploring the beautiful Wakatobi National Park area, famous for its colourful coral spots and nature. We will stop for some water sports and snorkelling and a possible scuba dive with the local resort for interested guests. We will visit the Operation Wallacea project. Then late morning on the second day we will cruise to Moromaho Island, a haven for pan-tropical seabirds. We will then cruise overnight to the island of Batuata.

Day 9
Today we will wake up at Batuata Island and will spend the day exploring, beaching, snorkelling, visiting a local village and swimming. We will set off late afternoon to cruise to the Bonerate Archipelago.

Day 10
We wake up at Kalao Island in the Takabonerate area and visit the village of Beru. After that we will spend the day swimming and snorkelling and doing water sports, before setting off later afternoon for an overnight cruise to Rinca Island in the Komodo National Park.

Day 11
Today we will set off for an early morning trek on Rinca Island, in search of the famous Komodo dragons. After breakfast we will spend some time at the beautiful Pantai Merah (red sand beach) and then search for and snorkel with manta rays. Evening time we will anchor off Kalong Island to watch the many tens of thousands of flying foxes fly off to the mainland to feed, before we have our own farewell beach BBQ.

Day 12
Today we spend our final morning on the boat with time for a last snorkel and swim, before we cruise into Labuan Bajo harbour, have lunch and disembark for transfer to the airport for the return flight to Bali.