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This exciting voyage will take us along the eastern seaboard of Sulawesi, and across the Flores Sea to the Komodo National Park, where we will encounter the fearsome Komodo dragons in their natural island habitat. Cruising from the North Sulawesi city of Gorontalo and heading south to Labuan Bajo in Flores, we will explore the many islands and atolls of this spectacular region, with the opportunity to engage in a whole host of activities, which include visiting remote villages and meeting hospitable local people, snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs, trekking, possible encounters with whale sharks (subject to their very occasional presence off the coast of a small village) and manta rays (fingers crossed), endemic birds and colonies of nesting seabirds, rare endemic fish, and Komodo dragons. There will also be ample time for swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle-boarding, as well as simply enjoying the pleasure of cruising across the tropical seas on our splendid traditional pinisi ship Katharina. Guests will depart from Bali on a morning flight, changing in Makassar (South Sulawesi) and arriving in Gorontalo Airport at around 1pm, from where they will be transported directly to the waiting 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). All activities are optional leaving you with the freedom of choice.
Note: The price of this cruise does not include any domestic airfares to and from our start and end points, however, our reservations specialists in Bali are more than happy to help arrange domestic flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we know the best routes to take to ensure you arrive on time. We only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included. If you are booking flights by yourself, do not book any flights before checking with us first. Our first and last day programmes rely on strict time scheduling, so please confirm with us to ensure that you arrive and depart at your destination with plenty of time to spare and to avoid disruption to other guests' schedules.