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Join international yogis, Lindsay Gonzalez and Melody Massey, as they lead you on a journey of discovery through yoga, meditation and more, for eight days cruising from Bali to Komodo National Park.
Quench your wanderlust and inspire your innermost self on our beautiful ‘pinisi’ schooner, with delicious meals, the best of company, glorious nature, and daily yoga and mindfulness practices.
This is an all-levels yoga and travel experience geared towards anyone who wants to take their yoga practice out of the studio and into a spectacular natural environment, surrounded by the enchanting turquoise waters of the Komodo National Park. A highlight of the trip is the chance to see Komodo dragons and myriad other land and sea creatures up close in the wild.
Each day, yoga, meditation or mantra chanting takes place on the deck, on the beach, on a hill or on a SUP board with two sessions daily, most at sunrise and sunset. Breathe in the fresh sea air and relish a stunning new view every day, and if you feel like a refreshing dip after yoga practice, dive directly from your mat into the crystal-clear sea. There’s also plenty of time for snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding.
Eight days/seven nights of dedicated yoga is a great opportunity to expand your existing practice or, if you are new to yoga, it is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the practice.
We have designed the itinerary so that you can balance activity, play and exploration with down time and lounging on deck. While we encourage full participation in the yoga program, classes are always optional so you can tailor your days, and practice, to your ideal trip experience.
Things to remember: Itineraries can change due to many things: currents, the weather and unexpected opportunities, so we strive to be open to the moment. If there is a swell it may not be possible to practice yoga on the boat, and if the tide is low or the current strong we may not be able to practice SUP yoga on the water. We believe in the power of serendipity and will flow with the prospects of each new day to create the best experience possible.
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.
We will arrive in the afternoon at Coral View Resort in the delightful and quiet, coastal village of Amed in East Bali. Here, we can relax and unwind with a swim or a snorkel or even a walk in the surrounding area. In the late afternoon, Lindsay will offer an optional introductory/refresher stand up paddle boarding session followed by our first yoga practice in the pretty garden of the hotel. Afterwards, we’ll have sunset drinks on the beach and dinner with our fellow guests, while getting better acquainted for the voyage ahead.
Waking up early at the Resort, we will begin our day with sunrise yoga on the beach. As we salute the sun, at around 6.30 or 7am, the beautiful Ombak Putih, our floating home for the next seven days, will make her grand entrance, cruising into view in Jemeluk Bay. We will then have a leisurely breakfast and maybe a swim before being transported the short distance to the boat, which will be waiting at anchor. After we board the vessel, we will have a chance to settle in before the captain gives the orders for the anchor to be lifted prior to crossing the Lombok Strait. This deep trench of water between Bali and Lombok marks part of a very important ecological boundary, which was first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the British naturalist. Wallace noticed that 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, we will make our first stop at one of the three Gili Islands, a popular holiday destination just off Lombok’s northwest coast. We will spend a few hours here, during which time we can choose from a number of water activities: swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking, or simply enjoying the beautiful white-sand beach. We will practice yoga on the beach at sunset.
Moored off the coast of North Lombok, where the sea is normally flat, we will begin our day with a yoga practice on board against the magnificent backdrop of the sunrise and Lombok’s mighty volcano, Gunung Rinjani. This will be followed by 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, we will be taken on a tour, by one of the local women-guides, of the simple thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices, which will give us an insight into the culture of the indigenous Sasak people. Our mellow adventure will then lead us 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, and if we want we can take a dip under the full force of the intense flow.
Our walk will continue alongside an old irrigation canal offering panoramic vistas of rice fields stretching towards the sea. The area around Senaru and Bayan was the birthplace of Lombok’s unique Wektu Telu belief system in which ancient animist practices are combined with Islam. If we have time, we will 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. We will also see some weavers and spinners demonstrating their age-old skills. After re-embarkation, we will snorkel and explore one of the coral reefs near Gili Sulat, which is a marine conservation area, before our relaxing yoga and meditation practice on board the boat at sunset.
This morning we will moor off Labuan Aji village on the island of Moyo, and enjoy our sunrise yoga practice on the deck before visiting the village and then walking to Diwu Mba’i waterfall, where can swing on a rope and jump into the deep clear river pool below, or simply bathe in the refreshing cool water. Our 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. The eruption was the biggest volcanic explosion in the collective memory of mankind; it had roughly four times the energy of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and gave rise to the ‘year without a summer’ because of the effect on North American and European weather.
Local people believe the mysterious lake at Satonda to be magical; alongside the shore of the lake are wishing trees where visitors to the island tie a small stone to a branch and make a wish. If your wish comes true, you are bound to return to the island to offer thanks. With this in mind, we will take a meditative 5-minute stroll to the lip of the caldera to view the mysterious lake, and create a manifestation ritual before tying our wishes to the trees. The seas surrounding the island are rich with soft and hard corals and colourful tropical fish, so we will spend some time swimming and snorkelling off the beach. Around 4pm, we will have our first SUP Yoga practice, which takes place on the buoyant, still waters of the lake. Your mat is a stand up paddle board. This extraordinarily beautiful, serene and enchanted location, surrounded by a ring of dense rainforest, offers you a truly unforgettable experience. Enjoy learning while adapting to the motion of the board and the continuous challenge of balance. This playful practice will strengthen the core (solar plexus – confidence) and establish a deeper balance. There will also be an option for lakeside yoga.
Another highlight of our visit to Satonda will be the sight of thousands of flying foxes that commute at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland, returning before first light the next day. We will go back to the boat to watch the sunset and witness the bats as they emerge in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell. After this, we leave for an overnight passage on a course due east.
We will wake up off the coast of Pulau Sangean, an active volcano that towers 1,800 metres above sea level. Our day will begin with sunrise yoga and meditation on the black sand beach. After breakfast, we will go ashore again, this time to a small and very simple village, which, because of the active nature of the volcano, is only inhabited for short periods during the year when the local people come to tend their crops and small herds of buffaloes. We can see the buffaloes on the beach and sometimes even swimming in the sea. We will snorkel on both a nearby reef and a location on the north of the island where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals, a most interesting sight. We will then proceed to the island of Banta and its pinkish-white sand beach, for an afternoon of swimming, snorkelling and hill climbing for the fit. The calm water off the beautiful Banta Beach is perfect for SUP yoga at sunset, with the option of beachside yoga as well, followed by meditation on the beach as the sun goes down. After this, you can enjoy a quintessential SeaTrek 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, followed by storytelling and mantra chanting set to music. Later that evening we proceed to Komodo.
When we wake up, the boat will be anchored off the famous Komodo Island, one of approximately 80 islands that make up the Komodo National Park. Sometimes there are dragons on the beach here, so this morning’s yoga practice will take place on the boat! After breakfast, we will go ashore at 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, we will encounter, at a safe distance, these awe-inspiring, giant lizards – Indonesia’s living dinosaurs. We may spot deer, wild boar, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butterflies, rare orchids, and jungle chickens among the strangle-fig trees and the distinctive lontar palms. Later we will head to the gorgeous Pantai Merah ‘red-beach,’ which takes its name from the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here we will swim and snorkel over one of the richest reefs in Eastern Indonesia, relishing the unforgettable spectacle of the region’s many varieties of coral and marine life. Our sunset yoga practice session will take place on the red beach, or another nearby beach, with the option of SUP yoga as well if the tide is high enough and the water calm enough.
Instead of yoga, today will begin with an early breakfast as we need to be ashore by 7am at the ranger station of Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. Here, we will have 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 we may spot monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer as well. From the top of the hills, the scenery is breathtaking. The boat will then cruise to Gili Lawa Darat, where we can go 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. Later we will go ashore and make the 20-minute walk to the top of one of the island’s hills where the horizon opens up to an iconic vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. Our walk up the hill will be a silent, mindful meditation. The practice of conscious movement is to simply be aware of each step and breath, with the aim to bring ourselves closer to nature and connect with the present moment. The sight of the long white sandy beaches with clearly visible coral formations, the savannah-like landscape of Komodo Island and volcanic island silhouettes in the background is a unique photo opportunity and a cherished memory for many guests.
When we’re back at the beach, we will make a short five-minute ascent up another hill to a flat area with a west-facing vista, which offers the perfect sunset backdrop to our yoga practice during which we can completely surrender to nature. Our day will finish on this island, or possibly on the nearby island of Pulau Bugis, with a final celebration of our memorable voyage, combined with more storytelling, mantra chanting, dancing and live music led by Melody and the crew.
We will wake up off the white sand beaches of Bidadari (Angel) Island, and enjoy our final yoga practice on the boat before we have breakfast and then depart for the very short cruise to Labuan Bajo. At about 9am we will leave the boat for a trip to the 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. The men of Western Flores are famous for this test of daring and skill, requiring lightning quick moves to dodge the infliction of a wound. The winner is loudly applauded and cheered by the village. Besides this, the cultural group will also showcase other traditional dances. After the performance, we will return to the boat for lunch on board, before bidding farewell to the captain and crew and transferring to the airport for our flights back to Bali.
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Lindsay is an international yoga teacher (ERYT-500) in search of adventures on and off the mat. She is known for her keen understanding of breath work practices, body alignment, sense of humour, and ability to empower her students to live fully! With over a decade of experience in her field, she leads 200- and 300-hour teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats throughout the world. Lindsay is a writer of continuing education programs for yoga teachers and is releasing her first book in 2017. She is passionate about teaching yoga alignment, world travel, stand up paddle boarding, and SUP yoga. Follow Lindsay on Instagram at @Breatheonboard for inspiration and upcoming workshops, retreats and trainings.
Melody is a certified Hatha yoga instructor, singer, writer and world traveller. While living in India, her casual yoga practice became a passion that inspired her to become a yoga teacher. Her classes range from gentle yoga and Vinyasa to Bhakti yoga, a heart-opening practice weaving storytelling with mantras, music and asana. Melody teaches private, group, and virtual yoga classes, hosts yoga retreats and workshops, and offers live music for yoga classes. She is lead singer of Oneness, a mantra rock band with shades of blues, jazz, roots and gospel, merging ancient chants with original and sampled lyrics to create an uplifting, interactive experience with the audience.