Day 1: Departure Day from Serangan - Bali
Meet our representatives in Serangan, Bali and we will transfer you to Gili Air on Fast Boat.Upon arrival in Gili Air, we will transfer you to your home for the next 10 days, Al Iikai. Lunch will ber served while we travel to Lombok
The afternoon will be spent on Mentigi Bay. A quiet, calm white sand beach that will give guests a chance to test out their snorkeling equipment. There are some nice coral gardens s short swim from the beach. Water safety for the rest of trip will be also covered at this time and swimmer strength assessed so water activities can be safe for all. As the sun set behind the island of Bali, we weigh anchor and sail east. Overnight we travel to Keramat Island in Sumbawa strait
Day 2: Explore Keramat Island - A heart-shaped island
A tiny deserted island just off tip of Sumbawa. Drift snorkeling over magnificent slg horn coral on the west side, while the east side you can get into shallow water and look for critter in the reef garden.After lunch we move to Bungin island, the most populated island on earth. We will go ashore and visit this fishing village and see how thie ever expanding island support so many people and why the goats there have to eat plastic to survive.
Later we continue sailing east and around midnight will drop anchor at Satonda Island.
Day 3: Satonda Island
Satonda is a caldera (collapsed volcano.) At some point in the past it was filled by a massive tsunami, and the center of the island is now a large marine lake. It's possible to swim in the lake, hike up to the edge of the crater, and there is very gentle (no current) snorkeling from a wonderful white sand beach. Late afternoon we will cross to Sumbawa and drift off shark point. An amazing cliff rises from the depths, covered with thousands of soft corals waving in the current. Sunset sees thousands of bats starting their nightly forage for food. In the late evening we depart for Wera, Sumbawa.
Day 4: Wera of Sumbawa
This morning we discover the small village of Wera on Sumbawa. A Bugis (traditional Indonesian seafarers) village, you will be able to see first hand how Indonesian Phinisi ships are built by hand on the beaches. The Bugis are also famous for their distinctive woven fabrics, and it's possible to purchase direct from the women who have made them. From Wera we continue east. On the way, we pass the still smoking volcano Sangean Api. This volcano erupted with little warning in April 2014. It's possible to see fresh lava flows on the Eastern side. A reminder we are amid the "Ring of Fire." We should arrive late afternoon at the island of Komodo, just enough time for a snorkel at Gili Lawar Laut.
Day 5: Mantas !!
Mantas!!! Depending on the tide, next stop will be Manta Alley. We need to be there on a rising tide so itinerary may have to be adjusted for this. Here we drop off at incredible coral and drift into the 4 kilometer "alley." As we drift down we should pass over many mantas swimming against the tide. There are also turtles, large coral heads, and clams. Two water safety boats accompany us, and it's possible to get in and out of the boats if you get cold. We usually cover the entire distance in about one and a half hours.
After this, we move to the island of Tartawa Besar for another drift snorkel. Late afternoon we make our way south to the island of Rinca
Day 6: Meeting with the dragons
It's an early start to beat the heat, as we go ashore on Rinca and hike through the savannah in search of the famous Komodo Dragons. There are three different length hikes, and the guides will know where we are most likely to see the Dragons. Rinca is less touristy, and smaller than Komodo, and in my experience there is a greater chance of seeing more dragons in their natural habitat. Those who don't want to go ashore can do a "muck" snorkel through the mangroves next to Goat Island. It's a different experience than coral reefs, but just as exhilarating. Any guests who don't want to hike, are welcome to sit with me in the coffee shop. We always see at least 3 or 4 dragons there, without leaving the park entrance.
After Rinca, we traverse the Park to Pink Beach. A calm, white sand beach, is famous for the pinkish tinge it has from red coral which is mixed in the white sand. Here you will have some of the best snorkeling on the trip. In close there are thousands of small tropical fish amongst the reef garden, while out deep large pelagic fish surge through the water.
Day 7: Kanawa and Sebayur Island
Our last day in the Park will be spent on the islands of Kanawa, and Sebayur Besar. White sand interspersed with large coral atolls make for a memorable time in the water. It's a gentle drift along a sandy edge, and it's here that I have experienced the most diverse marine creatures. White sand beaches, drift snorkels - slow and fast, and a variety of treks are sure to fill our day. In the early evening we say goodbye to Komodo and start our trip back to Bali.
After lunch we will have time to explore Angel reef. Located about 1 kilometer off shore, the reef extends from a tiny (table sized) island. A steep drop off gives us the opportunity to swim with pelagic fish and the occasional reef shark. There is also an opportunity for a late afternoon snorkel on reefs in front of the village, before we head back to the island of Lombok.
Day 9: The Gilis
We've arrived back in civilization. Today you have your choice of the famous 3 Gilis to explore. Gili Meno, Air and Trawangan are all waiting. Maybe some shopping of Gili Trawangan? Your own white sand beach for a cocktail in Gili Meno, or circumnavigate Gili Air by horse drawn cart? Do as much, or as little as you want.
Day 10: Time to say Goodbye
Our final snorkel, early morning, we drift along the east side of Gili Meno. White sand dropping into the abyss, you are guaranteed to see at least one turtle and a variety of soft and hard corals, as we pass along the sandy edge of this island.
Back on board, sadly.... it's time to pack and go ashore for your transport by fast boat back to Bali. You arrive back in Serangan Harbour, Bali - just as the sun sets, after your 10 day Komodo adventure.