KOMODO NATIONAL PARK ON DUNIA BARU

Duration: 7N / 8D

Route Estimation: 123 Nm (227 km)

Departs and Disembarks: Labuan Bajo, Flores

Dunia Baru Introduction

 

Dunia Baru is the finest superyacht ever built in Indonesia. Designed for family adventures in an expansive archipelago, she is available for private charters in the most beautiful natural habitats.

Private charters include exclusive use of the entire vessel, all meals and activities. With seven spacious cabins, she can comfortably accommodate groups up to 14 guests. Equally, smaller groups of 6-10 have been supremely comfortable on Dunia Baru.

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Komodo Itinerary Summary

 

This is a sample itinerary showcasing some of Komodo National Park’s highlights. The cruise departs from Labuan Bajo, the gateway to Komodo, located about an hour flight from Bali.

Activities in this itinerary include snorkeling in crystal clear waters, a few light treks, water sports, and optional diving. Each private charter itinerary is custom made according to guest preferences.

 

KOMODO ITINERARY ON DUNIA BARU

Activities: Dragon Sightings, Trekking, Diving & Snorkeling

Day 1 – Labuan Bajo, Flores

 

Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo airport, a representative of Dunia Baru’s Crew will meet guests, assist with all baggage, and provide transport directly to the boat. Once on board, guests will be welcomed with a beverage and safety briefing before sitting down to lunch, which will be served as Dunia Baru gets underway to Gili Lawa Darat, 2.5 hrs away.

A calm, protected bay on Gili Lawa Darat offers the perfect anchorage for the first night. A short 20-minute hike up the island offers spectacular sunset views and an excellent opportunity for photos.

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Day 2 – Makassar Reef & Komodo Bay

 

Following breakfast, guests may visit Gili Lawa Darat’s beach, snorkel waters full of coral, fish, and turtles, or enjoy various water sports at their leisure.

Dunia Baru will then cruise 2 hrs to Komodo Bay, passing Makassar Reef en route which has a shallow flat bottom interspersed with patches of coral. The corals here might be ordinary, but Makassar Reef is one of the most interesting places in the Komodo archipelago – because it’s here that manta rays gather, making for memorable diving and snorkeling.

In the afternoon as Dunia Baru continues on to Komodo Bay – dependent on sea conditions – we may have the opportunity to disembark for an exhilarating drift snorkel where you will be carried along the reef by the ocean current.

In preparation for an early nature walk to view Komodo dragons, we will anchor in Komodo Bay and enjoy sunset near Bat Island, locally known as Pulau Kalong. Here, thousands of fruit bats dwell among the island’s mangrove forest. Sunset features the amazing moment when the huge bat population takes flight in search of fruit on neighboring islands.

 

Day 3 – Loh Liang and Pink Beach

 

The Komodo dragon lives exclusively in the national park and can grow up to 3 m (10 ft) weighting more than 70 kg (154 lbs). Today will be our first attempt at catching a glimpse of incredible creatures in the wild.

A tour through Komodo Island’s Loh Liang accompanied by a park ranger starts early in the morning before the heat of the day. Dragons and other wildlife will be pointed out and explained by an experienced wildlife specialist.

After the tour, guests will enjoy a full day of relaxation and snorkeling at Pink Beach where soft, rosy pink sand gently filters into the clear Flores Sea. The sand comes from a tiny pink-colored marine organism called foraminifera. Snorkeling here in crystal waters is quite special, too.

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Day 4 – Padar Island

 

Dunia Baru will cruise 1.5 hours to Padar Island, the third largest island in the Komodo National Park. It is located in the central south of the park, between Komodo and Rinca Island.

In the past, Padar was one of the islands in Komodo where dragons lived; however, likely due to a lack of food, the dragons living on this island were either unable to sustain life or migrated to the more favorable locations of Komodo and Rinca islands.

Other animals such as wild boar can still be seen relatively frequently. Dragon-free, the island provides a very charming spot for trekking and enjoying water sports in its calm waters. For those who enjoy taking pictures, this is perhaps the best place for spectacular photos.

In the evening, guests can enjoy a beach bonfire to cap off the day’s adventures.

 

Day 5 – Nusa Kode

 

Nusa Kode is a 1.5 hrs cruise from Padar Island. The large, coral-encrusted boulders of Nusa Kode attract some of the biggest reef fishes in Komodo National Park. Guests will be able to view gigantic potato cod, Malabar grouper and red snapper.

Just as impressive as the island’s diving is the beach wildlife viewing: this is an excellent spot to see Komodo dragons on the shoreline from the RIB and take fantastic shots of the gigantic lizards in their natural habitat.

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Day 6 – Pulau Muang

 

Pulau Muang is a 3.5 hour cruise from Nusa Kode. Tucked into the east coast of Rinca Island, this tiny island in Sokolo Bay is a wonderfully secluded spot. Very few boats come here and our guests enjoy it for a beautiful sense of isolation amid picturesque scenery.

Activities today include water sports, enjoying the island’s pristine beaches, taking a RIB ride around the bay to explore its shoreline, and as night falls – incredible stargazing!

Day 7 – North Rinca Island – Loh Buaya

 

Loh Buaya is Komodo National Park’s second ranger station from which one can view the dragons. On a typical guest charter, we would visit one or the other stations – selecting which one based on its overall fit into the itinerary created to best suit the client’s needs.

In the morning, we will embark on another early nature hike to try our luck spotting dragons in this nature reserve.

From North Rinca, we will cruise an hour to Tatawa Besar. The journey to the north of Komodo National Park will see both visibility and water temperatures rising along with the amount of fish schooling around the plentiful dive sites in the area. Guests will also still be able to enjoy the underwater treasures with snorkels.

Wind permitting, this will be our last opportunity to hoist sail and reflect on the week’s activities. As Dunia Baru glides through the waters of Komodo National Park’s northern portion, guest will enjoy a breathtaking sunset showcasing Sangean Volcano in the background.

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Day 8 – Labuan Bajo

 

We will arrive back in Labuan Bajo harbor in the morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and prepare for final departure, with farewells and airport transfer at 11:30.

Inclusions & Exclusions

 

Inclusions:

All onboard meals and refreshments excluding alcohol, unlimited activities including diving, snorkeling, use of sea kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, Sunfish sailing dinghy, water skis, jet skis and fishing gear (where permissible by local regulations).

A total of 50 nautical miles per charter day (50 Nm) is included in the price of the cruise itinerary. Without additional cost, nautical miles can be accumulated as long as they don’t exceed the total of 50 Nn multiplied by the number of charter days.

Exclusions:

Crew gratuity, airfare, visas, alcoholic beverages, dive certification courses, medical care, insurance and telecommunication costs for satellite phone.

Repositioning fees may apply according to seasons and charter destinations.

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KOMODO GALLERY