Bali to Komodo Wildlife Cruises - Indonesia
AT A GLANCE
Wildlife Cruise: whales & dolphins, birds, other marine life, snorkelling & photography.
Bali (Indonesia) – Komodo National Park – Flores
Tropical, warm to hot.
14 passenger comfortable liveaboard vessel, all cabins with private facilities and air-conditioning.
Tropical whales and dolphins, seabirds, reef fishes, turtles, Mantas etc
Indonesia is the largest archipelago on the planet, with over 17,000 islands and offers some of the most diverse marine life to be found anyway. With over 3500 species of fish alone, these waters offer world-class snorkelling. Join Chas Anderson and his team for a leisurely cruise through some of these amazing islands, in search of whales and dolphins, tropical seabirds, and a myriad of reef fish and other marine life under the water. The furthest point east of these voyages will be Flores, and three days are planned around the legendary island of Komodo, with it’s endemic lizards which can grow to over 10’ in length! Demand is already very strong and early booking is highly recommended.
The first departures ran in 2014 & 2015 and were deemed very successful by the participants. Voyage reports are available to read on this website including 2016
The potential cetacean list includes Eden’s Whale (recently split from Bryde’s), False Killer and Melon-headed Whales, plus Spinner, Spotted, Risso’s, Bottlenose, Indo-Pacific and Fraser’s Dolphins. These are the expected species, the potential list is much longer and includes Blue, Bryde’s, Sperm, Dwarf Sperm, Short-finned Pilot, Pygmy Killer and Killer Whales, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, Humpback and Rough-toothed Dolphins. We also may encounter turtles, tuna, flying fish, Ocean Sunfish, possibly Whale Shark and Giant Manta Rays.
A number of tropical seabirds can also be expected, Brown, Red-footed and Masked Boobies, Great and Lesser Frigatebirds (and a chance of Christmas Island Frigatebird), Red and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Wedge-tailed and Streaked Shearwaters plus also the potential for Swinhoe’s and Matsudaira’s Storm-Petrels too.
We plan landings at Komodo and Rinca Islands and that will yield some landbirds, including the endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo. Other species ashore here may include Green Junglefowl, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Great-billed Heron, Variable Goshawk, Spotted Kestrel, Beach Thick-knee, Barred Dove, Helmeted Friarbird, Wallacean Cuckoo-Shrike, Flame-breasted Sunbird, Zebra Finch, Wallacean Drongo and Lemon-bellied White-eye.
These new wildlife voyages will be aboard the M/V Mermaid, a comfortable 28m liveaboard safari vessel. She has 8 cabins, all ensuite with air-conditioning. There are 5 twins with window, 2 lower deck cabins (without windows) and a master suite, with panoramic windows facing forward. She has a Captain and crew of nine, and is equipped with two inflatable tenders. The top deck offers star-gazing under usually clear tropical skies. The itinerary is a guide only, we will be flexible to make the most of our cetacean sightings.
2020 (2021 will be Maumere to Bali)
Day 1: Embark vessel c1300 at Benoa Port, Bali and sail. Cruise to Nusa Penida Island looking for dolphins. If time allows, an evening snorkel on the reef before dark.
Days 2-3: We will head east, past Lombok and Sumbawa, looking for whales, dolphins and seabirds. Island visits and some snorkelling as we go.
Days 4-6:Komodo National Park.(NB: Komodo Island is expected to be closed to visitors in 2020, we will land on Rinca Island instead which has plenty of dragons too!) We have three full days to explore this wildlife rich area, with landings on both islands planned. We will seek out Komodo Dragons, birds and other wildlife ashore. We will still be whale and dolphin watching (of course!) and will spend time snorkeling too, this area has a hot spot for Giant Mantas.
Days 7-9: Heading east again, along the coast of Flores, more whale and dolphin watching, snorkeling and perhaps more island visits. We should arrive at Maumere late on the penultimate day.
Day 10: Disembark after breakfast in Maumere and transfer to airport.
NB Participants must arrive in Bali/Maumere the day before sailing!
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
2020: 13th – 22nd September 2020 (Bali – Komodo – Maumere)
£3499 per person, sharing a lower deck cabin (no windows)
£3799 per person, sharing a main deck cabin with window
£3995 per person sharing the Master Suite (panoramic forward facing windows)
£1895 Single cabin supplement (note bookings can be taken on a share basis too)
2021 dates are:22nd – 31st October 2021 (Maumere – Komodo – Bali) Please call or complete the online booking form to register your interest.
Price includes: Transfers to vessel from Bali airport or ‘approved’ hotels and v.v, cruise including all meals, tea and coffee on board, use of snorkelling gear and services of naturalist guide.
Price excludes: Flights UK - Bali (available from £556), pre-cruise hotel (from £43 per room per night), flight from Maumere back to Bali if required (c£95 in 2018), vessel fuel surcharges if levied, Komodo NP entrance fee Euros150, Visa for Indonesia not required for British Citizens, for up to 30 days, travel insurance, other drinks, gratuities and other items of a personal nature. We can also arrange hotels and resorts in Bali, should you wish to extend your visit.
More detailed information on these cruises can be found in the trip report tab.
Our Guide: Dr ‘Chas’ Anderson has been working in the Maldives and Indian Ocean since 1983 as a professional marine biologist and is the pioneer of whale and dolphin watching in the region. He has written many books and papers on the marine life of the region and his genuine love of the area, his sheer enthusiasm, knowledge and sense of humour will be a major factor in your enjoyment of these trips.
2020: 13th – 22nd September 2020 (Bali – Komodo – Maumere)