Indonesia’s Wild East Off The Beaten Track

17 Days from £4389 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
17 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Snorkelling and Diving
Off The Beaten Track

This must be every adventurous traveller’s dream itinerary. Take the chance to get to the heart of Indonesia’s “wild east” and explore the more remote parts of the archipelago, veering well off the beaten track. This specially designed, 17-day itinerary aims to cast its net wide, providing a true insight into diverse local cultures and fabulous wildlife wonders such as komodo dragons, crested macaques, tarsiers and pristine coral reefs, with time also to relax at the beach. But it’s no ordinary seaside location: you will be in West Papua, Indonesia’s half of New Guinea island, where the coral reefs and marine ecosystems are among the world’s most diverse and healthy, and where birds of paradise might be spied.

This itinerary is an excellent option throughout the year, including the rainy season months (October to April).  Rainfall is generally lower in the east and the difference between the seasons is less marked.  These are also the best months for visiting Raja Ampat.

Itinerary

Price from £4389 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Denpasar

Arrive in Singapore and connect with flight to Denpasar, Bali. Met on arrival and transfer to lodge. Rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Kingfisher Udayana Ecolodge. Includes Dinner.

Day 3 - Rinca Island

Transfer to the airport and fly to Labuan Bajo. Located on the island of Flores, Labuan Bajo is the main departure point for visiting the islands of Komodo and Rinca, home to the infamous Komodo dragon, the main draw of the islands. There are also excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving off the islands. Later transfer to the harbour and board your private boat with naturalist guide and full crew to sail to Rinca Island. Enjoy a guided trek with your guide and local ranger on Rinca Island to see Komodo dragons and other wildlife. Perhaps enjoy some snorkelling in the afternoon before sailing to Komodo Island. Drop anchor and watch the sun set over the forest. Spend the night on board the boat (there are mattresses, mosquito nets, flushing toilet and a cold shower).

Staying at Local Boat. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Komodo Island

After breakfast, land on Komodo and take a walk on the island with your guide and a local ranger to see more Komodo dragons and other wildlife. Komodo is more heavily forested than Rinca and has more wildlife to see: expect Timor deer and wild boar, plus a wide range of bird species including yellow-crested cockatoo and white-bellied sea eagle. In the afternoon, visit the Pink Beach for some wonderful snorkelling, then return to Labuan Bajo.

Staying at Bajo Komodo Ecolodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Flores

Start the day early, with a transfer after breakfast to Ruteng, an interesting hill town located at 1,200 ft above sea level. There will be stops at local villages and viewpoints to observe the spectacular scenery (including volcanoes, valleys and the sea) and you will arrive at Ruteng in time for lunch. In the afternoon continue to Ranamese Lake, surrounded by rainforest and then to Aimere, to visit a local palm wine business, perhaps to sample some.

Staying at Edelweiss Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Flores

Another early start today to transfer to Ende, with various stops along the way including Bajawa and Wogo, to see a traditional Ngada village with its rich megalith culture. After lunch at a simple warung (small roadside restaurant), continue towards Ende passing the beautiful Ende Bay to learn about the blue stone exported from here. Finish the journey at the Kelimutu Crater Lakes.

Staying at Kelimutu Ecolodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 - Kelimutu National Park

Wake very early to visit the Kelimutu Crater Lakes at dawn. This begins with a walk through the local forest listening out for the distinctive songs of the bare-throated whistler. Eventually you reach the crater rim in time to see the sun rise: a magical moment. Visit all three lakes before returning to the lodge for a late pancake breakfast. Later in the morning, visit the local village of Moni to see the market and learn about the local agriculture. After lunch and a short siesta, visit another local village supported by the lodge for an insight into local daily life. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Staying at Kelimutu Ecolodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Kelimutu National Park

Today explore Moni and its surrounds. The whole area is fascinating and the ikat weaving is renowned. In the late morning, visit other villages where such weaving occurs. After lunch back at the Lodge, you are free to relax in the lodge grounds or go out on walks with your guide.

Staying at Kelimutu Ecolodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Uluwatu Temple

This morning transfer back to Ende for flight to Denpasar via Labuan Bajo. Met on arrival and transfer to Uluwatu, one of the six main Hindu temples in Bali, built around the 8th century. According to the Balinese cosmology, Uluwatu’s entrance gate is facing in the direction of Besakih temple’s gate. Walk up the cliff with stunning views to the temple where many long-tailed macaques can often be found. At 18.00 the Balinese Kecak dance from the Ramayana epic is held. This dance tells an eternal love tale between Rama and Shinta and often has a beautiful sunset backdrop, an unforgettable experience. Transfer back to your hotel for dinner.

Staying at Kingfisher Udayana Ecolodge. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10 - Manado

Transfer to the airport and take flight to Manado. On arrival transfer by road followed by a 20 minute walk to the lodge. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Staying at Pulisan Jungle Beach Resort. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11 - Tangkoko National Park

Morning boat trip to Bangka and Gangga islands for snorkelling and island exploration. In the afternoon explore Tangkoko National Park in search of its special wildlife including the endemic Sulawesi crested macaque, spectral tarsier, bear cuscus and red-knobbed hornbill. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Staying at Pulisan Jungle Beach. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Manado

Morning to explore Tangkoko National Park in search of more wildlife, perhaps following a troop of convivial Sulawesi macaques on part of their the daily routine. In the afternoon transfer to Manado and to the hotel.

Staying at Novotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Sorong

Transfer to Manado airport and take flight to Sorong, West Papua. Met on arrival and transfer to a jetty for a boat transfer (1.5 hours) to your resort on the unspoilt and unpopulated Birie Island, close to larger Bantanta Island in the south of the Raja Ampat Islands. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the peaceful island.

Staying at Papua Paradise Resort. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 14 - Raja Ampat

Full day at leisure to snorkel or arrange scuba diving at the local coral reef or sites nearby. The coral reef ecosystem in Raja Ampat is now regarded as the most biodiverse in the world and local specialities include the wobbegong shark, walking shark and pygmy seahorse. Manta rays and whale sharks can also be seen in the area. Another option is a boat trip to a small island to watch Blythe’s hornbills come to roost, and behind the resort is a swamp inhabited by parrots, hornbills and palm cockatoos.

Staying at Papua Paradise Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Raja Ampat

This morning make an early start to visit Bantanta Island to see the exquisite Wilson’s bird of paradise at a favoured lek site. It is a short but steep trail to a hide where the birds can usually be seen. Rest of the day at leisure to snorkel, relax or explore the island.

Staying at Papua Paradise Resort. Includes All Meals.

Day 16 - Raja Ampat

Transfer back to Sorong by boat, and take flight back to Manado to connect with flight to Singapore. Take flight from Singapore back to London.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 17 - Arrive London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Fly from London on Singapore Airlines via Singapore

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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For keen scuba divers and snorkelers, extend your time at Papua Paradise Resort to make the most of this marine wildlife hotspot.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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Papua Paradise Eco Resort: -0.771765, 130.743055
Novotel Manado Golf Resort : 1.501754, 124.896051
Kelimutu Crater Lakes Ecolodge: -8.657380, 121.079000
Edelweiss Hotel: -8.792439, 120.973038
Pulisan Jungle Beach Resort: 1.672388, 125.055571
Bajo Komodo Ecolodge: -8.522350, 119.871228
Kingfisher Udayana Ecolodge: -8.791193, 115.171006