SMALL SHIP CRUISE
Komodo National Park – Cruise Expedition
The Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rises from the East Indonesian waters where two tectonic plates intersect. It is a marvel of nature in every manner. With picture-perfect savannah hills, bays, and beaches, ancient volcanic activity has produced some of the most magnificent coastal landscapes on the planet. At some of the world’s top diving and snorkeling locations, the Park’s majestic scenery also provides the ideal backdrop for breathtaking marine discoveries.
The 669 square miles (1,817 square kilometers) of Komodo National Park comprises 26 smaller islets in addition to the three main islands of Komodo, Padar, and Rinca. The largest lizard species to have ever walked the Earth, the native Komodo Dragon, lives in several of these.
Set sail on a lifetime trip on the outstanding Aqua Blu from Bali to Komodo National Park and take an adventure Komodo cruise through the breathtakingly magnificent scenery of the unexplored Indonesian waters.
WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY
- Explore the most dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Komodo National Park.
- Visit the second largest island in the Komodo National Park, Rica.
- The Paradisacic island of Moyo.
- Swim with whale sharks at Saleh Bay.
- Explore Linta Strait, and Karang Makassar reef complex.
- Visit the surreal Jurassic landscape of Horseshoe Bay.
- Snorkel, swim, and dive in Gili Lawa.
- Visit Pink Beach, one of the best beaches in the world.
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Itinerary in Brief
Arrive in Bali, board the Aqua Blu, and sail to Moyo Island as the sun sets.
Arrive on the lonely, steep island of Moyo, explore its few fishing communities, and meet the local people. Afterward, visit the island’s magnificent waterfall, then snorkel at the accessible Angel Reefs as you learn the complexity of this fragile ecosystem and its endemics.
Saleh Bay, Sumbawa
Arrive at Saleh Bay. Depending on the time of the month, you’ll have the chance to encounter friendly whale sharks up close. In the evening, witness a dramatic flight of the fruit bats at Sattonda.
Gili Banta, Gili Lawa
Arriving at Gili Banta, an isolated sanctuary for beach lovers, snorkelers, and divers alike, enjoy a stunning sunrise and breakfast with the Sangeang volcano as the backdrop. For breathtaking vistas, hike the Eastern Ridge. Sail to Gili Lawa in the afternoon, an islet with broad beaches and shallow reefs ideal for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
Sail to adjacent West Komodo in the afternoon to see Komodo Dragons in the wild.
Linta Strait – Padar
Discover about Linta Strait, a popular location for diving and drift snorkeling, in the morning. Manta rays, huge trevallies, and large schools of barracuda are all frequently encountered, along with large pelagic fish.
Visit the lovely Padar Island in the afternoon. Before enjoying a sunset cocktail on the beach, hike up the savannah hill for spectacular views.
Horseshoe Bay, Pink Beach
After a morning of sailing through a magnificent sea passage, you will arrive in Horseshoe Bay, a stunning land-curve remnant of a former volcano caldera. Onboard, explore the favorite haunts of sea eagles and Komodo dragons, or opt to dive or swim.
The famous Pink Beach is there for you in the late afternoon. Trek, watch bats fly or go to the nearby settlement. Or just unwind on the beach.
Rinca – Gili Lawa Laut
Discover the most significant population of Komodo Dragons in Komodo National Park on land at Rinca before taking a boat to Gili Lawa Laut, an islet with wide beaches and shallow reefs ideal for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Locations for snorkeling and diving where there is the potential opportunity for sea turtles.
Disembark at Labuan Bajo after leaving the Gili Lawa Daut harbor to catch your flight home.
Aqua Blu is a striking maritime statement with a distinguished history as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and then as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family. The Dutch yacht design guru Cor D. Rover oversaw a 2019 refurbishment that brought the ship up to world-class cruising standards. When guests step foot aboard this one-of-a-kind cruise ship, they can anticipate experiencing a distinguished sense of history and maritime progress.
Cor has artfully combined a brass-and-ivory interior motif with roomy and welcoming indoor and outdoor communal spaces, including a sun deck, inside the five-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu.
Aqua Blu’s navy background makes it the ideal vessel to travel the vast seas of East Indonesia since it is faster, further, and more safe and comfortable. The ship has gained the highest international safety standards (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) and has Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for the best comfort when at anchor or sailing.
The range of Aqua Blu is far superior to that of its rivals in East Indonesia. The ship allows travelers on board to experience the most diverse, enjoyable, and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and breathtakingly beautiful corner of the world. It can go great distances in a short time and any sea state.
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