Make your way to Bali - enjoy a few days of massages, sun, surf and cocktails then let us take you on a magical 'Out of Bali' experience.
So here's the plan:
- Day 1 - We fly to Incredible Yogyakarta arriving checking in to our boutique hotel .
- Day 2 - Take in the UNESCO listed sites of Borobudur and Prambanan - incredible Hindu and Buddhist sites that rival Angkor Wat
- Day 3 - explore the underground mosque, ride ebikes through rice paddies of Yogyakarta. Fly back to Bali and overnight for early flight to Labuan Bajo in the morning.
- Day 4 - Early morning flight to Labuan Bajo and board our privately chartered Phinisi (schooner) in the Komodo islands for the next two nights. Komodo Dragons, stunning islands to explore today
- Day 5 - Swim with Manta Rays and snorkel stunning coral reefs
- Day 6 - Visit local sea gypsy island and pearl farm. Fly back to Bali
Check out this video to give you a taste of the adventure to come:
Day 1 - Bali to Yogjakarta
Meet up at the airport for our early morning flight to Yogjakarta - the culture capital of Indonesia.
Our first stop will be the amazing Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. Indonesia's answer to Angkor Wat.
This historic site has survived hundreds of years of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and is a wonder of the modern world.
A leisurely lunch in a local restaurant and then we make our way to our luxury hotel near Borobudur.
Day 2- Borobudur and Prambanan
900 years ago Indian traders formed the trade link between the Spice islands and the west and along with trade items they also brought their religion.
Borobudur is a stunning Buddhist temple complex set in a stunning valley. It is the largest Buddhist monument in the world and though millions of tourists visit Bali each year, only a handful make it here. Not far from Borobudur are the Buddhist temples of Mendut and Pawon - Between Mendut and Borobudur stands Pawon temple, a jewel of Javanese temple architecture. Most probably, this temple served to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur
The afternoon is free for massages and just chilling around the pool.
Later in the afternoon there is a possibility of betting on the local pigeon races in the village nearby.
Day 3- Village Life
This morning we jump into the van and head to the village and surrounding areas to see stone carvers, silver-smiths, tofu making.
In the afternoon we will fly back to Bali and overnight at the Novotel Airport hotel ready for our early morning flight to the Komodo Islands
Day 4 - Set Sail to adventure
Today we get up early and fly to Labuan Bajo. We board our boat and spend the next three days cruising through the Komodo islands.
We will see the Komodo dragons, snorkel stunning coral reefs, visit Manta Alley to swim with the Manta Rays (obviously the Mantas are wild creatures but the last 3 tours we saw them twice).
Along the way there are rugged islands to explore and volcanic ridges to climb. On our return to Labuan Bajo we will visit an island of Sea Gypsies and an interesting pearl farm - shopping at sea.
We have a luxury traditional sailing boat called a Phinisi as our home.
Although she has sails, it's the diesel engine that gets us from point A to B. The good news is her 4 double cabins are air conditioned and have ensuites.
There is a fantastic dining space on the foredeck and space on top for relaxing as well.
All snorkelling gear is provided so all you need is a sarong and t-shirt and you're all set for this leg of the journey.
Day 5 - Dragons, Mantas and Coral
Ok - maybe the Dragons summarise Komodo Islands but the point is the scenery in this area is spectacular and only accesible by boat and we are in the thick of it.
After breakfast we sail north via Manta Alley. This place is incredible because the locals have dynamited a channel between stunning coral and a sandy quay and the manta rays sweep through here searching for food. The chances of spotting a manta ray here are very high as we have seen them 2 out of the 3 times we were here last year.
Don't worry - you don't need any fancy scuba gear - the water is quite shallow and you just drift along waiting for mantas with nice coral to view as well.
We have lunch on board and then continue north to the beautiful Gili Lawa Darat for the night.
This place is perfect for beach combing, a nice hill to climb with sunset views of the volcano in the distance and some of the most stunning coral in the Komodo islands.
A perfect day.
Day 6 - Sea Gypsies & Return to Bali
Today is our final day.
A leisurely breakfast as we make our way back to Labuan Bajo but we have some special sights for you along the way.
An early morning swim and snorkle is definitely on the cards and then we're off to visit Mesa island.
Most tourists never visit this place and it is a shame because it is wall to wall village of Sea Gypsies who have been displaced and have taken over this small island.
From there it's back on the boat and once again we are on to a special find from last year - a functioning pearl farm complete with showroom and a behind the scenes tour of how they harvest the pearls.
Once again - this place doesn't get many tourists but on previous tours the ladies snapped up some real bargains from these beautiful gems of the sea.
We should be back in to Labuan Bajo around 2pm then to the airport for our 4pm flight back to Bali.
The flight should arrive around 5.30pm so if you are planning to fly back to Australia then you could do that on the midnight or 10pm flight. Otherwise make your way back to your hotel in Bali and continue your holiday.
Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia