THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU SEE

Sail with us through the Komodo National Park, a World Heritage Site renowned for its rich marine biodiversity in Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands, to the Alor Archipelago, an undisturbed realm of white-sand beaches and mountainous landscapes, and rich, authentic culture. We’ve created an exclusive itinerary that explores the natural wonders and rich cultural traditions of these stunning islands in Indonesia’s spectacular Pacific Ring of Fire where you will awaken to volcanic peaks jutting dramatically from the land and sea, seek out the famed Komodo dragon in the wild, snorkel in kaleidoscopic underwater seascapes specially chosen for their marine life, and explore ancient villages and their traditional crafts. Relaxing evenings will perfectly complement our active days as we enjoy the ship’s exceptional level of service, fabulous onboard presentations, and tropical sunsets dipping below the horizon.

TEXTILES & WEAVING

This part of Indonesia is famed for its traditional tribal groups where ikat textile production still lies at the heart of their cultures. On this journey, we have the pleasure of visiting two different villages; Uma Pura (Day 3) & Watublapi (Day 6), each with very distinct practices and beliefs, to gain a glimpse into their daily lives and the ancient spinning, binding, weaving and dyeing techniques that they have practiced for generations. Using all natural fibres and colours, including around 200 different natural dyes, using ingredients such as sea sponges, sea anemones and the ink of sea hares, these finished items are a wonder to behold, and we will have the opportunity to purchase some of the finished textiles as souvenirs of our journey. We will also visit the village of Tapkala in Alor, where although they do not weave, the ikats still play an integral part of their ceremonies.

Note: For those guests with a stronger interest in textiles, SeaTrek can arrange multi-day land-based trips to explore more of the fascinating and diverse weaving cultures across this region of Indonesia.

BE PREPARED TO BE FLEXIBLE

Our mission is to provide the best experience possible for our guests given the current conditions and when unexpected opportunities for adventure may present themselves along our cruise routes. Sometimes weather conditions, tides or other local factors dictate that we need to vary from the published route, and at times there are special opportunities to explore and discover new locations, events and activities. These explorations will always be a definite enhancement to the published itinerary and will be undertaken after discussion and agreement among guests. Ultimately, the boat captains and your tour leader will make decisions to maximize trip safety and your overall enjoyment, so please come prepared to be flexible!

IMPORTANT NOTE

Because of the flight schedules to Alor from Bali, guests must fly to Alor the day before the journey and stay in a local resort for one night. This overnight stay is included in the ticket price and will be booked by SeaTrek on your behalf.

The More You Know The More You See

Our tour leaders are a wealth of information on the regions we visit and will prepare you for each activity with on board talks and presentations to give you a greater understanding of the different experiences you will have each day. They will also act as your cross cultural bridges to all the people we meet along the way, so feel free to ask them to translate when talking to local Indonesian people on your travels.

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