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Great Creatures Orangutans and Dragons

  • Komodo 1
  • Orang 1
  • Komodo 2
  • Orang 4
  • Komodo 3
  • Orang 5
  • Komodo 4
  • Orang 6
  • Komodo 5

Highlights

  • See the largest lizard on earth some 3m long and weighing 150kg.
  • Visit pristine rainforest in search of the amazing Orangutan
  • Swim some of the most beautiful reefs
  • Visit remote islands
  • Travel up jungle rivers to witness Proboscis, Ebony and Grey Macaque Monkeys
  • Visit the great Borobudur on Java one of the 3 great Buddhist Temples on the planet.

Overview

This amazing expedition will take us to see both the legendary Komodo Dragon and the awesome Orangutan of Borneo. In doing so we will be visiting two of Indonesia's remotest regions, the islands of Nusa Tengarra and the jungles of Kalimantan.

We first fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo, on the western tip of Flores. Once in Flores, we will transfer directly to our converted fishing boat and set sail for the Komodo Island National Park.

Over the next 5 days we will visit uninhabited islands, snorkel pristine reefs and either camp on deserted beaches or sleep on deck. You will have the chance to sit back and relax aboard our boat or join in with some sea kayaking, paddling from one island to the next. We will visit the famed Rinca Island where we will encounter our first giant Komodo Dragons. Rinca has the highest square kilometer density of Dragons and is a great place for a trek to see them in the wild. We will end the first half of our journey in our hotel back in Labuan Bajo.

The following morning we will fly to Pangkalabun in Kalimantan where we will transfer to our hotel and have a look around town. The next day we will head off to the small town of Kumai and hop aboard our river boat or klotok for the rivers and jungles of the Tanjung Puting National Park.

The Tanjung Puting National Park is home to a host of both wild and semi-wild Orangutans (one of mans' closest relatives). It is home to a unique eco-system and unique species such as the proboscis monkey and the false gavial crocodile.

We will visit areas where captive Orangutans are reintroduced into the jungle and witness the work of the Camp Leakey Foundation and FNPF. Both organizations are helping the Orangutan survive and both are helped by donations derived from your participation on this expedition.

Our klotok has a shower and sit down toilet and our sleeping quarters are on mattresses on deck, surrounded by mosquito nets. Our final night will be spent at Rimba Lodge a fantastic place to end our journey in the jungle with a touch of home. After a few days in the jungle we will head back to Pangkalabun for our flight back to Bali.

This combined expedition will introduce you to two of the world's most amazing creatures and take you to two quite distinct environments. The pace is slow and easy, but the sense of adventure and discovery is high.

Itinerary

Day 01:  Fly into Bali, Indonesia and transfer to Hotel. Free time to relax. 
Day 02:  Fly to Labuan Bajo and transfer directly to our boat. We overnight at Kelor Island (B, L, D)
Day 03:  Kelor to Gado for snorkelling. Then off to Rinca village and Kaaba for sunset. (B, L, D)
Day 04:  Werloka to Rinca Island to look for Komodo Dragons.  Then boat or kayak to Sebayor Kecil. (B, L, D)
Day 05:  Sebayor Kecil to Seture (Bangko). (B, L, D)
Day 06:  Seture (Bangko) to Labuan Bajo. (B)
Day 07:  Labuan Bajo - Bali. (B)
Day 08:  Bali to Semerang via Borobudur. (B)
Day 09:  Semerang - Pangkalabun - Kumai Tanjung Puting National Park (B, L, D)
Day 10: Pondok Tanggui - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Croc Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Pangkalan Bun (Dinner in Fire Fly Mangrove) (B, L, D)
Day 12: Pangkalan Bun - Jakarta - Bali (B)
Day 13: Free for your next destination in Indonesia or Home. (B)

SCUBA Dive Option : For those that would like to incorporate a SCUBA Dive into the itinerary this can be done and is highly recommended. 2 dives for AUD$170. Diver must be certified.

KOMODO DRAGONS
Komodo dragons are a monitor lizard. Their scientific name is Varanus komodoensis. They grow to 3m in length and can weigh as much as 150kg. While they are usually slow moving, they can put on spurts of speed equal to a dog.

ORANGUTANS
Orangutans are highly intelligent with ability to reason and think. This large, gentle red ape is one of our closest relatives, sharing 97% of our DNA. Indigenous peoples of Indonesia and Malaysia call this ape "Orang Hutan" literally translating into English as "People of the Forest".

The Orangutan is a remarkable creature as it is the world's largest arboreal primate. Now faced with the possibility of extinction in the wild in the foreseeable future the No Roads dossier provides some interesting facts about the habits of orangutans and their chances of survival.

NATIONAL PARKS
We will be visiting two of Indonesia's best National Parks, The Komodo National Park and the Tanjung Puting National Park. Each park is a unique eco-system found nowhere else in the world. The Komodo Dragon is only found in this part of the world while the flora and fauna of Tanjung Puting is found elsewhere, it is not found in such abundance.

These parks are remote from human activity. While they are pristine in many respects, they are under threat from deforestation and unethical fishing practices. Groups such as FNPF, BOS, OFI and The Nature Conservancy are helping to protect these fragile eco-systems. By visiting these places, you will be helping to protect these wonderful places for our grand children.

Routes

Day 1: Arrive in Bali. Transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2: Bali - Labuan Bajo – Pulau Bajo Pungu – Kelor Island (B, L, D)
This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Labuan Bajo. Once we arrive in Flores we will transfer to our suppoert boat which will tansfer you out into the Komodo National Park to meet up with the rest of the group at Bedadhari Island for a bit of snorkelling and lunch. After lunch we are off to visit the spectacular site of Goa Rangko cave. Goa Rangko is a grotto with an amazing clear lake seamed by stalactites and stalagmites. After Goa Rangko we will sail back to Seture. Overnight in Safari style tents on Seture beach.

Day 2: Seture - Pungu Kecil - Kelor (B,L,D)
After breakfast, an inrtroduction paddle and safety briefing we start our paddle to Pungu Pearl farm to check out how to source these beautiful products of the sea. Then off to Menjerite for lunch and some snorkelling. We will reach Kelor in the afternoon. Kelor has a beautiful beach surrounded by crystal clear water and a small hill which is perfect to climb to watch the sunset over the Komodo National Park. Overnight in Safari style tents on Kelor.

Day 3: Kelor- Kukusan - Gado  - Rinca village - Kaaba (B,L,D)
After a bit of snorkelling just off the beach of Kelor and breakfast we start paddling to Kukusan, a local village. If school is in we will visit the school and students.
Our next leg is to Gado with its’ wonderful mangroves and some amazing snorkelling in a spot with giant table corals and more. Hopefully one of the resident turtles might say hello.

In the afternoon we have the option of paddling or boating to the fishing village on Rinca to have a stroll. Used to be living with the Dragons in their neighbourhood, the village is now protected by a high fence around the village to keep the beasts out. 
This will be followed by a sunset boat ride to a small mangrove island (Kaaba), inhabited by bats. This is a great sight enjoyed from our top deck with thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal. Overnight in cabin on support boat in the park.


Day 4: 
Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D)
Early morning we will rise and boat to the Rinca Ranger’s Office to look for Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced Rin - cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are larger there. We will be shown around the park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon's habits, the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc.

After a drink at the Ranger's Cafe' we will start heading west to Manta Point to hopefully snorkel with these gracious animals. After lunch we will then start our paddle towards Sebayor Kecil to set up our last  beach camp for the trip. Sebayor Kecil has a beautiful beach and some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling the next morning is encouraged. Overnight in Safari Tents.

Day 5: Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo (B)
After enjoying the reef just off the beach we make our way towards Kanawa through some Mangroves before we hit an open stretch. We will stop in Kanawa for lunch and more snorkelling before we boat or paddle back to Labuan Bajo. We will be back in Labuan Bajo in the afternoon after lunch. There you have the evening free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

For those taking up the SCUBA Diving option, this is the day that you can SCUBA Dive at some of the best sites in the Komodo National Park. Sites change due to weather and water conditions, as well fish conditions such as Batu Bolong. The SCUBA Boat will pick you up for 2 dives and then drop you back to the Eco Lodge in the late afternoon (lunch provided).

For those taking up the SCUBA Diving option, this is the day that you can SCUBA Dive at some of the best sites in the Komodo National Park. Sites change due to weather and water conditions, as well fish conditions such as Batu Bolong. The SCUBA Boat will pick you up for 2 dives and then drop you back to the hotel in the late afternoon (lunch provided).

Day 7: Labuan Bajo - Bali
Fly back to Bali. Overnight in Bali.

Day 8: Bali - Borobudur - Yogyakarta - Semerang
Fly to Yogyakarta then on to visit the famed Borobudur temple, one of the 3 great Buddhist temples on the planet. From there we will do a road trip to Semerang where we overnight.

Day 9: Semerang - Pangkalan Bun - Kumai - Tanjung Puting National Park
An early start today as we fly from Semerang to Pangkalan Bun. From there we will board our own klotok at Kumai harbour to boat up the Sekonyer river into the Tanjung Puting National Park. Today we will visit feeding station 1, right in time to view the afternoon feeding. Dinner and overnight on Klotok along the river.

Day 10: Pondok Tanggui - Camp Leakey - Crocodile Lake
In the morning we head to feeding station 2 and afterwards to Camp Leakey, the oldest camp set up for the orphaned orangutans. Arrive at Camp Leakey, take a short trek in the surrounding area and meet some of the resident orangutans and their caretakers prior to visiting the museum. Head back to the klotok for lunch, where you will likely see orangutans. Later you head back to the camp for the afternoon orangutan feeding time. At the end of the day you will be given a tour of the surrounding forest area. From Camp Leakey we head upriver to your overnight location at Crocodile Lake. While here, you will most likely see other wildlife of Borneo such as macaques & proboscis monkeys. Overnight on the klotok.

Day 11: Croc Lake - Pondok Tanggui - Tanjung Harapan - Fireflies - Pangkalan Bun
An early morning start takes you back to Pondok Tanggui, feeding staion 2, for morning orangutan feeding. After lunch somewhere along the river and a tour of the local village we have the option to return to feeding staion 1 for a final session with the orangutans. Later that afternoon you will travel down river, stopping along the way to watch the  proboscis monkeys on the riverbanks. As dusk falls, you will stop at a mangrove of Nipah palms where you will enjoy dinner watching millions of fireflies. Back to Pangkalan Bun. Overnight at Swissbel Hotel Pangkalan Bun.

Day 12: Pangkalan Bun - Bali
We will travel all the way back to Bali today.

Day 13: Free for your next destination. Selemat Jalan!

Inclusions

  • Hotel Accommodation in Bali ( 3 nights), Labuan Bajo (1 night), Tanjung Puting (1 night) and Semerang (1 night)
  • All boat costs in Flores and Kalimantan
  • All meals as per itinerary (12 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunches and 7 x Dinners)
  • Cooks
  • All domestic flights to and from Bali
  • 2 nights on klotok
  • 3 nights camping
  • 1 night accommodation in cabin on our support boat. Note: Cabins are shared by group members of the same gender and we might not be able to accommodate couples in the same room that night.
  • All transfers in each destination
  • Meet and greet in Bali 
  • National park fees
  • Professional guide to meet clients and for transfers and all parts of tour 
  • Ranger and local guide fees, boat mooring fees
  • All meals including tea, coffee and drinking water (3 litres of drinking water per client per day)
  • Ice chest including ice on board the boat and fridge (Komodo only)
  • Visit to Borobudur Temple on Java

If you are traveling alone and do not want to share accommodation, a Single Supplement of AUD$390 will apply. Note: The Single Supplement can only be granted for the hotel accommodation. During the kayaking part of the trip the Single Supplement is subject to availability. On the Klotok in Tanjung Puting you will be sleeping on deck.

Exclusions

  • International Airfares
  • Airport Tax
  • Travel Insurance for your trip
  • Still and movie camera fees in the Komodo National Park
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages

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