Komodo & Rinca
Exclusive Komodo & Rinca Sailing Cruise
Our Exclusive Komodo & Rinca sailing cruise takes you on a 10 night voyage back in time. We start the journey by sailing along the eastern coastline of Bali, allowing spectacular views of the towering volcanoes on the “Island of the Gods”. Passing through the Lombok Strait we cross the famous faunal divide – the Wallace line. In the distance there are spectacular views of Mt. Rinjani, the second highest volcanic peak of Indonesia.
Highlights of the Komodo & Rinca sailing cruise include:
Moyo Island: This small island, once a game preserve for the officials in the former Suharto regime, it is now a sleepy island with some traditional local villages. It is also home to the luxurious ‘jungle retreat’ called Amanwana from the Aman group of hotels. Guests are housed in upmarket tents, with full amenities.
Satonda Island Reserve: The small island of Satonda, which sets just off the northern coast of Sumbawa, is home to a colony of fruit bats. Sunset skies are filled with these flying foxes, as they take their nightly journey across to the mainland to feast on fruit.
Loh Buaya and Loh Liang Ranger stations: The islands of Komodo and Rinca each have a ranger station which serves as a home base for a small group of Komodo National Park Rangers. Early morning is the best time to set out on a nature walk to explore these two preserved habitats of the world’s largest lizard – the Komodo dragon. Weighing up to 350 pounds and with a total length of over 10 feet, these fearsome hunters charge swiftly to bring down a variety of herbivores including barking deer, feral pigs and even wild horses.
The saliva is extremely poisonous. if their bite does not bring an animal down immediately, the prey will later succumb to a fatal infection. Individual Komodo Dragons live over 60 years, but the species has been around for 10 million years. Mating takes place in June or July, and their nests harbor clutches of up to 30 eggs. The hatchlings climb into the trees and hunt insects, rodents, and small birds. As they grow, their hunting skills become more refined, and their prey larger. By two years of age, the young dragons are easily able to bring down a small deer.
The exquisite Lontar palms, many with bright pink Vandal Orchids sprouting along the trunks, are endemic to the islands of the National Park. The park is located in the region known as Wallacia, denoting the overlapping of Australian and Asian bio-geographical areas.
This overlapping ensures an interesting mix of bird species including Sulphur-crested Cockatoos of Australian origin, and Monarch Flycatchers and Kingfishers originating from Southeast Asia. The Maleo Bird is also at home here; impressive mound builders, this species lays its eggs in piles of rotting leaves, utilizing the heat of composting for incubation of the eggs.
Gili Lawa Laut: One of the islands you will visit is the island of Gili Lawa Laut, which lies just off the northern tip of Komodo. Here you’ll catch a magnificent aerial view of the islands of the Komodo National Park. On a clear day you may even be able to see all the way to Flores! The crescent sandy bay offers some superb opportunities to swim and snorkel.
Padar Island: This island sits between Komodo and Rinca islands and once hosted a small group of Komodo Dragons. Padar has some very nice beaches and guests enjoy the short hike ashore to cross over to the other side of the island for a spectacular sunset. If you happen to be there during full moon, you will be treated to a view of the moon rising as you cross back over to return to the Adelaar.
Sangeang Island: An active volcano, which recently erupted and still billows smoke from one of the vents from time to time. At night, the red glow of lava, flowing down the side, can still be seen as we approach. The island is mostly uninhabited, but villagers from the mainland come daily in small boats, to tend to gardens. There is a very nice herd of water buffalo (Kerbau) that live in the forest along the shoreline.
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