Upon arrival in Kendari, you will be picked up at the airport or hotel by members of the crew and transferred to the boat. Once onboard, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink and meet the remaining members of the crew who will go above and beyond to make your cruise a truly memorable experience. Time permitting, we’ll visit Bokori Island, a small island surrounded by powdery sand beaches, calm turquoise water, an shallow reefs that make this the perfect spot for families.
Afterward, we’ll return to the ship for a welcome dinner under the stars. The ship will depart for an overnight sail to Wangi Wangi island in the Wakatobi archipelago.
Welcome to Wakatobi! Enjoy a delicious breakfast on the deck to watch the beautiful scenery pass by as the ship nears Wangi Wangi, the largest of the islands. We’ll spend the day exploring the island paradise, starting with a visit to Bajo Mola, where you be greeted by smiling children eager to meet the new visitors. The Bajo are nomadic people who rely on the ocean for sustenance and best known for their ability to free dive for extended periods with only goggles and fins. While some of the Bajo prefer to keep to life on the water, others have planted roots along the coastline living in a community built on stilts merging their traditions with modern life.
Afterward, we’ll return to the boat for a delicious lunch, and if lucky, we will spot a pod of dolphins along the way. We’ll return to shore to visit a pristine beach where we will discover the most biodiverse waters in the world as you snorkel over a display of colorful corals and vibrant marine life.
Home to an established marine research station, Operation Wallacea named after the naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace who sailed these waters archipelago studying the natural world. This small island has a magnificent long stretch of beach and a spectacular offshore reef where we will snorkel over a landscape of corals and brilliant marine life. Divers have a choice of 22 diverse sights located around Hoga – Inner and Outer pinnacle are great spots to see barracuda. While the Zoo, long barrier reef known to have excellent sightings of smaller marine life such as pygmy seahorses, wrasses, and nudibranchs.
Tonight we will enjoy a delicious dinner on the deck, specially prepared by our chef.
Day 4 & 5
We will spend the next two days exploring the magnificent Tomia island, where we will explore an unparalleled underwater world. The island hosts the largest number of dive sites in Wakatobi National Park, and a reef voted the best shore dive in the world. This world-renowned reef is located in front of the Wakatobi Resort, and we will spend an afternoon exploring its magnificent biodiverse waters.
The neighboring island of Lentea is a beautiful playground for nature lovers. The small island is mostly unexplored even by the people who live there. Its lush green interior gives way to a pristine white beach that melts into the multifaceted blue water where rays can often be seen gliding through the shallows.
We’ll visit the villages of Sampowatu and Kulati for a glimpse at day to day local life. Sampowatu is a traditional Bajo community built along the coastline, allowing them to maintain harmony and traditions with the water. The village of Kulati extends the gracious hospitality of Indonesia as they welcome visitors to take part in a traditional dance. After the visit, you’ll have time to explore the area and sample the local cuisine.
You’ll wake up to a gorgeous sunrise over Moromaho island, where we will have the day to relax in nature as we keep a keen lookout for birds. Surrounded by an expansive reef, this tiny island can only be traversed with a tender or kayak at high tide. We will head ashore, determined by the tide schedule, to discover the island and its underwater world as we set out to the coastal mangrove forest in search of great frigate birds, parakeets, and a colony of red-footed boobies. Afterward, we’ll take a tender to the reef where you can discover an array of exquisite marine life.
Today the boat arrives at Binongko, a pristine underwater paradise that often is overlooked. We’ll head ashore at Palahidu Beach, where its powdery white sand beach is flanked by limestone boulders, leading us to the clear blue water. A fantastic dive site for all levels where green turtles can be spotted amongst the colorful corals. We’ll return to the boat for a delicious lunch before we visit Turtle Point. A protected area for the turtles of Binongko will tender out to the vibrant reef to snorkel over a coral-covered landscape.
Afterward, we will visit a Tukang Besi, a local blacksmith, to learn how they forge machetes using traditional skills passed along from generations. Later tonight, we’ll head ashore for a specially prepared beach bbq as we watch the sun set into the horizon.
Today we sail North to Kaledupa Island, where we will visit the area of Limbo Langge home to multiple unique traditional communities. The remote villages of Palea and Jameraka sit atop a hill offering panoramic views of the island. As we near the village of Palea, we are met with the sounds of wooden looms as the women weave the traditional sarongs crafted from items found in nature. The neighboring village of Tampara is the agriculture center of Limbo Langge, and its fertile soil brings forth various fruits, vegetables, and herbs. For those interested, we can arrange a cook demonstration based on locally sourced ingredients.
We bid a fond farewell to the majestic waters of Wakatobi National Park as we near Kendari. After a hearty breakfast, the crew will escort you to the harbor and continue onto the local airport for your return flight home.
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