Step out of modern life and onto a cruise around the Lesser Sunda Islands. You'll spend two weeks lounging on deserted beaches, visiting wooden stilt-house villages, hiking volcanoes, and more. The best part? You'll be traveling from Lombok to Flores via Sumbawa and the Komodo Archipelago in style, aboard a traditional Indonesian boat.

Highlights

  • Encounter wild Komodo dragons on their namesake island
  • Snorkel with turtles, sharks and manta rays at Moyo Island
  • Hike along the lake-filled craters of Kelimutu Volcano¬†
  • Tour rainforests, rice fields, and waterfalls on Lombok Island

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bali Sanur
Day 2 Explore Lombok Island Onboard - Sugian
Day 3 Moyo & Satonda Islands Onboard - Satonda
Day 4 Wera Village & Banta Island Onboard - Banta
Day 5 Gili Lawa Laut Island & Karang Makassar Reef Onboard - Komodo
Day 6 Gili Lawa Darat Island & Pantai Merah Beach Onboard - Komodo
Day 7 Padar & Rinca Onboard - Rinca
Day 8 Village Tours & Sebolan Islands Onboard - Seraya
Day 9 Sababi & Terang Onboard - Riung
Day 10 Tujuhbelas Archipelago Onboard - Palue
Day 11 Palue Island & Batu Boga Bay Onboard - Palue
Day 12 Kelimutu Volcano Ende
Day 13 Ende to Bali Sanur
Day 14 Depart Sanur  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bali

Your floral welcome
Your floral welcome

Welcome to Indonesia! After you arrive at Bali airport, transfer to Sanur where you'll settle into your hotel.

Day 2: Explore Lombok Island

Waterfall from a volcanic crater lake
Waterfall from a volcanic crater lake

Explore Lombok starting with a picnic lunch on the beach, with plenty of time for swimming and sunning. Afterward, you'll hike up volcanic Mount Rinjani. Trek past rainforest, rice fields, and waterfalls, where yes, you can stop for a quick swim. In the evening you'll board the boat that will be your home for the next portion of your trip and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner onboard.

Day 3: Moyo & Satonda Islands

Stars of the sea
Stars of the sea

Approach the west coast of Moyo island as the sun comes up over the monsoon forest nature reserve. Disembark for a walk through the forest and up to a coastal village, then snorkel over the coral reef. Sail on to Satonda, an isolated extinct volcano where you'll take a walk around the crater lake.

Day 4: Wera Village & Banta Island

Parked for the afternoon
Parked for the afternoon

Continue along the coast of Sumbawa to stop at Wera, a village of marine carpenters. Keep going to the deserted island of Banta, home to pink sand beaches and more coral reefs. Take an afternoon stroll through the hills, followed by two hours of sailing to your anchor point for the evening.

Day 5: Gili Lawa Laut Island & Karang Makassar Reef

Resident rays
Resident rays

Start your day with a morning walk through the hills of Gili Lawa Laut Island, taking in the views of the Komodo archipelago. You'll get to swim with manta rays at an underwater cleaning station and snorkel over the Karang Makassar reef, some of the richest underwater life in the world.

Get back onboard to sail between Tatawa and Siaba islands, with another snorkeling session off the boat in the afternoon.

Day 6: Gili Lawa Darat Island & Pantai Merah Beach

Overlooking the lagoon
Overlooking the lagoon

Do another morning hike up the slopes of Gili Lawa Darat Island for a different perspective on the archipelago, followed by another day of coral reef garden snorkeling. Hop back on the boat and continue south to the sandy beaches of Pantai Merah.

Day 7: Padar & Rinca

Here be dragons
Here be dragons

Spend the morning lounging on the island of Padar and enjoying its beaches, snorkeling, and walks in the rugged hills with beautiful views of the surrounding islands. Sail on for roughly two hours to Rinca, the second largest island in the Komodo archipelago. Once you arrive, you'll explore its savannah landscape, watching for the wild deer, buffalo, and the famous Komodo lizards.

Day 8: Village Tours & Sebolan Islands

Did you find him
Did you find him

Visit the wooden stilt homes of the Rinca villages, where you'll learn about the area's historic traditions and meet its current residents. Then set sail for the Sebolan islands, where you can do more snorkeling before you continue on to the island of Seraya, home to Pasir Putih village.

Day 9: Sababi & Terang

Stilt house
Stilt house

Visit the uninhabited Sababi island for a short walk and swim and snorkel session. The afternoon will take you to the deep bay of Terang, where you can take a Zodiac trip through the mangroves, walk through the rice fields, explore local plantations, and visit two Manggarai villages.

Day 10: Tujuhbelas Archipelago

In the bay
In the bay

Arrive at Riung Bay in the Tujuhbelas archipelago, a string of deserted islands where beautiful beaches and snorkeling spots are plentiful. You'll spend the day exploring, including a beach barbecue, topped off with a climb up to a high point to watch the sunset over the surrounding islands.

Day 11: Palue Island & Batu Boga Bay

Palue residents
Palue residents

Sail for about three hours to the island of Palue for a morning hike. You'll take a mountain trail up to isolated villages perched on the side of a volcano. Head back down to the boat for another swim and snorkel session, then keep going to Batu Boga Bay, a deep uninhabited cove.

Day 12: Kelimutu Volcano

Volcanic crater lakes
Volcanic crater lakes

Say goodbye to your boat as you wake up and transfer to a bus for a roughly 2.5-hour drive across the island of Flores to the Kelimutu volcano. Enjoy the scenic overland route, including a stop to visit a Lio village, before you reach the volcano. Hike up to the summit to see its three crater lakes, each of which is naturally a different color. Follow that with a second short hike along rice fields and plantations before you drive to Ende for the night.

Day 13: Ende to Bali

Local fish market in Ende
Local fish market in Ende

Visit the Ende fish market in the morning before you catch a flight back to Bali, where you'll enjoy your trip's final evening back in Sanur.

Day 14: Depart Sanur

Wave goodbye
Wave goodbye

Enjoy one more morning in Indonesia before your transfer to the airport for your flight home or on to your next adventure.

Map

Map of Hike & Cruise Indonesia: Lombok, Komodo, and Flores - 14 Days
Map of Hike & Cruise Indonesia: Lombok, Komodo, and Flores - 14 Days