2013 Komodo, Flores and Bali Islands, Indonesia

FLORES and KOMODO ISLANDS, INDONESIA

(7 Continents Gallery Photography Tour  – Contact at email address:  ctheworldnow@earthlink.net)

                    Bringing in the Bull - Copy   

Hello and welcome to one of my new 7 Continents Gallery Photo Tours.   My name is Richard Schoettger and I have been travelling the world for over 30 years gaining knowledge and experience with those special places that are remarkable and totally unforgettable.   In addition, I have taken up photography for many of the past few years and have now created these tours to accomplish three things.  First, to provide photographers locations that holds special appeal and offering opportunities to capture unique and special moments, whether it is a special location or special time of day.  Two, there are many photography tours offered today that offers tours to many of the same locations, therefore saturating these environments.  With tours from 7 Continents Gallery, I try to find locations still yet truly undiscovered in order to provide the chance to capture images not offered elsewhere.  Finally, I strongly believe in travel as a way of life but as with many tours today, prices are getting more and more unaffordable, so with many, they become a “trip of a lifetime”.   Therefore, in all honesty, as I am still employed outside the travel industry at this time, I am not in this for a way of supporting my income, therefore I am passing these savings on to you.

I currently live in Singapore and for the last 2.5 years, I have travelled specifically in this part of the world to not only experience these wonderful places and cultures, but work with local operators to find excellent services in supporting travel.  All the tours offered in this site I have fully experienced and am now working with those to secure the best opportunity that can be provided for fellow travelers, especially photographers.

You can view my images at my photography website:  7continentsgallery.smugmug.com and/or visit my photography tours at http://www.7continentsgallery.wordpress.com.  Take a look and see if these are places that may appeal to you.  If so, let me know and we hopefully can share experiences that you will never forget.

Below is truly a unique and affordable place to somewhere quite unknown: Komodo and Flores Islands in Indonesia.    Hope to see you there!

Starting April 12, 2013 for 10 days in Komodo/Flores and 2-3 days in Bali

Preview: 

One of the truly unknown locations in the world are a few islands east of Bali, Indonesia known as Komodo and Flores Islands.   Many have heard of the fierce Komodo Dragons, who as the largest reptile in the world, only exists on these islands.   We spend some quality time exploring the harsh and desolate islands around Komodo Island to walk with and photograph these creatures.  The next several days are spent driving through the heart of Flores Island, an island that is unknown to most people.  This off-the-beaten-path experience offers some of the “freshest” photo opportunities due to the majestic volcanic mountains, unique rice terraces and the absolutely charming people.  I highly recommend this island for many reasons, but mostly due to the relatively untouched cultural experiences that you do not see many places anymore.  After Flores, we will spend 2 nights/3 days in Bali to either soak in the relaxing environment and/or see some of the amazing sites that island have to offer.  (You can extend your stay in Bali if you wish at extra cost).

To also enhance the journey, we limit the number of travelers to no more than 8.  This allows us the greatest flexibility while enabling us to move smoothly during the trip.  Finally, for viewing additional images from this trip, please go to 7continentsgallery.smugmug.com and select the Flores Gallery.

On Komodo, the journey is by a house boat on which we will spend overnight.   In Flores, we stay at basic, but clean, hotels.  For Bali, we will find an ideal location to relax, unwind and/or enjoy the island.

Tour Itinerary: Komodo, Flores and Bali Adventure 12 days /11 nights

Price : USD $2250/Person for land portion only (not including flights to Bali and Flores)

Friday, April 12 (Day 1): Denpasar – Labuan Bajo-Rinca Island

Plan on arriving in Flores on this day and upon arrival at Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, West Flores, where you will be met by our guide and directly transferred to the pier at Labuan Bajo for Rinca Island. Lunch will be provided on board as it takes about 2 hours to get to the first island called Rinca, in which we will start our trekking with walking through the typical dry forest, and on the way, you will find not just the Dragons but also many wild animals like, wild buffalo, long-tailed macaque and wild boar among numerous native birds. A local ranger will guide you through this natural preservation. Dinner and Overnight on boat.

Komodo Dragons - Copy

Saturday, April 13 (Day 2): Rinca –Komodo island – Labuan Bajo

Early morning start from Rinca to Komodo island, arrive in Komodo and take a short trek through the typical dry forest to explore the Island of Komodo where you will encounter the largest of the Komodo Dragons.  In addition, you will see many wild animals like Timor deer’s, wild boars and also numerous of birds such as Megapodes, yellow-crested cockatoos, imperial pigeons, white-breasted sea eagles and Maleos. Return to our boat and proceed to Red Beach for swimming and snorkeling in the unspoiled coral reefs amongst colorful tropical fish.  Lunch on board and afternoon back to Labuan Bajo.  Overnight in Labuan Bajo.

Sunday, April 14 (Day 3): Labuan Bajo – Ruteng

After breakfast at your hotel in the morning we depart by AC coach to drive to the town of Ruteng, where on the way we will visit the Mirror stone cave (stalactites and stalagmites), Lembor rice fields, Golo Cara village and the unique Lingko fields (below), which are amazing circular rice terraces arranged like a spider web.  In addition, we will stop by Melo village to experience the CACI traditional dances.   Dinner and overnight in Ruteng.

Spider Fields of Flores - Copy

Monday, April 15 (Day 4): Ruteng – Bajawa

After breakfast and departure from your hotel we visit the rural community of Golo Curu with its truly beautiful and exotic landscapes and rice fields from Ruteng town.  Then it is back to Ruteng and visit the traditional village of Ruteng Puu before you leave for Bajawa. On the way we will have stops at Ranamese Lake, Aimere  and a  palm wine distillation location.  Dinner and Overnight in Bajawa.

Kids of Flores - Copy

Tuesday, April 16 (Day 5): Bajawa and surrounding

In the early morning, we will trek (easy walking) about 1 hour to the top of the Wawomuda volcano to check out the dramatic Flores mountainous landscape.  At noon we journey to some of the most unique and interesting traditional villages in Flores called Bena (below) and Luba villages. This is where they still practice pagan believes and live in the traditional way from years ago.  Finally, we will end our day spending some quality time by driving to the Mengeruda Soa hotsprings and taking a dip to sooth your soul!  Dinner and  Overnight.

 

 Bena Village - Copy

 

Wednesday, April 17 (Day 6): Bajawa and Surroundings

After breakfast, we will venture out to one of the most rewarding cultural set of activities on the trip in the surrounds of Bajawa.   We will spend some quality time being a part of the traditional boxing events at Soa Village where they celebrate their “Thanksgiving” of their harvest by having tribesmen fight in an open field with one hand (below).  Rarely visited by tourists, you will find this highly rewarding being among the very friendly people.   Afterwards, we will head over to the big market experiencing many of the local customs, people and items.  Camera’s will be busy!  Overnight at Bajawa.

 The Flores Fight

 

Thursday, April 18 (Day 7): Bajawa – Ende – Moni

Departing from our hotel after breakfast, we will first visit the traditional village of Wogo, then on to Nanga Panda beach to see the blue stones. After lunch in the charming town of Ende, we will continue our drive to Moni where we will experience some beautiful soft trekking in the mountains and rice fields in the central region.   When finished with hiking, we will complete our drive and have a wonderful stay near the start of our trip to the Kelimutu Lakes.  Dinner and Overnight.

 

Friday, April 19 (Day 8): Moni- Lake Kelimutu –Maumere

We will arise early in the morning at 04.00 to drive up to one of the most spectacular and mysterious sights in Indonesia called Kelimutu.   Once we arrive we take a moderate hike up the mountain at which we will be facing the three colored lakes of Kelimutu at sunrise.  These lakes (below) change color frequently with rich hues of green, blue and black.   After slowing returning back (some small hikes may be in order along the dramatic rice fields) to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we will visit the Jopu traditional village and then proceed on to Paga and Maumere.  Dinner and Overnight.

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Saturday, April 20 (Day 9): Maumere and Surrounds.

After breakfast, we will drive to the traditional village of Watu Labi where they have unique Ikat weaving demonstrations along with the traditional Sikka tribe dancing.  After lunch, we will be fortunate to meet the local Bugesness ad Bajo people to see their way of life.    Dinner and Overnight

Sunday, April 21 (Day 10): Maumere –Denpasar
Morning free program, before transfer to Franseda airport for the flight leaving for Denpasar.

 Temple at Lake Bratan Bali - Copy

Sunday-Tuesday (Days 10-12): Bali
Two (2) nights enjoying a relaxing time at the hotel/beach or sight-seeing throughout the island.  Tours are optional.  (Hotel still being selected and will be finalized at a later date).

REMARK’S

Price includes:

* Accommodation in Flores and Bali (2 nights only)

* Meals during the trip in Flores only

* English speaking guide in Flores

* Boat as per itinerary

* AC coach Transfers

* Soft drinks

Price does not include:

* International Flight to/from Bali

* Domestic flight to/from Bali to Flores

* Airport taxes

* Porter fee, personal expenses and tipping.

* Tours in Bali

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