Private Komodo Cruise with Bali
Discover mighty dragons and rich marine life on a private cruise through the Komodo archipelago with time in beautiful Bali either side
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- Private Komodo Island cruise
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
The Komodo Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Indonesia’s most incredible destinations. The famous Komodo dragons prowl through the parched landscape while the turquoise waters that surround the islands teem with marine life. Experience all of this on a privately chartered cruise that lets you visit hidden coves and pristine beaches on a luxuy vessel that you’ll have all to yourself.
Your 12-day adventure starts with three nights in Ubud, a beautifully serene place that is made up of a patchwork of lush rice paddies. Get out and explore the countryside on a cycling tour to Kintamani, and experience the local culture with a blessing ceremony at the wonderfully ornate Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple.
A short flight brings you to Labuan Bajo, from where you will board your luxury yacht for a private cruise through the majestic Komodo National Park. The park is made up of three main islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar – as well as numerous smaller islands. You’ll cruise through the sparkling waters, stopping to swim, snorkel and explore the many white sandy beaches.
Of course, you will also get the opportunity to meet the park’s famous inhabitants – the Komodo dragons. These fiersome predators are one of the world’s largest reptiles and their ancestry can be traced back over 100 million years. There are several boats that cruise through the archipelago, and should you wish to spend longer exploring the islands, then longer itineraries can be arranged.
Your final three nights will be spend in Jimbaru, where you can while away the days relaxing on the beach, enjoying epic sunsets and incredible seafood.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Ubud
Accommodation in Ubud
- 56 rooms, eight villas & four tree villas
- Infinity pool
- Art gallery
- Restaurant & lounge
Tucked away in the verdant rice terraces that surround Ubud, the Alila has a truly enviable location in central Bali. Perfect for travellers in need of some R&R, the Alila Ubud is a peaceful retreat, ten kilometres outside Ubud, with great service and a beautiful setting. A real highlight of the Alila is the glorious infinity pool, full-sized at 25 metres long, so you can swim lengths while overlooking the wonderfully lush countryside. The sun-loungers invite more sedentary activity, if swimming lengths sounds like too much hard work, and the spa offers a range of treatments, many of which can be enjoyed outdoors. The traditionally designed rooms are refreshingly uncluttered and simple, while retaining a welcoming vibe and a natural look with exposed-stone walls and lots of polished wood. Each of the rooms and villas have sublime views across Bali’s volcanoes and the Ayung River. Plantation Restaurant presents Asian, Balinese and French cuisines under a thatched roof, accompanied by their signature selection of seasonal infused vodkas, and the Alila’s wonderful views. If you fancy a poolside cocktail or a casual lunch without having to leave your sun-lounger, the Cabana team will be at hand throughout the day and into the evening.
- 20 rooms
- Spa and outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and fitness centre
Looking out across a green sea of rice shoots springing from the field in front with views of Gunung Agung volcano, the Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in the heart of Ubud’s calming countryside, is a palatial boutique hotel with a ‘clubhouse’ type atmosphere and only twenty rooms. Just three kilometres from central Ubud, choose between its roomy suites or ample pool villas scattered throughout the Chedi’s traditional gardens and terraces populated with: lily pad ponds, Hindu limestone sculptures, open-sided palapa buildings, organic kitchen gardens, an outdoor pool and spa, all connected by an immaculate network of pathways. Also really attuned to the serenity of this part of Bali, at the Chedi you can join in with daily walks, cooking or yoga classes within the hotel’s grounds or perhaps go further afield with innumerous tours to local villages, temples, markets and beaches.
- 60 villas and suites
- Four dining venues
- Two swimming pools
Named after the Sanskrit word for temple, this elegant resort continues the tradition in style, surrounded by verdant rice fields, forested hills and the sound of the Ayung River. 60 spacious suites and one, two and three bedroomed pool villas are a contemporary showcase of Balinese architecture and craftsmanship. All enjoy views over the river or lush valley, as well as large bathrooms with a sumptuous tub. Guests can experience Indonesian cuisine, alongside international dishes, at four distinct dining venues, or opt for a more private event within the reserve. As well as being well located to explore the temples of Ubud, relax at the resort with yoga classes, spa treatments or a good book from the library, perhaps heading out at a leisurely pace on bicycles through the nearby villages.
- 46 rooms and villas
- Two restaurants and bar
- Yoga studio and gym
- Private dining
Set into the lush tropical hillsides of Ubud and crossed by narrow winding pathways, this small hotel is enchanting, quietly contemporary and decidedly tranquil. Its 46 rooms and villas blend traditional Balinese design with modern architecture; all are spacious and airy with king-sized beds and luxuriously large baths. The Pool Villas come with private swimming pools, sundecks and fantastic views across the valley below. Whilst Ubud is renowned for its laidback pace, there is more to life here than simply lounging by the infinity pool. There are complimentary yoga sessions each day at Uma, and once you’ve re-energised head out into the surrounding area and bike, hike and explore your way around the various temples, markets and cultural landmarks.
Ubud is a beautiful region, characterised by steep rice terraces and lush green hills and winding its way through this verdant landscape is the Ayung River. The beauty of the countryside here has lured artists, sculptors and spiritual leaders for centuries and it is a wonderfully serene place to spend a few days.
During this downhill bike ride (which lasts approximately 2.5 hours) you will be able to find out about village life including rice, vegetable and coffee farming, traditional ceremonies and family life. You will also visit a village temple and learn about Balinese spiritual beliefs and practices.
The cycling starts at Penelokan village, located at an elevation of 1,717m. Visit a local family who own a small food stall where they prepare traditional Balinese cakes, served with tea or coffee. From the home you'll enjoy spectacular view of Mount Baturi, the most active volcano in Bali. The volcano is surrounded by a caldera, in which lies Lake Batur, the largest crater lake on the island of Bali.
Start cycling, descending through coffee, tea and mandarin orange plantations to Pisang village where you are free to stop and join the farmer in planting or harvesting. Pedal through the rice fields and through a tropical rainforest valley until you reach Sebatu village. This village is home to thousands of artists, who specialise not only in painted wood carvings and sculptures but also elaborated dance costumes. Continue on to Pejeng Aji village, known for its wood carving. You might like to stop briefly to observe how they carve the intrictae patterns from wood.
Rise early and head to the peaceful Abangan village, known for its huge rice paddies and tropical rain forest and for being the home of thousands of Balinese artists. Start the walk through rice paddies to learn how rice is grown, cultivated and harvested. You'll also visit local organic farms where you will see how the Balinese cultivate vegetable, root crops and spices. You will meet farmers ploughing and planting along the way.
Walk along the village paths and whenever possible, stop at the local houses to meet the villagers. You'll also pause to visit an artist’s workshop where you can have a go at wood carving or painting. Your walk finishes at Sebatu Temple in Tampaksiring where you'll take part in a blessing ceremony.
This evening you'll get the opportunity to learn more about Balinese Hindu spiritualism when you visit Mr. Sang Nyoman Sudiasa, also known as Mr. Dewa Sudiasa. He is the leader of the Shiva Hindu community who continue preserving Shiva Hindu sects. Dewa and his wife Jero will show you around their organic garden where they grows vegetables and spices and here you'll pick up ingredients for your cooking lesson. Dewa will share his spiritual knowledge with you while you observes how typical Balinese food is cooked.
Private transfer to Denpasar airport
Flight from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo
Private transfer to Labuan Bajo harbour to board your private yacht
Private Yachts in the Komodo Islands
- Three en suite cabins accommodating up to ten guests
- Expert seven-man crew including private chef and diving instructor
- Wi-Fi (when signal is available from land)
- Fishing, snorkelling and diving equipment
Mantra is a brand new 31 m (102 foot) phinisi schooner, designed in a classical style that draws upon the great vessels of the Bugis tribe who once commanded the waves in Indonesia. Combining a traditional feel with modern technology, Mantra’s three en suite guest cabins are fitted with light teak wood and patterned furnishings, accommodating a maximum of 10 guests. Each cabin offers a queen size bed and one or two additional single beds, with private bathrooms and air-conditioning for the utmost comfort. The spacious sun deck’s daybeds and sun loungers are ideal for taking in some of the astounding views across the Indonesian archipelago with a cocktail in hand. For those in search of more active pursuits, guests can dive and snorkel among the thousands of coral reefs or head to shore to take in the local environment and cultures, with highlights including spotting Komodo dragons in Komodo National Park, visiting local villages in Alor, picnicking on deserted islands in the remote Maluku archipelago or exploring the pristine reefs and mangroves in Raja Ampat. An expert Indonesian crew of 7 includes a Western cruise director and diving instructor, and a private chef. Itineraries are flexible, so speak to our travel designers now to create your perfect private Indonesian yacht cruise.
- One cabin
- Open-air dining and sleeping areas
- Living and dining room
- TV Lounge
Step aboard this luxury cruise where just you and your loved one can enjoy a romantic and indulgent voyage all to yourselves in a truly breathtaking setting. With just one exclusive cabin, the attentive staff are the only other people you will share the Alexa with, promising you complete privacy. Spend your days on board enjoying your wonderfully romantic cabin, lounging on deck and pampering yourself with spa treatments. Meanwhile, off-board you can discover the extraordinary diving sites of Indonesia, visit remote islands with waterfalls and fish for your supper, before settling down to a delicious seafood barbecue on an idyllic, candle-lit beach. Please enquire directly with our team of Southeast Asia travel designers for a detailed itinerary and departure dates.
- Three en-suite cabins
- Wraparound deck
- Bar and lounge
- A crew of six including cruise host, private chef and a dive master.
Mischief is a 30ft expedition yacht, its design based on that of a traditional phinisi sailing ship used during the days of the spice trade. Spacious and elegant, the vessel features three en-suite cabins positioned above the deck. Large windows allow plenty of natural light and means guests can enjoy the wonderful views while cruising through the emerald waters. Cabins feature natural teak floors and a sophisticated colour scheme of cream with flashes of red. The wraparound deck offers 360 degree views of the water and the islands, and the large, airy lounge and bar area is perfect for congregating in the evenings with a drink. A combination of Indonesian and Western dishes are served on board. There is snorkelling and diving equipment as well as two sailing dinghies, a windsurfer, wakeboard and waterskiis and two stand up paddleboards for when you simply can’t resist diving into the refreshing water.
- Three en-suite cabins
- Crew of ten including a chef and dive instructor
- Private terrace
- Teak decks for sunbathing
- Dining room
- Lounge area
Amanikan is a 32-metre Phinisi coastal-cruiser and custom built in the traditional Indonesian spice trade vessel style with all the modern amenities. The two main cabins are spacious with large beds, private outside space and all the contemporary comforts. The third cabin is smaller and with two single beds or one king size bed with a semi private sundeck. All cabins have ocean views, air conditioning and are en-suite with double vanities, showers and separate toilets. Large teak decks are furnished with sun loungers and a spacious dining area is perfect for taking in the soaking up the sun, al fresco dining and generally enjoying the passing scenes. The Amanikan is perfect for a private charter for couples or families. Please speak to our Indonesia travel designers for more information on Amanikan’s sailing routes and options.
You will be met at Labuan Bajo airport by the yacht’s crew and transferred to the harbour. After you have settled in onboard, your private yacht will set sail from Labuan Bajo and cruise to the outskirts of Komodo National Park while you enjoy lunch on deck. If time allows, you may enjoy a snorkel at Saboyer Island, an ideal spot to relax on the beach or watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
Today the yacht will anchor on the northwestern edge of Komodo, near the Gili Lawa islands. These two islands are home to some of Komodo's most famous underwater sites, including Castle and Crystal Rock, Shotgun, The Passage and Lighthouse. Theses sites are home to a myriad of schooling fish and critters alike. The islands also offer stretches of private beaches for relaxing on between underwater pursuits, and a steep trek to the top of Gili Lawa Darat rewards guests with one of the most stunning vistas, stretching off the northern side of the Komodo National Park into the distance, and makes for a wonderful signature Komodo sunset.
Set between Rinca and Komodo in the central region of the national park, you’ll find the picturesque island of Padar. A sheltered bay on the southeast side of the island makes for a beautiful anchorage, set in the shadow of the dramatic craggy peaks of Padar, and within reach of excellent underwater sites. Central Komodo’s nutrient-rich waters attract enormous shoals of schooling fish among deep pinnacles and current swept walls that are widely renowned as some of the best coral reef sights in Indonesia. The bay of Padar is also a wonderful spot for enjoying powdery soft shores and panoramic island views, watersports, beachcombing or cruising among the coves and mangroves in the tender spotting birdlife.
Although lesser known than neighboring Komodo Island, Rinca is an excellent place to observe Komodo dragons, as well as the monkey population and a vast array of birdlife. This morning, you can stroll through the park with a ranger early in the morning and catch sight of the famed endemic dragons. This afternoon, you may submerge at underwater sites in northern Rinca, relax on a sandy beach flecked with tiny shells and pink coral, or explore nearby coves and try some watersports. Nestled in the channel between Komodo Island and Flores, the dive sites of Tarawa Besar and Kecil offer bustling coral reefs and pelagic encounters.
Today you will have the chance to visit the well-known ‘Manta Point’, located in the south west of Komodo. This is home to the famous manta cleaning station, and you’ll have the opportunity to swim surrounded by manta rays as they circle around you in an underwater ballet. Known as the most active area in all of Komodo because of its topography, three rocks in this deep bay are covered in an array of vibrant soft and hard coral gardens and home to large numbers of fish, including species such as Tuna, Napoleon, Wrasse, Barracuda, and many more. After lunch onboard, you’ll spend the afternoon beach combing or cruising hidden coves and tropical mangroves on the tender, finishing the day with another spectacular sunset in a private bay.
This morning, the boat will return to the port of Labuan Bajo. After a farewell breakfast onboard, your crew will assist you with disembarking and escort you to the airport.
Private transfer to Labuan Bajo airport
Flight from Labuan Bajo to Denpasar
Private transfer to your hotel in Jimbaran
Accommodation in Jimbaran
- 41 cottages
- Spa and large outdoor pool
- High speed internet
Belmond Jimbaran Puri is a simple, laid back resort with a traditional Balinese character. Located on the wide white sand of Jimbaran’s beach, the resort enjoys spectacular views of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean and guests have direct access to the bay. 41 individual cottages and villas with private gardens promise the luxury of seclusion and excellent views. The spacious marble-floored indoor sitting areas feature a day bed and high ceilings with beamed thatched roofs. Each bathroom has a free form sunken marble bathtub and a rain shower. A floor to ceiling window provides views over the private tropical flowering garden. Outside, enjoy the walled seclusion of your terrace or wooden deck surrounded by the lush blooms. The impressive lake-size pool created using Javanese stone is hard to match and from here you can step onto the beach to watch the gentle surf and children playing. You can take a short stroll along the shore to find bustling fish markets and local beachside restaurants to compliment the resorts on excellent restaurant.
- 19 villas
- Spa and private pools
- Beach club
- Butler service
A cultured blend of traditional and modern design, the low key private estate of Kayumanis with its nineteen villas is an intimate and refined Balinese retreat within Jimbaran village itself. A stone’s throw from Jimbaran beach amidst the coconut grove, your personal villa, enclosed by stone walls for heightened privacy, is a shining example of simple Balinese elegance with warming hand-built wooden interiors, soft textiles and classically modern furnishings. Choose between taking your dinner in the estate’s fantastic restaurant, or opt to dine within your villa’s walls in total comfort. Outside of blissful Kayumanis embark on a local market tour, cycle through the various nearby villages and rice paddies, or head out to the ocean to fish at sunset and take in the incredible views.
- 156 villas
- Restaurant and in-villa dining
- Infinity pool
- Spa and fitness centre
Imitating a traditional Balinese village in thirty five acres of manicured oceanfront grounds, the Four Seasons’ 156 villas gives you sumptuous individual seclusion in the lap of luxury. Positioned on the island’s southern coast of Bali on the Jimbaran beach, the resort is also close to nearby cultural attractions such as the spectacular Uluwatu Temple. The superior services that are synonymous with the Four Seasons reputation means you are spoilt for choice with active pursuits including: surfing, cycling, boat rides and dolphin watching, to more relaxing ways to pass the time, with cooking lessons to an extensive list of spa treatments. Choose from eight categories of villa, varying in size and services. The standard One-Bedroom Villa offers over 2,000 square feet of spacious indoor and outdoor areas, and a private plunge pool. Similarly take your pick from four different restaurants at this resort, from Thai to Indonesian and eclectic international cuisines.
Spend your time in picturesque Jimbaran exploring the pretty fisherman’s villages or simply relax on the vast stretch of white sand beach. A fresh seafood feast whilst watching the sun set is a must do.
Private transfer to Denpasar airport
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