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Samara I

A handmade wooden phinisi offering intimate, immersive liveaboard experiences in the Komodo Islands.

Overview

Constructed from fine teak and ironwood, Samara I is a spacious, 88-foot, modern phinisi boat designed to accommodate 12 guests for voyages of discovery through the waters of the spectacular Komodo National Park. Cruises can be anywhere from three to eight days long according to your preferences and depart from Labuan Bajo.

Available For Private Charter Or For Shared Trips

Samara I is available for private charter, which is ideal for a family or a group of friends, giving you the freedom to personalize your itineraries and activities according to your preferences. The other option is a shared or open trip, which is all about making new friends, creating memories, and learning new things together, allowing you the opportunity to share a wonderful island-hopping experience, even as a solo traveler or as a couple. There is plenty of room onboard for you to find your own space if you want to.

Comfortable Cabins

There are five bright and spacious cabins onboard Samara I, offering sea views, comfort, and convenience during your adventure. Each cabin is named after an island within the Komodo National Park – Kelor, Kanawa, Komodo, Rinca, and Padar. There are two cabins with a double bed and a bunk bed on the lower deck, one cabin on the main deck with a double bed, and two cabins on the upper deck with double beds. Each cabin is tastefully decorated and features a private en-suite bathroom and individually controlled air-conditioning.

Life On Board

There is ample multi-level deck space on the Samara phinisi including sundecks for relaxing in peace or mingling with your fellow guests. The shaded front deck has a delightful modern bar and lounge area, perfect for taking in the passing scenery and enjoying a drink while you catch up on the day’s events amid the cool sea breezes. The salon provides space for 12 guests, and delicious home-cooked Indonesian cuisine is served family-style here at the indoor dining table. All meals, tea, coffee, and soft drinks are included. There is a Bluetooth music system and a deck shower.

Snorkeling equipment is provided for you to make use of during your trip, as well as two stand-up paddleboards for gentle exploration.

About Komodo National Park

Covering around 900 square miles of sea and land, Komodo National Park is the natural habitat of the famous Komodo dragons; it is a true privilege to see them in the wild. The park is also home to over 150 species of birds. It features a Jurassic landscape of rough hillsides lined with dry savannah and green thorny vegetation, together with perfect sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear blue waters with amazing reefs. This is one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine environments with over 1000 species of fish.

Cruise through azure seas, magnificent scenery and a panorama of islands, discovering new wonders on a daily basis with opportunities to encounter an amazing variety of wildlife including the famous Komodo dragons. Snorkel the kaleidoscopic beauty and colorful coral reefs of the underwater world. Visit the beautiful Pink Beach, ascend the savannah-wrapped hills offering dazzling views, and witness the sight of thousands of flying foxes commuting from Kalong Island at sunset.

Itineraries & Prices

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3-Day A
4-Day B
5-Day C
6-Day D
7-Day E
8-Day F

3 Day - Komodo National Park

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Kelor, Pink Rock & Kalong

Kelor Island (trekking) 

Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to the tiny uninhabited island of Kelor. This is a perfect first-stop for a short 15-minute hike to the top of the hill, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Flores, Rinca Island and many other small islands within the Komodo National Park. Please note that although it is a short hike, the route is rather steep with loose scree making it a bit slippery, so be sure to wear suitable shoes or hiking sandals. Afterwards you can cool off with a refreshing swim off the white sandy beach.

Menjerite/Pink Rock (Snorkeling/trekking)

Our second destination is Menjerite/Pink Rock, great for snorkeling or trekking. Menjerite Island is distinguished by a long wooden jetty that extends over its crystal-clear waters and colorful corals, like a bridge to paradise. Trek up the hill for a stunning view of the mangrove forest and surrounding islands, or snorkel in the shallow waters around the jetty.

Kalong Island (sunset on the boat)

At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be a magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Samara I's 3 Day Itinerary - Day 1 - Onboard Samara I
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 3

Komodo National Park

Padar Island (trekking)

Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand. 

Long Beach [Pink Beach] (beach/snorkeling)

Long Beach on Padar Island is the longest of several pink beaches in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. 

Loh Liang Komodo (trekking)

We will moor in Loh Liang Bay on Komodo Island, which sits against the backdrop of a jagged Jurassic landscape, a hot and dry monsoon forest surrounded by open savannah grasslands. Timor deer and wild boar dart nervously through the prickly palms; prey to the dragons that have no enemies apart from their own kind. Here, the park rangers, armed with forked sticks, will lead you inland on a choice of short, medium and long treks. At the top of Sulphurea Hill, accompanied by birdsong and chirruping cicadas, you can enjoy spectacular views of Loh Liang Bay. You will see rare orchids, butterflies, lontar palms, and maybe a screeching flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos. You might catch sight of a water buffalo at a drinking hole, a flying lizard, a jungle chicken or a pair of megapodes. Nevertheless, dragons are the objective, and you could just chance upon one sunbathing on a rock, or you might find a female, guarding her nest from marauders – which are usually other dragons. These massive scale-covered monitors with spiked claws, armour-clad bodies, snake-like heads, fierce jaws and long, yellow, forked tongues are Indonesia’s living dinosaurs, the most dangerous predatory lizards in existence. It’s a true privilege to see them in the wild. 

Taka Makassar (beach/snorkeling) 

Taka Makassar is the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, crescent shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field, and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

Manta Point (snorkeling) 

Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. Mantas spend many hours every day getting cleaned and can even wait in line for their turn. Reef mantas average about 10 feet in size from wingtip to wingtip, and will consume vast quantities of plankton and small fish each day by filter feeding. They are exceptionally graceful swimmers, and appear to fly through the water as they flap their large wings. The water at Manta Point is clear with good visibility, making it possible to spot the mantas with relative ease. In fact, you are almost guaranteed to see them here. Drifting on the (often strong) current with your mask and snorkel, just a few feet above one of these beautiful creatures is an experience that you will never forget.

Samara I's 3 Day Itinerary - Day 2 - Sundeck
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
2 / 3

Besars & Kanawa Island

Siaba Besar Island (snorkeling)

Siaba Besar Island is Komodo’s best spot for turtles. A huge population of green turtles use this hard coral covered bay as a feeding ground. Snorkel here and more often than not, you’ll see the turtles scratching on corals and rubbing their shells on sponges to keep clean. 

Sebayur Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Sebayur Besar Island offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

Kanawa Island (beach/snorkeling)

Kanawa Island is known for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. Another perfect place to relax and go snorkeling on the surrounding reef. Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and starfish and many other species can be seen on or nearby the reef. Kanawa is a lovely place to finish the day, admire the view of Sangeang volcano, and watch the sunset. You may even see the much-coveted green flash – a fleeting spot of intense green light an instant after sunset, caused by light refracting in the atmosphere. This is best seen when the sun sets over the ocean, when it is absolutely clear all the way to the horizon but be warned it will be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t blink!


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Samara I's 3 Day Itinerary - Day 3 - Komodo Dragon
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
3 / 3
1 / 3

4 Day - Komodo National Park

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Kanawa, Sebayur & Manta Point

Kanawa Island (beach time/snorkeling)

Kanawa Island is known for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and starfish and many other species can be seen on or nearby the reef. Kanawa is a lovely place to relax on the beach and admire the view of Sangeang volcano.

Sebayur Island (snorkeling) 

Sebayur Besar Island offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

Manta Point (snorkeling) 

Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. Mantas spend many hours every day getting cleaned and can even wait in line for their turn. Reef mantas average about 10 feet in size from wingtip to wingtip, and will consume vast quantities of plankton and small fish each day by filter feeding. They are exceptionally graceful swimmers, and appear to fly through the water as they flap their large wings. The water at Manta Point is clear with good visibility, making it possible to spot the mantas with relative ease. In fact, you are almost guaranteed to see them here. Drifting on the (often strong) current with your mask and snorkel, just a few feet above one of these beautiful creatures is an experience that you will never forget.

Samara I's 4-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 1 - Welcome onboard Samara I
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 4

Komodo National Park

Taka Makassar (beach time/snorkeling) 

Taka Makassar is the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, crescent-shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field, and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

Loh Liang Komodo (trekking)

We will moor in Loh Liang Bay on Komodo Island, which sits against the backdrop of a jagged Jurassic landscape, a hot and dry monsoon forest surrounded by open savannah grasslands. Timor deer and wild boar dart nervously through the prickly palms; prey to the dragons that have no enemies apart from their own kind. Here, the park rangers, armed with forked sticks, will lead you inland on a choice of short, medium and long treks. At the top of Sulphurea Hill, accompanied by birdsong and chirruping cicadas, you can enjoy spectacular views of Loh Liang Bay. You will see rare orchids, butterflies, lontar palms, and maybe a screeching flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos. You might catch sight of a water buffalo at a drinking hole, a flying lizard, a jungle chicken or a pair of megapodes. Nevertheless, dragons are the objective, and you could just chance upon one sunbathing on a rock, or you might find a female, guarding her nest from marauders – which are usually other dragons. These massive scale-covered monitors with spiked claws, armour-clad bodies, snake-like heads, fierce jaws and long, yellow, forked tongues are Indonesia’s living dinosaurs, the most dangerous predatory lizards in existence. It’s a true privilege to see them in the wild. 

Long Beach [Pink Beach] (beach/snorkeling)

Long Beach on Padar Island is the longest of several pink beaches in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. 

Batu Bilah Island (sunset & dinner set up)

In the late afternoon, we will go ashore to Batu Bilah, a small, deserted islet that gets its name from a pillar of rock that forms an archway. While you relax and enjoy what will hopefully be a glorious sunset, our crew will prepare a very special beach barbecue dinner. Sit back with your feet in the sand, gaze up at the stars rising in the immense Indonesian sky, relish the delicious food, and sing and dance at the water’s edge. 

Samara I's 4-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 2 - Inside Samara I
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
2 / 4

Padar, Siaba & Kalong

Padar Island (trekking)

Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand. 

Siaba Island (snorkeling)

Siaba Besar Island is Komodo’s best spot for turtles. A huge population of green turtles use this hard coral covered bay as a feeding ground. Snorkel here and more often than not, you’ll see the turtles scratching on corals and rubbing their shells on sponges to keep clean. 

Kalong Island (sunset on the boat)

At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be a magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Samara I's 4-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 3 - Padar Island
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
3 / 4

Kelor & Bidadari

Kelor Island (trekking) 

On the tiny uninhabited island of Kelor, you can take a short 15-minute hike to the top of the hill, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Flores, Rinca Island and many other small islands within the Komodo National Park. Please note that although it is a short hike, the route is rather steep with loose scree making it a bit slippery, so be sure to wear suitable shoes or hiking sandals. Afterwards you can cool off with a refreshing swim off the white sandy beach.

Bidadari Island (beach time)

Bidadari (Angel) Island has three beaches and is surrounded by clear waters and a coral reef, which has been given a protected status, allowing the reef and marine life to thrive. The island is a haven for birds, butterflies and insects. Woodpeckers, kingfishers, sunbirds, Flores white eyes, megapodes, and sea eagles are all seen on a regular basis. The reef is home to spectacular soft and hard corals, seahorses, pufferfish, snake eels, moray eels, cuttlefish, nudibranch, pipefish and much, much more. Relax on the white sandy beach and you might be lucky enough to see a passing pod of dolphins or a jumping sailfish, look for baby reef sharks in the shallows and stingrays in the late afternoon. 


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Samara I's 4-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 4 - Komodo Dragon
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day - Komodo National Park

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Kanawa, Sebayur & Gili Lawa Darat

Kanawa Island (beach time/snorkeling) 

Kanawa Island is known for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and starfish and many other species can be seen on or nearby the reef. Kanawa is a lovely place to relax on the beach and admire the view of Sangeang volcano

Sebayur Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Sebayur Besar Island offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

Gili Lawa Darat (beach/snorkeling) 

Gili Lawa Darat is the northernmost island in Komodo National Park. Here, you can spend the afternoon snorkeling and swimming in the tranquil, almost circular bay, a natural harbor. Hang out on the crescent-shaped beach and keep your eyes peeled for white-collared kingfishers on the shoreline, or Brahminy kites (also known as red-backed or white-headed sea eagles) soaring in the sky above. Behind you is a peak, 750 ft above sea level, it’s a 20-to-30-minute hike to the top where the horizon opens up to a complete vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. The ideal time to do this is at sunset. The sight of the long white sandy beaches with clearly visible coral formations, the savannah-like landscape of Komodo Island and volcanic island silhouettes in the background is a unique photo opportunity and will become a cherished memory. 

Samara I's 5-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 1 - Welcome onboard Samara I
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 5

Gili Lawa Darat & Laut, Taka Makassar & Manta Point

Gili Lawa Darat & Laut (snorkeling) 

Gili Lawa Darat is so beautiful that you’ll appreciate the additional time that you’ll be spending here. The island faces the wide and deep bay of Komodo Island and is known as the “island close to the land.”  It is well protected from strong winds and waves, making it a perfect bay for snorkeling; sea turtles and manta rays are commonly seen here. Some even refer to the island as the Komodo’s fjord, as attributed to its geological position. The neighboring sister-island of Gili Lawa Laut promises an equally breathtaking viewpoint and you can trek to the peak in about 30 minutes. Snorkeling is also sublime here. 

Crystal Rock (snorkeling) 

Located in the north of the Park, Crystal Rock is one of Komodo’s gems, named for its crystal-clear waters. Here, a rocky pinnacle breaks the surface at low tide, displaying an array of colorful soft and hard corals. In addition to the reef life, you may get to see trevally, jacks, sharks, mackerel, Napoleon wrasse, tuna and even the occasional eagle ray.

Taka Makassar (beach time/snorkeling) 

Taka Makassar is the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, crescent shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field, and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

Manta Point (snorkeling) 

Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. Mantas spend many hours every day getting cleaned and can even wait in line for their turn. Reef mantas average about 10 feet in size from wingtip to wingtip, and will consume vast quantities of plankton and small fish each day by filter feeding. They are exceptionally graceful swimmers, and appear to fly through the water as they flap their large wings. The water at Manta Point is clear with good visibility, making it possible to spot the mantas with relative ease. In fact, you are almost guaranteed to see them here. Drifting on the (often strong) current with your mask and snorkel, just a few feet above one of these beautiful creatures is an experience that you will never forget.

Samara I's 5-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 2 - Dining Table
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
2 / 5

Komodo National Park

Loh Liang Komodo (trekking)

We will moor in Loh Liang Bay on Komodo Island, which sits against the backdrop of a jagged Jurassic landscape, a hot and dry monsoon forest surrounded by open savannah grasslands. Timor deer and wild boar dart nervously through the prickly palms; prey to the dragons that have no enemies apart from their own kind. Here, the park rangers, armed with forked sticks, will lead you inland on a choice of short, medium and long treks. At the top of Sulphurea Hill, accompanied by birdsong and chirruping cicadas, you can enjoy spectacular views of Loh Liang Bay. You will see rare orchids, butterflies, lontar palms, and maybe a screeching flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos. You might catch sight of a water buffalo at a drinking hole, a flying lizard, a jungle chicken or a pair of megapodes. Nevertheless, dragons are the objective, and you could just chance upon one sunbathing on a rock, or you might find a female, guarding her nest from marauders – which are usually other dragons. These massive scale-covered monitors with spiked claws, armour-clad bodies, snake-like heads, fierce jaws and long, yellow, forked tongues are Indonesia’s living dinosaurs, the most dangerous predatory lizards in existence. It’s a true privilege to see them in the wild. 

Long Beach [Pink Beach] (beach/snorkeling)

Long Beach on Padar Island is the longest of several pink beaches in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. 

Batu Bilah Island (sunset & dinner set up)

In the late afternoon, we will go ashore to Batu Bilah, a small, deserted islet that gets its name from a pillar of rock that forms an archway. While you relax and enjoy what will hopefully be a glorious sunset, our crew will prepare a very special beach barbecue dinner. Sit back with your feet in the sand, gaze up at the stars rising in the immense Indonesian sky, relish the delicious food, and sing and dance at the water’s edge.

Samara I's 5-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 3 - Padar Island
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
3 / 5

Padar, Siaba Besar & Kalong

Padar Island (trekking)

Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand. 

Siaba Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Siaba Besar Island is Komodo’s best spot for turtles. A huge population of green turtles use this hard coral covered bay as a feeding ground. Snorkel here and more often than not, you’ll see the turtles scratching on corals and rubbing their shells on sponges to keep clean. 

Kalong Island (sunset on the boat) 

At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be a magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Samara I's 5-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 4 - Dinner Set Up
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
4 / 5

Kelor & Bidadari

Kelor Island (trekking) 

On the tiny uninhabited island of Kelor, you can take a short 15-minute hike to the top of the hill, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Flores, Rinca Island and many other small islands within the Komodo National Park. Please note that although it is a short hike, the route is rather steep with loose scree making it a bit slippery, so be sure to wear suitable shoes or hiking sandals. Afterwards you can cool off with a refreshing swim off the white sandy beach.

Bidadari Island (beach time)

Bidadari (Angel) Island has three beaches and is surrounded by clear waters and a coral reef, which has been given a protected status, allowing the reef and marine life to thrive. The island is a haven for birds, butterflies and insects. Woodpeckers, kingfishers, sunbirds, Flores white eyes, megapodes, and sea eagles are all seen on a regular basis. The reef is home to spectacular soft and hard corals, seahorses, pufferfish, snake eels, moray eels, cuttlefish, nudibranch, pipefish and much, much more. Relax on the white sandy beach and you might be lucky enough to see a passing pod of dolphins or a jumping sailfish, look for baby reef sharks in the shallows and stingrays in the late afternoon.

Samara I's 5-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 5 - Pink Beach
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

6 Day - Komodo National Park

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Kelor Island, Pink Rock & Kalong Island

Kelor Island (trekking) 

Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to the tiny uninhabited island of Kelor. This is a perfect first-stop for a short 15-minute hike to the top of the hill, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Flores, Rinca Island and many other small islands within the Komodo National Park. Please note that although it is a short hike, the route is rather steep with loose scree making it a bit slippery, so be sure to wear suitable shoes or hiking sandals. Afterwards you can cool off with a refreshing swim off the white sandy beach.

Menjerite/Pink Rock (Snorkeling/trekking)

Our second destination is Menjerite/Pink Rock, great for snorkeling or trekking. Menjerite Island is distinguished by a long wooden jetty that extends over its crystal-clear waters and colorful corals, like a bridge to paradise. Trek up the hill for a stunning view of the mangrove forest and surrounding islands, or snorkel in the shallow waters around the jetty, where you’ll find thousands of reef fish and many Chocolate Chip starfish (aka the nodular sea star). 

Kalong Island (sunset on the boat)

At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be a magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Samara I's 6-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 1 - Welcome onboard Samara I
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 6

Muang Island, Gili Motang & Nusa Kode

Muang island (beach time) 

Today, we’ll visit some of the remotest and least visited parts of Komodo National Park, in the east. We’ll start with the tiny uninhabited island of Muang, located between Rinca and Flores, for some beach time. This is a protected area and a turtle nesting place with a white sand beach, where you can relax. You won’t see any turtles coming ashore during the daytime, but you may find some turtle tracks in the sand. Keep your eyes peeled for Brahminy kites soaring overhead and white breasted sea eagles.

Gili Motang (snorkeling) 

Located east of Rinca Island and distinguished by some large offshore satellite rocks and pristine reefs, Gili Motang offers beautiful scenery and some great snorkeling in the shallow waters. The island is home to a small population of about 100 Komodo dragons so keep your eyes open, even though you’re unlikely to see them and there is no park ranger station here.

Nusa Kode (snorkeling)

We’ll finish the day snorkeling off Nusa Kode, which is an island to the south of Rinca. In fact, from here, you may even witness some Komodo dragons rambling along Rinca’s seashore. The southwestern tip of Nusa Kode island is characterized by large, coral-encrusted boulders and among these are some of the largest reef fish residing in the Park such as gigantic potato cod and Malabar groupers as well as schools of large red snapper. 

Samara I's 6-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 2 - Dining Set Up
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
2 / 6

Padar Island

Nusa Kode (snorkeling) 

The marine life around Nusa Kode is so abundant that you’ll appreciate the additional time we’ve allocated to snorkeling here in the far reaches of the National Park.  The southwestern tip of Nusa Kode island is characterized by large, coral-encrusted boulders and among these are some of the largest reef fish residing in the Park such as gigantic potato cod and Malabar groupers as well as schools of large red snapper. 

Padar Island (trekking)

Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand. 

Batu Bilah Island (sunset & dinner set up)

In the late afternoon, we will go ashore to Batu Bilah, a small, deserted islet that gets its name from a pillar of rock that forms an archway. While you relax and enjoy what will hopefully be a glorious sunset, our crew will prepare a very special beach barbecue dinner. Sit back with your feet in the sand, gaze up at the stars rising in the immense Indonesian sky, relish the delicious food, and sing and dance at the water’s edge.

Samara I's 6-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 3 - Komodo Dragon
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
3 / 6

Komodo National Park

Long Beach [Pink Beach] (beach/snorkeling)

Long Beach on Padar Island is the longest of several pink beaches in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. 

Loh Liang Komodo (trekking)

We will moor in Loh Liang Bay on Komodo Island, which sits against the backdrop of a jagged Jurassic landscape, a hot and dry monsoon forest surrounded by open savannah grasslands. Timor deer and wild boar dart nervously through the prickly palms; prey to the dragons that have no enemies apart from their own kind. Here, the park rangers, armed with forked sticks, will lead you inland on a choice of short, medium and long treks. At the top of Sulphurea Hill, accompanied by birdsong and chirruping cicadas, you can enjoy spectacular views of Loh Liang Bay. You will see rare orchids, butterflies, lontar palms, and maybe a screeching flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos. You might catch sight of a water buffalo at a drinking hole, a flying lizard, a jungle chicken or a pair of megapodes. Nevertheless, dragons are the objective, and you could just chance upon one sunbathing on a rock, or you might find a female, guarding her nest from marauders – which are usually other dragons. These massive scale-covered monitors with spiked claws, armour-clad bodies, snake-like heads, fierce jaws and long, yellow, forked tongues are Indonesia’s living dinosaurs, the most dangerous predatory lizards in existence. It’s a true privilege to see them in the wild. 

Taka Makassar (beach time/snorkeling) 

Taka Makassar is the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, crescent shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field, and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

Manta Point (snorkeling) 

Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. Mantas spend many hours every day getting cleaned and can even wait in line for their turn. Reef mantas average about 10 feet in size from wingtip to wingtip, and will consume vast quantities of plankton and small fish each day by filter feeding. They are exceptionally graceful swimmers, and appear to fly through the water as they flap their large wings. The water at Manta Point is clear with good visibility, making it possible to spot the mantas with relative ease. In fact, you are almost guaranteed to see them here. Drifting on the (often strong) current with your mask and snorkel, just a few feet above one of these beautiful creatures is an experience that you will never forget.

Samara I's 6-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 4 - Boat At Night
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
4 / 6

Gili Lawa Darat

Gili Lawa Darat (sunset & overnight) 

Gili Lawa Darat is the northernmost island in Komodo National Park. Here, you can spend the afternoon snorkeling and swimming in the tranquil, almost circular bay, a natural harbor. Hang out on the crescent-shaped beach and keep your eyes peeled for white-collared kingfishers on the shoreline, or Brahminy kites (also known as red-backed or white-headed sea eagles) soaring in the sky above. Behind you is a peak, 750 ft above sea level, it’s a 20-to-30-minute hike to the top where the horizon opens up to a complete vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. The ideal time to do this is at sunset or sunrise, and if you wish, you will have the opportunity to do both. The sight of the long white sandy beaches with clearly visible coral formations, the savannah-like landscape of Komodo Island and volcanic island silhouettes in the background is a unique photo opportunity and will become a cherished memory. 

Crystal Rock (snorkeling) 

Located in the north of the Park, Crystal Rock is one of Komodo’s gems, named for its crystal-clear waters. Here, a rocky pinnacle breaks the surface at low tide, displaying an array of colorful soft and hard corals. In addition to the reef life, you may get to see trevally, jacks, sharks, mackerel, Napoleon wrasse, tuna and even the occasional eagle ray.

Samara I's 6-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 5 - Dinner Set Up
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
5 / 6

Sebayur Besar & Kawana Islands

Sebayur Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Sebayur Besar Island offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

Kanawa Island (beach time/snorkeling) 

Kanawa Island is known for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and starfish, anemones, clown fishes and many other species can be seen on or nearby the reef. If you snorkel under the jetty, you may spot the resident lionfish; these guys are incredible to look at but be sure to stay clear of their venomous spines. You may also see a few baby black-tip sharks swimming close to the shore.  Kanawa is a lovely place to finish the day, admire the view of Sangeang volcano, and watch the sunset. You may even see the much-coveted green flash – a fleeting spot of intense green light an instant after sunset, caused by light refracting in the atmosphere. This is best seen when the sun sets over the ocean, when it is absolutely clear all the way to the horizon but be warned it will be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t blink!


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Samara I's 6-Day Itinerary Plus Dinner Set Up - Day 6 - Pink Beach
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
6 / 6
1 / 6

7 Day - Komodo National Park

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Kelor Island, Pink Rock & Kalong Island

Kelor Island (trekking) 

Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to the tiny uninhabited island of Kelor. This is a perfect first-stop for a short 15-minute hike to the top of the hill, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Flores, Rinca Island and many other small islands within the Komodo National Park. Please note that although it is a short hike, the route is rather steep with loose scree making it a bit slippery, so be sure to wear suitable shoes or hiking sandals. Afterwards you can cool off with a refreshing swim off the white sandy beach.

Menjerite/Pink Rock (Snorkeling/trekking)

Our second destination is Menjerite/Pink Rock, great for snorkeling or trekking. Menjerite Island is distinguished by a long wooden jetty that extends over its crystal-clear waters and colorful corals, like a bridge to paradise. Trek up the hill for a stunning view of the mangrove forest and surrounding islands, or snorkel in the shallow waters around the jetty, where you’ll find thousands of reef fish and many Chocolate Chip starfish. 

Kalong Island (sunset on the boat)

At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be a magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Samara I's 7 Day Cruise - Day 1 - Onboard Samara I
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 7

Muang Island, Gili Motang & Nusa Kode

Muang island (beach time) 

Today, we will visit some of the remotest and least visited parts of Komodo National Park, in the east. We’ll start with the tiny uninhabited island of Muang, located between Rinca and Flores. This is a protected area and a turtle nesting place with a white sand beach, where you can relax. You won’t see any turtles coming ashore during the daytime, but you may find some turtle tracks in the sand. Keep your eyes peeled for Brahminy kites soaring overhead and white breasted sea eagles.

Gili Motang (snorkeling) 

Located east of Rinca Island and distinguished by some large offshore satellite rocks and pristine reefs, Gili Motang offers beautiful scenery and some great snorkeling in the shallow waters. The island is home to a small population of about 100 Komodo dragons, although you’re unlikely to see them and there is no park ranger station here.

Nusa Kode (snorkeling)

We’ll finish the day snorkeling off Nusa Kode, which is an island to the south of Rinca. In fact, from here, you may even witness some dragons rambling along Rinca’s seashore. The southwestern tip of Nusa Kode island is characterized by large, coral-encrusted boulders and among these are some of the largest reef fish residing in the Park such as gigantic potato cod and Malabar groupers as well as schools of large red snapper.

Samara I's 7 Day Cruise - Day 2 - Chill Corner
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
2 / 7

Padar Island

Nusa Kode (snorkeling) 

The marine life around Nusa Kode is so abundant that you’ll appreciate the additional time we’ve allocated to snorkeling here in the far reaches of the National Park.   

Padar Island (trekking)

Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand. 

Long Beach [Pink Beach] (beach/snorkeling)

Long Beach on Padar Island is the longest of several pink beaches in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling.

Samara I's 7 Day Cruise - Day 3 - Picnic Set Up
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
3 / 7

Manta Alley, Cape Letuhoh & Batu Moncong

Manta Alley (snorkeling)

Jump in at any point in Manta Alley and chances are that the giant manta rays will be feeding or cleaning. For the best experience, when the currents are running through the small channel, hold onto the side of the boat and look down while watching the mantas swoop and fly past you under the water in a natural cinematic display.

Cape Letuhoh (beach/snorkeling)

Relax on the beach at Cape Letuhoh, or snorkel on the reef, which is frequented by big potato cod, gray reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, schools of rainbow runner, dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and snapper. There are also large coral-encrusted pinnacles here.

Loho Lajupemali island (beach time)

This small island is located off the west coast of Komodo Island and offers a delightful beach where you can relax and play.  

Batu Moncong (snorkeling)

Characterized by deep walls and exposed seamounts, Batu Moncong is one of the least visited snorkeling sites on the boundary of the National Park, with epic sunset views of the active volcano, Gunung Api Sangean in the background.

Samara I's 7 Day Cruise - Day 4 - Komodo Dragon
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
4 / 7

Gili Lawa Darat & Laut, Taka Makassar & Manta Point

Gili Lawa Darat & Laut

Gili Lawa Darat is the northernmost island in Komodo National Park. Here, you can spend the morning snorkeling and swimming in the tranquil, almost circular bay, a natural harbor. Hang out on the crescent-shaped beach and keep your eyes peeled for white-collared kingfishers on the shoreline, or Brahminy kites (also known as red-backed or white-headed sea eagles) soaring in the sky above. Behind you is a peak, 750 ft above sea level, it’s a 20-to-30-minute hike to the top where the horizon opens up to a complete vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. The sight of the long white sandy beaches with clearly visible coral formations, the savannah-like landscape of Komodo Island and volcanic island silhouettes in the background is a unique photo opportunity and will become a cherished memory. The neighboring sister-island of Gili Lawa Laut promises an equally breathtaking viewpoint and you can trek to the peak in about 30 minutes. Snorkeling is also sublime here. 

Taka Makassar (beach time/snorkeling) 

Taka Makassar is the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, crescent shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field, and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

Manta Point (snorkeling) 

Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. Mantas spend many hours every day getting cleaned and can even wait in line for their turn. Reef mantas average about 10 feet in size from wingtip to wingtip, and will consume vast quantities of plankton and small fish each day by filter feeding. They are exceptionally graceful swimmers, and appear to fly through the water as they flap their large wings. The water at Manta Point is clear with good visibility, making it possible to spot the mantas with relative ease. In fact, you are almost guaranteed to see them here. Drifting on the (often strong) current with your mask and snorkel, just a few feet above one of these beautiful creatures is an experience that you will never forget.

Samara I's 7 Day Cruise - Day 5 - Padar Island
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
5 / 7

Siaba & Sebayur Besars

Siaba Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Siaba Besar Island is Komodo’s best spot for turtles. A huge population of green turtles use this hard coral covered bay as a feeding ground. Snorkel here and more often than not, you’ll see the turtles scratching on corals and rubbing their shells on sponges to keep clean. 

Sebayur Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Sebayur Besar Island offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

Samara I's 7 Day Cruise - Day 6 - Pink Beach
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
6 / 7

Kawana & Bidadari Island

Kanawa Island (beach time/snorkeling) 

Kanawa Island is known for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and starfish, anemones, clown fishes and many other species can be seen on or nearby the reef. If you snorkel under the jetty, you may spot the resident lionfish; these guys are incredible to look at but be sure to stay clear of their venomous spines. You may also see a few baby black-tip sharks swimming close to the shore.  Kanawa is a lovely place to relax on the beach and admire the view of Sangeang volcano. 

Bidadari Island (beach time)

Bidadari (Angel) Island has three beaches and is surrounded by clear waters and a coral reef, which has been given a protected status, allowing the reef and marine life to thrive. The island is a haven for birds, butterflies and insects. Woodpeckers, kingfishers, sunbirds, Flores white eyes, megapodes, and sea eagles are all seen on a regular basis. The reef is home to spectacular soft and hard corals, seahorses, pufferfish, snake eels, moray eels, cuttlefish, nudibranch, pipefish and much, much more. Relax on the white sandy beach and you might be lucky enough to see a passing pod of dolphins or a jumping sailfish, look for baby reef sharks in the shallows and stingrays in the late afternoon. 


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Samara I's 7 Day Cruise - Day 7 - Dinner Set Up
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
7 / 7
1 / 7

8 Day - Komodo National Park

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Kelor Island, Pink Rock & Kalong Island

Kelor Island (trekking) 

Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to the tiny uninhabited island of Kelor. This is a perfect first-stop for a short 15-minute hike to the top of the hill, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Flores, Rinca Island and many other small islands within the Komodo National Park. Please note that although it is a short hike, the route is rather steep with loose scree making it a bit slippery, so be sure to wear suitable shoes or hiking sandals. Afterwards you can cool off with a refreshing swim off the white sandy beach.

Menjerite/Pink Rock (Snorkeling/trekking)

Our second destination is Menjerite/Pink Rock, great for snorkeling or trekking. Menjerite Island is distinguished by a long wooden jetty that extends over its crystal-clear waters and colorful corals, like a bridge to paradise. Trek up the hill for a stunning view of the mangrove forest and surrounding islands, or snorkel in the shallow waters around the jetty, where you’ll find thousands of reef fish and many Chocolate Chip starfish. 

Kalong Island (sunset on the boat)

At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be a magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 1 - Welcome onboard Samara I
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 8

Muang Island, Gili Motang & Nusa Kode

Muang Island (beach time) 

Today, we will visit some of the remotest and least visited parts of Komodo National Park, in the east. We’ll start with the tiny uninhabited island of Muang, located between Rinca and Flores. This is a protected area and a turtle nesting place with a white sand beach, where you can relax. You won’t see any turtles coming ashore during the daytime, but you may find some turtle tracks in the sand. Keep your eyes peeled for Brahminy kites soaring overhead and white breasted sea eagles.

Gili Motang (snorkeling) 

Located east of Rinca Island and distinguished by some large offshore satellite rocks and pristine reefs, Gili Motang offers beautiful scenery and some great snorkeling in the shallow waters. The island is home to a small population of about 100 Komodo dragons, although you’re unlikely to see them and there is no park ranger station here.

Nusa Kode (snorkeling)

We’ll finish the day snorkeling off Nusa Kode, which is an island to the south of Rinca. In fact, from here, you may even witness some dragons rambling along Rinca’s seashore. The southwestern tip of Nusa Kode island is characterized by large, coral-encrusted boulders and among these are some of the largest reef fish residing in the Park such as gigantic potato cod and Malabar groupers as well as schools of large red snapper.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 2 - Chill On Sundeck
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
2 / 8

Padar Island

Nusa Kode (snorkeling) 

The marine life around Nusa Kode is so abundant that you’ll appreciate the additional time we’ve allocated to snorkeling here in the far reaches of the National Park.   

Padar Island (trekking)

Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand. 

Long Beach [Pink Beach] (beach/snorkeling)

Long Beach on Padar Island is the longest of several pink beaches in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 3 - Padar Island
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
3 / 8

Manta Alley, Cape Letuhoh & Batu Moncong

Manta Alley (snorkeling)

Jump in at any point in Manta Alley and chances are that the giant manta rays will be feeding or cleaning. For the best experience, when the currents are running through the small channel, hold onto the side of the boat and look down while watching the mantas swoop and fly past you under the water in a natural cinematic display.

Cape Letuhoh (beach/snorkeling)

Relax on the beach at Cape Letuhoh, or snorkel on the reef, which is frequented by  

big potato cod, gray reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, schools of rainbow runner, dogtooth tuna, giant trevally and snapper. There are also large coral-encrusted pinnacles here.

Loho Lajupemali island (beach time)

This small island is located off the west coast of Komodo Island and offers a delightful beach where you can relax and play.  

Batu Moncong (snorkeling)

Characterized by deep walls and exposed seamounts, Batu Moncong is one of the least visited snorkeling sites on the boundary of the National Park, with epic sunset views of the active volcano, Gunung Api Sangean in the background.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 4 - Inaya Bay Komodo
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
4 / 8

Gili Lawa Darat & Laut, Taka Makassar & Manta Point

Gili Lawa Darat & Laut

Gili Lawa Darat is the northernmost island in Komodo National Park. Here, you can spend the morning snorkeling and swimming in the tranquil, almost circular bay, a natural harbor. Hang out on the crescent-shaped beach and keep your eyes peeled for white-collared kingfishers on the shoreline, or Brahminy kites (also known as red-backed or white-headed sea eagles) soaring in the sky above. Behind you is a peak, 750 ft above sea level, it’s a 20-to-30-minute hike to the top where the horizon opens up to a complete vista overlooking all 80 islands within the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. The sight of the long white sandy beaches with clearly visible coral formations, the savannah-like landscape of Komodo Island and volcanic island silhouettes in the background is a unique photo opportunity and will become a cherished memory. The neighboring sister-island of Gili Lawa Laut promises an equally breathtaking viewpoint and you can trek to the peak in about 30 minutes. Snorkeling is also sublime here. 

Taka Makassar (beach time/snorkeling) 

Taka Makassar is the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, crescent shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field, and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

Manta Point (snorkeling) 

Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. Mantas spend many hours every day getting cleaned and can even wait in line for their turn. Reef mantas average about 10 feet in size from wingtip to wingtip, and will consume vast quantities of plankton and small fish each day by filter feeding. They are exceptionally graceful swimmers, and appear to fly through the water as they flap their large wings. The water at Manta Point is clear with good visibility, making it possible to spot the mantas with relative ease. In fact, you are almost guaranteed to see them here. Drifting on the (often strong) current with your mask and snorkel, just a few feet above one of these beautiful creatures is an experience that you will never forget.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 5 - Dining Table
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
5 / 8

Mawan Island, Siaba & Sabayur Besars

Mawan Island (beach/snorkeling) 

The small island of Mawan always offers pleasant and unexpected surprises. Hang out on the white beach and snorkel over a coral garden of such beauty that you’ll be left speechless. The hard and soft corals, small sea fans, colorful sponges and anemones here are the ideal habitat for nudibranchs, shrimps, crabs and small moray eels. Look for turtles, stingrays and manta rays, many of which are extremely intrigued by the presence of strange visitors and will approach to take a look.

Siaba Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Siaba Besar Island is Komodo’s best spot for turtles. A huge population of green turtles use this hard coral covered bay as a feeding ground. Snorkel here and more often than not, you’ll see the turtles scratching on corals and rubbing their shells on sponges to keep clean. 

Sebayur Besar Island (snorkeling) 

Sebayur Besar Island offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 6 - Komodo Dragon
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
6 / 8

Kawana & Bidadari Islands

Kanawa Island (beach time/snorkeling) 

Kanawa Island is known for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and starfish, anemones, clown fishes and many other species can be seen on or nearby the reef. If you snorkel under the jetty, you may spot the resident lionfish; these guys are incredible to look at but be sure to stay clear of their venomous spines. You may also see a few baby black-tip sharks swimming close to the shore.  Kanawa is a lovely place to relax on the beach and admire the view of Sangeang volcano. 

Bidadari Island (beach time)

Bidadari (Angel) Island has three beaches and is surrounded by clear waters and a coral reef, which has been given a protected status, allowing the reef and marine life to thrive. The island is a haven for birds, butterflies and insects. Woodpeckers, kingfishers, sunbirds, Flores white eyes, megapodes, and sea eagles are all seen on a regular basis. The reef is home to spectacular soft and hard corals, seahorses, pufferfish, snake eels, moray eels, cuttlefish, nudibranch, pipefish and much, much more. Relax on the white sandy beach and you might be lucky enough to see a passing pod of dolphins or a jumping sailfish, look for baby reef sharks in the shallows and stingrays in the late afternoon.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 7 - Dinner Set Up
Location
Komodo National Park
Day
7 / 8

Hatamin & Rangko Cave

Hatamin island (beach/snorkeling)

The tiny uninhabited Hatamin Island is a coral sanctuary site that is managed by the not-for-profit organization Coral Guardian that preserves the coral reef ecosystem in the area. More than 130 tables of coral have been planted here featuring seven different species of coral. On the way to the island, you may see baby corals being re-planted in the sea banks. This island is very small and can be circled easily within minutes’ walk for a true experience of being stranded on a deserted island. The snorkeling here is excellent, the currents are calm and the corals are vibrant.  

Rangko Cave (trekking, swimming)

Located not too far from Labuan Bajo, Rangko Cave is filled with fascinating stalactites and stalagmites as well as a vibrant blue natural pool. Start your journey with a trek to the cave, enjoy the scenery along the way, and explore this hidden gem. In the middle of the afternoon, the sun will hit the grotto creating a beautiful glow and a perfect photo opportunity. Cool off with a swim in the saltwater pool with the stalactites above you, but do be careful when entering and leaving the pool as it can be slippery. At the end of the day, make your way back to Rangko Village. 


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Samara I's 8-Day Cruise - Day 8 - Pink Beach
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
8 / 8
1 / 8

Accommodations

Social Areas

Side
Observation Area
Kitchen
Dining
Dining
Deck Sitting Area
Relax Area
Bar
Bow
Day Bed
Corridor on the boat's side
Chairs on front of the boat's bridge
Kitchen onboard
Large dining table onboard
Dining table
Sitting area outside the cabin
Day beds
Bartender fixing a drink
Bow in the sunset light
Day beds

Suites & Cabins

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5 Cabins

Standard Cabin

Guests
2 - 3
Size
12 m² / 129 ft²
Beds
Queen / Triple

Each of the five standard cabins are prepared with either a Queen-sized bed, whilst two include an additional single bed for triple occupancy. Rooms are located on both the upper and lower decks, both providing bright sea views, equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning.



Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Hot showers

Equipment

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Stand up paddleboard
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details