Updated May 7th, 2018.
Itinerary for 4-Day, 4-Night Trip: Lombok to Flores
- Start: Senggigi, Lombok Island
- Finish: Labuan Bajo, Flores Island
Day 1: START: Lombok —> Gili Bola (overnight on Gili Bola)
We meet in Senggigi, Lombok at the Central Office in the morning to receive a briefing about the 4-day program. After this, we will proceed to Labuan Lombok by van, which takes around 3 hours. Labuan Lombok is the harbour where we will depart on our boat trip!
First off, we will sail to the beautiful tiny tropical island of Gili Bola (Bedil Island) to see its white sandy beaches, coconut trees and great snorkelling. (The island is only 700 metres across so this is a real castaway paradise island!) We will see bats here, watch the sunset and spend the night here.
Day 2: Gili Bola —> Moyo Island —> Santonda Island —> Gili Laba (overnight on boat)
In the morning, we will leave from Gili Bola and depart to Moyo Island. Moyo is quite a large island but it is mostly uninhabited, save for just six local fishing and farming communities that live there. For an island of 349 square kilometres, only 1000 people live there and the island is completely unknown to the vast majority of tourists.
After we arrive on Moyo Island, you can snorkel to witness the amazing untouched beauty of Moyo’s coral reefs and diverse marine life. We will snorkel for about one hour and then we will set off trekking, 300 metres into the rugged interior of the island to visit a beautiful waterfall.
After that, we will continue to Santonda Island, an amazing island that is basically a flooded volcano with a huge crater lake in the centre that is full of salt water. (Apparently, when Volcano Tambora erupted on Santonda Island, it created a huge wave which washed over the island and filled the crater with salt water.)
Here, we will snorkel and enjoy the beauty underneath the ocean as well as on land and of course, we will visit the amazing salt water lake in the centre of the island where you can take photos of this amazing sight!
After leaving Santonda Island, we will proceed to the island of Gili Laba. This night, you will sleep on the boat as the boat makes its way to Gili Laba.
Day 3: Gili Laba —> Pink Beach —> Komodo Island —> Kalong Island (overnight on Kalong island)
We will arrive in Gili Laba in the morning. The best thing to do on Gili Laba is to trek to the very top of the island to enjoy the amazing panoramic views over the Flores landscape!
After the trek, we will head over to the Pink Beach (so called because of the beautiful pink sand, which is made up of tiny pieces of ancient coral reef that was formed by millions of years of erosion. It has to be seen to be believed!). Pink Beach is the best place to snorkel on the island. Here you will see an amazing coral reef, an abundance of fishes and the beach itself is just really unique and a great place to relax.
After we have finished snorkelling, we will continue on to Komodo Island (Loh Liang). You think that you’ve already seen such amazing things on this trip, but now it’s time for the real highlight of the tour – seeing the Komodo Dragons! We will spend 2-3 hours here on the island trekking to see these incredible creatures.
After dinosaur spotting, we will head on to Kalong Island where we will spend the night. As the sun sets, you will see lots of bats searching for food – a sight to behold!
Day 4: Kalong Island —> Rinca Island —> Kelor Island —> Labuan Bajo (Flores) FINISH TOUR
In the morning, we will hop on the boat and sail back to Rinca Island (Loh Buaya). here, we will set off again on a trek to spot the Komodo Dragons. On this island, the dragons are even easier to spot as the habitat is smaller than Komodo. The dragons here can also be more aggressive so we will be very careful when we trek.
On this island, you will also see many other animals; cattle, buffalo, monkeys, partridge, birds etc.
After we have finished our trek on Loh Buaya, we will continue our tour to Kelor Island, where we will stop for a sim and a snorkel. From Kelor, we will proceed to the town of Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores which is the end of our amazing tour!
In Labuan Bajo, you can choose to either stay on the boat another night, or you can head off to find your own accommodation. Our brand new brand office in front of the New Bajo Hotel can help you with booking hotels or anything else that you need. We hope you have enjoyed your sailing adventure!
This is a budget backpacker trip and the accommodation is ‘deck’ sleeping arrangement. This means that you will sleep on the deck with fellow travellers and be given mat, pillow and blanket. Cabins are available if you prefer your own private room. Please inquire for price. You can read more about this journey and what to expect in a traveller’s article here.