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Ombak Putih

A beautiful, traditional Indonesian Phinisi schooner sailing Indonesia's seldom-explored seascapes.

Overview

Offering seasonal cruises through some of the least-explored waters on the planet, the Ombak Putih, meaning ‘White Wave’, is a traditional, Indonesian phinisi schooner. Her shapely curved bow and elegant lines are the embodiment of the centuries’-old handcrafted boat-building skills of the Bugis people from the island of Sulawesi.

With a maximum capacity for 26 guests, the Ombak Putih presents 12 private, air-conditioned double and twin cabins located below decks, some of which are equipped with a third bed for families traveling with a child. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, ample stowage space, and a large porthole that fills the room with natural light and allows for a glimpse of the tropical surroundings. If the weather is balmy, the crew will set up a bed for you on the Top Deck for a night under the stars.

Life On Board

In between shore excursions and snorkeling trips, life on board is one of pure enjoyment, with top-class service. The vast wooden Main Deck is all about relaxation. From here, you can watch the dramatic volcanoes, breath-taking landscapes and seascapes of Indonesia pass by. You will almost certainly spot flying fish or dolphins cavorting alongside the boat from the cushioned seating at the bow. A canopy-shaded outdoor dining and seating area is where all meals are served.

The spacious, air-conditioned salon includes the ship’s library, a presentation TV, small bar, and coffee station. On the Top Deck, an uncovered bow facing area and a covered viewing area aft of the wheelhouse provide a plentiful supply of benches, loungers, couches and bean bag chairs for reading, napping and socializing.

Three delicious daily meals are served buffet style, prepared by talented on-board chefs, who pride themselves on being able to create a selection of Indonesian, Western and Asian delights, using only the best quality meat, seafood and fresh produce available. You can expect to feast on the day’s catch of fish, exotic fruits and vegetables from local markets. Snacks are always available, as well as afternoon tea.

All About The People

Each Ombak Putih cruise is led by professional, multilingual tour leaders who will escort you in all activities both on land and at sea, answer your questions, provide in-depth daily briefings, and ultimately ensure the smooth running of every aspect of the cruise. Look forward to musical entertainment and some highly attentive service from the crew, whose smiles and friendly personalities offer an even greater insight into the Indonesian way of life.

The team are deeply committed to the integrity and the preservation of the Indonesian Archipelago and its peoples, taking pride in their ethics and respecting the environment in which they sail, and making sure their respectful intrusions leave only footprints—their only traces their contributions to the local communities who will enrich your itinerary so much.

Indeed, as well as various social initiatives including their Peek Under The Surface initiative whereby they distribute educational books and swimming goggles to teach local children about life under the sea, you can also purchase beautifully illustrated books on board about the famous naturalist Alfred Wallace, and for each English version of the book bought, ten books in the Indonesian language are printed and provided to local children.

A World Of Water-Based Adventure

The 138-foot Ombak Putih is outfitted with up-to-the-minute safety equipment and communications technology, and equipped with high-quality tenders, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling gear for water-based fun. The vessel is powered by a reliable “workhorse” engine, which is assisted by sails when and if the wind is cooperating.

Charting a course through some of the more remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago, in search of pristine coral reefs, rare native birds and wildlife, and traditional cultures, the Ombak Putih’s old-world charm will imbue your voyage with a magic that harkens back to the days of the spice traders.

These adventurous, expert-led cruises are family-friendly (indeed there are even special dedicated family adventure departures!), great for groups of friends, romantic for couples, and are also a good option for solo travelers who pay no single supplement if they are willing to share a cabin.

*Special guest expert departures are available throughout the season:

> 12-Day East Indies Exploration: Culture, Sea & Spice departing 6 Sep 2023 – Jeffrey Mellefont (specialist marine writer and photographer, seafaring history expert and research associate of the Australian National Maritime Museum)

> 12-Day The Scents of the Spice Islands departing 20 Sep 2023 & 12-Day In Search of Wallace and His Living Treasures departing 4 Oct 2023 & 4 Oct 2024 – Dr. George Beccaloni (zoologist, evolutionary biologist, historian of science, and founder and director of the Wallace Correspondence Project)

> 10-Day Jewels of Raja Ampat departing 29 Dec 2023 & 10 Jan 2024 – Vincent Chalias (marine biologist)

> 8-Day Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons (Family Adventures) departing 30 Jul & 10 Aug 2024 – Ray & Angela Hale (UK-based conservationists and naturalists—Angela is also a painter and illustrator)

Itineraries & Prices

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12-Day H
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10 Day - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor

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Embarkation

AM: We will take an early morning flight from Bali to Labuanbajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park. Back on the boat, we will head out into the National Park to Kalong Island for our first snorkel of the trip. 

PM: At dusk, we will gather on the back deck at cocktail hour to see the sunset and witness the evening departure of tens of thousands of fruit bats as they leave their forest homes to forage on the mainland.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 1
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
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Rinca Island

AM: We enjoy an early breakfast and go ashore to Rinca Island, where we will have a walk through the local village with a visit to a local bat cave. We will then cruise to the richly diverse reefs of Siaba Besar Island, where we will snorkel with thousands of fish and the many sea turtles that congregate in the area. 

PM: After lunch, spend a leisurely afternoon at a beach swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Later that evening we will move to the main bay of Komodo Island and spend the night at anchor.  

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 2
Location
Rinca Island
Day
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Komodo Island

AM: We will go ashore onto Komodo Island for an early morning, ranger-led walk through the dry, rugged landscape of the island encountering wildlife along the way.  

PM: After lunch, we will go in search of manta rays to snorkel with these mighty creatures. We will have our day’s second snorkel in the north of the park, with the chance to watch the sunset from a hilltop vantage point, before heading off on our long overnight cruise to the east to the Riung Conservation Area.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 3
Location
Komodo Island
Day
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Riung Conservation Area

AM: Today we explore the beaches and the underwater world of the 17-Island, Riung Conservation Area, home to myriad species of land animals and rich coral reefs, as the Ombak Putih moves from island to island throughout the day.  Enjoy swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxation. 

PM: At around sunset we will head east in the direction of Maumere.  

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 4
Location
Riung
Day
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Maumere

AM: Wake up at anchor in Maumere Bay against the backdrop of an extinct volcano and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the day’s activities begin. Take a short drive to the scenic Iwang Gete highlands to visit the small village of Watublapi, where we will be met with singing and dancing by the local people. Famed for their unique textiles, we will be shown firsthand their ancient techniques of spinning, dyeing, and weaving their famous fabrics. Here we will have the chance to view (and purchase) some of the local textiles, try their betel nut, and brave their locally produced liquor. 

PM: In the late afternoon we will head off for an overnight cruise to Solor Island

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 5
Location
Maumere
Day
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Solor - Adonara

AM: In the morning, we will visit the ruins of a 16th-century Portuguese fort on Solor, a reminder of the ancient spice trade. 

PM: During lunch, we will cruise through the beautiful passage between the islands and volcanoes we had northeast of Adonara where we will go snorkeling. Later that afternoon we head north in the direction of the uninhabited, active volcanic island of Komba.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 6
Location
Solor Island
Day
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Komba Volcano - Lewaling Bay - Ile Ape

AM: After breakfast, we will explore the (hopefully) belching Komba volcano with our dinghies, and go for a snorkel on the surrounding reefs. Late morning we will head south and cruise towards the mainland and the beautiful Lewaling Bay. 

PM: Later this afternoon we will go ashore and drive to a local village to see some prehistoric rock art. Later that afternoon we will snorkel and see the sunset over Ile Apé, another active volcano. After dinner, the boat will head east in the direction of Pura Island.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 7
Location
Ile Ape
Day
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Life at Uma Pura

AM: After breakfast, we will snorkel Buaya Island, a location with a beautiful drop-off and lots of fish. 

PM: In the early afternoon we will visit the ancient Muslim village of Uma Pura, where we will stroll around, meet the people and see their way of life. The village is well known for using sea sponges for the dying of their textile, and we will get a chance to see the process in action. After Umapura village we will head to a local reef and go snorkeling. We will then head to the capital of Alor, Kalabahi.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 8
Location
Umapura
Day
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Visit Village & See The Dugong

AM: After breakfast, we will visit the traditional village of Takpala, where we will be greeted by traditional dancing. We will also visit the local market to see the activity there. If you are lucky you can see people buying Moko, the traditional bronze drums of Alor.  

PM: Later this afternoon we will go with a local boat to see the dugong, followed by a relaxing afternoon on the beach before heading to the boat for our farewell dinner.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 9
Location
Kalabahi
Day
9 / 10

Disembarkation

AM: We wake up in a beautiful bay on the island of Alor where we will have breakfast before saying goodbye to all crew and heading to the airport for our morning flight back to Bali.  

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Komodo - Alor - Day 10
Location
Kalabahi
Day
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10 Day - Jewels of Raja Ampat - Sorong to Sorong

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Disembarkation

AM: Your flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport, we will transfer you to the harbor where your boat will be waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

PM: Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor and set a southerly course for the Misool Archipelago, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way. We will then dine alfresco on the main deck while meeting the other passengers and crew and watching the sunset on our first day at sea.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day One - Sundeck
Location
Sorong - Misool
Day
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Misool Archipelago, Tomolo Bay

AM: This morning we will wake to see the sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides. We will spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface.

PM: We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping through this archipelago, the boat will spend a quiet night at anchor in Misool’s Tomolo Bay.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Two - Hilltop View
Location
Misool
Day
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Karst Island, Island of Batanta

AM: A swim through Tomolo’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities. After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites.

The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. We will then move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric cave paintings, estimated to be anything between 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. Overnight, our boat will cruise north to the island of Batanta.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Three - Forgotten Islands
Location
Misool
Day
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Arefi Village, Wayag

AM: After our days of marine exploration, the jungle-clad island of Batanta offers us a change of scenery and a chance to stretch our legs on an adventurous trek into the island’s interior. We anchor at the foot of Arefi Village, nestled on the north coast of the island, where we will find local guides to escort us through the mangrove waters to the start point of our trek.

PM: A short walk along the riverbed brings us to a jungle waterfall, complete with a refreshing pool for cooling off. After leaving the wilderness behind us, we will find a nearby spot to swim and snorkel before moving north to the islands of Wayag.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Four - Quiet Beach
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
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Wayag

AM: Few areas in Indonesia can lay claim to such unsurpassed natural splendor as Raja Ampat’s Wayag islands. The beauty of these picturesque karst spires is perhaps only equaled by the brilliant colors and vibrancy of the reefs and the marine life that flourishes below.

PM: Nature has carved these islands into a series of coves and lagoons, narrow channels and inlets, caves, jagged rocks and shaded sandy beaches. For those who dare, some spectacular but nearly vertical climbs are rewarded with magnificent panoramas. We will spend a quiet night here at anchor.


Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Five - Snorkeling with Jelly Fish
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
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Waigeo

AM: The Wayag islands are Raja Ampat’s best, and we will make the most of this unique region for one more morning, navigating the maze of mushroom-shaped islands, and stopping for swimming and snorkeling.

PM: In the afternoon, we will set our compasses to return to the southern hemisphere and the island of Waigeo.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Six - Dolphin
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
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Wofoh, Aljui Bay

AM: Another full day of adventure awaits us along the convoluted western coast of Waigeo. We will begin the morning by exploring Wofoh, three island gems linked together by stretches of pristine coral reef. You can use the tenders or kayaks to navigate the islands or put your newly-acquired fish identification skills to use in exploring this vibrant reef. Or you may prefer to simply just relax on the beach.

PM: In the afternoon we will move northwards to Aljui Bay, home to the Cendanda Pearl Farm, one of the larger producers of high-quality seawater pearls in the region. Pearling is an important industry throughout Indonesia and several farms can be seen in the waters of Raja Ampat, where the farmers may grant us permission to visit their facilities and receive an explanation of the pearling processes that we have seen during our voyage.

Location
Raja Ampat
Day
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Penemu, Aborek Island

AM: We will wake up in front of the island of Penemu, a dramatic location with a short hilltop climb to take in the amazing views. After some great snorkeling on the island’s reefs, we will set course for the tiny Aborek Island, where the local children will perform their traditional dances for us.

PM: We can also walk around the village and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept very much alive by the villagers living in this isolated place. There's a chance that we may get to see some manta rays as we snorkel, but there are no guarantees.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Eight - Turtle
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
8 / 10

Red Bird of Paradise, Dampier Strait

AM: After waking up, before sunrise, we will follow in the footsteps of the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable Red Bird of Paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. We hope that the efforts of our trek through the forest will pay off, enabling us to catch a rare and privileged sight of the bird’s elaborate courtship dance as the day breaks over the forest canopy.

PM: Whether we spot the birds or not, for sure we will experience a wonderful trek. After lunch, we make our way through the Dampier strait, home to some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Nine - Misool
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
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Disembarkation

AM: After our last breakfast, we will stroll around on dry land at the Doom island with traditional transportation called Becak. During the First World War, Doom island served as an administrative center of Dutch Empire administration in West Papua and continued to become the core of Sorong for some time before the city grew in mainland Papua. During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied and fortified the island, building a network of tunnels and bunkers. The island was attacked by American and Australian aircraft throughout the war. Following the war, a fishing station was briefly established on the island before it was moved to Manokwari.

After this we will say goodbye to our crew and captain and head to the airport for our onward flights.

Ombak Putih's Jewels of Raja Ampat - Day Ten - Bird of Paradise
Location
Doom Island - Sorong
Day
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10 Day - Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise - Sorong to Kaimana

itinerary map

Embarkation

Embark on an extraordinary adventure as we present our highly anticipated, set to sail on a specific date. Get ready to redefine your cruising experience with a unique itinerary designed to captivate your senses and create lifelong memories.

AM: Your flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From the airport, we will transfer you to the harbor where the Ombak Putih will be waiting at anchor. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

PM: Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor, leave the harbor behind, and enter the marine protected area of Raja Ampat, home to unique birdlife and the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world. We will cruise towards the island of Waigeo, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way before watching the sun set on our first day at sea.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day One - Raja Ampat
Location
Sorong - Waigeo
Day
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Sapokren

AM: While it is still dark, our tenders will ferry those of us who are feeling fit and adventurous to the village of Sapokren, where a local guide will take us on a challenging trek into the forest in the hope of seeing the Wilson’s bird of paradise. The male is red and black with a yellow mantle on his neck, light green mouth, rich blue feet and two violet tail feathers. The featherless crown is turquoise, ornamented with double black crosses. If we are lucky, we may be able to observe the male dancing from a distance of just five metres. Before the dance, he will clear the ground from any leaves or other obstacles that may disrupt his performance.

PM: On our way back to the boat, accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life, we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way. We will spend the remainder of the day resting from the morning’s activities and enjoying the waters and reefs of Raja Ampat.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Two - Local Children
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
2 / 10

Dampier Strait, Aborek Village

AM: Today will present another opportunity for keen birdwatchers, as we rise early and walk into the forest on a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable red bird of paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. With a little luck and the help of our knowledgeable guides, we might catch sight of this rare bird’s elaborate courtship display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will turn our attention from the sky to the sea as the Ombak Putih makes her way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. If the currents are in our favor, we might see some of the area’s larger specimens of marine life, which are attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich waters. We will end the day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front Arborek Village. Here, we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living in this isolated place.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Three - Wilson's Bird
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
3 / 10

Misool Archipelago, Tomolo Bay

AM: This morning we will wake to see the sun rise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides. A swim through Tomolo’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities.

After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites. The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. We will then move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist, and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals. 

PM: After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric ‘petroglyph’ cave paintings, estimated to be anything from 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. 

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Four - Arborek Tribe
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
4 / 10

Misool

AM: Today we will have a relaxing day in Misool. We will spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface.

PM: We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping, the Ombak Putih will begin her overnight journey.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Five - Quiet Beach
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
5 / 10

Pisang Islands, Sipitnanam

AM: This morning we will explore the Pisang Islands. These tiny gems isolated in the vast waters of the Ceram Sea offer us a chance to relax and enjoy the sparkling white-sand beaches, clear waters, and vibrant reefs before making our way to the shores of West Papua.

PM: Here we will follow the shoreline until we reach the village of Sipitnanam. After visiting the village and meeting the residents, who spend their days fishing the nearby waters and tending their nutmeg plantations, we will continue south along the coastline through the night.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Six - Manta Rays
Location
West Papua
Day
6 / 10

Kitikiti waterfall, Cape Papisol

AM: Today we will wake up to the beautiful sight of Kitikiti waterfall. Here, in the wilderness, a roaring river cascades down the jungle-clad mountains and crashes into the sea below.

PM: We can swim under the waterfall and explore the extraordinary reefs nearby before rounding Cape Papisol to the Karawawi region, where we will stop to refresh ourselves before journeying on to Triton Bay.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Seven - Turtle
Location
West Papua
Day
7 / 10

Triton Bay, Lobo Village

AM: Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who keep masses of baitfish in nets that attract a migratory group of whale sharks, which we may have the chance to swim and snorkel with. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will. 

PM: We will also spend our time swimming from secluded beaches, snorkeling the vibrant turquoise waters and kayaking amongst the rocky outcrops. We can also enjoy watching the birdlife from the comfort of our tenders as we explore this extraordinary maze of karst islands, before visiting the village of Lobo, which is a friendly place at the foot of a 1000-metre-high cliff.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Eight - A Cuscus
Location
West Papua
Day
8 / 10

Namatote Passage

AM: We will make the most of our last morning in Triton Bay by cruising through the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons before heading north through the Namatote Passage. Namatote’s cliffs are also well known as a gallery of prehistoric art, boasting an impressive collection of cave paintings, glyphs and pictorial signs left by ancient nomads high upon the rock walls.

PM: We will spend our final evening on the ship resting at anchor and enjoying a farewell dinner with our captain and crew.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Nine - Watching Sunset On Board
Location
West Papua
Day
9 / 10

Disembarkation

AM: In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbor of Kaimana. After a final, hearty breakfast, we will say goodbye to the Ombak Putih and her crew. Our tenders will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Ombak Putih's Sorong to Kaimana - Day Ten - Sunset on Forgotten Islands
Location
Kaimana
Day
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10 Day - Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise - Kaimana to Sorong

itinerary map

Embarkation

Embark on an extraordinary adventure as we present our highly anticipated Reposition Cruise, set to sail on a specific date. Get ready to redefine your cruising experience with a unique itinerary designed to captivate your senses and create lifelong memories.

AM: Your flight will arrive in the West Papuan port town of Kaimana. From the airport, we will transfer you to the harbor where the Ombak Putih will be waiting at anchor. Once you have settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarize you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

PM: Ready to start our adventure, we will weigh anchor, leave the harbor behind, and head towards Namatote Passage, stopping for a refreshing swim along the way before watching the sunset on our first day at sea.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day One - Misool
Location
Kaimana
Day
1 / 10

Namatote Passage

AM: Today we will cruise through the Namatote Passage. Namatote’s cliffs are well known as a gallery of prehistoric art, boasting an impressive collection of cave paintings, glyphs and pictorial signs left by ancient nomads high upon the rock walls.

PM: We will then explore the undisturbed coves, caves, and lagoons of Triton Bay, where we will anchor for the night.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Two - Dwarf Spinner Dolphin
Location
West Papua
Day
2 / 10

Triton Bay, Lobo Village

AM: Triton Bay is a place of unsurpassed natural splendor, where time and tides have sliced the limestone landscape into tall cliffs and numerous islands separated by lagoons and narrow channels. It is also home to fishermen who keep masses of baitfish in nets that attract a migratory group of whale sharks, which we may have the chance to swim and snorkel with. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will.

PM: We will also spend our time swimming from secluded beaches, snorkeling the vibrant turquoise waters and kayaking amongst the rocky outcrops. We can also enjoy watching the birdlife from the comfort of our tenders as we explore this extraordinary maze of karst islands, before visiting the village of Lobo, which is a friendly place at the foot of a 1000-meter-high cliff.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Three - Green Turtle
Location
West Papua
Day
3 / 10

Cape Papisol, Kitikiti Waterfall

AM: Today we will round Cape Papisol to the Karawawi region, where we will stop to refresh ourselves before journeying on to the beautiful Kitikiti waterfall. Here, in the wilderness, a roaring river cascades down the jungle-clad mountains and crashes into the sea below.

PM: We can swim under the waterfall and explore the extraordinary reefs nearby before continuing north-west along the coastline of West Papua.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Four - Flying Foxes
Location
West Papua
Day
4 / 10

Sipitnanam Village, Pisang Islands

AM: Today we will visit the village of Sipitnanam, where we will meet the residents, who spend their days fishing the nearby waters and tending their nutmeg plantations. From there, we will make our way to the Pisang Islands.

PM: These tiny gems isolated in the vast waters of the Ceram Sea offer us a chance to relax and enjoy the sparkling white-sand beaches, clear waters, and vibrant reefs.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Five - Island Kids
Location
West Papua
Day
5 / 10

Misool Archipelago

AM: This morning we will wake to see the sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides.

PM: We will spend the day maximizing everything that this fascinating area has to offer by marveling at both the marine wonderland under the water and the magnificent landscape above the surface. We can test out our paddling skills in the sea kayaks, watch for birds perched on the rocks, or just sit back and take in the glorious scenery. After a full day of island hopping, the Ombak Putih will spend a quiet night at anchor.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Six - Coconut Crab
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
6 / 10

Tomolo

AM: A swim through Tomolo’s mysterious dome-topped cave is undoubtedly one of Raja Ampat’s most memorable activities. After an early breakfast, our tenders will take us into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim, snorkel or simply float while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites.

The more adventurous can swim or paddle through the dark waters to the other mouth of the cave. We will then move on to the mysterious stingless jellyfish lake, one of only 20 in the world where these amazing creatures exist and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will use our tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric ‘petroglyph’ cave paintings, estimated to be anything from 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels. 

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Seven - Arborek Band
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
7 / 10

Sapokren Village

AM: Waking before dawn we will be ferried to a local village, where local guides will take us on a trek through the jungle in the hope of finding the beautiful Wilson’s Bird of Paradise perform is mating dance ritual upon the forest floor. On our way back to the boat we will be accompanied by the sounds of the jungle coming to life and we will be sure to spot a number of bird species along the way.

PM: After a well-earned late breakfast, we will spend the remainder of the day enjoying snorkelling, swimming and exploring the reefs and islands of the local area by kayak and paddle board.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Eight - Wilson's Bird
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
8 / 10

Dampier Strait, Aborek Village

AM: Today we will follow in the footsteps of the ‘father of biogeography,’ Alfred Russel Wallace by rising early and walking into the forest on a pre-dawn quest to spot the remarkable red bird of paradise, one of the species that Wallace was most anxious to collect. With a little luck and the help of our knowledgeable guides, we might catch sight of this rare bird’s elaborate courtship display as dawn breaks over the forest canopy.

PM: After returning to the ship, we will turn our attention from the sky to the sea as the Ombak Putih makes her way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. If the currents are in our favor, we might see some of the area’s larger specimens of marine life, which are attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich waters. We will end the day by mooring off Pulau Arborek in front of Arborek Village. Here, we can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and gain a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living in this isolated place.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Nine - Village South Maluku
Location
Raja Ampat
Day
9 / 10

Disembarkation

AM: In the morning, we will find ourselves at anchor in the harbor of Sorong. After a final, hearty breakfast, we will say goodbye to the Ombak Putih and her crew.

Our crew members will take you ashore for your transfer to the airport for your onward travel.

Ombak Putih's Kaimana to Sorong - Day Ten - Dutch Fort Ternate
Location
Sorong
Day
10 / 10
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10 Day - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: You will be collected from your hotel in the morning and taken to the boat.  

PM: After lunch, we will visit Takpala village for a fascinating cultural performance. Later this evening we will head west to Pura Island, where we will spend a quiet night at anchor. 

Note :

Because of the flight schedules to Alor from Bali, guests must fly to Alor the day before the journey and stay in a local resort for one night. This overnight stay is included in the ticket price and will be booked by us on your behalf.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 1
Location
Kalabahi
Day
1 / 10

Clown Valley & Buaya Island

AM: After breakfast, we will snorkel at Clown Valley, home to many sea anemones and their resident guardian clownfish.  

PM: In the early afternoon we will have a second snorkel at Buaya Island, a location with a beautiful drop-off and lots of fish. 

We will then head to a local quiet bay to spend the night at anchor.  

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 2
Location
Clown Valley
Day
2 / 10

The Village of Uma Pura

AM: After breakfast, we will visit the ancient Muslim village of Uma Pura, where we will stroll around, meet the people and see their way of life. The village is well known for using sea sponges for the dyeing of their textile, and we will get a chance to see the process in action. 

PM: After this, we will head to a local reef and go snorkeling. After dinner, we will depart to the uninhabited active volcanic island of Komba.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 3
Location
Umapura
Day
3 / 10

Komba Volcano - Lewaling Bay - Ile Ape

AM: After breakfast, we will explore the (hopefully) belching Komba volcano with our dinghies, and go for a snorkel on the surrounding reefs. Late morning we will head south and cruise towards the mainland and the beautiful Lewaling Bay. 

PM: Later this afternoon we will go ashore and drive to a local village to see some prehistoric rock art. Later that afternoon we will snorkel and see the sunset over Ile Apé, another active volcano. After dinner, the boat will head east in the direction of Adonara.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 4
Location
Ile Ape
Day
4 / 10

Adonara - Solor Island

AM: In the morning we will explore the beautiful underwater reefs on the northeast of Adonara island. 

PM: We will head to Solor Island as we have lunch, enjoying the beautiful views of the volcanos and islands of this stunning inland passage. We will visit the ruins of a 16th-century Portuguese fort on Solor, and later that afternoon we will head off on an overnight cruise to Maumere.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 5
Location
Adonara
Day
5 / 10

Maumere

AM: We wake up at anchor in Maumere Bay against the backdrop of an extinct volcano and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before the day’s activities begin. We will take a short drive to the scenic Iwang Gete highlands to visit the small village of Watublapi, where we will be met with singing and dancing by the local people. Famed for their unique textiles, we will be shown firsthand their ancient techniques of spinning, dyeing, and weaving their famous fabrics. Here we will have the chance to view (and purchase) some of the local textiles, try their betel nut, and brave their locally produced liquor. 

PM: In the late afternoon we will head off to the Riung conservation area.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 6
Location
Maumere
Day
6 / 10

Riung Conservation Area

AM: Today we explore the beaches and the underwater world of the 17-island, Riung Conservation Area, home to myriad species of land animals and rich coral reefs, as the boat moves from island to island throughout the day. Enjoy swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxation throughout the day. 

PM: At around sunset, we will head east in the direction of the Komodo National Park.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 7
Location
Riung
Day
7 / 10

Komodo National Park

AM: Today we are already in the Komodo National Park, and after breakfast, we will have fabulous snorkeling at the area of Hatamin Island, home to many baby sharks and beautifully restored coral gardens. 

PM: After snorkeling, we depart to Rinca island, where we will have an afternoon walk through the local village with a visit to a local bat cave.  At dusk, we will gather on the back deck at cocktail hour to see the sunset and witness the evening departure of tens of thousands of fruit bats as they leave their forest homes to forage on the mainland.

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 8
Location
Rinca Island
Day
8 / 10

Komodo National Park

AM: We will go ashore onto Komodo Island for an early morning, ranger-led walk through the dry, rugged landscape of the island encountering wildlife along the way.  

PM: After lunch, we will go in search of manta rays to snorkel with these mighty creatures. We will have our day’s second snorkel in the north of the park, with the chance to watch the sunset from a hilltop vantage point, before spending a quiet night at anchor. 

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 9
Location
Komodo Island
Day
9 / 10

Disembarkation

AM: After breakfast, we will go ashore to see the ‘caci’ dance, a traditional cultural performance of the Manggarai people. Later in the morning, it will be time to say goodbye to the crew and your fellow shipmates and head to the airport for the flights back to Bali. 

Ombak Putih - The Remote Ring of Fire : Alor - Komodo - Day 10
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
10 / 10
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12 Day - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon

itinerary map

Embarkation

Embark on an extraordinary adventure as we present our highly anticipated Reposition Cruise with Jeffrey Mellefont, set to sail on a specific date. Get ready to redefine your cruising experience with a unique itinerary designed to captivate your senses and create lifelong memories.

PM: After arriving in the early afternoon from Bali, you will be met at Maumere airport by our tour leader and be taken directly to the boat, where you will meet your fellow passengers and your crew. We will cruise out of the harbor and head off to the east giving you a chance to become familiar with your new home for the next 12 days, stopping for a snorkel and a swim along the way, before sunset cocktails and dinner as we cruise on into the night.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 1
Location
Maumere
Day
1 / 12

Maumere

AM: The morning will find us moored offshore of the capital town of Flores - a Christian-dominated island as a result of Portuguese influence - where we will go ashore and see the five Catholic churches and the ‘Stations of the Cross’ along the waterfront.

PM: During lunch, we will cross to a neighboring island where we will visit a small local village and the ruins of an old Portuguese fort dating back to the 16th Century. Later in the afternoon we will get out our snorkeling gear and explore one of the richly vibrant nearby reefs.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 2
Location
Maumere
Day
2 / 12

Lembata Island

AM: We will wake up on Lembata Island in a bite-shaped bay under the gaze of a massive live volcano called Ile Api – Island of Fire. We will be welcomed ashore in a local village with singing and dancing, and be witness to the production of their famous local textiles.

PM: After lunch on the boat, we will sail across the bay to snorkel on a vibrant local reef and swim and paddle on a local beach. This evening, the crew will set up for a beach BBQ and party under the stars before heading off that night for our overnight cruise to our next destination.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 3
Location
Lembata
Day
3 / 12

Lembata Island

AM: Today we visit a traditional village up in the mountains, where we will be welcomed by the chief and be witness to a ceremonial war dance in honor of our visit. We will see their traditional ‘Moko’ war drums and intricately designed ‘Ikat’ fabrics, which have been woven and dyed using age-old techniques, and used in local bridal dowries for centuries.

PM: We will weigh anchor and cruise east as we enjoy lunch on board, stopping in the late afternoon at a picturesque tropical island to snorkel and swim on a coral reef.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 4
Location
Lembata
Day
4 / 12

Wetar Island

AM: We will wake up in a lovely bay on Wetar Island and go ashore to a local fishing village to meet the locals and see their way of life as they dry their catch on the beach. Spend the day swimming and beaching, snorkeling and exploring, and indulge in a bit of local culture by way of ‘sopi’, a strong alcoholic drink made from a local palm tree.

PM: Later in the afternoon we will weigh anchor and continue our journey east.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 5
Location
Wetar
Day
5 / 12

Wetar Island

AM: This morning we will go ashore on a small island and be welcomed into a remote village where the locals will share with us their way of life as farmers and fishermen.

PM: After lunch we will continue cruising, stopping off at another tiny island, this one deserted, to swim, kayak, snorkel over the reef, and relax on the sand. This evening the crew will set up for a beach BBQ and we will dance and sing our way into the night before heading off again for an overnight cruise to our next destination.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 6
Location
Wetar
Day
6 / 12

Remotest Parts of Indonesia

AM: Today is another day of cruising and exploring in one of the remotest parts of Indonesia. We will visit a very simple village where the people’s houses are made using the products of the sago palm, the staple crop in this part of the world. The villagers will demonstrate to us how they process the heart of the sago palm into the edible product that sustains them.

PM: After lunch, we will cruise around the island and stop off to explore the beaches and reefs, where we will snorkel along the way.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 7
Location
East Indonesia
Day
7 / 12

The Ring of Fire

AM: Today will be a day at sea where we will pass four spectacular volcanic sea mounts, explicit examples of Indonesia’s place along the Ring of Fire.- One of these islands is uninhabited by people and is home to tens of thousands of sea birds, (brown and red-footed boobies, and frigate birds), who will likely come out to encircle the boat in great numbers on our approach. If the tide allows, we will go ashore and investigate and surely have a snorkel.

PM: In the late afternoon, we will proceed north to the fabled Spice Islands.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 8
Location
East Indonesia
Day
8 / 12

The Spice Islands

AM: By dawn, we should have the Banda Archipelago ‘Spice Islands’ in our sights, the original home of the nutmeg and the scene of much bloodshed between the colonial powers of Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries over control of the spice trade. We will go ashore and go ashore and visit Fort Revenge, built by the Dutch, before snorkeling on the local reef.

PM: Later we will head across to the main island group, and the main town, and anchor in the beautiful enclosed anchorage under the imposing gaze of a 600-meter-high volcano. If we get there enough time before nightfall, we will go ashore and explore the town.

Ombak Putih - The East Indies on Spice Island : Maumere - Ambon - Day 9
Location