Indonesia & Komodo Eclipse

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Day 1,2 - March 2,3, 2016: Depart Los Angeles

Departure from Los Angeles (LAX).

Day 3 - March 04, 2016: Arrive Bali


Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano and lake views and beautiful beaches, but it is often the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people, that make any stay on the island so memorable.

Upon your arrival in Bali, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sanur.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 4 - March 05, 2016: Bali

Enjoy a free day at leisure. There are a number of excursions that can be booked locally or altrernatively you can relax in the one the hotel's many pools set in beautiful gardens.

Day 5 - March 6, 2016: Bali - Rural Village & Mt Batur Tour

In the morning after breakfast, depart from the hotel for a full day excursionof Rural Bali & Mount Batur.

A warm welcome waits at a Balinese home, where a traditional light snack is served with Balinese coffee or tea.

Walk through the local farms to experience the life of Balinese farmers working in the rice fields, learning more about the simple and traditional irrigation system called Subak, the process of rice growing, from planting the seedlings, to harvesting and even cooking the rice.

Next stop is Pura Kehen, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the “Kori Agung” (stone capped gateway, there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as Bali was never home to its own elephants.

Once inside the temple, there is a small compound, which is guarded by a mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon), which has a magic stone inside it. Apparently the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided.

Following this fascinating local insight, continue to Kintamani, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking Mount Batur, an active volcano, and the picturesque Lake Batur, in the crater.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 6 - March 7, 2016: Fly to Ternate

Today we fly east from Bali across the archipelago to the spice island of Ternate. Lying off the western side of the sprawling island of Halmahera, the ancient sultanates of Ternate and Tidore are islands rich with history and are visually spectacular with their near perfect volcanic cones enveloped in tropical forest.

The island’s rich and colourful history is the result of the spice trade and the enormous economic impact on them in the 16th and 17th century. At this time the islands were the world’s only source of cloves and the resulting spice trade made Ternate and Tidore’s sultans the most powerful rulers in the East Indies and brought the islands to the attention of the European powers of the time. Battles between the powers eventually lead to Dutch control, a legacy that can be seen in the three fortresses built in the early years of the seventeenth century.

At the northern end of town the Sultans Palace (Keraton) contains a museum of artefacts from the reign of the sultans, a lineage that dates back to 1257.

Ternate feels like, and indeed is, a far outpost of Indonesia visited by few western tourists. When travelling to the Moluccan islands there is a real sense of heading off the beaten track.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Day 7 - March 08, 2016: Ternate

Free day at laisure. Optional tours are available.

In the evening Dr. Scott Young will present a lecture in which he will give full details of the eclipse viewing location.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Day 8 - March 09, 2016: Eclipse Day

An early start will be required on eclipse day as we will be travelling across to the island of Tidore to gain an additional 20 seconds of totality and enjoy a truly unique experience. Explorers will be chartering a ferry and then driving around this beautiful island to reach the small town of Soasio where we have an exclusive agreement to access the grounds of the Palace of the Sultan of Tidore. The Palace is set in a large and enclosed open space which is perfectly suited for the eclipse viewing. During the eclipse we will provide soft drinks, water, snacks, parasols and chairs and toilets.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Event Time 
Start of Partial Eclipse 00:24:24
Start of Total Solar Eclipse   01:54:47
Maximum Eclipse 01:56:52
End of Total Eclipse 01:58:56
End of Partial Eclipse 03:30:08





Day 9 - March 10, 2016: Return to Bali

Today we fly back to Bali on a charter flight and overnight on the island before continuing with the journey to Komodo. Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 10 - March 11, 2016: Komodo Island

After a morning flight, arrive at Labuhan Bajo, and transfer directly to the harbour, where you will board a boat for Komodo Island.

Sit back and watch the passing scenery as you enjoy lunch on board, before arriving at Pantai Merah (Pink Beach), so named because the red coral on the seabed breaks off with the tidal changes and mixes with the sand, causing it to turn a pale pink colour.

Jump overboard and snorkel in the clear waters, where you can see many different types of fish including parrot fish, clown fish, and many other species including turtles. There is plenty of time to swim here and to relax on the beach before overnighting on the boat.

Day 11 - March 12, 2016: Rinca & Komodo

After breakfast, start early and walk around 2km to Banunggulung to spot Komodos.

Komodo Dragons, the largest lizard in the world, grow up to 3 metres in length, and weigh up to 65kg. It is estimated that there are around 2,000 Komodos on the island, as well as other wildlife such as wild boar, deer and buffalo. The island is also excellent for bird watchers, cockatoos and go songbirds (megapodius reindwardti), among many others.

The terrain is flat and the flora changes constantly with the seasons, going from dry and dusty with thin vegetation, to lush and green with the scent of wild basil in the wet season. Following your walk, proceed to Rinca Island, the home of deer, horses, buffaloes, pigs, Komodo Dragons and megapode birds. Walk through the jungle and see the Komodo hiding in the grassy undergrowth, waiting for its prey.

Don’t be mistaken – the Komodo may look large and cumbersome, but they can run at up to 18kmh, swim, and, when short of food, these grizzly animals will resort to eating their young! Filled with deadly toxic saliva and venom, these fascinting creatures are not the kind of animal you want to make friends with.

On the way back to Labuhan Bajo, make a stop to Bidadari Island (Angel Island) where you can swim and snorkel, prior to heading to your hotel for the evening. Why not venture out into the local town for the evening, where there are some excellent restaurants – very unexpected in such a tiny town!

Accommodation: Bintang Flores (B)

Day 12 - March 13, 2016: Bali

After breakfast, take a short tour to Batu Cermin Cave.

Batu Cermin is the Indonesian name for Mirror Rock. Depending on the time of year the sun shines into a canyon between 9 and 10 a.m. and is reflected on the walls of the cave. This creates a stunning visual effect, so if you are there at the right time, you are in for a real treat. Depending on the flight schedule, transfer directly to the airport for your flight to Bali.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 13/14 - March 14/15, 2016: Fly home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.