FAQ2018-09-19T00:45:01+00:00
Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

When is the trip?2018-09-16T10:11:07+00:00

1st April to 14th April 2019.

Where does the trip begin?2018-09-17T04:30:57+00:00

The trip begins in Maumere, Indonesia. Guests will be required to book flights into Maumere, arriving on the 1st April by mid afternoon.

Where does the trip finish?2018-09-17T02:16:02+00:00

The trip finishes in Gili Air, with transport from Gili Air back to Bali included in the trip price. If guests wish to extend their stay, they are welcome to do so. Fast boat transfer back to Bali is open ended and the ticket provided can be used on any day.

Where will the trip go?2018-09-17T02:16:11+00:00

The trip begins in Maumere, Indonesia on the island of Flores. We will spend 7 days travelling through Flores, before joining a liveaboard boat adventure for 4 days travelling from Labaun Bajo to Lombok. We will then spend 3 days on the quaint island of Gili Air.

For the full trip itinerary, please click here.

How many families can participate?2018-09-17T02:16:31+00:00

The trip is limited to approximately 10-12 families, dependant upon individual family sizes.

The liveaboard tour is limited to 50 people in total.

Accommodation in Gili Air is limited to 10 Superior Rooms and 10 Cottages and 2 Family Bungalows.

Is there a minimum age?2018-09-19T02:08:52+00:00

For safety reasons children will need to be a minimum of 3 years to attend.

Those wishing to attend should keep in mind that for 4 days of our journey we will be on board a boat, with limited space for little ones to run around and the danger of a child going overboard.

If the trip is full, will there be a waiting list?2018-09-19T03:45:25+00:00

Absolutely. We can only accommodate limited numbers, so once full, we will add interested families to a waiting list. If, for any reason a place becomes available, we will contact our waiting list in the order of which they were added.

What do I need to bring?2018-09-17T02:17:33+00:00

Prior to the departure date we will provide Guests with a recommended packing list to help with preparation for the trip.

Will I have internet access?2018-09-17T02:47:53+00:00

Given that we are travelling to remote areas of Indonesia, internet availability may at times be limited. Each hotel will have different availability with some having wifi in rooms while others will have it in public areas.

We recommend Guests purchase a sim card with data for their phone before joining the trip. Data sims are cheap and the quantity of data you can purchase will be sufficient for during our journey. Internet access via a data sim is quite good throughout Indonesia, however some areas will have limited access.

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

What is included in the trip price?2019-05-03T02:37:54+00:00
  • 5 Nights Accommodation during overland tour (2 per room)
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Labaun Bajo (2 per room)
  • 3 Night Liveaboard Boat Tour (Shared deck accommodation unless upgraded)
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Gili Air (2 per room unless upgraded)
  • Private land transport on the overland tour with air conditioned bus
  • Private deck boat trip at Riung village with simple boat
  • Snorkelling adventure from Gili Air
  • Fast Boat transport from Gili Air to Padangbai Bali
  • Group transfer from Padangbai Bali to Kuta (additional stops available)
  • 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners
  • English speaking guide
  • Snorkeling equipment for adults (equipment for small children is not available)
What is not included in the trip price?2018-09-17T02:07:46+00:00
  • Airfares to/from Bali
  • Airfares from Denpasar to Maumere
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  • Personal expenses, donation, laundry, shopping and tipping
  • Travel, cancellation or medical insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Bicycle hire on Gili Air
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Mineral water, coffee and tea on land tour or at hotel

FLIGHTS

Where does the trip begin?2018-09-17T04:30:57+00:00

The trip begins in Maumere, Indonesia. Guests will be required to book flights into Maumere, arriving on the 1st April by mid afternoon.

Are flights included in the trip cost?2018-09-17T04:27:17+00:00

Flights ARE NOT included in the trip cost. Guests will be required to arrange a flight into Maumere, Indonesia, arriving by mid afternoon on 1st April 2019. Guests will be met at the airport and transported to the accommodation.

How do I fly to Maumere?2018-09-17T04:33:31+00:00

Flights from Bali (Denpasar) to Maumere are available through Lion Air/Wings Air for approximately $USD60 per adult. They can be booked through Skyscanner or directly with Wings Air

ACCOMMODATION

Can rooms accommodate more than two?2018-09-19T00:24:12+00:00

We are able to have an additional bed added to a room. Alternatively, if you feel your child is old enough, we may be able to match them up with another child of a similar age and have them share a room.

What type of accommodation is provided?2018-09-17T02:43:14+00:00

The accommodation provided for our journey has been chosen to provide a comfortable stay for the entire family. We will stay in a number of different locations and each venue will offer our guests their own unique facilities. We encourage our guests to remember that we will be travelling through remote parts of Indonesia, away from the larger tourist areas, and as such, the quality of the accommodation may be simpler than guests may be accustomed to. All venues are clean and tidy, offer hot water and air conditioning where available. Some will offer guests the opportunity to upgrade to larger rooms or family bungalows.

Overland Tour

Rooms sleep 2 people each. An additional bed can be added by request.

Rooms will have A/C where available and all have hot water.

Liveaboard/Small Island Tour

Accommodation on board our 4 day live aboard boat is very rustic. The boat has shared bathroom facilities, without showers (but lots of swimming), and shared open plan sleeping in the large deck area. The deck area is enclosed, and is used for sleeping only, which ensures guests are able to relax and sleep without excess noise. Deck sleeping includes a thin individual mattress (gymnastics style), single pillow and blanket. Power is not available in the main part of the cabin, however limited access is available from the crew.

Guests may choose to upgrade their accommodation to a 2-person cabin (limit of 6 cabins onboard) which will provide privacy and power for a few hours per day. Guests should be aware that cabins are a little noisier as they are closer to the engine room and may not have a window resulting in less airflow. Cabins include a soft mattress, two pillows and blankets.

Accommodation on board is very basic, but is in itself part of the experience and allows us to provide an incredible adventure to suit all budgets.

Accommodation in Gili Air consists of a Superior Double Room (sleeps 2). Facilities include Double or Twin bed • Private bathroom with hot water shower • Private Terrace or Private Garden •Daily breakfast for 2 persons • Electronic safe • Minibar • Air conditioning • Free Wifi • An additional bed can be added by request.

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage with outdoor bathroom for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

Can I upgrade my accommodation?2018-09-17T02:45:27+00:00

Accommodation on board the liveaboard boat and at Gili Air can be upgraded.

Guests may choose to upgrade their deck accommodation on board the liveaboard boat to a 2-person cabin (limit of 6 cabins onboard) which will provide privacy and power for a few hours per day. Guests should be aware that cabins are a little noisier as they are closer to the engine room and may not have a window resulting in less airflow. Cabins include a soft mattress, two pillows and blankets.

On Gili Air, Guests may choose to upgrade to from a Superior Room to a Cottage for an additional cost.

What will the deck sleeping be like?2018-09-17T03:39:38+00:00

The open plan shared deck sleeping on our liveaboard tour is a large open area where each individual will have a simple mattress, a blanket and pillow. The sleeping area is considered a quiet area, for resting or sleeping only, and as such it’s a quiet space that guests can enjoy during the trip. We ask that parents help children to understand that the sleeping area is NOT for playing.

For some, sleeping in shared accommodation will be a very new experience, and may initially feel a little daunting, however by observing the rest/sleeping only rule, Guests should find that it is quite acceptable for the short time we will be onboard. Guests are welcome to bring small electronic devices with headphones for use in the room during quiet times.

We encourage guests to remember that this forms one small part of the adventure, and allows us to keep costs down to ensure families of all budgets can enjoy the adventure. Larger boats with cabins and air conditioning are substantially more expensive (from $400/USD/day/person).

Guests are able to upgrade to a private cabin however please be aware that there is a maximum of 6 cabins.

What are the private cabins like on the liveaboard tour?2018-09-17T03:40:00+00:00

Guests that would prefer a little privacy on the liveaboard tour are welcome to upgrade to a private cabin. Cabins are quite simple, and offer a thicker mattress, 2 pillows, 2 blankets, a fan, and luggage storage area.

Guests should be aware that private cabins are closer to the engine room and as such can be a little noisy and at times Guests may smell diesel fumes from the engine. Some cabins are also contained within the interior of the boat and do not have a window so may be a little warmer.

FOOD

What meals are included on the trip?2018-09-17T02:45:52+00:00

11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners will be included and will primarily consist of local Indonesian dishes, including vegetarian options.

Excluded meals include: Breakfast on Days 1, 7 & 8. Lunch on Days 1, 7, 12, 13 & 14. Dinner on Days 7, 11, 12 & 14. Snacks are not included but can be purchased from many places along the journey. All snacks required during the Liveaboard Adventure on Days 8-11 should be purchased ahead of time from a local supermarket or stall.

Please notify us of any dietary requirements well in advance to ensure your request can be catered for.

Will my child like the provided meals?2018-09-17T02:45:58+00:00

A variety of meals will be available and will consist of local Indonesian dishes made up of rice, noodles, vegetables and meat. We expect most children will find something to their liking. Additional supplies can be purchased from local stalls and supermarkets (at Guest’s expense) if required.

Are snacks provided?2018-09-17T02:46:05+00:00

Snacks are not provided during the tour however they can be purchased from various stalls and supermarkets throughout the journey. Any snacks required for the Liveaboard journey on Days 8-11 should be purchased ahead of time. The Liveaboard journey departs from a small town that has a number of supermarkets with excellent options.

OVERLAND TOUR

Where will the trip go?2018-09-17T02:16:11+00:00

The trip begins in Maumere, Indonesia on the island of Flores. We will spend 7 days travelling through Flores, before joining a liveaboard boat adventure for 4 days travelling from Labaun Bajo to Lombok. We will then spend 3 days on the quaint island of Gili Air.

For the full trip itinerary, please click here.

What type of accommodation is provided?2018-09-17T02:43:14+00:00

The accommodation provided for our journey has been chosen to provide a comfortable stay for the entire family. We will stay in a number of different locations and each venue will offer our guests their own unique facilities. We encourage our guests to remember that we will be travelling through remote parts of Indonesia, away from the larger tourist areas, and as such, the quality of the accommodation may be simpler than guests may be accustomed to. All venues are clean and tidy, offer hot water and air conditioning where available. Some will offer guests the opportunity to upgrade to larger rooms or family bungalows.

Overland Tour

Rooms sleep 2 people each. An additional bed can be added by request.

Rooms will have A/C where available and all have hot water.

Liveaboard/Small Island Tour

Accommodation on board our 4 day live aboard boat is very rustic. The boat has shared bathroom facilities, without showers (but lots of swimming), and shared open plan sleeping in the large deck area. The deck area is enclosed, and is used for sleeping only, which ensures guests are able to relax and sleep without excess noise. Deck sleeping includes a thin individual mattress (gymnastics style), single pillow and blanket. Power is not available in the main part of the cabin, however limited access is available from the crew.

Guests may choose to upgrade their accommodation to a 2-person cabin (limit of 6 cabins onboard) which will provide privacy and power for a few hours per day. Guests should be aware that cabins are a little noisier as they are closer to the engine room and may not have a window resulting in less airflow. Cabins include a soft mattress, two pillows and blankets.

Accommodation on board is very basic, but is in itself part of the experience and allows us to provide an incredible adventure to suit all budgets.

Accommodation in Gili Air consists of a Superior Double Room (sleeps 2). Facilities include Double or Twin bed • Private bathroom with hot water shower • Private Terrace or Private Garden •Daily breakfast for 2 persons • Electronic safe • Minibar • Air conditioning • Free Wifi • An additional bed can be added by request.

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage with outdoor bathroom for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

Are snacks provided?2018-09-17T02:46:05+00:00

Snacks are not provided during the tour however they can be purchased from various stalls and supermarkets throughout the journey. Any snacks required for the Liveaboard journey on Days 8-11 should be purchased ahead of time. The Liveaboard journey departs from a small town that has a number of supermarkets with excellent options.

How long will we spend on the bus each day during the overland tour?2018-09-17T02:46:17+00:00

During the overland tour we will travel each day by air conditioned coach. We expect 2-3 hours per day onboard, however this time will be broken up with regular stops along the way.

Will I have internet access?2018-09-17T02:47:53+00:00

Given that we are travelling to remote areas of Indonesia, internet availability may at times be limited. Each hotel will have different availability with some having wifi in rooms while others will have it in public areas.

We recommend Guests purchase a sim card with data for their phone before joining the trip. Data sims are cheap and the quantity of data you can purchase will be sufficient for during our journey. Internet access via a data sim is quite good throughout Indonesia, however some areas will have limited access.

Is snorkelling equipment provided?2018-09-17T03:42:38+00:00

Snorkels and masks (no fins) are provided in adult sizes and shared between all guests. Some small sizes may fit older children, however if equipment is required for smaller children guests will need to bring it with them on the journey.

Where can I purchase snorkel equipment for children?2018-09-17T02:48:07+00:00

Snorkel equipment for children can be purchased in Bali before the tour begins. Alternatively, Guests may be able to purchase equipment in Labaun Bajo before the liveaboard component of our trip.

LIVEABOARD & SMALL ISLAND TOUR

Where will the trip go?2018-09-17T02:16:11+00:00

The trip begins in Maumere, Indonesia on the island of Flores. We will spend 7 days travelling through Flores, before joining a liveaboard boat adventure for 4 days travelling from Labaun Bajo to Lombok. We will then spend 3 days on the quaint island of Gili Air.

For the full trip itinerary, please click here.

What type of accommodation is provided?2018-09-17T02:43:14+00:00

The accommodation provided for our journey has been chosen to provide a comfortable stay for the entire family. We will stay in a number of different locations and each venue will offer our guests their own unique facilities. We encourage our guests to remember that we will be travelling through remote parts of Indonesia, away from the larger tourist areas, and as such, the quality of the accommodation may be simpler than guests may be accustomed to. All venues are clean and tidy, offer hot water and air conditioning where available. Some will offer guests the opportunity to upgrade to larger rooms or family bungalows.

Overland Tour

Rooms sleep 2 people each. An additional bed can be added by request.

Rooms will have A/C where available and all have hot water.

Liveaboard/Small Island Tour

Accommodation on board our 4 day live aboard boat is very rustic. The boat has shared bathroom facilities, without showers (but lots of swimming), and shared open plan sleeping in the large deck area. The deck area is enclosed, and is used for sleeping only, which ensures guests are able to relax and sleep without excess noise. Deck sleeping includes a thin individual mattress (gymnastics style), single pillow and blanket. Power is not available in the main part of the cabin, however limited access is available from the crew.

Guests may choose to upgrade their accommodation to a 2-person cabin (limit of 6 cabins onboard) which will provide privacy and power for a few hours per day. Guests should be aware that cabins are a little noisier as they are closer to the engine room and may not have a window resulting in less airflow. Cabins include a soft mattress, two pillows and blankets.

Accommodation on board is very basic, but is in itself part of the experience and allows us to provide an incredible adventure to suit all budgets.

Accommodation in Gili Air consists of a Superior Double Room (sleeps 2). Facilities include Double or Twin bed • Private bathroom with hot water shower • Private Terrace or Private Garden •Daily breakfast for 2 persons • Electronic safe • Minibar • Air conditioning • Free Wifi • An additional bed can be added by request.

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage with outdoor bathroom for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

What is it like onboard the boat?2018-09-17T04:18:01+00:00

The 4 day liveaboard tour is an incredible experience travelling between small islands of Indonesia. The boat is simple and somewhat rustic, but a huge part of the overall adventure. The crew will prepare 3 meals a day in a simple camp kitchen and Guests will enjoy a range of local Indonesian dishes.

You will spend your days enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Relaxing on the deck, swimming and snorkelling in the ocean, or hiking a local island. Bring a book and take the time to unwind as you journey through the open waters… but be warned, you may find the gentle lull of the boat might send you to sleep!

A large cooler will be available for storage of drinks and will be topped up with ice by the crew at various points along the journey.

Prior to boarding you will have the opportunity to purchase snacks, drinks and beer, or alternatively you can purchase these in Labaun Bajo ahead of time. We strongly recommend labelling any food you bring on board as all guests will have access to the cooler and clearly labelled items are less likely to be mistakenly used by others.

The boat we will travel on holds 50 people and appropriate safety equipment for both guests and crew.

What will the deck sleeping be like?2018-09-17T03:39:38+00:00

The open plan shared deck sleeping on our liveaboard tour is a large open area where each individual will have a simple mattress, a blanket and pillow. The sleeping area is considered a quiet area, for resting or sleeping only, and as such it’s a quiet space that guests can enjoy during the trip. We ask that parents help children to understand that the sleeping area is NOT for playing.

For some, sleeping in shared accommodation will be a very new experience, and may initially feel a little daunting, however by observing the rest/sleeping only rule, Guests should find that it is quite acceptable for the short time we will be onboard. Guests are welcome to bring small electronic devices with headphones for use in the room during quiet times.

We encourage guests to remember that this forms one small part of the adventure, and allows us to keep costs down to ensure families of all budgets can enjoy the adventure. Larger boats with cabins and air conditioning are substantially more expensive (from $400/USD/day/person).

Guests are able to upgrade to a private cabin however please be aware that there is a maximum of 6 cabins.

What are the private cabins like on the liveaboard tour?2018-09-17T03:40:00+00:00

Guests that would prefer a little privacy on the liveaboard tour are welcome to upgrade to a private cabin. Cabins are quite simple, and offer a thicker mattress, 2 pillows, 2 blankets, a fan, and luggage storage area.

Guests should be aware that private cabins are closer to the engine room and as such can be a little noisy and at times Guests may smell diesel fumes from the engine. Some cabins are also contained within the interior of the boat and do not have a window so may be a little warmer.

Are snacks provided?2018-09-17T02:46:05+00:00

Snacks are not provided during the tour however they can be purchased from various stalls and supermarkets throughout the journey. Any snacks required for the Liveaboard journey on Days 8-11 should be purchased ahead of time. The Liveaboard journey departs from a small town that has a number of supermarkets with excellent options.

What are the bathroom facilities like onboard the liveaboard boat?2018-09-17T02:46:11+00:00

Bathroom facilities onboard the boat are very basic. There are no showers, toilet facilities are neat and tidy but quite simple and toilets are shared between all guests.

Where do I store my luggage on the liveaboard tour?2018-09-17T03:06:39+00:00

For those with deck accommodation, large bags and suitcases will be stored beneath the main deck. Guests can access their baggage, however we recommend that Guests bring a small bag with everything they need for the liveaboard tour and keep with them in the sleeping area.

Guests will need very little during the tour – swimwear, sarongs, towels, toiletries etc. Shoes will be placed in a basket on the deck of the boat and the crew will transport it onto land when when we arrive in our various destinations. A recommended packing list will be available closer to the tour.

Will I need sea sickness tablets?2018-09-17T03:33:00+00:00

If you are one that finds they are affected by sea sickness we strongly recommend bringing tablets with you and taking them on a regular basis throughout the trip. Many people find that after the first day onboard their bodies adjust and they are able to go without tablets.

What are Komodo Dragons?2018-09-17T02:47:28+00:00

Komodo Dragons can only be found in Indonesia, making this trip a wonderful opportunity to see these incredible creatures in real life. It is a great learning opportunity for children and as an introduction we are pleased to provide the following information.

Physical Description

Komodo dragons are large lizards with long tails, strong and agile necks, and sturdy limbs. Their tongues are yellow and forked. Adults are an almost-uniform stone color with distinct, large scales, while juveniles may display a more vibrant color and pattern.

The muscles of the Komodo’s jaws and throat allow it to swallow huge chunks of meat with astonishing rapidity. Several movable joints, such as the intramandibular hinge opens the lower jaw unusually wide. The stomach expands easily, enabling an adult to consume up to 80 percent of its own body weight in a single meal, which most likely explains some exaggerated claims for immense weights in captured individuals. When threatened, Komodos can throw up the contents of their stomachs to lessen their weight in order to flee.

Although males tend to grow larger and bulkier than females, no obvious morphological differences mark the sexes. One subtle clue does exist: a slight difference in the arrangement of scales just in front of the cloaca. Sexing Komodos remains a challenge for human researchers; the dragons themselves appear to have little trouble figuring out who is who.

Size

The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world. These wild dragons typically weigh about 154 pounds (70 kilograms), but the largest verified specimen reached a length of 10.3 feet (3.13 meters) and weighed 366 pounds (166 kilograms). Males tend to grow larger and bulkier than females.

Native Habitat

Komodo dragons are limited to a few Indonesian islands of the Lesser Sunda group, including Rintja, Padar and Flores, and of course the island of Komodo, the largest at 22 miles (35 kilometers) long. They have not been seen on the island of Padar since the 1970s.

They live in tropical savanna forests but range widely over the islands, from beach to ridge top.

Food/Eating Habits

Komodo dragons eat almost any kind of meat, scavenging for carcasses or stalking animals that range in size from small rodents to large water buffalo. Young feed primarily on small lizards and insects, as well as snakes and birds. If they live to be 5 years old, they move onto larger prey, such as rodents, monkeys, goats, wild boars and deer (the most popular meal). These reptiles are tertiary predators at the top of their food chain and are also cannibalistic.

Although the Komodo dragon can briefly reach speeds of 10 to 13 mph (16 to 20 kph), its hunting strategy is based on stealth and power. It can spend hours in one spot along a game trail — waiting for a deer or other sizable and nutritious prey to cross its path — before launching an attack.

Most of the monitor’s attempts at bringing down prey are unsuccessful. However, if it is able to bite its prey, bacteria and venom in its saliva will kill the prey within a few days. After the animal dies, which can take up to four days, the Komodo uses its powerful sense of smell to locate the body. A kill is often shared between many Komodo dragons.

Monitors can see objects as far away as 985 feet (300 meters), so vision does play a role in hunting, especially as their eyes are better at picking up movement than at discerning stationary objects. Their retinas possess only cones, so they may be able to distinguish color but have poor vision in dim light. They have a much smaller hearing range than humans and, as a result, cannot hear sounds like low-pitched voices or high-pitched screams.

The Komodo dragon’s sense of smell is its primary food detector. It uses its long, yellow, forked tongue to sample the air. It then moves the forked tip of its tongue to the roof of its mouth, where it makes contact with the Jacobson’s organs. These chemical analyzers “smell” prey, such as a deer, by recognizing airborne molecules. If the concentration of molecules present on the left tip of the tongue is greater than that sample from the right, the Komodo dragon knows that the deer is approaching from the left.

This system, along with an undulatory walk, in which the head swings from side to side, helps the dragon sense the existence and direction of food. At times, these reptiles can smell carrion, or rotting flesh, up to 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) away.

This lizard’s large, curved and serrated teeth are its deadliest weapon, tearing flesh with efficiency. The tooth serrations hold bits of meat from its most recent meal, and this protein-rich residue supports large numbers of bacteria. Some 50 different bacterial strains, at least seven of which are highly septic, have been found in the saliva. Researchers have also documented a venom gland in the dragon’s lower jaw. In addition to the harmful bacteria, the venom prevents the blood from clotting, which causes massive blood loss and induces shock.

The Komodo’s bite may be deadly, but not to another Komodo dragon. Those wounded while sparring with each other appear to be unaffected by the bacteria and venom. Scientists are searching for antibodies in Komodo dragon blood that may be responsible.

The lizard’s throat and neck muscles allow it to rapidly swallow huge chunks of meat. Several movable joints, such as the intramandibular hinge, open its lower jaw unusually wide. The dragon’s stomach also easily expands, enabling an adult to consume up to 80 percent of its own body weight in a single meal. When threatened, Komodo dragons can throw up the contents of their stomachs to lessen their weight in order to flee.

Komodo dragons are efficient eaters, leaving behind only about 12 percent of their prey. They eat bones, hooves and sections of hide, as well as intestines (after swinging them to dislodge their contents).

At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the Komodo dragon eats rodents, chicks and rabbits. Occasionally, he consumes fish and carcass meals of beef.

Social Structure

Because large Komodos cannibalize young ones, the young often roll in fecal material, thereby assuming a scent that the large dragons are programmed to avoid. Young dragons also undergo rituals of appeasement, with the smaller lizards pacing around a feeding circle in a stately ritualized walk. Their tail is stuck straight out and they throw their body from side to side with exaggerated convulsions.

Reproduction and Development

Determining the sex of a Komodo dragon is challenging for researchers, as no obvious morphological differences distinguish males from females. One subtle clue is a slight difference in the arrangement of scales just in front of the cloaca. Courtship opportunities arise when groups assemble around carrion to feed, and mating occurs between May and August.

Dominant males compete for females in ritual combat. Using their tails for support, they wrestle in upright postures, grabbing each other with their forelegs as they attempt to throw the opponent to the ground. Blood is often drawn, and the loser either runs away or remains prone and motionless.

Females lay about 30 eggs in depressions dug on hill slopes or within the pilfered nests of megapodes — large, chicken-like birds that make nests of heaped earth mixed with twigs that may be as long as 3 feet (1 meter) in height and 10 feet (3 meters) across.

Delays in egg laying may occur, which could help the clutch avoid the brutally hot months of the dry season. Additionally, unfertilized eggs may have a second chance with subsequent mating. While the eggs incubate in the nest for about nine months, the female may lay on the nest to protect the eggs. No evidence of parental care for newly hatched Komodos exists.

The hatchlings weigh less than 3.5 ounces (100 grams) and average 16 inches (40 centimeters) in length. Their early years are precarious, and they often fall victim to predators, including other Komodo dragons. At 5 years old, they weigh about 55 pounds (25 kilograms) and average 6.5 feet (2 meters) long. At this time, they begin to hunt larger prey. They continue to grow slowly throughout their lives.

Sleep Habits

They escape the heat of the day and seek refuge at night in burrows that are just barely large enough for them.

Lifespan

Komodo dragons live about 30 years in the wild, but scientists are still studying this.
Are Komodo Dragons dangerous?2018-09-17T02:47:37+00:00

Komodo dragons, or Komodo monitors, are the largest, heaviest lizards in the world — and one of the few with a venomous bite. These stealthy, powerful hunters rely on their sense of smell to detect food, using their long, forked tongues to sample the air. They can spend hours waiting for a sizeable meal to wander within range before launching a deadly attack with their large, curved and serrated teeth.

During our time at the Komodo National Park, all guests will be required to stay within the group which will be accompanied by a number of guides, ahead of, in and behind the group. These guides work with the Komodo Dragons on a regular basis and will be able to provide guidance to ensure our safety.

Providing our guests follow the directions of our guides, we should not encounter any problems. Only one incident has been reported in the past 5 years, when a tourist failed to follow directions and wandered around alone, opting to save money in lieu of paying for a guide.

Of course, we recommend that all guests do their own research prior to booking.

What is a sticky waterfall?2018-09-17T03:42:05+00:00

Unlike normal waterfalls, where rocks become slippery in the water, a sticky waterfall is not slippery and Guests will find their feet actually have good grip, which means the waterfall can be climbed! It is quite a cool feeling being able to literally walk up a waterfall.

Will I have internet access?2018-09-17T02:47:53+00:00

Given that we are travelling to remote areas of Indonesia, internet availability may at times be limited. Each hotel will have different availability with some having wifi in rooms while others will have it in public areas.

We recommend Guests purchase a sim card with data for their phone before joining the trip. Data sims are cheap and the quantity of data you can purchase will be sufficient for during our journey. Internet access via a data sim is quite good throughout Indonesia, however some areas will have limited access.

Is snorkelling equipment provided?2018-09-17T03:42:38+00:00

Snorkels and masks (no fins) are provided in adult sizes and shared between all guests. Some small sizes may fit older children, however if equipment is required for smaller children guests will need to bring it with them on the journey.

Where can I purchase snorkel equipment for children?2018-09-17T02:48:07+00:00

Snorkel equipment for children can be purchased in Bali before the tour begins. Alternatively, Guests may be able to purchase equipment in Labaun Bajo before the liveaboard component of our trip.

INDONESIA

Where will the trip go?2018-09-17T02:16:11+00:00

The trip begins in Maumere, Indonesia on the island of Flores. We will spend 7 days travelling through Flores, before joining a liveaboard boat adventure for 4 days travelling from Labaun Bajo to Lombok. We will then spend 3 days on the quaint island of Gili Air.

For the full trip itinerary, please click here.

What type of accommodation is provided?2018-09-17T02:43:14+00:00

The accommodation provided for our journey has been chosen to provide a comfortable stay for the entire family. We will stay in a number of different locations and each venue will offer our guests their own unique facilities. We encourage our guests to remember that we will be travelling through remote parts of Indonesia, away from the larger tourist areas, and as such, the quality of the accommodation may be simpler than guests may be accustomed to. All venues are clean and tidy, offer hot water and air conditioning where available. Some will offer guests the opportunity to upgrade to larger rooms or family bungalows.

Overland Tour

Rooms sleep 2 people each. An additional bed can be added by request.

Rooms will have A/C where available and all have hot water.

Liveaboard/Small Island Tour

Accommodation on board our 4 day live aboard boat is very rustic. The boat has shared bathroom facilities, without showers (but lots of swimming), and shared open plan sleeping in the large deck area. The deck area is enclosed, and is used for sleeping only, which ensures guests are able to relax and sleep without excess noise. Deck sleeping includes a thin individual mattress (gymnastics style), single pillow and blanket. Power is not available in the main part of the cabin, however limited access is available from the crew.

Guests may choose to upgrade their accommodation to a 2-person cabin (limit of 6 cabins onboard) which will provide privacy and power for a few hours per day. Guests should be aware that cabins are a little noisier as they are closer to the engine room and may not have a window resulting in less airflow. Cabins include a soft mattress, two pillows and blankets.

Accommodation on board is very basic, but is in itself part of the experience and allows us to provide an incredible adventure to suit all budgets.

Accommodation in Gili Air consists of a Superior Double Room (sleeps 2). Facilities include Double or Twin bed • Private bathroom with hot water shower • Private Terrace or Private Garden •Daily breakfast for 2 persons • Electronic safe • Minibar • Air conditioning • Free Wifi • An additional bed can be added by request.

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

Guests may choose to upgrade to a beautiful Cottage with outdoor bathroom for an additional cost.

Cottage facilities include: Minibar • Shower • Safe • Air conditioning • Desk • Free toiletries • Toilet • Bathroom • Private entrance • Mosquito net • Towels/Sheets (extra fee) • Wardrobe/Closet • Terrace • Towels • Outdoor dining area • Toilet paper • Bottle of Water • Shampoo • Body soap
Bed Size(s): 1 queen bed

Are snacks provided?2018-09-17T02:46:05+00:00

Snacks are not provided during the tour however they can be purchased from various stalls and supermarkets throughout the journey. Any snacks required for the Liveaboard journey on Days 8-11 should be purchased ahead of time. The Liveaboard journey departs from a small town that has a number of supermarkets with excellent options.

How long will we spend on the bus each day during the overland tour?2018-09-17T02:46:17+00:00

During the overland tour we will travel each day by air conditioned coach. We expect 2-3 hours per day onboard, however this time will be broken up with regular stops along the way.

Will I have internet access?2018-09-17T02:47:53+00:00

Given that we are travelling to remote areas of Indonesia, internet availability may at times be limited. Each hotel will have different availability with some having wifi in rooms while others will have it in public areas.

We recommend Guests purchase a sim card with data for their phone before joining the trip. Data sims are cheap and the quantity of data you can purchase will be sufficient for during our journey. Internet access via a data sim is quite good throughout Indonesia, however some areas will have limited access.

Is snorkelling equipment provided?2018-09-17T03:42:38+00:00

Snorkels and masks (no fins) are provided in adult sizes and shared between all guests. Some small sizes may fit older children, however if equipment is required for smaller children guests will need to bring it with them on the journey.

Where can I purchase snorkel equipment for children?2018-09-17T02:48:07+00:00

Snorkel equipment for children can be purchased in Bali before the tour begins. Alternatively, Guests may be able to purchase equipment in Labaun Bajo before the liveaboard component of our trip.

PRICING

When is payment due?2018-12-04T01:05:57+00:00

A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking.

The full balance is due on 1st January 2019.

What is the cancellation policy?2018-09-17T02:50:24+00:00

Guests have a period of 48 hours from the time of booking to request a full refund. Once this time has passed, the initial deposit is non-refundable.

Cancellation for any reason will result in a loss of the initial 20% deposit.

Cancellations made between 1st December 2018 and 31st January 2019 will be eligible for a 50% refund of the cost of the trip.

Cancellation made after 1st February 2019 will not be eligible for a refund.

We highly recommend all participants take out travel insurance to protect themselves in the case of unforeseen circumstances.

We reserve the right to cancel the trip if minimum numbers are not met, at which time a full refund will be provided.

MORE QUESTIONS

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