Textiles of the Lesser Sunda Islands Liveaboard Ombak Putih – 11 Nights

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    • Lesser Sunda Islands
    • 12 Days/11 Nights
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    • Unlimited
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    • Additional Dives
    • Airport Pick Up
    • Boat Cabin Accommodation
    • Daily Scheduled Dives
    • Dive Guide
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    • Full Board
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Hotel/Airport to Boat Transfer
    • Land Excursions
    • Meals
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    • Port and/or National Park Entrance Fees
    • Soft Drinks
    • Tour Guide
    • Welcome Drink
    From 9.010,00$
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    Textiles of the Lesser Sunda Islands Liveaboard Ombak Putih – 11 Nights


    The Textiles of the Lesser Sunda Islands

    Liveaboard Cruise with Ombak Putih

    From: Maumere/Flores to: Komodo

    Cruise Rate start from 9.010 US$ – 12 Days / 11  Nights


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    A Cruise Story by Author: Catherine Mortensen

    Sue and David Richardson partnered with a company from Bali and were the resident textile experts on board the Ombak Putih. The ship was a 42-metre sailing ship with twelve staterooms and a top-notch crew of fourteen men. The service and culture on board was delightful relaxed and helpful. There was great attention to detail, certainly in terms of guest safety on board and transferring from ship to dinghy in varied conditions. Air-conditioned cabins, a daily laundry service, housekeeping and awareness of special dietary needs made certain that all were comfortable and well cared for.As we would return from our shore excursions to various weaving villages we would be greeted on board with cold, fresh squeezed fruit juice and cool,damp towels to mop our brows and refresh ourselves. The weather was hot and humid but being aboard the ship most always guaranteed some cooling breeze. On a couple of evenings onboard we were treated to the crew serenading us with guitars, drums and song. One lovely star lit evening we had a beach picnic complete with candle light, torches and fresh seafood. I loved going to the upper deck after dinner, laying on a sunbed and watching the heavens stream by as we motored along.


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    The village welcomes often consisted of traditional singing, chanting and dancing. Villagers dressed in their ikat textiles and excited children added to the overall festivities. We had various demonstrations of local dying and weaving traditions. Indigo and morinda were the two main dye substances used for the textiles. Each of us came away with a renewed appreciation for how labour intensive both the dying and weaving processes are particularly in terms of producing hand loomed ikats rich in history, stunning in topography and full of traditional culture our travels on these small islands were so memorable. A journey that had it’s roots in a book about Qaraqalpaqistan led to a network of new friends and colleagues from around the world – America, Britain, Canada, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Taiwan and an introduction to the lush beauty of Indonesia. A local Indonesian guide provided excellent cultural insight in a lovely, relaxed manner all the while organizing the land transport and details in the villages on our daily excursions. Part of our daily routine was a half hour pre-dinner power point lecture presented by David or Sue with an overview of the regional history, weaving traditions and a schedule for the following day. The lectures accompanied by extensive printed notes were meticulously prepared and presented. For me the handouts will be great reference materials when looking back and reviewing our travels.


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    Sample itinerary: 12 Days/11 Nights – Textiles of Lesser Sunda Islands Liveaboard Cruise

    We reserve the right to change the travel itinerary or any agreed services, if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.


    Day 1: Maumere/Flores

    Upon arrival from Bali, you will be met at Maumere airport by your tour leader and transferred to the Ombak Putih, which will be waiting at anchor.
    Lunch will be served as we head out into the bay to visit a local fishing village of Bugis and Bajau people, famous for their stilt houses built above the water.
    This evening before dinner we will relax over cocktails as David and Sue give an introductory talk about the culture and textiles of the local Sikka People.

    • Maumere Airport, Jl. Adi Sucipto, Waioti, Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 2: Highlands of Flores

    Today we will drive up into the highlands to visit a small village where we will be welcomed with music and dancing.
    After gaining our first insights into the local techniques of spinning, binding, dyeing and weaving, we will have the opportunity to purchase some of the finished textiles, while the adventurous among us will be able to try betel nut, tobacco and locally distilled liquor.
    After lunch on board, we will head out to a village inhabited by refugees from an island off Flores, who were forced to leave there following a volcanic eruption, and will see a demonstration of how they produce their distinctive textiles.

    • Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 3: Adonara Island

    This morning we will arrive in a sheltered picturesque bay under the gaze of a towering volcano, where we will go ashore and be welcomed by local Lamaholot villagers who will show us in detail how they produce their fantastic earthy-brown ikats decorated with small white seashells.
    We will then be guided around this colorful well-kept village before returning to the Ombak Putih for lunch. After lunch, we will sail to some small islands close to the northeast coast of Adonara Island for swimming, snorkeling and beachcombing. We will moor nearby overnight.

    • Pulau Adonara, Adonara, East Flores Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • Swimming & Snorkeling

    Day 4: Lembata Volcano

    We will arrive in Lembata next to the towering active volcano of Ile Api, where we will go ashore to see some of the superb ikat textiles produced in this region, meeting weavers from at least three neighboring villages.
    After a formal welcome and demonstration of local weaving techniques there will be a selling exhibition of textiles, giving you the chance to add a fabulous bride wealth cloth to your collection.
    Guests will also be invited to see an ancient anthropomorphic rock painting in a nearby village. Later, during lunch, the boat will cruise across the bay to another small rarely visited weaving village and a nearby location for a refreshing swim or snorkel.

    • Lembata, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 5: Ternate Island

    We will visit the tiny village of Uma Pura on Ternate Island, where we will discover how they make around 200 different natural dyes, using ingredients such as sea sponges, sea anemones and the ink of sea hares, and we will have the chance to see and buy many of their fabrics.
    Back on board we will have lunch while sailing to Alor, where we will take a short drive to a village inhabited by the Abui tribe. We will be invited to join in the hypnotic lego-lego dance before shopping for textiles, baskets and jewellery at a small pop-up market.
    We will return via the Kalabahi Museum to see their fine display of textiles and moko drums from across the island.

    • Pulau Ternate, Ternate City, North Maluku, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 6: Lembata Island

    As we wake we will be approaching the fascinating whaling village of Lamalera, on the southern side of Lembata, watching some of the boats heading out to sea. We land on the beach in front of a row of 30 whaleboat sheds and are escorted into the village clearing by local schoolchildren.
    After a welcome by the kepala desa, we will be entertained by dance performances and shown demonstrations of local dyeing and weaving. Many textiles and other artifacts will be available to buy. We then go to the upper village to visit the school and the massive Catholic Church, getting excellent views of the boatsheds as we descend.
    After we return to the OP, the local whalers will put on a demonstration of how they harpoon whales from their tiny sailboats. Lunch will be served as we sail along the coast to a small sandy beach for a refreshing swim.

    • Pulau Lembata, Lembata Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 7: Savo Island

    Early next morning we will arrive at a weaving village where we will be the first group they have hosted. We know they are very enthusiastic about sharing their culture and hospitality with us.
    Lunch will be served as we begin our long overnight sail to the beautiful non-volcanic island of Savu far to the south. This is a time for relaxing and enjoying simply being on the boat.

    • Sawu Island, Sabu Raijua Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 8: Savo Island

    After breakfast we go ashore at Napae Bay, following in the footsteps of Captain Cook who landed HMS Endeavour on the same beach in 1770. We will drive to the spectacular hamlet of Ledetadu, where local weavers will welcome us and show us how they still make their beautifully traditional naturally dyed cloths. The men will show us how they climb the tall lontar palms to tap their delicious juice, which of course we will be able to sample.
    After lunch on board, we return ashore to witness a cleansing ceremony, before being welcomed by ikat-clad horsemen showing us their riding skills.
    A short drive takes us to Namata, the most important ritual centre on the island, where we will visit the sacred enclosure of priests of the Jingi Tiu religion, containing the largest grouping of megaliths on the island.

    • Sawu Island, Sabu Raijua Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 9: Raijua Island

    We will go ashore on the neighbouring island of Raijua and make a short drive to the raja’s residence, where we will receive a formal welcome by dancers in traditional costume, and be shown the range of textiles used on the island.
    We will visit the home of one of the islands top indigo dyers, who will show us how her family make a range of indigo textiles unique to this island.
    After lunch back on board the Ombak Putih we will swim or snorkel from one of the islands pristine sandy beaches before cruising overnight to our next destination.

    • Pulau Raijua, Sabu Raijua Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 10: Sumba Island

    We will go ashore on Sumba Island and visit two amazing but quite different royal villages, each with megalithic graves surrounded by tall traditional thatched houses.
    We will meet members of the two local royal families and see how they make some of the finest textiles to be found on the island, using the techniques of supplementary warp and warp ikat – sometimes even combining both techniques in one textile.
    We return to the Ombak Putih for lunch while we sail north, stopping at a local beach for a late afternoon swim and snorkel.

    • Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • Swimming & Snorkeling

    Day 11: Sumba Island

    Today we will drive to a rarely visited weaving village and be greeted by ikat-clad warriors on horseback. Sitting in the shade on the veranda of a traditional house we are welcomed by the entire village and entertained with traditional dances that are still used to welcome important visitors and were used in the past to welcome the warriors back from their headhunting expeditions.
    Textiles will be hanging everywhere and we will be offered a huge array of jewelery, statues, boxes, baskets and other crafts.
    Tonight, as we cruise north, you are invited to dress lavishly in your finest ikat cloths for our farewell dinner party with the captain and crew, who will entertain us on deck with traditional Indonesian song and dance.

    • Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • No Diving or Snorkeling

    Day 12: Komodo Island

    Today is a day for Komodo Dragons, as we go ashore for a short trek with park rangers to see these ancient lizards in their natural habitat.
    Back on board we will cruise to a nearby island in the Komodo National Park for our final snorkel before heading into port, having lunch along the way, before saying goodbye to our crew and being escorted to the airport for our onward journey.

    • Komodo Island, Komodo, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
    • Swimming & Snorkeling

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