If you are looking to explore untouched islands, snorkel in some of the best coral in the world, observe the Komodo dragons, and relax on one of the world's tallest sailing ships, the Bali eastbound itinerary is for you.
The Star Clipper is the only passenger ship doing this Bali eastbound island route, and will be back in Summer 2018.
The sun sets on our last night onboard the Star Clipper. If you are looking to explore untouched islands, snorkel in some of the best coral in the world, observe the Komodo dragons, and relax on one of the world's tallest sailing ship, this itinerary is for you.
The Star Clipper is the only passenger ship doing this Bali route, and will be back in summer 2018 and summer 2019.
Our last stop on Friday before returning to Benoa, Star Clipper's home port for the summer, is the beautiful island of Gili Nanggu.
Gili Nanggu is a serene island paradise where guests enjoyed a beach bbq, snorkeling, swimming and hiking around the island.
One of the best part of sailing on a Star Clippers cruise is the guest participation. Raise the sails, learn how to read a sea chart and participate in passionate discussions on nautical history.
On our tall sailing ships the destinations are only part of the fun, the real adventure is sailing there.
Late morning on Thursday we arrived at the Gili Islands. The Gilis are an archipelago of three small islands: Trawangan, Meno and Air, just off the North West coast of Lombok.
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Gili Memo is the opposite, with quiet beaches and good visibility for seeing large turtles while snorkeling.
Guest enjoyed island hopped on the tenders and were able to spent time on both islands.
Last stop on the itinerary, Gili Nanggu tomorrow before we head back to Benoa.
Enroute to Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno on Thursday morning, guests were given a thrill. The Star Clipper team hoisted the sails and guests were taken in tenders around the ship to get memorable photos of the Star Clipper in all her glory.
Guests woke to a leisurely breakfast and mast climbing on Wednesday morning. The afternoon was spent in Satonda island.
Satonda is a tiny uninhabited island formed millions of years ago by an eruption which rocked the sea bed at 1000 m and projected volcanic rock upwards to a height of 289 meters above sea level. The eruption is said to be the largest and most devastating in human history. Satonda is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs with a large variety of tropical fish.
Guests enjoyed beach time, water sports and snorkeling this afternoon.
Insider tip: Take the short walk to the lake for beautiful views.
After a short one-hour sail from Komodo National Park to the other side of the island, we arrives at Pink Beach on Tuesday afternoon. Pink beach, or Pantai Merah is one of the only seven such beaches on the whole planet. The amazing colors come from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which leave a red pigment on the coral reefs. Tiny fragments of red stained coral breaks off and combine with silvery sand to produce the glorious pink shade viable from the shoreline. Pink Beach is bounded by turquoise blue sea and offers spectacular views of the surrounding area, including small islands, hills and mountains. It is said to be the best spot for snorkeling in Komodo National Park. Guest snorkel right off the beach.
Insider tip: Don't forget your water shoes for this beach itinerary.
A itinerary highlight for most passengers, Tuesday morning started out with a visit to Komodo island, part of the Lesser Sunda chain of Indonesian islands, and the home of the 3m-long Komodo dragon. Komodo National Park covers the entire region, is home to more than 4,000 dragons, and is made up of rusty-red volcanic hills, savannah and forests. Its surrounding waters of seagrass beds, mangrove shrublands and coral reefs are famous for diving.
The world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon is arguably Indonesia’s best-conserved large animal, protected under Indonesian law.
During the two hour guided tour we were able to see many dragons on the island.
Enroute to Komodo, we enjoyed a day at sea on Monday. Activities included morning aerobic, mast climbing, story time with the cruise director, a talk with the captain, learning to read a sea chart, knot tying, and a treasure hunt.
This week we are live from the Star Clipper as she travels eastbound in Bali. After leaving Benoa early evening on Saturday, we arrive at the small island of Gili Konda midday on Sunday. Gili Kondo is an uninhabited island and is part of the 33 small islands in eastern Lombok. Guests enjoyed snorkeling directly from the beach. The waters are very calm and there are plenty of multi-colored fish and coral to see. Guests also enjoyed complimentary water skiing, kayaking, wake boarding, sailing and kayaking.
Star Clippers offers complimentary yoga, meditation and fitness classes onboard and ashore on select sailings on all three of their ships in 2017. The classes will be open to all fitness levels and will be conducted in English, as well as various languages based on the instructor’s fluency. All classes are open to all guests on a complimentary basis.
Meditation on the beach in Bali. The Star Clipper is based in Bali for the summer season.
With a breathtaking backdrop and tropical climate, transiting the lakes and locks of the 51-mile Panama Canal aboard the Star Flyer is an adventure unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Star Flyer's December 9th sailing includes an onboard Marine Scientist who will give guests an in-depth look at the building of the Panama Canal, its history, waterway and sea life.
Did you know that honeymoon couples receive a complimentary bottle of champagne, plate of sweets, a special gift, and a certificate signed by the Captain? Honeymooners just need proof they were married within three months of their sailing.
THE ROYAL CLIPPER:
Inspired by the legendary tall ship Preussen, Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the 20th century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold. You might think she was an apparition from the grand age of sail, but Royal Clipper is as new as tomorrow, boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439-foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate seagoing experience, balancing the splendor, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest private yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment. A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for ocean access for watersports activities.