Wild & Adventurous Honeymoon In Komodo

If you have ever been to a fortune teller, you probably know that REAL fortune tellers don’t tell what must be, they tell what might be.  Could this be your future? Could this be the story you will tell your grandkids, when they clamor “Tell us about the dragons again!” Coyly, you’ll tease: “You mean Game of Thrones?” “No! The REAL dragons!” cries the chorus. And so once again you re-live one of your fondest memories, the tale of your Wild and Adventurous Honeymoon in Komodo. Your favorite story, the one you always tell each other when the sailing gets rough. The one that reminds you why you and your first mate picked each other for this voyage called life.

Read on and see if this fortune fits.

Imagine yourself awaking on a yacht….

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The Mantra Liveaboard Yacht On A Honeymoon Voyage

Your Komodo Honeymoon Story?

You awake to a dream. Five days ago, you got married in the cold and kissed everyone in the receiving line. You appeared politely at the reception, scarcely able to contain your excitement, and then ran for the plane. Now, you slowly open your eyes. The soft golden light of pre-dawn reveals the glowing wood of your cabin – the curtains wave in a light breeze – and the sea, smooth as a mirror, shines invitingly. You feel like you are floating. Perhaps because you are floating, rocking almost imperceptibly.  None of it seems real.

But then the person who will put their foot in your back almost every morning for the rest of their life stirs, shifts, and puts their foot in your back. You can hardly feel the foot, feeling so much love. Love for the one who inspired you to hope, who drove you to save, who planned with you to make it happen. And now you are living the dream together. The adventure of your life is beginning with a Wild and Adventurous Honeymoon in Komodo.

Your Luxury Liveaboard Honeymoon Yacht

Knowing your beloved will sleep for another 10 or 15 minutes, you open the door to your cabin and climb the stairs the deck. Somehow, the crew are never visible, except when you need them for something, or you want to take a picture. Right now, you don’t need anything, and the scene is so perfect you just want to take it in, disconnected. But in 15 minutes when you are feeling ready for a fruit juice, you are pretty sure the steward will pop around the corner with his contagious grin.

The yacht itself is perfectly, iconic-ly romantic. Something about sailing is, in itself, romantic. Travel and adventure are at the heart of the romantic concept. Relying on the wind and using guess work to avoid bad weather can be an adventure, but the Mantra and her crew take that part of adventure of out sailing: the engine and sophisticated safety equipment ensures the Mantra will be where you want her to be when you want her to be there, and safely. The adventures on Mantra are all the good kind.

The decor is exquisite, the texture of the textiles and the wood. The dramatic, defiant profile of the Phinisi design of the 60 foot wooden sailing yacht. The brilliant white of the sails, the gleaming fittings and James-Bond looking safety gadgetry at the bridge. You are not sure what “Yar” means, but you think its a good thing, and the Mantra seems tres Yar. Yarrrr even, perhaps. The Mantra sleeps crew plus 8, so it’s quite roomy for a honeymoon couple.

Three days ago, you sailed from Labujan Bajo to Sabolon. A pod of dolphins joined you for a half hour as you neared the coast of Sabolon. Wanting to ease into the ocean, you opted for a snorkel over a spectacular coral reef, the healthiest you’ve ever seen, teeming with fish. In the shallows near the reef, down in the muck your dive guide found a peacock mantis shrimp and you both came over and watched the amazing colorful creature flit about in the sediment.

The Untold Story of the Beach Barbecue

For dinner, the chef prepared a barbecue on a white sand beach.  Three kinds of fish with sauces of tropical fruit, rice and vegetables with coconut cake for dessert. Telepathic as always, before your mutual whispering had turned into an awkward giggle inducing query, the steward had offered to take the dining set up back to the boat and leave you alone on a white sand beach in the twilight. There begins a chapter that you don’t tell the grandkids. Except for the part where you were… really focused on something, when suddenly the starry sky above was filled with thousands of flying foxes.

The Kayak Expedition to Paradise

The next day was absolutely magical. You said you wanted to have an adventure and you did. Equipped with a radio and vests for safety, you set off, the two of you, alone together in a kayak. Leaving the boat behind, you paddled through the open ocean to a tiny island. Conditions were calm, but it was an incomparable feeling – so small, the two of you, in the vastness of the ocean. And yet, tiny though they be, the experience really highlighted how immensely important your companion is.

The thrill of the open ocean gave way to relief as the islands shores drew near. As you paddled into a blue lagoon ringed by white sand beaches and vibrantly green trees, you saw reef below, swarming with fish. A school of smaller fish erupted from the surface, jumping to avoid something below and raining back down, splashing all around your kayak. You had a picnic on the beach, took out your snorkeling gear, set it back down and got on with the part of the story you don’t tell the kids. At sunset, when the yacht tender came to pick you up, a pod of dolphins followed you to the boat. You realized you had not seen anyone but your beloved all day, and you loved it.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Everyone Already Knows What Dragons Look Like. Look! A Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The Day of the Dragons

This is the one the kids always want to hear. It’s certainly not something you’ll ever forget. So massive! But so quick! A bit of effort, tromping around in the sun to find them, but so very worth it. Was it your favorite day? It’s hard to say really… part of what you love about that day is sharing it with the kids. When your parents offered to foot half the honeymoon bill, you knew it would be a gift that would keep on giving forever. To some, such extravagance might seem frivolous. But really, it was an investment. How many times over has it paid off when an inside joke from the trip has broken the tension in a moment of disagreement? A honeymoon to last a lifetime. (Click for More about Komodo Dragons…)

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Divers on Honeymoon in Komodo

Choose Your Honeymoon Adventure

When you first put your toe in the water to test this plan, the friendly agent at Mantra offered a sample itinerary, saying “You can change the plan however you wish.” “Umm…. can we change it by just….eliminating it?” “Why yes, of course sir! When you charter the Mantra, she and her crew are at your disposal. As long as you return to  port on time, you are free to roam as you wish!” And so here you are. Back from the dragons, so tired you napped right through sunset, but that’s all right. You had a delicious late dinner on the deck. Now there is a nice cool night ahead to enjoy the rocking of the cabin.

What will you do tomorrow? Sail to another island and trek to a village to experience the local culture? Skirt the mangroves in the kayak, marveling at the diversity of wading birds? You decide to table these options. Tomorrow, scuba diving. Batu Bolong beckons, a reef hidden in a dense cloud of fish, so thick you can get lost. You will be fine. You have a dive buddy to hold hands with. After the frenetic fish traffic jam of Batu Bolong, you’ll experience the opposite end of the diving spectrum.

In the shallow mangrove fringed bays of Kerang Makassar, you’ll see manta rays. Manta Rays. How? How is it that they can be so graceful. So majestic. So effortless in their stately motion. Making it look easy.  A manta passes out of sight around a corner and you look at each other, eyes full of wonder and inspiration. Each knows what the other is thinking:

At one point you felt unsure, but six months ago, something changed, and you just knew. Really knew. Relationships are not always easy. But the right one is worth it.

Watching the manta ray glide so effortlessly you both thought:

We can do this.

We can do this, and we can make it look easy.

And that’s what you tell your grandkids.

……..

So what do you think?

Does that sound like that could be your story?

Every Mantra story is a little different. Your Mantra Honeymoon story will belong to the two of you, and you can write it together, however you like.

 

More On Liveaboard Trips in the Komodo Islands

Want to learn more about trips in the Komodo Islands and see some more photos? You can check out our Komodo Honeymoon trip here or learn more about dive sites in the Komodos and what to expect on a Komodo liveaboard trip. Thanks for reading, and congratulations!

 

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Liveaboard Indonesia – Four Best Destinations

Dreaming of a liveaboard trip? Glide gracefully on the trade winds through the magical sun-drenched islands of the Indonesian archipelago. The romance of a sailing adventure beckons! Read on to learn about the four best destinations for a liveaboard adventure in Indonesia: Komodo Island, Raja Ampat, Alor, and the Molucca Islands.

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Best Destinations for Liveaboard Boats in Indonesia

Indonesia has the second longest coastline in the world, with over 17,000 islands spanning over 1,700 miles, so there are a lot of choices. Because of its location at the confluence of the Wallacea, Sundaland, and New Guinea bio-regions, Indonesia offers incredible biodiversity. Over 70% of coral species and more than 3,000 species of fish inhabit the Coral Triangle marine park. In addition, you can see endemic species of birds and wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else. Read on to discover four of the best destinations for liveaboard adventures above and below the sea.

The Komodo Islands

The Komodo Islands offer liveaboard travelers remote pink sand beaches and a chance to see the largest living species of lizard, the Komodo Dragon. Komodo Dragons can also be found on nearby Rinca Island.  Rinca, Komodo and Padar are all part of Komodo National Park. The government established the park in 1980 in order to protect the dragons. Because the park is the only place you can see Komodo Dragons, the area near the fishing village of Kampung Komodo hosts a lot of visitors.

Komodo Dragon from the front

One of the advantages of travelling on a liveaboard boat is that you can ask your captain to get you to shore at an empty beach, so you can avoid the tourists and have an adventure of your own far from the crowds. Trekking on the island you will see the famous dragons as well as wild pigs, miniature deer, and water buffaloes. Many species of birds also nest on the island.  In addition to the unique attraction of the dragons, the park offers protection to a myriad of pristine diving and snorkeling sites. If Komodo sounds like a place you might want to visit, follow the link to more information about our liveaboard yacht trips to Komodo Island.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat lies just to the west of Papua New Guinea at the far east edge of Indonesia. The name means four kings and refers to a myth about seven eggs, four of which hatched to produce kings. Subsequently, the four mythical kings inhabited the four main islands of Raja Ampat: Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waego. The region is remote and unspoiled and the islands are spectacular, with strange shaped under cut rocky cliffs and towers appearing to float above the water.

Raja Ampat consistently ranks in top ten lists for best dive and snorkel sites. Conservation International reports that marine diversity around Raja Ampat is the highest on earth. Liveaboard dive travelers can see an incredible variety of marine life here. Over 500 coral species are busy building reef in the waters around the islands, providing habitat for over 1,500 species of fish. Dense schools of fish throng around the reefs and enormous whale sharks and coelacanth cruise through the region. Read more about our liveaboard sail, snorkel, and dive trips to Raja Ampat here.

Alor

The remote and rugged volcanic island of the Alor lies to the north of Timor Leste and to the east of East Nusa Tenggara. Few tourists visit this unspoiled area. The island is almost all steep mountainous terrain with few major roads. Many people live in small, relatively isolated communities. Consequently, liveaboard travelers visting Alor can experience local culture that has continues almost unchanged for 100s of years.

While most the locals are officially Protestant, they still observe ancient animists rites and revere gods representing animals and forces of nature.  Many of the locals practice subsistence agriculture. Some people grow vanilla and almonds or harvest sandalwood for export. Travelers may enjoy visiting traditional pearl farms and purchasing a few pearls to take home as souvenirs at a fraction of the prices found elsewhere.

 

Alor has perhaps the best dive sites in Indonesia for more experienced divers. The volcanic origin of the region has created underwater contours as dramatic as the mountains island. As a result, divers will encounter strong currents for drift diving and intense thermoclines. The pristine water offers great visibility and an abundance of marine life. Liveaboard divers can see huge Sun Fish, hammerheads and dolphins against a backdrop of a rainbow of coral reef.  Alor is also home to the largest and most dense banks of anemones in the world. Read about our liveaboard dive yacht trips to Alor here.

The Molucca Islands

The Molucca (or Maluku) Islands have long been know as “The Spice Islands,”  ever since Portuguese traders landed in the 1500s and discovered nutmeg, cloves, mace. Modern liveaboard travelers will likely be more interested in the amazing bio-diversity than the spice. There are over 1,000 islands in the Molucca Archipelago, most of them forested and mountainous. The small isolated islands have given rise to many “endemic” species. (Endemic species are those that cannot be found anywhere else.) Rare nocturnal marsupials including cuscus and bandicoots live on the islands. There are around 100 endemic species of birds. Some birds of paradise only live on particular islands in the Moluccas and nowhere else in the world. The Aru islands have animals that also live on Paupua, such as kangaroos and cassowaries.

The seas around the Moluccas have deep trenches, so divers can experience the best wall dives in Indonesia here. Schools of barracuda and scores of smaller creatures unique to the area fascinate divers who make the trip to this remote area. Several species are carry the name of Ambon Island, the Ambon Pufferfish, the Ambon Scorpion fish, and the Ambon Cardinal fish. Bizarre brightly colored species of frog fish hide in the reefs of the Moluccas. Liveaboard divers also see many species of octopus in the region.

Want to Know More About Liveboard Trip Options in Indonesia?

Here at Mantra we love to help travelers get to the most spectacular and exciting destinations in Indonesia for adventures on land and in the sea. Please contact us and tell us your interests. We will be happy to make some recommendations!

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