A few cabins remain on a first-come-first-served basis to join a select group of interested and interesting voyagers on an exclusive 14-day sailing around the island of Flores and the Komodo National Park departing Maumere, Flores on April 28, 2014.
Join Explorer Mike McDowell on a Unique Voyage of Discovery
The voyage will be led and hosted by Mike McDowell, an internationally acclaimed expert in Adventure Travel who is returning to Eastern Indonesia revisit some of the dive spots and island visits he first pioneered by boat in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Mike’s adventure tourism company, Quark Expeditions
, started operations in 1985 specializing in small focused diving trips in remote regions, particularly around eastern Indonesia. The business developed into a thriving adventure tourism and eco-tourism venture.
Before that, Mike worked on polar travel expeditions with the famous little ship - the Lindblad Explorer
. The Lindblad
made multiple polar visits, journeying to many islands and atolls in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and visited remote ports of Africa and South America.
A love of adventure lured Mike back to the polar regions for a number of years, but, by the 1990s, he had shifted focus once more to concentrate on deep ocean exploration and travel into space.
Another of Mike’s ventures, Deep Ocean Quest
, took passengers in the deep-sea MIR submersibles
to visit the RMS Titanic
in over 3,700 meters of water in the Atlantic, and to the Bismarck
, which sank in over 4,700 meters of water and now rests on the side of an extinct underwater volcano. Mike has also organized visits to the fantastic abyssal hydrothermal vents of the mid-Atlantic ridge.
Mike was included in the first group to dive 4,500 meters under the ice to reach the true North Pole in 2007. In 2012, Mike organized the logistics and participated in the search for the elusive giant squid in the deep waters off the coast of Japan, which was filmed as a documentary for NHK TV Japan
and Discovery Channel US.
Greg Mortimer and Mike together were the first Australians to climb Vinson Massif
, the highest mountain in Antarctica. Mike has also climbed Mt Everest,
to 8,000 meters.
Not content with splashing about in the ocean, dog sledding across Greenland and scaling difficult heights, Mike is also involved in Zero Gravity Corporation
, to provide people with the opportunity to experience weightlessness. He is also involved with Space Adventures,
the only company that presently can take private adventurers into space to visit the International Space Station
In between, Mike loves to organize natural history and scuba diving expeditions in the remote equatorial regions of Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Indonesia and Pacific Ocean atoll groups. Every trip is an adventure, and every time Mike says he is reminded of his great fortune in being able to travel to see such marvels.
Commenting on his coming trip to Eastern Indonesia, Mike says: “They say our world has shrunk, that global technology and modern travel have diminished remaining frontiers. That’s never going to be true while there are people with enthusiastic hearts and a sense of curiosity. This dive trip around Komodo in April and May 2014 is a gentle, relaxing charter on a very special boat. Guests wishing to chill out on board, or hike along distant beaches, or come for a dive, are warmly welcomed.”
The Seven Seas
The Seven Seas
– is a 45-meter, traditionally built Buginese schooner known for its high standards as an Indonesian live aboard ship. Custom-designed to accommodate up to 16 guests in spacious comfort over three decks, she is perfect for both diving and relaxation.
The rooms, main dining room, and deck areas are all wonderfully arranged. The four double & four twin state rooms are finished to a high standard and come with king size beds in the doubles and large single beds in the twins. The en-suite bathrooms have powerful hot and cold-water shower, hot and cold water washbasins, full-sized WC and a hairdryer. The main lounge and inside dining areas is fully air-conditioned but all windows can be fully opened to let the breeze through, which is usually the nicest experience. Two double cabins are situated on the upper deck, commanding panoramic views from the windows.
A shaded lounging area aft on the upper deck, as well as shaded lounge beds in front of the wheelhouse are great areas for sunsets and cocktails.
The spacious dive deck, multiple compressors, fully equipped dive shops, comfortable speedboats and first-rate dive guides promise a world class diving experience. 6 double sea kayaks are available for further adventures.
The state-of-the-art galley serves mouth-watering buffets & a selection of fine wines to complete the experience.
The 14-day exploration allows full days of shore and diving explorations with stops at seldom visited parts of Flores and the Komodo National Park
The itinerary will serve only as a rought indication of the awaiting 14-day exploration program that will allow participants to a consultative role in deciding the next stop, often plotting a stop an an unexplored region still possible in the Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,500 islands.
Komodo National Park
is a World Heritage
site situated in the straits between Sumba and Flores and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones. Because of its unique geology, the islands have developed equally unique wildlife. With dragons on land and a utopia underwater, you there are an array of dive sites and hiking trails to suit every level of experience.)
From pristine corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, the diversity of marine life is both inspiring and mind-boggling. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest, especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and red sand beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world entices divers and guests from around the world.
The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs and a host of hard and soft corals.
Komodo boasts countless beautiful deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, and shallow reefs for snorkeling and lagoons for water-skiing and
superb for diving and snorkeling
The Nuts and Bolts
- Hikes of 45 minutes to 2.5 hrs to see the Komodo dragons, wild deer, horses and buffaloes
- Deserted beaches and surrounding hills are ideal for sunset drinks on the beach
- Bays where the boat will anchor are perfect for afternoon water-skiing
- Slow tours with one of the tenders or kayaks to explore the coastline from the water
- Fishing is allowed in the pelagic fishing zone and outside the National Park
A limited number of cabins are still available at the cost of US$5,150 per person based on twin-sharing and covering meals, snacks, coffee-tea, drinking water, and diving and shore excursions.
Flights between Denpasar and Maumere on April 18 and from Labuan Bajo to Bali on May 2 are not included and will cost an estimated US$250.
For more information or to deposit a space [Email
More Information on The Seven Seas Vessel
Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced
if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.