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Batu Tara Volcano Expedition

- expedition to currently active Batu Tara volcano, Indonesia -

"Hi Tom, Thank you for the great trip, it was amazing!" (Iris K., Finland - Krakatau special July 09)
Strombolian activity from Batu Tara volcano - the "Stromboli" of the Banda Sea
Strombolian activity from Batu Tara volcano - the "Stromboli" of the Banda Sea
Eruption of Batu Tara volcano
Eruption of Batu Tara volcano
Batu Tara camp
Batu Tara camp
Our boat and shuttle to the beach
Our boat and shuttle to the beach
Eruption in the evening
Eruption in the evening
Beach in Larantuka (day 2)
Beach in Larantuka (day 2)
Glowing rockfalls from Batu Tara
Glowing rockfalls from Batu Tara
Lewotobi volcano at the eastern end of Flores
Lewotobi volcano at the eastern end of Flores
Eruption at night (photo: Gian Schachenmann)
Eruption at night (photo: Gian Schachenmann)
Batu Tara in the Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, is one of the world's few volcanoes with persistent strombolian activity and in fact resembles Stromboli in Italy a lot. The volcano has daily spectacular fireworks, and often produces ash plumes detected on satellite images.
Extension programs: On request, we offer you several extensions as individual add-ons:
1) extension to Semeru & Ijen volcanoes in East Java
2) extension to another currently active volcano in Indonesia, dep. on circumstances
  • Spectacular volcanic eruptions from close
  • Adventure
  • Competent logistic support preparing an incredible camp
  • Great opportunities for adventure & volcano photography
  • Great food
  • Superb swimming & snorkeling
  • Accompanying volcanologist

Batu Tara 8 days

Note:
The itinerary is a rough outline and due to its expedition character only meant as orientation. Depending on weather, activity and other conditions, the actual itinerary of the expedition might be different.
Day 1-8: Batu Tara expedition (8 days)
Day 1: Arrival & meeting in Denpasar, Bali
Arrival in Denpasar airport, transfer to hotel at Jimbaran. Group dinner and briefing for the expedition.
Accommodation: beach hotel Sari Segara Jimbaran or similar (D)

Day 2: Denpasar - Maumere - Larantuka
Flight to Maumere, land transfer to Larantuka city (4 hrs) and preparation of the expedition.
Acc.: comfortable beach hotel (B,L,D)

Day 3: Sail to Batu Tara
From Larantuka, we sail to Komba Island on a traditional TUNA fisherman boat to Komba island (8-9 hours) depending on weather conditions. Set up camp site on the beach.
Acc.: camp (B,L,D)

Day 4-5: 2 full days at Batu Tara
Acc.: camp (B,L,D)

Day 6: Sail back to Flores
Acc.: beach hotel on Larantuka (B,L,D)

Day 7: Transfer to Maumere
Transfer back to Maumere, visit traditional sea-salt "factories", scenic photo stops underway (e.g. Lewotobi & Egon volcano)
Acc.: comfortable beach hotel (Sea World) (B,L,D)

Day 8: flight back to Bali, end of expedition
Fly to Denpasar. End of expedition. Participant can extend their stay (e.g. Raung or Ijen)
Acc.: none (B)

Batu Tara + Semeru / Ijen extension

Day 1-7: Batu Tara expedition
same as above
Day 8-13: Extension to Semeru & Ijen volcanoes
D8: Maumere - fly to Bali and on to Malang. Night in homestay. (B,L,D)
D9: Malang - Ranupani by jeep - hike to Kalimati camp (5 hrs easy to moderate trek). Camp. (B,L,D)
D10: Climb to the summit of Semeru (4 hrs challenging trek) - return to Ranupani (5 hrs) - transfer to Malang. Homestay (B,L,D)
D11: Malang - transfer Surabaya ( 3 hrs) - flight to Banyuwangi at 12.00. Hotel near Ijen (Ijen resort). (B,L,D)
D12: Climb Ijen at night (if conditions allowing) - return to hotel as before, option to visit volcano observatory and/or sulfur processing factory if operational. (B,L,D)
D13: Morning transfer to Bali by car (6 hrs). End of tour in afternoon, in time for evening departures from Bali. (B,L)
Acc.: guesthouses, camp, hotel (B, L, D)

Batu Tara + Flores + Komodo extension

Note:
For the 10-17 Nov expedition, we propose the following extension (highlights of Flores & Komodo):
Day 1-7: Batu Tara expedition
same as above
Day 8-16: 9 days Flores + Komodo extension
17 Nov: Maumere – Bajo village – Moni from Maumere (B, L, D)
18 Nov: Moni – Kelimutu volcano (B, L, D)
19 Nov: Bajawa – Bena Megalithic village – Ruteng (B, L, D)
20 Nov: Ruteng – Cancar – Denge From Ruteng, transfer to Cancar (B, L, D)
21 Nov: Denge – Waerebo village (B, L, D)
22 Nov: Waerebo – Denge – Labuhan Bajo (B, L, D)
23 Nov: Labuhan bajo – Rinca – Komodo (night on boat) (B, L, D)
24 Nov: Komodo – Pink beach – Labuhan Bajo (B, L, D)
25 Nov: Airport transfer, flight to Bali, end of service (B)

Additional price: 1200 EUR per person
Included: full board, accommodation in double-room in hotels, guesthouses and on boat, all transfers and flights, private local guide, entry fees, boat cruise (2 days) in Komodo National Park
Single supplement: 40 EUR
Tour code: IND_BTT
Tour type: Volcano expedition: photography - adventure
Difficulty: Easy
Group size: 2-8
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Dates:

no scheduled dates at present

Price (p.p.): 2890 €  ? 

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers by air, land and sea
  • Full board incl.drinking water and soft drinks
  • Accompanying volcanologist
  • Full camp gear incl. frame beds and mats, sun shade, generator (to recharge batteries!), kitchen, cool box daily refilled with ice, camp hands etc
  • Satellite phone for emergency contact

Tour guide:

These expeditions are usually accompanied by a volcanologist / geologist from our team (usually Tom Pfeiffer). Please see details for each trip.

Arrival info:

The start and end of this expedition is in Bali (DPS intl. airport). If you need connecting domestic flights within Indonesia, we can arrange these for you on request.

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