Indonesia Boat Sailing Adventure: Flores to Lombok Route Part 1

My younger sister was extremely surprised when she found out that I will be sailing and join a boat adventure from Flores Island to Lombok Island in Indonesia for 4 days. She thought how different my trip is in Indonesia from the usual trips she heard from other Filipino travelers. She likes the idea of not knowing where exactly I will be in Indonesia.

Luckily, I am able to travel as much as I want, regardless of how much I have in my pocket. I’m way too responsible in juggling my work while traveling. I have been thinking Indonesia before and like anyone else in the Philippines, we only know Bali as the best place to come visit this beautiful country, or most of the tour packages I noticed that are offered everywhere in our country are for Bali or Jakarta which can easily be accessed from Manila with its direct flight. I have no qualms on this, as I agree Bali is a beautiful place too that one should visit.

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Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands to which I have no idea where to start my adventure, except for the fact that I will arrive in Bali on my first day.

My friend Jelyn traveled with me, we booked this ticket 11 months ago as we were able to catch the promo ticket from the Philippines to Indonesia, which usually cost more than our budget. Fortunately, we were able to book $120 return ticket for the two of us.

It is through Jelyn that I know about the boat adventure, as we really didn’t have any concrete plan or itinerary for the entire trip. We are always like this, as we travel with no itinerary like what we did during our 30 days backpacking together in the Philippines.

Sailing through the unknown place from Flores island to Lombok was one of the best adventures I did in my life. I’m a water lover yet I’ve never tried sailing through the rough sea for this long period of time.

We supposedly take this journey from Lombok to Flores route which usually gathered more travelers to join, since, we were given so many information while we were in Bali that we could not contain the cost we need to splurge if we opt to go first to Lombok and do this boating adventure, all our information was collated from online and from our Couchsurfing host in Bali named Sri. As we checked all the cost, it saves us more if we go directly to Flores. So, we instead booked a flight from Bali to Flores, cancel our first decision to join the boat adventure from Lombok to Flores route and see what else we could do in Flores.

When we arrived in Flores, we got so many ideas where to go and what to do. Jelyn decided to dive for 2 days as she really aims to see the manta ray through diving and I decided to join her by snorkeling to see the manta ray with my own snorkeling guide. On that same day, we got full details about the things to do in Flores. I was hooked with the information shared to me about Mt. Kilimutu and the many tribes living in the island. We didn’t have any idea what Flores could offer aside from the Manta and the Komodo dragon when we arrived. It’s a challenge for travelers like us with no definite plan. Yet, knowing about the indigenous people living in a different town on this huge island got my full attention and immediately map out where to go.

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On the next day, we kind of sneak in and got some more information, when we found out from our new roommates who arrived that day from their 4-day boat sailing adventure which started from Lombok, we were both stunned by their exciting stories, by their amazing and lively experience. We got the chance to meet their tour guide too named Ulol from Wanua Adventure company. Jelyn got really interested and is so ecstatic about this venture, while I, on the other hand, got really confused on what should I do and what do I really want. I initially thought of going east of Flores and do the countryside tour by myself than to go on sailing, while Jelyn is determined to tie up with this adventure. But, whenever these new travelers we met excitingly share their boat adventure stories, my decision slowly shifted to cancel my first plan of going east.

In the end, it made me even more curious as to how amazing life would be sailing for 4 days in the Flores Sea, a place which is outside my country. After a day of fighting what should I want to do, I finalized my trip to do the boat venture.

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How did this adventure get my full attention to finally plunge in?

It is through the travelers I and Jelyn met. Those exciting travelers on how they made us feel to be a part of the journey was just amazing. It also got my full attention by my inner discomfort. Whenever I feel as such, it drives me crazy. Especially when I know it’s really so uncomfortable of going into the unknown, it is where my desire to dive into this kind of adventure fills in. I think, it is my instinct that if my nerves are shaking, if my heart is pumping so fast, and my nervous system has a strong discomfort, that uncomfortable feeling is my motivation to dip or leap into whatever adventure.

So, I went sailing for 4 days with Wanua Adventure and it was full of fun, amazing views and challenging last night on a stormy weather.

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Have you done an adventure that got your full attention by your own discomfort?

Author: Ferna Mae

Ferna is from the Philippines who travel spontaneously. Thrives to be more independent in her own skin. She first traveled The Philippines first before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. As a former tour guide in the Philippines, she hopes that her travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at everywherewithferna@gmail.com,

28 thoughts on “Indonesia Boat Sailing Adventure: Flores to Lombok Route Part 1

  1. Hi Ferna! It’s my first time to be here in your blog. I like it that you’re living an adventurous and spontaneous life while being responsible at the same time! You’re life’s pretty interesting. 😉 Anyway, I literally said “what?” when I’ve read that you were on a boat ride adventure for 4 days! I guess you’re that adventurous! When we’ve done island hopping in Palawan, I barely feel relaxed whenever we’re on a boat ride going from one island to another. The waves of the sea scare me a bit, I had to wear a life vest all the time! Haha! But it’s always worth it in the end, right?

    1. Hi Michelle, so glad to see you here. I encourage you to try step by step to take some adventures that are out of your system or out of the known thing. hehe hehe.. I was once like you, but I conquer such fear, believe me, it took me some time to be adventurous, my mind always says go for an adventure, yet, I was so scared, so what I did was to conquer those fears, and jump into more adventure. Goodluck! you can do it!

  2. Sailing for 4 days, wow. I haven’t even tried sailing here in the Philippines, just thinking about it makes me feel curious-exciting-scary-challenging haha. Will definitely take note of this activity, as a traveler myself, challenges excite me :))

  3. If I was you younger sister, I would be surprised too! A bit worried, but mostly surprised. lol I really admire people who are responsible enough to know when to work and when to have fun. I really envy you! I find the tour guide name funny, no offense. You looked like you really had fun!

    1. Yeah, Ulol in “Cebuano” term means “crazy” actually. And we mentioned it to him too as it perfectly fits his character too… funny, crazy but really reliable.

  4. Wow, this adventure of your really got me inspired! There’s always that feeling of discomfort I get when I travel alone or to an unknown place. But I think that’s where it gets fun — when you get lost and get to see more amazing sites (compared to those overrated tour package travels). Looking forward to also visit Indonesia, hopefully next year!

  5. Hi Ferna! That was quite an adventure! I admire and somehow envy people who can travel solo. And knowing that you went to a boat adventure for 4 days was like wow! You really are a traveler by heart and you are living the life. I have too many hesitations traveling alone but you inspired me to try it even just once. My fear is i might get used to it! Lol!
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  6. You are a true adventurer and traveler!
    I hope to get into similar shoes once I am a little freer.
    Such a sailing activity is new to me.

  7. I”ve never been out of the country but my first international destination would probably be Indonesia. You look like you had a lot of fun there. I envy you, huhuhu. Hope I could get my first international travel soon before the year ends because it’s in my goals list for this year.

  8. Ever since I watched Memories of Bali, I fell in love with the place. I didn’t know that Indonesia has 15, 000 islands, twice here in PH. And I even didn’t got the chance to travel a lot on my hometown yet. I promise to have more travel adventures soon. Hopefully, when baby is a little bigger.

    1. Aw.. honestly, I haven’t watched that movie, I think I should watch that :) Yes, they have more than twice as the Philippines, interesting right? Thank you Theresa

  9. Nothing more exciting than boat sailing! It’s great that you experienced it in INdonesia. Now you know how another sunset looks like in a fellow Southeast Asia country. I’m not a sea person, but there’s something relaxing about sailing :)

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