Dances, Dragons & Magical Lakes: Sunda Islands Photography Tour

Tour dates: 2 April - 9 April 2019 (8 days)
Led by: Lynn Gail and Seng Mah
Number of guests: Minimum 8; Maximum 10
Pace: Very Easy (it's a sailing tour on a luxury hand-made schooner!)


Sail the Lesser Sunda Islands Photography Tour

Board a luxury handmade "phinisi" schooner and sail through Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands to explore one of the world's most stunning archipelagos from within. This adventurous, eight-day, all inclusive voyage of discovery aboard the 12-berth Katharina offers a cross-section of remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, towering volcanoes, waterfalls, tribal rituals, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo dragons.

Phinisi Schooner - your live aboard floating hotel

During our days at sea you'll witness local strongmen perform the Caci, a ritual whip-fight between two rivals on Flores Island. We will sail to Kukusan Island to meet the sea gypsies - the Bajao people who build their homes on stilts over the sea. On Rinca and Komodo Island we will go ashore to photograph the notorious Komodo dragon where we'll learn about its unique habitat.

Lesser Sunda Island Villagers

Among the many islands we visit, we'll also go ashore Satonda island, home to a sunken crater lake filled with saltwater surrounded by wishing trees laden with years of trinkets people have placed over branches. In north Lombok we'll explore the village of Senaru, and spend time with the indigenous Sasak people and gain an insight into their lives and how their community thrives.

Back on board there will be photo sessions, one-on-one critiques, and photo tuition throughout the cruise. For those who like to experience life below the surface, you'll go snorkelling in one of the world's most pristine and vibrant archipelagos before returning to our schooner to enjoy a smorgasbord of tasty Indonesian and Europian fare as we set sail and watch the world go by.

Snorkelling in the Archipelago

This tour will appeal to photographers longing to get away from mainstream travel brochure destinations. While chartering rarely visited waters you'll land ashore islands only reachable by boat, where friendly villagers welcome you onto their land. It's a journey that refreshes your mind with memories you'll long remember after our last port of call. Both Seng and Lynn will be on hand throughout the tour to assist you in all areas of your photography.

Komodo Dragon


  • Arrival airport transfers in Flores Island on first day of cruise.
  • All accommodation during the tour.
  • All meals during the tour.
  • Entry into monuments and sites
  • Land transport in a private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking escort during our island visits.
  • Photographic guidance/critique and mentoring from Seng Mah and Lynn Gail.



  • Flights to Bali and Flores Island. We have an agent in Bali to book your one-way short flight to Flores.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance. All participants are required to take comprehensive travel insurance for this tour. You will need to show proof of travel insurance as a condition of participating in this tour.
  • Photographic equipment. You will need to bring/supply your own cameras, lenses, tripods, batteries, filters, memory cards and so on.
  • Insurance for your photographic equipment while on tour.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • All personal expenses and fees, medication, incidental snacks.
  • Any transport and fees outside of the tour itinerary.

Misty Island Twilight

Tour Price:

AUD$5495 twin-share. Please enquire about single supplement.

Bali Photography Retreat Add-On

Kecak performance in Ubud, Bali

If you'd like to extend your stay in the Indonesian islands, we are also running a six-day photography retreat in Bali, from 12 - 17 April 2019. This retreat runs as a photography workshop to stimulate your photographic vision and challenge you to work photographically from an emotive level. It will teach you how to connect with your subject resulting in a series of images to showcase your chosen theme. During the retreat we will be staying in peaceful Om Ham Retreat, a short drive from Ubud, surrounded by lush green landscape, the second chapter of our retreat sees us staying at the luxurious Alamdhari Resort & Spa in Sidemen - where a river valley of terraced rice fields step down the countryside and traditional rural life can be witnessed in one of the most charming areas of Bali.

The Bali Retreat is for photographers wanting to participate in a more documentary approach to their photography and who would like to explore different ways of connecting to the world around them. You'll have the opportunity to shoot independently while taking advantage of the highlights planned by Seng and Lynn. The retreat is strictly limited to eight places to allow each participant to learn new skills.

Bali Photography Retreat Price: AUD$1545 (single supplement is available AUD$205). If booking both the main tour and the Bali Retreat, receive a discount of AUD$375 for bookings made before June 30th 2018 .

Join us!

Can't wait to experience the bliss of sailing through azure waters and meeting people and cultures in the hidden islands of the Lesser Sunda archipelago? Then send in the form below! Bookings for this tour are made through Cultural Connections Tours and Lynn Gail will contact you to organise your reservation and deposit. Note: A non-refundable* deposit of AUD$950 will secure your place on this tour with the final balance paid by 15 February 2019.

* Deposits are fully refunded if the tour is cancelled due to not attaining minimum numbers.

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