Posted September 5th, 2017, 02:09 AM
Staff was complete friendly, all of them.
Guest 60 % German due to some offers in Germany for the Indonesian cruises and the long travel time for US East coast citizens. Some Italian, French, Australian and US.
Gilli Kondo: small island, wet landing, less shadow, you can walk aroud approx. 20 min., snorkeling better on the left side (allways looking from the sea), on the "main" right side some jellyfish and allmost all the swimmers there got some red marks on the skin. 2 hours there it's enough.
Komodo: see above
Pink beach: wet landing, nice beach with some shadow, recommendation: climb up the hill on the left side, marked by a tree: the nicest view on the cruise with the sawanna islands around and the Star Clipper right in the middle.
Satonda: wet landing, may dry landing depending on the tide. Short walk to the lake in the middle, recommend to walk onto the peak at the right side, allmost on the top there is a nice view onto the Star Clipper. On the right area of the beach (looks not nice there) a family of Monkeys in the trees and on the beach. Some residents from Sumbawa have there a small kiosk and a restaurant, which is mostly closed. They come with boat from Sumbawa only during the stop of the Star Clipper to earn some money.
Sonorkeling tour was offered with Tender boats, but they stopped the first tour and cancelled the two others due to thousands of jellyfish there.
Gilli Trawangan: dry landing in the crowd of hundereds of boats, ferries and excursion vessels. That Gilli is backpackers paradise, the main street is a row of bars, travel agencies and cheap hotels or hostel. You can make a roundtrip by horse buggy or bycicle. Leaving the main street will open a view to the real life and much more hostels / resorts.
Recommend to sit in on of the bars and look at the heavy traffic of backpackers, buggys, bikes and freaks.
Gilli Meno: Wet landing on a beach which is not realy nice, some snorkeling possible. But better stay more time at Trawangan and may miss Meno.
Gilli Nanggu: nice island with one resort. Nice beach with the best snorkeling spot, there is a "farm" for corals and million of fishes, cuttlefish, turtles and more to see. If this is your only snorkeling spot, it will be enough.
BBQ on the beach will be prepared by the crew. Nice but you have to eat without sitting, working with plastic knife and forks. Drinks are sold by the crew, as also on all beaches a crew member sells soft drinks, beer and water.
You do not need any cash on the whole tour beside Trawangan for some drinks or tourist stuff and Komodo if you want to buy a wooden dragon or other stuff. The drinks on the beaches are payed by signing the bill like on the ship.
On the beach you can do sailing (Laser), stand-up paddling, kayak, water sky or wake board, all for free. Only some guests used this possibilities.
Action on the Star Clipper: Mast climbing, a must do. Also lying in the sprit net during crusing, but without anything with you can falling down into the sea (mobile phone, key etc.). Every evening is startin at 10PM some life music, talent show, fashion show or equal.
Snorkeling equipment you will receive at the first day and will be returned on the last day, you can also take only the mask or only finns, depending which own equipment you have with you.
There is a small shop on the Star Clipper, selling nice shirts, trousers and bath clothings, having every day a 20% discount for certain products.
Cocktails are good, German standard as I can compare. Wine list is large, they store your bottle if you can not empty the first time. Water is free all day from a fountain at the deck, also served during the meals. Coffee and tea is also free 24 hours behind the bar.
Sunbeds are not enough for 170 people, specially shadow places are rare, depending on the number of sails set. At our cruise we had been 115 and sometimes also not enough sun beds, but you can find a lot of alternative places to sit or lay down, even the net in front.
During sail setting every evening, they play "conquest of paradise", but very quiet. Find a place near the speakers and it will be fine. You can take the wheel after starting for some minutes to keep the course, teached by the steersman. The bridge is small and can be visited 24 hours for information, looking on the map of the speed.
We booked cabine 506, nice access to the deck. Ship was well maintained, during the cruise they did always some work like painting, polishing etc.
Everything was clean.
Finally it was a great tour and we will book mediterean sea for next year.