Indonesia Odyssey: Sumba, Komodo, Bali and Java adventure, 13-22 July 2023

This trip comprises two of the most spectacular in its pure wilderness and special culture experience areas of Indonesia – Sumba island, Komodo, Bali, Nusa Penida and Java. My absolute favourites to explore in Indonesia. And I am going to take you on a trip like no other. Unique, wild and wonderful. Let’s explore together.

Sumba! The wilderness pure gem. Dancing trees paradise. With its rugged rolling hilled savannahs together with fields of maize and cassava, the island of Sumba in the East Nusa Tenggara Province offers its own distinct splendours. Sprinkled throughout its countryside are hilltop villages with thatched traditional clan houses clustered around unique megalithic tombs where villagers still pay homage to their ancestors in the ancient belief of Marapu and have retained most of the indigenous culture and traditions for generations. The island is also known for the origin of the strong and agile Sumba Ponies or Sandalwood Horses. They can swim in the sea!

Located between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores in the East Nusa Tenggara province, nested the wonderful Komodo National Park. The Komodo National Park encompasses a total of 29 volcanic islands (including the 3 major islands Rinca, Padar and Komodo) and is home to approximately 2,500 Komodo Dragons and other terrestrial fauna such as various species of reptiles, birds, and mammals. Moreover it has impressive landscape – pink beaches, coral reefs and such beautiful mountains and cliffs. All of that we will explore in sea cruise dedicated specifically for photographers. You will stay on the boat, will be served amazing seafood and enjoying every day landings.

Bali. We will use this opportunity traveling with local experienced guides to show us the hidden culture of Bali in smaller and less known traditional villages. It is a perfect trip for those who wants to practice in multiple genres of photography: portrait, street, landscape and travel. I am sure you will bring back home not just warm memories of sacred Bali Island – island of Gods – but a whole portfolio worth a book about Balinese culture and landscape. We will have multiple stages with people dressed in rich traditional costumes, stages with Barong and Rejang dancers just for our group in perfectly situated locations of old temples, banyan trees and waterfalls.

Bromo volcano, the true highlight of entire trip. First sight of Bromo will be from our hotel located just on the rim overlooking Bromo volcanic caldera.

At 2,392 meters high, Mount Bromo is not amongst the tallest of Indonesia’s mountains but its stunning beauty lies in its incredible setting. Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital city of East Java, Mount Bromo is part of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park that covers a huge area of 800 sq km.

Standing majestically inside the huge caldera of the once ancient Mount Tengger, Mount Bromo is surrounded by a vast stretching sea of volcanic sand that radiated a certain mystical beauty. Mount Bromo and the Tengger area is also the home of the Tengger sub-ethnic group who still preserve their age-old traditions and way of life. Here, you can observe the unique indigenous culture and traditions of the ‘Tenggerese’ including their rituals and ceremonies.

Day 1, 13 July

Departure on the recommended flight to Labuan Bajo. Just a short 1 h flight from Bali and we travel as one group with all transfers by bus/cars included! Upon arrival to the airport our group will be transferred to our wonderful newly built Phinisi boat! Our home and base for next 3 days exploring Komodo national park.

We will embark the boat, have lunch and head out to our first photography spots.

Day 2

Today we start the early morning with departure to Padar Island. We walk to meet sunrise at Padar Island’s hilltop. Here we witness the most spectacular landscape around Komodo National park. Rugged mountains and bays all over the island!

After short hike, we go back to boat for breakfast and later on disembark to a wonderful Pink Beach to snorkel and relax. Later we navigate to Takka Makasar – the half moon island. Here you can swim with Manta-rays!

Today we continue our adventure to Komodo Island for an afternoon walk to find Komodo dragon! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and stay overnight on Phinisi boat around Komodo Island. Nature and wildlife photography in the park with local rangers and guides who help us find dragons!

Day 3, 15 July

Today we shoot a wonderful sunrise near Kanawa island and head back to the port. To catch a flight to Bali!

We depart to Bali on recommended flight altogether to continue our adventure!

Just upon our arrival to Bali Denpasar we head to the port and move to Nusa Penida for one night! Get ready for ultimate seascape destination. We will practice long exposures at sea shore locations and experience tall cliffs of Nusa Penida. We will visit and photograph the iconic Kelingking beach at sunset with it’s famous T-Rex cliff. Back to hotel after sunset or stay a bit to photograph night sky depends on the weather conditions!

Day 4

We start the day with the most stunning location for sunrise – Diamond Beach. Visit Pohon tree house and beautiful sunrise viewpoints! After sunrise we drive back to hotel, have breakfast, pack and depart by high speed ferry back to Bali, where we plan the afternoon session with masks or Barong dance.

Day 5

Today’s “sunrise in the office” will be at one of my most favorite landscape spots – rice terraces very close to Mount Agung.  Easily accessible viewpoint surrounded by flowers offering variety of foregrounds. In the afternoon we will visit one of the hidden villages in the east to see real Bali life!

Day 6

Sunrise will start from a photo session at Tamblingan Lake. It is the lake in the North of Bali, often misty at sunrise. There’s a small temple at the shore often half flooded. With traditional boats in the lake we will get wonderful photographs from this misty morning. In the afternoon we visit Leke-leke Waterfall or one of the hidden waterfalls in the East Bali. You can shoot both amazing landscape and culture or just landscape.

In the afternoon we will have a concept photoshoot with Balinese Masks models at the ancient tree.


Total price (twin shared cabin, twin shared hotel rooms): 6900 USD 

Difficulty: easy

Single supplement for rooms in Bali and Java: +900 USD

Single cabin onboard phinisi in Komodo part: +1200 USD

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation double/twin cabins sharing phinisi
  • all meals and non-alchohol drinks,
  • all transportation during the tour
  • photography tuition,
  • entrance fees to Komodo national park and all local taxes.
  • Ferry tickets to Nusa Penida and back
  • All tickets and fees in Bali and Java

What to bring

– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography
– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm.  Be sure to have additional tripod mount to this lens.
– Set of filters for seascape photography: ND 3, 6, 10 stop and CPL filters

Tour leaders


Daniel Kordan

Landscape and travel photographer based in Bali, Indonesia. Partner with Iceland photo tours, instagram @Danielkordan with 1.8 Million followers, Nikon and Gitzo ambassador.


Fikri @fikrilifetrip @lifetripjourney

Landscape and travel photographer based in  Indonesia. Organisation master of amazing trips all over Indonesia. Some of his works illustrate this announce.


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