With the introduction of the Seabourn Encore, Seabourn is making an effort to expand its Seabourn Ventures program, but with a bit of a softer touch, so that more guests can enjoy it (and, to be honest, to create an environment where guests overestimate their abilities can safely and comfortably enjoy some adventure instead of just a normal tour).
Having previously visited Komodo Island, Indonesia and its famous dragons, I took the opportunity to try out the Seabourn Ventures' kayaking and then some snorkeling at Pink Beach. The "venture" truly became an Ad-venture...and the Venture leaders did an excellent job reacting and keeping us safe. But let's start at the beginning...
We anchored off of Komodo Island and were transferred by zodiac to a beach. This gave me an opportunity to see how guests transfer to zodiacs from the Seabourn Encore...and it could not be safer or easier.
|Seabourn Encore's Seabourn Ventures zodiacs |
are extremely easy to board.
|My friend Seabourn Ventures's Tua, gives me a warm welcome!|
|High quality single and double Wavesport kayaks are used|
I also met a really wonderful family from Australia including an absolutely charming mother with her lovely 12 year old daughter that also had a great time kayaking. (Anyway, back to the story!)
But our great time had a bit of excitement. As you can see from the photograph above, the water was almost a flat calm...and then, literally instantly, the water started rushing in (essentially a true tidal wave) creating rapids, eddies and whirlpools. It came out of nowhere.
|Fairly calm waters turned a bit turbulent, but the Seabourn Ventures|
team saw it would get worse...
|...and it quickly did|
|Tua. You will remember him!|
|Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia|
The Indonesian government would not allow Seabourn to provide any food or drinks other than water on the beach...and after saving Linda's life by guiding our kayak to the shelter of that island...having a beer did not look good.
However, some locals arrived and set up "shop" with some trinkets and, fortunately, beer. But, alas, I had no money with me. (Who knew I would need any?) So Tua saved me a second time, loaning me 100,000 rupiah (or about US$7.00) so I could purchase a cold (actually merely not hot) beer.
The local woman - after negotiations - agreed to sell me two beers for the 100,000 rupiah but did not have a bottle opener. She pretended to look for a bottle opener and then she handed me a rock. When that didn't work, she paused and then OPENED THE BEERS WITH HER TEETH!!! Unbelievable and, frankly, quite impressive!
|The coolest, if not coldest, beer I have ever enjoyed. |
The local woman I bought it from opened it with her teeth!
All in all Seabourn Encore's Seabourn Ventures program provided a very professional, diverse, safe and fun experience for young and old(er)!