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Cruise The Islands of Indonesia

Expedition Cruising Komodo, Sulawesi & Borneo

Join us as we embark on a series of expedition voyages through the remote islands of the East Indies. Explore small islands including Alor in Lesser Sundas, Tinabo and Buton in Sulawesi. Delve into the rich history, ancient cultures and unique wildlife of the East Indies. Understand traditional seaside lifestyles and visit Lembata Island, home to one of the last subsistence whaling communities in the world. At the coastal island of Flores, travel to the multicoloured Kelimutu crater lakes. Encounter endemic wildlife including the famed orangutan, and swim with countless harmless golden jellyfish at the Togean Islands. Explore pristine marine environments at Takabonarate and Wakatobi Marine Parks with Bunaken and Lembeh offering some of the most vibrant dive and snorkel opportunities in the world.


Island of Indonesia Voyage Logs

Broome to sing

To South Sulwaesi & Borneo for Christmas

Dec 2022, Coral Geographer

“Upon arrival at the Sekoyner River we transferred to wooden ‘klotok’ boats that would be our transportation for the remainder of the day’s adventure. A breakfast of Frittatas prepared by chef Jamie and his team was served on board as we cruised upriver spotting wild orangutans, orangutan nests, proboscis monkeys, kingfishers and other birdlife.”

Coral Adventurer Maiden Voyage Satonda & Tambora Village

Coral Adventurer’s Maiden Voyage

April 2019, Coral Adventurer

“We arrived at Satonda Island at 1230 and the Xplorer departed for Labuhan Kenanga Village. The welcome was beautiful under a magnificent shade tree on black volcanic sand. The Ale-Ale dance was performed and this is a very special traditional Sumbawanese dance only done on very special occasions. Costumes were traditional and very ornate.”

Chris Mclennan photography - Agats 3

Wildlife & Warriors

May 2019, Coral Adventurer

“We left the Coral Adventurer and as the two Xplorers approached the village of Syuru, we were surrounded by 35 large canoes full of standing warriors dressed in feathers and body paint, whooping and brandishing their weapons at us. It was an amazing welcome. The Xplorers then landed onto a small jetty for a walk along a rickety wooden boardwalk. We congregated around a central area to watch a traditional dance put on by the men and women.”

Our Ships Exploring The East Indies

Coral Geographer and Coral Adventurer are designed for tropical expeditions, featuring wraparound decks, private balconies, and outdoor dining to enjoy the balmy air and glorious sunsets. Open-sided Xplorer tender boats allow you to get up close and retrace the steps of the ancient seafarers.

Our Articles On Indonesia

The Journey of Language from Hawaii to Sumatra

27th July 2023 by Ray Andrews
This story is of the word ‘Hawaii’ and how it helped solve the question of Polynesian dispersal across the vast Pacific Ocean. The word’s evolution can be traced from the far ends of the Polynesian triangle, all the way back to the mystical island of Sumatra in Western Indonesia.  
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Pinisi boat builders of Tana Beru Sulawesi

MEDIA RELEASE | Coral Expeditions Sets Sail for Komodo, Sulawesi & Borneo on New Voyage Series

22nd August 2022
The release of this three-expedition series presents an opportunity to discover the East Indies, including a circumnavigation of Sulawesi.
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Why Explore New Guinea & Spice Islands with Coral Expeditions

5th April 2020
Why Explore New Guinea & Spice Islands with Coral Expeditions? The small ship sanctuary, authentic tribal encounters, a journey of knowledge and surrounded by nature.
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Posts from our voyages exploring Islands of Indonesia

Yesterday afternoon at the Matalafung Traditional Village, Alor Island, the Coral Geographer guests were welcomed with a traditional Lego Lego dance. 

#Indonesia #IndianOceanCruise #AlorIsland #TravelIndonesia #WonderfulIndonesia #Cruise #ExpeditionCruise
We are pleased to share with you the new release of our 2024 series to Sulawesi, Komodo & Borneo following the island trails of the East Indies 🚢 These popular expeditions will delve into the rich exploration and trading history, ancient cultures and unique wildlife of the Indonesian archipelago.

Discover the series on our website. Link in bio. 

#SulawesiCruise #BorneoCruise #IndonesiaCruise #AdventureTravel #iLoveCruise #CoralGeographer
"As for commentators who gleefully anticipate cruising's demise, they're simply ignorant of its many permutations. Mega-ships will certainly change, but I'm very confident that small, carefully run ships in the luxury and expedition categories have a viable future.

More than ever, travellers will be looking for controlled environments, small-group experiences and less-crowded destinations. Meanwhile, remote communities will hope for some form of tourism that provides a source of income but a light footprint. I know that whenever such cruises resume in Indonesia, I'll be first up the gangplank."

Travel writer Brian Johnston wrote his thoughts on his Islands of Indonesia expedition just before COVID restrictions, and we couldn't have said it better ourselves!
"After breakfast, we set off for Pink Beach and enjoyed some of the best snorkelling I have encountered for diversity. We saw a large Hawksbill Turtle, Blue lagoon Ray, countless species of reef fish and wonderful coral.  Some of the guests took to the Kayaks for a paddle. With plenty of shade, shelter and amazing coral just off the beach, it was perfect conditions for a spectacular morning" - Expedition Leader David Keech. 🚢 Coral Adventurer
📍 Pink Beach on Padar Island yesterday
🗺️ Komodo Dragon & Krakatoa
📸 Photo by Assistant Expedition Leader Dawn

#CoralAdventurer #PinkBeach #WonderfulIndonesia #CruiseIndonesia #EastIndies #HawksbillTurtle #Turtle #Snorkelling #Diving #Coral #Reef
In the heart of Sumenep town, we stopped at the palace where we were met by an incredible and colourful traditional music and dance performance. The guests loved getting involved dancing with the locals. We enjoyed a guided tour where we saw the kings chambers and some very ornate furniture. From the palace we went to the museum which had a good display of artefacts. Lunch was served on grand tables in the main hall with a varied Indonesian spread for all. We had traditional dancers and gambelan music to enjoy our meal with.
🚢 Coral Adventurer
📍 Sumenep on 23 Jan 2020
🗺️ Darwin to Singapore (Komodo Dragons & Krakatoa)
📸 Captured by Expedition Leader Dawn Singleton

#SmallShip #ExpeditionCruise #ExpeditionCruising #CoralAdventurer #WonderfulIndonesia #TravellingIndonesia #EastIndies #ExploreIndonesia #ThisIsIndonesia
What's better than one nudibranch?
Two nudibranchs!

This awesome shot was captured by Rachel on Boxing Day in Sewai Bay. 📍 Sawai Bay on Seram Island in the Maluku province
🗺️ Raja Ampat & Spice Islands
📸 Assistant Expedition Leader Rachel Aldridge

#WonderfulIndonesia #Nudibranch

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