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Islands of the East Indies

Join us aboard our state-of-the-art expedition ship Coral Adventurer for a series of expedition voyages through the world’s largest island chain. Explore enchanting small islands like Misool in Raja Ampat, Alor in the Lesser Sundas, and Buton in Sulawesi.  Stir your senses as we delve deeply into the rich history, ancient cultures and unique wildlife of the East Indies.

Visit the Banda Islands, the epicentre of the world’s spice trade 350 years ago, where the air is still redolent of the fragrance of nutmeg and cloves.  At isolated Lamalera village, one of the last subsistence whaling communities in the world, gain an appreciation of their traditions and lifestyle.  From the coastal town of Ende, take a bus to the Kelimutu crater, where you can gaze upon three seperate crater lakes, each a different stunning colour. Stay ashore at a nearby hotel to enjoy the dawn tranquillity of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Borobodur temple. Experience a behind-the-scenes encounter with the famed orangutans of Borneo, joining Coral Expeditions in the conservation mission of the station.

And if you are looking for opportunities to relax in nature, you are spoilt for choice amidst some of the world’s great marine parks.  At Roon Island, snorkel around a Japanese Zero plane wreck as it shelters marine life in crystal clear shallow water.  At Cenderawasih Bay, swim with giant but docile whale sharks.  Bunaken and Lembeh offer some of the most vibrant marine environments in the world.

2021 Brochure

Our Raja Ampat, Borneo, Sulawesi & Islands of Indonesia Cruises:

SPICE ISLANDS & RAJA AMPAT | DARWIN - BIAK | 12 NIGHTS

Board Coral Adventurer for a cruise that combines extraordinary natural beauty and rare wildlife encounters with Indonesian culture and colonial history. Explore remote archipelagos and follow the routes of Spice Island traders and 17th century explorers. Be welcomed into ancient kingdoms and colourful villages on unforgettable Spice Islands and Raja Ampat adventure cruises.

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SPICE ISLANDS & RAJA AMPAT | BIAK - DARWIN | 12 NIGHTS

The centre-piece of this expedition onboard Coral Adventurer is a 3-day exploration through the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat. Harbouring over 75% of the world’s total coral and fish species, Raja Ampat’s pristine and brightly coloured reef systems offer perhaps the very best snorkelling and diving in the world today.

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ISLAND REALMS OF THE EAST INDIES | DARWIN - BALI | 10 NIGHTS

Onboard Coral Adventurer, explore the island realms of the ancient East Indies including timeless rituals, historic beliefs, myths and legends passed down through generations. Listen to the harp-like sounds of the West Timorese Sasando, be immersed in the blessing ceremonies of fishermen at Lamalera and visit the iconic homes of Ratengaro villagers on Sumba Island who worship sacred relics stored beneath towering thatched roofs.

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ANCIENT KINGDOMS OF THE EAST INDIES | BALI - SINGAPORE | 10 NIGHTS

On this unique journey of discovery onboard Coral Adventurer, you will witness the confluence of history and culture in a region which was once at the heart of global maritime trade. Meet the fishermen at the helm of elaborate fishing vessels in Perancak, see the mesmerising warrior-like Gandrung dance, wander through royal cemeteries and visit ancient UNESCO-listed temples.

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Into the Wilds of Borneo | Singapore - Makassar | 14 Nights

Explore the wild coastlines and exotic wildlife of Borneo on our inaugural expedition voyage from Singapore to Makassar over 14-nights onboard Coral Adventurer. On your journey, meet the Indigenous Dayak people and see their traditional longhouses in Sarawak, encounter proboscis monkeys with their pendulous noses and the striking hornbill bird species distinguished by colourful down-curved bills. Visit with rehabilitated at an orangutang conservation centre in Tanjung Puting National Park, only accessible by an adventurous journey through jungle-clad waterways aboard a traditional klotok boat.

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Sulawesi Circumnavigation | Makassar - Makassar | 20 Nights

Discover the ancient seafaring kingdom of the Makassans on an expedition circumnavigation of Sulawesi and the eastern coastlines of Borneo. This rare and unique 20-night expedition aboard the Coral Adventurer takes in a full coastal exploration and the fascinating confluence of cultural heritage, natural beauty and unique wildlife. Famous for extraordinary cultures and maritime heritage, Sulawesi is inhabited by rare species such as small primates known as Tarsiers, the Sulawesi Hornbill, the large-footed Maleo bird and the Celebes Macaque.

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In the Wake of the Makassans | Makassar - Darwin | 14 Nights

Discover Sulawesi while cruising the exotic Indonesian archipelago from Makassar to Darwin on our In the Wake of the Makassans voyage over 14-nights on board Coral Adventurer.  Follow the ancient Makassan trading routes and witness the confluence of cultural heritage and natural beauty from Sulawesi to the Lesser Sunda Islands on our Islands of Indonesia Sulawesi expeditions.

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The Indonesian government is planning new restrictions on tourism in Komodo Island national Park that may impact our ability to visit. At this point, we are unable to ascertain when and whether these restrictions will materialise.