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Ancient Kingdoms of the East Indies | Bali - Singapore | 10 Nights

Ancient Kingdoms of the East Indies

10-Nights | Departing Benoa (Bali) 9 February 2021 | Arriving  Singapore 19 February 2021

Join our small ship expedition “Ancient Kingdoms of the East Indies Islands” on a 10-night voyage aboard Coral Adventurer from Benoa (Bali) to Singapore. On this unique journey of discovery, engage with ancient seafaring and island cultures, intriguing architecture, UNESCO World-heritage historic sites and maritime traditions steeped in centuries-old beliefs.

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 Perencak, see the mesmerising warrior-like Gandrung dance, wander through royal cemeteries and visit ancient UNESCO-listed temples. At the famed ninth-century Bororbudur and Prambanan Temples, enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Ramayana Ballet in a setting once ruled by early Sailendra and Sanjaya dynasties. Continue the cultural immersion amidst the charming laneways of old Batavia with a Javanese traditional Wayang Kulit shadow puppetry performance, selected by UNESCO for its significant cultural heritage.

Along the way relax on white-sand beaches and snorkel over the vibrant coral gardens of this rarely explored archipelago.

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Expedition highlights

  • Meet the fishermen at the helm of elaborately adorned fishing vessels in Perencak and hear their stories
  • Watch and participate in the mesmerizing warrior-like Gandrung dance of the Oseng culture
  • Visit Mt Bromo volcano, with the option to take a donkey ride to see the magnificent view
  • Wonder through the Royal cemetery, historic Kraton palace complex, and relics of the Madurese Kingdom in Sumenep
  • Visit the ancient temple sites of Borobudur and Prambanan, and explore with local custodians to learn of the ancient kingdoms of Sailendra and Sanjaya
  • Enjoy a performance from the famed Wayang Kulit shadow puppetry masters of Java
  • Specialist marine writer, Jeffrey Mellefont will be our guest and will share his vast knowledge of the region, recounting fascinating stories and bring history to life along your voyage
  • Special Event: Absorb the compelling history of Borobudur throughout a day exploring this ancient Buddhist temple, complimented with a magnificent traditional Ramayana Ballet performance and overnight stay in this sacred wonder of the world.


Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $16,500 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $12,500 n/a
Explorer Deck $11,500 $17,250
Promenade Deck $9,600 $14,400
Coral Deck $8,200 $12,300

Prices are listed in Australian dollars. *Limited sole use occupancy available.



Embark: Board at Benoa (Bali) at 5:00pm for departure (9 February 2021)
Disembark: Arrive at Singapore at 3:00pm and disembark at 5:00pm (19 February 2021)


Board Coral Adventurer at Benoa (Bali) at 5:00pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before our departure.


The elaborately adorned timber fishing vessels of Perencak are built in the Bugis tradition with intricately painted designs. We meet the fishermen as they return to shore with their catch and learn about the customs and beliefs passed down through the generations that underpin their lives.

Later, arrive at Banyuwangi, a lovely city in Eastern Java. Here, go ashore to enjoy the spectacle of the sacred Gandrung Dance – a well-known part of the culture of Banyuwangi. Gandrung, which means ‘desperately in love’ in Javanese, is danced to honour the goddess of the rice paddy, Dewi Sri. Traditionally a harvest dance, Gandrung is now danced for many other events, accompanied by the vibrant and earthy sounds of a gamelan orchestra.   You may have the opportunity to learn several of the moves from this complex dance.


Indonesia is carved from volcanic origins, with 2,329m high Mt Bromo on the island of Java one of the most visited. Situated in the middle of a plain known as the ‘sea of sand’, the spectacular vista of the five volcanoes is best observed from the lookout of Mt Penanjakan.  The volcanic region is considered safe, and we will explore up the slopes to enjoy the view over the magnificent Tengger Caldera by jeep and donkey.


Sumenep is Madura Island’s most interesting town with intriguing history, culture and architecture showcased in the Sumenep Palace and Kraton Museum, complete with a 500kg hand-written Quran alongside relics of the Hindu kingdoms.

We visit the Royal cemetery of the historic Madurese Kingdom and admire Dutch-influenced architecture of the grand palace complex, enjoy a cultural performance and taste local cuisine at the Kraton (palace).

There is an opportunity to explore Kalianget Old Town, with its relics of a salt factory, and Dutch colonial architecture, Sumenep Square, a well-presented park and Taman Adipura, a horticulturalist’s delight.


Pulau Bawean is a small island located in the Java Sea. The island has a circular coast-hugging road and is dominated by an extinct volcano at its centre that rises to 655m. As a result of many men leaving the island for work, females constitute about 77% of the actual population of the island, which is often referred to as the ‘island of women’. The island is renowned for its natural attractions and many endemic species, such as the Bawean Deer which is only found on Bawean Island.  Here we will explore up the hills to spot deer and meet the local people.


Journey from the port of Semarang to the UNESCO World Heritage site Borobudur Temple.  Wandering the many galleries amidst the world’s largest Buddhist temple, we learn of the culture of the Sailendra Dynasty.  Enjoy sunset with a backdrop of the ninth century Mahayana Buddhist temple and stay overnight in a nearby hotel.  We may watch a performance of the epic Ramayana Ballet which is significant to both Sailendra and Sanjaya dynasties.

The following morning visit another UNESCO World Heritage site, Prambanan Temple complex. Wander the vast Hindu Temple compound and hear stories that reach as far back as the ninth century when the temple was constructed during the Sanjaya Dynasty. Indonesia’s ancient art form of batik is steeped in symbolism with patterns influenced by cultures and regional traditions – observe batik being made and have the opportunity to stamp your own batik!


Amongst the colonial-era streetscapes of old Batavia, once the headquarters of the Dutch East Indies Company, we learn about Batavia’s role in exploration history at the National Museum and the Maritime Museum which is housed in an historic Dutch spice warehouse. Enjoy a performance of Javanese traditional shadow puppetry, known as Wayang Kulit. Wayang Kulit was designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003.


Enjoy a relaxing sea day at leisure and the continuation of our expedition program of activities and informative presentations.


Tanjung Kelian

Enjoy a welcoming ceremony full of life and traditional dancing before taking a guided tour of  Tanjung Kelian, with the stunning backdrop of a 156-year-old lighthouse. There is the option to walk up the 177 stairs to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy panoramic views while market stalls set up around the lighthouse base offer opportunities to taste local cuisine.


Coral Adventurer arrives into Singapore at 3:00pm. Farewell your Master, crew and fellow guests with disembarkation at 5:00pm.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

February 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
09 February 2021 09 Feb 2021 19 February 2021 19 Feb 2021 $8,200 to $12,500 $8,200 to $12,500 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour tea and barista-style coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities


Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases


Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. At Coral Expeditions, our crew have no other agenda than your delight.

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email


Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave. SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed. Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.

Recommended Singapore Hotel

Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore

Situated in the heart of Orchard Road, this 86 room boutique hotel is superbly located only a walk away from the shopping district and the Clark Quay entertainment precinct. Built by the British in the 1920s, this building was the headquarters for the Far East Command and housed the office of Lieutenant-General Percival, famous for his role in the fall of Singapore in 1942. The building has been beautifully restored into a five star hotel and features rooms with panorama windows, indoor-outdoor bathrooms, mineral pools and several restaurants.