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14 Nights | Departing Singapore 5 March 2021 | Arriving Makassar 19 March 2021
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 orangutans at Camp Leakey, an orangutan conservation centre in Tanjung Puting National Park only able to be accessed with an adventurous journey through jungle-clad waterways aboard a traditional klotok boat.
Meander through the bustling waterfront markets of Pontianak, formerly a Sultanate city and witness the floating markets of Banjarmasin, where vendors sell fresh produce from sampans. In Makassar, visit the Dutch-built Fort of Rotterdam, now a museum, where Sulawesi’s multicultural trading heart reaches as far back as the Chinese Ming Dynasty period.
Refresh yourself in between historic sights and cultural adventures with time at pristine palm-fringed beaches on little-visited Karimata and Doangdoangan Islands and snorkel over vibrantly coloured coral gardens at the Anambas Islands, known as the ‘Maldives of Indonesia’.
10% Early Bird: Save 10% when you book this voyage before 29th February. Offer is combinable with Xplorers Club Savings.
|CORAL ADVENTURER||TWIN SHARE PER PERSON||SOLE USE*|
|Bridge Deck Suite||$21,600||n/a|
|Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom||$16,600||n/a|
Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.
Embark: Check-in at Singapore HarbourFront Cruise Centre at 2:30 pm. Boarding at 4pm for a 6pm departure (5 March 2021)
Disembark: Arrive at Makassar at 7:00 am and disembark at 8:00 am (19 March 2021)
Board Coral Adventurer in Singapore at 4:00 pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before our 6:00 pm departure on 5 March 2021.
We spend two days exploring the island archipelago of Kepulauan Anambas, known as the ‘Maldives of Indonesia’ due to the exceptional clarity of the turquoise waters and the flourishing marine life. Lagoons are dotted with picturesque islands and atolls and there are many opportunities to swim, dive, snorkel and explore by Xplorer tender vessels.
The picturesque city of Kuching straddles the Sarawak River. In this region of Borneo, we will visit a traditional village of the indigenous Dayak people, ancient headhunters. Be welcomed to the longhouse, the massive structure that is the heart and main building of the village, and learn about the customs, culture and unique art and craft of these remarkable people.
Explore the lush rainforest and mangrove forests of Bako National Park. On nature walks into the jungle, we may spot wildlife such as tree-dwelling proboscis monkeys, which are found only on the island of Borneo, as well as macaque and silver leaf monkeys. The park is also inhabited by prolific bird species such as many varieties of kingfishers, woodpeckers, bluebirds and flycatchers.
A multicultural riverside city in West Kalimantan, Pontianak has a small but influential Chinese population with connections that link back to the Ming Dynasty some 600-odd years ago. Sited on the Equator, Pontianak is one of Indonesia’s most cultural cities. Here, we will visit the Equator Monument which marks the delineation between the northern and southern hemispheres as well as the Mosque and Chinese Temple. Later, spend time wandering the waterfront traditional markets where traders ply their wares from simple stalls or from sampans floating in the canals.
The Karimata Island group sits squarely in the middle of the Karimata Strait which separates Sumatra from Borneo. Mostly uninhabited and within a Marine Reserve, the two largest islands, Karimata and Serutu Islands are home to Bugis sea gypsies who live in a handful of small palm-fringed coastal villages.
Far from civilisation, we take time to explore these pristine islands, walk the white-sand beaches, swim in the tropical sea and snorkel or dive over coral reefs, soaking up the tranquility of these picturesque islands.
Our introduction to Camp Leakey commences with an expedition through the inky-black waters of the Nipah waterway and the winding Sekonyer River, which we navigate from our Xplorer tender vessels. The final leg of the journey is by local klotok boat before disembarking at Camp Leakey orangutan sanctuary and research facility. We learn about conservation programs, the flora and fauna of this environment and take time to wander through the forest to see orangutans in their natural habitat.
Here, we will hear from the expert conservationists at Camp Leakey to understand the culture and behaviours of the orangutans, as well as glimpse behind the scenes to learn about the conservation efforts and challenges. Finally, you can join with Coral Expeditions and fellow passengers in the adoption of orangutans to support the ongoing conservation efforts.
On a guided tour we visit the oldest mosque in Kalimantan, Sultan Suriansyah Mosque, with its elegant angles and timber construction that has stood for 300 years. Continuing our tour, we visit Sasirangan village which is well known for its traditional Banjarese fine craftworks and textiles. We take a guided walk through the village and may be able to participate in a local workshop before visiting Wasaka Museum which showcases the challenges faced by the South Kalimantan people.
On our second day at the riverside city of Banjarmasin we take the Xplorer tender vessels to get up close to all the action at the famed Lok Baintan Floating Market. The river is a lively cacophony of sights and sounds as sampans are piled high with fresh produce and traders barter with buyers amid the bustle.
Our penultimate stop is at the small teardrop-shaped island of Doang Doangan Island, where we enjoy a relaxing day of snorkelling and beach walks along with a walking tour of the small coastal village.
On our final evening onboard, we reminisce over about our Sulawesi expedition with new-found friends at dusk over Captain’s Farewell Drinks.
Coral Adventurer arrives into Makassar at 7:00 am. Farewell your Master, crew and fellow guests with disembarkation at 8:00 am.
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.
|Departure||Departure||Arrival||Arrival||Cost Per Person||Cost PP||Ship||Availability|
|05 March 2021||05 Mar 2021||19 March 2021||19 Mar 2021||$10,600 to $16,600||$10,600 to $16,600||Coral Adventurer||Available||Book|
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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.