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For the ultimate expedition through Indonesia, look no further. Begin in Singapore and leisurely travel through the volcanic and wildly beautiful islands of Indonesia. Along the way, you enjoy the wide diversity of culture, wildlife and landscape. Enjoy the warmth and welcome of Belitung, and view the black volcano of Krakatoa. See the wildlife, including orangutans, native deer, and Komodo Dragons at the national parks of Ujung Kulon, Komodo Island, and Tanjung Puting. Visit thriving historical cities, traditional markets and see demonstrations of ancestral crafts at Banjarmasin, Watublapi, and the bustling city of Sumenep. In between, snorkel over stunning coral reefs and relax on white-sand beaches. This journey shows you the best of Indonesia from the comfort of the Coral Adventurer.
• Snorkel and dive with incomparable coral and sea life at numerous sites
• Seek to spot endangered species at Ujung Kulon National Park and Tanjung Puting
• View the famed dragons at heritage-listed Komodo Island or Rinca Island
• See the floating markets of Banjarmasin
• Walk on the volcanic sands of the extinct crater at Satonda
02 February 2020
|CORAL ADVENTURER||TWIN SHARE PER PERSON||SOLE USE*|
|Bridge Deck Balcony Suite||$23,325||n/a|
|Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom||$20,215||n/a|
Prices are listed in Australian dollars. *Limited sole use occupancy available.
Embark: Check-in at Singapore Cruise Centre Harbourfront at 2:30pm for a special welcome in the VIP Room prior to boarding and departure at 6pm.
Disembark: Arrive at 2:30pm and disembark at Darwin’s East Arm Wharf at 4:30pm on 20 February 2020.
The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. 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. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.
Check-in at Singapore Cruise Centre Harbourfront at 2:30pm for a special welcome in the VIP Room prior to boarding Coral Adventurer and departing at 6pm.
There will be presentations today, and guests will be informed of the itinerary, safety procedures and protocols while visiting Indonesia. In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party. Dinner will be followed by a presentation on Indonesia to prepare you for your exciting journey ahead.
Lengkuas Island, Belitung is a very pretty little island with a lighthouse. Guests can climb all the way to the top and be accorded a beautiful view. Visit a local eatery and be welcomed by local dancers. Rock-hop ‘painted beach boulders’ and explore undeveloped beachfront. The warmth of the locals and the beautiful idyllic setting is how we say hello to Indonesia
We arrive at midday to pay homage to HMAS Perth. Commodore Rynd will host a remembrance service for HMAS Perth with the Coral Adventurer positioned over the place where the HMAS Perth was torpedoed in the 1942 Battle of Sunda Strait. This afternoon, we continue on to Krakatoa.
On the way to Ujong Kulon, we will pass by Krakatau. Krakatau (Krakatoa) is a black volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. The name is used for the island group, the main island, and the volcano as a whole. It has erupted repeatedly, massively, and with disastrous consequences throughout recorded history. The best-known eruption culminated in a series of massive explosions on August 26-27, 1883, which were among the most violent volcanic events in modern times. The sound of the explosion was heard as far away as Alice Springs, in Central Australia; fine ash reached as far as New York City, while the resultant tidal waves which caused complete destruction in the surrounding coastal areas. Despite the devastating effects, the disappearance of the gigantic Krakatoa also meant the birth of small islands in its place, including the present Anak Krakatau (Son of Krakatoa). From both West Java’s west coast, and from Sumatra’s Lampung Province, this young and very active volcano is clearly visible. Today the volcano is under 24-hour visual and electronic surveillance from Java. View the volcano as we cruise past towards Ujung Kulon.
Ujung Kulon, one of Indonesia’s best known national parks, lies on the island of Java. It is one of the last remaining natural forests on Java and one of very few areas offering a profile of sea-shore to mountain top tropical vegetation. The beautiful isolated beaches that cover the coastline are among Ujung Kulon’s best-kept secrets. While snorkelling, it is spectacular to see the variety of tropical fish in the clear blue crystal water.
The park holds well over 700 species of plant life, of which 57 are classified as rare. The rocky shores, mangrove swamps, mud flats, sea grass beds, coral reefs and sea trenches provide diverse and fascinating insights into the underwater world. Ujung Kulon is also home to the highly endangered Java rhinoceros. This park remains a pristine haven of nature although Java is one of the most densely populated islands in the world. Our guests will be exploring the National Park with local guides.
Batavia is the old Capital of Dutch East indies company. Here we will visit the old building which still stands and was the Headquarters. Located at a square which is now called Fatahillah square, we will visit Jakarta History Museum, Maritime Museum and old Dutch buildings. Jakarta – previously Batavia, from where Tasman commenced his voyages, both 1642 and 1644.
Following the sails of the ancient mariners, we cross the vast Java Sea to reach the third biggest island in the world, Borneo. Our next stop is the Tanjung Puting National Park.
We arrive at Tanjung Puting National Park early morning and we proceed to hop on traditional klotoks to cruise upriver and see the critically endangered Orang Utans at Pondok Tanggui – an orangutan rehabilitation and release center. We will walk through the tropical rainforest to observe and explore the ecological flora and fauna of Kalimantan, include wildlife and the exotic tropical plants. Join the feeding time at Pondok Tanggui and Pesalat. There is also the opportunity to hike through the jungle, and perhaps see some of the animals in the wild, including Proboscis Monkeys as well as long tailed Macaques.
Be prepared for a slightly more adventurous few days, as this area is largely unsophisticated.
Today we explore Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan. It rests over a labyrinth of canals, thus giving it it’s illustrious nickname as the city of a thousand rivers.
The daily lives of the Banjarese are intrinsically linked to the waterways on which they live, work and play. Traditional floating homes called “lanting” are built on stilts over the water, and vessels of all shapes and sizes ply the waterways.
This is one reason why there are floating markets everywhere. From daybreak boats come from villages around the rivers, bringing vegetables, fruits and other daily needs and household utensils. Buyers and sellers come to the market in small boats and close their transactions on the water. The best time to see market in action is in the early morning.
There is also the Sultan Suriansyah Mosque, the first mosque built in South Kalimantan and the location of the royal tombs. Another fascinating structure is the Museum Waja Sampai Ka Puting, which houses some of the historical collections of the struggle against Dutch colonialism. The building of the Museum itself is an old and genuine Banjarese traditional house in the “Bubungan Tinggi” style.
Sumenep is Madura Island’s most interesting town, situated just north of the eastern tip of Java. The history, culture and architecture of Sumenep can be seen in the Palace/Kraton Museum (such as a 500kg hand-written Quran), which include relics of the Hindu kingdoms.
Explore the historic Sumenep Palace and the museum. Marvel at Sumenep Jamik Mosque with its distinctive architecture. Visit Kalianget Old Town, with its relics of a salt factory, and colonial architecture built by the colonial Dutch government. Sumenep Square is a well-presented park, Taman Adipura, a horticulturalist’s delight; and the night markets provide a wide range of culinary specialties. Visitors can obtain fine batik cloth, wood carvings, Dutch antiques – browsing through shops and stalls is fascinating.
Satonda Island is a small un-inhabited volcanic island off the north coast of Sumbawa, separated by a narrow strait from Tambora, the site of the largest and most devastating volcanic eruption in human history. In 1815 Tambora erupted expelling into the atmosphere twice as much material as the later Krakatoa in 1833. For the small island of Satonda, there is a lasting effect. The eruption was so great that it breached the rim of Satonda crater and dumped millions of gallons of sea water there, leaving the crater lake filled with salt-water instead of fresh. Satonda’s beach is remarkable because a major portion of its sediment consists of pebbles of pumice – a foamy volcanic glass, so light that it floats on water. This hidden gem offers quiet nature walk, some pristine white beaches, wonderful snorkelling, and birdwatching.
Encounter the largest lizards on earth, the famed Komodo Dragons (Varanus komodoensis). These carnivorous reptiles grow up to 10 feet and live an average of 30 years. They have thrived in the harsh conditions on the handful of Indonesian Islands they inhabit.
On our island visit, enjoy a nature walk, encounters with Komodo Dragons, and possibly a local village visit.
We may visit Pink Beach on Komodo Island to take in the soft pink hues of the sand, while snorkelling and diving amongst colourful reef and plentiful marine life. There will also be an opportunity for kayaking, or walking along the pink sands of the beach. The beach gets its unique colour from microscopic organisms called Foraminifera which produce a red pigment on the Coral Reefs.
Located between Komodo and Rinca islands, Padar Island is known for its stunning landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Take a trek up one of the many grassy hills for a scenic vantage point and take the opportunity for photography, relaxing or even take your sketchbook out to capture this unique vista. The four crescent-shaped sparkling beaches below contrasted against the mountainous island create a view you will never forget.
Watublapi is located in Flores Island, which is known for its active volcanoes, fascinating indigenous cultures and hand woven textiles.
Watublapi is a traditional weaving village located on the hills on the southern coast of Watublapi. Weavers here still use the traditional handspun yarn made out of local cotton as well as natural dyes. Here we will observe weaving demonstrations of preparing the cotton and using traditional ikat techniques. We will also enjoy musical and bamboo pole dancing in the very natural and beautiful jungle setting of the village. Some beautiful selections of ikat textiles as well as local crafts are on display for sale.
See the old The old Catholic church of Sikka which reflects the Portuguese influence in Flores, and the Alok traditional market. This is a colorful, crowded, and friendly place to visit where local women can be seen weaving their rustic bamboo mats, and everyday items to unusual goods can be seen and sampled.
Say hello to Timor Leste. As we sail into Dili Harbour, the landmark statue of Christo Rei will come into sight. Immigration and custom clearance will take place this morning, and once cleared we are free to start touring Dili. Guests are welcome to climb the stairs to the Christo Rei Statue (it is quite a climb), or visit the food and handicrafts markets. This is an opportunity to interact with locals, as well as being a photographer’s dream.
As we cross the Arafura Sea, guests can recap their adventures on this trip with photo sharing and attend final lectures by our Expedition leaders. In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Drinks.
Coral Adventurer will arrive into Darwin’s East Arm Wharf at 2:30pm, and guests will disembark and clear customs around 4:30pm on 2 February 2020.
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|
|02 February 2020||02 Feb 2020||20 February 2020||20 Feb 2020||$14,750 to $20,215||$14,750 to $20,215||Coral Adventurer||Available||Book|
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