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Islands of Indonesia

Komodo Dragons and Krakatoa (Darwin to Singapore), 17 Nights

Explore the Indonesian archipelago

This is the ultimate expedition voyage – 17 leisurely days starting in Darwin and ending in vibrant Singapore. In between you will sample the diversity of the Indonesian archipelago with excursions to Ujung Kulon National Park, view the recently erupted Anak Krakatau from a distance, and visit the rarely visited Karimunjawa National Park. You will experience a bustling Indonesian town – Sumenep – with opportunities to shop and eat locally.  Enjoy opportunities to snorkel and dive over lush tropical reefs and swim from white sand beaches.

Expedition highlights:
• Snorkel and dive with incomparable coral and sea life at numerous sites including Tablolong Beach, Karimunjawa and Satonda
• Seek to spot endangered species at Ujung Kulon National Park
• View the famed dragons at heritage-listed Rinca Island
• See the traditional boat builders of Wera Village


15 January 2020

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $21,690 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $18,790 n/a
Explorer Deck $18,240 $27,360
Promenade Deck $16,840 $25,260
Coral Deck $15,490 $23,235

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


Anak Krakatau

Krakatoa, or Krakatau in Indonesian, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name refers to the surrounding island group of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption, unleashing huge tsunamis killing more than 36,000 people. The explosion is considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history, with reports of it being heard up to 4,800km (3,000 miles) from its point of origin. In 1927 a new island, Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatoa”, emerged from the caldera formed in 1883 and is the current location of eruptive activity. As of late 2011, this island has a radius of roughly two kilometres, and a high point of about 324 metres (1,063 ft) above sea level, growing five metres each year.


Embark: Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 1:00pm for 2:30pm departure on 15 January 2020
Disembark: Arrive at 8:00am and disembark at Singapore at 09:00am.

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.

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Day 1: Darwin

Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 1:00pm for 2:30pm departure on 15 January 2020. Guests are welcomed to board Coral Adventurer at 1:00pm,  and will depart Darwin at 2:30pm. After a safety drill and crew introduction, it’s time to mingle and get to know your fellow expeditioners.  During pre-dinner drinks the briefing for tomorrow’s activity will be conducted by our Expedition Leader.  Throughout the cruise we will be airing a selection of documentaries relating to our travels.

Day 2: At Sea

There will be a few presentations to be held today, and guests will be informed of the itinerary, safety procedures and protocols while visiting Indonesia. We plan to have a lecture in the afternoon, followed by the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party.

Day 3: Kupang

Welcome to Kupang – our gateway to Indonesia.  We will anchor at  Tablolong Beach, famous for its beautiful white sandy beach and a favourite swimming area. The highlight of the tour is listening to the traditional musical instrument ‘Sasando’. Guests will also enjoy a traditional welcome dance and cultural performances along with refreshments.

Day 4: Pulau Alor

We will arrive at Alor and clear customs and immigration here. The population of Pulau Alor is about 140,000 but the island is very rugged, one of the reasons why this small island is divided with about 50 different languages. There are a few traditional villages and we will tour through the open-air Kadelang Market, the Museum of 1000 Moko, and on to the very pretty Takpala village to enjoy local dances and cultural shows. This island is famous for its hand-woven Ikat textiles.

Day 5: Kelimutu National Park, Ende

Our destination here is the famed Kelimutu Crater. On the way to the Kelimutu headquarters we will stop at an orphanage where they will prepare local coffee and other refreshments. After enjoying the visit we continue on our climb up through the ranges enjoying the spectacular views in the valleys below.  After our journey by bus, we will hike to the spectacular Kelimutu Crater Lake.  You may throw stones into the lakes for good luck.  Enjoy another scenic drive to the village market followed by a delicious lunch at the Eco Lodge.

Day 6: Wera Village, Sumbawa

At this village in Sumbawa we will witness traditional boat building techniques and learn how they are crafted by hand.  Hear the stories and play with the village children.  We will also see the famous traditional checkered cloth being woven right underneath the village houses. You may be lucky enough to weave the cloth yourself and certainly you will have the opportunity to purchase some directly from the artisans.

Day 7: Rinca Island

We awake at Rinca Island.  The main attraction here is of course to see the ancient Komodo Dragons. Our group divides to explore the island, taking turns enjoying water activities or searching for the iconic Dragon.

Day 8: Satonda Island

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.

Day 9: Sumenep

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 500 kg 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 specialities. Visitors can obtain fine batik cloth, wood carvings, Dutch antiques – browsing through shops and stalls is fascinating.

Day 10: Bawean

Pulau Bawean is located in the Java Sea. This small island is circumnavigated by a single narrow road and is dominated by an extinct volcano at its centre that rises to 655 m.  As a result of many men leaving the island for work, females constituted about 77% of the actual population of the island, which is thus often referred to as the island of women (Indonesian: Pulau Putri).  The island has rich nature with many endemic species, such as the Bawean Deer which is only found on the island and is included to the IUCN Red List.

There are several smaller islands around Bawean such as Pulau Gili and Pulau Noko – small un-inhabited sand islands with crystal clear water and underwater beauty. The calm water and makes it very good for snorkelling or swimming.

Day 11: Karimunjawa

Uncover Karimunjawa Archipelago’s pristine beaches and coral reefs and join in numerous water activities or hike the low hills through lush forests.

We visit Pulau Kecil, a privately owned island which the owner allows us to visit.  This remote location has an excellent great coral reef for snorkelling and a beautiful beach with shady areas for relaxation.

Day 12: Batavia

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.


Day 13: 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 recently erupted volcano as we cruise past.


Day 13 & 14: Ujung Kulon National Park

Ujung Kulon, one of Indonesia’s best known national parks, lies on the SW corner of 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’s tropical climate makes travel pleasant in this World Heritage listed site, which is also home to the highly endangered Java rhinoceros. The large array of wildlife is fascinating, with some sighted daily while others are rarely seen. What is remarkable is that this park remains a pristine haven of nature on Java, one of the most densely populated islands in the world.

Day 15: At Sea and HMAS Perth

Start the day with sunrise at HMAS Perth. Commodore Rynd will host our remembrance service with the Coral Adventurer positioned over the resting place of the HMAS Perth.

Day 16: Tanjung Kelian

Tanjung Kelian

Enjoy watching a ceremony full of life and exotic dancing, greeted by hundreds of smiling locals. After the performances, we are taken on a tour of Tanjung Kelian, with the stunning backdrop of a 156yr old 66m tall lighthouse, with the option to go up the 177 stairs to spectacular views at the top. Stalls around the lighthouse grounds, give you the opportunity to feast on magnificent local cuisineSee Photos From Our Last Trip Here.

Day 17: At Sea

Today guests can recap their adventures with photo sharing and final lectures by our Expedition Team.  In the evening enjoy Captain’s Farewell Drinks.

Day 18: Singapore

Coral Adventurer will arrive into Singapore at 8:00am. Farewell your captain, crew and fellow guests at disembarkation around 9am.

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.

January 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
15 January 2020 15 Jan 2020 01 February 2020 01 Feb 2020 $15,490 to $18,790 $15,490 to $18,790 Coral Adventurer Available Book

February 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
15 January 2020 15 Jan 2020 01 February 2020 01 Feb 2020 $15,490 to $18,790 $15,490 to $18,790 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. On Coral Discoverer, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements.

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Don’t forget, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance with any cruise purchase. See below for further details.

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.

Recommended Darwin Hotels

Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade

Located in a prime position close to the waterfront, the Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade offers comfortable and well appointed rooms, a large outdoor pool and friendly, relaxed service. Just a short stroll from all of the attractions of the city, the restaurants of Mitchell Street and art galleries.

Hilton Darwin

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. Enjoy contemporary features, great location and a welcoming service every time you stay. The elegant rooms and suites are loaded with thoughtful amenities and many have stunning Harbour views. We also offers Mitchell’s Grill restaurant with innovative Australian cuisine, high-floor outdoor pool, gym, flexible meeting space and more.

Darwin Central Hotel

The Darwin Central Hotel is located on a prime position in the heart of Darwin’s Central Business District on the corner of Smith and Knuckey Streets, opposite the Smith Street Shopping Mall.

The hotel enjoys a very stylish theme with artwork and furnishings throughout the hotel, making every floor a walk through gallery. The hotel has been decorated with a diverse selection of lounges and artworks with each piece individually selected to create the boutique feel with contemporary class and style. The hotel is owned by a local Darwin Company and is proud to be a long standing Northern Territory Business.

Adina Apartment Hotel

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront is located in the heart of the Darwin Waterfront precinct with close proximity to the CBD and overlooking the Darwin Waterfront Recreational Lagoon and manmade Wave Lagoon.

Adina is the perfect choice for discerning travellers with central locations across Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Offering a range of spacious accommodation for guests including: studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments.


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.

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