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From the 16th century, and possibly even earlier, Makassan trepangers began to venture down from their homeland in South Sulawesi. Travelling through the Flores and Savu seas, they arrived at the shores of the Kimberley and Arnhem Land. Fishing for sea cucumber, the Makassans encountered the peoples of northern Australia and left an impact on the cultures that survives to this day. The Yolngu people of Arnhem Land in particular recount stories of the Makassan visitors and images of their boats are recorded in rock art.
Coral Adventurer will make her own journey from Darwin up through the straits of the Indonesian archipelago on her way to Makassar, and will return the same way. These two voyages explore the undiscovered paradise of Indonesia’s less visited islands. Traditional lifestyles continue in regions of astounding beauty, and this journey takes you into the heart of it all. Encounter traditional cultures from Pulau Alor, to Lamalera, Sagori, Torajaland and Tana Beru. Experience the dramatic beauty of Indonesia at Flores, Komodo, and Takabonerate. This journey through the archipelago is a feast for the senses.
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|CORAL ADVENTURER||TWIN SHARE PER PERSON||SOLE USE|
|Bridge Deck Suite||$20,990||n/a|
|Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom||$14,990||n/a|
* Limited sole use occupancy available
Optional Charter flight: $850 per person. Limited seats available, call our reservations team to confirm your booking.
Toraja, the highland people of south Sulawesi, live in an area of steep mountains, fast-flowing rivers, and lush pastoral landscapes. The natural scenery is breathtaking, however the biggest appeal of Torajaland is its traditional ceremonies.. The colourful funeral rites and sacrificial feasts are held against a backdrop of striking traditional architecture.
In Toraja, the nobility are believe to be descended from heavenly beings that came down from heaven. Torajans lived in isolation until the beginning of last century, and their age-old beliefs, rituals, and tradition live on. While Christianity has greatly influenced the Toraja people, the local animistic religion called Aluk Todolo “Way of the Ancestors” is recognised as the religion of the Torajans. This religion is marked by close familial ties and ancestor worship, and ancestors are believed to be in contact with their descendants lives. This belief in a unique afterlife gives them a reason to work and gain wealth and status to have a better afterlife.
In order to survive and understand the eternal cycle of life and death, Torajans sustain the energy of the land and its people through rituals that celebrate life and death. Life rituals and death rituals are kept strictly separate, linked to the agricultural seasons. The elaborate funeral ceremonies last for days and involve whole villages. These times are not just to mourn the dead but to strengthen the unity of family and community. Death ceremonies are only held after the last rice harvest, between July and September. This is possible because the dead are not buried immediately but are kept for months, sometimes years, in the ancestral house until time and funds allow for a proper funeral. At these times, when the gate to heaven is believe to be open, the bodies of family members are moved from the house to the burial site. These processions, known as Rambu Solo, are uproarious events, celebrating death as the peak of ones life. They can last for days or even weeks. Effigies of the family member are carved and placed in front of the grave to represent the continued life of the ancestors. These death rites and ceremonies reinforce the eternal bond between the living and the dead.
Charter Flight to Makassar (additional cost)
Embark: Board at Makassar at 4:30pm for 6:00pm departure
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Darwin at 8:30am
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.
Included in your cruise is one night accommodation in Darwin, a welcome event, and coach transfers to your charter flight to Makassar.
Arrive in Makassar to embark at 4:30pm. Spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board Coral Adventurer. Join our expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey and the many experiences you will enjoy. This evening join your fellow travellers to enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks.
This is is the famous place where Phinisi boats have been crafted by the Bugis boat builders since the 14th century. There are ceremonies involved in each stage of the boat building, and the boats are scattered along the coast in various stages of construction. Learn about the traditional construction methods, unchanged for centuries, and climb into a boat to explore its size and the craftsmanship of the boat-builders. Phinisi boats were used by the Makassans to travel as far as Australia and Madagascar.
In the afternoon, enjoy a village visit and water activities at Liukang Island.
Disembark at Palopo for our overland trip to Tana Toraja. The drive is through an enchanting landscape of rice fields and local villages. As you limb into the highland enjoy marvelous views of pine trees, rainforests and plantations.
During your time in Toraja, you will see the local lifestyle and traditional houses at Marante, visit the stone grave with Tau-tau effigies at Lemo, and visit the famous traditional stone and hanging burial sites of Bori Parinding. We will also visit a Torajan market, where buffalo and pigs are for sale to those who will purchase them for funerals or other ceremonies. W will also visit Kete Kesu, a quaint traditional village conceals in the mountains. The village is over 400 years old and functions as a living museum, where one can experience first-hand the culture and tradition of the ancient Torajan people.
Overnight at the best hotel in the area, Misiliana Hotel, and enjoy a buffet dinner accompanied by local music and dancing.
Continue your time in Tana Toraja before making the overland trip back to the Coral Adventurer.
Sogori Island is one of the small islands located around Kabaena Island in Southwest Sulawesi. This island is populated by the Bajonese and Buginese people. The surrounding white sandy beaches as well as several shipwrecks make it good for water activities. Explore underwater with expedition style diving.
Selayar Island is the gateway to the extensive Taka Bonerate National Park. We have the option of village and cultural activities, or snorkelling and diving in the incredible Taka Bonerate atoll – the third largest atoll in the world. The biodiversity of the reef is very high, offering attractive spot dives, including drop off dives in some places. The waters inside the atoll are magnificently turquoise, surrounded by the deepest blue imaginable.
Arrive at Jinato Island to visit this peaceful village. A welcoming ceremony by the local Bajau and Bugis people leads us ashore. See the unique construction of the village, built on raised platforms, and enjoy cultural attractions and performances. Enjoy demonstrations of local music and hand-crafts. Enjoy insights into the cottage industry of the village with the making of coconut oil, traditional dishes, fishing nets, and boat building.
Moving to Tinabo Besar, guests are invited to join conservationist activities such as planting a tree or coral transplantation, assisted by National Park staff. Each guest will have his or her name on it as foster parents of the plants!
Another walk, this time exploring Komodo Island. While both Rinca and Komodo Island are home to the Komodo Dragon, each island has a different landscape and its own beauty.
Time permitting, we may follow with a visit to Komodo village to meet the people who live among these ancient creatures.
In the afternoon, water activities may be available.
Enjoy a morning nature trek at Rinca Island (choices of short, medium or long treks available) to encounter the Komodo dragons.
In the afternoon enjoy snorkelling off the famous Pink Beach on Komodo Island.
Go ashore at the city of Ende in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. We journey to the Kelimutu National Park, stopping along the way at an orphanage. After refreshments, we continue our journey into the mountains, enjoying the spectacular views of the valley below. A hike to the extraordinary tri-coloured crater lakes of Kelimutu is not complete without throwing a stone for good luck. Enjoy lunch at the Eco Lodge.
Lamalera is one of the last two traditional whaling villages in Eastern Indonesia. Although slowly dying out. the ancient tradition of whaling is still the principal economic activity here – as the many whale bones in the village prove. Whaling boats are made entirely of wood with wooden pegs instead of nails, and sails are made of palm leaves. The patterns of the whale and the boats are often seen in Lamalera’s handwoven ikat textiles.
Be welcomed by the villagers on the beach, enter the village and see traditional activities and dances. Depending on the sea conditions, there may be an opportunity to actually go on a “mock” whale hunt in the local boats, otherwise the villagers will bring their boats close to Coral Adventurer and will demonstrate how they hunt large marine creatures. The women will give a weaving/dying demonstrating and textiles are available for purchase.
This very rugged island is home to around 50 different language or dialect groups. The traditional villages are very intriguing, and we will visit Kadelang Market and Takpala village. Enjoy cultural shows and the the famous handwoven Ikat textiles. Snorkelling and water activities are offered in the afternoon.
We clear out of Indonesia and take a tour to see the Old Harbour, the Colonial church and Tablolong Beach. A highlight is hearing the traditional ‘sasando‘ being played and enjoying the cultural performances and refreshments.
Cruise across the Arafura Sea, enjoying an expedition recap by our guest lecturers. This evening join your fellow travellers for the Captain’s farewell drinks.
Arrive in Darwin to disembark at 8:30am.
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