Wild Islands of Sri Lanka, Borneo, and the Andaman Sea

Indian Ocean Cruise

  • National Geographic Orion
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 102 Capacity
  • 22 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • May 4 Mon Offer
  • Price from
  • $18,936

Summary : Embark on an expedition that offers a wide variety of wildlife, cultural encounters, and undersea experiences on sweeping voyage from Sri Lanka to Bali. Get close to endangered wild and rescued orangutans at a center run by National Geographic grantee Dr. Biruté Galdikas, go on game drives in search of rare Sri Lankan leopards or elephants, visit people in long isolated cultures that live close to their traditions, explore the dazzling city of Singapore, plus snorkel or dive incredible coral reefs. Accompanied by an expert team, you'll explore remote cultures and rare wildlife, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka, and get a behind-the-scenes experience in Camp Leakey's primate infant care ward.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1 – 3
U.S. / Fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive in Sri Lanka’s capital city and transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Day 4
Colombo / Embark

Check out of your hotel and join a tour of the city before embarking National Geographic Orion.

Day 5
Galle, Sri Lanka

Pass under the ramparts of the Galle Fort, situated just at the entrance to the harbor, making for an impressive and photogenic approach. Today you’ll have the option to either visit a tea plantation, for which Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is famous, or take a wildlife river safari, and tour the historic city of Galle.

Day 6
Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Today will be a highlight, as you set out to explore southern Sri Lanka’s incredible national parks. Bring your cameras and binoculars, as you spend the day on your chosen game drives, in search of wildlife, including Sri Lankan leopards, elephants, and prolific birdlife.

Day 7 – 8
At Sea

Time at sea is an opportunity to sit back, relax, chat with new found friends, read or attend a lecture, or take advantage of Orion’s amenities: have a massage to unwind, a sauna for sore muscles, or enjoy a good book and a refreshment on deck. The time is yours to do as you wish.

Day 9 – 10
Andaman Islands

Situated at the southeastern edge of the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are known, in part, for their history as a British penal colony. Long isolated from foreign visitation, the Andamans hold a strong appeal for the modern expedition traveler. Tour the capital city of Port Blair, then make your way to one of the outer islands for a day of exploring, both above and below the water.

Day 11
At Sea

Take in the seascape from the deck of National Geographic Orion, or enjoy the onboard amenities of your state-of-the-art expedition vessel.

Day 12
Sabang, Pulau Weh, Indonesia

This morning you arrive at Pulau Weh, the westernmost island in the Indonesian archipelago. Spend the morning exploring this relaxed and friendly island, including a walk among the steaming fumaroles of the Geothermal-Volcanic Valley and a visit to the quiet city of Sabang. Located where the Andaman Sea meets the Indian Ocean, Weh offers unparalleled opportunities for underwater exploration as well. Spend the afternoon snorkeling and diving one of the island’s many reefs.

Day 13
At Sea

Relax and ponder your adventures so far as you voyage along the Indonesian archipelago en route to North Sumatra.

Day 14
Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

This busy port and capital of North Sumatra offer you access to the remote hinterlands of Sumatra today. You can choose a full day excursion, either to the orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang National Park, or to the highlands near Berastagi, for a cultural exchange with the local Batak Karo tribespeople.

Day 15
At Sea

Enjoy some down time en route to Singapore.

Day 16
Singapore

No passage through this region would be complete without a visit to the incomparable city-state of Singapore. Spend the day exploring this bustling metropolis, with stops in Chinatown, the impressive National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Garden and a bumboat ride along the Singapore River.

Day 17 – 18
At Sea

Transit the waters of the Java Sea on course to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

Day 18 – 19
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Set on a peninsula jutting out from the southern edge of Kalimantan, Tanjung Puting National Park is a trove of rare species and diverse habitats. While the park is home to some 220 bird species and numerous monkey species, its most famous residents are the endangered orangutans. Board local boats for a full-day excursion into the forest, gliding on narrow channels on the lookout for hornbills, crocodiles, and perhaps the unusual proboscis monkey.

Day 20 – 22
At Sea / Denpasar, Bali / Disembark / U.S.

Cross the Java Sea to the lovely Indonesian island of Bali. Disembark the following morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Photo Expeditions:

The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

Scuba Diving Requirements: Scuba divers must be certified by an internationally recognized dive association prior to the voyage, and certification cards and logbooks must be shown on board. Divers must have logged 25 dives in total and made a dive within the 12 months preceding the voyage.

Included:
Accommodations as indicated; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard the ship; all shore excursions and sightseeing; transfers to and from group flights; tips (except to ship's crew); all port charges and service taxes; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; services of ship physician; use of kayaks.

Not Included:
International air transportation; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email, laundry, etc.; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion; scuba diving surcharge; fuel surcharge may apply.