Borneo – Camp Leakey: Faces in the Forest

Borneo Cruise

  • Orion
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 106 Capacity
  • 11 Days
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Summary : A myriad of exciting destinations await on this voyage along the southern and western coastlines of Borneo. From isolated tropical islands to diverse National Parks, the itinerary will showcase some of Borneo’s undiscovered jewels. Tanjung Puting is one of the great wonders of Borneo and is a wildlife mecca. Be joined by Dr. Galdikas onboard and at the landmark Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting National Park with the opportunity to view the rehabilitation of ex-captive orangutans. Visit Gunung Palung and Bako National Parks to examine first hand the complexity of ecosystems that once covered the entire Island. They now provide a refuge for Borneo’s 15,000 species of plants, 222 species of mammals, 420 resident birds, and numerous other reptile, amphibian and fish species.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Bali / Embark

Embark in Bali. The Indonesian island of Bali represents an oxymoron. The city center of Denpasar is crammed with hotels and tourist activity. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music.
The countryside is picturesque incorporating rice paddies flooding the hillsides and volcanoes reaching to the skies. The rainforests are lush and tropical, and the beaches are washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The island is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority.

Day 2
At Sea

Enjoy some relaxing time at sea while your naturalist guides offer lectures on this beautiful region.

Day 3 – 4
Tanjung Puting National Park / Camp Leakey

Tanjung Puting is one of the natural wonders of the world! It’s the largest and most diverse protected example of extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest, which used to cover much of southern Borneo. The area was originally declared as a game reserve in 1935 and a National Park in 1982. The park is best known for orangutans and was made famous through the efforts of Orangutan Research and Conservation Program, which is based at the landmark Camp Leakey research station. Camp Leakey was established in 1971 by Dr. Biruté Galdikas and Rod Brindamour. Originally consisting of just two huts, Camp Leakey is now an assemblage of permanent wooden structures designed to provide a base for scientists, staff, students, and Park Rangers.

Tanjung Puting also boasts the bizarre looking proboscis monkey with its "Jimmy Durante" nose as well as seven other primate species. Clouded leopards, civets, and Malaysian sun bears cavort in the park as do mouse deer, barking deer, sambar deer, and the wild cattle known as banteng, two species of crocodiles, dozens of snakes and frogs, numerous threatened species, including the fortune-bringing and highly endangered "dragon" fish also known as the Arawana (bony-tongue). Tanjung Puting hosts over 220 species of birds, including hornbills, deep forest birds and many wetland species. Tanjung Puting is well known for its "bird lakes,” seasonal rookeries, endangered waterbirds and nesting grounds for white egrets.

Day 5 – 6
At Sea

As you sail toward your next destination, your guides will provide lectures on this incredible area of the world.

Day 7
Kuching, Sarawak

The capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, and also the largest city on the Island of Borneo, Kuching is a vibrant and lively city. Kuching is also home to the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Established in 1975 for the rehabilitation of confiscated and surrendered wild animals, including orangutans, it is located just south of Kuching city and is situated within the beautiful Semenggoh Nature Reserve. The city itself has a bustling China Town district and many delightful buildings such as the palace of the White Rajah along with temples and mosques

You may take an optional city tour which will showcase much of the famous architecture of Kuching. Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and witness the work in caring for orangutans and other wildlife of Borneo.

Day 8
Bako National Park

Bako National Park heralds an early arrival for you as you have no time to waste in experiencing its rainforests, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches and trekking trails, Bako offers visitors an excellent introduction to the rainforest of Borneo. There are very few places in the world that pack so much natural beauty into such a limited area. Its attractions and activities have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak. The park has been a protected area since 1957, so the animals are less wary of humans. You have countless opportunities to observe and photograph various types of wildlife

Day 9
Natuna Archipelago

The Natuna Islands are a 272-island archipelago of Indonesia, located in the Natuna Sea between Peninsular Malaysia to the west and Borneo to the east.
This little known island group is home to the main Island of Natuna Besar (also known as Bunguran Island). There is a small population on the main Island with smaller remote fishing villages located on the outlying Islands. Its location and isolation maintain a spectacular landscape of towering volcanic domes coupled with white sandy beaches fringed by colorful coral reefs. With so many islands to choose from, your destination will be determined by the prevailing weather conditions. The most likely destination will be either Pulau Senua or Pulau Tiga, both uninhabited and unspoilt tropical oases.

You will be presented with a cultural welcome from the local community and have the opportunity to explore the fringing reef systems around the Islands, with opportunities to snorkel.

Day 10
Anambas Archipelago

The Anambas Archipelago (Indonesian; Kepulauan Anambas) is an island chain containing 283 known Islands. Located in the South China Sea between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east, the island group is virtually uninhabited. Coupled with the rich warm waters of the South China Sea, the islands provide an excellent opportunity for guests to enjoy the abundant coral reefs and diverse marine life that fringe the islands.

The destination today will be determined by the prevailing weather conditions. Pulau Bawah or Pulau Lintang are the most likely destination, both uninhabited and unspoilt tropical oases. Enjoy the opportunity to explore the fringing reef systems around the islands, with snorkeling opportunities available to satisfy everyone from beginners to the advanced. Should the weather permit, the expedition team will conduct snorkel safaris further afield for the more adventurous.

Day 11
Singapore / Disembark

Disembark the ship this morning in Singapore. The British East India Company established a strategic trading post on the island of Singapore in 1819, which was to become an important post along the Spice Route. Although a thriving and modern metropolis, remnants of these early colonial days can be enjoyed in many traditional pursuits such as a rickshaw ride and Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Hotel. A compact and efficient city, Singapore offers easy access from most international airports.

Notes

Reverse Itinerary: 11/18/2013 (Singapore to Bali)

Included:
Accommodations onboard the ship; cruise transportation; all meals onboard; 24-hour room service; a range of shore excursions led by expedition team; entertainment and educational programs; use of ship's sporting equipment and facilities; port & handling charges; Zodiac excursions and tender transfers; access to the ship's library; govt. fees & taxes; services of crew.

Not Included:
Airfare; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to: travel and medical insurance; laundry charges; shopping onboard; bar expenses; hair dressing and massage treatments; optional shore experiences; medical treatment; telephone and Internet charges; gratuities for individual staff members (optional).