Summary : With more than 700 languages spoken on the multitude of islands that form it, Indonesia is a cultural hotspot. This diversity can also be found in its landscapes, which alternate between jungle, volcanic mountains and white-sand beaches. After calling in at the Tembelan Islands, a dream destination for those who enjoy lazing at the water’s edge, set off to meet the orangutans of Tanjung Puting National Park, in southern Borneo. An unforgettable moment in the midst of an ancient tropical forest. In Badas, you will be welcomed by the inhabitants of Pamulung village, where you will be able to witness a traditional ceremony. Finish your trip with a visit to Komodo National Park. This wild and isolated island is home to the famous giant prehistoric-looking lizards, as well as Pink Beach, celebrated for its pinkish sand, a result of the color pigments of the organ pipe coral found in the area.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Embark the vessel in the afternoon.
The port of Badas is part of the greater township of Sumbawa Besar, on the island of Sumbawa. Like most of Sumbawa the people hold their culture strong as a major part of their identity. The island has a strong influence from the Makassarese of Sulawesi, who over the centuries have introduced a lot of their culture into Sumbawa. Join your expedition team and local guides for a tour by bus to Pamulung Village where you will be welcomed by the head of the village and have the opportunity to witness first-hand the local traditions of rice pounding, weaving and also witness a wedding procession. Your visit will conclude with an exciting Sumbawa buffalo race, an event that will be held in honor of your visit.
Imagine a pure blue sky with only a few cotton wool clouds lazily bobbing across it, a calm sea that gently laps against a beach where the soft sand is neither golden nor black, but a delicate powder pink... Pink Beach is one of just seven beaches on the planet where this very special pink sand can be seen. The distinct pink hue results from the mixture of calcareous white sand with the eroded deep red skeleton of the organ pipe coral. The fringing coral reef is in excellent condition, the waters are crystal clear and colorful reef fish can be found just a short distance from shore. Enjoy an afternoon ashore at Pink Beach, one of the easiest places in the tropics to snorkel and explore nature’s richest realm.
Disembark the vessel after breakfast.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
This ship is NEW for the 2019 season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
Meals on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; luggage transfer between pier and ship; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals, afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available upon request); port and safety taxes; crew gratuities; 24-hour room service; butler service for guests staying in Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Nathalie Michel; © Lorraine Turci, © Ponant