Summary : Sail in Triton Bay, a former coral reef raised by tectonic forces and today home to more species of fish than anywhere else on Earth. Visit the Wakatobi Marine National Park, covering some 1.4 million hectares and discover an uninhabited desert island. At Kalabahi, in the Alor Islands, encounter ethnic groups of the Flores people who have succeeded in preserving their traditional way of life. Conclude your cruise with the discovery of Komodo Island, famous for its eponymous dragon, a very large reptile that is a cousin to the dinosaurs.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$6,110 to $14,750
Capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin stands on the shores of the Timor Sea on Australia’s North Coast. Its lush urban areas exude a tropical, multicultural atmosphere. Embark the vessel this afternoon.
Sandakan is a privileged destination for ecotourism. Next to the Sepilok Forest reserve (rehabilitation center for orangutans) this coastal city nestles in the heart of a green paradise sheltering rare and protected fauna. The city gets its reputation from its proximity to the Sepilok sanctuary, the 10,000-hectare reserve dedicated to large apes.
In the south of the Moluccas archipelago, in the Banda sea, ten little scattered islands form the Indonesian Banda islands reputed for their production of nutmeg and mace flower. From Neira Island and its capital Banda Neira, you will get an exceptional view of the impressive volcano, Gunung Api, still active today. To discover the island’s historical heritage, you can walk along Banda Neira’s tree-lined streets. After this cultural foray, you can enjoy exploring the marine life in the crystalline waters around the island. Between sea and land, there are treasures everywhere here.
Belonging to the Northern Mollucas, the two rival islands of Ternate and Tidore stand face to face, with the island of Halmahera as referee. But aside from former struggles, these producers of cloves come together on one point: the extreme beauty of their landscapes. As you cross the picturesque fishing ports of Ternate, your gaze will be irresistibly drawn to the spectacular Gamalama volcano that stands in the center or the island. Less frenetic than its neighbor, Tidore, whose view from Ternate is absolutely splendid, invites you to explore its luxuriant nature dominated by Kiematabu and Maitara volcanoes.
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.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
Meals on board the ship; snorkeling gear (except wetsuits); Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24-hour room service (special selection); butler service is included for guests staying on Deck 6. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones included; passport and visa fees; travel and medical insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, internet, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Eva Robert, © Nathalie Michel, © Lorraine Turci, © Ponant