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Indonesia: Orangutans, Asmat Village, and Coral Gardens

Indonesia Cruise

Summary : Visit the orangutans of Camp Leakey—gentle giants that will amaze and astound you. This is a rare opportunity to educate yourself on the delicate balance of the Indonesian ecosystem. Visit the Asmat region located in nearly inaccessible forested wetland. Long sheltered from the outside world, Asmat tribes allow you to be among their homes, longhouses, shops, schools, and religious centers which are located along elevated wooden boardwalks in the heart of a dense mangrove thicket. Snorkel at Triton Bay, a marine reserve that is truly second to none! Triton Bay is known for its beautiful soft coral gardens as well as nesting green turtles. You may also see tiny pygmy seahorses and graceful whale sharks.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Singapore

Embark the ship and meet your Expedition Team. Enjoy time to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, and meet fellow travelers.

Day 2
At Sea

While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 3
Belitung Islands

The island of Belitung is large, measuring roughly 1,850 square miles. Along with neighboring Bangka and the many other surrounding small islands this is not just an archipelago, but a substantial province of Indonesia. Belitung used to have many tin mines, but today the island is better known for its nature. The most distinct features of Belitung’s many beaches are the fascinating granite rock formations along the shallow shores. These rocks can reach the size of houses and lie in bold contrast to the white sand. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

Day 4 – 5
Camp Leakey, Kumai

The mouth of the Kumai River is shallow and broad, cutting a swath into the lush green shorelines of southern Borneo. Once across the bar at the river’s mouth, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of a call-to-prayer can often-times be heard on approach to the busy port of Kumai itself. Kumai is the access point for one of Borneo’s most important national parks: Tanjung Puting. The park protects possibly the largest and most diverse coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forests left in southern Borneo. The area was originally protected in 1935 and remains substantially wild and natural.

Day 6 – 7
At Sea

While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 8
Pare Pare, Indonesia

Neolithic sites recently discovered in West Sulawesi bear witness to man's presence on the island for millennia. Buddhist artifacts dating from the 4th & 5th centuries were discovered in South Sulawesi. This region with its protected bays was an ideal spot on the trade routes to drop anchor. In fact, the Bugis are reputed for their gift of boat building. The first Western visitors were Portuguese and, as many of their ships were wrecked off the coast of Minahassa, they gave the name "Celibes' (formidable) to the island.

Day 9
Palopo, Sulawesi

Palopo is a municipality in the South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, with a population of approximately 150,000. The city has an ancient history dating back to its founding in the early 1600s. The port has always had a trade link to the highlands of Sulawesi known as Tana Toraja, and a physical link through a twisting mountain pass making it a perfect gateway to Toraja. The land of Toraja is an ancient and mysterious place where residents adorn their homes with the horns of water buffalo killed in funeral ceremonies and ornate carvings painted in bold reds and black.

Day 10
Bau-Bau, Indonesia

Buton Island seems to be small compared to its neighbor Sulawesi, but with slightly just under 1,700 square miles it is Indonesia’s 19th largest island. Much of the lowland consists of uplifted karst and other limestone formations. Due to its hilly topography it still has a considerable amount of forest; most of it is seasonal tropical lowland forest with mangroves in coastal areas. Visitors to Bau-Bau, the main city found on Buton Island, may well be welcomed with a mangaru, which is a welcome dance.

Day 11
Anano Island, Indonesia

Anano is part of the Wakatobi Island group. The Wakatobi Marine Park is known to have one of the highest coral and fish species counts in the world. Pulau Anano’s reefs are rich not only in coral and fish, but support walls dripping with huge gorgonian fans and flourishing with large sponges. Underwater photographers will appreciate a bizarre macro world of minute shrimp, crabs, and seahorses clinging to the corals even in the shallow areas.

Day 12
At Sea

While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 13
Kai Archipelage

Kei Archipelago, in the south-eastern part of Indonesia in the Maluku Islands, are on the edge of the Banda Sea, south of the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea. The islands are famous for its beautiful, paradise-like beaches. It is believed that the ancestors came from Bali. The Kei Islanders have almost no written history, but they do have a Tom-Tad, oral stories of objects passed down from generation to generation. Today, 22 ratshcaap, or traditional local leaders have the role of kings of the customary law.

Day 14
Triton Bay, Indonesia

In 2008, the Kaimana Regency declared over 2,300 square miles of ocean as a Marine Protected Area around the waters of Triton Bay. Conservation International maintains an office in Kaimana and a field station out in Triton Bay where visiting scientists can do their work studying the staggering marine biodiversity of the reserve. It is truly second to none, and the area offers everything from the tiniest pygmy seahorses, to large and graceful whale sharks. Triton Bay is known for its beautiful soft coral gardens as well as nesting green turtles.

Day 15 – 16
Agats (Asmat Expedition), Indonesia

The Asmat is a region of nearly inaccessible forested wetland that has long sheltered Asmat tribes from outsiders. The village of Agats is the capital of the Asmat region. The homes, longhouses, shops, schools, and religious centers of Agats are all located along elevated wooden boardwalks in the heart of a dense mangrove thicket. The Asmat Museum is a must-see. Here it is possible to dote over exceptional examples of the Asmat’s renowned and vibrant woodcarving traditions.

Day 17
At Sea

While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 18
Thursday Island, Australia

While it may not be the largest island—a taxi can take you on a bespoke tour of the entire island in less than an hour—Thursday Island is a vibrant jewel in Australia’s crown. Located adrift from the northern tip of the Australian mainland, it’s one of the tropical Torres Strait Islands, which are scattered between the mainland and Papua New Guinea. A gaping deep water port means the location is ideal for fishing, but you’ll have to avoid the temptation to swim in its idyllic seas—the waters are renowned for crocodiles, sharks, and stingers.

Day 19
At Sea

While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 20
Cairns, Australia

Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

Notes

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

Included:
Suite accommodations; onboard meals and entertainment; snorkeling gear and wetsuit on loan; butler service; gratuities aboard ship (except spa); complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soda, water and coffee); 1 hour of Internet access per guest/per day for passengers booked in Explorer and View Suites; unlimited Internet access for passengers booked in Vista, Veranda, and Medallion Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; optional shore excursions; government fees and taxes; passport and visa expenses; some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars; laundry or valet services; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases, medical care, and spa services; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photo Credit:© Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, © Bruno Cazarini (mom and baby, reef), © Ray Stranagan (probiscus monkey)

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