Summary : Begin this Bali expedition in the sultanate of Brunei, a small monarchy encompassing picturesque, ancient villages and the gleaming, ultra-modern capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan. Observe gentle orangutans in Sabah, Borneo, enjoy the traditional hospitality of the Dayak people in Kalimantan, visit Toraja to see the elaborately carved architecture and effigy-guarded cliff-side graves, and view the legendary Komodo dragon up-close on Komodo Island. No Bali and Borneo adventure travel experience would be complete without snorkeling and diving in crystal-clear waters and observing the wildlife and endemic birds by Zodiac on remote island shores. The legendary scenic beauty and thriving art scene of Bali complete this epic journey.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Photography, Snorkeling
$999,999,999 to $0
Independent flight from USA to Brunei. Day lost crossing the International Date Line.
Arrive in Bandar Seri Begawan and transfer to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and briefing. Overnight at the hotel.
Tour the sultanate of Brunei, a small monarchy encompassing both the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan and villages. Visit the Brunei Museum with displays of tribal artifacts and Islamic art, and the Royal Regalia Building, highlighting the history and memorabilia of the Sultan’s family legacy. Make a stop at one of Brunei’s most magnificent mosques and the Sultan’s Palace. After lunch, board boats for a tour of a “water village” where you may visit a traditional Malay home. Continue to the port of Muara for embarkation.
Visit the highlights of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, including the iconic Tun Mustapha Tower, Sabah State Mosque, and the Sabah Museum. The Heritage Village displays replicas of traditional houses and the colorful costumes of the people of North Borneo. Or, travel to the countryside for a cultural tour of traditional Batangan Village followed by a mangrove cruise. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon at sea, as your lecture series begins.
This morning, drive through the modern city of Sandakan, set on a beautiful natural harbor. Pass colorful markets and a water village on the way to a lowland rain forest, home to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Beneath a cathedral-like canopy, watch young orangutans swing through the trees. These gentle arboreal apes, often orphans, are rehabilitated and taught to live in the wild before release into their natural habitat.
Arrive in the oil-producing city of Tarakan and board local boats for the journey up the Kayan river to visit a traditional Dayak village. The Dayak, native to Borneo, include over 200 river- and hill-dwelling ethnic sub-groups, with a diversity of dialects, customs, and culture. On arrival, you are greeted with the ceremonial songs and dances of decorated villagers, dressed in elaborate headwear and beaded ceremonial attire.
On beautiful Kakaban Island, you have the unique opportunity to snorkel in a crater lake filled with stingless jellyfish. You can explore the waters surrounding this uninhabited island paradise, where snorkelers and divers find iridescent reefs covered with gorgonian sea fans and barrel sponges, beautiful nudibranchs, giant clams, and the unusual ghost pipefish.
Attend lectures where naturalists and historians add insight to your cultural and natural encounters.
From Pare Pare, drive into Sulawesi for a two-day exploration of Toraja. As you ascend, the terrain turns into rugged mountains towering over valleys lush with terraced rice paddies, bamboo groves, and grazing water buffalos. The Toraja bury their dead in graves chiseled into vertical cliffsides. Beside these honeycombed graves are life-like wooden effigies, providing a receptacle for their souls to guard the gravesites. Walk through several villages and investigate the gravesites, markets, and ornate rice barns of the region. Meals and overnight are at your hotel. The following day, tour more traditional villages as you descend 4,000 feet to the east coast where you reboard the ship in Papolo in the evening.
Lecture series continues as you sail toward the Tiger Islands. Spend the afternoon snorkeling and diving among colorful coral reefs.
Komodo National Park is a sanctuary for the fabled prehistoric giant monitor lizard, the Komodo dragon. Walk along a forested pathway to a viewing area for a close inspection of these reptiles which grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. The surrounding forest is home to Javan rusa deer, the favorite prey of the Komodo dragons, as well as elegant yellow-crested cockatoos. In the afternoon enjoy snorkeling, diving, or a glass-bottom boat ride over the undersea spectacle off splendid Pink Beach.
Sumba is known for its unique high-peaked architecture, colorful dyed batiks, and elegant woven ikats. At Wanokaredi Village, you are greeted with a merapu, welcome ceremony, and enjoy a cultural performance of singing and drumming. Attend one of Indonesia’s most unusual traditions—the pasola. This show of horsemanship includes elaborate mock battle scenes, hurling long spears while riding bareback astride galloping horses. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or diving over the fringing reefs.
Stop at deserted Satonda, a small circular island that is the ancient cone of a volcano. Snorkel over enchanting reefs that boast more than 64 species of coral, or ascend the ridge to view the island’s interior sacred lake. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise to Sumbawa Island. Soaring above the landscape on Sumbawa’s north coast is the massive Tambora Volcano whose 1815 eruption was the largest in recorded history. Zodiacs take you ashore to the small village of Kenanga, home to about 500 traditional fishermen and their families. You are greeted with drumming, dancing, and a pole-climbing competition.
For centuries, Bali has captivated the imagination of artists, writers, and travelers with its landscapes of emerald terraced rice fields backdropped by the sacred volcano of Mt. Batur. Disembark in the port of Benoa and drive to Ubud, surrounded by the sacred Monkey Forest, where a large artisan community displays their talents in painting, sculpture, silver-working, and batik. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy time at leisure for strolling among the countless galleries, small museums, and artisans’ workshops. Transfer to your hotel in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Transfer to the airport for independent flights, arriving in the USA the same day.
All gratuities; accommodations in our hotels and on board Clipper Odyssey as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; $50,000 of medical expense coverage and $75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance.*
All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; baggage/trip cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $50,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $75,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.