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Islands Of Southeast Asia

South East Asia Cruise

Summary : Experience intriguing and diverse cultures. Come “face to face” with orangutans. Man's smartest relative is native to Borneo and—other than Sumatra—live nowhere else in the world. Snorkel, dive or admire the incredible ocean habitats in Raja Ampat, considered to be the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity. Enjoy numerous nature walks and Zodiac cruises, which reveal stunning scenery, pristine beaches, and luxuriant tropical landscapes throughout your Southeast Asian island adventure. Travel in the company of experts including a geologist, marine biologist and anthropologist.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Snorkeling


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Day 1
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Embark the ship in the afternoon and meet your Expedition Team and attend a safety briefing. Enjoy time to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, and meet fellow travelers.

Day 2
Pulau Tiga, Borneo, Malaysia

Today, we arrive in Pulau Tiga. The small, unpopulated island in Kimanis Bay, off the Western coast of Malaysia, is famous for its active mud “volcanoes” at the highest part of the island. The mineral-rich mud is thought to have therapeutic properties and visitors are encouraged to slather themselves in it before diving into the ocean for a dip. Join your on-board ornithologist for a walk in search of several endangered species of bird, including the shy megapodes, which are chicken-sized birds that lay their eggs in the sand and leave the sun to incubate them.

Day 3
Kudat, Borneo

Travel north to Simpang Magayau for the opportunity to stand on the northernmost tip of Borneo where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea. You’ll see coconut plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. Once there, enjoy the unique opportunity to visit with the indigenous Rungus people, who are famous for the longhouses they build and the gongs they craft. The Rungus, a sub-group of the Kadazandusum, are Sabah’s most traditional ethnic group. Many of the Rungus still live in longhouses, which are communal dwellings where each family has their own sleeping and cooking quarters but shares a long veranda.

Day 4
Sandakan, Borneo

Once a major port of call, Sandakan played a significant part in Borneo’s history. The city’s past is evoked via religious relics and gorgeous colonial mansions.

Situated on the edge of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve (one of the few remaining virgin jungles in Sabah), just 26 kilometers outside of Sandakan, is the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC). The famous orangutan sanctuary was founded in 1964 to rescue orphaned and injured orangutans and rehabilitate them for living in the forest. From a rainforest platform, witness the feeding of orangutans in their natural habitat.

After an inspirational visit, continue to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary to see the endemic Proboscis Monkey. The Proboscis Monkey is best seen during feeding time; at other times they freely roam the 650-hectare area of their habitat. If lucky, you will see other native animals too such as Leaf Monkeys, Macaques, and Hornbills.

Day 5
Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Borneo

The Tun Sakaran Marine Park, just 20 kilometers off the Semporna mainland, is the largest marine park in Sabah and boasts the greatest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia. Adding to the uniqueness of this world-famous diving spot are the Bajau Laut (sea gypsies), an indigenous nomadic tribe of boat dwellers.

Join your marine biologist for an underwater excursion while snorkeling from the Zodiacs. Alternatively, experience this unique world from a glass bottom boat. Scuba divers will have the opportunity to dive on pristine reefs.

Day 6
Lahad Datu, Borneo

The Danum Valley Conservation Area is a lush preserved space where you can see over 200 species of trees and a vast range of Sabah’s lowland fauna. Recognized as one of the world’s most complex ecosystems, this forest serves as a natural home for endangered wildlife species including Sumatran rhinos, bantengs (Bali cattle), Asian elephants, clouded leopards, orangutans, and proboscis monkeys.

Day 7 – 8
At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of fields.

Day 9
Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

The volcanic island, Ternate, is steeped in history. It was here that Alfred Russel Wallace wrote his pioneering account of evolution by natural selection, known as the “Ternate Essay,” which he famously sent to Charles Darwin, who published the essay alongside his own account of the theory. Once disembarked, jump on jeepneys for a tour to explore Benteng Oranye, the remains of a massive 1607 Dutch fortress, and Keraton, the Sultan's mosque and palace, which still serves as a family home today.

Day 10
Boo Islands, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is located on the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The archipelago of over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals is an ideal destination for water sports and beachcombing.

Day 11
Dwars in die Weg Islands / Kokas, West Papua

Early this morning, join the on-board expedition team for a Zodiac exploration in the MacCluer Gulf. You’re sure to be amazed by its breathtaking coastline of natural bays, tiny islets, pristine rain forest, and soaring mountains. Search for New Guinea’s finest examples of ancient Papuan rock art, which was first discovered by European adventurers in 1678. Some of the designs, which were stenciled by hand, feature hands, birds, angled boomerang-like objects and part human, part animal figures.

Later, set off to explore the charming port of Kokas a prosperous fishing community that’s home to about 4,000 residents. The majority of villagers are Muslim Papuans and belong to the Fak Fak Regency. Experience a welcome presentation of their unique cultural heritage, which includes harmonic songs, rhythmic drumming, and the traditional Gabagaba stick dance.

Day 12
Misool Island, Raja Ampat

Located in the Ceram Sea, Misool is one of the four major islands in Rajah Ampat National Park. This celebrated snorkeling and diving hotspot is surrounded by a 300,000 acre protective zone inside the Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary.

Day 13
Kri Island, Raja Ampat

Our morning snorkel, dive and glass bottom boat destination is Kri Island, located west of the Bird’s Head Peninsula and one of the four Raja Ampat Islands. Located in the Coral Triangle, this is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity with a rich variety of species to encounter.

For those that prefer to stay dry, the on-board expedition team will lead various walks through Gam Island and the village of Yenwaupnor. After a welcome song, join in a search for the “Lost Orchid” that’s endemic to the island.

Day 14
At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of fields.

Day 15
Palau Archipelago, Federated States of Micronesia

Palau is a Micronesian island country in the western Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is comprised of 250 islands, which are home to approximately 21,000 people whose culture is a rich hybrid of their varied history. Palau is also celebrated for being one of the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkeling hotspots. Get underwater and see coral reefs, blue holes, wartime wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels, and an astonishing spectrum of coral, fish, and rare sea creatures. Palau has plenty to offer those who prefer to keep their two feet on dry land. Explore the islands to experience exotic birds, preying crocodiles that inhabit the mangrove swamps, and wild orchids.

Day 16
Koror, Palau

Following breakfast, disembark the vessel.


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

Diving Program: Dives are dependent upon the conditions and included in the cruise price. Divers must be advanced with full certification which will need to be provided before embarking the vessel. Dive medical travel insurance is required. Divers must bring their own gear such as BCD and regulator. Weight belts and tanks will be provided. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for further details.

Suite accommodations; onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; snorkeling gear; scuba diving for qualified divers; gratuities aboard ship (except spa); complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soda, water and coffee).

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; optional shore excursions; park entrance fees; government fees and taxes; passport 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.

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