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Indonesia: Bali, Borneo & Orangutans of Camp Leakey

Southeast Asia Cruise

Summary : From Bali to Singapore this voyage will take you to see geological wonders like Ijen Crater Lake and Mount Merapi on Java and interesting wildlife above and below the water. You will visit Tanjung Puting National Park to see the orangutan and hear about the various projects of Camp Leakey by Dr. Biruté Galdikas and you can swim and snorkel at some of the least visited places in the China Sea.

Special Guest – Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas founder of Camp Leakey will be the onboard guest lecturer.

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


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Day 1
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

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
Tanjung Wangi, Java, Indonesia

Tanjung Wangi is a port slightly north of the Regency’s capital of Banyuwangi and permits an access to two very different National Parks of Indonesia: just across the less than 2 mile wide Bali Strait is the West Bali National Park with dense mangrove forests, dry savannah, and rainforest.

The other well-known area close to Banyuwangi is Mount Merapi with the highly acidic Ijen Crater Lake – the biggest crater lake in Java. One can drive with four-wheel drives up to the crater, but has to walk the last part to see it. The 90-minute hike to Ijen Crater starts at the park rangers’ post. The stunning view of the lake’s eerie turquoise colour, the yellow sulphur deposits and steam will be unveiled at 2,883 meters altitude.

Returning from the crater’s rim, have lunch at a local restaurant and visit the Kemiren Osing village where you will be welcomed with a Barong dance, and see the traditional Gandrung –a special performance that the rice-growers have in gratitude for a good harvest.

During a walk around the village you can see local activities at the rice fields and gardens, and have a look at the historical and traditional collections of Osing’s museum.

From Osing we drive back to Tanjung Wangi Port.

Day 3
Sumenep, Madura, Indonesia

Sumenep is located on the eastern side of the island of Madura. Sumenep and the surrounding areas are home to a number of traditional arts and crafts –among them the production of Keris (daggers), batik, Karduluk-style woodcarvings and the Muangsangkal and mask dances.

During your visit see one of Sumenep’s most outstanding historical buildings: the Sumenep Great Mosque. Built in 1763 it is one of the ten oldest mosques in Indonesia and its style is very unusual: it has both a Chinese and a European influence. Close to the Great Mosque and Adipura Park is the Museum and Palace of Sumenep. The Palace (Keraton) was built at almost exactly at the same time as the Great Mosque.

Your visit continues with a drive to see the Kerapan Sapi, one of Madura’s most famous attractions – a bull race. The event opens with the performance of Saronen, traditional Madurese music. Depending on the level of competition, the teams of bulls and their jockeys/drivers have to cover a distance of 120-140 meters. Sometimes actual carriages or carts are raced, on other occasions sleds of bamboo are used, permitting a higher speed. These races started as a gesture of gratitude for abundant harvest and are now an important part of Madurese traditions.

Day 4
At Sea

On your way to Borneo and Camp Leakey your lecturers will want to prepare you for the different natural highlights that await you there. Attend a lecture about Camp Leakey and the continuous efforts by Dr. Biruté Galdikas to save the orangutan, relax at the pool, or help our Expedition Team looking for wildlife above and below the water’s surface.

Day 5 – 6
Camp Leakey, Kumai, Borneo, Indonesia

Kumai is located next to one of the most important National Parks of Borneo and Indonesia –Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting.

Tanjung Puting is the largest and most diverse protected example of extensive coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest of southern Borneo. Declared a National Park in 1982, it remains substantially wild and natural. Apart from orangutan and other primate species found in the park, clouded leopards, civets, and Malaysian sun bears, mouse deer, barking deer and sambar deer, as well as wild cattle known as banteng are seen here. But there are also so called “bird lakes”, seasonal rookeries for several species of endangered waterbirds.

Depart early morning by Zodiac for an all-day adventure into the Tanjung Puting National Park and private tour of Camp Leakey. Your escort is Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas who founded Camp Leakey in 1971 and named it in honor of her mentor, Dr. Louis Leakey. At the time, Dr. Leakey selected Jane Goodall to study chimpanzees in Tanzania, placed Dian Fossey with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and encouraged Biruté Mary Galdikas to study the elusive orangutans of Borneo. Up river, you will make a stop at Pondok Tanggui, an Orangutan feeding station on the way to Camp Leakey where you will switch to klotoks, the local boat transportation to view the magnificent scenes that surround you where you will see Proboscis monkeys, agile gibbons and long-tailed macaques. You may see many birds of more than 400 species including beautifully colored rhinoceros hornbills. Lunch will be provided along the way as you relax under the klotok’s covered top deck. Upon your arrival to Camp Leakey, you are usually met by some of the locals… the endangered orangutans that call this sanctuary home. Dr. Galdikas will lead you through the peat forest easily traversed on raised wooden walkways to her private areas of the camp, including her home. The narrative of her 45 years devoted to the study, care and preservation of these endangered creatures is truly inspiring. Expect to have close-up encounters with these benevolent apes as she leads you through the facilities and then onto the dirt paths leading to the feeding station where orangutan mothers and their offspring show up to partake in their favourite fruits supplied by the Orangutan Foundation Intl (OFI) staff. Hopefully you will see Tom, the dominant male, adolescent males and even wild pigs during your visit. You will return to your ship, arriving early evening to a delectable dinner.

The following day, visit Dr. Galdikas’ Orangutan Care Center & Quarantine (OCCQ) located just a short drive from the pier. This facility is closed to the public, but under Dr. Biruté’s watchful eye has been made available exclusively for Silversea guests. You will tour the veterinary centre where everything from life-saving treatments to routine check-ups takes place. The entire OFI facilities, here and in various outposts, house more than 300 orphaned, sick or injured orangutans and sun bears. In the wild, orangutan infants share an intense bond with their mothers and do not leave them until they are 8 or 9 years old. The caregivers here replicate this bond, to some extent, with their daily interaction of caring, feeding and playing with these orphaned babies. You will have the opportunity to observe juveniles at play in the trees and on their jungle gym with personal encounters not uncommon. Then visit with the babies, shy at first but becoming braver as you sit among them, open to their curiosity. The intimate encounters you will experience today will no doubt stay with you the rest of your life.

Day 7
At Sea

Use the day at sea to attend further lectures, edit your many photographs, savor some of the culinary specialties the Executive Chef and his team have prepared for you and enjoy the vistas of the South China Sea.

Day 8
Badas Islands, Indonesia

The Badas Islands are part of the Tudjuh Archipelago west of Borneo and belong to the Riau Islands province.

More than 12 islands and islets make up the group and depending on wind and currents select a sheltered bay or beach for your water activities. Shipping lanes are not near and the relative isolation of the islands added to their hilly structure and rugged coastline has led to only small settlements. There are a few sandy beaches and fringing reefs for appropriate snorkeling and diving sites.

In the evening the onboard Photographer/Videographer will present the Voyage-DVD.

Day 9
Singapore, Singapore

Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.


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

Special Guest Lecturer: Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas
Led by Dr. Galdikas, guests will be granted unprecedented access to the Orangutan Care & Rehabilitation Center. As a scientist, conservationist, educator for over four decades, Dr. Galdikas has studied and worked closely with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in the wild, and is today the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan. After meeting with Kenyan anthropologist Dr. Louis Leaky in 1969, she expressed her desire to study the orangutan in the wild. It took three years for Dr. Leakey to secure the funding and support for Dr. Galdikas to begin her research. To honor her mentor, she named her first camp after him. Dr. Galdikas has lived among her subject since 1971 and has been providing unprecedented documentation on their behaviour, diet and mating systems since then. She published the first of four National Geographic articles in 1975, bringing this elusive and wary animal to widespread international public attention for the first time.

Diving Program: 
The program is complimentary; however, space is limited and thus booking early is recommended. Dives are dependent upon the conditions. Divers must have a current Advanced Open Water Dive License or equivalent from an accredited Certification Agency which will need to be provided before embarking the vessel. Certification must be active and logbooks must show evidence that each guest has been diving within 12 months prior to the voyage. Medical Dive Travel Insurance for evacuation, medical treatment and repatriation is required. Guests must bring their own BCD vests and regulators. Weight belts, tanks, masks and fins will be provided free of charge onboard Silver Discoverer.

Suite accommodations; onboard meals and entertainment; snorkeling gear; diving; 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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