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Take part in the feeding stations as you cruise from Borneo to Bali

Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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Sail from Borneo to Bali on this 11-day South Pacific cruise. Along the way, search for endangered orangutans in the wild and spend a day among them at Camp Leakey - a rare and exciting opportunity. Explore wild national parks rife with strange and beautiful birds. But not to worry, there is plenty of time to relax on splendid beaches and snorkel fantastic reefs as well.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Singapore / Embark
Day 2 : Anambas Archipelago
Day 3 : Natuna Archipelago
Day 4 : Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia
Days 5-7 : Kuching / At Sea
Days 8-9 : Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Diusembark in Denpasar, Bali

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Take part in the feeding stations as you cruise from Borneo to Bali Snorkel with the exceptional sealife of the South Pacific Two monkeys admire the statues Sail the tranquil waters from Borneo to Bali View silvered langur monkeys as you sail

Day 1 Arrive in Singapore / Embark

Arrive in Singapore and explore its diverse neighborhoods before you board the National Geographic Orion. Set sail on the South China Sea and get acquainted with the ship, its staff, and its amenities.

Day 2 Anambas Archipelago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stop along the remote Anambas Archipelago and snorkel in the unspoiled reefs which surround Pulau Bawah and Pulau Lintang. End the day with a beachside barbecue.

Day 3 Natuna Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Scattered in the South China Sea between Borneo and the Malaysian peninsula, the 272 islands of the Natuna Archipelago are graced with white-sand beaches and volcanic peaks, and fringed with coral reefs. Depending on the weather, the ship is likely to stop to snorkel at either Pulau Senua or Pulau Tiga, both pristine and uninhabited, and later enjoy a festive welcome ceremony in one of the fishing villages that dot the islands.

Day 4 Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Bako National Park, thick rain forests give way to secluded beaches, and the coast is carved with sea arches and colorful sea stacks. The park harbors seven distinct ecosystems and most of the plant species found in Borneo. Enjoy a full day to explore on a variety of walks and hikes, go birding, and track rare primates like the proboscis monkey.

Day 5-7 Kuching / At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue to Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Center and discuss the ongoing research on orangutan behavior. Join a specialist and learn about a highly successful program which has reintroduced more than a thousand endangered animals into the wild. During free time this afternoon, discover the cultural treasures of Kuching. Spend two days relaxing at sea, tracing the western coast of Kalimantan, or Indonesian Borneo.

Day 8-9 Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on a peninsula jutting out from the southern edge of Kalimantan, Tanjung Puting National Park is a trove of rare species and diverse habitats. While the park is home to some 220 bird species and numerous monkey species, its most famous residents are the endangered orangutans. Board local boats for a full-day excursion into the forest, gliding on narrow channels on the lookout for hornbills, crocodiles, and perhaps the unusual proboscis monkey.

Your destination is Camp Leakey, a research station established in 1971 by primatologist Dr. Biruté Galdikas, a protégé of legendary paleontologist Louis Leakey and the founder of Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). A many-time National Geographic grantee, Dr. Galdikas discusses her efforts to save the orangutan from extinction through rehabilitation and habitat preservation. Later, your boats bring you to feeding stations throughout the forest, where you can observe these gentle creatures at close range.

The following day, visit the OFI’s wildlife rehabilitation center to learn how captive and orphaned orangutans are rescued and rehabilitated.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a day crossing the Java Sea to Bali. Overnight at sea before arriving in Denpasar.

Day 11 Diusembark in Denpasar, Bali

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your connecting flights.

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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.

INCLUDED FEATURES
Aboard ship:
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of expedition staff

Ashore:
- Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
- Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- Transfers to and from group flights
- The expertise of expedition staff

Activities:
- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge

NOT INCLUDED
Airfare:
- International and internal airfare

Pre- and post-expedition:
- Additional hotel nights
- Private transfers
- Travel Protection Plan
- Passport, visa, and immigration fees
- Expedition extensions
- Gratuities

Aboard ship
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spa treatments
- Gratuities
- Scuba diving
- Laundry
- Internet and phone
- Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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