Wild Islands of Sri Lanka, Borneo, & the Andaman Sea Cruise

Experience the magic of Palau
Take part in the feeding stations as you cruise from Borneo to Bali
Jan Butchofsky-Houser
Snorkel off stunning sand beaches
Nick Rains
Children dive from the rocks.
Nick Rains
A boat on the shore
Jan Butchofsky Houser
The National Geographic Orion is sleek and at your service
Bob Fowler
The lovely National Geographic Orion
Embark on this epic 20-day expedition which offers a multitude of rare experiences in wild, interesting places. Explore an ancient seaport and a traditional tea plantation in Sri Lanka. Visit the orangutan infant care center at Camp Leakey in Borneo, go on game drives in search of endangered elephants or leopards, snorkel and dive the productive, wild waters where the Andaman Sea meets the Indian Ocean, and enjoy a day of curated exploration in glittering Singapore.

Day 1

  • Dinner

Arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive in Sri Lanka's capital and transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark in Colombo

Check out of your hotel and join a tour of the city before embarking the National Geographic Orion.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Galle, Sri Lanka

Pass under the ramparts of the Galle Fort, situated just at the entrance to the harbor, making for an impressive and photogenic approach. Today you have the option to either visit a tea plantation, for which Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is famous, or take a wildlife river safari, and tour the historic city of Galle.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Today is sure to be a highlight, as your ship sets out to explore southern Sri Lanka’s incredible national parks. Bring your cameras and binoculars, as you spend the day on game drives, in search of wildlife, including Sri Lankan leopards, elephants, and prolific birdlife.

Days 5-6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Spend your days cruising the open ocean relaxing on board, taking advantage of your ship's amenities, or on deck keeping watch for marine and birdlife.

Days 7-8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Andaman Islands

Situated at the southeastern edge of the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are known, in part, for their history as a British penal colony. Long isolated from foreign visitation, the Andamans hold a strong appeal for the modern expedition traveler. Tour the capital city of Port Blair, then head to one of the outer islands for a day of exploring, both above and below the water.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Enjoy the open ocean while you sail to your next destination.

Day 10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sabang, Pulau Weh, Indonesia

This morning arrive at Pulau Weh, the westernmost island in the Indonesian archipelago. Spend the morning exploring this relaxed and friendly island, including a walk among the steaming fumaroles of the Geothermal-Volcanic Valley and a visit to the quiet city of Sabang. Located where the Andaman Sea meets the Indian Ocean, Weh offers unparalleled opportunities for underwater exploration as well. Spend the afternoon snorkeling and diving one of the island’s many reefs.

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

If you haven't had the chance yet, today is a good day to take advantage of the ship's amenities, or maybe crack that book and relax on deck.

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia

This busy port and capital of North Sumatra offer access to the remote hinterlands of Sumatra. Choose a full day excursion, either to the orangutan sanctuary at Bukit Lawang National Park, or to the highlands near Berastagi for a cultural exchange with the local Batak Karo tribespeople.

Day 13

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Today, continue to take in the fresh sea air as your ship cruises towards Singapore.

Day 14

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


No passage through this region would be complete without a visit to the incomparable city-state of Singapore. Spend the day exploring this bustling metropolis, with stops in Chinatown, the impressive National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Garden and a bumboat ride along the Singapore River.

Days 15-16

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Spend these last days at sea reflecting on your adventures thus far and resting up for the final leg of your journey.

Days 17-18

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

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 protégée of paleontologist Louis Leakey and the founder of Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). A many-time National Geographic grantee, Dr. Galdikas will discuss her efforts to save the orangutan from extinction through rehabilitation and habitat preservation. Travel by boat to feeding stations throughout the forest, and hope to observe these creatures at close range. The following day, join an exclusive visit to OFI’s wildlife rehabilitation center to learn how captive and orphaned orangutans are rescued and rehabilitated, and interact with young orangutans.

Day 19

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

Cross the Java Sea to the lovely Indonesian island of Bali.

Day 20

  • Breakfast

Disembark in Denpasar, Bali

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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

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

- 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

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

- 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
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