Bali / EmbarkArrive in Bali and board the National Geographic Orion for your Indonesian adventure!
Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda IslandsStop at the Indonesian island of Sumbawa and attend a lively cultural display by the local villagers. Among the festivities, witness a traditional wedding ceremony and a local boxing match.
KomodoArrive at Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon. Join the park rangers to learn about the conservation of these prehistoric giants and take a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or beachcombing at 'Pink Beach,' named for the coral fragments that lend their color to the sand.
Flores / AlorJourney to Flores, a small island which was once an important Portuguese sandalwood trading center. Visit the town of Larantuka, a refuge for deserters of the Dutch East India Company, and meet with the locals to learn about their history and customs. Travel to the island of Alor, known for the rich biodiversity of its reefs, and venture to its rugged interior to experience the traditions of the indigenous population. Visit a market selling intricate ikat textiles, and marvel at ancient bronze moko drums at a local museum.
At Sea / Banda Islands, MoluccasExplore the isolated coral reefs and atolls of the Banda Sea before sailing to the Moluccas archipelago, or the Spice Islands. Visit the nutmeg-rich island of Run, which played a pivotal role in the 17th century spice wars and was traded by the British in exchange for the Dutch island of New Amsterdam—later renamed New York.
Kai IslandsTake part in a traditional welcome ceremony and sample local dishes while learning about the islands’ ancient cultural links to Balinese royalty. Anchor at one of the many palm-fringed beaches nearby.
Triton Bay, West PapuaVisit the spectacular Triton Bay, dotted with dozens of mushroom-shaped limestone islets. The karst cliffs and surrounding jungle-clad mountains are home to diverse birdlife, including sulphur-crested cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets. Explore the area by Zodiac, go birding, and snorkel and dive among beautiful soft corals and reef fish.
At Sea / The Asmat
Arrive in the Asmat region and greet the locals, who will escort you to one of the stilt villages which line the shore. Attend a fascinating welcome ceremony and interact with the people of the island.
In the afternoon, depending on the tide, venture to neighboring villages by zodiac and encounter the ancient cultures of the Asmat people, who are renowned for their woodcarving.
At Sea/Torres Strait and Thursday Island, AustraliaSpend a relaxing day at sea before sailing into the Torres Strait. Stop at Thursday Island to learn about the pearl industry which once made this island known, and continue on to explore Cape York.
The Great Barrier Reef and Lizard IslandSpend two days immersed in the wonders of the world's largest reef system: Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive with a vast amounts of marine life, including starfish, sea anemones, reef sharks and turtles. Cruise south along the Queensland coast to Lizard Island National Park, a secluded group of islands considered sacred by the indigenous Dingaal people. Explore the white-sand beaches and coral gardens inhabited by colorful fish and giant clams.
CairnsArrive in Cairns and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your connecting flights.