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Indonesian Archipelagos

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Join this 12-day expedition cruise for a unique experience through Malaysia and Indonesia's wild lands. Board the comfortable and luxurious L'Austral in Kota Kinabalu and set sail to Sandakan, the gateway to the ecotourism destinations of Sabah. Sail in the Celebes Sea and visit the islands of Pulau Saronde and Pulau Lihaga, with their picture-postcard settings. Visit the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve, home to hundreds of mammals, birds, and species of reptiles and amphibians. Finish your Indonesian adventure in Darwin, the largest city in the sparsely populated Australian Northern Territory.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Embark
Days 2-3 : Sandakan, Malaysia
Day 4 : Sulawesi Sea
Day 5 : Pulau Saronde, Indonesia
Day 6 : Pulau Lihaga, Indonesia
Day 7 : Ternate, Indonesia
Day 8 : Moluccas Sea
Day 9 : Ambon, Indonesia
Day 10 : Banda Neira, Indonesia
Day 11 : Sailing in Timor Sea
Day 12 : Darwin, Australia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, Borneo
  • Explore Saronde Islands' clear waters and beautiful coral reef systems
  • Swim and snorkel from the impressive beaches of Pulau Lihaga
  • Walk through the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Orangutan in the wild Tropical islands of Malaysia Tribal dwelling in Borneo Houses by the river in Singapore Terraced rice fields

Day 1 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | Embark

Embark L'Austral in Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton and the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo. The city is located along the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea. The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies in its west and Mount Kinabalu, which gave the city its name, is located towards the east. Kota Kinabalu has a population of 452,058.

Day 2-3 Sandakan, Malaysia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The historical city of Sandakan is the second largest city in Sabah after the capital, Kota Kinabalu. It is located on the northeast coast of the island of Borneo and is the administrative center of the Sandakan Division. It was the former capital of British North Borneo and has an estimated population of 157,330.

Sandakan is the gateway for eco-tourism destinations in Sabah such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay proboscis reserve, The Kinabatangan River, and the Gomantong Caves. It is also the notorious site of a World War II Japanese airfield which was built by the forced labor of Javanese civilians and Allied prisoners of war. In 1945, the surviving prisoners were sent on the Sandakan Death Marches—with only 6 surviving.

Take the option to undertake one of the following inclusive 1/2 day tours:

1. Labuk Bay proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
Labuk Bay was established in 1994 to provide a sanctuary for the endemic proboscis monkey as its habitat was rapidly dwindling in Sabah. The 400-plus acres of mangrove forest were initially bought for commercial development, but this plan was quickly dropped and these monkeys are now surviving without fear of losing their natural habitat. After a 45-minute drive arrive at the feeding platforms for an excellent opportunity to view this endangered primate at close quarters. There is also the opportunity to view other primate species including long-tailed macaques and silvery lutungs as well as some of the local bird species.

2. Sepilok Orangutan Centre & Sun Bear Rehabilitation facility
Sandakan is best known for the Sepilok Orang-Utan centre. Established in 1964 it was the first center on the Island of Borneo established for the rehabilitation and protection of orangutans. After a 45-minute drive to the edge of the Sepilok-kabili Forest Reserve visit the center's sun bear rehabilitation facility before entering into the orangutan feeding area.

3. History & Cultural Tour of Sandakan
Sandakan is the second largest town in the state of Sabah. It is steeped in history and contains a cosmopolitan mix of people, lifestyles, cultures and faiths. Explore the various landmarks of what makes Sandakan such a unique place including Sandakan Memorial Park, Puh Jih Syh Buddhist Temple, Agnes Keith’s House, and the St. Michael and All Angels’ Church.

Day 4 Sulawesi Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today sail in the Sulawesi Sea, also known as the Celebes Sea, towards Pulau Saronde in the northern Gulf of Kwadang.

Day 5 Pulau Saronde, Indonesia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
‚ÄčThe Saronde islands are located in the northern Gulf of Kwandang, part of the North Gorontalo regency. These small uninhabited islands are surrounded by clear waters and beautiful coral reef systems. Due to the remote nature of this destination there is very little information available. Transfer ashore by zodiac and witness a welcome dance. Rleax on shore or take the opportunity to swim and snorkel from the beach or offshore from the Zodiacs.

Day 6 Pulau Lihaga, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer ashore to a wet landing at Pulau Lihaga. Spend the morning swimming and snorkeling from the beach, returning to the ship for lunch. During lunch the ship anchors adjacent to Tangkoko National Park. Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve protects at least 127 mammals, 233 bird, and 104 reptile and amphibian species. Of these, 79 mammal, 103 bird, and 29 reptile and amphibian species are endemic to the island of Sulawesi. Threatened mammals include the Celebes crested macaque, of which about 5,500 remain on the island, spectral tarsier, Sulawesi bear cuscus, and Sulawesi dwarf cuscus. Birds include the knobbed hornbill, Sulawesi hornbill, and maleo.

Day 7 Ternate, Indonesia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit the Ternate ancient kingdom & world’s oldest clove plantation tour. Those not going on tour can explore the main town with a tender shuttle service. Ternate, along with its neighboring island, Tidore, is visually dramatic. The entire island is a stratovolcano (Mt. Gamalama) rising straight out of the sea. The islands were once the world's only producers of cloves. It was this monopoly that allowed the sultanates to become the wealthiest and most powerful within the Malay Archipelago.

Day 8 Moluccas Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today sail in the rich-in-coral Moluccas Sea, towards Ambon in the North Maluku Province.

Day 9 Ambon, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a half-day tour in Ambon, then take the rest of the afternoon to walk around the port and town area. Ambon was colonized by the Portuguese in 1526 and originally named Nossa Senhora de Anunciada. It has a number of interesting historical and cultural sites among the remnants of forts built by the Dutch East Indies Company during the heyday of the spice trade. The ruins of the Portuguese fort at Hila are almost entirely hidden beneath the contorted roots of a giant Banyan tree. The ANZAC War Cemetery near Ambon commemorates the Allied soldiers who died in this region during World War II. The museum Siwa Lima has a fine collection of local arts and crafts.

Day 10 Banda Neira, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning take part in a guided walking tour in Banda Neira. Visit Fort Nassau, Fort Belgica, Hatta’s House, Dutch Governor’s house, local markets, Christopher Cole’s House, and the VOC church. Banda Neira was the global center for nutmeg trade for more than 4 centuries, as the Banda Islands were the only source for both nutmeg and mace until the mid-19th century. It is an island steeped in history where one can view the ruins of both Dutch and Portuguese forts, as well as the home of Christopher Cole, the British captain who liberated the Bandanese from their oppressive Dutch dictators. Walking down the streets is like stepping back in time to when every colonial power of significance was fighting for control of this small island that today has become almost forgotten. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the Spice Islands.

Day 11 Sailing in Timor Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail in the Timor Sea, a relatively shallow sea containing a number of reefs and uninhabited islands.

Day 12 Darwin, Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning in Darwin, the largest city in the sparsely populated Australian Northern Territory, with a population of 136,245. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional center. Darwin was originally a pioneer outpost.

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$4,970
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Special Offers:
FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 
*The supplement for single usage of a double cabin is waived, according to availability and staterooms categories.


Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
•“Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24h Room service (special selection)
• English speaking lecturer
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Complimentary boot rental on select cruises 

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
• Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
• Transfers to and/or from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure

Cruise fares do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
• Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned in the cruise brochure
• Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
• Port and safety taxes
• Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
• Luggage handling
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
• Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and zodiacs. Rates: 70 € per standard dive; 80€ per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, 80€ for a “discover scuba dive” course. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1 year old and their up to date dive book.
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 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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