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Ijen Volcano and Menjangan Island.

Jewels of the Java Sea: An Exploration Between Bali and Singapore

Singapore - Bali - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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On this 12-days Jewels of the Java Sea cruise from Singapore to Bali aboard National Geographic Orion, discover the hidden gems of the Java Sea. Snorkel and dive among vibrant coral gardens, kayak in secluded bays teeming with fish, and engage with local villagers to learn about their daily lives, music, and crafts, all inspired by the stunning colors and beauty of their surroundings. Cruise through the remnants of Krakatoa and witness the new volcanic islands that have formed since the massive 1883 eruption, one of the largest in history.
Singapore skylineTanah Lot rock formationIjen Volcano and Menjangan Island.
Highlights
  • Snorkel and dive among vibrant coral gardens
  • Kayak in secluded bays teeming with fish
  • Engage with local villagers to learn about daily lives, music, and crafts
  • Cruise through the remnants of Krakatoa
  • Witness new volcanic islands formed since the massive 1883 eruption
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Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Singapore

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Singapore and transfer to the Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel (or a similar accommodation). Join your fellow travelers for a welcome reception this evening.


 

Day 2: Singapore | Embark

This morning, you check out of your hotel and begin exploring this iconic city-state. Once a British colony, cosmopolitan Singapore has evolved into one of the world's foremost commercial hubs. Touring the older parts of the city, you'll observe the vibrant coexistence of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures. Additionally, you'll take in the ultra-modern skyline and the whimsical designs of Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is a true melting pot of culture, style, and cuisine. In the afternoon, you'll embark on the National Geographic Orion.

Day 3: Anambas Archipelago, Indonesia

Your first stop is the remote Anambas Archipelago, where you snorkel the unspoiled reefs surrounding Pulau Lintang. Search for colorful giant clams and cardinalfish that inhabit these waters. The island is private, so you have exclusive access to walk the beach, dive, snorkel, or explore by glass-bottom Zodiac.

Day 4: Badas Islands

The rarely visited and remote Badas Islands offer excellent beaches, vibrant corals, and an abundant array of marine life. Watch for clownfish darting between anemones, and, if luck is on your side, a beautiful royal blue tang might make this idyllic story complete. Explore above and beneath the sea via stand-up paddleboard, snorkeling, and beachcombing.

Day 5: Pulau Belitung

Located off the coast of Sumatra, Belitung is part of the relatively unknown Bangka-Belitung sister islands. You spend the morning cruising the pristine waters, weaving your way through the smaller islands and clusters of granite formations that dot the coastline, looking for the perfect quiet cove to kayak and snorkel. Ashore, you have the opportunity to meet the locals and witness the blending of three cultures: Malay homes on stilts, Bugis fishing villages, and Sumatran coffee houses, popular gathering spots for all. The Dutch tin mines and the promise of work brought many families to Belitung. The mines may be gone, but the joining together of traditions remains.

Day 6: Krakatoa

One of the world’s most beautiful and powerful volcanoes, Krakatoa, or Krakatau in Indonesian, was known worldwide after the explosive eruption in 1883. Ash from the massive event circled the Earth for years. Along the Pacific Ring of Fire, new volcanoes have formed beneath Krakatoa’s caldera—Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatoa” is the most active. Go ashore to explore the black sand beach and lush jungle that rises up to the volcano. Cruise to Legon Cabe in the waters of big Krakatoa, and snorkel in the dazzling reefs that surround the island.

Day 7: Cirebon

Your visit to Cirebon, on the coast of Java, takes you back in time to the 16th century. Palaces, mosques, and bustling markets full of batik stalls are all found alongside this thriving trade port. Following the beautiful Cirebonese welcome ceremony, you visit Kacirebonan Palace where the Sultan welcomes you to his home. Enjoy local delicacies while learning about the rich culture of his kingdom and the beautiful artistry of batik. These traditional textile designs are world famous for their intricacy.

Day 8: Semarang | Borobudur Temple

Today, you dock at the island of Java in the bustling port of Semarang. Your destination is inland at the largest Buddhist temple in the world: magnificent Borobudur Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this massive complex sits perched on a hill, with bell-shaped stupas housing statues of Buddha seeming to rise from the jungle around it. Stone reliefs carved in exquisite detail line the base of the temple, depicting everyday life and the path to enlightenment. You spend the day exploring this spectacular site.

Day 9: Karimun Jawa

A breathtaking chain of coral-fringed islands, Karimun Jawa Archipelago sits off the coast of central Java. Designated a natural reserve, the marine park protects the biodiversity of the lush mangrove forests teeming with birdlife, 11 species of seagrass, extensive coral reefs, and over 400 species of fish. Observe life in the mangroves as you trek deep into the forest on raised footpaths, ever watchful for black-tailed monkeys and red-breasted parakeets. Kayak along the seagrass in water so clear you can see the fish and coral below.




 

Day 10: Madura Island

Bordered by beautiful white sand beaches in the south and rocky cliffs in the north, Madura Island is a remote gem in the Strait of Madura. Not far from Surabaya, it feels like a different world, rural and steeped in a culture of fierce yet open-hearted sailors. We’ll visit Sumenep, a region rich in history and culture. Spend time exploring the Royal Palace and learning about the heritage of these proud people through dance performances and museum exhibits.

Day 11: Menjangan Island | West Bali Barat National Park

Javanese for “deer,” Menjangan Island is named after the rare rusa deer who swim to the island during the spring. This secluded paradise is part of the West Bali Barat National Park, located in the northwest tip of Bali. Teeming with untouched beauty both above and below the water, explore the island on foot, keeping an eye out for deer while wandering through the ancient white stone temple of Pura Segara Gili Kencana; snorkel among the brightly colored coral fans; or glide through the clear water on a stand-up paddleboard.

Day 12: Denpasar, Bali | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, you arrive in Denpasar on the lush island of Bali, one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. Following disembarkation, get a taste of this paradise, where life and art are interwoven. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Ship/Hotel

National Geographic Orion

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National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
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Category 1
Cat 1 #316, 318-321. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Your  Category B Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 1 Single
Cat 1S #301, 322, 323. These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
A Category A Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 2
Cat 2 #302-312, 314, 315, 317. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
A lovely category 3 suite on the National Geographic Oion
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Category 3
Cat 3 Suite with Window #401-412, 414-419. These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
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Category 3 Single
Cat 3S Suite with Window #512. This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
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Category 4
Cat 4 Deluxe Suite with Window #511, 515. These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities.
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Cat 5 Suite with French Balcony #501, 503-506, 508. These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor.
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
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Category 6
Cat 6 Owner’s Suite with French Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510. These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available but is subject to availability.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Access to the OM System Photo Gear Locker with the latest gear to try out on loan (aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet) 
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits are available aboard the ship. Additionally, a selection of super premium wines and liquors is offered for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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