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Discover Indonesia: Round-trip Bali

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Board L' Austral in Bali, Indonesia and set sail to discover the  largest archipelago on Earth,  home to one of the richest and most varied marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the world. This journey takes you to some of the most incredible structures of the Tongkonan houses, the traditional habitat and the most emblematic religious sites of the region. Travel from Ujung Pandang, the largest city in east Indonesia and capital of South Sulawesi, to the sub-district of Riung, located to the north of Bajawa and famed for its beautiful coral gardens. This unique voyage exploring the heart of Indonesia has it all!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bali, Indonesia | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Makassar, South Sulawesi
Day 4 : Takabonerate, Pulau Jinata
Days 5-6 : Palopo for Tana Toraja, Central Sulawesi
Day 7 : Takabonerate, Pulau Latondu
Day 8 : Maumere, Flores, Nusa Tengarra
Day 9 : Pulau Banta, Nusa Tenggara
Day 10 : Pulau Rinca, East Nusa Tenggara
Day 11 : Badas, Sumbawa Besar
Day 12 : Bali, Indonesia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Taka Bonerate, one of the most incredible marine parks in the country
  • Discover the unspoiled natural beauty of Flores Island
  • Explore Palopo in Toraja Land, also known as the Land of the Heavenly Kings
  • Enjoy Bali, home to religious sites such as the cliff-side Uluwatu Temple

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Bali
  • Indonesia
  • Badas Islands
  • Flores Island
  • Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Makassar
  • Maumere
  • Palopo
  • Sulawesi

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traditional Balinese Statues and architecture Tanah Lot Hindu Temple - Bali Dancers in a Barong Dance show Tirta Empul site in Bali Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali, Indonesia

Day 1 Bali, Indonesia | Embark

Bali is known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as the cliff-side Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. The island of Bali is year after year voted by the readers of all major travel magazines as one of the most enchanting travel and holiday destinations in the world.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax and enjoy L'Austral's amenities as you cruise to South Sulawesi.

Day 3 Makassar, South Sulawesi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Formerly called Ujung Pandang, the city of Makassar is the largest city in East Indonesia and the capital of South Sulawesi. Since the 14th-century Makassar was known as a thriving sea port where merchant vessels from far away China, India, and Cambodia called regularly to trade in silks, tea, and porcelain in exchange for cloves, nutmeg and pearls from the Moluccas and gold and forest products from Makassar and its hinterland. In 1667 however, through the Treaty of Bungaya, Dutch merchants succeeded to oust the Portuguese and Spanish from Makasssar to make this port their stronghold, banning other Europeans from trading in Makassar. The Dutch destroyed the fort of Ujung Pandang built by the king of Gowa in 1545, and fortified this into Fort Rotterdam, which today still stands prominently on the waterfront of Makassar. Enjoy an inclusive morning tour of Fort Rotterdam (approximately 2 ½ hours).

Day 4 Takabonerate, Pulau Jinata

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Taka Bonerate, also spelt Taka Bone Rate, is one of the most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia. Laying southwest of Selayar Island, the park has the third largest atoll in the world, after Kwajifein in the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives. The park spreads over 220,000 hectares, and comprises more than 21 islands. Taka Bone Rate used to be known as the Tiger Islands and Gold Reef. The area is of major ecological importance, with rich marine and bird life. The national park is considered to contain some of the world's highest marine biodiversity. Spend your day time swimming, snorkeling, and exploring this incredible spot.

Day 5-6 Palopo for Tana Toraja, Central Sulawesi

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Tana Toraja, the famed "Land of The Heavenly Kings", lies about 328 km north of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province, in the central highlands of South Sulawesi. Spend one and a half days alongside the wharf at Palopo. Join an inclusive overnight tour to Tana Toraja, including all meals and transport (this is by air-conditioned bus and overnight accommodation is at the Toraja Heritage Hotel). During the tour visit iconic places such as Londa, Kete’ Kesu’, Bori’ and Lemo.

Day 7 Takabonerate, Pulau Latondu

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Maumere, Flores, Nusa Tengarra

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Since very early times, the Florinese have been confronted with people from many parts of the world. Some of them came with purely economic intentions, others with ideas of power. Whatever their interest in Flores might have been, it is certain that these outside influences left their footprints and contributed to the already manifold social and cultural diversity. Flores has had its own history long before the first traders or missionaries arrived. However, as ancient Florinese societies shared their history through oral tradition, little is known about the origins of many of them. The first foreign visitors to Flores probably encountered dispersed, independent settlements consisting of several lineages which descended from a common ancestor. By that time, political authority was locally limited.

Day 9 Pulau Banta, Nusa Tenggara

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Pulau Banta, an uninhabited Island inside Komodo National Park. Enjoy a half-day swimming and snorkeling adventure at an isolated uninhabited beach. Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores.

Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km2. As well as being home to the Komodo dragon, also known as the Komodo monitor, or Ora (to Indonesians), the park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments.

Day 10 Pulau Rinca, East Nusa Tenggara

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rinca is a part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park and has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Rinca occupies only 123 square miles and aside from a tiny fishing village, the island is completely undeveloped. Hot and usually dry, Rinca is the perfect home for exotic and dangerous wildlife unique to Wallacea. Dense forest gives way to grassy fields and a few scattered watering holes where the infamous Komodo dragons can be spotted. Choose between three trails. The shortest trek takes 30 minutes. It is an easy, shaded walk that passes an artificial waterhole before ascending to a small hill with a view over the bay. The one-hour medium trek winds between dragon nests and out into the sunshine across an exposed savannah that is studded with lontar palms. For the best opportunity to see dragons and their prey, choose the two-hour trek past a permanent waterhole and across steep, exposed slopes that offer breathtaking views.

Day 11 Badas, Sumbawa Besar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Next stop is at the port of Badas on the island of Sumbawa. Like most of Sumbawa the people hold their culture strong as a major part of their identity. The island has a strong influence from the Makassarese of Sulawesi, who over the centuries have introduced a lot of their culture into Sumbawa. Undertake a half-day tour visiting Pamulung Village. On arrival at the village be welcomed by the head of the village and have the opportunity to witness first-hand the local traditions of rice pounding, weaving, and also witness a wedding procession. Enjoy a refreshment and then continue your exploration at an exciting Sumbawa buffalo race, an event that is held in honor of your visit. 

Day 12 Bali, Indonesia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and continue on to your next destination.

L'Austral

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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.
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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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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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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

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Children welcome:
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- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
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  • 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
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