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Example 12 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Join this 12-day expedition cruise for a unique experience through Indonesia's wild lands. Board the comfortable and luxurious L'Austral in Darwin, Australia. Sail in the Celebes Sea and visit some of the most incredible islands in the world with their picture-postcard settings. Finish your adventure in Bali, known for its yoga and meditation retreats. The island of Bali is year after year voted by readers of all major travel magazines as one of the most enchanting travel and holiday destinations.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin, Australia | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Pulau Bui, Kei Islands, Indonesia
Day 4 : Triton Bay, Indonesia
Day 5 : Arguni, Indonesia
Day 6 : Banda Neira, Indonesia
Day 7 : Ambon, Indonesia
Day 8 : Wakatobi Marine Park, South East Sulawesi
Day 9 : Kalabahi, Indonesia
Day 10 : Pink Beach, Pulau Komodo
Day 11 : Loh Liang, Pulau Komodo
Day 12 : Bali, Indonesia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Triton Bay, home to more species of fish than anywhere on Earth
  • Discover breathtaking Wakatobi Marine National Park
  • Enjoy the traditional way of life of the Flores ethnic groups at Alor
  • Visit Komodo Island, famous for its eponymous dragon cousin to dinosaurs

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Tirta Empul Temple, Bali Indonesia A Balinese farmer checks on his crop Two monkeys admire the statues Tirta empul Hindu Temple Balinese dancer

Day 1 Darwin, Australia | Embark

Darwin is the largest city in the sparsely populated 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.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the ocean breeze as you sail to Indonesia.

Day 3 Pulau Bui, Kei Islands, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Kei Islands are blessed with kilometers of stunning, yet almost entirely empty, white-sand beaches where you can enjoy an unforgettable wet landing into the perfect soft sand and spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the pristine waters. Beneath the mostly Christian facade, Kei culture is fascinatingly distinctive. Inhabitants call the islands Nuhu Evav (Evav Islands) or Tanat Evav (Evav Land), but they are known as Kei to the people from neighboring islands. Pulau Bui is in the northwestern part of the archipelago and is an uplifted coral island surrounded by soft sand beaches and coral reef teeming with colorful reef fish. Short zodiac tours are also available for you.

Day 4 Triton Bay, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Triton Bay and undertake zodiac voyages through the karst islands. This is one of three regions in Indonesia’s West Papua province Triton Bay, comprising the Bird’s Head Seascape, which is now considered by marine biologists to be the epicenter of the Coral Triangle and which contains more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet. Kaimana and Triton Bay were cited for having nesting grounds for green turtles, a population of coastal Bryde’s whales, possible spawning grounds for grouper, and, last but not least, whale sharks. In the afternoon land on one of the remote beaches for a swimming and snorkeling experience.

Day 5 Arguni, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arguni is located in Fakfak Regency, part of the West Papua province of Indonesia. The main population center is the small coastal village of Kokas with several hundred inhabitants. The area is most notable for its ancient rock paintings. Take a zodiac voyage in search of them, some of which are believed to be 6,000-7,000 years old. These can be found high in the mountainous terrain or on the side of the limestone islands that dot the bays and coastal areas.

Day 6 Banda Neira, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Banda Neira, once the global center for nutmeg trade for more than 4 centuries. Enjoy a wonderful guided walking tour of the city, approximately 3-4 hours in duration, including visits to Fort Nassau, Fort Belgica, Hatta’s House, Dutch Governor’s house, local markets, Christopher Cole’s House, and the VOC church. 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.”
 
Right next door to Banda Neira is the near perfect conical volcano of Banda Api, quietly steaming away. At the base of the 1988 lava flow is an emerging coral reef. As you snorkel over the crystal clear landscape, be amazed to think that the entire reef is only 26 years old.

Day 7 Ambon, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Next stop is at Ambon, where you can take an inclusive half-day tour through this georgeous town 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 8 Wakatobi Marine Park, South East Sulawesi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau referred to the Wakatobi Islands as an “Underwater Nirwana”. The Wakatobi Marine Park comprises a total of 1.4 million hectares and is recognized as being one of the most biodiverse marine systems on earth. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling at this unique spot where fringing reefs, atolls, and barrier reefs provide habitat for a myriad of fish species, dolphins, turtles and whales. Located right in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Wakatobi Islands offer crystal-clear pristine waters containing a rich biodiversity of underwater life, a true paradise for divers.

Day 9 Kalabahi, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Alor Archipelago comprises 20 islands and 17 sub-districts. Among these, only 9 islands are inhabited. The island of Alor itself is inhabited by a number of Flores sub-ethnic groups who still preserve their traditional ways of life. The Takpala still preserve the traditional housing construction that resembles a pyramid, covered with coconut leaves, bamboo-plaited walls, and four main wooden pillars. It is also known as the island of a Thousand Mokos. Moko is a small bronze kettledrum which is believed to have originated from the Dong Son culture of Vietnam. Local legend says that the mokos were discovered buried in the ground, and indeed until today it is still common for these mokos to be similarly uncovered. To observe these unique artifacts, one can visit the Museum of A Thousand Mokos located in the main town of Kalabahi, on Alor Island. The Museum also showcases a collection of distinct Alor hand-woven clothing called Kawate.

Day 10 Pink Beach, Pulau Komodo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Pink Beach, located just a short distance away from Loh Liang and still part of Komodo National Park. This is one of only seven such colored beaches on the planet. The distinct pink hue results from the mixture of calcareous white sand with the eroded deep red skeleton of the organ pipe coral. The fringing coral reef is in very good condition due to the presence of national park staff preventing locals and visitors from damaging this fragile ecosystem. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters where an abundant array of colorful reef fish can be found just a short distance from shore.

Day 11 Loh Liang, Pulau Komodo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day with an early morning walk at Loh Liang, the entry point to the world-renowned Komodo National Park. The national park was established in 1980 to conserve the unique Komodo dragon and its habitat. These prehistoric creatures are among the world's largest reptiles, growing to over 3 meters in length and weighing over 70kg. In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the controversial New 7 Wonders of Nature. Loh Liang provides the opportunuty to walk in the lair of dragons and have a chance of viewing them in their natural environment. It is not just the dragons that make Komodo so unique. It is in the heart of the Wallacea ecoregion and its fauna is characterized by high levels of endemicity as well as species representing Australian and Asiatic faunas.

Day 12 Bali, Indonesia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at Bali, known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches, and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliff-side Uluwatu Temple. It 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 destination in the world.

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$6,110
Superior Stateroom
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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

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 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 
  • Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
  • Port and safety taxes

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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