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Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Le Laperouse
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Set sail on a 15-day expedition cruise from Bali to Cairns. From the ‘Island of Gods’, head to mysterious Komodo, a small wild island whose national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home among other things to the famous Komodo dragons, gigantic monitor lizards. Then follow in the footsteps of the traders who used to take the Spice Route in the past, to the Maluku Islands. These small tropical islands that get very few visitors offer fine possibilities for swimming and have strong historic interest, particularly Banda Neira, with its Dutch colonial buildings. Le Lapérouse reaches Australia via the legendary Cape York, to finish on a high note exploring Lizard Island, an island with exceptional marine life, from multicolored coral to giant clams.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Benia (Bali), Indonesia | Embark
Day 2 : Pulau Banta, Komodo National Park
Day 3 : Pulau Rinca, Komodo National Park
Day 4 : Kalabahi, Alor
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Banda Neira, Molukkas
Day 7 : Kei Islands
Day 8 : Triton Bay
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Agats
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Thursday Island
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Lizard Island
Day 15 : Cairns, Australia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Alor Island, with its traditional fishing and ikat weaving
  • Explore the Malukus, otherwise known as the paradisiacal Spice Islands
  • Discover the Asmat region and its inhabitants and warrior ceremonies
  • Snorkel along the coral reefs of Watson’s Bay at Lizard Island

Ship

Le Laperouse

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Temple in Bali Tropical Island and Underwater Paradise for Divers Traditional Balinese Statues and architecture Spices and teas Snorkel off of Cairns, the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Day 1 Benia (Bali), Indonesia | Embark

If it's a taste of exotic authenticity you're after, prepare to be spell-bound by the island of Bali, tucked away in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the depth and richness of its cultural heritage, and the plethora of activities on offer here make Bali a little slice of heaven on Earth. The island's southern coast enthrals with its white-sand beaches, its picturesque little fishing villages such as Benoa, and its hills patchworked with terraced rice paddies further inland. Nicknamed 'the Island of Gods' for its sumptuous temples, Bali is the beating heart of Indonesian Hinduism.

Day 2 Pulau Banta, Komodo National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pulau Banta is an uninhabited island located in the northern region of Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia and has been identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area. Originally designed to provide refuge for the infamous Komodo dragon, the park now protects one of the richest marine ecosystems. This has resulted in an abundance of world-class snorkeling and diving locations available to the traveler. Head ashore in a zodiac to enjoy this remote paradise. Snorkel over the fringing coral reef and marvel at the myriad of colors, or simply relax and take in the tranquil surroundings of this uninhabited paradise.

Day 3 Pulau Rinca, Komodo National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rinca (pronounced Rincha) is part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park and has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The island is almost completely undeveloped with only one small fishing village. With one of the lowest rainfalls in Indonesia, its climate provides the perfect habitat for the exotic wildlife of Wallacea. Dense monsoon forest in the protected gullies gives way to open grassland savannas, studded with prickly Ziziphus trees protecting a few scattered watering holes where Komodo dragons can be spotted. Join members of the expedition team and the local park rangers for a guided walk in search of dragons and other unique flora and fauna.

Day 4 Kalabahi, Alor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The unique culture of the Alorese continues among the Takpala indigenous group who have preserved their traditional architecture and ceremonies. The island of Alor is also known as the island of a Thousand Mokos. The moko is a small bronze kettledrum which is believed to have originated from the Dong Son culture of Vietnam. However, it remains a mystery as to how these prehistoric Dong Son drums arrived in Alor. Local legend says that the mokos were discovered buried in the ground, and indeed mokos are still being uncovered today. Join the expedition team and local guides for a tour by local transport to Takpala village, the Museum of a Thousand Mokos, and the thriving main market of Kalabahi.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Banda Neira, Molukkas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From age-old traditional cultures and ancient vestiges, to coral reefs and lush green jungle...the attractions of the remote Banda Archipelago seem endless. Better known as the legendary “Spice Islands” of the Ancient World, these small volcanic landmasses were the fabled prize of colonial powers for more than four centuries. Every colonial power of significance fought for control of these ten small islands that today have become largely forgotten. Walking the streets of Banda Neira is a surreal experience as your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch, and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands”.

Day 7 Kei Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Kei Islands are a natural paradise with brightly colored coral reefs offering some of the best diving sites in the world. Have the opportunity to snorkel on the fringing reef from the fleet of zodiacs. The islands are blessed with kilometers of stunning, yet almost entirely empty, white-sand beaches and a deeply hospitable population. Local history holds that ancestors of contemporary Kei islanders came from Bali. Today mostly Christian, Kei culture is fascinatingly distinctive.

Day 8 Triton Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Triton Bay is one of three regions in Indonesia’s West Papua province that comprise the Bird’s Head Seascape (the other two are Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay), which is now considered by marine biologists to be the epicenter of the Coral Triangle. It contains more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet. Its unparalleled marine biodiversity and endemism, habitat richness, and relatively intact nature of its ecosystems are unique. Join your expedition team for a zodiac voyage through the spectacular rainforest-capped karst islands. Later in the day enjoy the opportunity to explore the richness of the underwater realm.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 Agats

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12 Thursday Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at Australia's northernmost tip, Thursday Island is one of more than a hundred in the Torres Strait, between Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea. The historic military fort of Green Hill offers magnificent views and you can discover more about the region and its pearling history at the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 Lizard Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lizard Island is the northernmost resort Island on the Great Barrier Reef and boasts 24 powdery white-sand beaches. Dominated by grasslands, the rugged beauty of Lizard Island contrasts sharply with the sparkling blue waters and rich fringing coral reefs surrounding the island. Lizard Island is known as Dyiigurra to the Dingaal Aboriginal people and is regarded as a sacred place. It was used for the initiation of young males and for the harvesting of shellfish, turtles, dugongs, and fish. The Dingaal believe that the Lizard group of islands had been created in the Dreamtime. After a short Zodiac ride to the beach at Watson’s Bay, guests can join a guided walk, relax on the beach, or snorkel in the warm clear waters and view the “clam gardens”.

Day 15 Cairns, Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbor town of Cairns is located on Australia's northeast coast. The seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim, and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era. Say farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew and start your independent journey back home. 

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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.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

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 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • 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
  • 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)
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