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Sulawesi to Australia (Darwin to Makassar)

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Coral Adventurer
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Coral Adventurer will make her journey from Darwin up through the straits of the Indonesian archipelago on her way to Makassar, and will return the same way. These two voyages explore the undiscovered paradise of Indonesia’s less-visited islands. Traditional lifestyles continue in regions of astounding beauty, and this journey takes you into the heart of it all. Encounter traditional cultures from Pulau Alor, to Lamalera, Sagori, Torajaland and Tana Beru. Experience the dramatic beauty of Indonesia at Flores, Komodo, and Takabonerate. This journey through the archipelago is a feast for the senses.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Kupang
Day 4 : Pulau Alor
Day 5 : Lamalera
Day 6 : Ende - Flores
Day 7 : Rinca Island and Komodo Island
Day 8 : Rinca Island and Komodo Island
Day 9 : Taka Bonerate National Park
Day 10 : Selayar Island
Day 11 : Sogori Island
Day 12 : Torajaland
Day 13 : Torajaland
Day 14 : Tana Beru
Day 15 : Makassar | Disembark


  • Observe the famous dragons at Komodo Island
  • Climb the Kelimutu volcano to experience the tri-colored crater lakes
  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Taka Bonerate National Park
  • Experience the beauty of Tablolong Beach by swimming and snorkeling


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  • Small Ship

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Day 1 Darwin | Embark

  • 1 Dinner
Spend the afternoon relaxing as you are welcomed on board Coral Adventurer in Darwin. Join your expedition staff as they introduce you to the journey and the many experiences to enjoy.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise across the Arafura Sea, enjoying presentations by your guest lecturers. This evening, join your fellow travelers for the Captain’s welcome drinks.

Day 3 Kupang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Indonesia! Visit Tablolong Beach for swimming and snorkeling. A highlight is hearing the traditional ‘sasando‘ being played and enjoying the cultural performances and refreshments.

Day 4 Pulau Alor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This very rugged island is home to around 50 different language or dialect groups. The traditional villages are very intriguing, and you will visit Kadelang Market and Takpala village. Enjoy cultural shows and the famous handwoven ikat textiles. Snorkeling and water activities may be offered in the afternoon, time permitting.

Day 5 Lamalera

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lamalera is one of the last two traditional whaling villages in Eastern Indonesia. Although slowly dying out, the ancient tradition of whaling is still the principal economic activity here – as the many whale bones in the village prove. Whaling boats are made entirely of wood, with wooden pegs instead of nails, and sails are made of palm leaves. The patterns of the whale and the boats are often seen in Lamalera’s handwoven ikat textiles.

After being welcomed by the villagers on the beach, enter the village and see traditional activities and dances. Depending on the sea conditions, there may be an opportunity to actually go on a “mock” whale hunt in the local boats, otherwise the villagers will bring their boats close to the Coral Adventurer and demonstrate how they hunt large marine creatures. The women will give a weaving/dying demonstration, and textiles are available for purchase.

Day 6 Ende - Flores

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go ashore at the city of Ende in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Journey to the Kelimutu National Park, stopping along the way at an orphanage. After refreshments, continue your journey into the mountains, enjoying the spectacular views of the valley below. A hike to the extraordinary tri-colored crater lakes of Kelimutu is not complete without throwing a stone for good luck. Enjoy lunch at the Eco Lodge.

Day 7 Rinca Island and Komodo Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning nature trek at Rinca Island (choices of short, medium or long treks available) to encounter the Komodo dragons.

In the afternoon, enjoy snorkeling off the famous Pink Beach on Komodo Island.

Day 8 Rinca Island and Komodo Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another walk, this time exploring Komodo Island. While both Rinca and Komodo Island are home to the Komodo dragon, each island has a different landscape and its own beauty.

Time permitting, follow with a visit to Komodo village to meet the people who live among these ancient creatures.

In the afternoon, water activities may be available.

Day 9 Taka Bonerate National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Jinato Island to visit this peaceful village. A welcoming ceremony by the local Bajau and Bugis people leads you ashore. See the unique construction of the village, built on raised platforms, and enjoy cultural attractions and performances. Enjoy demonstrations of local music and hand-crafts, as well as insights into the cottage industry of the village with the making of coconut oil, traditional dishes, fishing nets and boat building.

Moving to Tinabo Besar, guests are invited to join conservationist activities such as tree planting or coral transplantation, assisted by National Park staff. Each guest will have his or her name on it as foster parents of the plants!

Day 10 Selayar Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Selayar Island is the gateway to the extensive Taka Bonerate National Park. You have the option of village and cultural activities, or snorkeling and diving in the incredible Taka Bonerate atoll – the third largest atoll in the world. The biodiversity of the reef is very high, offering attractive dive spots, including drop-off dives in some places. The waters inside the atoll are magnificently turquoise, surrounded by the deepest blue imaginable.

Day 11 Sogori Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sogori Island is one of the small islands located around Kabaena Island in southwest Sulawesi. This island is populated by the Bajonese and Buginese people. The surrounding white sandy beaches as well as several shipwrecks make it good for water activities. Explore underwater with expedition style diving.

Day 12 Torajaland

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark at Palopo for your overland trip to Tana Toraja. The drive is through an enchanting landscape of rice fields and local villages. As you climb into the highland, enjoy marvelous views of pine trees, rainforests and plantations.

During your time in Toraja, you will see the local lifestyle and traditional houses at Marante, visit the stone grave with Tau-tau effigies at Lemo, and visit the famous traditional stone and hanging burial sites of Bori Parinding. You will also visit a Torajan market, where buffalo and pigs are for sale to those who purchase them for funerals or other ceremonies. You will also visit Kete Kesu, a quaint traditional village concealed in the mountains. The village is over 400 years old and functions as a living museum, where you can experience first-hand the culture and tradition of the ancient Torajan people.

Overnight at the best hotel in the area, Misiliana Hotel, and enjoy a buffet dinner accompanied by local music and dancing.

Day 13 Torajaland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your time in Tana Toraja before making the overland trip back to the Coral Adventurer.

Day 14 Tana Beru

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is is the famous place where Phinisi boats have been crafted by the Bugis boat builders since the 14th century. There are ceremonies involved in each stage of the boat building, and the boats are scattered along the coast in various stages of construction. Learn about the traditional construction methods, unchanged for centuries, and climb into a boat to explore its size and the craftsmanship of the boat-builders. Phinisi boats were used by the Makassans to travel as far as Australia and Madagascar.

In the afternoon, enjoy a village visit and water activities at Liukang Island.

Day 15 Makassar | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Makassar to disembark at 8:30am. Dependent on charter flights, a city tour may be included.

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Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar, and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles.


Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates

Your cruise price includes:
  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • One night accommodation pre-cruise, with welcome event
  • Pre-cruise and post-cruise transfers
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24-hour tea and coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours in tender vessels
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities
Your cruise price does not include:
  • Charter flights
  • Post-cruise accommodation
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases
Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Adventurer, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.
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