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Sulawesi Circle: Makassar to Makassar

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On this voyage, sail around the island of Sulawesi, which is famous for remote regions of cultural heritage, and inhabited by rare species such as the group of small primates known as Tarsiers, the Sulawesi hornbill, the Maleo and the Celebes Macaque. Visit the Bajo people, known as sea gypsies, in their stilt villages built over the water, and dive beneath the surface at the world-renowned reef locations of Bunaken and Lembeh. See the traditional Phinisi boats being built on the beach at Tana Beru, and encounter sun bears and orangutans in Kalimantan.  Over the course of 20 nights, experience another world from the comfort of the Coral Adventurer.
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  • Enjoy the place of Pare Pare with a colourful traditional dance
  • Enjoy snorkelling, diving, and relaxing at the islands of Balabalagan
  • Visit the stunning island of Pulau Togean, a paradise on earth.
  • Enjoy the beautiful underwater activities at Lembeh
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Borneo
  • Indonesia
  • Balikpapan
  • Banggai Islands
  • Bunaken National Marine Park
  • Gorontalo
  • Makassar
  • Parepare
  • Sulawesi
  • Togean Islands
  • Wakatobi National Park
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Makassar | Embark

  • 1 Dinner
Welcome to Indonesia! Explore the ancient seafaring city of Makassar. The Dutch Fort Rotterdam is your main stop, but your tour may also include Lagaligo Museum, the old harbour, and the Aryaduta Hotel. This bright and friendly city has a blend of nationalities and many historical sites, making it a can't-miss destination.

Day 2: Parepare

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Be welcomed to Pare Pare with a colourful traditional dance. Experience the local Buginese village life and handicrafts. View tombstone carvers and blacksmiths at work. Visit the small village of Batu-Batu to visit Sao Mari – a large pole museum housing a collection royal regalia, antiques, ceramics and weaponry. Enjoy a taste of the local cuisine and mingle with the local people.

Day 3: Balabalagan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the tranquil islands of Balabalagan in the Makassar Strait. Here you can enjoy snorkeling, diving, and just relaxing at the ideal tropical location.

Day 4: Balikpanpan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will visit the large and cosmopolitan city of Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo and journey to the Samboja Lestari Rainforest. Here encounter the endangered Sun Bear (Helarctor malayanus), the world’s smallest bear. The Sun Bear Center is dedicated to saving rescued bears. Walk to the adjoining Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation to see the iconic primates. The BOS Foundation rehabilitates orphaned or injured orangutans, as they are taught to survive in the wild in the surrounding rainforest.

Day 5: Tanjung Karang

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snorkelling and diving is wonderful at Tanjung Karang, with spectacular visibility underwater. There is also an opportunity to spot dolphins.

Day 6-7: Samarinda

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Samarinda is the capital province of East Kalimantan, located about fifty kilometres upstream from the mouth of the mighty Mahakam River.  A trading town established in 1730, Samarinda holds an intriguing history of Sultanates and traditional Dayak tribes, and the region has a wealth of ecological and cultural treasures that survive deep within the rainforests of the world’s third’s largest island.

You are welcomed to Samarinda by the traditional dance Dayak Kenyah. Travel to Pampang where you will experience the culture of the Dayak tribe at the Lamin traditional Longhouse. Enjoy a guided walk to gain a deeper understanding of the life and history of the tribe. Enjoy a visit to a weaving village and 400 year old mosque is next.

Spend your morning in Samarinda, with a visit to the Grand Mosque Darussalam, the second largest mosque in the southern hemisphere. This magnificence building’s minaret is the highest point in the city. Enjoy a visit to the Cita Niaga market to shop for souvenirs and handcrafts.

Day 8: Tolitoli

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Toli Toli is the city of cloves. Many high-quality spices are cultivated in the steep rolling hills around the township, while fishermen live in stilt houses along the coastline. The centuries-old local folklore traces the history of the people.

Your tour of Toli Toli will take you through the traditional fisherman’s village in becaks (local pedi cabs) to the community house Rumah Adat to view a cultural performance, including Maragai and Mamanuk Tau Panau dances. Enjoy fresh young coconut and local cuisine while browsing local handcrafts. A walk through the village passes the tombs of Toli Toli kings and visits the old mosque before returning to the harbour.

Day 9: Saronde Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An expedition stop on a picturesque island. Possible snorkelling and beach activities.

Day 10: Bunaken

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The most famous snorkeling and diving location in Indonesia, perhaps even the world, Bunaken is a bucket list destination. The underwater world is magnificent with an incredible diversity of marine life.

Bunaken is known for the clarity of its water, and the precipitous reef walls which create an otherworldly diving experience.
While some areas are more suitable for experienced divers, there are many places where snorkeling and beginner diving is possible.

Day 11: Lembeh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once again, enjoy underwater activities at Lembeh, also known for its reefs and marine life, or simply relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.
The Lembeh Strait is famous all over the world for its unrivaled macro and muck diving. Home to some of the most weird and wonderful marine creatures, Lembeh is a location that you won’t quickly forget.

Day 12: Gorontalo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go ashore to explore Gorontalo. You may see traditional village buildings, cultural performances, enjoy forest walks, or go kayaking in the harbour. There is the possibility of swimming with whale sharks if they are present in the area.

Day 13-14: Togean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Pulau Togean is a paradise on earth. It is the home of the Bajau people, whose traditional stilt houses sit above brilliant turquoise waters. Known as ‘sea gypsies’, who live from and on the sea, the Bajau are very welcoming. You will enjoy meeting them and discovering their unique way of of life.
Enjoy water activities such as snorkeling, diving, or kayaking in this beautiful location.


Day 15: Banggai

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dive and snorkel at another group of picturesque islands. You may see the famous Banggai cardinal fish.

Day 16: Kendari: Labengki Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located 30 miles from the city of Kendari, Labengki Island is sometimes known as a mini Raja Ampat. The conservation area, which consists of two islands surrounded by little groups of islets, is formed by rocky karst overgrown with various types of orchids.

With white sandy beaches and some small reefs suitable for snorkeling, the area also provides various types of activities including kayaking around the lagoon, village visits and cultural experiences including a visit to the lighthouse, nature hikes and bird watching. A short hike rewards you with an awe-inspiring view towards the pinnacle of the island and over the lagoon.

Day 17-18: Wakatobi National Park

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy a cultural visit at Liya Village, WangiWangi, before enjoying water activities in this well-known diving destination.

Enjoy a cultural visit to the Bajau community on Kaledupa Island before enjoying water activities in this well-known diving destination.

Day 19: Bau Bau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Coral Adventurer docks in Bau Bau Harbour for official clearance and formalities. Be welcomed by a traditional dance performance, before being whisked away in local petepete transport to tour Buton Island. Visit a traditional market, a fisherman’s village, the Buton Fortress, Kraton (palace), and Wolio Cultural Center. See cultural performances, and ikat weaving. Enjoy this day in the historical center of the Buton Kingdom.

Day 20: 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 21: Makassar | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Makassar to disembark at 8:30am. Depending on charter flights, a city tour may be included. Continue your travels, or return home.


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Your cruise price includes:
  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • One night accommodation pre-cruise in Darwin, 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
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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