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Bali-Bali - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Ombak Putih
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Delve into learning about the wildlife and culture of Indonesia on this multi-part, 13-day tour and cruise. From Bali, fly to Borneo for a river cruise that visits an island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, where you'll learn about these incredible great apes and conservation efforts in the area. Spend the next few days visiting a local Dayak village to learn about the customs of the indigenous people of this island before returning to Bali to embark on your cruise. Your ship will take you to some of the most striking islands in Indonesia, providing plenty of opportunities to snorkel over vibrant coral reefs, kayak clear waters, or stand-up paddleboard amongst bright tropical fish. Explore volcanic islands and relax on sunny beaches, and spot Komodo dragons in their natural habitat. 
Tribal dwelling in BorneoA pair of dragons on Komodo IslandOrangutansExplore the coral reefsMount Agung in BaliMountain Range in Komodo National Park, IndonesiaTropical island in Sabah
Highlights
  • Spend time getting to know a local Dayak community
  • Learn about orangutans and conservation efforts in Borneo
  • Snorkel over vibrant coral reefs and spot bright tropical fish
  • Spot the distinctive Komodo dragon in the wild
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Bali, Indonesia | Fly to Borneo

  • 1 Dinner
Meet at Bali airport early in the morning for your flight to Borneo in the company of your guide, and be escorted to your river boat to start your journey. Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the and continue upstream along the forest lined river, passing local villages along the way and catching glimpses of wildlife in the canopy. Visit a local village to see the local library foundation, before continuing upstream to a beautiful black water lake system, where you can take canoes out at sunset. Later the ship will find a quiet location to anchor overnight.

Day 2: Borneo | Orangutan Survival Foundation Visit

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The boat moves upriver as you enjoy breakfast to a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS). Take a motorized canoe to observe the orangutans and later continue to the BOS Education Center where orangutans are awaiting release in socialization cages and you can learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs. Over lunch, cruise upstream, passing more orangutan pre-release islands, where you can see the great apes in their natural environment. Here transfer to small canoes to have closer observation of the orangutans before heading for a refreshing swim in the black water lake.

Day 3: Dayak Village Visit

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning, travel by car to visit a local Dayak to see the cultural spirit houses and learn about their ancient forest culture. Meet by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around with him to see the village home gardens, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods.

Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories, before returning to the boat for lunch as you cruise downstream through the forest, relaxing and looking out for wildlife along the way.

Day 4: Dayak village | Fly to Bali

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, the boat cruises to a local village where you disembark for the short trip to a Dayak village, See the ancient Dayak painted sandungs and watch a traditional dance.

Head back to the boat boat for the final cruise to Palangkaraya, where you will check out and head to the airport for our flight to Bali.

Upon arrival in Bali, you will be escorted to your hotel for the night.

Day 5: Bali, Indonesia

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast in the hotel where you meet your fellow guests, experience the best that Bali can offer with a tour of East Bali with its deep culture and glorious landscapes. Visit water palaces, ancient villages, see lush rice terraces and jungles and the islands volcanic peaks, and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your beachside resort in East Bali and have a chance to unwind, swim, or have a snorkeling lesson with your tour guide. In the evening join all your fellow guests for a welcome dinner and drinks in the hotel’s beachside restaurant.  Sleep in the shadow of Bali’s active volcano Mt. Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali.

Day 6: Komodo Island, Indonesia

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take your included morning flight to Komodo. Once you arrive at the airport, transfer to your hotel where you can relax by the pool, swim in the sea, and brush up on your snorkeling skills with your tour leader. Gather at sunset for evening cocktails before sitting down to an Indonesia buffet dinner as you get acquainted with your fellow guests who will be joining you on the cruise ahead. 

Day 7: Komodo Island | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, take a short drive to a traditional local village high up in the hills, where you will be witness to the fast and imposing caci whip dance by the local villagers. Here enjoy their hospitality with coffee, betel nut and a highly potent local arak (not for the faint-hearted!), before being treated to a selection of traditional dances by their men and women. By late morning board the boat, and as you enjoy a buffet lunch it will cruise out into the Komodo National Park where you will have your first snorkel amongst the corals. In the early evening at cocktail hour, the ship will anchor off Kalong Island to see thousands of fruit bats emerge from their mangrove homes and fill the sky as they head off to the mainland in search of food.

Day 8: Rinca Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Rinca Island and go on a trek in search of Komodo dragons. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad species of birds as you walk through the forests and savannahs of this large island. Swim with schools of manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called "cleaning stations," where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like. Later, snorkel at Siaba Island, a favorite hangout of sea turtles, where you will have a chance to swim with these gentle reptiles as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

Day 9: Gili Banta | Sangeang Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning on Gili Banta, a deserted island with a beautiful white sand beach. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and play. Cruise across the sea as the crew raises the sails and sets course for Sangeang Island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus meter, traditional wooden pinisi boat, with the same pedigree and history of your ship. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a memento. In the afternoon, snorkel on a vibrant coral reef just off the shore filled with fish and marine creatures from all shades of the color spectrum, including a meadow of hundreds of glass eels.

Day 10: Satonda Island | Moyo Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up off Satonda Island, an extinct volcano with a brackish lake at its heart, where you can swim, snorkel, kayak, paddle board and explore the surrounding forest if you wish. The lake was created when it the crater was flooded by a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history. Set sail for Moyo Island and take a walk through a village to a jungle waterfall and play with local kids as they take the lead on a rope swing above a cool, deep jungle pool to show you how it’s done.

Day 11: Sumbawa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up early off the coast of Sumbawa, where you can hopefully swim with a group of whale sharks that congregate off fishing platforms, where local fishermen catch small baitfish and keep them suspended in nets, which attract the sharks. Spend the afternoon on a nearby beach where you can snorkel, paddle, kayak and explore the lush jungle surroundings.

Day 12: Bajao Village Visit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit a village of the famous Bajao "Sea Gypsies" of Southeast Asia, and see how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water. Another relaxing afternoon awaits as you land on a nearby uninhabited island, where once again you can relax and enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Enjoy Indonesian hospitality as your crew hosts a beach barbecue this evening. On offer is plenty of good food, music, cocktails, dancing, and frivolity as you dance and sing the night away next to a bonfire under a clear tropical night sky.

Day 13: Bali | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Wake up at anchor off the coast of Bali under in the shadow of Bali’s Mt. Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali. Enjoy an early morning swim or snorkel before saying goodbye to the crew and starting your tour back to the south of Bali. Along the way, experience the best that East Bali can offer can offer with a tour of its deep culture and glorious landscapes. Visit water palaces, ancient villages, see lush rice terraces and jungles and the islands volcanic peaks, and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine.

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Cabin Deck. Spacious, air-conditioned twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds and private bathroom with toilet and hot shower.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • First aid kit containing all major medicines.
  • Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck.
  • Permits, Park Fees, and Port Fees
  • Complimentary cotton backpack, luggage tag, fan, and stainless steel water bottle, which guests are encouraged to take home and keep.
  • Two pieces of laundry each day.
  • Use of all on-board water toys, such as snorkeling gear, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports.
  • Free wine, beer and selected cocktails at beach BBQ.
  • Local Tour Leaders
  • Full board including all meals and soft drinks, tea, coffee, snacks. Starting and ending with lunch on first and last days.
  • Domestic Flights
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers
  • Alcoholic drinks outside of special dinners and beach BBQ.
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • International Flights

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