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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia

Singapore to Darwin

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If you are looking for a taste the exceptional, then this cruise is it. Sailing from Singapore to Darwin, few words can describe the scope of diversity that is this voyage. Taking in Indonesia’s iconic Komodo dragons, cerulean sea days, the red rocks of Australia’s Kimberley plus the thundering and quite astonishing horizontal waterfalls of the Buccaneer region, all wrapped up in thousands of years of Asian and Aboriginal history, travel with us for the most fulfilling voyage of your life.
Beautiful Java, IndonesiaBalinese dancerA fishing boat off the coastA pair of dragons on Komodo IslandExplore the culture of IndonesiaDiscover the beautiful landscape of AustraliaNightcliff Jetty, Darwin, AustraliaKing George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia
Highlights
  • Visit Singapore's spectacular botanical gardens
  • Enjoy Belitung’s stunning beaches and fascinating granite rock formations
  • Discover the incredible Komodo National Park
  • Explore Buccaneer Archipelago, one of the Kimberley’s finest secrets
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Singapore | Embark

Advanced, airy and elevated, Singapore is a spectacular, futuristic vision of utopian city life. A healthy population of almost six million call it home, but this is a city designed with space to breathe, and gorgeous outdoor parks, massive indoor greenhouses and beautiful recreational spaces spread between the City of Gardens' skyscrapers and soaring structures. Once a quiet fishing village, now a glistening island city-state and an international beacon of science, education and technology. Singapore is almost intimidatingly clean - and the hyper-efficient public transport system whips residents and visitors across the city's neighbourhoods in a heartbeat. Glorious fountains and audacious skyscrapers loom up - nodding to traditional feng shui beliefs - and putting on dazzling illuminated displays after dark. The lush green botanical gardens are a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering 52 hectares and decorated with impressive colourful orchids. Or breathe in more of the freshest air by heading up to wander the canopy strung bridges of MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Head for the iconic Marina Bay - a landmark of the city crowned by three interconnected towers, which watch out over island sprinkled waters. 

Day 2: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3: Belitung Islands, Indonesia

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The island of Belitung is large, measuring roughly 4,500 square kilometer (1740 square miles). Along with neighbouring Bangka and the many other surrounding small islands this is not just an archipelago, but a substantial province of Indonesia. Belitung used to have many tin mines, but today the island is better known for its nature. The most distinct features of Belitung’s many beaches are the fascinating granite rock formations along the shallow shores. These rocks can reach the size of houses and lie in bold contrast to the white sand. Swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters reveals healthy corals and hundreds of fish.

Day 4: Karimunjawa, Indonesia

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Covered by coconut trees and surrounded by white sandy beaches, Menyawakan Island lies some 64 nautical miles off Java’s coast in the Karimunjawa archipelago. This tranquil and secluded setting offers tropical and laid back ambiance and good snorkeling.

Day 5: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 6: Pulau Moyo, Indonesia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pulau Moyo is an island east of Lombok and some three kilometers off the north coast of Sumbawa, Western Nusa Tenggara Regency. It has been proposed as a national park together with neighboring (and smaller) Satonda Island to the northeast –both already have the status of Nature Tourism Parks. Located at the mouth of Saleh Bay which nearly cuts Sumbawa in half, the island blocks the entrance to the bay with its more than 32,000 hectares. While most of the 21 settlements are found on the island’s northern coast, two thirds of the island is a reserve. The coastline with white sandy beaches and rarely visited reefs has been declared a marine conservation area; the central plateau, mostly savannah with occasional forests, is part of a nature reserve. Long-tailed macaques, wild cattle and boars prefer this habitat. Some twenty species of bats are known and a bat cave is one of the local attractions, which also include waterfalls. Striated Herons, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Green Imperial Pigeons, Yellow-crested Cockatoos, and Helmeted Friarbirds, are just some of the more than 70 species of birds recorded on Moyo.

Day 7: Komodo Island | Pink Beach, Komodo

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Komodo, the volcanic island of giant lizards, lies 320 miles (515 kilometres) east of Bali. Komodo is 25 miles (40 kilometres) long and 12 miles (19 kilometres) wide; its parched hills ascend to a height of 2,410 feet (734 metres). Komodo is home to a community of some 2000 people who make their living primarily from fishing. The island is the centrepiece of the Komodo National Park, where you will find the most tangible legacy left behind from the Jurassic Era. Komodo Island was little-known and the Komodo dragons were only a myth until the giant lizards were scientifically described in 1912.

Pink Beach earned its name for the way the beach can appear to have a rosy hue in certain lights. The color comes from small flecks of red coral mixed in with the fine white reef sand. With a few trees along the beach for shade, this stretch of coast makes a fine place to relax or enjoy a snorkel or dive in the crystal clear waters. It is possible to spot a striped clown fish nestled among the protective tentacles of its sea anemone host, or to see a grouper lazily swimming by a flamboyant soft coral. The reef here is now protected by law and the maturing corals are a joy to behold.

Day 8: Savu, Indonesia

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Savu is a small island about halfway between Timor and Sumba. This little island is one of the most interesting destinations in Nusa Tenggara. The Savunese principally plant corn, but derive their staple nutrition from the lontar palm. The nutritious juice of this drought-resistant tree nourishes a relatively high population concentration on Savu’s 461 square kilometers (178 square miles). Approximately 80% of the Savunese are Christian, although animistic beliefs are still important. The tradition of textile weaving remains strong, with the women still growing the cotton, hand dyeing and weaving on backstrap looms.

Day 9: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10: Broome, Australia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gateway to the oldest and most elusive of all Australia’s nine regions, Broome is where your Kimberley adventure begins. The ancient landscape has long held travellers spellbound: The Kimberley is three time larger than England but has a population of just 35,000, is over 65,000 years old and is home to 2,000 km of coastline. Almost impenetrable, incredibly remote, the red baked earth, prolific wildlife, majestic canyons and swimming holes are the stuff of Australian wilderness dreams. 

Day 11: Lacepedes Islands, Australia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 12: Buccaneer Archipelago Region, Australia

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Set off the coast of Western Australia, the Buccaneer Archipelago is one of the Kimberley’s finest secrets. The Archipelago, 50 k2 (19 sq mi), is made up of around 800 islands and protect the mainland from the huge 12 metre tides and astonishing speed of the Yampi (or, in traditional Aborigine, “Yampee”) Sound. The speed and power of the water many not make for pleasant bathing, but do however result in fantastic natural phenomena. One fine example is the horizontal reversible waterfall in Talbot Bay. The tidal pull is responsible for the “reversible” nature of the falls, however, this also hides narrow gaps between the islands, making for treacherous sailing conditions. Isolated graves of sailors and divers are testimony to the danger. William Dampier sighted the Archipelago in 1688 but it would not be until 1821 that the Archipelago would become known as Buccaneer (a term coined by Captain Phillip Parker King) "in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit to this part of the coast ". Commander John Lort Stokes also noted the area in his 1838 record. Enterprising individuals were initially attracted to the Buccaneer Archipelago in the 1800s due to the superior pearling as well as the rich iron ore deposits. Pearling conducted by luggers in the 1880s was concentrated in Cygnet Bay, Cascade Bay, Cone Bay and Strickland Bay. More recently, mining operators established open-cut mines on Koolan Island on the east side of the Sound. Some of the richest iron ore in the world is extracted here to this day.

Day 13-14: Hunter River, Australia

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior. The highlight inland is the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the mighty Mitchell River. The headwaters of the falls are cool and a dip in the fresh water is a welcome reprieve from the heat of the heartland.

Day 15: King George River, Australia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 80 meters (260 feet), the thundering spectacle of twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. The river weaves through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.

Day 16: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 17: Darwin, Australia | Disembark

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2 suites on Deck 7, 540 sq. feet with large private veranda, Twin or Queen beds.

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Included in the cruise fare
  • Transfers (between airport, hotel and ship)
  • 1 night pre and 1 night post cruise hotel
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Spacious suites
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities

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