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An overland journey takes us into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana Toraja

In the Wake of the Makassans

Darwin - Makassar - Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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mbark on a 15-day cruise to Makassar, retracing the historic paths of the Makassan trepangers from the 16th century. Explore lesser-visited islands, witness Phinisi boat building in Tana Beru, and visit Lamalera's traditional whaling village. Encounter Komodo Dragons, dive into Takabonarate Marine Park, and meet Torajaland's people with unique cultural traditions. Discover the turquoise waters of Takabonarate Marine Park. Experience the Abui people's Lego Lego dance in Alor Island and hike to Padar Island's summit for panoramic views. Don't miss the tri-colored crater lakes of Kelimutu National Park.
An overland journey takes us into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana TorajaMountain Range in Komodo National Park, IndonesiaCoral ExpeditionsTraditionally, wooden Phinisi ships have been crafted by the Bugis boat-builders on the beach at Tana BeruTraditionally, wooden Phinisi ships have been crafted by the Bugis boat-builders on the beach at Tana BeruWild Komodo Dragon in its habitatKomodo IslandTake a walk with local rangers to spot the Komodo Dragon and visit a local village.Later, enjoy a stroll along the dusky pink sands of Pink Beach and swim or snorkel in the clear water.A local Abui elder demonstrates warrior pose with traditional hunting implements.An overland journey takes us into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana Toraja
Highlights
  • Encounter the traditions and funeral rituals in the mountains of Sulawesi
  • Gaze out over the tri-colored crater lakes of Kelimutu National Park
  • Walk in the tracks of the endangered Komodo Dragons
  • Hike to the summit of Padar Island and enjoy breathtaking views
  • Explore the turquoise waters and tiny islands of Takabonarate Marine Park
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Day 1: Darwin | Embark

Board Coral Geographer at 8:30am for a 10:30am departure. Meet your fellow explorers and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2-14: Discover the Islands of Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 13 Dinners
AT SEA
Enjoy a peaceful day at sea as you make your way towards Tablolong Bay, where your first adventure of this journey awaits. Partake in onboard activities including workshops and lecturers from special guests and Expedition Team.

TABLOLONG BAY, KUPANG
Arrive at Tablolong Bay, Kupang and listen to the bright, harp like sounds produced by the traditional Sasando instrument with a beachside performance. Later, there is an opportunity to swim or snorkel.

ALOR ISLAND
Small, rugged Alor Island is home to around 140,000 people speaking 50 different languages. Visit the open-air Kadelang Market, the Museum of 1000 Moko and a traditional village, where you will be warmly welcomed. Witness the ceremonial Lego Lego dance in which ladies dressed in handwoven textiles and bronze bangles form a tightly-knit circle and dance rhythmically to gongs and Moko drums.

LAMALERA VILLAGE
Lamalera is one of the last traditional whaling villages, where an ancient hunting tradition continues to provide for the subsistence lifestyle of this rarely-visited village. The villagers will welcome you and share their way of life, which follows ancient beliefs and uses traditional tools and methods. Observe hunting and Ikat weaving demonstrations, with opportunities to purchase the exquisite hand-woven cloth directly from the weavers.

KELIMUTU CRATER LAKES​
From the coastal town of Ende, travel a beautiful road up to Kelimutu. On the way, stop at a orphanage, where you will meet the nuns and orphans and share refreshments. Arrive at the spectacular tricoloured Crater Lakes, where you may throw stones into the lakes for good luck. Later, enjoy lunch at Kelimutu Eco Lodge accompanied by the traditional music of Flores.

PADAR ISLAND
A climb to the peak of Padar Island offers a chance to stretch your legs and be rewarded with a mesmerizing panoramic view over the island’s rugged peaks, beaches and vast blue sea. Alternatively, explore the island up close by Xplorer cruise.

KOMODO ISLAND & PINK BEACH
Take a walk with local rangers to spot the Komodo Dragon and visit a local village. You will learn of the legends of the Komodo Dragons and why villagers treat them with kindness. Later, stroll along the dusky pink sands of Pink Beach and swim or snorkel in the clear water.

TAKABONARATE MARINE PARK
Be welcomed at Tinabo Island with a dance performance before a guided tour through the village. Enjoy music and craft demonstrations and insights into the local cottage industries of coconut oil, fishing nets and boat building. At Tinabo Besar, visitors are encouraged to help with conservation programs of tree planting or coral transplanting under the guidance of National Park staff, before snorkelling in the pristine waters.

SOGORI
The small island of Sogori is home to the Bajau and Bugis people. The surrounding white sandy beaches as well as several shipwrecks make it appealing for beach walking, swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving.

TORAJALAND
An overland journey takes you into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana Toraja, where you will witness stunning limestone mountains and the ancient culture and traditions of the Torajan people. Visit the Tongkonan houses at Marante, the stone graves with Tau-tau effigies at Lemo and the hanging burial sites of Bori Parinding. At a Torajan market, see where buffalo and pigs are purchased for funerals, and explore Kete Kesu, a 400-year-old village high in the mountains. Stay overnight and enjoy local music and dancing.

TANA BERU
Traditionally, wooden Phinisi ships have been crafted by the Bugis boat-builders on the beach at Tana Beru since the 14th century. The ancient technique, which uses no nails, has been handed down through generations. Hear the seafaring tales of the boat builders and climb into a Phinisi ship to admire its size and the craftsmanship of the boat-builders.

Day 15: Makassar | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Makassar at 7:00am. Farewell your Master, crew and fellow guests with disembarkation at 8:30am. An optional charter flight to Darwin will be available.

Optional Post-Cruise Charter flight: Makassar to Darwin $850 per person. This will be a direct flight to Darwin, with no stopovers, with a Coral Expeditions staff member to accompany guests. Limited seats available, call reservations team to book.

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Coral Deck Stateroom
Located on the Coral Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Twin porthole windows give you views of the world outside.
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located on the Promenade Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
These 21.4 Sq m staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.

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Included
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)
  • Scuba Diving 

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