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Orangutans in their natural habitat

Into the Wilds of Borneo

Makassar to Singapore - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Aboard Coral Geographer, for a 14-day cruise and uncover palm-fringed coastal villages home to fascinating cultures including the Karimata Islands and Kuching.  Visit the Banjarmasin floating markets where buyers and sellers continue to do business while the river is a bustling cacophony of sights and sounds with sampans heaped high with fresh food. Travel across the inky-black waters of the Nipah canal and the winding Sekonyer River, to reach the orangutan sanctuary and conservation facility at Camp Leaky. Walk through the beautiful rainforest at Bako National Park while observing animals such as rare tree-dwelling probosci monkeys and the iconic Rhinoceros Hornbill.
Get close to the action at the famed Lok Baintan Floating Market.Orangutan in BorneoCamp Lekey, Tanjung Puting National ParkMakassar Port FishermenRhinoceros HornbillOrangutans in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy Camp Leakey and learn from experts about protecting the orangutans
  • Explore the floating markets of Banjarmasin
  • Snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Anambas Islands
  • Explore the jungle on nature walks through Bako National Park
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Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Makassar | Embarkation

From your optional charter flight from Darwin, board Coral Geographer in Makassar at 5:00pm for a 6:00pm departure. Settle into your stateroom and get to know your fellow guests and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

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

Day 2-13: Discover the Diversity of the Indonesian islands

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
strong>Sabaru Island
Sabaru Island is considered a Bornean islands in the Strait of Sulawesi. Here, enjoy a relaxing day of snorkeling and beach walks, perfect to relax and take in the natural beauty of this part of the world.

Arrive in Banjarmasin, ‘the city of a thousand rivers'. Early the next morning, get close to the action at the famed Lok Baintan Floating Market. Join in as the locals meet at the river and transactions with the shop merchants are made from small boats selling fresh produce, small snacks, and more

Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park
Start your expedition to Camp Leakey through the Nipah waterway and the Sekonyer River. The final leg of the journey is by local klotok boat before disembarking at Camp Leakey orangutan sanctuary and research facility. You will take time to wander through the forest to see orangutans in their natural habitat. Hear from the expert conservationists at Camp Leakey to understand the culture and behaviors of the orangutans, as well as a glimpse behind the scenes to learn about the conservation efforts and challenges.

Karimata Islands
Mostly uninhabited and within a Marine Reserve, the Karimata Islands are home to Melayu and Bugis people who live in a handful of small coastal villages. Far from civilization, take time to explore these pristine islands, walk the white-sand beaches, and snorkel or dive over coral reefs, soaking up the tranquillity of these picturesque islands.

The riverside city of Pontianak is one of Indonesia’s most cultural cities. Here, you will visit the Equator Monument and many significant sites such as the Pontianak State Museum, Kayak Traditional House, Kadriah Palace, Jami Mosque, and Cathedral St. Yoseph Pontianak. Spend time wandering the waterfront markets where traders ply their wares from simple stalls or from sampans floating in the canals.

Kuching | Bako National Park
The picturesque city of Kuching straddles the Sarawak River. In this region of Borneo, you will visit a traditional village of the indigenous Dayak people, ancient headhunters. Be welcomed to the longhouse, the massive structure that is the heart and main building of the village, and learn about the customs, culture, and unique art and craft of these remarkable people.

Explore the lush rainforest and mangrove forests of Bako National Park. On nature walks into the jungle, you may spot wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, which are found only on the island of Borneo, as well as macaque and silver leaf monkeys. The park is also inhabited by many bird species such as kingfishers and the Rhinoceros Hornbill.

Anambas Islands
You will spend the day exploring the Anambas archipelago, known for the exceptional clarity of the turquoise waters and the flourishing marine life. Lagoons are dotted with picturesque islands and atolls and there are many opportunities to swim, dive, snorkel and explore by Xplorer tender vessels.

Day 14: Arrive Singapore | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Singapore at 7:00am. Farewell your Master, crew and fellow guests with disembarkation at 8:00am.


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Coral Deck Stateroom
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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.
Promenade Deck Stateroom
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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.
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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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.
  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental - Snorkeling equipment
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • Selected beers, wines and house spirits and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service.
  • 24-hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
  • Captain's welcome and farewell drinks 
  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • RM10 per room per night mandatory Tourism Tax in Malaysia collected by cash upon check-in.
  • Scuba Diving
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 


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