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Into the Wilds of Borneo

Singapore to Makassar - Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Aboard Coral Geographer, for a 17-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
Highlights
  • Enjoy Camp Leakey and learn from experts about protecting the orangutans
  • Explore the floating markets of Banjarmasin
  • Snorkel in the turquoise coral gardens in Karimata Islands
  • Explore the jungle on nature walks through Bako National Park
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Singapore | Embark

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.
 

Day 2-16: Discover the Diversity of the Indonesian islands

  • Ship
  • 15 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 15 Dinners
Day at Sea - Christmas Day
Spend a relaxing day traversing the Karimata Strait which connects the South China Sea and the Java Sea. It was used as an invasion route by the British fleet in the 1811 Invasion of Java in the Dutch East Indies. Enjoy Christmas lunch onboard prepared by our team of chefs.

Kuching | Bako National Park
Today, we're in Kuching, a UNESCO Creative City known for its food. Our team will guide you through this picturesque city on the Sarawak River, delving into its rich ethnic culture, customs, and unique artisan crafts.

On the second day, explore Bako National Park's lush jungle and mangrove forests. Join nature walks to spot rare bird species, proboscis monkeys, macaques, and silver leaf monkeys. Various trails cater to different fitness levels:

Tanjung Sapi: 800m (30 mins) - Short but steep climb with great views.
Teluk Paku: 800m (1 hour) - Pass through a cliff forest to a secluded beach.
Telok Delima: 1km (45 mins) - Excellent for proboscis monkey sightings.
Telok Pandan Besar: 1.9km (1 hour) - Beautiful hike with a scenic bay view.
Before leaving Kuching, visit the Borneo Cultures Museum and Islamic Heritage Museum. Then, enjoy lunch onboard as we sail to Pontianak.

Pontianak
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.

Karimata Islands - New Years Eve
Explore the remote Karimata Islands in the Karimata Strait, between Sumatra and Borneo. The largest islands, Karimata and Serutu, house quaint coastal villages inhabited by the Melayu and Bugis people. Smaller islands remain untouched. We'll relax on white-sand beaches, snorkel over coral reefs, and enjoy the island's serenity. In the afternoon, celebrate the New Year with sunset drinks and canapés.

Kamai Bay | Tanjung Puting National Park
Explore Tanjung Puting, a diverse coastal tropical forest in southern Borneo. Begin with an Xplorer cruise along Bulu Kecil River to spot rare wildlife, including seven primate species and over 230 bird species. On day two, start early in Kumai with an Xplorer cruise along Nipah and Sekonyer Rivers to transfer to local Klotok boats. Each boat has a guide to point out sights along the leisurely Sekonyer River journey to Camp Leaky. Named after Louis Leakey, this spot lets you observe rehabilitated orangutans at feeding platforms in the jungle.

Pondok Tanggui | Pangkalan Bun
Start the day with an early Xplorer expedition along the Sekonyer River to Pondok Tanggui. Walk on wooden boardwalks to a feeding platform and witness Orangutan feeding. Enjoy onboard lunch and then explore Pangkalan Bun's historical sites in the afternoon. Visit the 200-year-old Istana Kuning (Yellow Palace), the last Banjar royal structure in Central Kalimantan, and the region's oldest mosque, Kyai Gede, a 300-year-old piece of living history, in this centuries-old town on the Arut River.

Pondok Tanggui | Pangkalan Bun
Begin with an early Xplorer expedition along the Sekonyer River to Pondok Tanggui, walking on jungle boardwalks to witness Orangutan feeding. After onboard lunch, explore the historical sites of Pangkalan Bun in the afternoon. This busy town on the Arut River, with centuries-old history, features the 200-year-old Istana Kuning (Yellow Palace), showcasing architectural traditions of the sultans' assorted wives. Also, visit Kyai Gede, the region's oldest mosque, a 300-year-old piece of living history.

Bawean Island
This morning, anchor at Sangkapura Bay, Bawean Island, a small volcanic island with pristine beaches. Enjoy snorkeling, beachcombing, and swimming on its white sands. Fun Fact: Bawean deer, the 2018 Asian Games mascot, is endemic here.

Banjarmasin
Banjarmasin, a historic harbor town on Kalimantan, is famous for its abundant rivers and morning floating markets. Explore its diverse cultural influences in the bustling hub after lunch onboard Coral Geographer. Visit Museum Wasaka, displaying around 400 artifacts, and Kampung Sasirangan, known for weaving pamintan cloth. Stop by the Jingah River with traditional houses. The next morning, experience the Lok Baintan and Kuin floating markets where locals sell fresh produce and snacks from small boats. Remember to carry small local denominations for purchases.

Day 17: Arrive Makassar | Disembark

  • 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.
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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
  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
  • 16 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • 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 

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