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Sulawesi Circumnavigation

Makassar Roundtrip - Example 21 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Embark on a cruise through Indonesia and witness the artistry of Tana Beru's beachside boatbuilders as they craft Phinisi ships, admire the grace of whale sharks in Gorontalo's waters, and immerse yourself in the Dayak Kenyah tribe's traditional dance in Samarinda's Pampang village. Encounter endangered orangutans and sun bears in Borneo's conservation sanctuaries before delving into the mesmerizing underwater realms of Bunaken, Wakatobi, Lembeh, and Banggai. Explore stilt villages of the sea-dwelling Bajau tribe and swim with golden jellyfish in remote Togean. This extraordinary expedition reveals Indonesia's diverse culture, captivating landscapes, and remarkable wildlife. 
An overland journey takes us into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana TorajaExplore SulawesiCruising Adventures! Boat Builders SumbawaColorful sunset over Sulawesi
  • Meet the beachside boatbuilders of Tana Beru
  • Dive into the underwater paradises of Bunaken, Wakatobi, Lembeh, & Banggai
  • Bajau tribe's sea life, swim with golden jellyfish in Togean.
  • Encounter endangered orangutans and sun bears in Borneo's sanctuaries
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Borneo
  • Indonesia
  • Balikpapan
  • Labengke Island
  • Makassar
  • Sulawesi
  • Togean Islands
  • Wakatobi National Park
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: Makassar | Embark

From your optional charter flight from Darwin, board Coral Geographer at Makassar Port at 5:00pm where there is time to settle into your cabin before departure.  Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard as you spend the day getting to know your fellow travellers. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks before the first of many delicious dinners.

Charter Flight: An optional pre-cruise charter flight from Darwin to Makassar will be available (at an additional cost of approximately $1,250).

Day 1-20: Discover the Islands of Indonesia

Balabalagan Islands
Arrive at the tranquil Balabalagan Islands and enjoy a leisurely day of swimming, snorkeling, diving, and relaxation on the palm fringed sands of this picturesque destination.

From Balikpapan, journey to Samboja Lestari Rainforest and the Sun Bear sanctuary to encounter endangered species. The adjoining Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation rehabilitates orphaned and injured orangutans before releasing them into the surrounding rainforest, and you can visit the conservation center to see these iconic primates.

Samarinda | Pampang ​
Explore Samarinda with a visit to the Grand Mosque and shopping at Cita Niaga street market. Then, take an Xplorer cruise upriver for a deeper exploration. Next, in Pampang, experience the Dayak Kenyah tribe's traditional dance and visit ancestral Lamin Longhouses. Enjoy a guided walk to learn about the Dayak people's life and history.

Toli Toli
Discover Toli Toli, renowned as the 'city of cloves', where spices thrive in the hills and fishermen dwell in stilt houses along the coast. Ride through the fisherman's village in becaks to witness Maragai and Mamanuk Tau Panau dances at Rumah Adat. A village stroll will lead you to the tombs of Toli Toli kings and the historic mosque.

Saronde Islands
in true expedition style,  let the winds and the tides guide us to explore the picturesque island chain of the Saronde region with options for snorkelling and beachside adventures.

Bunaken Marine Park is world-renowned for its incredible diversity of marine life and is a must-see underwater destination for snorkellers and divers. The remarkable water clarity and precipitous walls of coral create an otherworldly diving or snorkeling experience.

Lembeh Strait presents another spectacular underwater world. Spending a whole day exploring in search of the fascinating marine life that inhabits this marine sanctuary is an option. Additionally, visiting Kangkoko National Park offers the chance to walk through the forest in search of Sulawesi's endemic wildlife, including threatened species like Celebes crested macaque, Sulawesi bear cuscus, and Sulawesi dwarf cuscus.

In the remote city of Gorontalo, savor local cultural performances and partake in a guided forest walk. Later in the day, enjoy swimming and kayaking in the sheltered waters of the harbor. If nature allows, there might be an opportunity to swim with gentle whale sharks.

Togean Islands
Arrive at the stunning Togean Islands, where the Bajau people reside in stilt houses above the turquoise sea. The welcoming tribe will introduce their unique lifestyle. Enjoy swimming or kayaking in the pristine waters and experience an unforgettable and ethereal encounter as you swim with thousands of tiny, harmless Amaranth jellyfish in Mariona Lake.

Banggai Island
The famous and endangered Banggai cardinalfish stands out as a species not much bigger than a matchbox, recognized by its vertical black stripes. Endemic to the Banggai Archipelago, observe these elegant fish while snorkeling and diving around the islands.

Labengki Island
Labengki Island, often compared to Raja Ampat for its geographical similarities, boasts picturesque islets adorned with forests and colorful orchids. White-sand beaches, shaded by palm trees, serve as the backdrop for water activities, including snorkeling over giant clams, kayaking around the lagoon, and visiting the local village.

Wakatobi National Park
In the heart of the coral triangle, Wakatobi is a member of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, boasting extraordinary numbers of coral species, fish, whale, dolphin, and turtle populations, along with some of the East Indies' largest reef systems. Partake in water activities and a cultural visit to Liya Village.

Bau Bau
Receive a warm welcome in the historical center of the Buton Kingdom through a traditional dance performance. Then, explore the island by local petepete transport, visiting a traditional market, a fisherman's village, the Buton Fortress, Kraton (palace), and the Wolio Cultural Centre.

Tana Beru
Traditionally, Bugis boat-builders at Tana Beru's beach have been crafting wooden Phinisi ships since the 14th century. This ancient technique, devoid of nails, has been passed down through generations. Listen to the seafaring tales of these boat builders and explore a Phinisi ship to admire its size and the craftsmanship of these skilled artisans.

Day 21: Makassar | Disembark

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

Charter Flight: An optional post-cruise charter flight from Makassar to Darwin will be available (at an additional cost of approximately $1,250).


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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.


Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates
  • 21 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 20 Dinners
  • 20 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
  • 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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