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Mountain Range in Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
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Embark on a 16-day cruise from Perth, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia, aboard the National Geographic Orion. Explore the Kimberley region in Australia, where striking landscapes bear the marks of ancient human civilizations. Then, voyage to remote Indonesian island villages where history springs to life through traditional ceremonies. Encounter remarkable wildlife, from the massive saltwater crocodiles in the Kimberley to the prehistoric Komodo dragons. Dive and snorkel in pristine coral gardens, and embark on Zodiac expeditions to the foot of King George Falls. Delve into the history of the Moluccas, a region fiercely contested by English, Portuguese, and Dutch colonizers.
King George River Gorge, Kimberley, AustraliaRock formations along the coast of KimberlyTanah Lot rock formationMountain Range in Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Highlights
  • Zodiac up the King George River to explore it at water level and experience its towering red rock canyon walls
  • Go up close to the unique wildlife in this Region -- see crocodiles, migrating humpback whales, and endearing wallabies
  • Visit the world-renowned Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to go in search of the legendary Komodo dragon
  • Snorkel and dive remote reefs with galaxies of colorful fish in Indonesia
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: Perth, Western Australia

Arrive in Perth. Spend a night at a hotel.

Day 2: Fly Broome | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Day 2, fly to Broome, board National Geographic Orion in the afternoon, and take to the waters of the Indian Ocean.

Day 3: Lacepede Islands or Yampi Sound

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather-dependent, the Zodiacs will operate through the low-lying Lacepede Islands off the coast of the Dampier Peninsula or explore Yampi Sound. This group of islands has been classified as an Important Bird Area, where you can have the opportunity to see what is possibly the largest breeding colony of brown boobies in the world. Other birds, such as the masked boobie, eastern reef egrets, and ruddy turnstones, inhabit the islands as well.

Day 4: Talbot Bay | Horizontal Waterfalls

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Horizontal Waterfalls in the Buccaneer Archipelago are created by the rapid tidal fall on the ocean side of the cliffs. When conditions are right, a "waterfall" up to ten feet high may form as the trapped landward waters cascade out through the narrow gap to the ocean side. Enjoy a trip by Zodiac to witness this extraordinary phenomenon. Later in the day, guests can join the naturalists on an excursion to Cyclone Bay to explore the twisted geological folds of the ancient seabed.

Day 5: Montgomery Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Conditions permitting, the tide at Montgomery Reef may drop rapidly, and a raging torrent of water may erupt as miles of surrounding reef appear to slowly rise out of the ocean. A Zodiac maneuvers you into a channel in the reef as water cascades down on either side. It is the perfect spot to watch for cormorants, egrets, and sandpipers foraging for sea life trapped on the surface of the reef. Below the waterline, opportunistic sea turtles, reef sharks, and many larger fish also take advantage of this feast.

Day 6: Hunter River (and optional helicopter to Mitchell Falls)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This is one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, lined with green rainforest, mangroves, and soaring red cliffs. National Geographic Orion drops anchor near Naturalists Island, also known by its indigenous name, Wunumpurramarra—a stunning backdrop to your day’s explorations. The Hunter River has many crocodiles, so keep an eye out for them on a Zodiac foray through the mangroves. For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior, today presents a wonderful opportunity. The distance from Naturalists Island to the famous Mitchell Falls and Plateau is about 30 miles, and guests may choose to take an optional helicopter tour over some spectacular terrain.

Day 7: Bigge Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Aboard Zodiacs, visit this rocky island jutting out of the sea, famous for Wandjina rock art. Composed of weathered sandstones and dolerites forming a rugged terrain, Bigge Island is crisscrossed by many deep grooves in the rock, forming valleys and fissures that support the island’s vegetation. Small monjon rock wallabies and the northern quoll thrive here, free of predators.

Day 8: Vansittart Bay | Jar Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today the naturalists will lead you to an outdoor Gwion Gwion Aboriginal art gallery on Jar Island. Discovered by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891, the rock images are estimated to be up to 40,000 years old. Nearby is the wreckage of a DC-3 aircraft that became lost and crashed during World War II. If time allows, explore the crash site and the remains of the plane.

Day 9: King George River and Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Zodiac up the King George River with its almost vertical, sheer canyon walls. Enjoy the opportunity to explore it at water level and experience its towering red rock canyon walls. The river drains the Gardner Plateau here into spectacular King George Falls, the highest single-drop waterfalls in the Kimberley.

Day 10-11: Darwin | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend time on deck with the team of naturalists; listen to compelling presentations in the lounge; or enjoy one of the many onboard amenities. The National Geographic Orion is required to make a quick technical stop in Darwin to clear the vessel and guests out of Australia before departing for Indonesia.

Day 12: Kupang, Indonesia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we arrive in Indonesia at the village of Kupang, where the locals provide us with a colorful and spirited welcome. Once arrival formalities are complete, we sail to the small islands off the coast where many species of fish and marine life flourish along the coral reefs. We explore the area both above and below the sea by snorkel, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard.

Day 13: Waingapu, Sumba Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ancient harbor of Waingapu on East Sumba Island is one of Indonesia's hidden gems, with a beautifully rugged coastline that beckons to be explored. Your arrival will be celebrated with music, bright costumes, and traditional dance. The quality, pattern, and motifs of the ikat of East Sumba make it one of the most unique textiles in Indonesia. Head inland to meet the locals and learn the history of these colorful pieces of woven art.

Day 14: Komodo National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest living lizard—the Komodo dragon. Learn about the conservation of these prehistoric giants from park rangers, who will join you on a hike to spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Then enjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, or beachcombing at Pink Beach, named for the soft pink hue that arises from the blending of red coral fragments and white sand.

Day 15: Satonda | Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit the uninhabited Indonesian island of Satonda, a small circular island that is an ancient volcanic cone. Spend the morning snorkeling or diving the vibrant reefs, or hike inland to the island’s sacred lake. This afternoon, visit the island of Sumbawa, where villagers welcome you with a lively cultural display.

Day 16: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning, arrive in Denpasar, on the lush island of Bali. Following disembarkation, get a taste of this paradise, where life and art are interwoven. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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National Geographic Orion

Keep in shape in the exercise room aboard the National Geographic Orion
The National Geographic Orion is sleek and at your service
The lovely National Geographic Orion

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National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
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Category 1
Cat 1 #316, 318-321. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Your  Category B Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 1 Single
Cat 1S #301, 322, 323. These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
A Category A Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
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Category 2
Cat 2 #302-312, 314, 315, 317. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
A lovely category 3 suite on the National Geographic Oion
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Category 3
Cat 3 Suite with Window #401-412, 414-419. These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
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Category 3 Single
Cat 3S Suite with Window #512. This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
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Category 4
Cat 4 Deluxe Suite with Window #511, 515. These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities.
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Cat 5 Suite with French Balcony #501, 503-506, 508. These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor.
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
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Category 6
Cat 6 Owner’s Suite with French Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510. These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available but is subject to availability.
Included
  • 15 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Assistance by the onboard National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Starlink-enabled Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests aboard Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet, enabling email, messaging, and social media.
  • Park and site entrance fees, special access permits, and port taxes
  • Excursions, hotels, and airport transfers, as indicated in the itinerary 
  • Selection of exploration tools curated to your destination, such as Zodiacs and glass-bottom boats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment (including wetsuits, masks, and fins), and other state-of-the-art gear
  • Guidance and company of leading expedition staff
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary, both aboard and onshore. Meals are inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • Hors d’oeuvres inspired by regional cuisine and locally sourced where possible
  • 24-hour access to snacks, premium coffees and teas, non-alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Presentations on your destination by expedition staff and expert guest speakers
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • The services of a physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or paramedic  where available
  • Morning stretch classes and 24-hour access to exercise equipment where available
  • 24-hour access to lounges, observation decks, library stocked with regionally relevant literature, and other shared spaces 
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry, spa treatments, scuba diving, Wi-Fi and phone services (except when indicated as included)
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels
  • Airfare (except flights when indicated as included), pre- and post-expedition extensions, additional hotel nights, and private transfers (except when indicated as included)
  • Travel protection plans and passport, visa, and immigration fees 
  • Enhanced and premium Wi-Fi plans, which may enable video chat, web browsing, and streaming (connectivity permitting)

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