Komodo Dragons and Krakatoa
Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Indonesia’s fascinating islands on this small ship cruise from Singapore to Darwin. From volcanoes and mangroves via tropical jungles and pristine coral reefs, your journey will allow you to discover ancient traditions, local cultures and exotic wildlife, including the intimidating Komodo dragon and endlessly endearing orangutans.
- Come face to face with dragons in Komodo National Park
- See the still active Anak Krakatau volcano
- Spend time with orangutans at Pondok Tanggui rehabilitation centre in Tanjung Putting NP
- Visit the floating markets of Banjarmasin
- Walk on the volcanic sands of the extinct crater at Satonda
- Explore jungles, mangroves, volcanic islands, underwater coral reefs and deserted beaches
- Wander through Ujung Kulon NP, home to over 700 species of plant life
- Shipboard accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
- Selected alcoholic & non-alcholic beverages
- Shore landings and cruises by Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs & glass-bottom boat
- Kayaking excursions
- Experienced guides on board
From the comfort of a well-equipped expedition ship, you will have the chance to meet the locals and search for wildlife on a variety of remote islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. There is so much more to discover beyond the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters: highlights include the chance to witness the site of the world’s largest recorded volcanic explosion at Krakatoa, walk amongst dragons in Komodo National Park and explore the incredible Ujung Kulon National Park, home to a staggering array of plant species as well as the elusive and endangered Java rhinoceros.
You will also have time to visit remote villages where you can learn of the customs and traditions of isolated local cultures. Learn how to weave, enjoy local dishes and discover a colourful history that mixes Hindu Kingdoms and Portuguese Catholicism.
Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an onboard expedition team. Their wealth of knowledge and experience will provide insights and explanations, enabling a much greater understanding of the diverse habitats and wildlife around you, and ensuring you don’t miss anything along the way!
These voyages include authorised landing sites in the Komodo islands, enabling guests to experience time ashore with the region's famous dragons.
Prices & Dates
2020 Departures - Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin
|Departure||Duration||Vessel||Prices from (pp)|
|15 Jan 2020 *||18 days||Coral Adventurer||£8,620|
|02 Feb 2020||19 days||Coral Adventurer||£8,208|
* This departure operates in reverse, starting in Darwin and ending in Singapore. Please note the itinerary differs slightly and does not include Borneo. Please contact us for full details.
- Shipboard accommodation
- All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
- House beer and wine with lunch and dinner
- Welcome and farewell drinks
- Tea & coffee available around the clock
- All excursions and transfers by Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks
- Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
- Entry fees to national parks
- Port fees and taxes
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
- Full financial protection »
Itinerary & Vessels
Itinerary & Vessels
This afternoon you will board the Coral Adventurer, where you will meet your expedition team and fellow-travellers. Head up on deck as you set sail south for Indonesia.
As you cruise towards Indonesia your expedition team will keep you entertained with informative presentations about the wildlife, cultures and landscapes that lie ahead. This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail with the Captain.
Lengkuas Island in the Belitung Regency is a very pretty little island with a lighthouse. You will be welcomed by local dancers before having time to explore – perhaps climb to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the view, rock-hop amongst the beach boulders or relax on the beach. This idyllic setting is the ideal way to start your time amongst the islands of Indonesia.
After a morning cruising you will arrive at the site of the HMAS Perth around lunchtime. This former Royal Australian Navy vessel was used throughout World War II before eventually being torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1942. The wreck lies on the seabed in the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra. Continue on to Krakatoa.
Krakatau (Krakatoa) is a black volcanic island located in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. The name is used collectively for the island group, the main island and the volcano itself. It has erupted repeatedly, massively, and with disastrous consequences throughout recorded history. The best-known eruption culminated in a series of massive explosions on August 26-27, 1883, which were among the most violent volcanic events in modern times. The sound of the explosion was heard as far away as Alice Springs, in central Australia; fine ash reached as far as New York City, while the resultant tidal waves which caused complete destruction in the surrounding coastal areas. Despite the devastating effects, the disappearance of the gigantic Krakatoa also meant the birth of small islands in its place, including the present Anak Krakatau (Son of Krakatoa). From both West Java’s west coast, and from Sumatra’s Lampung Province, this young and very active volcano is clearly visible. Today the volcano is under 24-hour visual and electronic surveillance from Java.
Ujung Kulon, one of Indonesia’s best known national parks, lies on the southwest corner of the island of Java. It is one of the last remaining natural forests on Java. The beautiful isolated beaches that cover the coastline are among Ujung Kulon’s best-kept secrets, whilst snorkelling through the crystal clear water reveals a variety of tropical fish. The park holds well over 700 species of plant life, of which 57 are classified as rare. The rocky shores, mangrove swamps, mud flats, sea grass beds, coral reefs and sea trenches provide diverse and fascinating insights into the underwater world. Perhaps most surprising of all, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also home to the highly endangered Java rhinoceros.
Following the sails of the ancient mariners, cross the Java Sea to reach the vast island of Borneo.
You should arrive at Tanjung Putting National Park, on Borneo’s south coast, just after lunch. On arrival you will board traditional klotoks to cruise upriver and meet the critically endangered orangutans at Pondok Tanggui, an orangutan rehabilitation and release centre. Take a walk through the tropical rainforest, observing and exploring the exotic flora and fauna of Kalimantan, and join feeding time at Pondok Tanggui and Pesalat. In addition to the orangutans you may encounter proboscis monkeys and long-tailed macaques in the jungle.
Continue along Borneo’s south coast to Banjarmasin, in South Kalimantan. Banjarmasin is situated over a labyrinth of canals, hence its illustrious nickname ‘the city of a thousand rivers’. The daily lives of the Banjarese are intrinsically linked to the waterways on which they live, work and play. Traditional floating homes called ‘lanting’ are built on stilts over the water, and vessels of all shapes and sizes ply the waterways. Floating markets everywhere - from daybreak boats come from villages around the rivers, bringing vegetables, fruits and other daily needs and household utensils. Buyers and sellers come to the market in small boats and close their transactions on the water. The best time to see market in action is in the early morning. Banjarmasin is also home to the Sultan Suriansyah Mosque, the first mosque built in South Kalimantan and the location of the royal tombs. The Museum Waja Sampai Ka Puting houses some of the historical collections of the struggle against Dutch colonialism, and is itself a fascinating building of the traditional ‘Bubungan Tinggi’ style.
Your journey continues due south to the island of Madura. Sumenep is Madura Island’s most interesting town, situated just north of the eastern tip of Java. The history, culture and architecture of Sumenep can be seen in the Kraton Palace Museum, including a 500kg hand-written Quran and relics of the Hindu kingdoms. You will have time here to marvel at the distinctive Sumenep Jamik Mosque and visit Kalianget Old Town, with its abandoned salt factory and colonial architecture built by the colonial Dutch government. Stroll through Sumenep Square and explore Taman Adipura, a horticulturalist’s delight, before browsing the night markets where you may find batik cloth, wood carvings, Dutch antiques and a mouth-watering array of culinary treats!
Satonda Island is a small un-inhabited volcanic island off the north coast of Sumbawa, separated by a narrow strait from Tambora, the site of the largest and most devastating volcanic eruption in human history. In 1815 Tambora erupted expelling into the atmosphere twice as much material as the later Krakatoa in 1833. For the small island of Satonda, there is a lasting effect. The eruption was so great that it breached the rim of Satonda crater and dumped millions of gallons of sea water there, leaving a crater lake filled with salt-water instead of fresh. Satonda’s beach is remarkable because a major portion of its sediment consists of pebbles of pumice – a foamy volcanic glass, so light that it floats on water. This hidden gem of an island offers quiet nature walks, pristine white beaches, and excellent snorkelling and birdwatching.
Wake up this morning at Komodo National Park, an archipelago comprising 29 islands. The main attraction here are the famous Komodo dragons. These are the largest and heaviest species of lizard on the planet, reaching up to 3 metres in length and able to consume up to 80% of their body weight in one sitting! Carrion provides their main source of food, however they do also eat smaller members of their own species as well as ambushing creatures such as pigs, deer and cattle – quite a sight to behold! During the day here there should also be a chance to snorkel or swim from Komodo Island’s famous Pink Beach.
Still within the Komodo Islands group, today you will head ashore on Rinca Island for a guided walk and the chance to encounter more dragons. For those with more energy a climb to the hill-top viewpoint will be rewarded with stunning views, whilst later on there may be a chance to visit a local village.
Your next stop is Maumere, on Flores Island. Flores is known for its active volcanoes, fascinating indigenous cultures, hand woven textiles and spectacular coral reefs. Head ashore to visit the traditional weaving village of Watublapi, where weavers still use a traditional handspun yarn made out of local cotton, coloured with natural dyes. Your exploration continues with a visit to the old Catholic church of Sikka, which reflects the Portuguese influence in Flores, and the Alok traditional market.
Sail into Dili Harbour, Timor Leste, under the watchful eye of the statue of Christo Rei. Clear customs before exploring Dili – you may wish to climb the stairs to the Christo Rei Statue or visit the food and handicrafts markets. Spend time chatting to the locals or capturing the sights on camera. Please note that a US$30 visa is required to enter Timor Leste, this must be paid in cash on arrival - please ensure you are carrying sufficient US$.
As you cross the Arafura Sea there will be time to enjoy some final presentations from the expedition team and reminisce over some of the highlights from your Indonesian adventures. The Captain will host Farewell Drinks tonight.
Your expedition draws to a close today as you arrive in Darwin. After breakfast say goodbye to your shipmates and disembark.
All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on wildlife sightings and weather/sea conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential!
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