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Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali

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Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali
Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali is a 13-day expedition cruise aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion. Discover a wild corner of the world and enjoy the rare chance to observe endangered orangutans up close. Snorkel the coral reefs off the pristine Natuna and Anambas archipelagos, and explore the protected forests of Sarawak. Venture into Tanjung Puting National Park by local boat to spot orangutans, and sure to be a highlight, visit Camp Leakey, an orangutan research center founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Biruté Galdikas—one of the “Trimates,” along with Diane Fossey and Jane Goodall—who will join part of our expedition as a guest speaker. Besides the incredible encounters with orangutans, you’ll likely see proboscis monkeys in abundance, the strange-looking monkeys with large noses and bellies, and search for seven other primate species. The region is also home to hundreds of species of birds including hornbills, deep forest birds and many wetland species. In Tanjung Putting, explore the well-known bird lakes, which house seasonal rookeries and endangered water birds.

On this expedition you'll: Have the rare experience of meeting with orangutans at Camp Leakey, a research station and conservation center established by National Geographic grantee Biruté Galdikas. Discover the incredible array of Borneo's flora and fauna at Bako National Park, home to seven different ecosystems. Explore the jungles of Tanjung Puting National Park in search of wild orangutans and other rare wildlife. Swim and snorkel the coral reefs off the pristine, uninhabited isles of the Natuna and Anambas archipelagos.

You'll also explore Kuching, the capital and largest city on Borneo, with its delightful architecture including the palace of the White Rajah, plus temples, mosques and a bustling Chinatown, site of the Cat Monument. You’ll discover old Colonial Law Courts and cross the Satok on a suspension bridges dating to 1926. Or choose an optional outing to visit the Sarawak Cultural Village, a site with an authentic longhouse and some recreated buildings in regional indigenous styles. Walk among people who share their traditional ways of life and learn from their artifacts and examples. This Borneo to Bali cruise is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.
read more Wild Encounters from Borneo to Bali is a 13-day expedition cruise aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion. Discover a wild corner of the world and enjoy the rare chance to observe endangered orangutans up close. Snorkel the coral reefs off the pristine Natuna and Anambas archipelagos, and explore the protected forests of Sarawak. Venture into Tanjung Puting National Park by local boat to spot orangutans, and sure to be a highlight, visit Camp Leakey, an orangutan research center founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Biruté Galdikas—one of the “Trimates,” along with Diane Fossey and Jane Goodall—who will join part of our expedition as a guest speaker. Besides the incredible encounters with orangutans, you’ll likely see proboscis monkeys in abundance, the strange-looking monkeys with large noses and bellies, and search for seven other primate species. The region is also home to hundreds of species of birds including hornbills, deep forest birds and many wetland species. In Tanjung Putting, explore the well-known bird lakes, which house seasonal rookeries and endangered water birds.

On this expedition you'll: Have the rare experience of meeting with orangutans at Camp Leakey, a research station and conservation center established by National Geographic grantee Biruté Galdikas. Discover the incredible array of Borneo's flora and fauna at Bako National Park, home to seven different ecosystems. Explore the jungles of Tanjung Puting National Park in search of wild orangutans and other rare wildlife. Swim and snorkel the coral reefs off the pristine, uninhabited isles of the Natuna and Anambas archipelagos.

You'll also explore Kuching, the capital and largest city on Borneo, with its delightful architecture including the palace of the White Rajah, plus temples, mosques and a bustling Chinatown, site of the Cat Monument. You’ll discover old Colonial Law Courts and cross the Satok on a suspension bridges dating to 1926. Or choose an optional outing to visit the Sarawak Cultural Village, a site with an authentic longhouse and some recreated buildings in regional indigenous styles. Walk among people who share their traditional ways of life and learn from their artifacts and examples. This Borneo to Bali cruise is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.
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Days 1 - 3 - U.S. to Singapore & Embark

Day 4 - Anambas Archipelago

Day 5 - Natuna Archipelago

Day 6 - Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

Days 7 - 9 - Kuching & At Sea

Days 10 - 11 - Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Days 12 - 13 - At Sea/Denpasar, Bali/U.S.


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Days 1 - 3 - U.S. to Singapore & Embark

Depart for Singapore, crossing the International Date Line and arriving the following afternoon. You will have time to explore Singapore’s diverse neighborhoods before boarding National Geographic Orion. As you set sail on the South China Sea, hear talks by onboard experts and get acquainted with the ship and its amenities.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Orion
MEALS:
dinner

Day 4 - Anambas Archipelago

The Orion's first stop is the remote Anambas Archipelago, where you’ll snorkel the unspoiled reefs surrounding Pulau Bawah or Pulau Lintang, perhaps ending the day with a beach barbecue.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Orion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Natuna Archipelago

Scattered in the South China Sea between Borneo and the Malaysian peninsula, the 272 islands of the Natuna Archipelago are graced with white-sand beaches and volcanic peaks, and fringed with coral reefs. Depending on the weather, you will likely stop to snorkel at either Pulau Senua or Pulau Tiga, both pristine and uninhabited, and later enjoy a festive welcome ceremony in one of the fishing villages that dot the islands.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Orion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Bako National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

In Bako National Park, thick rainforests give way to secluded beaches, and the coast is carved with sea arches and colorful sea stacks. The park harbors seven distinct ecosystems and most of the plant species found in Borneo. Enjoy a full day to explore on a variety of walks and hikes, go birding and track rare primates like the proboscis monkey.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Orion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 7 - 9 - Kuching & At Sea

Continue to Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, discuss ongoing research on orangutan behavior and hear about a successful program that has reintroduced more than a thousand endangered animals into the wild. During free time this afternoon, discover the cultural treasures of Kuching. Then spend two days relaxing at sea, tracing the western coast of Kalimantan, or Indonesian Borneo.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Orion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 10 - 11 - Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

Set on a peninsula jutting out from the southern edge of Kalimantan, Tanjung Puting National Park is a trove of rare species and diverse habitats. While the park is home to some 220 bird species and numerous monkey species, its most famous residents are the endangered orangutans. Board local boats for a full-day excursion into the forest, gliding on narrow channels on the lookout for hornbills, crocodiles and perhaps the unusual proboscis monkey.

Your destination is Camp Leakey, a research station established in 1971 by primatologist Dr. Biruté Galdikas, a protégé of legendary paleontologist Louis Leakey and the founder of Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). A many-time National Geographic grantee, Dr. Galdikas joins you to discuss her efforts to save the orangutan from extinction through rehabilitation and habitat preservation. The National Geographic Orion bring you to feeding stations throughout the forest, where you can observe these gentle creatures at close range. The following day, visit the OFI’s wildlife rehabilitation center to learn how captive and orphaned orangutans are rescued and rehabilitated.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Orion
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 12 - 13 - At Sea/Denpasar, Bali/U.S.

Cross the Java Sea to the lovely Indonesian island of Bali. Disembark the following morning and transfer to the airport for your flight home or on to other adventures.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Orion
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.
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1       Sep 16 - Sep 28, 2014National Geographic Orion$8680 - $18180View Details
Category 1

Category 1 - $8680

Main Deck with oval windows #316, 318, 319-321. 175 square feet.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $10080

Main Deck with large oval window #302-312, 314, 315, 317. 180 square feet.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $11970

Upper Deck Suite with window #401-412, 414-419. These generously sized 218 square-foot suites offer lots of storage space and most feature a comfortable two-seater sofa in the sitting area.
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Category 1 Solo

Category 1 Solo - $12990

Main Deck with oval windows #301, 322-323. Dedicated for solo occupancy. 175 square feet.
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Category 4

Category 4 - $13110

Bridge Deck Deluxe Suite with window #511, 515. The two Deluxe Suites occupy up to 230 square feet. An open living room with a two-seater sofa and large rectangular window lets you relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view after a day of exploration.
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Category 5

Category 5 - $15650

Bridge Deck Suite with balcony #501, 503-506, 508. The six luxurious Balcony Suites have an open living room with a total average area of 230 square feet. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto a private French balcony allowing you to take in the sea breeze.
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Category 3 Solo

Category 3 Solo - $17950

Bridge Deck Suite with window #512.
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Category 6

Category 6 - $18180

Owner’s Suite with balcony 502, 507, 509, 510. Orion's four Owner's Suites are located on the Bridge Deck with three unique configurations. They contain a beautifully appointed bedroom and separate living room (except 502). Enjoy a private French balcony and small outside area (except 509). Owner's Suites average 345 square feet.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Sep 26 - Oct 08, 2014National Geographic Orion$8680 - $18180View Details
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Reverse

  This departure follows a reverse itinerary from Bali to Singapore.
Category 1

Category 1 - $8680

Main Deck with oval windows #316, 318, 319-321. 175 square feet.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $10080

Main Deck with large oval window #302-312, 314, 315, 317. 180 square feet.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $11970

Upper Deck Suite with window #401-412, 414-419. These generously sized 218 square-foot suites offer lots of storage space and most feature a comfortable two-seater sofa in the sitting area.
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Category 1 Solo

Category 1 Solo - $12990

Main Deck with oval windows #301, 322-323. Dedicated for solo occupancy. 175 square feet.
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Category 4

Category 4 - $13110

Bridge Deck Deluxe Suite with window #511, 515. The two Deluxe Suites occupy up to 230 square feet. An open living room with a two-seater sofa and large rectangular window lets you relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view after a day of exploration.
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Category 5

Category 5 - $15650

Bridge Deck Suite with balcony #501, 503-506, 508. The six luxurious Balcony Suites have an open living room with a total average area of 230 square feet. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open onto a private French balcony allowing you to take in the sea breeze.
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Category 3 Solo

Category 3 Solo - $17950

Bridge Deck Suite with window #512.
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Category 6

Category 6 - $18180

Owner’s Suite with balcony 502, 507, 509, 510. Orion's four Owner's Suites are located on the Bridge Deck with three unique configurations. They contain a beautifully appointed bedroom and separate living room (except 502). Enjoy a private French balcony and small outside area (except 509). Owner's Suites average 345 square feet.
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Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; discretionary tips to ship's crew.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1000 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

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103-guest National Geographic Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Small ship cruises aboard the Orion offer a luxurious exploration of Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Antarctica.
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