row of thatched luxury bungalows facing each other on a sunny day in indonesia
looking down the many of islands of indonesia with turquoise and aqua colored ocean in between
traveler scuba diving alongside a vibrant reef on the Islands of Indonesia small ship cruise
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Asia / Pacific Indonesia Cruise

Islands of Indonesia

Trace the path of the seafaring 16th century Makassan fishermen on this 15-day Sulawesi cruise. Snorkeling Indonesia is a highlight in the turquoise waters of Taka Bonerate National Park. Kayak, dive and swim amongst vivid marine life and famed waters. Visit Rinca or Komodo Island to see the prehistoric komodo dragon, the largest lizard in the world. Witness the ancient ceremonies of the Toraja people on an included one-night overland expedition.

SCUBA dive (additional cost) with highly qualified, experienced and popular Dive Instructors who provide an outstanding service to all guests. Dive Instructors patiently guide those who have never dived before through a resort dive program and expertly guide certified open-water divers to quality dive sites. A comprehensive range of dive equipment, including wet suits, is provided. 

One 15-day Singapore to Sulawesi route, one 15-day Sulawesi to Australia itinerary and one 21-day Sulawesi Circle option each explore the undiscovered paradise of Indonesia’s less-visited islands. Journey into the heart of a region where traditional lifestyles continue in areas of astounding beauty. Encounter traditional cultures from Pulau Alor to Lamalera, Sogori, Torajaland and Tana Beru. Experience the dramatic beauty of Indonesia at Flores, Komodo and Takabonerate. This journey through the archipelago is a feast for the senses.

The 120-guest Coral Adventurer is home base for the majority of the trip. Built for adventure and crafted for comfort, Coral Adventurer features special attention to food and wine, efficient ship-to-shore operations, stability and Australian flare.

Indonesia is the world’s biggest archipelago, with over 17,000 islands. Each one has its own allure and its own story. The diversity of the cultures among the Indonesian archipelago is only matched by the diversity of the wildlife. The marine parks are home to the most biodiverse reefs in the world, and the rainforests are home to unique creatures both large and small. Many of Indonesia’s islands are relatively untouched and sometimes difficult to get to, making this Islands of Indonesia small ship cruise the perfect way to see them.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Indonesia cruises.



Itinerary

15-Day Into The Wilds of Borneo

The 15-day Into The Wilds of Borneo cruise begins in Singapore and travels westward along the southern shores of Borneo, ending in Makassar, Indonesia.

Route map of Islands of Indonesia: Into The Wilds of Borneo small ship cruise, operating from Singapore, westward along Borneo's southern shores, and onto Makssar, Indonesia.
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Day 1
Embark Singapore

Board the ship in Singapore at 4:00pm and settle into your cabin before the 6:00pm departure.

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Coral Adventurer

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dinner

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Days 2 - 14
Exploration of Borneo

Anambas Islands, Indonesia
Spend 2 days exploring the island archipelago of Kepulauan Anambas, known as the Maldives of Indonesia due to the exceptional clarity of the turquoise waters and the flourishing marine life. Lagoons are dotted with picturesque islands and atolls, and there are many opportunities to swim, dive, snorkel and explore by tender vessel.

Kuching, Malaysia
The picturesque city of Kuching straddles the Sarawak River. In this region of Borneo, visit a traditional village of the indigenous Dayak people, ancient headhunters. Be welcomed to the longhouse, the massive structure that is the heart and main building of the village, and learn about the customs, culture and unique art and craft of these remarkable people.

Bako National Park
Explore the lush rainforest and mangrove forests of Bako National Park. On nature walks into the jungle, hope to spot wildlife such as tree-dwelling proboscis monkeys, which are found only on the island of Borneo, as well as macaque and silver leaf monkeys. The park is also inhabited by prolific bird species such as many varieties of kingfishers, woodpeckers, bluebirds and flycatchers.

Pontianak
A multicultural riverside city in West Kalimantan, Pontianak has a small but influential Chinese population with connections that link back to the Ming Dynasty some 600-odd years ago. Sited on the Equator, Pontianak is one of Indonesia’s most cultural cities. Here, visit the Equator Monument which marks the delineation between the northern and southern hemispheres as well as the Mosque and Chinese Temple. Later, spend time wandering the waterfront traditional markets where traders ply their wares from simple stalls or from sampans floating in the canals.

Karimata Islands
The Karimata Island group sits squarely in the middle of the Karimata Strait which separates Sumatra from Borneo. Mostly uninhabited and within a Marine Reserve, the two largest islands, Karimata and Serutu Islands are home to Bugis sea gypsies who live in a handful of small palm-fringed coastal villages. Take time to explore these pristine islands, walk the white-sand beaches, swim in the tropical sea and snorkel or dive over coral reefs, soaking up the tranquility of these picturesque islands.

Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park
Be introduced to Camp Leakey with an expedition through the inky-black waters of the Nipah waterway and the winding Sekonyer River, aboard tender vessels. The final leg of the journey is by local klotok boat before disembarking at Camp Leakey orangutan sanctuary and research facility. Learn about conservation programs and the flora and fauna of this environment, and take time to wander through the forest to see orangutans in their natural habitat. Expert conservationists describe the culture and behaviors of the orangutans, as well as the conservation efforts and challenges. Finally, consider adopting an orangutan to support ongoing conservation efforts.

Banjarmasin
Take a guided tour of the oldest mosque in Kalimantan, Sultan Suriansyah Mosque, with its elegant angles and timber construction that has stood for 300 years. Continue the tour to Sasirangan village which is well known for its traditional Banjarese fine craftworks and textiles. Take a guided walk through the village and possibly participate in a local workshop before visiting Wasaka Museum which showcases the challenges faced by the South Kalimantan people.

On the second day at the riverside city of Banjarmasin, take the tender vessels up close to all the action at the famed Lok Baintan Floating Market. The river is a lively cacophony of sights and sounds as sampans are piled high with fresh produce and traders barter with buyers amid the bustle.

Doang Doangan Island
The penultimate stop is at the small teardrop-shaped island of Doang Doangan Island. Enjoy a relaxing day of snorkeling and beach walks along with a walking tour of the small coastal village. On the final evening on board, reminisce about this Sulawesi expedition with new-found friends at dusk over captain’s farewell drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Makassar, Indonesia

Arrive into Makassar at 7:00am. Say farewell to the crew and fellow guests, then disembark at 8:00am.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; one pre-cruise hotel night; pre-cruise and post-cruise transfers; all meals; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; access to islands, marine and national parks; guided tours in tender vessels; services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions; port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.

Exclusions

Airfare; optional group charter flight Darwin to Makassar (AUD750.00 per person, subject to change); optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); entry visas or travel permits; insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Into The Wilds of Borneo cruise begins in Singapore (SIN), and ends in Makassar, Indonesia (UPG). Plan flights to arrive to Singapore prior to the 2:30pm boarding and 4:00pm departure on day 1. Plan flights to depart Makassar no earlier than 11:00am on day 15. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, snorkeling, diving (added cost), kayaking, tender excursions, land treks, wildlife observation, cultural visits, village visits and participating in conservation efforts.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your AdventureSmith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

15-Day In The Wake of Makassans Itinerary

The 15-day In The Wake of Makassans cruise begins in Makassar, Indonesia, and travels southbound through the islands of Indonesia to end in Darwin, Australia.

Route map of Islands of Indonesia: In The Wake of Makssans small ship cruise, operating from Makassar, Indonesia, southbound to Darwin, Australia.
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Day 1
Embark Makassar, Indonesia

Take in the ancient seafaring city of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi and heart of the golden era of the spice trade up until the 19th century. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before taking a guided tour of the museum housed in Dutch-built 17th century Fort Rotterdam. Board the ship at 4:30pm and settle into your cabin before the 6:00pm departure. As the sun sets, meet fellow explorers and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks. Note that day 1 may include an optional, added-cost charter flight from Darwin, Australia (DRW), to Makassar, Indonesia, for guests wishing to begin and end their trip in Darwin.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

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dinner

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Days 2 - 13
Exploration of Sulawesi

Tana Beru
Timber Phinisi boats have been crafted by the Bugis boat-builders on the beach at Tana Beru since the 14th century and were used by the Makassans to travel as far as Australia and Madagascar. There are ceremonies involved in each stage of the boat building, and the boats are positioned along the coast in various stages of construction. Learn about the traditional construction methods, unchanged for centuries, and climb into a boat to admire its size and the craftsmanship of boat-builders.

Torajaland
Disembark at Palopo for the overland trip to Tana Toraja. The drive is through an enchanting landscape of rice fields and local villages. While climbing into the highland, enjoy marvelous views of pine trees, rainforests and plantations. In Toraja, see the local lifestyle and traditional houses at Marante, visit the stone grave with Tau-tau effigies at Lemo and visit the famous traditional stone and hanging burial sites of Bori Parinding. Also visit a Torajan market, where buffalo and pigs are for sale to those who will purchase them for funerals or other ceremonies, and Kete Kesu, a 400-year-old village concealed in the mountains. The village functions as a living museum, where one can experience first-hand the culture and tradition of the ancient Torajan people. Overnight at the best hotel in the area, Misiliana Hotel, and enjoy a buffet dinner accompanied by local music and dancing.

Sogori Island
Sogori Island is one of the small islands located around Kabaena Island in Southwest Sulawesi. This island is populated by the Bajonese and Buginese people. The surrounding white sandy beaches as well as several shipwrecks make it appealing for beach walking, swimming and snorkeling, or for scuba diving.

Taka Bonerate National Park
Taka Bonerate Marine Park is located on the small teardrop-shaped island of Tinabo Besar with island visitors encouraged to help with island conservation programs through tree planting or coral transplanting under the guidance of National Park staff. Arrive at Jinato Island to visit a peaceful village, being welcomed by the local Bajau and Bugis people. See the unique construction of the village, built on raised platforms, and enjoy cultural attractions and performances. Enjoy demonstrations of local music and handcrafts and insights into the cottage industry of the village with the making of coconut oil, traditional dishes, fishing nets and boat building. Take the opportunity to snorkel and swim.

Rinca or Komodo Island, Pink Beach & Kalang Island
The best time to see the famed komodo dragons is in the morning when they are most active, so the day starts bright and early. Take a guided walk with local rangers to maximize opportunities for seeing the komodo dragons as well as visiting a small village where dragons are also likely to be viewed. Later, go ashore on Pink Beach to relax on the dusky pink sands and swim or snorkel in the sea. Local traders may come by in their boats to set up impromptu souvenir stands.

Padar Island
Padar Island offers a chance to stretch our legs with an energetic hike to a hilltop lookout where hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of picturesque islands and sweeping beaches.

Kelimutu Crater, Flores Island
Go ashore at the city of Ende in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Journey to the Kelimutu National Park, stopping along the way at an orphanage. After refreshments, continue into the mountains, enjoying the spectacular views of the valley below. A hike to the extraordinary tri-colored crater lakes of Kelimutu is not complete without throwing a stone for good luck. Enjoy lunch at the Eco Lodge.

Lamalera
Lamalera is one of the last two traditional whaling villages in Eastern Indonesia. Although slowly dying out, the ancient tradition of whaling is still the principal economic activity here – as the many whale bones in the village prove. Whaling boats are made entirely of wood with wooden pegs instead of nails and sails are made of palm leaves. The patterns of the whale and the boats are often seen in Lamalera’s handwoven Ikat textiles.

Be welcomed by the villagers on the beach, enter the village and see traditional activities and dances. Depending on the sea conditions, there may be an opportunity to actually go on a mock whale hunt in the local boats, otherwise the villagers will bring their boats close to Coral Adventurer and will demonstrate how they hunt large marine creatures. The women will give a weaving/dyeing demonstration and textiles are available for purchase.

Pulau Alor
The entrance to Kalabahi Port and Alor Island is quite spectacular through a fjord-like channel with mountains on either side. This very rugged island is home to around 50 different language or dialect groups who are geographically isolated from each other. Choose to visit either the traditional villages of Takpala or Latafui where villagers from the Abui tribe perform the lego lego dances accompanied by famed moko drums. Pulau Alor islanders are well-known for their handcrafted Ikat textiles, which are on display. Visit the open-air Kadelang Market, a favorite with locals, and the Moko Drum Museum before returning to the ship. In the afternoon, enjoy snorkeling and swimming.

Tabolong Bay
Arrive early at Tablolong Bay at Palau Timor and enjoy a cultural performance on the beach with traditional Sasando music accompanying traditional dancing. Later, there is an opportunity to swim or snorkel before bidding farewell to Indonesia.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing sea day at leisure as the ship cruises across the Timor Sea towards Darwin, enjoying the continuation of the expedition program of activities and informative presentations. On this final evening on board, reminisce about this Sulawesi expedition with new-found friends at the captain’s farewell drinks.

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Coral Adventurer

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breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Darwin, Australia

Arrive into Darwin at 9:30am. Say farewell to the crew and fellow guests, then disembark at 11:30am.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; one pre-cruise hotel night; pre-cruise and post-cruise transfers; all meals; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; access to islands, marine and national parks; guided tours in tender vessels; services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions; port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.

Exclusions

Airfare; optional group charter flight Darwin to Makassar (AUD750.00 per person, subject to change); optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); entry visas or travel permits; insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The In the Wake of Makassans cruise begins in Makassar, Indonesia (UPG), with an optional, added-cost charter flight from Darwin, Australia (DRW) to Makassar on day 1 for guests wishing to arrange to begin and end their trip in Darwin.

For the added-cost charter flight: plan flights to arrive to Darwin anytime the day prior to day 1. A pre-cruise hotel night and welcome event in Darwin on day 0 is included for guests who opt for the charter flight or arrange an independent flight from Darwin on day 1. On day 1, transfer from the Darwin hotel to your optional, added-cost charter flight is also included.

For independent travel arrangements: plan flights to arrive to Makassar prior to the 4:30pm boarding and 6:00pm departure on day 1.

Departing: plan flights to depart Darwin no earlier than 3:00pm on day 15. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

A group charter flight between Darwin and Makassar is optional and at an added cost of AUD750.00 per person one way (subject to change) on this trip’s itinerary. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 15 lbs (7 kg) cabin baggage on these flights. There is no option to pay for additional luggage.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, snorkeling, diving (added cost), kayaking, tender excursions, land treks, wildlife observation, cultural visits, village visits and participating in conservation efforts.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your AdventureSmith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

21-Day Sulawesi Circumnavigation Itinerary

The 21-day Sulawesi Circumnavigation cruise begins and ends in Makassar, Indonesia.

Route map of 21-day Sulawesi Circumnavigation Indonesia Islands small ship cruise, operating in a circle round-trip from Makassar, Indonesia
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Day 1
Embark Makassar, Indonesia

Welcome to Indonesia! Explore the multicultural, friendly and ancient seafaring city of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi and heart of the golden era of the spice trade up until the 19th century. Board the ship at Makassar Port at 4:30pm and settle into your cabin before the 6:00pm departure.

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Coral Adventurer

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dinner

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Day 2
Parepare

Be welcomed to the historical city of Parepare with a colorful traditional dance. Experience the local Buginese village life and handicrafts. View tombstone carvers and blacksmiths at work. Visit the small village of Batu-Batu to see Sao Mari, a large pole museum housing a collection royal regalia, antiques, ceramics and weaponry. Enjoy a taste of the local cuisine and mingle with the local people. At day’s end, join fellow explorers and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

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breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
Exploration of Sulawesi

Balabalagan Islands
Arrive at the tranquil islands of Balabalagan in the Makassar Strait and enjoy snorkeling, diving and just relaxing at the ideal tropical location.

Balikpapan
Visit the large and cosmopolitan city of Balikpapan on the island of Borneo and journey to the Samboja Lestari Rainforest. Visit the Sun Bear Center, dedicated to saving rescued bears, and encounter the endangered Sun Bear (Helarctor malayanus), the world’s smallest bear. Walk to the adjoining Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation to see the iconic primates. The BOS Foundation rehabilitates orphaned or injured orangutans, as they are taught to survive in the wild in the surrounding rainforest. Return to the ship after a short visit to local markets.

Samarinda
Explore Samarinda, the capital province of East Kalimantan, located about 30 miles upstream from the mouth of the mighty Mahakam River. A trading town with an intriguing history of Sultanates and traditional Dayak tribes, the native people of Borneo, Samarinda is a hub for regional wealth. Ecological and cultural treasures are to be found deep within the rainforests that surround. Be welcomed by the traditional dance of the Dayak Kenyah before heading to Pampang to experience the culture of the Dayak people and their traditional Lamin Longhouses. Enjoy a guided walk to gain a deeper understanding of the life and history of their tribal traditions. There is also an opportunity to visit a village known for its talented weavers along with a 400-year-old mosque. On the second day discovering Samarinda, journey farther upriver for a deeper exploration into the people and places that sit at the heart of this remote province.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

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breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
At Sea

Enjoy a leisurely day at sea and join the expedition team for a program of activities, demonstrations and informative presentations.

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Coral Adventurer

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breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 20
Exploration of Sulawesi

Tolo Toli
Toli Toli is the city of cloves. Many high-quality spices are cultivated in the steep rolling hills around the township, while fishermen live in stilt houses along the coastline. The centuries-old local folklore traces the history of the people. The tour of Toli Toli goes through the traditional fisherman’s village in becaks (local pedi cabs) to the community house Rumah Adat to view a cultural performance, including Maragai and Mamanuk Tau Panau dances. Enjoy fresh young coconut and local cuisine while browsing local handcrafts. Walk through the village passing the tombs of Toli Toli kings and visit the old mosque before returning to the ship.

Saronde Islands
In true expedition style, explore the picturesque island chain of the Saronde region according to the winds and tides. Search for an adventure ashore with options for snorkeling and beachside adventures.

Bunaken
Bunaken Marine Park is world renowned for its incredible diversity of marine life and is a must see underwater destination for snorkelers and divers. With remarkable water clarity, precipitous walls of corals create an otherworldly diving experience with opportunities for both novice and experienced divers and snorkelers.

Lembeh
Lembeh Strait is yet another spectacular underwater world. Spend a whole day exploring this aquatic sanctuary known for its coral reefs and marine life.

Gorontalo
Arrive at the remote city of Gorontalo to enjoy local cultural performances before setting off on a guided forest walk. Return to the ship for a hearty lunch, then spend the afternoon with a swim and kayak in the sheltered waters of the harbor. Weather permitting, swim with the gentle giants of the sea, the whale sharks.

Togean
Awake early to explore Pulau Togean, the home to the Bajau sea gypsy peoples who live in stilt houses built above the turquoise sea. Traditionally, the Bajau lived solely off the sea, coming ashore only when necessary. These fascinating people are accomplished divers and fishermen, very welcoming and enjoy sharing their unusual lifestyle with visitors. Later in the day, relax with a swim, snorkel or kayak in these idyllic waters.

After a night on anchor, awake to explore nearby Mariona Lake, also known as jellyfish lake. This is one of the highlights of Togean, where it’s possible to swim with thousands of amaranth jellyfish, each about the size of a human fist. The lake was formed by rapid geological activity, which left the jellyfish stranded without predators, evolving over time to lose their sting and making them safe to swim amongst. This is a surreal and unforgettable experience.

Banggai
Endemic to the Banggai Archipelago, the famous and endangered Banggai cardinalfish is a striking species not much bigger than a matchbox and is recognizable by its vertical black stripes. Hope to spot these elegant fish while snorkeling and diving around the islands.

Labengki Island
The conservation area of Labengki Island is sometimes known as a mini Raja Ampat for its geographical similarities. The two main islands are surrounded by little groups of islets, formed by rocky karst overgrown with various types of orchids. With white sandy beaches and some small reefs suitable for snorkeling, the area also provides various types of activities including kayaking around the lagoon, nature hikes, village visits and cultural experiences including a visit to the lighthouse. The majority of Labengki Kecil’s 600-strong population are Muslims with fishing being a traditional pastime.

Wakitobi National Park
In the heart of the coral triangle, the 143 mostly uninhabited islands that make up Wakatobi were declared a marine conservation area in 1996, then later a national park in 2002. The park is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves with extraordinary numbers of coral species, fish, whales, dolphin and turtle populations. The coral reefs of Wakatobi form part of one of the largest reef systems in Indonesia. In addition to many opportunities for extraordinary water activities, enjoy a cultural visit to Liya Village, Wangi Wangi.

Bau Bau, Buton Island
The ship docks in Bau Bau Harbor for official clearance and formalities. Be welcomed by a traditional dance performance before being whisked away in local petepete transport to tour Buton Island. Visit a traditional market, a fisherman’s village, the Buton Fortress, Kraton (palace) and Wolio Cultural Center. See cultural performances and Ikat weaving. Enjoy this day in the historical center of the Buton Kingdom.

Tana Beru
Traditionally, timber Phinisi boats have been crafted by the Bugis boat-builders on the beach at Tana Beru since the 14th century. Over the centuries they have been used by the seafaring Makassans to travel as far as Australia and Madagascar to trade in spices and trepang. This is an ancient craft handed down through the ages and still relevant today. There are ceremonies involved in each stage of the boat building, and the boats are positioned along the coast in various stages of construction. Learn about the traditional construction methods, unchanged for centuries, and climb into a boat to admire its size and craftsmanship of the boat-builders.

Accommodations

Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 21
Disembark Makassar, Indonesia

Arrive into Makassar at 6:00am. Say farewell to the crew and fellow explorers, then disembark at 8:00am.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; one pre-cruise hotel night; pre-cruise and post-cruise transfers; all meals; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner service; 24-hour tea and coffee; captain’s welcome and farewell drinks; access to islands, marine and national parks; guided tours in tender vessels; services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions; port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities.

Exclusions

Airfare; optional group charter flights between Darwin and Makassar (AUD750.00 per person, one way, subject to change); optional scuba diving costs (contact AdventureSmith for pricing); entry visas or travel permits; insurance of any kind; items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Sulawesi Circumnavigation cruise begins and ends in Makassar, Indonesia (UPG), with an optional, added-cost charter flight to and from Darwin and Makkassar on day 1 and 21.

For the added-cost charter flight: plan flights to arrive to Darwin anytime the day prior to day 1. A pre-cruise hotel night and welcome event in Darwin on day 0 is included for guests who opt for the charter flight or arrange an independent flight from Darwin to Makassar on day 1. On day 1, transfer from the Darwin hotel to your optional, added-cost charter flight is also included.

For independent travel arrangements: plan flights to arrive to Makassar prior to the 4:30pm boarding and 6:00pm departure on day 1.

Plan flights to depart Makassar no earlier than 12:00pm noon on day 21. For guests disembarking in Makassar and taking the charter flight to Darwin, plan to overnight in Darwin if additional flights are part of your travel plans. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Darwin and Makassar are optional and at an added cost of AUD750.00 per person one way (subject to change) on this trip’s itinerary. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) checked luggage and 15 lbs (7 kg) cabin baggage on these flights. There is no option to pay for additional luggage.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, snorkeling, diving (added cost), kayaking, tender excursions, land treks, wildlife observation, cultural visits, village visits and participating in conservation efforts.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your AdventureSmith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

Mar 05 - Mar 19, 2021
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Coral Adventurer

Launched in 2019, the 120-guest Coral Adventurer Australian expedition ship offers a wine cellar, open galley, private balconies and efficient ship-to-shore operations.

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Toraja Misiliana Hotel

The Toraja Misiliana Hotel is a family-owned-and-operated hotel in Toraja Land, Indonesia offering a unique combination of international ambiance with traditional Torajanese culture.

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