Join us for a journey from Benoa to Singapore and experience all that Indonesia’s many islands have to offer. Visit an active volcano at Mount Semeru and see Krakatoa, the site of the world’s largest and most destructive eruption ever recorded (in 1883). See orangutans up close at Camp Leakey, learning about Dr. Birute Galdikas’ lifelong work with these endangered creatures. Watch the famous Karapan Sapi bull races, and witness the remnants of volcanic activity, the turquoise Ijen Crater Lake at Mount Merapi. Take a break from the fiery activity and relax by the tranquil Java Sea on Karimunjawa’s white sand beaches. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, culture, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.
Tanjung Wangi, Indonesia –
Tanjung Wangi is an active port located in a volcanically active region of East Java, and the gateway to see Ijen Crater. At the extinct volcano of Mount Merapi is Ijen Crater Lake, a highly acidic crater lake and the largest of its kind in Java. Located at an altitude of 2,883 meters (9,458 feet), the stunning view of the lake’s eerie turquoise color, yellow sulphur deposits and steam is worth the drive and the 90-minute hike to see.
Pasuruan, Indonesia –
Located on the northern coast of East Java, Pasuruan is graced with beautiful examples of Islamic architecture, including the Masjid Kota (city mosque). From Pasuruan, access Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, named for its two mountains (Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru) and the Tenggerese people of this region. Mount Semeru is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, which has minor eruptions every 20 to 30 minutes! Mount Bromo is known for its beautiful vistas.
Sumenep, Indonesia –
Sumenep in the local Madurese language means “quiet valley,” named in the 13th century by the Hindu-Buddhist kingdom of Singhasari. In contrast to this peaceful name, the region is famous for the raucous Karapan Sapi bull racing festival that happens from July through October. Those watching the races can also enjoy Gamelan music concerts and traditional food.
Karimunjawa, Indonesia –
Visit the 27-island archipelago of Karimun Java, including Karimunjawa island. Life on this hilly island is quiet, with just one main village that is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and simple grass-roofed homes on stilts amidst the tranquil waters of the Java Sea.
Kumai - Camp Leakey, Indonesia –
Tanjung Puting is one of the most important national parks of Borneo and Indonesia. It possesses the region’s largest and most diverse examples of coastal tropical forest. Declared a National Park in 1982, it remains largely undeveloped and wild, with orangutan and other primate species roaming freely. Cruise by Zodiac and local boat into Tanjung Puting and take a private tour of Camp Leakey, the landmark primate research station. Meet one of the founding scientists, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas (as available) and learn of her 45 years devoted to the study, care and preservation of endangered orangutans.
Krakatoa, Indonesia –
Visit Krakatoa, a volcanic island famous for its 1883 eruption, one of the most violent volcanic events ever recorded. The eruption destroyed over two-thirds of the island and the surrounding archipelago and collapsed into a caldera, causing tsunamis as far away as South Africa. Today, the cluster of islands, including a new island that formed from 1927 to 1930, Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa), make up a national park. The volcanic cone of Anak Krakatau is still active; depending on conditions, visitors may hike to see the lava flow first-hand.
• See Madura’s famous Karapan Sapi bull race in Sumenep Indonesia
• Experience classic Indonesian music at a Gamelan
• Taste traditional Indonesian foods
Wildlife Watch List:
• Damselfish, surgeonfish, angelfish, clown fish, wrasses, groupers, butterfly fish, triggerfish
• Silver leaf monkey, long-tailed macaque, Borneo orangutan, proboscis monkey
• Rufous-backed, Ruddy and Stork-billed Kingfisher, Red-crowned and Brown Barbet, White-bellied Woodpecker, Black-and-red Broadbill, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Abbott’s and White-chested Babbler,
• Red-footed and Masked Booby, Lesser and Great Frigatebird, Osprey, White-bellied Sea-eagle
Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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