Darwin To Bali (Benoa)

ASIA expedition cruise Silver Discoverer

Gather stories of a lifetime, on a voyage of profound experience and immense beauty. Immerse yourself in a culture where the dead are cared for among the living, and immense, vibrant funeral celebrations are extraordinary week-long affairs. You’ll carry away memories of encounters with rusty-coloured orang-utans, observations of clownfish weaving amongst the arms of brightly coloured anemones, and seeing Ijen Crater’s eerie blue flames with you.
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Cruise itinerary

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Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Saumlaki is a regional capital city on the island of Yamdena, the main island of the unique Tanimbar archipelago, located in Indonesia between Papua New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia. The Tanimbar Islands have a distinct culture with still-vibrant traditions. They actively produce traditional crafts such as richly-colored ikat cloth and carved wooden statutes, and local residents still carry on their own centuries-old forms of music and dance.
Matakus is a small island and part of the Tanimbar archipelago, located in Indonesia between Papua New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia. Matakus is just over two miles in length and less than a mile across. Despite its small size, its proximity to the regional capital city of Saumlaki just to the north ensures that the island is inhabited. The island is surrounded by fine, white-sand beaches and is a marine paradise, with fields of staghorn coral and schools of cardinalfish visible in its crystal clear waters.
The Leti Islands are part of the “Forgotten Islands” of the Maluku Province of Indonesia. This long chain of archipelagos has been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and indeed, the world for generations. Leti Island proper is in fact, one of Indonesia’s southernmost islands located between the Banda and the Timor Sea, near Timor Leste. Leti Island supports a population of approximately 7000 people, mostly living along the shore, whose society is matrilineal and whose native language is also known as Leti.
Pulau Maopara is a small island of Indonesia, located on the southern edge of the Banda Sea and part of the Moluccas province. Pulau Maopara is just under five miles in length and just over two miles across and is part of the small Barat Daya archipelago. Because it is a volcanic island its terrain is hilly, reaching as high as 1,000 feet in some places and making it favorable for hiking to see its lush vegetation and diverse fauna. Or rest on the beach and wait for a glorious sunset across the Banda Sea.
Pulau Tellang is a tiny island of Indonesia, located just next to Pulau Maopara and part of the Moluccas province. Pulau Tellang is part of the small Barat Daya archipelago and stretches less than a mile across. The hilly terrain of the island was created by ancient volcanic activity; it reaches to a modest 600 feet in some places, which makes it a lovely spot to visit and hike to view its unique fauna and lush vegetation. The island lies on the southern edge of the Banda Sea, where visitors can take in beautiful sunsets as they rest on the pristine, rarely visited beach.
Anano is part of the Wakatobi Island group. The Wakatobi Marine Park is known to have one of the highest coral and fish species counts in the world. Pulau Anano’s reefs are rich not only in coral and fish, but support walls dripping with huge gorgonian fans and flourishing with large sponges. Underwater photographers will appreciate a bizarre macro world of minute shrimp, crabs, and seahorses clinging to the corals even in the shallow areas.
Buton Island seems to be small compared to its neighbor Sulawesi, but with slightly more than 4,400 square kilometers (just under 1,700 square miles) it is Indonesia’s 19th largest island. Much of the lowland consists of uplifted karst and other limestone formations. Due to its hilly topography it still has a considerable amount of forest; most of it is seasonal tropical lowland forest with mangroves in coastal areas.
Palopo is a municipality in the South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, with a population of approximately 150,000. The city has an ancient history dating back to its founding in the early 1600s. The port has always had a trade link to the highlands of Sulawesi known as Tana Toraja, and a physical link through a twisting mountain pass making it a perfect gateway to Toraja. The land of Toraja is an ancient and mysterious place where residents adorn their homes with the horns of water buffalo killed in funeral ceremonies and ornate carvings painted in bold reds and black.
Neolithic sites recently discovered in West Sulawesi bear witness to man's presence on the island for millennia. Buddhist artifacts dating from the 4th & 5th centuries were discovered in South Sulawesi. This region was with its protected bays an ideal spot on the trade routes to drop anchor. In fact, the Bugis are reputed for their gift of boat building. The first Western visitors were Portuguese and, as many of their ships were wrecked off the coast of Minahassa, they gave the name "Celibes' (formidable) to the island.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
The mouth of the Kumai River is shallow and broad, cutting a swath into the lush green shorelines of southern Borneo. Once across the bar at the river’s mouth, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of a call-to-prayer can often-times be heard on approach to the busy port of Kumai itself. Kumai is the access point for one Borneo’s most important national parks: Tanjung Puting. The park protects possibly the largest and most diverse coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forests left in southern Borneo.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
The port of Tanjung Wangi on the eastern tip of East Java provides access to the culture-rich city of Banyuwangi; the capital city of the regency of the same name. Tanjung Wangi is an active port hosting a ferry service between the islands of Java and Bali. It is also the main jumping-off point for the Baluran and Alas Purwo National Parks. The port is located in a volcanically active area below the breathtaking Ijen plateau with its stunning mountainous scenery.
Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island, slightly bigger than Delaware, has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.


Medallion Suite

408 ft² / 38m² including a private balcony

Veranda Suite

280 ft² / 26m² including a private balcony

From US$ 15,480 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

269 ft² / 25m²

From US$ 13,860 with early booking bonus
View Suite

181 ft² / 16.8m²

From US$ 12,240 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

186 ft² / 17.3 m²

From US$ 11,070 with early booking bonus
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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer.

Silver Discoverer

Silversea's loyal following of adventure travellers can now explore the remote archipelagos of the vast Pacific aboard the sleek, 116-guest Silver Discoverer cruise ship. She's the perfect platform for viewing these untamed landscapes, with all ocean-view suites and plenty of deck space so that a breaching whale or a pod of dolphins is always within sight. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.


Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.


Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

3 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Journey from Australia, across the Banda and Java Seas, to explore the diverse islands, landscapes, cultures and wildlife found here while ashore or underwater over coral reefs. Snorkel in Indonesia’s Coral Triangle, and be dazzled by the diversity of the underwater life at destinations such as Anano Island. Encounter captivating expressions of local culture in the ornate funereal homes of the Torajan people, and in a collection of other sites so fascinating they have been proposed for UNESCO World Heritage status. Visit Tanjung Puting National Park and Camp Leakey to learn of Dr. Biruté Galdikas’ ground-breaking work with orangutans, as well as possible up-close encounters with these intelligent and threatened animals. 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. 

Voyage Highlights:

Leti Island, Indonesia – 

Visit Leti Island, one of the “Forgotten Islands” of the Malaku Province in Indonesia. The isolation of these beautiful islands has allowed their native cultures to continue to thrive. About 7,000 people live on Leti Island, and still speaking the native Leti language. Experience this unique culture through several cultural performances.

Anano Island, Indonesia – 
Visit Anano Island (Pulau Anano), part of the Wakatobi Island group. The island is referred to as Thousand Turtles Island after the scores of sea turtles that lay their eggs here. The island is part of the Wakatobi Marine Park, which is considered having one of the highest counts of reefs and fishes in the world. Pulau Anano’s reefs have not only coral and fish, but also walls of gorgonian fans and large, colorful sponges. Snorkelers may discover mackerels, rainbow runners, colourful frogfish, octopus, marbled snake eels, flying gurnards, multitudes of crab species, and dazzling anemones amongst the bounty of the coral reef.

Bau-Bau, Indonesia – 
Bau-Bau is the main city on Buton Island, with a population of over 137,000, and is home to Benteng Keraton, an unusual fort built by a local sultan centuries ago. The fort is claimed to be the biggest in Indonesia, encircling the old sultan’s home with a wall up to 8 meters high and 3 kilometers long. Made of coral blocks, the fort commands an excellent view over the city and port and the sea beyond. Inside the fort is the house of the former sultan, which today serves as a fascinating small private museum. 

Tana Toraja, Indonesia – 
Visit Tana Toraja, home to the Toraja people, an ethnic group indigenous to South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Toraja culture centers around funeral ceremonies as an extremely important ritual. See villages where homes are adorned with the horns of buffalo sacrificed in funerals and walk past an ancient field of funeral ceremonies with more than 100 tall stones representing feasts of merit given in the past. From Lemo and Londa, view cliffside burial sites of ancestors located high in the cliffs, and in hanging coffins in natural caves. Most of these sites have been grouped together as a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Tanjung Putting National Park and Camp Leakey, Indonesia – 
Tanjung Puting is one of the most important national parks of Indonesia. It possesses the largest and most diverse examples of coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forest of southern Borneo. Declared a National Park in 1982, it remains largely undeveloped and wild, with orangutan and other primate species found in the park. Cruise by Zodiac and local boat into the Tanjung Puting National Park and take a private tour of Camp Leakey, the landmark 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.

Ijen Crater, Indonesia – 
At Mount Merapi visit 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 are worth the drive and hike to see.

Cultural Highlights:

• Meet a swath of Indonesia’s many ethnic groups and learn of their different traditions through cultural presentations and informal visits. 
• Hear the Leti language spoken only on Leti Island, one of the Forgotten Islands of Indonesia.
• In-depth visit of Tana Toraja (Toraja Land) to see the unique culture centered around ornate and involved funeral ceremonies that can take months of preparation.

Wildlife Watch List:

• Damselfish, surgeonfish, angelfish, clown fish, wrasses, groupers, butterfly fish, triggerfish
• Proboscis monkeys, Javan lutung (ebony leaf monkey), long-tailed (crab-eating) macaque, Borneo orangutan, gibbons
• Watch for whales and dolphins off shore
• Seabirds of note: Red-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Lesser Frigatebird, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Osprey, Little Pied Cormorant 
• Land birds: Black Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Volcano Swiftlet, Cave Swiftlet, Collared Kingfisher, Cuckoo Dove, Barn Swallow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Scale-breasted Munia, Storm Stork, Buffy Fish Owl, Rhinoceros Hornbills, Edible-nest Swiftlet, Green Imperial Pigeon, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Long-tailed Parakeet, Blue-rumped Parrot

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 and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.


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