Join us on a voyage through the Banda Sea and the Arafura Sea. You will be amazed by the dramatic scenery and the wildlife of the islands with a chance to spot Komodo dragons in the Sunda Islands. In this mixture of islands and sea encounter fascinating local cultures against the backdrop of intriguing local history and breathtaking scenery. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Komodo Island, Indonesia –
Hike the trails of the Komodo National Park and search for the Komodo dragon, as well as Timor deer and Orange-footed Scrub Fowl, apart from other birds and mammals. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the afternoon swimming and snorkelling from Pink Beach will be a nice change after the hike.
Banda Neira, Indonesia –
Banda Neira has been one of the most important islands for the nutmeg trade and the two forts and some of the Dutch colonial houses still show the former splendour. Walk through the sleepy town and snorkel close to an active volcano.
Agats, Papua, Indonesia –
Visit an area that still today is mostly untamed and was made famous through the art produced by the Asmat. Once welcome ashore in Agats, we will walk to see the Catholic church with its indigenous art and the outstanding collection of the local museum.
Ende and Mt. Kelimutu, Flores, Indonesia –
Ende is the gateway to the Kelimutu National Park to see the three coloured lakes of Kelimutu. The scenic drive to Kelimutu will permit to see some of the local life and will take you up the mountain through the Indonesian rainforest. The final leg will be a climb up to see the “Lake of Young Men and Maidens”, the “Bewitched Lake” and the “Lake of Old People” –all of which not only have different colours, but change them as well during the year.
Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia –
Triton Bay offers beautiful beaches and the possibility to do Zodiac cruises around magnificent karst islands as well as to snorkel in this remote West Papuan area.
• See how the famous ikat weaving is done
• Visit a traditional village on Alor
• Walk through Banda Neira, the former capital of nutmeg trade, and see the Dutch Colonial buildings
• Meet the Asmat people and marvel at their cultural and artistic presentations.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Rainbow Lorikeets, Glossy Swiftlets, Flores Crows, Flame-breasted Sunbirds, Flores Spangled Drongos, Red-necked Phalaropes, Brahminy Kites, Yellow-crested Cockatoos, Helmeted Friarbirds
• Komodo dragons
• Inshore bottlenose dolphins, manta rays, whales 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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