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Various dates available

Orangutans and Dragons, Indonesia

From £5175 Per person

Deposit Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Kalimantan’s meandering rivers remain the best way to travel through the hinterland of Borneo
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individuals
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
40 metres
Skipper
Yes
Crew
Total crew of 12.
Berth Style
14 guests in 6 cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Discover incredible culture, explore thick rainforests and meet wondrous animals on this stunning adventure

11 nights: Various dates April - September 2021

Fr $6,455 / £5,175 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

Kalimantan’s meandering rivers remain the best way to travel through the hinterland of Borneo, with its wealth of ecological and cultural treasures that survive deep within the rainforest jungle. Here, we will see proboscis monkeys and witness the fascinating Dayak culture, as well as experiencing the ultimate encounter with Asia’s only great ape, the Orangutan. Meanwhile, a sea cruise through a panorama of islands is the only way to see the legendary Komodo Dragons, stopping at remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, waterfalls, and a mysterious volcanic lake along the way.

The whole vessel is available for charter. Please enquire for details. 

 

DAY 1

– Meet at Bali airport early in the morning for your flight to Borneo in the company of your guide, and be escorted to your riverboat to start your journey.

– Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the and continue upstream along the forest-lined river, passing local villages along the way and catching glimpses of wildlife in the canopy.

– Visit a local village to visit the local library foundation, before continuing upstream to a beautiful black water lake system, where we take canoes out at sunset. Later we find a quiet location to anchor overnight.

DAY 2

– The boat moves upriver as you enjoy breakfast to a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS). We take a motorised canoe to observe the orangutans and later continue to the BOS Education Centre where orangutans are awaiting release in socialisation cages and we can learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs.

– Over lunch, we cruise upstream passing more orangutan pre-release islands, where we can see the great apes in their natural environment. Here we transfer to small canoes to have a closer observation of the orangutans before heading for a refreshing swim in the black water lake.

DAY 3

– Early in the morning, we travel by car to visit a local Dayak to see the cultural spirit houses and learn about their ancient forest culture. We are met by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around with him to see the village home gardens, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods.

– Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories, before returning to the boat for lunch as we cruise downstream through the forest, relaxing and looking out for wildlife along the way.

DAY 4

– After breakfast, the boat cruises to a local village where we disembark for the short trip to a Dayak village, where we see the ancient Dayak painted sandungs and watch a traditional dance.

– We head back to the boat for the final cruise to Palangkaraya, where we will check out and head to the airport for our flight to Bali.

– Upon arrival in Bali, you will be escorted to your hotel for the night.

DAY 5

– After breakfast in the hotel where you meet your fellow guests, experience the best that Bali can offer with a tour of East Bali with its deep culture and glorious landscapes. Visit water palaces, ancient villages, see lush rice terraces and jungles and the islands volcanic peaks, and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine.

– In the late afternoon, you will arrive at your beachside resort in East Bali and have a chance to unwind, swim, or have a snorkelling lesson with your tour guide. In the evening join all your fellow guests for a welcome dinner and drinks in the hotel’s beachside restaurant.

– Sleep in the shadow of Bali’s active volcano Mt Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali.

DAY 6

– Watch a spectacular sunrise from the beach in front of your resort as hundreds of small traditional ‘jukung’ fishing boats return from their overnight expeditions, as your SeaTrek boat comes into view.

– Sail across the Wallace Line, the deep-sea boundary that represents the biogeographical separation point between Asia and Australia, where the landscapes, animals and plant life separate into distinctly different groups.

– Snorkel the magnificent coral gardens of the Gili Islands off the northwest corner of Lombok.

DAY 7

– Wake up off the coast of Kenawa Island under the gaze of Lombok’s towering Mt Rinjani, the largest volcanic peak in Indonesia, and spend the morning swimming, snorkelling and exploring.

– Visit a village of the famous Bajao ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Southeast Asia, and wee how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water.

DAY 8

– Wake up early in Saleh Bay, where we will hopefully swim with a group of whale sharks that congregate off the local people’s fishing platforms that sit in the bay.

– Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard in a deep lake on a volcanic island lake on Satonda Island, whose caldera filled by water from a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history.

– Drink sunset cocktails as we float on the current while tens of thousands of giant fruit bats emerge from their forest lair and fly out directly over the boat on their nightly foraging missions.

DAY 9

– Step ashore on an active, smoking volcanic island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus metre, traditional wooden pinisi boat, with the same pedigree and history of our very own ships. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a memento.

– Snorkel on a colourful and vibrant coral reef above small geothermal fissures where air bubbles are released from the volcanic chambers below the seabed.

– After a few hours under sail, spend the afternoon time on a deserted white sand beach on another volcanic island, this time an extinct one. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and laze away the day before enjoying sunset cocktails on the sand.

DAY 10

– Wake up in the most northerly part of the Komodo National Park and enjoy a morning of sea-based activities including a fantastic drift snorkel over the reef, kayaking and SUP at Gili Lawa Darat island.

– Swim with schools of manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like.

– Spend the late afternoon on a local sandbar, where we will enjoy snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on the sand.

DAY 11

– Visit Rinca Island and go on a trek in search of the ancient Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad birds as we walk through the forests and savannahs of this large island.

– Snorkel at Saba Island, a favourite hangout of sea turtles, where we will have a chance to swim with these gentle creatures as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

– Enjoy Indonesian hospitality as your crew host a beach barbeque in your honour on a deserted island. On offer are plenty of good food, music, cocktails dancing and frivolity as we dance and sing the night away next to a bonfire under a clear tropical night sky.

DAY 12

– Cruise into the harbour as we eat our last breakfast on the boat, before taking a short drive to a traditional local village. Here we will enjoy their hospitality with coffee, betel nut and a highly potent local ‘arak’ before (not for the faint-hearted), before being be treated to a selection of traditional dances by their men and women.

– Enjoy a final lunch on the boat before being escorted to the airport for your onward flight to Bali.

  • Domestic Flights
  • Professional cruise directors
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes (add SUP)
  • Free tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
  • Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian and special menus on request)
  • Television, DVD and music centre in lounge
  • Dining in spacious air conditioned lounge
  • Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
  • Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
  • Mooring fees
  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip
  • Fine selection of wines, beer and spirits for sale
  • Travel to and from the vessel
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Open to families.
  • Open to solo travellers.

Depending on the chosen start point, guests will meet and stay overnight in Jakarta or Bali, from where we will fly to Palangkaraya to join the riverboat. The river cruise also ends in Palangkaraya from where will fly to Bali (changing planes in Jakarta).

Guests will return to Bali by air from Labuan Bajo in Flores.

DAY 1

– Meet at Bali airport early in the morning for your flight to Borneo in the company of your guide, and be escorted to your riverboat to start your journey.

– Cruise past the stilted and floating houses of the and continue upstream along the forest-lined river, passing local villages along the way and catching glimpses of wildlife in the canopy.

– Visit a local village to visit the local library foundation, before continuing upstream to a beautiful black water lake system, where we take canoes out at sunset. Later we find a quiet location to anchor overnight.

DAY 2

– The boat moves upriver as you enjoy breakfast to a pre-release island operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS). We take a motorised canoe to observe the orangutans and later continue to the BOS Education Centre where orangutans are awaiting release in socialisation cages and we can learn about the BOS history and rehabilitation programs.

– Over lunch, we cruise upstream passing more orangutan pre-release islands, where we can see the great apes in their natural environment. Here we transfer to small canoes to have a closer observation of the orangutans before heading for a refreshing swim in the black water lake.

DAY 3

– Early in the morning, we travel by car to visit a local Dayak to see the cultural spirit houses and learn about their ancient forest culture. We are met by the village elder with Dayak Ngaju welcoming ceremony then stroll around with him to see the village home gardens, rubber field & rubber tapping demonstration, and other village livelihoods.

– Visit to the elder’s house and enjoy the traditional spices coffee while sharing stories, before returning to the boat for lunch as we cruise downstream through the forest, relaxing and looking out for wildlife along the way.

DAY 4

– After breakfast, the boat cruises to a local village where we disembark for the short trip to a Dayak village, where we see the ancient Dayak painted sandungs and watch a traditional dance.

– We head back to the boat for the final cruise to Palangkaraya, where we will check out and head to the airport for our flight to Bali.

– Upon arrival in Bali, you will be escorted to your hotel for the night.

DAY 5

– After breakfast in the hotel where you meet your fellow guests, experience the best that Bali can offer with a tour of East Bali with its deep culture and glorious landscapes. Visit water palaces, ancient villages, see lush rice terraces and jungles and the islands volcanic peaks, and dine on some of Bali’s freshest and most delicious traditional cuisine.

– In the late afternoon, you will arrive at your beachside resort in East Bali and have a chance to unwind, swim, or have a snorkelling lesson with your tour guide. In the evening join all your fellow guests for a welcome dinner and drinks in the hotel’s beachside restaurant.

– Sleep in the shadow of Bali’s active volcano Mt Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali.

DAY 6

– Watch a spectacular sunrise from the beach in front of your resort as hundreds of small traditional ‘jukung’ fishing boats return from their overnight expeditions, as your SeaTrek boat comes into view.

– Sail across the Wallace Line, the deep-sea boundary that represents the biogeographical separation point between Asia and Australia, where the landscapes, animals and plant life separate into distinctly different groups.

– Snorkel the magnificent coral gardens of the Gili Islands off the northwest corner of Lombok.

DAY 7

– Wake up off the coast of Kenawa Island under the gaze of Lombok’s towering Mt Rinjani, the largest volcanic peak in Indonesia, and spend the morning swimming, snorkelling and exploring.

– Visit a village of the famous Bajao ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Southeast Asia, and wee how they live their lives so close to, on and in the water.

DAY 8

– Wake up early in Saleh Bay, where we will hopefully swim with a group of whale sharks that congregate off the local people’s fishing platforms that sit in the bay.

– Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard in a deep lake on a volcanic island lake on Satonda Island, whose caldera filled by water from a tsunami caused by a massive volcanic event from the nearby Tambora Volcano, which in 1815 was the largest eruption in recorded history.

– Drink sunset cocktails as we float on the current while tens of thousands of giant fruit bats emerge from their forest lair and fly out directly over the boat on their nightly foraging missions.

DAY 9

– Step ashore on an active, smoking volcanic island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus metre, traditional wooden pinisi boat, with the same pedigree and history of our very own ships. Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a memento.

– Snorkel on a colourful and vibrant coral reef above small geothermal fissures where air bubbles are released from the volcanic chambers below the seabed.

– After a few hours under sail, spend the afternoon time on a deserted white sand beach on another volcanic island, this time an extinct one. Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and laze away the day before enjoying sunset cocktails on the sand.

DAY 10

– Wake up in the most northerly part of the Komodo National Park and enjoy a morning of sea-based activities including a fantastic drift snorkel over the reef, kayaking and SUP at Gili Lawa Darat island.

– Swim with schools of manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like.

– Spend the late afternoon on a local sandbar, where we will enjoy snorkelling, swimming and relaxing on the sand.

DAY 11

– Visit Rinca Island and go on a trek in search of the ancient Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad birds as we walk through the forests and savannahs of this large island.

– Snorkel at Saba Island, a favourite hangout of sea turtles, where we will have a chance to swim with these gentle creatures as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

– Enjoy Indonesian hospitality as your crew host a beach barbeque in your honour on a deserted island. On offer are plenty of good food, music, cocktails dancing and frivolity as we dance and sing the night away next to a bonfire under a clear tropical night sky.

DAY 12

– Cruise into the harbour as we eat our last breakfast on the boat, before taking a short drive to a traditional local village. Here we will enjoy their hospitality with coffee, betel nut and a highly potent local ‘arak’ before (not for the faint-hearted), before being be treated to a selection of traditional dances by their men and women.

– Enjoy a final lunch on the boat before being escorted to the airport for your onward flight to Bali.

Temperature in this sailing area varies little (27° to 33° Celsius year-round) with mostly blue skies and light winds. We suggest you bring the following:

Light cotton/ linen clothes, including a pair of long trousers for visits in the villages

Water shoes (boots or plastic shoes)

Hiking shoes

Camera

A plastic / waterproof bag for your camera when disembarking

High protection suntan lotion

A hat

Insect repellent

Dive/ snorkelling equipment if you have your own (there is plenty on board)

A sweater for cool evenings