Bali (Benoa) to Cairns

Bali (Benoa) to Cairns

Oct 27, 2022 to Nov 12, 2022

16 Days

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Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Oct 27, 2022 Bali (Benoa),
Indonesia
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
Oct 28, 2022 Sumbawa Besar (Badas Port),
Indonesia
Early Morning Afternoon
Oct 29, 2022 Komodo,
Indonesia
Early Morning Evening
Oct 30, 2022 Larantuka, Flores,
Indonesia
Afternoon Evening
Oct 31, 2022 Lembata,
Indonesia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 01, 2022 Gunungapi,
Indonesia
Afternoon Evening
Nov 02, 2022 Banda Neira,
Indonesia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 03, 2022 At Sea,
Nov 04, 2022 Kokas,
Indonesia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 05, 2022 Fakfak (Mommon Bay),
Indonesia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 06, 2022 Triton Bay,
Indonesia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 07, 2022 At Sea,
Nov 08, 2022 At Sea,
Nov 09, 2022 Thursday Island/Cape York,
Australia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 10, 2022 Great Barrier Reef,
Australia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 11, 2022 Lizard Island,
Australia
Early Morning Evening
Nov 12, 2022 Cairns,
Australia
Morning 8 AM - 10 AM
(Disembarkation)

Ports

  • Bali (Benoa)

    Immerse yourself in the rich and colorful culture of this bewitching island. Enjoy the scent of blossoms on the soft morning breeze, and notice the exquisite daily offerings of flowers and tropical fruits everywhere. Listen for the strains of the gamelan in the background, and keep your eyes open for the endless processions en route to myriad temple ceremonies. Unlike most Indonesians, the people here are predominantly Hindu. Volcanoes cluster in the center of the island. The tallest is Mount Agung, Bali’s spiritual center and the location of its most important temple, Besakih. But the most dramatic temple is Ula Watu, perched atop sheer cliffs dropping straight down into the surf. The views are spectacular, especially at sunset. Bali is one of the world’s most artistic cultures, with individual villages famous for specific crafts and dance performances, with Ubud as the cultural core. Bali is also a place for relaxation and contemplation. There are scenic views for yoga and meditation and day spas providing Balinese massage. And every evening at dusk up to 20,000 large herons fly into the trees in the village of Petulu, to find their perches and settle in for the night.

  • Sumbawa Besar (Badas Port)

    Sumbawa Besar sits at the foot of the remains of Gunung Tambora, a volcano that exploded with inconceivable force in 1815, creating a “year without summer” across the entire northern hemisphere. It’s a quiet place now, a market town trading in beans, rice and corn cultivated on its outskirts and sold at a lively morning market. In the center of the town is the handsome, late 19th century sultan’s palace constructed in wood and supported by 99 stilts, without the use of a single nail. Outside the city, the welcome is warm in hillside villages, providing an opportunity to connect with locals and their daily lives. Traditional looms turn out distinctly Sumbawan ikat textiles, often embellished by silver and gold threads. The population is Muslim, and an Islamic influence is evident in the fabric, but older elements such as human figures and birds make an appearance too. Saleh Bay and its islands are surrounded by coral reefs and provide opportunities for snorkeling and diving, as well as just lazing in the sun.

  • Komodo

    Komodo National Park includes 29 volcanic islands, encompassing varied terrains including red hillsides, tropical rain forests, grass and woodland savannah, and pristine white sandy beaches. It is home to a diverse array of mammals, birds and reptiles, including the star attraction, the Komodo dragon. The largest lizard on the planet, it can grow up to 8.5 feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds. Not a very attractive creature, it has a flat head, long, thick tail and forked tongue. Despite its heavy body and bowed legs, it can run an impressive 12 miles per hour, swim even faster and has excellent distance vision. To the delight of divers and snorkelers, the surrounding marine environment is one of the world’s richest in flora and fauna. More than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral and 70 species of sponges inhabit these waters, as do dugongs, sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. The waters are not deep, making for an easy dive through large schools of colorful fish.

  • Larantuka, Flores

    The island of Flores, along with the rest of East Nusa Tenggara province, is Christian, with 90% of the local population identifying as Catholic or Protestant. Originally settled by the Portuguese in the 15th century, Laurentuka was once a colonial entrepôt and base for missionary activity. A bit of Iberian style is evident in the city’s cathedral, with touches of pink and multiple spires. A derelict but lovely cemetery abuts the church. While nominally Catholic, the local inhabitants also practice their traditional animist religion, evident in the picturesque villages of Luba and Bena, filled with thatched cottages grouped around megalithic stone structures. The highland town of Bajawa also sports rows of high roofed traditional huts, along with totem poles and ceremonial houses adorned with ornate carvings. Many of these local residents are engaged in the weaving of the ikat textiles that Indonesia is famous for. In this method, intricate patterns are created by tie-dying the strands of thread before weaving. Each of the three crater lakes of Mount Kelimutu is a different hue and chameleon-like, changing color all the time – blue, green, red, even black – possibly because of the interaction of minerals with volcanic gas.

  • Lembata

    Lembata is an island of breathtaking scenery and vibrant color: smoldering volcanoes, enticing sandy bays lush with palm trees, and turquoise waters rich in coral and a rainbow of fish. Jungle trekkers who keep their eyes open may be rewarded with sightings of brilliantly hued birds, monkeys swinging in the trees, and some of the many reptiles and amphibians in residence. Nothing here is commercially produced. Rich ikat cloth is made from homegrown cotton, spun and dyed by the weaver. Lamalera, clinging to the slopes of an active volcano, is home to a traditional whaling community, hunting as they have for centuries using only basic equipment – harpoons, ropes and motorless boats all made in the village. All parts of the whale are consumed or traded with other islanders. Because of the historic links and primitive equipment used, this tradition is sanctioned by the United Nations. Lewoleba is the island’s capital, as well as a traditional fishing village. You can be sure the seafood is fresh, making it a good place to sample the local cuisine.

  • Gunungapi

    Towering above the other Bandar Islands, the uninhabited isle of Pulau Gunung Api is an active volcano that erupted as recently as 1988. Although it has a classic conical shape, the volcano’s caldera is actually mostly submerged off the island’s northwest coast. For two centuries, the Bandar Islands were exploited by the Dutch East Indies Company, as they were the world’s only source of nutmeg, but nowadays these verdant specks of land are better known as a diver’s mecca. Snorkel or dive the most recent lava flows to discover vividly hued sea squirts and a healthy coral reef that has expanded prodigiously since the 1988 eruption. East of the island, swim among leatherback turtles and witness the fascinating mating dance of the motley-colored mandarinfish. Birdwatchers and hikers will enjoy wandering the island or climbing the 2,150-foot peak, perhaps sighting red-tailed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, red-footed boobies and other stately seabirds along the way. From the summit, revel in far-reaching views across the verdant Bandar Islands and the sparkling sea.

  • Banda Neira

    Banda Neira is one of the Moluccas (now Maluku), the fabled spice islands of yore, shrouded in lofty, aromatic Myristica trees, the source of nutmeg and mace, found exclusively here until the mid 19th century. Access to the spices was much prized and fought over by European explorers. Colonized first by the Portuguese and then the Dutch, the British agreed to withdraw from competition for the territory in exchange for one small island on the other side of the world – New Amsterdam, now known as Manhattan. Nutmeg groves are still there to be explored, and along with clove and cinnamon, the spice is readily available in the town market. These lush islands, an internationally recognized diving spot, are far off the beaten track and surrounded by a sparkling turquoise sea crowded with exquisite corals and alive with abundant ocean life. Relics from the days of the Dutch include a Protestant church, Government House, Fort Belica and the Banda Historical Museum. A stroll around the island allows for visits to small villages. Those looking for a challenge may attempt to climb Gunung Api, the volcano that provides a backdrop to the town.

  • At Sea

  • Kokas

    Kokas is located in West Papua, the Indonesia half of the island that is shared with Papua New Guinea. It is a small town with an unusual array of sights to see. Explore the remains of tunnels constructed by the Japanese during WWII; they were expected to survive direct hits fired by U.S. battleships. Go by boat along the coast to view Papuan rock art, hematite petroglyphs of handprints and animal depictions in red ochre. The age of these artifacts is unknown, but they are surely many thousands of years old and remarkably similar to Aboriginal art in northern Australia. Also found scattered along the limestone rock face are stalactite caves and cliffside graves. As you venture deeper into the limestone labyrinth, you may encounter large areas of sea grass farms. Harvested, dried and sold to outlying towns and cities, it provides the local village with a reliable income. The grass is good for stabilizing coastlines, housing fish, serving as a source of food, protein and ingredients used in medicine. Some sea grass meadows naturally store large quantities of blue carbon and could possibly soak up more change-inducing CO2 than rainforests.

  • Fakfak (Mommon Bay)

    Your first and last impression of this land and seascape will be strikingly vivid color. The dense emerald jungle and turquoise seas as you wind your way around clusters of tiny islets are nothing compared with the psychedelic hues underwater. No need to dive deep – whale sharks, jellyfish and thousands of fish hovering over soft coral gardens are easily viewed by snorkelers. Indonesia has the world’s largest population of mangroves; their mudflats are not built up, so the water is crystal clear, allowing for lots of light penetrating to the bottom. The rainforest behind the mangroves is full of birdlife that also comes in brilliant hues – 380 endemic and a sizeable number of migratory species. In this remote and unspoiled destination, there is no sense of time but the sunrise and sunset. No distractions from the natural richness of life all around you, allowing you not only to look but to really see.

  • Triton Bay

    Triton Bay is sometimes referred to as the Kingdom of the Fishes. Massive schools of fish in every shape, size and color prowl these waters, along with sea creatures from the tiniest pygmy seahorses to enormous whale sharks. Dive sites vary: vibrant soft coral gardens, huge black coral bushes, massive boulders and sharp pinnacles. Most are accessible only from the sea, as sheer limestone cliffs line much of the coast, though it is punctuated by the proverbial idyllic white sand, palm-fringed beaches set on a jade green sea. First surveyed in 2006, the entire region is still being explored. This is also second largest rainforest in the world, drenched in luxuriant tropical plant life. There are ancient paintings adorning the walls of caves and welcoming villages to visit. If this isn’t paradise, it comes pretty close.

  • Thursday Island/Cape York

    Scattered off the northernmost point of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula, just under a hundred miles from Papua New Guinea, the beguiling Torres Strait Islands are truly off the beaten path. In the late 19th century, the archipelago was an important pearling destination, at its peak attracting over 200 ships seeking these iridescent treasures. You can view graves from the era at the tranquil Thursday Island Historic Cemetery, where pearl divers from around the world are represented. Stand on the ramparts of Green Hill Fort for far-reaching views of the surrounding islands and then descend into the tunnels and bunkers below, which house a fascinating museum detailing the area’s military history. For insight into the charismatic indigenous culture, visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and study traditional jewelry, carvings and ceremonial feathered headdresses as well as exhibits on the pearling industry. On such a small island, everyone knows each other and new faces are welcome, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation at a pub deck overlooking the glittering sea.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    One of nature’s most extraordinary creations, the Great Barrier Reef is a 1,400-mile-long complex of more than 3,000 reef systems, the only living entity visible from space and a UNESCO World Heritage site for its immeasurable ecological value. With its sandy coral cays, aquamarine lagoons and paradisiacal islands, the view from the surface is glorious in itself, but it’s underwater that the real magic transpires. Hundreds of corals species layer one on top of the other, creating gorgeous natural sculptures in a riot of colors. Flitting among them, equally vivid tropical fish demand attention, including clownfish, angelfish, butterfly fish, damselfish and countless others. Six species of sea turtles also glide through these waters, gentle creatures you might encounter while exploring in diving or snorkeling gear. Visitors seeking a more relaxing experience can sightsee aboard a semi-submergible or on a glass bottom boat, but another terrific way to take in the area’s beauty is from an overhead flight, as the water is so alluringly translucent you can look right into the reefs. No matter how you choose to discover this natural wonder, you’ll come away inspired by the incomparably exquisite and fragile ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Lizard Island

    Around the midpoint of the Great Barrier Reef’s vast expanse, Lizard Island manages to stand out in an area revered for its natural beauty. The largest of a cluster of small islands, it is a desirable destination for the established reef that encircles the archipelago’s central lagoon. Jump beneath the waves for an up-close experience with a teeming undersea world, where coral formations in every color, shape and size play host to innumerable marine creatures, including groupers, manta rays and countless schools of fish in myriad shades of neon. On land, climb to Cook’s Look, named after the celebrated 18th-century captain, and enjoy sweeping vistas over the island and lagoon, whose coloration ranges entrancingly from teal to electric blue. With 24 beaches to choose from, it’s easy to find your own secluded piece of heaven and lounge on the cotton-white sand, possibly visited by one of the island’s curious namesake yellow-spotted monitors. When evening comes, savor sophisticated cuisine at Salt Water Restaurant, which is housed in a luxurious resort and offers terrace dining with stunning sunset views.

  • Cairns

    Cairns is celebrated as a jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose technicolor treasures lie just a few miles offshore. There’s plenty to do on land as well, since the city is enveloped by pristine rainforest also protected by UNESCO. Ride the 1891 Kuranda Scenic Railway into the thick jungle, passing through dozens of tunnels and over dramatic bridges that span deep ravines. For exceptional views over the rainforest canopy, take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Kuranda, a quaint mountain village and a perfect spot to pick up a memorable souvenir. Fly even higher in a hot air balloon over the breathtaking landscape of the Atherton Tablelands, pastoral countryside ringed by lush mountains. For a refreshing escape, hike to the Crystal Cascades and swim in natural pools fed by several waterfalls. A mesmerizing array of exotic plant life awaits at the Cairns Botanical Gardens and, at the Tjapukai Cultural Park, the Aboriginal creation mythos is told through traditional performances and high-tech displays. With shops staying open until 11 pm, the Cairns Night Markets are the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat while absorbing the city’s dynamic atmosphere.


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