Colors of Indonesia: Corals, Komodos, & Vibrant Cultures

Colors of Indonesia: Corals, Komodos, & Vibrant Cultures

From AUD $15,840


Set sail from Bali on an expedition to discover Indonesia’s rich tapestry of cultures and lush tropical islands. Experience the thrill of spotting rare Komodo dragons in the wild; snorkel and dive at pristine coral reefs of the Moluccas, Raja Ampat and West Papua; take part in exuberant welcome ceremonies at the secluded villages we’ll explore along the way; and step back in time as we learn about some of the fiercest battles of the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Trip Name
Colors of Indonesia: Corals, Komodos, & Vibrant Cultures
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 103 metres Passenger Capacity: 102 (in 53 cabins) Built: 2003 / Refurbished 2014 Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration. National Geographic Orion meets strict specifications for environmental protection and the on board waste management systems meet the stringent Antarctic operational standards enabling us to travel to the most pristine environments. A host of advanced design features and technology ensures sustainable marine environmental practices. National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment. Her public rooms include a dramatic window-lined main lounge, as well as an observation lounge and library perched at the very top of the ship, with plentiful observation decks. The spacious lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and is suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and our nightly tradition of Recap. In addition, a dedicated theater provides a unique setting for specialist presentations or films and slideshows. Both the main dining room and outside buffet easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining. On selected nights, weather permitting, our dining room menu is also available on the outside deck. While Orion interiors are elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. And you’ll find shipboard services like laundry, in-room cabled internet, and public-area wifi.


Day 1 - DAY 1: Bali
Arrive in Bali. Check in to the Fairmont Hotel (orsimilar). Meet your fellow travelers this evening atour welcome reception. (D)
Day 2 - DAY 2: Bali / Embark National Geographic Orion
This morning we check out of the hotel and headoff into the countryside and the artist’s town ofUbud—famous for silver working, wood carving,and batik. As we wind our way up into the hills,we’ll pass exquisite Hindu temples, lush forests,small villages, and the terraced rice fields cut intothe cliffs. From water buffalo, to ducks, to harvest,learn how all the pieces of rice production flowtogether and nothing is wasted. Following lunchand free time to wander through the galleries inUbud, we’ll head back to Benoa where we embarkthe National Geographic Orion. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - DAY 3: Satonda / Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands
Our first stop is the uninhabited Indonesian islandof Satonda—a small circular island that is anancient volcanic cone. Spend the morningsnorkeling or diving the vibrant reefs or hike inlandto the island’s sacred lake. This afternoon visit theisland of Sumbawa, where villagers welcome uswith a lively cultural display. Witness a traditionalwedding ceremony and a local boxing match.(B,L,D)
Day 4 - DAY 4: Komodo Island
Explore Komodo National Park, home to theworld’s largest living lizard—the Komodo dragon.Learn about the conservation of these prehistoricgiants from park rangers, who will join us on a hiketo spot the lizards in their natural habitat. Thenenjoy an afternoon of swimming, snorkeling, orbeachcombing at “Pink Beach,” named for thecoral fragments that lend their color to the sand.(B,L,D)
Day 5 - DAY 5-6: Flores Island / At Sea
Flores was once an important Portuguese tradingcenter for sandalwood. Known for producing someof the finest ikat weaving in the world, we’ll meetthe people of this arid island at the weaving villageof Watublapi. Whereas many other local weavingcommunities switched to industrially spun yarnand chemical dyes for the sake of saving time andmoney, the weavers of Watublapi still use thetraditional, handspun yarn made out of localcotton, as well as local natural dyes. We’ll also seea cultural dance presentation. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - DAY 8: Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Moluccas
Sail into the Molucca archipelago, also known asMaluku or the Spice Islands. In the heart of theMoluccas lay the Banda Islands, where akora kora, or traditional war canoe, escorts us tothe enchanted isle of Banda Neira. Banda Neirawas once the center of the Spice Island trade anda hub of the Dutch East India Company. Stroll pastDutch architecture and visit Fort Belgica, built toprotect the profitable spice trade. Next toBandanaira, the near perfect conical volcano of Banda Api will be visible, quietly steaming away,and the crystal-clear waters provide us with somegreat swimming and snorkeling. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - DAY 8-10: Exploring Raja Ampat
Snorkel and dive one of the richest and mostintricate marine regions in the world. Explore thesteep coral walls and drop offs that are brimmingwith amazing life: colorful corals, giant clams, andliterally hundreds of different fish species. Abovesea level, the experiences are just as amazing,with lush islands, towering limestone pinnaclesjutting out of the water, and hidden white-sandcoves to discover by Zodiac or kayak. Birders mayjoin a pre-dawn nature walk to try to catch aglimpse of the ethereal red bird of paradise.(B,L,D)
Day 8 - DAY 11-12: Sorong, West Papua / Disembark / Bali, Indonesia / Home
Disembark today in Sorong, West Papua. After abrief tour, board our charter flight to Bali,Indonesia, and connect to flights home, arrivingthe next day. (Day 11: B,L)
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $15,840Category 1
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $19,230Category 2
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $22,500Category 3
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $23,750Category 1 Solo
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $24,570Category 4
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $29,680Category 5
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $33,770Category 3 Solo
30-09-202312-10-2023AUD $34,430Category 6


    • Encounter Indonesia’s vibrant cultures during traditional welcome ceremonies and visits to remote island villages and markets
    • Swim, snorkel, and dive at spectacular reefs, isolated atolls, and ivory beaches of Kri Island, Misool and Waigeo Island in Raja Ampat and West Papua
    • Search for Komodo dragons in Komodo National Park, prehistoric creatures that can reach nine feet