Indonesian Explorer aboard Heritage Adventurer

Indonesian Explorer aboard Heritage Adventurer

From USD $8,750


Discover paradise on an authentic expedition through Indonesia’s remote and little known tropical islands. Swim with the Whale Sharks in Kwatisore Bay and explore the turquoise waters and rainbow corals of Raja Ampat as we traverse powdery white sand beaches, untamed jungles home to up to 13 species of Bird-of-paradise including Red, Wilson’s and Lesser Bird-of-paradise and World War II relics, visiting remote tribes on our voyage from Manado to Madang.

A true expedition voyage in every sense, our journey will explore Indonesia’s rarely visited and little known biodiverse-rich jungle-capped islands scattered across pristine pellucid waters well beyond traditional tourist routes. Join us and discover a true paradise where untouched dense jungles home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet meet crystalline tropical waters teaming with exotic marine life and some of the world’s best coral reefs all wrapped in a land steeped in history and rich in culture and tradition.

Comprised of some 18,000 islands, this Southeast Asian archipelago’s fascinating human history dates back almost 2 million years. European arrival saw Portuguese spice traders chasing the fragrant bounty of nutmeg and cloves in the 16th Century, this was followed by Dutch colonisation then Japanese occupation during World War II before Indonesia regained its independence in 1949.

While still a heavy hitter on the spice trading scene, Indonesia is now attracting attention for having one of the richest concentrations of flora and fauna on the planet. One of the world’s 17 mega diverse countries, Indonesia is home to 2 of the planet’s 25 biodiversity hotspots, 18 of the World Wildlife Fund’s Global 200 ecoregions and 24 of BirdLife International’s Endemic Bird Areas.

Its dense forests, jungles, oceans and waterways we will be exploring boast more than 25,000 species of flowering plants (40 per cent of which are endemic), 1,592 bird species (430 of which are endemic and 114 considered extremely threatened), 1,051 reptile and amphibian species, 515 species of mammal and half of the world’s fish species.

For botanists, birders and nature lovers alike, this expedition offers numerous opportunities to spot once-in-a-lifetime species and experience rare wildlife encounters on remote and unknown islands.

Sublime wildlife, incredible underwater encounters, exceptional birding and thrilling cultural exchanges await on Indonesian Explorer.

Each area we visit has rich cultural experiences and wild treasures to offer. As guests, we have made a point to source and support local projects in the areas through which we travel. A contribution from each passenger represents a portion of the money we donate to ensure the longevity and success of educational, environmental and cultural initiatives in these regions.

Trip Name
Indonesian Explorer aboard Heritage Adventurer
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 124 metres Passenger Capacity: 140 Built: 1991 Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the ‘Grande Dame of Polar Exploration’ due to her celebrated history and refined design, she was purpose-built for adventure in 1991 at Finland’s Rauma shipyard and specifically designed for Polar exploration.Setting a peerless standard in authentic expedition travel, Heritage Adventurer (formerly known as MS Hanseatic) combines the highest passenger ship ice-class rating (1A Super) with an impressive history of Polar exploration. Having held records for the most northern and southern Arctic and Antarctic navigations, and for traversing both the Northwest and Northeast Passages, makes Heritage Adventurer perfect for pioneering New Zealand-based Heritage Expeditions signature experiential expedition travel.Originally designed to accommodate 184 guests, Heritage Adventurer now welcomes just 140 expeditioners ensuring spacious, stylish and comfortable voyages, while a fleet of 14 Zodiacs ensures all guests are able to maximise their expedition adventure. Heritage Adventurer proudly continues our traditions of exceptional, personalised expedition experiences as Heritage Expeditions flagship. Observation Lounge – One of the most celebrated and best-known features of Heritage Adventurer is the awe-inducing Observation Lounge, Library and Bar. Located on Deck 7 and perched directly above the Bridge, enjoy sweeping 270-degree views through floor to ceiling windows, perfect for wildlife spotting and quick access to the outer deck. Bring your binoculars to spot wildlife, observe the ever-changing landscape, write in your journal or relax with a book. Observation Deck – Enjoy 360-degree views from the highest point on the ship. The Observation Deck sits above the Observation Lounge and provides exceptional outside viewing options. Stretching the full width of the vessel, this is the perfect spot to take in the surrounding land and seascapes. Perfect on a sunny day, recline in the comfortable sun loungers protected from the wind and elements and watch your voyage unfold.  The Bridge – No expedition is complete without visiting Heritage Adventurer’s busy nerve centre. Located on Deck 6, Heritage Expeditions’ Open Bridge Policy means you are welcome to observe the Captain and crew at work while enjoying some of the ship’s best views. It’s a fascinating place to learn about navigation and vessel operations, however please note the Bridge will be closed when departing or arriving at port. Dining Room  – Indulge in fine international cuisine from our talented chefs in the lavish surrounds of our Dining Room on Deck 4. Sensational 270-degree views provide a stunning backdrop to meals here along with an international wine list featuring many outstanding regional wines. With relaxed seating arrangements, all guests can enjoy dining in a single sitting from hearty breakfasts setting you up for the day’s adventure to sumptuous lunches and multi-course evening dining. Bistro  – Simple fast and delicious meals and snacks are on offer in our relaxed Bistro on Deck 6. Perfect for early risers to enjoy tea, coffee and light breakfast options the Bistro provides great views and opens directly onto a covered and heated teak-deck outdoor dining area. The Bar and Lounge  – The social hub of  Heritage Adventurer, the Bar and Lounge on Deck 5 features seating for all guests. Enjoy a beverage at the bar, sink into an armchair, relax on one of the many spacious loungers and watch the world go by through the panoramic windows or make new friends at the communal seating. This multi-tasking space also doubles as the location of daily briefings and evening recaps with the expedition team. The Gym – Featuring spectacular ocean views, the well-equipped gym is adjacent to the pool, hot tub and sauna in Deck 7’s wellbeing zone. Maintain your routine with an elliptical cross trainer, treadmill, rowing machine, stationary bikes, TRX as well as free weights, yoga mats and fitness balls. Towels are provided with change room and shower amenities nearby. Sauna and Steam Room – True to her Nordic origins, Heritage Adventurer features a dry-heat Finnish sauna and European steam room on Deck 7. Perfect for warming up post Polar plunge or unwinding after a day’s adventures, the sauna and steam room include change room facilities, showers and towels. Swimming Pool and Hot Tub – Surrounded by relaxed teak seating including sun loungers, the open-air saltwater pool can be heated or chilled. Encased in glass the hot tub ensures all-weather use, perfect for those who like to relax with a view following a day of exploring. Lectures and Presentations – Enjoy informative and entertaining lectures on history, biology, wildlife, and ecology in the comfort of the Presentation Theatre. With state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, our world-renowned expedition team will bring your adventure to life through interactive presentations and discussions.


Day 1 - Day 1: Manado
Arrive at Manado, captial of theNorth Sulawesi province, andtransfer to your hotel where ourgroup will spend the first nightof the expedition. This eveningmeet your fellow voyagers andexpedition team over dinner atthe hotel.
Day 2 - Day 2: At Sea
Enjoy breakfast at the hotelbefore boarding your ship inBitung. You will have time to settleinto your cabin and familiariseyourself with the ship; we will alsotake the opportunity to introduceyou to your expedition team andour voyage plans. You are invitedto join the expedition team in theObservation Lounge and up onthe Observation Deck as we setsail for Ternate Island.
Day 3 - Day 3: Ternate Island
This surprisingly busy island cityand port, once a leading cloveproducer, sits perched alongsidethe dramatic cone of triple-peaked volcano Gamalama inthe North Maluku Islands. Welloff the tourist route, today is atrue expedition day with optionsincluding visiting the spice andcinnamon plantations, thepalace of the Sultan of Ternate,numerous forts dating back to thecolonial era.
Day 4 - Day 4: Halmahera Island
The largest island in Maluku (theMoluccas), remote Halmaherapairs pristine white sand beacheswith rugged, unspoiled forestsall presided over by spectacularoutline of Mt Mamuya. Consistingof four peninsulas and themarine rich clear waters of threeexceptional great bays: Kau inthe northeast, Buli in the east,and Weda in the southeast. Animportant part of the ecoregionknown as Wallacea, its impressiveAsian and Australasian faunaincludes 26 bird species, four ofwhich are found nowhere else inthe world.
Day 5 - Day 5: Misool Island
Part of the Sultanate of Tidoreduring the spice trade wars,Misool Island is the secondlargest island in the aquaticwonderland that is Raja Ampat(aka Four Kings Islands, namedafter its four main islands) and our introduction to this stunning marineenvironment. Rich in heritage,it was colonised by the Dutch,however still maintains its culturalessence and traditional ways oflife with indigenous constructions,folk dance and respect for natureprevailing. On land, discovercaves hidden among verdantforests featuring rock art datingback more than 5,000 years,while under its protected watersDugong, Bumphead Parrotfish,Clownfish, Manta Rays, GhostPipefish, Harlequin Shrimp, PygmySeahorse and more can be foundamong spectacular coral gardensand sea-cave cemeteries. Overthe course of the day we aim toexplore the labyrinth of cavesand passages, and hike up tothe viewing platforms to enjoythe spectacular vistas and heart-shaped lagoon of Karawapop.
Day 6 - Days 6 to 7: Raja Ampat
Lapped by stunning turquoisewaters, Raja Ampat’s collectionof 1,500 tiny, jungle-cloakedislands are among Indonesia’smost beautiful. We plan to spend2 days exploring the bounty ofrainbow corals, shoals of multi-coloured fish, intriguing ocean-carved limestone formations andjungles of this tropical paradiseof forgotten islands. Believedto contain the most biodiversemarine habitat on the planet, thewaters surrounding Raja Ampatare home to 600 species of hardcoral and 1,200 types of reef fish and make for exceptionalsnorkelling and Zodiac cruising.On land, spotting the brilliantWilson’s Bird-of-paradise andRed Bird-of-paradise will be highon our agenda here, with earlymorning visits planned ensuringthe very best opportunity for all tosee these remarkable birds in theirnatural habitat and, hopefully,witness their rarely-seen matingdance around their ‘lekking’trees.Other activities could includebeachcombing, visiting villages andengaging in cultural exchangeswith locals and forest walks.
Day 7 - Day 8: Amsterdam Island
Part of the Su Islands (Mios Su) orthe Soe Island Group, a cluster ofsmall islands off the northern coastof Western New Guinea, ourvisit to little-known and exploredAmsterdam Island channels thetrue expedition nature of ourvoyage providing an opportunityto explore where very few havebeen before.
Day 8 - Day 9: Manokwari and Arfak Mountains
Located at the top of the Bird’sHead Peninsula and surroundedby lush rolling hills and impressivespine of the Arfak Mountains,Manokwari is the capital of WestPapua. Options here includean early rise travelling highinto the Arfak Mountains tothe Pegunungan Arfak NatureReserve exploring the higherelevations and misty tropicalmontane rainforests with theirexceptional suite of endemic plants, animals and birds. Duringour journey we will be on thelookout for the Western Parotiaand Vogelkop Bowerbird, andvisit the viewing hides for aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity toobserve the Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, among the region’s320 bird species. Alternativelyenjoy a sleep in and explore thefascinating town of Manokwari,home to more than 24 differenttribal groups.
Day 9 - Day 10: Cenderawasih Marine Park
Enjoy the unforgettableexperience of swimming with theiconic Whale Sharks of KwatisoreBay in Cenderawasih Marine Park.One of the best places in theworld to snorkel with these gentlegiants, we aim to visit the localfishermen’s Bagans (handmadefloating platforms) where thesemega-fish (known to grow morethan 12-metres in length), hopefulof catching some of the smallerfish escaping fishermen’s nets,are known to congregate. Thisspectacular 15,000-square-kilometre marine park is alsohome to some of the finest coralreef examples in the world and18 tropical islands, which we willexplore, where 209 species offish and 4 species of turtle canbe seen. We also plan to visit avillage where the locals live by aunique mix of traditional, Dutchand modern influences.
Day 10 - Day 11: Biak & Rusbasbedas Islands
The seldom-visited Biak Island inthe Schouten Islands archipelagoof Cenderawasih Bay boasts thehighest endemic biodiversity inPapua including 17 endemicbirds. Among the species we mayencounter are the Long-tailedHoney-buzzard, Red-cappedFlowerpecker, Yellow-bibbed Fruit-dove, Geelvink Imperial-pigeon,Biak Black Flycatcher and NumforParadise-kingfisher and LeafWarbler. In the afternoon we planto sail to the pristine and isolatedRusbasbedas Island with its whitesand beaches, shear drop-offsand enormous corals teemingwith brightly coloured fish makeit paradise for snorkellers andbeachcombers.
Day 11 - Day 12: Liki Island
Enjoy a warm welcome on LikiIsland, part of the KoemambaIslands in formerly Dutch NewGuinea, where villagers sharelocal customs and traditionsalong with some of the island’sculinary delights. Explore the forestlooking for wildlife on a naturewalk, or snorkel along the edgeof the abundant coral reef on thischarming and rarely visited island.
Day 12 - Day 13: Jayapura
The peaceful paradise of LakeSentani, the glittering freshwaterlake reflecting the steep, verdantmountains in the Cyclops StrictNature Reserve of Papua’scapital Jayapura, is renowned for its famous artifacts, traditionalmotifs, pottery, woodworkingand bark paintings, and is ourdestination following an earlymorning arrival. We will journey tothe lake’s edge before enlistingtraditional longboats, passing stilthouses, as we navigate its manyislands. Experience local culturein the form of dance and artists atwork making bark paintings andbride money before returningto the ship for lunch and sailingtowards Vanimo and PapuaNew Guinea for our Internationalarrival into Papua New Guinea.
Day 13 - Day 14: Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
We have allowed plenty of timeto fully appreciate this remarkableriver, its birds, animals and thepeople that call it home. TheSepik River, the longest in PapuaNew Guinea, flows from thehighlands to the Bismarck Sea.It is a rich arterial river that hasfostered great traditional artists.We plan to explore the riverby Zodiac, following tributariesand channels in search of localwildlife. Enjoy a warm welcomeat Kopar Village where we willexperience village life and atraditional Dragon Dance uniqueto this region. The world-renownedartists of the Sepik region travellong distances to meet the shipand there is the opportunity topurchase unique carvings andmore directly from them.
Day 14 - Day 15: Madang
The self appointed ‘Prettiest Townin the South Pacific’, Madangis bound by lush rainforest,calm blue waters studdedwith volcanic islands, Tupira’ssupreme surf break, flourishingcoral gardens and rich history.For those disembarking, a transferto a central hotel, or the airport,will conclude your voyage, ORcontinue the adventure withus on Discover the Secrets ofMelanesia.
Day 15 - Please Note:
During our voyage,circumstances may make itnecessary or desirable to deviatefrom the proposed itinerary.This can include poor weatherand/or opportunities for makingunplanned excursions. YourExpedition Leader will keep youfully informed.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
11-10-202225-10-2022USD $8,750MAIN DECK TRIPLE CABINS
11-10-202225-10-2022USD $9,475SUPERIOR TRIPLE CABINS
11-10-202225-10-2022USD $10,495SUPERIOR CABINS. From
11-10-202225-10-2022USD $12,595MAIN DECK SINGLE CABINS
11-10-202225-10-2022USD $12,995SUPERIOR SINGLE CABINS
11-10-202225-10-2022USD $13,595WORSLEY SUITES
11-10-202225-10-2022USD $21,795HERITAGE SUITES


    • Visit Halmahera Island
    • Explore Misool Island
    • Enjoy Raja Ampat
    • Travel to Cenderawasih Marine Park