For this exciting 12-day adventure, we offer a heady and rare mix of encounters with orangutans, proboscis monkeys, tropical birds, Komodo dragons and manta rays, spectacular marine life and a chance to meet and experience the fascinating culture of the famed Dayak people of Borneo, with a river cruise up the Kayahan River of Central Borneo combined with sea voyage on a traditional pinisi schooner through the turquoise waters of the Komodo National Park and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands. Cruising by air-conditioned riverboat along Kalimantan’s meandering rivers remains the best way to travel through the hinterland of Borneo, with its wealth of ecological and cultural treasures that survive deep within the rainforest. Followed by a sea cruise on a traditional pinisi boat through the myriad islands of East Nusa Tenggara (as the region east of Bali is known) you will get to see up close the legendary Komodo Dragons, stopping at remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, waterfalls, a mysterious volcanic lake, and have ample opportunity for kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling and swimming along the way. This truly is a trip to excite all the senses and tick so many boxes – not least the mighty man of the forest, the orangutan.
Note: Unique to our cruises, all domestic flights on our Orangutans and Dragons cruise are included in the cruise price. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with International standards of safety. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included. If you are booking flights by yourself, do not book any flights before checking with us first. Our first and last day programmes rely on strict time scheduling, so please confirm with us to ensure that you arrive and depart at your destination with plenty of time to spare and to avoid disruption to other guests’ schedules.
FLEXIBILITY: Our Orangutans and Dragons cruises are not just limited by what’s on offer in the itinerary and can be taken with any of our scheduled Dances, Dragons & Magical Lakes departures between Bali and Komodo between April 1st and June 30th. Simply find the dates of the cruise that suits you and contact us to see about organising the Borneo part of the trip.