Indonesian Explorer: Raja Ampat to Papua New Guinea
West Papua, Indonesia
Join acclaimed author, scientist and explorer Professor Tim Flannery as we discover a true paradise where untouched dense jungles home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet meet crystalline tropical waters teeming 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. 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 Red, Wilsons and Lesser Bird-of-paradise
- Hidden gems of Indonesia and New Guinea.
- Encounter people living in remote locations and still living a traditional lifestyle.
- Remnants of World War II activities
- Rare bird species.
- Incredible marine diversity with opportunity to snorkel and kayaking
- Join acclaimed author, scientist and explorer Professor Tim Flannery.
Comprised of some 18,000 islands, this South East Asian
archipelago's fascinating human history dates back almost 2 million
years to the fossilised remains of Homo erectus/‘Java Man'
discovered in the early 1890s, while ancient rock art waits in
hidden caves on renowned Misool Island. 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 (excluding the Dutch territory of
West New Guinea).
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.
Indonesia's extraordinary diversity also extends to its population where more than 300 ethnic groups, many with their own set of customs, cultures and languages, live scattered throughout the archipelago. Our expedition embraces some of these cultures with visits planned to some of these villages. Sublime wildlife, incredible underwater encounters, exceptional birding and thrilling cultural exchanges await on ‘Indonesian Explorer'.
Discover paradise on an authentic expedition through Indonesia's remote and unknown tropical islands.
OverviewJoin acclaimed author, scientist and explorer Professor Tim Flannery as we discover a true paradise where untouched dense jungles home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet meet crystalline tropical waters teeming 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. 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 Red, Wilsons and Lesser Bird-of-paradise.
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Expedition Vessel: M/V Spirit of Enderby
The Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and is perfect for Expedition cruising. She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in March 2012 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space. On board there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top New Zealand and Australian chefs. The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.
- All meals and 24 hour tea and coffee station aboard the ship.
- Use of snorkel equipment where available.
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac excluding optional specialised birding and kayaking programmes.
- Programme of lectures by noted naturalists.
- All onshore tips, service taxes and port charges.
- Comprehensive pre-departure material.
- Airport transfers at the beginning and end of your voyage.
- passport, visa, immigration fees,
- baggage/accident/travel protection plan,
- items of a personal nature such as bar, email, and laundry.
- Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion.
- Airfares are an additional cost.
- Discovery Fund $600 USD pp
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