Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago

15 days / 14 nights
    Expedition
    Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania, Asia

    from 14 January 2019 to 28 January 2019
    15 days / 14 nights

    Departure Port : Benoa, Bali
    Arrival Port : Cairns

    Ship : LE LAPEROUSE

    • Ref : R140119

    PONANT invites you to enjoy an unforgettable experience with this exciting itinerary into the heart of Indonesia’s most beautiful islands.   

    Departing from Bali, set sail aboard Le Lapérouse on a 15-day expedition cruise to Cairns.  

    From the ‘Island of Gods’, head to mysterious Komodo, a small wild island whose national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home among other things to the famous Komodo dragons, gigantic monitor lizards that can grow more than 3 metres long, that you will be able to see in their natural environment. 

    Then follow in the footsteps of the traders who used to take the Spice Route in the past, to the Maluku Islands. These small tropical islands that get very few visitors offer fine possibilities for swimming and have strong historic interest, particularly Banda Neira, with its Dutch colonial buildings.

    Further east, you will visit villages of thatched houses in the Asmat region, one of the most isolated in the world, with deeply-rooted traditions and ancestor worship that is still very much alive.

    Le Lapérouse will finally reach Australia via the legendary Cape York, to finish on a high note exploring Lizard Island, an island with exceptional marine life, from multicoloured coral to giant clams.

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    Highlights

    • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team.
    • UNESCO site: Komodo National park.
    • Alor Island, formerly the Lesser Sunda Islands, with traditional fishing and the weaving of ikats.
    • The Malukus, the paradisiacal Spice Islands.
    • Discover the Asmat region and its small traditional villages, inhabitants and warrior ceremonies.
    • Cape York, the northernmost point of the Australian continent, which is very hard to reach apart from by sea.
    • Lizard Island, snorkelling the coral reefs of Watson’s Bay.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      €14,920
      €7,810
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 4
      €15,860
      €8,280
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 5
      €16,360
      €8,530
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      €16,860
      €8,780
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      €23,000
      €11,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      €23,000
      €11,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      €23,000
      €11,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      €23,000
      €11,850
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 5
      €33,400
      €17,050
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 6
      €34,420
      €17,560
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      €35,480
      €18,090
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      €35,480
      €18,090
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      €36,560
      €18,630
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      €36,560
      €18,630
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      €37,680
      €19,190
      Not Available
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    LE LAPEROUSE

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    LE LAPEROUSE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    14 January 2019 – Pulau Banta, Komodo National Park

    Benoa, Bali

    Embarkation 14/01/2019 from 14H30 to 15H30 . Departure 14/01/2019 at 16H00 .

    If it's a taste of exotic authenticity you're after, prepare to be spell-bound by the island of Bali, tucked away in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the depth and richness of its cultural heritage and the plethora of activities on offer here make Bali a little slice of heaven on Earth. The island's southern coast enthrals with its white sand beaches, its picturesque little fishing villages such as Benoa, and its hills patchworked with terraced rice paddies further inland. Nicknamed 'the Island of Gods' for its sumptuous temples, Bali is the beating heart of Indonesian Hinduism.

    15 January 2019 – Pulau Banta, Komodo National Park

    15 January 2019 – Pulau Banta, Komodo National Park

    Arrival 15/01/2019. Departure 15/01/2019.

    Pulau Banta is an uninhabited Island located in the northern region of Komodo National Park.  Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia and has been identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area. Originally designed to provide refuge for the infamous Komodo Dragon the park now protects one of the richest marine ecosystems. This has resulted in an abundance of world class snorkelling and diving locations available to the traveller. Head ashore in a zodiac to enjoy this remote paradise. Snorkel over the fringing coral reef and marvel at the myriad of colours, or simply relax and take in the tranquil surroundings of this uninhabited paradise.

    16 January 2019 – Pulau Rinca, Komodo National Park

    16 January 2019 – Pulau Rinca, Komodo National Park

    Arrival 16/01/2019. Departure 16/01/2019.

    Rinca (pronounced Rincha) is part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park and has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. The island is almost completely undeveloped with only one small fishing village. With one of the lowest rainfalls in Indonesia its climate provides the perfect habitat for the exotic wildlife of Wallacea. Dense Monsoon forest in the protected gullies gives way to open grassland savannas, studded with prickly Ziziphus trees protecting a few scattered watering holes where the infamous Komodo dragons can be spotted. Join members of the expedition team and the local park rangers for a guided walk in search of dragons and other unique flora and fauna.

    17 January 2019 – Kalabahi, Alor

    17 January 2019 – Kalabahi, Alor

    Arrival 17/01/2019. Departure 17/01/2019.

    The unique culture of the Alorese continues among the Takpala indigenous group who have preserved their traditional architecture and ceremonies. The island of Alor is also known as the island of a Thousand Moko’s. The Moko is a small bronze kettledrum which is believed to have originated from the Dong Son culture of Vietnam. However, it remains a mystery as to how these prehistoric Dong Son drums arrived in Alor. Local legend says that the Moko’s were discovered buried in the ground, and indeed mokos are still being uncovered today. Join the expedition team and local guides for a tour by local transport to Takpala village, the Museum of a Thousand Mokos and the thriving main market of Kalabahi.

    18 January 2019 – At sea

    18 January 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 18/01/2019. Departure 18/01/2019.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    19 January 2019 – Banda Neira, Maluku Islands

    19 January 2019 – Banda Neira, Maluku Islands

    Arrival 19/01/2019. Departure 19/01/2019.

    From age-old traditional cultures and ancient vestiges, to coral reefs and lush green jungle… The attractions of the remote Banda archipelago seem endless. Better known as the legendary “Spice Islands” of the Ancient World, these small volcanic landmasses were the fabled prize of colonial powers for more than four centuries. Every colonial power of significance fought for control of these ten small islands that today have become largely forgotten. Walking the streets of Banda Neira is a surreal experience as your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands”.

    20 January 2019 – Kei Islands, Maluku Islands

    20 January 2019 – Kei Islands, Maluku Islands

    Arrival 20/01/2019. Departure 20/01/2019.

    The Kei Islands are blessed with kilometres of stunning, yet almost entirely empty, white-sand beaches and a deeply hospitable population. Beneath the mostly Christian facade, Kei culture is fascinatingly distinctive. Local history holds that ancestors of contemporary Kei islanders came from Bali, part of the expanding Hindu Majapahit kingdom from the western archipelago. Enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling on an idyllic uninhabited picture postcard tropical island.

    21 January 2019 – Triton Bay, West Papua

    21 January 2019 – Triton Bay, West Papua

    Arrival 21/01/2019. Departure 21/01/2019.

    Triton Bay is one of three regions in Indonesia’s West Papua province that comprise the Bird’s Head Seascape (the other two are Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay), which is now considered by marine biologists to be the epicentre of the Coral Triangle. It contains more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet. Its unparalleled marine biodiversity and endemism, habitat richness, and relatively intact nature of its ecosystems are unique. Join your expedition team for a zodiac voyage through the spectacular rainforest capped karst islands. Later in the day enjoy the opportunity to explore the richness of the underwater realm.

    22 January 2019 – At sea

    22 January 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 22/01/2019. Departure 22/01/2019.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    23 January 2019 – Agats, Papua

    23 January 2019 – Agats, Papua

    Arrival 23/01/2019. Departure 23/01/2019.

    Western New Guinea is one of the most mysterious parts of the world. Governed by Indonesia, this “land of a thousand cultures” is home to some 44 tribes that have never had any contact with the modern world. More than 700 languages coexist here. Discover Asmat, the legendary land of headhunters, a fascinating region of small villages with thatch-roofed stilt houses. Your Zodiac® dinghy will take you to the small town of Agats, where you will be greeted by war canoes and a show presenting traditional ceremonies. There you will be able to discover the wonderful crafts of the Asmat people, who honour their ancestors through figurative wooden sculptures.

    24 January 2019▸26 January 2019 – At sea

    24 January 2019▸26 January 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 24/01/2019. Departure 26/01/2019.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    27 January 2019 – Lizard Island

    27 January 2019 – Lizard Island

    Arrival 27/01/2019. Departure 27/01/2019.

    Lizard Island is the northernmost resort Island on the Great Barrier Reef and boasts 24 powdery white sand beaches. Dominated by grasslands, the rugged beauty of Lizard Island contrasts sharply with the sparkling blue waters and rich fringing coral reefs surrounding the island. Lizard Island is known as Dyiigurra to the Dingaal Aboriginal people and is regarded as a sacred place. It was used for the initiation of young males and for the harvesting of shellfish, turtles, dugongs and fish. The Dingaal believe that the Lizard group of islands had been created in the Dreamtime. After a short Zodiac ride to the beach at Watson’s Bay, guests can join a guided walk, relax on the beach or snorkel in the warm clear waters and view the clam gardens…

    28 January 2019▸27 January 2019 – Cairns

    Cairns

    Disembarkation 28/01/2019 at 07H00 .

    Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia's north-east coast. The seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Indonesia: Bali is an official entry port and airport, therefore citizens of Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States are visa exempt, with the condition that their stay does not exceed 30 days. You will be asked to show your return ticket or proof of exit of the Indonesian territory.

    • Australia: an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained before your arrival in Australia. For more information, please visit www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas. Carriers should be aware that there will not be any physical evidence in your passport.

      Australian customs regulations are very strict, especially for the import of food items such as fresh food (even sealed), fruits, eggs, meat, plants, vegetables, seeds, grains. Fur and feathers are also forbidden. We highly recommend you consult this website for further details : www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas/customs-clearance.

      It is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advise relating to travel through these regions, including advice on Malaria prevention and dengue fever.

    Theme

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

    A luxury expedition voyage

    Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

    Professional expedition teams, varied activities

    After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Important information

    Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

    Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

    Dressing tips :

    • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
    • Light weight long trousers
    • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
    • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
    • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
    • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Waterproof backpack for camera
    • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
    • Binoculars
    • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

    Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT shop:

    • expert advice to gear up
    • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
    • Duty Free prices
    • delivery directly on board

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      13/01/2019 – Discovering Bali (1 night)

      450.00 € **

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      12/01/2019 – Balinese heritage (2 nights)

      850.00 € **

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      12/01/2019 – A two-night stay in Bali including a half day tour with lunch

      730.00 € **

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    2. After your cruise

      28/01/2019 – Cairns, at the edge of Australia's Tropical Rainforest (1 day)

      170.00 € **

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      28/01/2019 – From Cairns, at the edge of Australia’s Tropical Rainforest to Sydney: the opera and Manly beach (3 days/2 nights)

      1090.00 € **

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    3. Your packages

      12/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discovering Bali 1N (Pre) + Cairns, at the Edge of the Forest Tropical (Post)

      2110.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Balinese Heritage 2N (Pre) + Cairns, at the Edge of the Forest Tropical (Post)

      2510.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Glimpse of Bali and Dolce Farniente 2N (Pre) + Cairns, at the Edge of the Forest Tropical (Post)

      2390.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Balinese Heritage 2N (Pre) + From Cairns, at the edge of Australia's Tropical Rainforest to Sydney: the opera and Blue Mountains 2N (Post)

      3430.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Glimpse of Bali and Dolce Farniente 2N (Pre) + From Cairns, at the edge of Australia's Tropical Rainforest to Sydney: the opera and Blue Mountains 2N (Post)

      3310.00 € **

      12/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + Discovering Bali 1N (Pre) + Cairns, at the Edge of the Forest Tropical (Post)

      4610.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights Bus + Pre Balinese Heritage + Post Cairns

      5010.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + Glimpse of Bali and Dolce Farniente 2N (Pre) + Cairns, at the Edge of the Forest Tropical (Post)

      4890.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + Balinese Heritage 2N (Pre) + From Cairns, at the edge of Australia's Tropical Rainforest to Sydney: the opera and Blue Mountains 2N (Post)

      5930.00 € **

      11/01/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + Glimpse of Bali and Dolce Farniente 2N (Pre) + From Cairns, at the edge of Australia's Tropical Rainforest to Sydney: the opera and Blue Mountains 2N (Post)

      5810.00 € **
    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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