From Australia to Indonesia

12 days / 11 nights
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    From Australia to Indonesia

    Cruise Asia

    from 11 September 2017 to 22 September 2017
    12 days / 11 nights

    Departure Port : Darwin
    Arrival Port : Benoa, Bali

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A110917

    Discover a new Ponant itinerary that will take you to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world: Indonesia.

    From Darwin, we invite you to embark aboard L’Austral for a 12-day expedition cruise.

    You will sail in Triton Bay, a former coral reef raised by tectonic forces and today home to more species of fish than anywhere else on Earth.

    You will visit the Wakatobi Marine National Park, covering some 1.4 million hectares and will call at an uninhabited desert island.

    At Kalabahi, in the Alor Islands, you will encounter ethnic groups of the Flores people who have succeeded in preserving their traditional way of life.

    You will conclude your cruise with the discovery of Komodo Island, famous for its eponymous dragon, a very large reptile that is a cousin to the dinosaurs.

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      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      11 September 2017 – At sea


      Embarkation 11/09/2017 from 14H00 to 17H00 . Departure 11/09/2017 at 18H00 .

      Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

      12 September 2017 – At sea

      12 September 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 12/09/2017. Departure 12/09/2017.

      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.

      13 September 2017 – Kei Islands

      13 September 2017 – Kei Islands

      Arrival 13/09/2017. Departure 13/09/2017.

      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.

      14 September 2017 – Triton Bay

      14 September 2017 – Triton Bay

      Arrival 14/09/2017. Departure 14/09/2017.

      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.

      15 September 2017 – Arguni, West Papua

      15 September 2017 – Arguni, West Papua

      Arrival 15/09/2017. Departure 15/09/2017.

      Arguni is most notable for its ancient rock paintings. These can be found high in the mountainous terrain or on the side of the limestone islands that dot the bays and coastal areas. The origins of the images are not fully understood and some academics have estimated their age to be around 6 – 7,000 years. There are similarities in style to northern Australian indigenous rock art as well as the mythical animal – human figures that stretch across the entire island of New Guinea.
      Board a zodiac and search for these enigmatic images from an ancient time.

      16 September 2017 – Banda Neira (Molukkas)

      16 September 2017 – Banda Neira (Molukkas)

      Arrival 16/09/2017. Departure 16/09/2017.

      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”.

      17 September 2017 – Ambon, Maluku

      17 September 2017 – Ambon, Maluku

      Arrival 17/09/2017. Departure 17/09/2017.

      Ambon is an island steeped in history from the first European contact by the Portuguese in 1526 to its strategic role in WWII. Today there still remains many historical and cultural sites among the remnants of forts built by the Dutch East Indies Company during the heyday of the spice trade. The ANZAC War Cemetery near Ambon commemorates the Allied soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War II. All this aside, it is the friendliness of the Ambonese people that will leave the greatest impression. Today you have the opportunity to undertake a tour by local bus with your expedition team and local guides to visit the historical and cultural sites across the island.

      18 September 2017 – Wakatobi Marine Park, Sulawesi

      18 September 2017 – Wakatobi Marine Park, Sulawesi

      Arrival 18/09/2017. Departure 18/09/2017.

      Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau referred to the Wakatobi islands as an “Underwater Nirvana”. The Wakatobi Marine Park comprises a total of 1.4 million hectares and is recognised as being one of the most biodiverse marine systems on earth. The region is also home to the largest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Located right in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Wakatobi Islands offer crystal clear pristine waters containing a rich biodiversity of underwater life, a true paradise for snorkelers and divers. Enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling on an idyllic uninhabited tropical island.

      19 September 2017 – Kalabahi, Alor

      19 September 2017 – Kalabahi, Alor

      Arrival 19/09/2017. Departure 19/09/2017.

      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.

      20 September 2017 – Pink Beach (Komodo)

      20 September 2017 – Pink Beach (Komodo)

      Arrival 20/09/2017. Departure 20/09/2017.

      Imagine a pure blue sky with only a few cotton wool clouds lazily bobbing across it, a calm sea that gently laps against a beach where the soft sand is neither golden nor black, but a delicate powder pink... Pink Beach is one of just seven beaches on the planet where this very special pink sand can be seen. The distinct pink hue results from the mixture of calcareous white sand with the eroded deep red skeleton of the organ pipe coral. The fringing coral reef is in excellent condition, the waters are crystal clear and harbour colourful reef fish that can be found just a short distance from shore. Enjoy an afternoon ashore at Pink beach, one of the easiest places in the tropics to snorkel and explore nature’s richest realm.

      21 September 2017 – Loh Liang, Komodo

      21 September 2017 – Loh Liang, Komodo

      Arrival 21/09/2017. Departure 21/09/2017.

      Situated on the volcanic island of Komodo, Loh Liang is the gateway to Komodo National Park. This protected nature reserve, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, is home to a wonderfully rich marine environment and numerous terrestrial species. Most notably, the world’s largest living species of lizard, commonly called “the Komodo Dragon”, can be observed there. These prehistoric-looking reptiles can measure more than 3 metres in length and weigh around 70 kg. They can be found nowhere else. You will set off in search of them during a trek, accompanied by park rangers. A unique and unforgettable experience.

      22 September 2017▸21 September 2017 – Benoa (Bali)

      Benoa, Bali

      Disembarkation 22/09/2017 at 08H30 .

      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.


      • 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.

      • Australia: an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained before your arrival in Australia. For more information, please visit Carriers should be aware that there will not be any physical evidence in your passport. A copy of your ETA must be sent to PONANT at the latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. We also ask you to keep a copy of your ETA and keep it with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.

        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 :

        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.

      • Indonesia: visa delivered and charged onboard (35€ subject to change) and valid for 30 days


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


      Polar Expedition

      Polar Expedition

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar 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 ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. 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 polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. 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 (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.


      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 the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.


      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 for 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. 




      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.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        22/09/2017 – Balinese Heritage (1 day)

        140.00 € **

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        22/09/2017 – Landscapes & monuments of Bali (2 days/1 night)

        410.00 € **

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      2. Before your cruise

        10/09/2017 – Darwin, the Top End capital city (1 day/1 night)

        290.00 € **

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        08/09/2017 – Nature’s beauty from Sydney to Australia’s Top End Capital Darwin (3 days / 3 nights)

        2340.01 € **

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      3. Your packages

        09/09/2017 – Pre Darwin + Post Heritage of Bali + Flights

        09/09/2017 – Pre Darwin + Post Bali 1N + Flights

        07/09/2017 – Pre From Sydney to Darwin + Post Heritage of Bali + Flights

        07/09/2017 – Pre From Sydney to Darwin + Post Bali 1N + Flights

        09/09/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Business Class) + Darwin, The Top End Capital City 1N (Pre) + Balinese Heritage (Post)

        4950.00 € **
      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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