This exciting Borneo and Komodo islands wildlife adventure combines a gentle river cruise through the forests of Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo with a sea cruise aboard a traditionally built, ironwood phinisi schooner through Indonesia’s lesser Sunda Islands and the majestic Komodo National Park. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to explore Java’s cultural city of Jogjakarta, where you can discover the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur, followed by a local train journey to the active Mount Bromo volcano and the dramatic landscape of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. You can also enjoy a few days on the beautiful island of Bali, combined with some mouth-watering Balinese cuisine.
Kalimantan’s meandering rivers remain the best way to travel through the lush rainforest jungles of Borneo, where a startling array of flora and fauna and a wealth of cultural and ecological treasures include indigenous tribes. Keep your eyes peeled for long-nosed proboscis monkeys, crocodiles, red langurs, brahmini kites, hornbills flying gracefully overhead, and Asia’s only great ape, the Orangutan. Drop into a renowned orangutan research and rehabilitation center, located in the heart of Tanjung Putting National Park and meet some of these magnificent creatures.
Visit the city of Jogjakarta, the historic and cultural soul of Java, which is known for its wonderful arts and is still headed by a sultan. Wander through the Sultan’s ‘kraton’ (walled city palace), which remains the hub of traditional life, as well as the Taman Sari water palace and the city market. Marvel at the sunrise over the 7th century Buddhist temple of Borobudur, one of Indonesia’s most important archaeological sites, and watch the sunrise again two days later over the spectacular Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and its smoke-spewing volcanoes. Cross the desert-like sea of sand of the ancient caldera and up a steep staircase to the crater rim of Mt Bromo, and peer into the smoking darkness below – the veritable gates of hell, redolent with sulphur vapors.
Your luxury Bali tour
Transfer to the gorgeous island of Bali for a tour of some of the island’s most iconic Hindu temples, from the jungle to the rice terraces to the sea. The magic continues with a cleansing purification ritual, a guided meditation session conducted by a Hindu priest, and a very special lunch in a blissful setting in the rice fields. You will also get to enjoy a day to yourself. Go exploring, see the art galleries, the museums, and a traditional market where you can shop for handicrafts and souvenirs before a tour of East Bali and the chance to unwind beachside.
The final leg of your Indonesia wildlife holiday is a fabulous sea cruise, which takes you through glorious scenery and a panorama of islands, exploring quiet coastal villages, waterfall-fed river pools, volcanic islands, a boatbuilding community, and a mysterious crater lake. Encounter an amazing variety of wildlife including the legendary Komodo dragons. Snorkel the kaleidoscopic beauty of the underwater world and embrace the chance to swim with gentle whale sharks and giant manta rays. Relax on pink beaches; trek to savannah-clad viewpoints at sunset; and witness the astonishing sight of hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest at dusk.
This luxury adventure tour is perfect for active fun-loving families or groups of friends. This is just a sample itinerary; the featured excursions, cruise vessels, and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes. All excursions and transfers are on a private basis (private transport with private guide), with the exception of the cruise portion, which is typically done on a shared basis with other passengers unless you require a private charter.