This cruise from Darwin to Bali is an experience like no other! Aside from the spectacular beauty that greets you at every turn, you’ll discover a fascinating cultures, incredible wildlife and indescribably beautiful marine life. Plus, there are loads of savings and inclusions that make this cruise excellent value!

Beginning in Darwin, you’ll have the opportunity to see stunning Aboriginal Rock Art, stroll the Esplanade or sneak in a spot of shopping before your cruise. If you can allow an extra couple of days before your cruise, why not explore the Kakadu National Park with its abundant wildlife and spectacular native bush?

Once on-board, it’s time to relax and enjoy Silversea Cruises’ exceptional service en route to Indonesia. Here, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating culture with their elaborate celebrations, inherent beliefs and ancient traditions. You’ll meet isolated communities, have the opportunity to purchase their exquisite arts and crafts and learn about their way of life.

The scenery in this part of the world is spectacular! Palm-tree dotted beaches, jungle-clad islands and marine parks boasting one of the highest coral and fish species counts in the world. Underwater photographers will go mad for the vibrant colours and unique species here!

But one of the biggest highlights of this voyage is a visit to Camp Leakey, home of the orangutans. At Camp Leakey, scientists, staff, students and park rangers work together to care for these gorgeous, endangered species. You’ll have the chance to learn about conservation efforts and speak with Dr. Birute Galdikas – a truly exceptional opportunity!

You will also have the life-changing opportunity to visit Camp Leakey, dedicated to the research and care of the beautiful and endangered orangutans, proboscis monkey, gibbons and leaf-eating monkeys. An exclusive audience with world-renowned Dr Birute Galdikas is a highlight. The cruise finishes in Bali where you can either fly straight home or, if time allows, extend your stay to relax for a few more days!

PACKAGE #223

Darwin To IndonesiaANTHROPOLOGY, APES & NATURE’S AQUARIUM

FROM

$12,600pp

Inclusions

• FREE return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne,Adelaide or Perth to Darwin and ex Denpasar on return inc tax

• FREE one way transfer from Darwin airport to hotel

• FREE 1 nights accommodation in Darwin pre-cruise

• FREE one way transfer from Darwin hotel to port

• 15 night Silver Discoverer EXPEDITION cruise from Darwin to Bali including: Accommodation in a spacious suite for 15 nights

• All shipboard main meals including in-suite dining and room service

• Butler service in every suite

• All shipboard beverages including champagne, select wines and spirits

• Ships gratuities to staff

• Enrichment lectures

• Guiding by a highly qualified expedition team

• Guided zodiac excursions and land tours

• Port taxes.

• BONUS free US $500 per person onboard credit

• FREE one way transfer from Bali port to airport

• FREE chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL or PER airport (within 35km)

Special Conditions

Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid until 31 May 2019 or sold out/withdrawn.

 

Silver Discoverer

Throughout your voyage, you’ll enjoy absolute luxury and comfort onboard Silversea Cruises’ Silver Discoverer. With just 120 guests, Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 zodiacs, you’ll have an up close experience with your destination at each stop.

Onboard, everything is included – gourmet dining, beverages, gratuities, shore excursions and butler service in every suite! The service is exceptional and the suites are spacious with luxurious fittings.

 

Highlights of this cruise:

Darwin

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, it is a cosmopolitan yet casual city, named after the naturalist Charles Darwin. East of Darwin, the Kakadu National Park is famous for its stunning Aboriginal rock art and its abundance of bush wildlife.

Darwin's parks, harbour, and tropical climate make it lovely for strolling during the Dry. The city heart is the Smith Street pedestrian mall. One street over is the Mitchell Street Tourist Precinct, with backpacker lodges, cheap eateries, and souvenir stores. Two streets away is the harbor front Esplanade. In the old Wharf area, a walk from town, are a couple of tourist attractions, a jetty popular with fishermen, and a working dock. Cullen Bay Marina is a hub for restaurants, cafes, and expensive boats; it's about a 25-minute walk northwest of town. Northwest of town is Fannie Bay, where you'll find the Botanic Gardens, sailing club, golf course, museum and art gallery, and casino.

Saumlaki (Yamdena Is), Indonesia

Saumlaki is a regional capital city on the island of Yamdena, the main island of the Tanimbar archipelago, located in Indonesia between Papua New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia. The Tanimbar Islands have a distinct culture with still-vibrant traditions. They actively produce traditional crafts such as richly-colored ikat cloth and carved wooden statutes, and local residents still carry on their own centuries-old forms of music and dance. In addition to its rich history and cultural heritage, the region possesses golden, tree-lined beaches and a diverse fauna, including 8 bird species native to this archipelago.

Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia

The Tanimbar Islands are a group of about 65 islands in the Maluku province of Indonesia, including Fordata, Larat, Maru, Molu, Nuswotar, Selaru, Selu, Seira, Wotap, Wuliaru and Yamdena.

The largest of the group is Yamdena. Yamdena Island has a range of thickly forested hills along its eastern coast, while its western coast is lower. Saumlaki is the chief town, located on the south end of Yamdena.

Leti Island, Indonesia

The Leti Islands are part of the “Forgotten Islands” of the Maluku Province of Indonesia. This long chain of archipelagos has been largely isolated from the rest of Indonesia and, indeed, the world for generations. Leti Island proper is in fact one of Indonesia’s southernmost islands located between the Banda and the Timor Sea, near Timor Leste. Leti Island supports a population of approximately 7000 people, whose society is matrilineal and whose native language is also known as Leti. The Leti Islands were once famous for carved wooden ancestor figures, but today are better known for the fabulous ikat woven fabrics produced here.Locals also herd buffalo on savanna habitats, grow rice in the lowlands, fish in clear blue waters, and tend to coconut palms.

Pulau Maopara, Indonesia

Pulau Maopora is a small island of Indonesia, located on the southern edge of the Banda Sea and part of the Moluccas province. Pulau Maopora is just under five miles in length and just over two miles across and is part of the small Barat Daya archipelago. Because it is a volcanic island its terrain is hilly, reaching as high as 1,000 feet in some places and making it favorable for hiking to see its lush vegetation and diverse fauna. Or rest on the beach after snorkeling over the wide fringing reef terrace with its hard and soft coral gardens looking for diverse reef fishes.

Pulau Tellang, Indonesia

Pulau Tellang is a tiny island of Indonesia, located just next to Pulau Maopara. Pulau Tellang is part of the small Barat Daya archipelago and stretches less than a mile across. The hilly terrain of the island was created by ancient volcanic activity; it reaches to a modest 600 feet in some places, which makes it a lovely spot to visit and hike to view its fauna and lush vegetation. The island lies on the southern edge of the Banda Sea, where visitors can rest on the pristine, rarely visited beach. Anano Island, Indonesia Anano is part of the Wakatobi Island group. The Wakatobi Marine Park is known to have one of the highest coral and fish species counts in the world. Pulau Anano’s reefs are rich not only in coral and fish, but support walls dripping with huge gorgonian fans and flourishing with large sponges. Underwater photographers will appreciate a bizarre macro world of minute shrimp, crabs, and seahorses clinging to the corals even in the shallow areas. Highlights of an undersea excursion might include finding frogfish in ambush, camouflaged octopus, marbled snake eels, flying gurnards, multitudes of crab species, and dazzling anemones.

Bau-bau, Indonesia

Buton Island seems to be small compared to its neighbor Sulawesi, but with slightly more than 4,400 square kilometers (just under 1,700 square miles) it is Indonesia’s 19th largest island. Much of the lowland consists of uplifted karst and other limestone formations. Due to its hilly topography it still has a considerable amount of forest; most of it is seasonal tropical lowland forest with mangroves in coastal areas. Visitors to Bau-Bau, the main city on Buton Island, may well be welcomed with a mangaru, which is a welcome dance performed by three men to respect guests and to ward off enemies. Overlooking Bau-Bau is Benteng Keraton Buton, known as having been the seat of the sultan. Claiming to be the biggest fort in Indonesia and made of coral blocks, it commands an excellent view over the city and port and the sea beyond.

Palopo, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Palopo is a municipality in the South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, with a population of approximately 150,000. The city has an ancient history dating back to its founding in the early 1600s. The port has always had a trade link to the highlands of Sulawesi known as Tana Toraja, and a physical link through a twisting mountain pass making it a perfect gateway to Toraja. The land of Toraja is an ancient and mysterious place where residents adorn their homes with the horns of water buffalo killed in funeral ceremonies and ornate carvings painted in bold reds and black. In many ways the Tana Toraja customs of honoring the dead dictate their ways of life. Human remains rest in stone chambers in the hillsides and burial caves high in the cliffs. Elaborate funeral ceremonies which can take months or even years to prepare can go on for days and can draw hundreds of people in a festival-like atmosphere.

Pare Pare, Indonesia

Neolithic sites recently discovered in West Sulawesi bear witness to man's presence on the island for millennia. Buddhist artifacts dating from the 4th & 5th centuries were discovered in South Sulawesi. This region was with its protected bays an ideal spot on the trade routes to drop anchor. In fact, the Bugis are reputed for their gift of boat building. The first Western visitors were Portuguese and, as many of their ships were wrecked off the coast of Minahassa, they gave the name "Celibes' (formidable) to the island. The Portuguese were followed by the Spanish who came preaching Christianity from their base in the Philippines. When the Dutch arrived, they chased all foreigners from the island and established trade monopolies. Despite the foreign influences, some tribes preserved their ancient pagan ceremonies and today fascinate the ever-growing number of visitors to the island. These are in particular the Toalans and the Torajans.

Kumai, Kalimantan, Indonesia (Camp Leakey)

The mouth of the Kumai River is shallow and broad, cutting a swath into the lush green shorelines of southern Borneo. Once across the bar at the river’s mouth, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of a call-to-prayer can often-times be heard on approach to the busy port of Kumai itself. Kumai is the access point for one Borneo’s most important national parks: Tanjung Puting. The park protects possibly the largest and most diverse coastal tropical heath and peat swamp forests left in southern Borneo. The area was originally protected in 1935 and remains substantially wild and natural, although wildfires in recent years have taken a toll in some areas. Tanjung Puting is home to Camp Leakey, a base for scientists, staff, students, and Park Rangers studying wildlife in the Tanjung Puting National Park. Over the years, projects have mainly focused on the orangutan, but also on proboscis monkeys, gibbons and leaf-eating monkeys.

Tanjung Wangi, Indonesia

The port of Tanjung Wangi on the eastern tip of East Java provides access to the culture-rich city of Banyuwangi; the capital city of the regency of the same name. Tanjung Wangi is an active port hosting a ferry service between the islands of Java and Bali. It is also the main jumping-off point for the Baluran and Alas Purwo National Parks. The port is located in a volcanically active area below the breathtaking Ijen plateau with its stunning mountainous scenery. The slopes west of Mount Merapi hold the highly acidic Ijen Crater Lake – the biggest crater lake in Java. Tanjung Wangi is also just across the narrow Bali Strait from the West Bali National Park and its lush mangrove forests.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali really is as alluring as everyone says. This island has it all: beaches, volcanoes, terraced rice fields, forests, renowned resorts, surfing, golf, and world-class dive sites. But what sets Bali apart from other nearby tropical destinations is Balinese tradition, and villagers dedicated to celebrating it. The hundreds of temples, dances, rituals, and crafts linked to their ancient Hindu faith aren't a show for tourists, but a living, breathing culture in which visitors are warmly received by the Balinese, who cherish their own identities.

Cruise Category
  • Expedition
  • Luxury Expedition
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • Gratuities
  • Meals + Wine
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
  • Speciality Restaurants
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Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Fly FREE Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Darwin
Transfer and Accommodation
2
Transfer to port, embark Silver Discoverer

3
At Sea

4
Saumlaki (Yamdena Is), Indonesia
Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia
5
Leti Island

6
Pulau Maopara, Indonesia
Pulau Tellang, Indonesia
7
Anano Island, Indonesia

8
Bau Bau, Indonesia

9
Palopo, Indonesia

10
Pare Pare, Indonesia

Technical Details

  • Tonnage
  • Built Date 2014
  • Crew 87
  • Capacity 128
  • Length 103M

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions
  • Purpose Built Vessel

Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat, guests can land on isolated shores and explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth. Images courtesy of Silversea.

VESSEL FEATURES