Large stone bell & Buddha statues with varying shades of tan sit atop a stone terrace on a sunny day.
Long, narrow, open-air boats with colorful fabric tops sit in a line within calm water, with bright green mountains behind.
Large stone bell statues with varying shades of tan sit atop a stone terrace looking out over verdant rainforest under bright clouds.
Aerial view of a small patio under a thatch cabana overlooking a lush green terraced hillside in Ubud, Indonesia.
Singapore downtown buildings and statues lit up at night in purple, pink & teal, seen on a cruise from Singapore to Bali.
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Asia / Pacific Indonesia Cruise

Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife Cruise

On these Indonesia cruises aboard 102-guest National Geographic Orion, discover a region lost to time and enveloped in lore. Visit remote archipelagos that are true paradises both on Earth and below the surface of their translucent waters. While sailing through channels dotted with small, uninhabited islands, hop into Zodiacs or kayaks to enjoy a deserted, palm-lined white-sand beach or dive among creatures ranging from pygmy seahorses to giant clams.

Cruise from Singapore to Bali, Indonesia (or reverse), exploring the less-traveled jewels of the Java Sea. Cruise through the remnants of Krakatoa and view the volcano’s “children” that have appeared since 1883 after of one the world’s largest volcanic explosions. Snorkel and dive amongst vibrant coral gardens; kayak in secluded bays with hundreds of fish teeming below; and engage with local villagers and learn about their daily lives, music and crafts. Plus, experience the innovative melting pot that is Singapore—a spectacular blend of cultures, innovation, and beauty. Additional highlights include a visit to the Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and exploring the jungles of West Bali Barat National Park and Menjangan Island.

The 102-guest Nat Geo Orion acts as floating basecamp during these Tuamotu Islands cruises. This small expedition ship is technologically advanced and equipped with a full set of exploration tools, including an ROV and enough kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and Zodiacs to send all guests out exploring at the same time. Additionally, select cabins offer private balconies for special moments taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness. The National Geographic Orion features a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, ensuring that your trip to paradise comes with attentive service.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Indonesia cruises and Indonesia trips.



Itinerary

2022-23 Northbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife Itinerary

The northbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife cruise begins with an overnight in Bali, Indonesia, then embarks and cruises along remote Indonesian islands before disembarking in Singapore.

Route map of National Geographic Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife cruise.
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Day 1
Fly to Bali, Indonesia

Depart on your overnight flight to Bali. Try to sleep despite the excitement of starting this special Bali to Singapore small ship cruise.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Arrive Bali

Arrive in Bali. Check in to the group hotel. Meet fellow travelers this evening at a welcome reception.

Accommodations

Fairmont Hotel (or similar)

Meals

dinner

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Day 3
Explore Bali & Embark Denpasar

Explore Denpasar on the lush island of Bali, one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. Get a taste of this paradise, where life and art are interwoven, then embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Menjangan Island & West Bali Barat National Park

Javanese for “deer,” Menjangan Island is named after the rare rusa deer who swim to the island during the spring. This secluded  paradise is part of the West Bali Barat National Park, located in the northwest tip of Bali. Teeming with untouched beauty both above and below the water, explore the island on foot, keeping an eye out for deer while wandering through the ancient white stone temple – Pura Segara Gili Kencana; snorkel amongst the brightly colored coral fans; or glide through the clear water on a stand-up paddleboard.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Pulau Bawean

Pulau Bawean is a small jewel in the Java sea. Travel past the beautifully terraced rice paddies while heading to the center of the island and Lake Kastoba. According to ancient lore, a swim in these pristine waters will keep you forever young. Curious monkeys and a variety of birds make their home in the surrounding jungle. Local villagers eagerly share their traditional music and dance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Kerimun Jawa

A breathtaking chain of coral fringed islands, Kerimun Jawa Archipelago sits off the coast of central Java. Designated a Natural Reserve, the marine park protects the biodiversity of the lush mangrove forests teeming with birdlife, 11 species of sea grass, and extensive coral reefs, home to over 400 species of fish. Observe life in the mangroves while trekking deep into the forest on raised footpaths, ever watchful for black-tailed monkeys and red breasted parakeets. Kayak along the sea grass in water so clear it’s easy to see the fish and  coral below. A true island paradise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Semarang: Borobudur Temple

Today, dock on the island of Java in the bustling port of Semarang. The day’s destination is inland, at the largest Buddhist temple in the world: magnificent Borobudur Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this massive complex sits perched on a hill, with bell-shaped stupas housing statues of Buddha seeming to rise from the jungle around it. Stone reliefs carved in exquisite detail line the base of the temple, depicting everyday life and the path to enlightenment. Spend the full day exploring this spectacular site.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Krakatoa & At Sea

One of the world’s most beautiful and powerful volcanoes, Krakatoa or Krakatau, was known worldwide after the explosive eruption in 1883. Ash from the massive event circled the earth for years. Along the Pacific Ring of Fire, new volcanoes have formed beneath Krakatoa’s caldera–Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatau,” is the most active. Go ashore to explore the black sand beach and lush jungle that rises up to the volcano. Cruise to Legon Cabe, Big Krakatau, and snorkel in the dazzling reefs that surround the island. The following day spend time on deck with the team of naturalists, listen to compelling presentations in the lounge, or enjoy one of the many onboard amenities as the ship travels down the coast of Java.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Pulau Belitung

Located off the coast of Sumatra, Belitung is part of the relatively unknown Bangka-Belitung sister islands. Spend the morning cruising the pristine waters, the ship weaving her way through the smaller islands and clusters of granite formations that dot the coastline, looking for the perfect quiet cove to stop in for kayaking and snorkeling. Ashore have the opportunity to meet the locals and witness the blending of the Sumatran, Malay and Bugis cultures—Malay homes on stilts; Bugis fishing villages; Sumatran coffee houses, popular gathering spots for all. The Dutch tin mines and the promise of work brought many families to Belitung—the mines may be gone, but the joining together of traditions remain.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Badas Islands

The remote Badas Islands offer excellent beaches and corals. These rarely visited islands offer an abundant array of marine life. Watch clownfish darting between anemones and with luck, a beautiful royal blue tang might make this idyllic story complete! Explore above and beneath the sea via stand-up paddleboard, snorkeling and beachcombing.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Anambas Archipelago

The first stop is in the remote Anambas Archipelago, to snorkel the unspoiled reefs surrounding Pulau Lintang. Search for colorful giant clams and cardinalfish that make these waters their home. The island is private, so enjoy exclusive access to walk the beach, dive, snorkel, or choose to explore by glass-bottom Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Singapore, Explore & Depart

Arrive in Singapore. Following disembarkation, set off to explore this landmark city-state. Cosmopolitan Singapore, a former British colony, has transformed itself into one of the world’s leading and most innovative commercial centers. While touring the old sections of the city, see how Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures thrive side by side. Also see the ultra-modern along the skyline of high rises and in the whimsical creations of the Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is truly a melting pot of culture, style and cuisine. Following lunch transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships (2023).

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking..

Arrival & Departure

The northbound Exploring Indonesia cruise begins in Denpasar, Bali (DPS), and ends in Singapore (SIN). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Embarkation time on Day 1 may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 13 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on return group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include snorkeling, diving (included), kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff and glass-bottom boat excursions, cultural visits, land treks and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

2024 Northbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife Itinerary

The northbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife cruise begins with an overnight in Bali, Indonesia, then embarks and cruises along remote Indonesian islands before disembarking in Singapore.

Route map of National Geographic Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife cruise.
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Day 1
Arrive Bali, Indonesia & Overnight

Arrive in Denpasar on the lush island of Bali, one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. Transfer to the group hotel and relax before the welcome reception.

Accommodations

Fairmont Hotel (or similar)

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Explore Bali & Embark

Following checkout, get a taste of this paradise, where life and art are interwoven. After lunch, transfer to the ship for embarkation.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Menjangan Island & West Bali Barat National Park

Javanese for “deer,” Menjangan Island is named after the rare rusa deer who swim to the island during the spring. This secluded  paradise is part of the West Bali Barat National Park, located in the northwest tip of Bali. Teeming with untouched beauty both above and below the water, explore the island on foot, keeping an eye out for deer while wandering through the ancient white stone temple – Pura Segara Gili Kencana; snorkel amongst the brightly colored coral fans; or glide through the clear water on a stand-up paddleboard.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Pulau Bawean

Pulau Bawean is a small jewel in the Java sea. Travel past the beautifully terraced rice paddies while heading to the center of the island and Lake Kastoba. According to ancient lore, a swim in these pristine waters will keep you forever young. Curious monkeys and a variety of birds make their home in the surrounding jungle. Local villagers eagerly share their traditional music and dance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Kerimun Jawa

A breathtaking chain of coral fringed islands, Kerimun Jawa Archipelago sits off the coast of central Java. Designated a Natural Reserve, the marine park protects the biodiversity of the lush mangrove forests teeming with birdlife, 11 species of sea grass, and extensive coral reefs, home to over 400 species of fish. Observe life in the mangroves while trekking deep into the forest on raised footpaths, ever watchful for black-tailed monkeys and red breasted parakeets. Kayak along the sea grass in water so clear it’s easy to see the fish and  coral below. A true island paradise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Semarang: Borobudur Temple

Today, dock on the island of Java in the bustling port of Semarang. The day’s destination is inland, at the largest Buddhist temple in the world: magnificent Borobudur Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this massive complex sits perched on a hill, with bell-shaped stupas housing statues of Buddha seeming to rise from the jungle around it. Stone reliefs carved in exquisite detail line the base of the temple, depicting everyday life and the path to enlightenment. Spend the full day exploring this spectacular site.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 8
Krakatoa & At Sea

One of the world’s most beautiful and powerful volcanoes, Krakatoa or Krakatau, was known worldwide after the explosive eruption in 1883. Ash from the massive event circled the earth for years. Along the Pacific Ring of Fire, new volcanoes have formed beneath Krakatoa’s caldera–Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatau,” is the most active. Go ashore to explore the black sand beach and lush jungle that rises up to the volcano. Cruise to Legon Cabe, Big Krakatau, and snorkel in the dazzling reefs that surround the island. The following day spend time on deck with the team of naturalists, listen to compelling presentations in the lounge, or enjoy one of the many onboard amenities as the ship travels down the coast of Java.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Pulau Belitung

Located off the coast of Sumatra, Belitung is part of the relatively unknown Bangka-Belitung sister islands. Spend the morning cruising the pristine waters, the ship weaving her way through the smaller islands and clusters of granite formations that dot the coastline, looking for the perfect quiet cove to stop in for kayaking and snorkeling. Ashore have the opportunity to meet the locals and witness the blending of the Sumatran, Malay and Bugis cultures—Malay homes on stilts; Bugis fishing villages; Sumatran coffee houses, popular gathering spots for all. The Dutch tin mines and the promise of work brought many families to Belitung—the mines may be gone, but the joining together of traditions remain.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Badas Islands

The remote Badas Islands offer excellent beaches and corals. These rarely visited islands offer an abundant array of marine life. Watch clownfish darting between anemones and with luck, a beautiful royal blue tang might make this idyllic story complete! Explore above and beneath the sea via stand-up paddleboard, snorkeling and beachcombing.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Anambas Archipelago

The first stop is in the remote Anambas Archipelago, to snorkel the unspoiled reefs surrounding Pulau Lintang. Search for colorful giant clams and cardinalfish that make these waters their home. The island is private, so enjoy exclusive access to walk the beach, dive, snorkel, or choose to explore by glass-bottom Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Disembark Singapore, Explore & Depart

Arrive in Singapore. Following disembarkation, set off to explore this landmark city-state. Cosmopolitan Singapore, a former British colony, has transformed itself into one of the world’s leading and most innovative commercial centers. While touring the old sections of the city, see how Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures thrive side by side. Also see the ultra-modern along the skyline of high rises and in the whimsical creations of the Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is truly a melting pot of culture, style and cuisine. Following lunch transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more, inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking..

Arrival & Departure

The northbound Exploring Indonesia cruise begins in Denpasar, Bali (DPS), and ends in Singapore (SIN). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Embarkation time on Day 1 may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 12 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on return group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include snorkeling, diving (included), kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff and glass-bottom boat excursions, cultural visits, land treks and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

2022-23 Southbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife Itinerary

The southbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife cruise from Singapore to Bali, Indonesia, begins with an overnight in Singapore, then embarks and cruises along remote Indonesian islands before disembarking in Bali, Indonesia.

Route map of National Geographic Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife cruise.
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Day 1
Fly to Singapore

Depart on your overnight flight to Singapore. Try to sleep despite the excitement of starting this special Singapore to Bali small ship cruise.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

n/a

Read More
Day 2
Arrive Singapore

Arrive in Singapore. Check in to the group hotel. Meet fellow travelers this evening at a welcome reception.

Accommodations

Fullerton Hotel

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 3
Explore Singapore & Embark

This morning, check out of the hotel and set off to explore this landmark city-state. Cosmopolitan Singapore, a former British colony, has transformed itself into one of the world’s leading and most innovative commercial centers. While touring the old sections of the city, see how Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures thrive side by side. Also see the ultra-modern along the skyline of high rises and in the whimsical creations of the Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is truly a melting pot of culture, style and cuisine. This afternoon, embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
Anambas Archipelago

The first stop is in the remote Anambas Archipelago, to snorkel the unspoiled reefs surrounding Pulau Lintang. Search for colorful giant clams and cardinalfish that make these waters their home. The island is private, so enjoy exclusive access to walk the beach, dive, snorkel, or choose to explore by glass-bottom Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
Badas Islands

The remote Badas Islands offer excellent beaches and corals. These rarely visited islands offer an abundant array of marine life. Watch clownfish darting between anemones and with luck, a beautiful royal blue tang might make this idyllic story complete! Explore above and beneath the sea via stand-up paddleboard, snorkeling and beachcombing.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
Pulau Belitung

Located off the coast of Sumatra, Belitung is part of the relatively unknown Bangka-Belitung sister islands. Spend the morning cruising the pristine waters, the ship weaving her way through the smaller islands and clusters of granite formations that dot the coastline, looking for the perfect quiet cove to stop in for kayaking and snorkeling. Ashore have the opportunity to meet the locals and witness the blending of the Sumatran, Malay and Bugis cultures—Malay homes on stilts; Bugis fishing villages; Sumatran coffee houses, popular gathering spots for all. The Dutch tin mines and the promise of work brought many families to Belitung—the mines may be gone, but the joining together of traditions remain.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 7 - 8
Krakatoa & At Sea

One of the world’s most beautiful and powerful volcanoes, Krakatoa or Krakatau, was known worldwide after the explosive eruption in 1883. Ash from the massive event circled the earth for years. Along the Pacific Ring of Fire, new volcanoes have formed beneath Krakatoa’s caldera–Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatau,” is the most active. Go ashore to explore the black sand beach and lush jungle that rises up to the volcano. Cruise to Legon Cabe, Big Krakatau, and snorkel in the dazzling reefs that surround the island. The following day spend time on deck with the team of naturalists, listen to compelling presentations in the lounge, or enjoy one of the many onboard amenities as the ship travels down the coast of Java.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Semarang: Borobudur Temple

Today, dock on the island of Java in the bustling port of Semarang. The day’s destination is inland, at the largest Buddhist temple in the world: magnificent Borobudur Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this massive complex sits perched on a hill, with bell-shaped stupas housing statues of Buddha seeming to rise from the jungle around it. Stone reliefs carved in exquisite detail line the base of the temple, depicting everyday life and the path to enlightenment. Spend the full day exploring this spectacular site.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
Kerimun Jawa

A breathtaking chain of coral fringed islands, Kerimun Jawa Archipelago sits off the coast of central Java. Designated a Natural Reserve, the marine park protects the biodiversity of the lush mangrove forests teeming with birdlife, 11 species of sea grass, and extensive coral reefs, home to over 400 species of fish. Observe life in the mangroves while trekking deep into the forest on raised footpaths, ever watchful for black-tailed monkeys and red breasted parakeets. Kayak along the sea grass in water so clear it’s easy to see the fish and  coral below. A true island paradise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Pulau Bawean

Pulau Bawean is a small jewel in the Java sea. Travel past the beautifully terraced rice paddies while heading to the center of the island and Lake Kastoba. According to ancient lore, a swim in these pristine waters will keep you forever young. Curious monkeys and a variety of birds make their home in the surrounding jungle. Local villagers eagerly share their traditional music and dance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Menjangan Island & West Bali Barat National Park

Javanese for “deer,” Menjangan Island is named after the rare rusa deer who swim to the island during the spring. This secluded  paradise is part of the West Bali Barat National Park, located in the northwest tip of Bali. Teeming with untouched beauty both above and below the water, explore the island on foot, keeping an eye out for deer while wandering through the ancient white stone temple – Pura Segara Gili Kencana; snorkel amongst the brightly colored coral fans; or glide through the clear water on a stand-up paddleboard.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 13
Disembark Denpasar, Bali, Explore & Depart

This morning, arrive in Denpasar on the lush island of Bali, one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. Following disembarkation, get a taste of this paradise, where life and art are interwoven. Following lunch transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships (2023).

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The southbound Exploring Indonesia cruise begins in Singapore (SIN), and ends in Denpasar, Bali (DPS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Embarkation time on Day 1 may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 13 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on return group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include snorkeling, diving (included), kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff and glass-bottom boat excursions, cultural visits, land treks and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

2024 Southbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife Itinerary

The southbound Singapore to Bali: Jungles, Atolls & Wildlife cruise from Singapore to Bali, Indonesia, begins with an overnight in Singapore, then embarks and cruises along remote Indonesian islands before disembarking in Bali, Indonesia.

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Day 1
Arrive Singapore & Overnight

Arrive in Singapore and transfer to the Fullerton Hotel (or similar). Meet your fellow travelers this evening at a welcome reception.

Accommodations

Fullerton Hotel (or similar)

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Explore Singapore & Embark

This morning, check out of the hotel and set off to explore this landmark city-state. Cosmopolitan Singapore, a former British colony, has transformed itself into one of the world’s leading and most innovative commercial centers. While touring the old sections of the city, see how Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures thrive side by side. Also see the ultra-modern along the skyline of high rises and in the whimsical creations of the Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is truly a melting pot of culture, style and cuisine. This afternoon, embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Anambas Archipelago

The first stop is in the remote Anambas Archipelago, to snorkel the unspoiled reefs surrounding Pulau Lintang. Search for colorful giant clams and cardinalfish that make these waters their home. The island is private, so enjoy exclusive access to walk the beach, dive, snorkel, or choose to explore by glass-bottom Zodiac.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Badas Islands

The remote Badas Islands offer excellent beaches and corals. These rarely visited islands offer an abundant array of marine life. Watch clownfish darting between anemones and with luck, a beautiful royal blue tang might make this idyllic story complete! Explore above and beneath the sea via stand-up paddleboard, snorkeling and beachcombing.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Pulau Belitung

Located off the coast of Sumatra, Belitung is part of the relatively unknown Bangka-Belitung sister islands. Spend the morning cruising the pristine waters, the ship weaving her way through the smaller islands and clusters of granite formations that dot the coastline, looking for the perfect quiet cove to stop in for kayaking and snorkeling. Ashore have the opportunity to meet the locals and witness the blending of the Sumatran, Malay and Bugis cultures—Malay homes on stilts; Bugis fishing villages; Sumatran coffee houses, popular gathering spots for all. The Dutch tin mines and the promise of work brought many families to Belitung—the mines may be gone, but the joining together of traditions remain.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Krakatoa & At Sea

One of the world’s most beautiful and powerful volcanoes, Krakatoa or Krakatau, was known worldwide after the explosive eruption in 1883. Ash from the massive event circled the earth for years. Along the Pacific Ring of Fire, new volcanoes have formed beneath Krakatoa’s caldera–Anak Krakatau, or “Child of Krakatau,” is the most active. Go ashore to explore the black sand beach and lush jungle that rises up to the volcano. Cruise to Legon Cabe, Big Krakatau, and snorkel in the dazzling reefs that surround the island. The following day spend time on deck with the team of naturalists, listen to compelling presentations in the lounge, or enjoy one of the many onboard amenities as the ship travels down the coast of Java.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Semarang: Borobudur Temple

Today, dock on the island of Java in the bustling port of Semarang. The day’s destination is inland, at the largest Buddhist temple in the world: magnificent Borobudur Temple. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this massive complex sits perched on a hill, with bell-shaped stupas housing statues of Buddha seeming to rise from the jungle around it. Stone reliefs carved in exquisite detail line the base of the temple, depicting everyday life and the path to enlightenment. Spend the full day exploring this spectacular site.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Kerimun Jawa

A breathtaking chain of coral fringed islands, Kerimun Jawa Archipelago sits off the coast of central Java. Designated a Natural Reserve, the marine park protects the biodiversity of the lush mangrove forests teeming with birdlife, 11 species of sea grass, and extensive coral reefs, home to over 400 species of fish. Observe life in the mangroves while trekking deep into the forest on raised footpaths, ever watchful for black-tailed monkeys and red breasted parakeets. Kayak along the sea grass in water so clear it’s easy to see the fish and  coral below. A true island paradise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Pulau Bawean

Pulau Bawean is a small jewel in the Java sea. Travel past the beautifully terraced rice paddies while heading to the center of the island and Lake Kastoba. According to ancient lore, a swim in these pristine waters will keep you forever young. Curious monkeys and a variety of birds make their home in the surrounding jungle. Local villagers eagerly share their traditional music and dance.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Menjangan Island & West Bali Barat National Park

Javanese for “deer,” Menjangan Island is named after the rare rusa deer who swim to the island during the spring. This secluded  paradise is part of the West Bali Barat National Park, located in the northwest tip of Bali. Teeming with untouched beauty both above and below the water, explore the island on foot, keeping an eye out for deer while wandering through the ancient white stone temple – Pura Segara Gili Kencana; snorkel amongst the brightly colored coral fans; or glide through the clear water on a stand-up paddleboard.

Accommodations

National Geographic Orion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Disembark Denpasar, Bali, Explore & Depart

This morning, arrive in Denpasar on the lush island of Bali, one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures. Following disembarkation, get a taste of this paradise, where life and art are interwoven. Following lunch transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more, inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The southbound Exploring Indonesia cruise begins in Singapore (SIN), and ends in Denpasar, Bali (DPS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Embarkation time on Day 1 may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 12 of the outlined itinerary; departure times may vary depending on return group flights. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include snorkeling, diving (included), kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff and glass-bottom boat excursions, cultural visits, land treks and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

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102-guest National Geographic Orion is one of the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Small ship cruises aboard the Orion offer a luxurious exploration of Chile, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

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