Expedition to Borneo & Beyond

10 days / 9 nights
    Expedition to Borneo & Beyond

    Cruise Asia

    from 5 January 2019 to 14 January 2019
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Singapore
    Arrival Port : Benoa, Bali


    • Ref : R050119

    From Singapore to Bali, set sail on a 10-day expedition cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, into the heart of fascinating Indonesia. An itinerary developed by PONANT, discovering the largest archipelago in the world.  

    With more than 700 languages spoken on the multitude of islands that form it, Indonesia is the result of a real cultural melting-pot. This diversity can also be found in its landscapes, which alternate between jungle, volcanic mountains and white-sand beaches.  

    After calling in at the Tembelan Islands, a dream destination for those who enjoy lazing at the water’s edge, set off to meet the Orang-utans of Tanjung Puting National Park, in southern Borneo. An unforgettable moment in the midst of an ancient tropical forest.

    In Badas, you will be welcomed by the inhabitants of Pamulung village, where you will be able to witness a traditional ceremony.

    Finish your trip with a visit to Komodo National Park. This wild and isolated island is home to the famous giant prehistoric-looking lizards, as well as Pink Beach, celebrated for its pinkish sand, a result of the colour pigments of the organ pipe coral found in the area.

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    • An opportunity to view Orang-utans in their natural environment at Tanjung Puting National Park.
    • UNESCO site: Komodo National park.
    • The Ijen volcano on the island of Java and its spectacular caldera surrounded by volcanic cones and craters.
    • Meeting the locals and discovering their traditions and culture.
    • Pink Beach, a pink sand beach that is unique in the world.
    • Possibility of snorkelling, particularly on the uninhabited idyllic Tembelan Islands

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    Staterooms & Suites


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      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

      5 January 2019 – Tembelan Islands


      Embarkation 05/01/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/01/2019 at 18H00 .

      Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore stretches across Malaysia's southern-most region. Experience the vibrant hustle and bustle of this city-state for yourself at the Marina Bay. No too far away is the historic centre, offering up a unique smorgasbord of neoclassical buildings and contemporary towers. Decked out in topiary, the pavements of Orchard Road are also home to countless shopping centres. The colourful markets in Chinatown and Little India are the perfect opportunity to quell hunger pangs in a hawker centre, one of the city's traditional snack bars. Between the two districts, get a slice of history with a trip to the Raffles dock. It was here that Englishman Sir Raffles, the founder of the city, is said to have arrived one fateful day in January 1819.

      6 January 2019 – Tembelan Islands

      6 January 2019 – Tembelan Islands

      Arrival 06/01/2019. Departure 06/01/2019.

      Off the west coast of Kalimantan (Borneo) lies a group of Indonesian islands called the Tembelan archipelago. Administratively a part of the Riau Islands Province, they offer visitors myriad opportunities to swim and snorkel in an idyllic setting. The Tembelan islands are small, partly inhabited dots of land lying just north of the Equator. Nature here is still pristine and wild. Large rocks sitting on the edge of the water, coral, white-sand beaches lined with coconut trees, green hills and fishing villages: these are the many faces you will be lucky enough to discover on these exotic and charming islands where sea turtles are often spotted.

      7 January 2019 – At sea

      7 January 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 07/01/2019. Departure 07/01/2019.

      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.

      8 January 2019 – Tanjung Puting National Park

      8 January 2019 – Tanjung Puting National Park

      Arrival 08/01/2019. Departure 08/01/2019.

      Not far from Kumai in the south of Borneo, discover the magnificent Tanjung Puting National Park, one of Indonesia’s must-see sites. Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, you will explore it from a Zodiac®, surrounded by tropical rainforest. People tend to come here particularly for the orang-utans. These fascinating primates have been part of a rehabilitation programme here for several years. For what is sure to be a moving experience, you may see them in their natural habitat.

      9 January 2019 – At sea

      9 January 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 09/01/2019. Departure 09/01/2019.

      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.

      10 January 2019 – Banyuwangi

      10 January 2019 – Banyuwangi

      Arrival 10/01/2019. Departure 10/01/2019.

      At the extreme end of East Java, the Banyuwangi region offers wonderful possibilities for swimming and attracts many surfers. But more importantly, it is the departure point for visits to Kawah Ijen (“green crater”), one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes. It reaches close to 2,400 metres at its highest point. In its crater lies a highly acidic lake with green water, offering stunning light shows at day break. The sulphur found at the summit is exploited by Indonesian workers, who leave the crater carrying heavy loads on their backs. The volcano is also famous for the blue flames that emanate from its vents. This beautiful phenomenon, created by the combustion of sulphuric gases in contact with air, can only be observed at night.

      11 January 2019 – Badas, Sumbawa

      11 January 2019 – Badas, Sumbawa

      Arrival 11/01/2019. Departure 11/01/2019.

      The port of Badas is part of the greater township of Sumbawa Besar, on the island of Sumbawa. Like most of Sumbawa the people hold their culture strong as a major part of their identity. The island has a strong influence from the Makassarese of Sulawesi, who over the centuries have introduced a lot of their culture into Sumbawa. Join your expedition team and local guides for a tour by bus to Pamulung Village where you will be welcomed by the head of the village and have the opportunity to witness first-hand the local traditions of rice pounding, weaving and also witness a wedding procession. Your visit will conclude with an exciting Sumbawa buffalo race, an event that will be held in honour of our visit.  

      11 January 2019 – Pulau Mojo

      11 January 2019 – Pulau Mojo

      Arrival 11/01/2019. Departure 11/01/2019.

      A few kilometres to the north of the island of Sumbawa, succumb to the charms of the small island of Moyo, also called Mojo. Depending on where you are on the island, you will be able to admire a stunning view of Mount Tambora, located in the northern part of Sumbawa. Moyo has also been blessed with white-sand beaches from which you can set out in snorkelling gear to discover beautiful coral reefs.

      12 January 2019 – Pink Beach, Komodo National Park

      12 January 2019 – Pink Beach, Komodo National Park

      Arrival 12/01/2019. Departure 12/01/2019.

      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.

      13 January 2019 – Loh Liang, Komodo National Park

      13 January 2019 – Loh Liang, Komodo National Park

      Arrival 13/01/2019. Departure 13/01/2019.

      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.

      14 January 2019▸13 January 2019 – Benoa, Bali

      Benoa, Bali

      Disembarkation 14/01/2019 at 09H30 .

      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.

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



      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. On the cruises that permit this activity, the naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the submarine fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Pascal Bruckner

      Pascal Bruckner

      Pascal Bruckner is a writer and philosopher born in 1948.

      He has  published 25 books, novels and essays translated in about 30 countries.
      Also, he is a visiting professor in the US (New York, San Diego, Texas).

      Languages spoken: French, English

      Photo credit: free copyright 

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      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. After your cruise

        14/01/2019 – Day use room in Bali

        430.00 AU$ **

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        14/01/2019 – Temples and rice paddies (1 night)

        730.00 AU$ **

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      2. Before your cruise

        04/01/2019 – DISCOVERING SINGAPORE (1 NIGHT)

        435.00 AU$ **

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      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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