Indonesia Voyage: Komodo, Papua & Great Barrier Reef (2023)

Discover the rich tribal traditions, tropical seascapes and natural wonders of the paradisiacal South Pacific.

Journey Overview

Discover the tribal traditions, natural wonders and exotic, paradisiacal shores of Indonesia, Papua and Australia. Exploring with A&K’s remarkable Expedition Team, enjoy nature walks, local village visits, Zodiac excursions, and opportunities to snorkel and scuba. Experience stunning Komodo National Park and its rare dragon; West Papua’s brilliant marine ecosystems, the storied spice islands of Maluku and Banda; and astonishing Great Barrier Reef.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 14 nights from Indonesia to Papua and Australia on luxury, all-balcony ‘Le Laperouse,’ with a capacity limited to just 148 guests
  • Enjoy two days of exploration in Bali before your cruise, complete with a stay at luxury Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
  • Explore in the company of A&K’s renowned Expedition Team, enjoying an all-encompassing enrichment program and lecture series
  • Spend two days in UNESCO-designated Komodo National Park, where you may choose to kayak, swim and search for the island’s most famed resident, the Komodo Dragon
  • Discover some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable beaches and marine ecosystems, including West Papua’s Triton Bay and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, with opportunities to snorkel and scuba dive
  • Visit with remarkable indigenous peoples on culture-rich islands, meeting with the Takpala in their village on Alor Island and experiencing an Asmat war canoe greeting in Papua
  • Soak in two days on the postcard-worthy Spice Islands, enjoying a far-flung, truly exotic paradise of white-sand beaches, brilliant coral reefs, and eclectic, storied history

Featured Experts

Dr. Mark Brazil, Natural History Lecturer
A resident of Hokkaido and naturalist guide on all continents, Mark is an ornithology and natural history consultant, author and professor of
biodiversity and conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University near Sapporo.

Mike Murphy, Dive Master
With experience that includes many years as an expedition leader and 11 as a deep-sea commercial diver, Mike also leads dive trips worldwide and has dived in almost every sea as well as 80-plus South Pacific Islands.

Take 10 with an A&K Expert to Hear More About This Journey


Journey Itinerary

Oct 20: Arrive Bali, Indonesia

Arrive in Bali, where you are met and transferred to your beachfront hotel. Tonight, join fellow guests and A&K’s Expedition Team for a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay | Meals: D

Oct 21: Bali | Exquisite Island of the Gods

Bali’s rich culture, spiritual influence and vibrant geology plays out across the “Island of the Gods.” Enjoy your choice of excursions, with options that include a full day exploring Bali’s central highlands, an area famous for its stunning lakes and hills. Visit the Royal Temple of Mengwi, reach Mount Batukaru and trek through the picture-perfect Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. Alternately, enjoy an insightful day through other natural and cultural highlights, such as Lake Batur and Kehen Temple, or drive to Bukit Peninsula to experience some of Bali’s idyllic beaches, and visit Uluwatu Temple. Each experience includes a lunch of delightful Balinese specialties. Return to your luxury resort and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay | Meals: BL

Oct 22: Bali | Timeless Balinese City of Denpasar

After breakfast and time at leisure, depart your hotel for lunch and a tour of lively Denpasar. Visit Jagatnatha Temple, which is dedicated to the supreme Hindu god Sanghyang Widi Wasa and features a seven-tiered padmasana (lotus) throne. Shop the Pasar Kreneng Market with its tukang sun (women carrying baskets on their heads) and see the unique Balinese architecture of Jero Kuta Palace. Later, board your luxury expedition cruiser, your home for the next 14 nights.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Oct 23-24: Komodo National Park | Home of the Dragon

UNESCO-designated Komodo National Park is one of the world’s greatest natural treasures, not just for its protected Komodo dragons, but also for its striking coastal terrain and spectacular marine ecosystem. Spend the next two days exploring the park and getting to know its rare and fierce Komodo dragons. Believed to be an ancestor of a prehistoric lizard, the carnivorous giant monitor lizard has thrived here for millions of years, can reach up to 11 feet in length and is surprisingly agile. Pink sands, hills and deep valleys — the park’s dramatic landscape formed by ancient volcanic activity sets the stage for truly wondrous marine discoveries and some of the world’s best dive sites. Conditions permitting, partake in water activities that include kayaking and swimming as well as snorkelling and scuba diving. The next day, choose from a selection of guided treks in the park to spot Komodo dragons in action.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Oct 25: Alor Island | Island of a Thousand Mokos

The Alor archipelago is stunning with its white-sand beaches and clear bays, and today you explore its namesake island. Largely uninhabited, this “Island of a Thousand Mokos” (ancient kettledrums) boasts many splendours, including the unique culture of its highland people and a world-class underwater paradise. Choose a visit with the indigenous Takpala in their traditional village, followed by time in Kalabahi to explore a local museum and the town market. Alternatively, and conditions permitting, don your scuba gear for a remarkable diving adventure in the Alor archipelago, known for its pristine waters and variety of brilliant sea creatures.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Oct 26: At Sea | Sparkling Waters of the South Pacific

Recharge from the last four days of adventure with a relaxing day aboard your luxury expedition ship. Sample the variety of onboard programming, and enjoy ample opportunities for lectures and informal conversation with the members of your Expedition Team.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Oct 27-28: Maluku Islands | Idyllic Spice Islands

The legendary and rarely visited Spice Islands boast coral reefs, lush jungles and volcanic peaks. Enjoy two days of exploration and begin in Maluku’s Banda archipelago, once the only source of nutmeg and mace, and a fabled prize of colonial powers. Conditions permitting, choose to kayak the harbour or snorkel amid a reef covered entirely in live coral. You may also opt to explore Banda on a walking tour with a local guide, discovering the eclectic architecture, charming culture and history of what is arguably the most fascinating of all the Spice Islands. The next day, indulge in the beauty of the postcard-perfect tropical paradise of the Kei Islands with a leisurely day at one of its endless white-sand beaches, and, conditions permitting, opportunities to swim and snorkel in its rich waters.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Oct 29: West Papua | Spectacular Undersea Ecosystem

West Papua is known for its natural scenery and dive sites, and Triton Bay is the star of the show. Among three regions considered to be the epicentre of the Coral Triangle, Triton Bay is home to more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet — among them pygmy sea horses, marlin, sweetlips and soft corals. Conditions permitting, you may snorkel and dive. Look forward to an equally impressive Zodiac excursion in its magnificent rainforest-capped Karst formations.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Oct 30: At Sea | The Beauty of Luxury Expedition Cruising

On this day spent at sea, balance your time between engaging with new friends and lectures given by your Expedition Team.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Oct 31: Papua | Land of a Thousand Cultures

Arrive in Agats, the capital of Papua’s Asmat Region, long fabled as the ancient realm of cannibals, headhunters and Asmat warriors. Dubbed the “Land of a Thousand Cultures,” the region harbours some 44 tribes completely isolated from the modern world and more than 700 languages. Opt to experience a traditional war canoe greeting and make time to browse artisan crafts of the Asmat people, or choose a guided walking tour of Agats.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Nov 1-2: At Sea | Cruising to Australia

Unwind and enjoy a day at sea, perhaps with time at the pool or spa or on your private deck. If time allows after clearing customs, arrive where Captain Cook did on a Thursday in 1770: Thursday Island, the smallest of the Torres Strait Islands on Australia’s most northerly frontier. A once-thriving pearl-diving industry has since disappeared, but Thursday Island remains intimately tied to and shaped by rich Asian cultures, traditions and cuisine.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Nov 3: At Sea | Reflecting on Unforgettable Adventures

Soak in your experience with unhurried time at sea, sharing in conversations with your Expedition Team and favourite moments at dinner with friends.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Nov 4: Lizard Island | The Great Barrier Reef

The northernmost resort island on the Great Barrier Reef, rugged Lizard Island is a national park dominated by mountainous terrain, glistening beaches and dazzling reefs for snorkelling and diving. The island is sacred to the Dingaal people, who hold hunting ceremonies here. Choose to relax on a secluded beach and swim the Blue Lagoon or join a guided nature walk, where you may spy prolific birdlife and the goanna lizard for which the island is named. Alternatively, and conditions permitting, snorkel and scuba dive amid the staggering diversity of Australia’s incomparable, UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef.

‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Nov 5: Depart Cairns

Bid farewell to your crew, Expedition Team and fellow guests before disembarking in Cairns, gateway to Queensland. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on your post-tour extension.

Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control. Water activities and locations are dependent on weather and water conditions and cannot be guaranteed. Scuba diving is at an extra charge and available only to experienced divers. All decisions are at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Oct 20.

Last group event: disembarkation by 9:00 a.m. on Nov 5.

Note: Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Included with this Luxury Expedition Cruise

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team
  • Pre- and/or Post Cruise Hotel Stay and A&K-Led Excursion
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Zodiac and Shore Excursions Led by A&K Expert Naturalist Driver-Guides
  • Available aquatic activities, such as snorkel
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Oct 20, 2023 - Nov 5, 2023 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$24,640pp was AU$28,865 Single Supplement AU$21,655 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$27,460pp was AU$31,685 Single Supplement AU$23,770 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$28,865pp was AU$33,090 Single Supplement AU$24,825 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$42,245pp was AU$46,470 Single Supplement AU$40,135 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Privilege Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$46,470pp was AU$50,695 Single Supplement AU$44,150 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$53,515pp was AU$57,740 Single Supplement AU$50,840 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Grand Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$63,375pp was AU$67,600 Single Supplement AU$60,205 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$68,305pp was AU$72,530 Single Supplement AU$64,895 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Limited Availability Enquire
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4 days, from AU$5,625pp
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