South Pacific Voyage: Komodo, Papua & Great Barrier Reef (2022)

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

Journey Overview

Discover the rich tribal traditions, tropical seascapes and natural wonders of the paradisiacal South Pacific. Exploring with A&K’s award-winning 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

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Featured Experts

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Dr. Shirley Campbell
Anthropology Lecturer

An author and research fellow from the Australian National University, Shirley focuses on the cultures of Melanesia, Australia and the Pacific, and has lived among the indigenous tribes of Papua New Guinea.


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Rich Pagen
Ornithology Expert and Naturalist

Passionate about birds, wildlife and the interface between humans and the natural world, Rich has explored regions from Antarctica to Indonesia and lectured on our expeditions since 2004.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Nov 21: 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

Nov 22: 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 excursion, 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

Nov 23: Bali | Timeless Balinese City of Denpasar

After breakfast time at leisure, depart your hotel for an immersive afternoon 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, which you enjoy for the next 14 nights.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Nov 24–25: 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 three included excursions, opting for a kayak paddle and beach landing or a Zodiac tour with your A&K naturalist, each with additional opportunities for swimming. You may also choose a guided trek in the park to spot Komodo dragons in action.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD

Nov 26: 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

Nov 27: 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

Nov 28–29: 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

Nov 30: 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

Dec 1: 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

Dec 2: 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

Dec 3–4: 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 Hook 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

Dec 5: 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

Dec 6: 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

Dec 7: 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. 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 Nov 21.

Last group event: disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on Dec 7.

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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

Nov 21, 2022 - Dec 7, 2022 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$22,965pp was AU$27,020 Single Supplement AU$20,265 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$25,670pp was AU$29,725 Single Supplement AU$22,290 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$27,020pp was AU$31,075 Single Supplement AU$23,305 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$39,855pp was AU$43,910 Single Supplement AU$37,900 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Privilege Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$43,910pp was AU$47,965 Single Supplement AU$41,680 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$49,990pp was AU$54,045 Single Supplement AU$47,495 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Grand Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$58,100pp was AU$62,155 Single Supplement AU$55,195 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$63,505pp was AU$67,560 Single Supplement AU$60,330 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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