From Bali, we invite you to set sail for a 12-day expedition cruise to the heart of Indonesia.

This journey aboard L’Austral will take you to Taka Bonerate, one of the most beautiful marine parks in the country. Lying south-west of Selayar Island, it is the third largest atoll in the world.

On Flores Island, which is unspoiled and little known to tourists, you will travel to the inland town of Maumere.

You will also discover Palopo in Toraja Land, also known as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings” and the incredible structure of the Tongkonan houses, the traditional habitat.

Highlights


• Set sail to discover the largest archipelago on Earth, home to one of the richest and most varied marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the world.

• Discover Taka Bonerate, one of the most beautiful marine parks in the country.

• Explore Palopo in Toraja Land, also known as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings”.

If you are looking for exoticism and authenticity, you’ll be totally captivated by the island of Bali seated in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the richness of its cultural heritage, and its many activities and attractions make Bali a paradisiacal destination. The southern coast of the island will win you over with its vast beaches of fine sand, its emerald rice paddies and picturesque fishing villages, like Benoa.
Formerly called Ujung Pandang, the city of Makassar is the largest city in east Indonesia and the capital of South Sulawesi. Ever since the14th century Makassar was known as a thriving sea port where merchant vessels from far away China, India and Cambodia called regularly to trade in silks, tea and porcelain in exchange for cloves, nutmeg and pearls from the Moluccas and gold and forest products from Makassar and its hinterland. And when in the 16th century the Europeans discovered the sailing route to the coveted Spice Islands, the Spanish and Portuguese made Makassar their important entrepot to store valuable spices before shipment to Europe. Meanwhile, in this southern peninsula of Sulawesi, the Bugis, Makassar and Mandar ethnic groups, known for their seafaring prowess and boat building skills, had already developed powerful kingdoms that encouraged trade, fishery, rice cultivation as well as literature and the arts. In 1667 however, through the Treaty of Bungaya, Dutch merchants succeeded to oust the Portuguese and Spanish from Makasssar to make this port their stronghold, banning other Europeans from trading in Makassar. The Dutch destroyed the fort of Ujung Pandang built by the king of Gowa in 1545, and fortified this into Fort Rotterdam, which today still stands prominently on the waterfront of Makassar. Many Makassar aristocrats who refused to be dominated by the Dutch, left the city and settled in Kalimantan, the Riau Islands and present-day Malaysia. The sultans of Selangor and Johore are Bugis descendents as are the sultans of Kutai Kartanegara in east Kalimantan. Most likely the ship will be alongside at Makassar. You will enjoy a 2 ½ hour walking tour of Fort Rotterdam.
Tana Toraja, the famed "Land of The Heavenly Kings", lies about 328 km north of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province, in the central highlands of South Sulawesi. The land of the Toraja people (many nominally Christian but most, in practice, animist) is above all famed for their spectacular burial rites. After a person's death, the body is kept — often for several years — while money is saved to pay for the actual funeral ceremony, known as the "rambu solo." During the festival, which may last up to a week, ritual dances and buffalo fights are held, and buffaloes and pigs are slaughtered to ferry the soul of the deceased to the afterlife. The deceased is then finally buried either in a small cave, often with a tau-tau effigy placed in front, inside a hollow tree or even left exposed to the elements in a bamboo frame hanging from a cliff. This unique culture is set in stunning scenery of magnificent towering peaks and terraced rice fields. Tana Toraja's beauty is also reflected in its people. Although they are devoutly Christian, they combine this religious belief with magic and mysticism, and welcome visitors to witness their ceremonies. You will spend one and a half days alongside the wharf at Palopo. All guests will have an inclusive overnight tour to Tana Toraja. Including all meals and transport. This will be by air-conditioned bus and overnight accommodation will be at the Toraja Heritage Hotel (or similar). A 3 ½ star hotel and the best in the area. During the day and a half tour guests will visit iconic places such as Londa, Kete’ Kesu’, Bori’ and Lemo. There is nothing locally in Palopo and guests should be encouraged to undertake the inclusive overnight experience.
Taka Bonerate, also spelt Taka Bone Rate, is one of the most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia. Laying southwest of Selayar Island, the park has the third largest atoll in the world, after Kwajifein in the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives. The park spreads over 220,000 hectares, and comprises more than 21 islands. Taka Bone Rate used to be known as the Tiger Islands and Gold Reef. Taka Bonerate translates as 'coral islands over sand' The atoll rises sharply from 2,000 meters below the surface of water and was formed by the collapse of a huge volcano. The area is of major ecological importance, with rich marine and bird life. The national park is considered to contain some of the world's highest marine biodiversity. According to the Indonesian Department of Forestry the atoll has 261 species of coral, 295 species of coral fish, 244 species of mollusc and other species such as hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Pacific ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), and green turtle (Chelonia mydas). You will disembark the ship by zodiac. Spend your time swimming and snorkelling.
Since very early times, the Florinese have been confronted with people from many parts of the world. Some of them came with purely economic intentions, others with ideas of power and belief. Whatever their interest in Flores might have been, it is certain that these outside influences left their footprints and contributed to the already manifold social and cultural diversity. Flores has had its own history long before the first traders or missionaries arrived. However, as ancient Florinese societies shared their history through oral tradition, little is known about the origins of many of them. The first foreign visitors to Flores probably encountered dispersed, independent settlements consisting of several lineages which descended from a common ancestor. By that time, political authority was locally limited. A Portuguese expedition crew reached the island in the early 16th century and named it ‘Cabo das Flores’, which means ‘Cape of Flowers’. The island became an important strategic point for the economic activities of Portuguese traders. However, Flores itself was neither a source of valuable spices nor sandalwood. After a long period of struggling with other trade powers, the Portuguese were finally defeated and withdrew themselves to Dili in East Timor in 1769. They renounced all their spheres of influence in Eastern Indonesia and sold their remaining enclaves on Flores to the Dutch administration. Except for a short period of Japanese occupation during World War II, the Dutch remained the dominating colonial force until Indonesia became an independent nation state in 1945. Upon ship’s arrival you will be taken on a half day tour to the hinterland of Maumere.
Pulau Banta is an uninhabited Island inside Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km2. As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon, also known as the Komodo Monitor, or Ora (to Indonesians), the park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments. You expedition staff will find an isolated uninhabited beach for swimming and snorkelling.
Rinca is a part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park and has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Rinca occupies only 123 square miles and aside from a tiny fishing village, the island is completely undeveloped. Hot and usually dry, Rinca is the perfect home for exotic and dangerous wildlife unique to Wallacea. Dense forest gives way to grassy fields and a few scattered watering holes where the infamous komodo dragons can be spotted. Rinca is often overlooked by tourists on their way to the more-popular Komodo Island, but it is still regarded as one of the best locations to spot Komodo dragons in the wild. Treks on Rinca Island start from the ticket office at Loh Buaya. You also have the option to choose between three trails. The shortest trek takes 30 minutes. It is an easy, shaded walk that passes an artificial waterhole before ascending to a small hill with a view over the bay. The one-hour medium trek winds between dragon nests and out into the sunshine across an exposed savannah that is studded with lontar palms. For the best opportunity to see dragons and their prey, choose the two-hour trek past a permanent waterhole and across steep, exposed slopes that offer breathtaking views.
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. Sumbawa is the largest Regency in the West Nusa Tenggara Province. The islands of Sumbawa cover 8,493km2 including 38 small islands. The population of about half a million is roughly split into two ethnic and language groups. One group based around the town of Bima in the east. And a separate language group in the West based around Sumbawa Besar. The main island of Sumbawa is larger than Bali and Lombok combined. Enjoy a half day tour visiting Pamulung Village. On arrival at the village you will be welcomed by the head of the village and will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the local traditions of rice pounding, weaving and also witness a wedding procession. Refreshments will be provided and the visit will conclude with an exciting Sumbawa buffalo race, an event that will be held in honour of our visit.
Disembarkation around 7am.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Superior Stateroom

$ 6360 AUD pp
Superior Stateroom
8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck3. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

DeLuxe Stateroom

$ 6860 AUD pp
DeLuxe Stateroom
16 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$ 7410 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$ 7630 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$ 7870 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Deluxe Suite

$ 12190 AUD pp
Deluxe Suite
On Deck 3 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$ 15270 AUD pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 5
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$ 15730 AUD pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 6
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Owners Suite

$ 16840 AUD pp
Owners Suite
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 2. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Bathtub or shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Large bathtub, Sofa, Table with 4 chairs, Armchair & Pedestal table

Additional charges:

Safety and Port Taxes: 814 AUD pp

L'Austral

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship

Length: 142 metres

Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)

Built: 2011

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral has a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Cuisine

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life On Board

Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L'Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.

Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.

Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous

Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L'Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser).

Cabin layout for L'Austral

Bali Tour (1 day/1 night) Post Cruise (440.00 AUD)

Day 1 - Meet and greet on the pier by our English-speaking local representative and group transfer by coach to Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. Mid-afternoon check-in in your Standard Room (Superior room). The rest of the day and the evening are at leisure. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Bali. Day 2 - Breakfast served at the hotel. Private transfer by car from the hotel to the airport on time for your flight check-in time (pick up time at the hotel will be communicated by our local representative).

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