Departing on the 23 November 2017, this eight night cruise on board Silversea's Silver Discoverer is a wonderful way to see incredible wildlife and visit to some of Asia's most colourful destinations. Embarking in Benoa, Bali, privileged passengers will sail in style, indulge in superb cuisine and benefit from a series of fascinating on board lectures. Following a luxurious day at sea, day two involves disembarking for a drive and hike to magnificent Ijen Crater Lake, in Java, and witnessing the striking geological prowess of Mount Merapi. Day three is very much a cultural affair, with a visit to Sumenep, Madura in order to marvel at the historic buildings, majestic palace and museum. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the local Madurese people whilst at the traditional bull races.
Days five and six are dominated by striking wildlife, starting with the orangutans and expert talk by Dr. Birute Galdikas. Teaching about the plight of the orangutans and describing the efforts to understand them and protect their habitat, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness orangutans in the wild. As a scientist, conservationist and educator, award-winning Dr. Galdikas has studied and worked closely with the orangutans of Indonesia Borneo in the wild since 1971 and is considered the world's foremost authority on the orangutan. Visiting Camp Leaky (named after her mentor Kenyan anthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey) with Dr. Galdikas, guests will be able to access exclusive parts of the nature reserve usually closed to the general public. Located in Tanjung Putting Reserve, a National Park in Central Borneo, the area is devoted to the conservation of wild Orangutans and their rainforest habitat. Cruise guests will be granted unprecedented access to the Orangutan Care & Rehabilitation Center which is guaranteed to be a memorable part of your journey. Along with the famous orangutans, visitors may also see Proboscis monkeys, gibbons and leaf-eating monkeys - not to mention an array of birdlife, from Rhinoceros Hornbills and Little Green Pigeon, to colourful kingfishers and Bulbuls.
The final part of the cruise takes guests to the verdant islands of Kepulauan Bandas and involves taking to the water to explore the magical marine life around the remote Badas Islands of Indonesia. Disembarking and taking to the Zodiac, guests will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel and dive within the crystal-clear waters and around the fringed reefs. Indonesia doesn’t do anything by halves; it is the world’s largest archipelago (approximately 1, 700 tropical islands) and contains the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world with the world's largest flower, a three-foot-wide orchid, and the world's largest lizard, the infamous Komodo Dragon - Indonesia's extremes are vast and stupendous. An all-in-one destination, where no two places are the same, Indonesia offers a heady combination of culture, shopping, tropical vistas and scuba-diving. It’s also home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, which is why a luxury holiday to Indonesia with Elegant Resorts should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Having ventured to Tanjung Wangi, Kumai and Kepulaunan Bandi, guests will end their cruise journey in the thriving city of Singapore. Once disembarked, guests will be transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore for a sublime ending to an incredible journey. Relax by the pool, dine at The Line, be pampered with a spa treatment or simply head out to enjoy the exciting city attractions.