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Borneo Orangutan Adventure Cruise

Cruise to Camp Leakey & Discover the "Faces in the Forest"—Borneo's Endangered Orangutans
Please Note: This itinerary is for Singapore to Bali voyages. Some departures operate in reverse, from Bali to Singapore. Please check which direction your itinerary goes.

Day 1-3: Depart / Singapore / Embark National Geographic Orion
Depart for Singapore, losing a day as you cross the International Date Line to arrive the following afternoon. There's time to explore Singapore’s diverse neighborhoods before boarding the National Geographic Orion. As we set sail on the South China Sea, get acquainted with our ship and its amenities and listen to talks by onboard experts that set the stage for our adventures ahead. 

Day 4: Anambas Archipelago
Indonesia's Anambas Archipelago is comprised of 283 islands scattered in the South China Sea between the Malaysian mainland to the west and the island of Borneo to the east. The island group is virtually uninhabited, a pristine tropical wilderness that offers enticing opportunities for exploration. The warm, clear waters of the South China Sea offer fabulous underwater photography over the extensive coral reefs that fringe the islands and harbor myriad colorful fish and diverse marine life. Weather conditions will determine exactly which island we visit, but mostly likely our destination will be either Pulau Bawah or Pulau Lintang.

Day 5: Natuna Archipelago
The Natuna Archipelago is a chain of 272 islands located in the Natuna Sea between Peninsular Malaysia to the west and Borneo to the east. This little-known island group—among Indonesia's 18,000 total islands—is home to the main island of Natuna Besar, also known as Bunguran. The isolated outpost is an imposing sight rising from the sea, its green volcanic domes towering over white sand beaches fringed by colorful coral reefs. A small population lives on the main island, with tiny fishing villages scattered on the outlying islands. With so many islands to choose from, our destination today will be determined by the prevailing weather conditions. Most likely we'll step ashore at either Pulau Senua or Pulau Tiga, both unspoiled tropical outposts.

Day 6: Bako National Park
Arriving early at Bako National Park, we disembark for an immersion in its rainforests, wildlife, streams, fascinating plant life, secluded beaches and jungle trails. Few places in the world pack so much natural beauty and biodiversity into such a limited area. Bako contains almost every type of plant life found in Borneo, within seven complete and markedly different ecosystems. A series of walks is available today throughout the park, to experience its varied environs and observe primates and many bird species. We'll hope to spot proboscis monkeys, silvery lutungs and macaques that have become less wary of humans since the area was granted complete protection in 1957. On our transfers to and from shore, we'll take in views of scenic coastal cliffs and rocky headlands that have been carved into sea arches and sea stacks with colorful patterns formed by iron deposits.

Day 7-9: Semenggoh Wildlife Center / Kuching, Sarawak / At Sea
We land at Kuching in the Malaysian state of Sarawak this morning, then drive a short distance to Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to witness their work in caring for orangutans and other wildlife of Borneo. The center, situated inside Semenggoh Nature Reserve, was established to nurture wild animals that have either been found orphaned, injured in the forest, or were previously kept illegally as pets. Center staff also conduct research on wildlife and run captive breeding programs for endangered species, with the objective of releasing them back into the wild. During free time this afternoon, discover the cultural treasures of Kuching. Spend two days relaxing at sea, tracing the western coast of Kalimantan, or Indonesian Borneo.

Day 10-11: Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan / Camp Leakey
We visit celebrated Camp Leakey during a full-day excursion by local boat into the surrounding river system, which includes stops at several orangutan feeding stations. This rare opportunity offers a chance for very close interaction with the orangutans. Tanjung Puting National Park is also home to the bizarre-looking proboscis monkey with its enormous nose, as well as seven other primate species including gibbons and macaques. Other mammals include clouded leopards, sun bears, wild boars, porcupines and sambar deer. The park harbors 220 species of birds and is well known for its 'bird lakes' housing seasonal rookeries, endangered waterbirds and nesting grounds for white egrets.

Our next destination holds a premier wildlife encounter like no other! During our visit to the Orangutan Foundation International's wildlife rehabilitation center we get an exclusive look into its operations, including all three stages of orangutan rehabilitation: the forest training area, the 'preschool,' and the infant care facility. OFI is a nonprofit dedicated to the study and conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat. Founded by Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas and her associates in 1986, OFI operates Camp Leakey and runs the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ) facility in the Dayak village of Pasir Panjang, which is home to 330 displaced orangutans. OFI also helps manage Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, where rehabilitated ex-captive orangutans from OCCQ are released into the wild. Since the reserve’s establishment, more than 150 ex-captive orangutans have been released. Our tour of the facilities provides a thorough overview of this landmark organization's tremendous commitment to the present and future wellbeing of the endangered orangutan.

Day 12-13: At Sea / Disembark / Depart
Our final day at sea is spent crossing the Java Sea to the idyllic Indonesian isle of Bali. We disembark the following morning and transfer to the airport for homeward flights.

Please Note: Ports of call may be subject to weather and tidal conditions, and are subject to change.

Physical Rating: Easy to Moderate


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