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Orangutans - Makassar to Singapore

Into the Wilds of Borneo

Makassar to Singapore14 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $13,070.00* PP

Combining ancient waterside culture, untouched natural environments and rare wildlife encounters, this 14-night voyage will take you deep Into the Wilds of Borneo.

Aboard Coral Geographer, uncover palm-fringed coastal villages home to fascinating cultures including at the Karimata Islands and Kuching. Visit the Banjarmasin floating markets, where the river is a lively cacophony of sights and sounds as sampans are piled high with fresh produce, and buyers and sellers close their transactions on the water. Cruise the ink-black waters of the Nipah waterway and the winding Sekonyer River to arrive at the orangutan sanctuary and conservation facility at Camp Leaky. At Bako National Park, walk through the lush rainforest amongst wildlife such as endemic tree-dwelling proboscis monkeys and the emblematic Rhinoceros Hornbill.

Throughout the voyage, enjoy many opportunities to be submerged in the vibrant underwater environments including Anambas archipelago, where lagoons are dotted with atolls and marine life abounds.

  • Enjoy a behind the scenes experience at Camp Leakey and learn from experts about the efforts to protect the orangutans
  • Step inside the traditional longhouses of the Dayak people in Sarawak and learn about their way of life
  • Explore the remarkable floating markets of Banjarmasin, ‘the city of a thousand rivers’
  • Snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Anambas Islands, known for vibrant marine life
  • Explore the jungle on nature walks through Bako National Park, with the opportunity to spot native wildlife including hornbills and proboscis monkeys
  • Aboard a traditional klotok, cruise the black waters of the Nipah waterway through the jungle of Tanjung Puting
  • Relax on pristine palm-fringed tropical beaches at the Karimata Islands


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From your optional charter flight from Darwin, board Coral Geographer in Makassar at 5:00pm for a 6:00pm departure. Settle into your stateroom and get to know your fellow guests and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Optional Pre-Cruise Charter flight: Darwin to Makassar $850 per person. This will be a direct flight to Makassar, with no stopovers, with a Coral Expeditions staff member to accompany guests. Limited seats available, call our reservations team to book.

Lagoon Snorkelling Coral Expeditions

Sabaru Island is considered a Bornean islands in the Strait of Sulawesi. Here, enjoy a relaxing day of snorkelling and beach walks, perfect to relax and take in the natural beauty of this part of the world.

Banjarmarsin Floating Markets

Arrive in Banjarmasin, ‘the city of a thousand rivers’. Early the next morning, get close to the action at the famed Lok Baintan Floating Market. Join in as the locals meet at the river and transactions with the shop merchants are made from small boats selling fresh produce, small snacks and more

Start your expedition to Camp Leakey through the Nipah waterway and the Sekonyer River. The final leg of the journey is by local klotok boat before disembarking at Camp Leakey orangutan sanctuary and research facility. We will take time to wander through the forest to see orangutans in their natural habitat. Hear from the expert conservationists at Camp Leakey to understand the culture and behaviours of the orangutans, as well as glimpse behind the scenes to learn about the conservation efforts and challenges.

Mostly uninhabited and within a Marine Reserve, the Karimata Islands are home to Melayu and Bugis people who live in a handful of small coastal villages. Far from civilisation, we take time to explore these pristine islands, walk the white-sand beaches and snorkel or dive over coral reefs, soaking up the tranquillity of these picturesque islands.


The riverside city of Pontianak is one of Indonesia’s most cultural cities. Here, we will visit the Equator Monument and many significant sites such as the Pontianak State Museum, Kayak Traditional House, Kadriah Palace, Jami Mosque and Cathedral St. Yoseph Pontianak. Spend time wandering the waterfront markets where traders ply their wares from simple stalls or from sampans floating in the canals.

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The picturesque city of Kuching straddles the Sarawak River. In this region of Borneo, we will visit a traditional village of the indigenous Dayak people, ancient headhunters. Be welcomed to the longhouse, the massive structure that is the heart and main building of the village, and learn about the customs, culture and unique art and craft of these remarkable people.

Explore the lush rainforest and mangrove forests of Bako National Park. On nature walks into the jungle, we may spot wildlife such as proboscis monkeys, which are found only on the island of Borneo, as well as macaque and silver leaf monkeys. The park is also inhabited by many bird species such as kingfishers and the Rhinoceros Hornbill.

Anambas Islands

We spend the day exploring the Anambas archipelago, known for exceptional clarity of the turquoise waters and the flourishing marine life. Lagoons are dotted with picturesque islands and atolls and there are many opportunities to swim, dive, snorkel and explore by Xplorer tender vessels.


Arrive in Singapore at 7:00am. Farewell your Master, crew and fellow guests with disembarkation at 8:00am.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling. 

Fares & Availability

Bridge Deck Suites

Private Balcony - 37.5m2

4 Available

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

22 Available

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2

15 Available

Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

6 Available
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Prices are per person twin share, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).  Booking Terms & Conditions >
For solo traveller rates see our Solo Traveller Program

Additional Information


  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)

Not Included:

  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • SCUBA Diving (view Scuba diving rates)
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are traveling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks (including beer and wine) outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet services (available at a cost)
  • Laundry service (available at a cost)
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)
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