Uncover the ancient seafaring kingdom of the Makassans on a circumnavigation of Sulawesi and the eastern coastlines of Borneo. This 20-night expedition aboard Coral Geographer takes in a full coastal exploration of Sulawesi and its fascinating confluence of cultural traditions, natural beauty and unique wildlife.
Throughout the voyage, encounter the legendary Dayak people at Pampang village, share with the Bajau tribe in their stilt villages built over the water and dive beneath the surface at the world-renowned reef locations of Bunaken and Lembeh. At Tana Beru, witness ancient traditional Phinisi boat building and encounter orangutangs and sun bears in a natural conservation sanctuary in Borneo.
Sulawesi is a rarely visited sanctuary amidst the East Indies. With a rich diversity of culture, wildlife and marine parks that are home to some of the most biodiverse reef systems in the world, this expedition voyage offers an unforgettable adventure.
- Begin and conclude your journey in historic Makassar, once the centre of the Dutch Indies head quarters
- Meet the beachside boatbuilders of Tana Beru and admire the skillful construction of Phinisi ships
- With some luck, enjoy the opportunity to swim with gentle and majestic whale sharks at Gorontalo
- Cruise up river to inland Samarinda and participate in the traditional dance of the Dayak Kenyah tribe in Pampang village
- On the island of Borneo, encounter endangered orangutans and sun bears in natural conservation sanctuaries
- Discover the extraordinary underwater worlds of renowned diving locations in Bunaken, Wakatobi, Lembeh and Banggai
- Visit the stilt villages of the Bajau tribe who live off the sea and learn of their unique traditional lifestyle
- Swim with thousands of harmless golden jellyfish at remote Togean