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Cruise the Far East - Indonesia and Borneo

Cruises to Indonesia and Borneo are a wonderful opportunity to see a dazzling variety of rare flora and fauna, exotic temples and remote areas of dramatic natural beauty.

  • Trobriands Islands
  • Gunang Kawi Rice Fields
  • Milne Bay Dancers

About Indonesia Cruises


Indonesia covers a vast area separating the Indian Ocean and the northern Pacific with a with more than 17,000 islands, including Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, western New Guinea and Bali. 

A richly diverse nation of different cultures and religions, elaborate oriental architecture and exotic natural beauty, Indonesia is renowned for its warm and friendly welcome.

Highlights include Java Island, the 15th-century Sam Po Kong Temple in Semarang and the wonderful World Heritage Site of Borobudor Temple.


The island of Bali is known as the “island of the gods” and loved for its beaches, tolerant locals, dramatic mountains, temples and rice paddies, and exotic dance performances from epic Hindu tales. 

To the east, the Gili Islands are a paradise of tranquillity with few cars and stunning wildlife. Snorkellers can spot Hawksbill turtles, bumphead parrotfish and manta rays swimming in the turquoise waters of the Java Sea. In the Lesser Sunda Islands, Komodo Island is one of the few remaining habitats of the formidable Komodo Dragon and home to a dazzling variety of exotic plants.


Borneo is the third largest island in the world and one of the most biodiverse areas on earth. The Kalimantan provinces belong to Indonesia, while the states of Sarawak and Sabah are Malaysian territory, and the remaining areas Bruneian territory. The island has a series of mountain ranges, including the Muller, Crocker and Kapuas Hulu Mountains, as well as several rivers, vital for trade and home to remote tribal communities.

Scientists have been fascinated by the island of Borneo for hundreds of years, and it has played a vital role in the theory of evolution. The tropical rainforest is home to thousands of endemic mammal and plant species, including the Bornean orangutan. The orangutan population has dramatically declined in recent years due to deforestation and poaching, so rehabilitation centres have been set up in the rainforest in an effort to protect this endangered species.

Other species living on the island include pygmy elephants, clouded leopards and eastern Sumatran rhinoceroses. Around 15,000 plant species thrive on Borneo, from the Rafflesia plants which produce the world's largest flowers measuring up to one metre wide, to the thousands of wild orchids. Some of the island's plants have been used in medical research, providing potential cures for certain types of cancer and strains of HIV.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is the eastern portion of New Guinea, on the edge of the Pacific Ring of Fire. A natural wonderland of rugged mountain terrain, rainforest and vast areas of wetland, Papua New Guinea’s unique natural heritage was shown when an expedition into the huge crater of extinct volcano Mount Bosavi in 2009 uncovered numerous new species held captive by its 3000-ft walls, including a frog with fangs, geckos and a tree kangaroo.

Head-hunting and cannibalism played an important part in ceremonial and ritual practices in Papua New Guinea up until the 1950s, when after contact with the outside world it largely died out.

Komodo Dragon Rabaul Tuvurvur Volcano Papua New Guinea Mud Men Bird of Paradise

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020 / 2021


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  • Ancient Wonders of Papua and Spice

    11 Nights - Cairns to Darwin

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Sail along the Great Barrier Reef on luxury expedition ship Le Laperouse to the remote Asmat region, where ancient tribes remain hidden from the world, and the exotic Spice Islands with their stunning beaches 2019 - May Exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Tribal dance Cruise Only
    From £1175pp
    Cruise Only
    From £4924pp
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  • Westbound Cruise from Bali

    7 Nights - Benoa and Back

    Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Sail from Bali on board Star Clipper and explore the dramatic natural beauty and ancient traditions of the exotic Indonesian islands 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Jun, Jul Save 10% on 2020 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Rice terraces of Bali Cruise Only
    From £1237pp
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  • Eastbound cruise from Bali

    7 Nights - Benoa and Back

    Star Clipper Star Clipper

    See the famous Komodo Dragons in the UNESCO-listed Komodo National Park and explore the idyllic islands off the coast of Lombok on this brand new voyage to Indonesia on authentic sailing ship Star Clipper, with opportunities for swimming and snorkelling 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 2020 - Jun, Jul Save 10% on 2020 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Komodo National Park Cruise Only
    From £1237pp
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  • Borneo to Singapore

    10 Nights - Kota Kinabalu to Singapore

    Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Discover the rainforests, volcanic mountains and white-sand beaches of Borneo and Indonesia on this superb cruise on tall ship Star Clipper with opportunities for snorkelling and watersports 2019 - May, Oct 2020 - May, Sep Save 20% on 2020 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Floating City Mosque, Kota Kinabalu Cruise Only
    From £1586pp
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  • Bali and Paradise Islands

    9 Nights - Benoa and Back

    Panorama II Panorama II

    Explore the paradise islands of Indonesia on this superb cruise from Bali on 49-passenger Panorama II, with visits to the Komodo National Park and famous Pink Beach, and opportunities for swimming and snorkelling. Includes return flights from the UK and overseas transfers 2019 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct 2020 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save 40% on cruise cost OR low single supplement!

    Bali Fly Cruise Package
    From £1733pp
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  • Indonesian Discovery

    10 Nights - Benoa and Back

    Star Clipper Star Clipper

    Explore the traditional villages of Wera and Labuan Haji, the beautiful islands of Gili Kondo and Satonda, and see the Komodo Dragons at Komodo National Park on this unique sailing cruise from Bali on Star Clipper 2019 - Jul Exclusive £50pp discount!

    Komodo National Park Cruise Only
    From £1945pp
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  • Singapore to Bali

    14 Nights - Singapore to Benoa

    Star Clipper Star Clipper

    This superb itinerary on authentic sailing ship Star Clipper explores the idyllic islands of Indonesia, with opportunities for snorkelling, diving and watersports 2019 - Jun, Sep 2020 - May, Jul Save 20% on 2020 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures!

    Rice terraces in Bali Cruise Only
    From £2238pp
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  • Borneo and Beyond

    9 Nights - Singapore to Benoa

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Set sail from Singapore on this 9-night luxury expedition cruise into the heart of Indonesia, where you will see orangutans in Borneo, visit the famous Komodo National Park and witness a traditional ceremony in a local village

    Orangutan Cruise Only
    From £4061pp
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  • Bangkok to Bali and Beyond

    14 Nights - Bangkok to Bali

    Viking Orion Viking Orion

    Experience the culture of the Far East and discover Asia's floating markets, revered temples and stunning scenery on this superb cruise from Thailand to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2019 - Mar, Nov 2020 - Apr, Oct 2021 - Mar Save £500pp PLUS free gratuities!

    Bangkok Fly Cruise Package
    From £4390pp
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  • Ancient Cultures of Papua New Guinea

    11 Nights - Honiara to Cairns

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Explore the heart of remote regions on this luxury expedition cruise to discover the wild beauty of the volcanic Solomon Islands and the mysterious cultures of Papua New Guinea, with Zodiac trips allowing close encounters with local tribes 2019 - May Exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Trobriand Islands Cruise Only
    From £5113pp
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  • Komodo and the Australian Coast

    16 Nights - Bali to Sydney

    Viking Orion Viking Orion

    Discover the natural wonders and abundant wildlife of Indonesia and Australia on this 16-night cruise from Bali to Sydney, calling at the legendary Komodo. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2019 - Mar, Dec 2020 - Mar, Oct 2021 - Mar Save £500pp PLUS free gratuities!

    Bali Fly Cruise Package
    From £5490pp
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  • The Heart of Indonesia

    11 Nights - Singapore to Darwin

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Visit traditional Indonesian villages to discover the unique culture, witness Orangutan’s in their natural habitat at Tanjung Puting National Park and visit one of the seven Pink Beaches on the planet on this 11-night expedition cruise of the Indonesian Archipelago. 2019 - Nov Exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Komodo Dragon Cruise Only
    From £6445pp
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  • Exploring the Indonesian Archipelago

    14 Nights - Benoa to Cairns

    Le Laperouse Le Laperouse

    Journey into the heart of Indonesia's most beautiful tropical islands on this 14-night luxury expedition cruise from Bali to Cairns, calling at Komodo Island to see the famous Komodo dragons

    Bali Cruise Only
    From £6791pp
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  • Hidden Treasures of Australia

    10 Nights - Darwin to Broome

    Silver Discoverer Silver Discoverer

    Discover the stunning scenery and spectacular wilderness of Australia's Kimberley region and visit the Indonesian city of Saumlaki on this luxury 10-night cruise from Darwin to Broome. Includes fascinating shore excursions, expert guest lecturers and gratuities. 2019 - Apr, May, Jun $1000 OBC and one-category suite upgrade!

    Raft Point, Kimberley Cruise Only
    From £6900pp
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Indonesia Highlights


Alotau is the capital of Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea, and the gateway to its remote islands and coral reef. Close to the harbour are markets selling fruit, seafood and staple goods for the local population, with more facilities in town. This area was the scene of fierce fighting in 1942 between the Allied Forces and the Japanese. There is a war memorial in the town


The resort island of Bali has two main ports, Benoa and Pedang Bay, both in the south. North of Pedang Bay is the Blue Lagoon, a reef rich in marine life, and both ports are close to the sandy beaches for which Bali is famous. Inland are paddy fields, rain forests and volcanoes. Sights include the murals at Kerta Gosa Courthouse and 13th-century Kehen Temple in Pedang.

Bali (Indonesia)


The island of Java is the administrative and economic heart of Indonesia. In the northern port of Semarang is Sam Po Kong temple, built during the Ming Dynasty, and beyond, the World Heritage Site of Borobudur, one of the finest Buddhist temples in the world. Shoppers will find a wide variety of crafts and antiques in Jakarta. The rural scenery is dominated by a string of volcanoes, beaches and tropical islands off the north coast.

Java (Semarang, Indonesia)

Komodo Island

The Indonesian island of Komodo is one of the few places to see the remarkable Komodo Dragon, the world's heaviest lizard which grows up to 10 feet and a weight of 200lbs. Visitors can observe them soaking up the sun on the riverbanks from the safety of a protective enclosure. Komodo also has a dazzling variety of exotic plants, coral reefs, mangroves and a population of orange-footed scrub fowl and Timor deer.

Komodo Island (Indonesia)


This picturesque port is close to the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea and is a popular destination for divers, with an array of lagoons, outer islands and reefs. There are views to the Bismarck and Finisterre mountains across farmland, and Madang's local market sells jewellery made from shells, carvings, and pots made in the surrounding villages. The film 'Robinson Crusoe' was shot in Balek Wildlife Sanctuary, where you will find jungle walks, caves and hot springs

Madang (Papua New Guinea)


Rabaul port is on the northern coast of Papua New Guinea's largest island, New Britain Island, which is covered by tropical rainforest and surrounded by coral reefs. The town was rebuilt after World War II, but heavily damaged by the eruption of Tavurvur in 1994. An extensive tunnel network was built by the Japanese around Simpson Harbour, and the Kokopo War and Cultural Museum has a collection of Japanese war relics.

Rabaul (Papua New Guinea)


Located in western Indonesia, Sumatra is an island of extraordinary beauty with towering volcanoes and dense jungles home to an abundance of wildlife. Many species are endangered including the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant and Sumatran orangutan.

Ujung Pandang

Ujung Pandang has been renamed Makassar, and is the largest city on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Fort Rotterdam on the waterfront is a remnant of Indonesia's Dutch colonial past, and now houses the La Galigo Museum. Makassar is also the site for one of the world's largest indoor theme parks, Trans Studio. The cluster of islands offshore can be admired from Losari beach and its Esplanade, and in Paotere Port, schooners and traditional local boats frequently tie up along the quay.