From Darwin, we invite you to embark aboard L’Austral for a 12-day expedition cruise.

You will sail in Triton Bay, a former coral reef raised by tectonic forces and today home to more species of fish than anywhere else on Earth.

You will visit the Wakatobi Marine National Park, covering some 1.4 million hectares and will call at an uninhabited desert island.

At Kalabahi, in the Alor Islands, you will encounter ethnic groups of the Flores people who have succeeded in preserving their traditional way of life.

You will conclude your cruise with the discovery of Komodo Island, famous for its eponymous dragon, a very large reptile that is a cousin to the dinosaurs.

Highlights


• Travel to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world: Indonesia.

• Visit the Wakatobi Marine National Park.

• Encounter ethnic groups of the Flores people and learn about their traditional way of life.

Capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin stands on the shores of the Timor Sea on Australia’s North Coast. Its lush urban areas exude a tropical, multicultural atmosphere. You can also soak up aboriginal culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory or take in colonial heritage as you walk the historical discovery trail around the harbour. Pristine nature surrounds Darwin with waterfalls and virgin forests welcoming you to Litchfield National Park.
The Kei Islands are blessed with kilometres of stunning, yet almost entirely empty, white-sand beaches and a deeply hospitable population. Beneath the mostly Christian facade, Kei culture is fascinatingly distinctive. Inhabitants call the islands Nuhu Evav (Evav Islands) or Tanat Evav (Evav Land), but they are known as Kei to the people from neighbouring islands. "Kai" is a Dutch colonial era spelling, still persisting in some books based on old resources. The islands are on the edge of the Banda Sea, south of the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea, west of the Aru Islands, and northeast of the Tanimbar Islands. Local history holds that ancestors of contemporary Kei islanders came from Bali, part of the expanding Majapahit kingdom from the western archipelago. You will be transferred ashore to a wet landing onto a soft sandy beach. Here you can swim directly from the beach and snorkel on the fringing reef from our fleet of zodiacs. Short Zodiac tours will also be organised for you.
Triton Bay is one of three regions in Indonesia’s West Papua province that comprise the Bird’s Head Seascape (the other two are Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay), which is now considered by marine biologists to be the epicenter of the Coral Triangle and which contains more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet. Indeed, in a recent report commissioned by the government of Indonesia, Papua was unanimously identified by marine biologists as the region that deserved the highest priority for marine conservation due to “its unparalleled marine biodiversity and endemism, habitat richness, and relatively intact nature of its ecosystems”. Kaimana and Triton Bay were cited for having nesting grounds for green turtles, a population of coastal Bryde’s Whales, possible spawning grounds for grouper, and, last but not least, whale sharks. In the morning you will undertake a zodiac cruise through the karst Islands of Triton Bay. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the remote beaches for swimming and snorkelling.
Arguni is located in Fakfak Regency (formerly spelt "Fak-Fak") part of the West Papua province of Indonesia. The main population centre is the small coastal village of Kokas with several hundred inhabitants. The area is most notable for its ancient rock paintings. These can be found high in the mountainous terrain or on the side of the limestone islands that dot the bays and coastal areas. The origins of the images are not fully understood and some academics have estimated their age to be around 6 – 7,000 years. There are similarities in style to northern Australian indigenous rock art as well as mythical animal – human figures that stretch across the entire island of New Guinea. The images are locally known as Tapuraran, and were made using natural materials such as ochres. The similarity in colour to blood stains results in the local community often calling them “blood paintings.” Designs show hand stencils, fish, birds, angled boomerang like objects, and depictions of mixed animal-human figures. In several areas human remains are scattered amongst the cracks and crevices of the limestone cliffs. Traditionally the local people did not bury their dead, but laid them to rest in sacred places You will take a zodiac cruise in search of the ancient Papuan rock art, some of which is believed to be 6 – 7,000 years old.
Banda Neira was the global centre for Nutmeg trade for more than 4 centuries, as the Banda Islands were the only source for both Nutmeg and Mace until the mid-19th Century. The original Bandanese inhabitants were massacred by the colonial governors of the Dutch East India Company during the period of their brutal control of the spice trade. It is an island steeped in history where one can view the ruins of both Dutch and Portuguese forts, as well as the home of Christopher Cole, the British captain who liberated the Bandanese from their oppressive Dutch dictators. Walking down the streets is like stepping back in time to when every colonial power of significance was fighting for control of this small island that today has become almost forgotten. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands.” Right next door to Banda Neira is the near perfect conical volcano of Banda Api, quietly steaming away. At the base of the 1988 lava flow is an emerging coral reef. As you snorkel over the crystal clear landscape you will be amazed to think that the entire reef is only 26 years old. You will disembark by tender or zodiac which will bring you directly to the town’s jetty. On arrival follow a guided walking tour visiting Fort Nassau, Fort Belgica, Hatta’s House, the Dutch Governor’s house and the VOC church. The walking tour takes approximately 3 to 4 hours. Protect yourself from the sun and wear comfortable walking shoes. In the afternoon, zodiacs will bring you to Banda Api where you can swim and snorkel.
Ambon was colonized by the Portuguese in 1526 and originally named Nossa Senhora de Anunciada. The Portuguese were driven out by the Dutch in 1609 and apart from brief periods of British rule, the island remained under Dutch control until Indonesia's independence in 1945. It has a number of interesting historical and cultural sites among the remnants of forts built by the Dutch East Indies Company during the heyday of the spice trade. The ruins of the Portuguese fort at Hila are almost entirely hidden beneath the contorted roots of a giant Banyan tree. The ANZAC War Cemetery near Ambon commemorates the Allied soldiers who died in this region during World War II. The museum Siwa Lima has a fine collection of local arts and crafts. Upon disembarkation, enjoy a half day tour comprising the surroundings of Ambon.
Legendary underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau referred to the Wakatobi islands an “Underwater Nirwana” The Wakatobi Marine Park comprises a total of 1.4 million hectares and is recognised as being one of the most biodiverse marine systems on earth. The region is also home to the largest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Here can be found fringing reefs, atolls and barrier reefs providing habitat for a myriad of fish species, dolphins, turtles and whales. The island group comprises 143 islands of which only 7 are inhabited by the region’s Bajo communities of almost 100,000 people. The Bajo are often referred to as “sea gypsies”, the seafaring nomads who inhabit many of Indonesia’s remote islands. Located right in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Wakatobi Islands offer crystal clear pristine waters containing a rich biodiversity of underwater life, a true paradise for snorkelers and Divers. The name Wakatobi is an acronym of its four main islands, which are: Wangi-wangi (WA), Kaledupa (KA), Tomia (TO) and Binongko (BI). Your expedition team will locate a suitable uninhabited island for swimming and snorkelling from the beach.
The Alor Archipelago comprises 20 islands and 17 sub-districts. Among these, only 9 islands are inhabited: Alor, Pantar, Pura, Terewang, Ternate (not to be confused with Ternate in Maluku), Kepa, Buaya, Kangge, and Kura. The island of Alor itself is inhabited by a number of Flores sub- ethnic groups who still preserve their traditional ways of life. One of these still produces clothing from tree bark known as the Ka Clothing. The unique culture of the Alorese are best observed among the Takpala indigenous group who dwell in the village of Lembur Barat, North-Central Alor. The Takpala still preserve the traditional housing construction that resembles a pyramid, covered with coconut leaves, bamboo plaited walls, and four main wooden pillars. The island of Alor is also known as the island of a Thousand Moko’s. Moko is a small bronze kettledrum which is believed to have originated from the Dong Son culture of Vietnam. However, it remains a mystery as to how these prehistoric Dong Son drums arrived in Alor. Local legend says that the moko’s were discovered buried in the ground, and indeed until today it is still common for these mokos to be similarly uncovered. To observe these unique artifacts, one can visit the Museum of A Thousand Mokos located in the main town of Kalabahi, on Alor Island. The Museum also showcases a collection of distinct Alor hand-woven clothing called Kawate. Kalabahi is the largest town on the island of Alor, with a metropolitan population of about 60,000. It is the capital of Alor Regency in East Nusa Tenggara. Upon your arrival in Kalabahi Port, you will board your basic local transportation for the 45-minute drive to Takpala. Enjoy a traditional dance performance as well as a demonstration of local handicrafts made of wood. Note that the vehicles used are very basic, are not air-conditioned and have no PA system.
Pink Beach, (Pantai Merah to the local people) just a short distance away from Loh Liang and still part of Komodo National Park, is one of only seven such coloured beaches on the planet. The distinct pink hue results from the mixture of calcareous white sand with the eroded deep red skeleton of the organ pipe coral (Tubipora musica). The fringing coral reef is in very good condition due to the presence of national park staff preventing locals and visitors from damaging this fragile ecosystem. The waters are usually clear and harbour an abundant array of colourful reef fish that can be found just a short distance from shore. Pink beach is one of the easiest places in the tropics to snorkel and explore nature’s richest realm. You will be transferred ashore by zodiac to a wet landing onto a soft sand beach. Swimming and snorkelling is available directly from the beach.
Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia. The island has a over 2000 inhabitants. The inhabitants of the island are descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed themselves with the Bugis from Sulawesi. The population are primarily adherents of Islam but there are also Christian and Hindu minorities. Komodo is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. Particularly notable here is the native Komodo dragon. Komodo Island is the desolate domain of a fierce and rare species of the Komodo dragon, a dinosaur-like reptile believed to date back to the Jurassic Age, and thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1912. In fact, the Komodo dragon is the remnant of a once widespread ancient order of monitor lizards that today survives on only a handful of islands. With fewer than 300 of this protected species remaining, the Komodo dragon's very existence hangs in the balance. This giant reptile often measures up to 11 feet in length, and can weigh over 300 pounds. The Komodo dragon's sharp, saw-like teeth can snap a goat in half, and its digestive juices are so strong that they can digest bones and hair. It thrives on the deer and wild pigs inhabiting the island, can swim quite well for short distances, and is both agile and swift on land. The ship will anchor off Komodo Island, and you will take the ship's tender ashore. You can take an escorted tour on foot through Komodo National Park, or remain at the small Information Center featuring interesting details about Komodo dragon, which may be observed in the vicinity. National Park Rangers will conduct your tour, and escort your group to the dry riverbed where the Komodo dragons were once fed. Since the Komodo dragon is no longer artificially fed by the local authorities and must seek their own food, there is a possibility you may not see any of them during your escorted walk. Although viewing can be equally as good in the immediate vicinity of the Information Center, Komodo dragons are free to roam the island, and sightings are not guaranteed. You should also bring along some extra water. The walking portion of this excursion will take about 45 minutes in each direction (1.5 miles / 2 kms). Although the walk will take place on flat ground, it can be quite strenuous. If there have been recent rains, the paths can be very muddy; comfortable walking shoes that can be easily cleaned are highly recommended. You may also wish to take along a plastic bag for binoculars or cameras in the event of sudden downpours, which is quite common. Camera fee is 7.50 USD, video fee is 19 USD (subject to change) – please inform your shore excursion manager onboard which equipment you plan on bringing ashore, your onboard account will be charged directly.
If you are looking for exoticism and authenticity, you’ll be totally captivated by the island of Bali seated in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the richness of its cultural heritage, and its many activities and attractions make Bali a paradisiacal destination. The southern coast of the island will win you over with its vast beaches of fine sand, its emerald rice paddies and picturesque fishing villages, like Benoa.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Superior Stateroom

$ 6360 AUD pp
Superior Stateroom
8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck3. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

DeLuxe Stateroom

$ 6860 AUD pp
DeLuxe Stateroom
16 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$ 7410 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$ 7630 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$ 7870 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Deluxe Suite

$ 12190 AUD pp
Deluxe Suite
On Deck 3 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$ 15270 AUD pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 5
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$ 15730 AUD pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 6
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Owners Suite

$ 16840 AUD pp
Owners Suite
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 2. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Bathtub or shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Large bathtub, Sofa, Table with 4 chairs, Armchair & Pedestal table

Additional charges:

Safety and port taxes: 814 AUD pp

L'Austral

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship

Length: 142 metres

Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)

Built: 2011

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral has a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Cuisine

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life On Board

Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L'Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.

Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.

Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous

Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L'Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser).

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