From Indonesia to Australia

15 days / 14 nights
    Expedition
    From Indonesia to Australia

    Cruise Asia

    from 24 November 2017 to 8 December 2017
    15 days / 14 nights

    Departure Port : Benoa, Bali
    Arrival Port : Cairns

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A241117

    In partnership with GÉO

    Discover an exceptional Ponant itinerary linking Indonesia, a mosaic of cultures and colours, to Australia, the great southern land that is home to the legendary Great Barrier Reef.

    In Darwin, you will board the L’Austral for a 15-day expedition cruise.

    You will discover Komodo, famous for its dragon. This large reptile, a cousin to the dinosaurs, lives only in the heart of the protected nature reserve on this remote island.

    Like a string of pearls against a coral backdrop, the ten small Banda Islands lie scattered between Asia and the Pacific Ocean. You will discover the capital of the archipelago, Banda Neira, which will reveal to you its rich and moving history.

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

    You will set off to discover the Asmat region, its small villages, and stilt houses with thatched roofs. This is one part of the cruise you will not want to miss.

    You will then sail to Australia, where you will discoverLizard Island and its stunning white-sand beaches, as well as Cairns and its buildings from the colonial period, its picturesque port and its exceptional panoramas of the surrounding natural environment.

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create 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. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      24 November 2017 – Pink Beach (Komodo)

      Benoa, Bali

      Embarkation 24/11/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/11/2017 at 18H00 .

      If it's a taste of exotic authenticity you're after, prepare to be spell-bound by the island of Bali, tucked away in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the depth and richness of its cultural heritage and the plethora of activities on offer here make Bali a little slice of heaven on Earth. The island's southern coast enthrals with its white sand beaches, its picturesque little fishing villages such as Benoa, and its hills patchworked with terraced rice paddies further inland. Nicknamed 'the Island of Gods' for its sumptuous temples, Bali is the beating heart of Indonesian Hinduism.

      25 November 2017▸26 November 2017 – Pink Beach (Komodo)

      25 November 2017▸26 November 2017 – Pink Beach (Komodo)

      Arrival 25/11/2017. Departure 26/11/2017.

      Imagine a pure blue sky with only a few cotton wool clouds lazily bobbing across it, a calm sea that gently laps against a beach where the soft sand is neither golden nor black, but a delicate powder pink... Pink Beach is one of just seven beaches on the planet where this very special pink sand can be seen. The distinct pink hue results from the mixture of calcareous white sand with the eroded deep red skeleton of the organ pipe coral. The fringing coral reef is in excellent condition, the waters are crystal clear and harbour colourful reef fish that can be found just a short distance from shore. Enjoy an afternoon ashore at Pink beach, one of the easiest places in the tropics to snorkel and explore nature’s richest realm.

      27 November 2017 – Alor

      27 November 2017 – Alor

      Arrival 27/11/2017. Departure 27/11/2017.

      28 November 2017 – At sea

      28 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 28/11/2017. Departure 28/11/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      29 November 2017 – Banda Neira (Molukkas)

      29 November 2017 – Banda Neira (Molukkas)

      Arrival 29/11/2017. Departure 29/11/2017.

      From age-old traditional cultures and ancient vestiges, to coral reefs and lush green jungle… The attractions of the remote Banda archipelago seem endless. Better known as the legendary “Spice Islands” of the Ancient World, these small volcanic landmasses were the fabled prize of colonial powers for more than four centuries. Every colonial power of significance fought for control of these ten small islands that today have become largely forgotten. Walking the streets of Banda Neira is a surreal experience as your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands”.

      30 November 2017 – Kei Islands, Maluku

      30 November 2017 – Kei Islands, Maluku

      Arrival 30/11/2017. Departure 30/11/2017.

      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. Local history holds that ancestors of contemporary Kei islanders came from Bali, part of the expanding Hindu Majapahit kingdom from the western archipelago. Enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling on an idyllic uninhabited picture postcard tropical island.

      1 December 2017 – Triton Bay

      1 December 2017 – Triton Bay

      Arrival 01/12/2017. Departure 01/12/2017.

      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 epicentre of the Coral Triangle. It contains more fish and coral species than anywhere else on the planet. Its unparalleled marine biodiversity and endemism, habitat richness, and relatively intact nature of its ecosystems are unique. Join your expedition team for a zodiac voyage through the spectacular rainforest capped karst islands. Later in the day enjoy the opportunity to explore the richness of the underwater realm.

      2 December 2017 – At sea

      2 December 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 02/12/2017. Departure 02/12/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      3 December 2017 – Agats

      3 December 2017 – Agats

      Arrival 03/12/2017. Departure 03/12/2017.

      Western New Guinea is one of the most mysterious parts of the world. Governed by Indonesia, this “land of a thousand cultures” is home to some 44 tribes that have never had any contact with the modern world. More than 700 languages coexist here. Discover Asmat, the legendary land of headhunters, a fascinating region of small villages with thatch-roofed stilt houses. Your Zodiac® dinghy will take you to the small town of Agats, where you will be greeted by war canoes and a show presenting traditional ceremonies. There you will be able to discover the wonderful crafts of the Asmat people, who honour their ancestors through figurative wooden sculptures.

      4 December 2017 – At sea

      4 December 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 04/12/2017. Departure 04/12/2017.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      5 December 2017 – Cape York

      5 December 2017 – Cape York

      Arrival 05/12/2017. Departure 05/12/2017.

      Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located at the tip of North Eastern Australia. The region has been described as the largest unspoiled wilderness in Australia. The relatively undisturbed eucalyptus wooded savannahs, tropical rainforests and other types of habitat are now recognized for their global environmental significance. At the tip of the peninsula lies Cape York, the northernmost point on the Australian continent, that usually takes travellers 5–7 days over some of the planet’s toughest and remotest roads. The easiest way to “stand on the tip” is to take a luxury voyage, be transferred ashore by ship’s zodiac directly onto the beach and walk the last 500m!

      6 December 2017 – Ponant Cay

      6 December 2017 – Ponant Cay

      Arrival 06/12/2017. Departure 06/12/2017.

      7 December 2017 – Lizard Island

      7 December 2017 – Lizard Island

      Arrival 07/12/2017. Departure 07/12/2017.

      Lizard Island is the northernmost resort Island on the Great Barrier Reef and boasts 24 powdery white sand beaches. Dominated by grasslands, the rugged beauty of Lizard Island contrasts sharply with the sparkling blue waters and rich fringing coral reefs surrounding the island. Lizard Island is known as Dyiigurra to the Dingaal Aboriginal people and is regarded as a sacred place. It was used for the initiation of young males and for the harvesting of shellfish, turtles, dugongs and fish. The Dingaal believe that the Lizard group of islands had been created in the Dreamtime. After a short Zodiac ride to the beach at Watson’s Bay, guests can join a guided walk, relax on the beach or snorkel in the warm clear waters and view the clam gardens…

      8 December 2017▸7 December 2017 – Cairns

      Cairns

      Disembarkation 08/12/2017 at 07H00 .

      Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia's north-east coast. The seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Australia: an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained before your arrival in Australia. For more information, please visit www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas. Carriers should be aware that there will not be any physical evidence in your passport.

        Australian customs regulations are very strict, especially for the import of food items such as fresh food (even sealed), fruits, eggs, meat, plants, vegetables, seeds, grains. Fur and feathers are also forbidden. We highly recommend you consult this website for further details : www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas/customs-clearance.

        It is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advise relating to travel through these regions, including advice on Malaria prevention and dengue fever.

      • It is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advice relating to travel through these regions, including advice on Malaria prevention and dengue fever.

      Theme

      TROPICAL EXPEDITION

      TROPICAL EXPEDITION

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Eric Meyer

      Eric Meyer

      Eric Meyer is currently the editor-in-chief of GEO, which is France’s leading travel & news magazine.

      After being appointed as editor-in-chief in March 2010, he broadened the range of GEO brand, by adding GEO Histoire, GEO Extra, GEO Savoir, GEO Art, and Geo Terroirs. GEO has also been published as books and developed as an app for its users.

      As a graduate of the prominent French business school ESSEC, Eric Meyer began his career with the Group Expansion as a journalist for “L’Entreprise,” a business magazine.
      He joined Prisma Media in 1993 as editor-in-chief of “Management” and was later appointed editor-in-chief of various websites in the group. In 2000, he founded the magazine Newbiz (Group Tests/Express ) and became its editor-in-chief.
      From 2001 to 2003, he was deputy managing editor of “Le Figaro Magazine,” before launching a start-up company, Arts Magazine. In the summer of 2006, Eric Meyer was appointed deputy editor-in-chief of GEO, and associate publisher at Prisma Presse, before taking the position of editor-in chief of the Geo brand in March 2010.

      Eric Meyer is also the author of three books. An essay, "Les Ressuscités," published by Flammarion in 2004, and two novels : "La porte dérobée,” published by Robert Laffont in 2007 and "Les Fils de Ramsès,” published by JC Lattès in 2010.

      Languages spoken: French, English, German

       

      Photo credit: Thierry Suzan

      Olivier Touron

      Olivier Touron

      Olivier Touron (b. 1969, France) followed a university curriculum destining him to teach math when he decided to change course and make his passion his profession. In 1999, he joined EMI-CFD and became a freelance photojournalist. Based in the north of France near Lille, he freelances with the French and international press (Géo, Libération, L’Humanité, Le Monde, L’Express, VSD, Pèlerin, La Vie, Marianne, Marie-Claire, STERN, Financial Times, Newsweek Japan). His personal work on the Tunisian revolution, minors and justice and the Kurds, have been presented in exhibitions and books. Olivier also leads photography workshops and teaches master’s students in Journalism at the Faculty of Humanities in Lille.

      Olivier Touron is present on the social network trough Facebook, Instagram or Blink . His website : www.oliviertouron.fr. He’s an ambassador of Leica

      Photo credit : D Alkembrecher

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

       

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

       

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid for with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

       

       

       

      Dressing tips :



        • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas

       

        • Light weight long trousers

       

        • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts

       

        • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt

       

        • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)

       

        • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)

       

        • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer

       

        • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap

       

        • Comfortable walking shoes

       

        • Waterproof backpack for camera

       

        • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent

       

        • Binoculars

       

        • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.



       



        • Currency: Plan to have US dollars in small notes as they are easier to use outside of large cities.



       



        • Vehicles: Road conditions are poor in certain countries. Timings are unpredictable due to heavy traffic conditions. The comfort of local vehicles cannot be compared to that of international vehicles and often lack suspension.



       



        • Guides: PONANT is aware that the quality of guides is of utmost importance and puts all efforts in place to secure the best local guides available. Note that guides in these countries often have heavy accents. Several of our calls visit small and isolated communities where resources (transportation and guides) are scarce, resulting in higher prices.

       

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        23/11/2017 – Discovering Bali (1 day/1 night)

        475.00 $ **

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        22/11/2017 – Temples and Rice Paddies (2 days/2 nights)

        840.00 $ **

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      2. After your cruise

        08/12/2017 – From Cairns, at the edge of Australia’s Tropical Rainforest to Sydney: the opera and Manly beach (3 days/2 nights)

        1275.00 $ **

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        08/12/2017 – Cairns, at the edge of Australia's Tropical Rainforest (1 day)

        200.00 $ **

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      3. Your packages

        22/11/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Bali 1N (Pre) + Cairns, at the Edge of the Australia's Tropical Rainforest (Post)

        22/11/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Bali 1N (Pre) + From Cairns, at the Edge of the Australia\'s Tropical Rainforest to Sidney : the Opera and the Blue Mountains 2N (Post)

        21/11/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Bali Cultural Heritage 2N (Pre) + Cairns, at the Edge of the Australia\'s Rainforest (Post)

        21/11/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Bali Cultural Heritage 2N (Pre) + From Cairns, at the Edge of the Australia\'s Tropical Rainforest to Sidney : the Opera and the Blue Mountains 2N (Post)

      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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