Timor Leste is a country populated by a lot of different ethnic groups. They all speak their own language and follow their own cultural practices. This shows in their day to day life, architecture and food. This round trip shows you the foundation of the newest nation in South East Asia. Learn how the timorese fought against colonialism and how they grow together as one. See where they live, grow their crops and build their homes. Experience the beauty of the island of Timor.
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Come aboard Moana for a six day cruise in the Komodo National Park. You will see some of the world's most famous diving spots and the mysterious Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). Many of the dives are challenging because of strong currents. Therefore the trip is best suited for advanced divers. Moana will move from island to island, looking for the best diving spots to make this the trip of your lifetime. There are more than 20 diving spots within the national park. Non-divers can relax on the sun deck or go trekking on Pulau Rinca and see the big lizards in their natural habitat. Accommodation will be in one of Moana's private cabins with en-suite bathroom and air-condition. It is possible to book the tour with optional dives (standard) or with unlimited diving (upgrade).
The neighboring islands Bali and Lombok are separated by the Wallace Line. Their landscape and wildlife are very different but their people share a common history. Balinese kingdoms extended to Lombok for several centuries. This round trip combines the mystical atmosphere of Bali with the stunning beaches in Lombok. Start with the most important temples in Bali. The temples Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Besakih are cultural highlights of the island. Fly to Lombok and visit the traditional villages of the sasak people to learn more about traditional handicraft and daily life.
Yogyakarta is the best starting point for an exploration of Java island. Highlights are the hindu-buddhist temples Borobudur and Prambanan, and the famous volcanoes Bromo and Ijen in East Java. You will start with a tour to the most important sights of Yogya. The city is the cultural center of Java, well-known for traditional batik fabric, music, dance and the wayang kulit theater. The trip also includes a train ride from Yogyakarta to reach the eastern part of the island. After sunrise at Mt. Bromo and a hike the crater of Kawah Ijen you will cross the Bali Strait to reach the Islands of the Gods.
Let us show you the beauty of Borneo. The island is home to many endangered animals. See the orangutans during a visit to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and the proboscis monkeys near Damai Beach. Another highlight are crocodiles and tropical birds in the mangrove trees along the coast. You will travel to the Batang Ai reservoir and visit the Iban. They live in traditional Longhouses in the jungle. Explore the fascinating caves in Mulu. The giant cave system attracts many visitors and scientists. End up the trip with a visit to Kinabalu National Park in Sabah.
Sumatra is the most western of the Greater Sunda-Islands and the largest indonesian island. We will take you along on an exploration from North to South Suamtra. Start in the regional capital of Medan and the orang-utans in Bukit Lawang. The former rehabilitation station ist still a good spot to watch orang-utans in their natural habitat. Cross the river and follow the trails through the hilly area until you find the animals in the jungle. The next stop ist the mountain resort of Berastagi. We will hike the slopes of Mt. Sibayak near the busy market city in the Sumatran highlands. The next highlight is a visit to Lake Toba and Samosir island. Many remanants of the Toba Batak culture can be found in the region such as the royal palace of Simalungun and other traditional houses. From Lake Toba you drive south to Bukittinggi in the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra. The minangkabau are an important tribe which still relies on a unique matrilinear culture.