15 nights onboard Le Soléal

Tropical Odyssey between North East Australia and Indonesia

Over 16 days, fall under the spell of the beauty and richness of the Indonesian archipelago and the northern shores of Australia. Aboard Le Soléal, take an exceptional expedition cruise with PONANT, sailing from island to island, from idyllic landscapes to unforgettable encounters.

From the ‘island of gods’, head to mysterious Komodo, a small wild island whose national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among other things, it is home to the famous Komodo dragons, gigantic monitor lizards that can grow more than three metres long. Here you will be able to see them in their natural environment.

You will then set sail for Flores, the island of flowers, followed by the Alor Archipelago, two destinations where the inhabitants have successfully maintained their age-old traditional lifestyle.

The next port of call on your cruse will be Kalabahi. This authentic destination in the Alor Archipelago provides the opportunity to interact with local people who have preserved their traditional practices and customs.

After calling at the fabulous Barat Daya Islands, you will explore the Moluccas (Maluku Islands), also known as the Spice Islands, and make a stop on the island of Banda Neira, marked by Dutch and Portuguese influences.

Le Soléal will continue on to the Indonesian province of West Papua to give you the opportunity to admire the Kiti-Kiti Waterfall. Surrounded by lush vegetation, you will undoubtedly be tempted to swim or snorkel at the foot of this stunning natural site.

Then, you will sail to the heart of Triton Bay. Located within a protected marine environment in the middle of the Coral Triangle, you will enjoy an unforgettable zodiac cruise through the spectacular rainforest-capped karst islands.

Further south, you will discover the Asmat region, one of the most isolated and mysterious areas in the world.

Le Soléal will finally reach Australia to finish on a high note exploring Lizard Island, an island with exceptional marine life, from multicoloured coral to giant clams.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Leaving from: Benoa, Bali
Cruise ship: Le Soléal
Visiting: Benoa, Bali Komodo Island Maumere, Flores Kalabahi
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264
Passengers
139
Crew
2013
Launched
10944t
Tonnage
142m
Length
18m
Width
16kts
Speed
6
Decks
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Cruise Itinerary
Day 1
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Day 3
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Day 4
Maumere, Flores, Indonesia
Day 5
Kalabahi, Indonesia
Day 6
Barat Daya Islands, Indonesia
Day 7
Banda Neira, Indonesia
Day 8
Mommon Peninsula, West Papua, Indonesia
Day 9
Triton Bay, Indonesia
Day 11
Asmat, Papua, Indonesia
Day 15
Lizard Island National Park, Queensland, Australia
Day 16
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Day 1
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Benoa Harbor, the gateway to Bali's enchanting allure, was transformed from a small fishing village into one of Indonesia's primary cruise hubs, reflecting its growing popularity among international travelers. Its tropical climate ensures warm, sunny days perfect for exploration and relaxation, drawing cruisegoers consistently throughout the year. Main attractions in Benoa include the serene Benoa Beach, the bustling local markets offering a taste of Balinese culture, and water sports activities that cater to adventure seekers.
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Day 3
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Pink Beach earned its name for the way the beach can appear to have a rosy hue in certain lights. The color comes from small flecks of red coral mixed in with the fine white reef sand. With a few trees along the beach for shade, this stretch of coast makes a fine place to relax or enjoy a snorkel or dive in the crystal clear waters. It is possible to spot a striped clown fish nestled among the protective tentacles of its sea anemone host, or to see a grouper lazily swimming by a flamboyant soft coral. The reef here is now protected by law and the maturing corals are a joy to behold.
Maumere, Flores, Indonesia image
Day 4
Maumere, Flores, Indonesia
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Day 5
Kalabahi, Indonesia
Barat Daya Islands, Indonesia image
Day 6
Barat Daya Islands, Indonesia
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Day 7
Banda Neira, Indonesia
Banda Neira is the main island and town of the minute Banda Archipelago in the Banda Sea some 2500 kilometers away from Jakarta. Although the Portuguese already contacted the Banda Islands for nutmeg and mace in 1512, it was only ninety years later that the Dutch established a trading post on Neira and neighboring Lonthor to export the spices. Rivalries between the Dutch and the British led to forts being built –the ruins of Fort Nassau and the restored Fort Belgica can be visited on Banda Neira. The area surrounding the town still has nutmeg plantations and several sites relate to the Dutch spice trading time.
Mommon Peninsula, West Papua, Indonesia image
Day 8
Mommon Peninsula, West Papua, Indonesia
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Day 9
Triton Bay, Indonesia
In 2008, the Kaimana Regency declared a 6000 square kilometer (over 2,300 square mile) Marine Protected Area around the waters of Triton Bay. Conservation International maintains an office in Kaimana and a field station out in Triton Bay where visiting scientists can do their work studying the staggering marine biodiversity of the reserve. It is truly second to none, and the area offers everything from the tiniest pygmy seahorses, to large and graceful whale sharks. Triton Bay is known for its beautiful soft coral gardens as well as nesting green turtles, and a population of coastal Bryde’s whales.
Asmat, Papua, Indonesia image
Day 11
Asmat, Papua, Indonesia
Western New Guinea (once known as Irian Jaya) is one of the most remote and mysterious regions of the planet. Even today, there are at least 44 tribes that have never had contact with the outside world. The Asmat region, in the south-west corner of the island, is well-known as the realm of head-hunters and cannibals and it maintains its ancient traditions. Start your expedition of the area with a Zodiac transfer to Syuru village, where you will be met by a multitude of Asmat warrior canoes. Once ashore, enjoy a traditional ceremony among the traditional people of the area.
Lizard Island National Park, Queensland, Australia image
Day 15
Lizard Island National Park, Queensland, Australia
Cairns, Queensland, Australia image
Day 16
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Cairns, with its rich history dating back thousands of years to the Indigenous Aboriginal peoples, offers cruisegoers a glimpse into Australia's ancient past. Once a sleepy fishing village, Cairns has evolved into a bustling tourist hub, attracting visitors with its vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty. The city's unique blend of Indigenous, European, and Asian influences is evident in its art, cuisine, and traditions. Local cuisine in Cairns is a feast for the senses, with fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and Indigenous bush tucker dishes tantalizing taste buds. Don't miss the chance to try traditional Aboriginal fare like kangaroo or crocodile, washed down with a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or a tropical cocktail.
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