Eastbound Indonesia Itineraries
2nd March 2017
Set to commence on 6th May 2017, Star Clippers' Indonesia cruises will build on the success of the line’s Far East Asia itineraries – which debuted in 2016. The impressive Star Clipper will embark on a series of itineraries to a range of stunning destinations throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Most itineraries will be seven nights and will sail in either an eastward or westward direction, but there will also be 10, 11 and 14-night itineraries available. To mark two months to go until the start of these fabulous journeys into Indonesia, we take a look at some of the highlights you can expect to see and experience during the eastbound itineraries.
Situated on the island of Bali is a pristine expanse of beach that has long been popular with tourists. Due to its size, however, you are sure to be able to find a spot to relax and soak up the Far East Asia sun as the gentle waters brush the coast. The waters that surround Benoa are relatively shallow and therefore inaccessible to larger vessels, which is testament to the benefits of sailing with Star Clippers.
Gili Kondo, Lombok
Unlike Bali, Lombok is one of the lesser known islands of Indonesia and is largely unknown to tourists. Off the coast of the mainland of this island is a series of islands known as the Gilis, with the Star Clipper making a very special call into Gili Kondo. This gorgeous island is a popular spot with locals who enjoy camping on the island, many of whom come to enjoy the tranquil beaches and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It is also a great spot for snorkelling and admiring vibrant corals.
Komodo National Park, Komodo
The Komodo National Park is the only place on earth when you can see komodo dragons within their natural habitat. Situated on an island of the same name, a guided tour around the island and the beaches will leave you in awe of these huge lizards which call the island their home. This really is a sight to behold and is sure to be a highlight of your cruise.
Pink Beach, Komodo
Komodo dragons are not the only amazing aspect of this fascinating island, with the pink beach of Pantai Merah a particularly interesting landmark. It is one of only seven pink beaches on earth and gets its colour through natural processes. Microscopic animals known as Foraminifera produce a red pigment on the coral reefs, which subsequently washes onto the otherwise white sands.
Satonda Island is one of the Lesser Sundra Islands and is essentially made up of a flooded volcano, which today forms a saltwater lake. It is thought that, when the volcano erupted, a large wave washed over the crater’s rim and filled it with. The views that one can enjoy on the trails that surround the crater are highly rewarding, while it is possible to swim and snorkel within the crater lake itself.
Gili Meno & Gili Trawagan, Lombok
Gili Meno and Gili Trawagan and closely located to each other, with only one kilometre separating the two islands. These small but blissful islands offer an experience that is reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe, with some of the finest beaches around. At little more than 2km in length and 1km in width, these islands are largely untouched – enabling you to enjoy a truly tranquil experience.
Gili Nanggu, Lombok
Situated on the west coast of mainland Lombok is the small island of Gili Nanggu. The unspoilt natural features of Gili Nanggu add to the sense of serenity, with many unexplored elements and plenty of beautiful beaches to enjoy. A stroll through the crystal clear waters will even reveal a range of vibrantly coloured fish.
In addition to Indonesia and Far East Asia itineraries, the arrival of warmer temperatures within the northern hemisphere will lead to the beginning of Mediterranean itineraries in the coming months. Passengers will be able to experience the elegant splendour of tall ship sailing within the both the western and eastern regions of this charming part of the world on board either the Royal Clipper or Star Flyer.