As seen on BBC’s Planet Earth II...

15th December 2016

2017 is certainly set to be an exciting year for Star Clippers, with new itineraries and a brand new vessel set to mark the beginning of a new era for the tall ship fleet. The five-masted Flying Clipper will enter service in late 2017, with a design that is reminiscent of the 1911 vessel ‘France II’, while the brand new Indonesia itineraries will commence in May 2017.

The traditional tall ship line is renowned for offering cruises that can take you to a range of smaller, lesser-known destinations that are generally inaccessible to larger vessels. The line’s new Indonesia itineraries will take you to some of the world’s untouched cultural and natural destinations – each of which will leave you truly speechless. As well as these, passengers will also be able to visit a range of stunning beach destinations where you will be able to experience paradise on earth.

One destination in particular, however, has caught public attention in recent weeks. The Komodo National Park, in Indonesia, is the only natural habitat on earth for komodo dragons, with approximately 5,700 of these giant lizards residing on the islands. Being the only place on earth where you can find these reptile creatures, the BBC and David Attenborough were keen to ensure they were featured on the successful documentary series ‘Planet Earth II’.

Situated between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, the Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the centre of the Indonesian archipelago and is made up of three main islands. Rinca, Padar and Komodo are all of volcanic origin and the national park has been identified as a global conservation priority area. The komodo dragons that reside on these islands are of great scientific interest, due to the fact that they are representative of the large lizard population that was once present across Indonesia and Australia. They can grow to an average of two to three metres in length.

Star Clippers eastbound Indonesia itineraries will provide the unique opportunity to visit this exclusive natural wonder. Arriving via a smaller boat the main village on Komodo Island, visitors will almost immediately be able to admire these impressive creatures. A hike around the island will provide an opportunity to see the komodo dragons in their most natural habitat. All hikers are accompanied by a local guide, each of which is equipped with a wooden stick which resembles a lizard’s tongue. This is carried to ensure aggressive komodo dragons – which are not normally aggressive towards people – are held back.

Sailing on board Star Clipper, these seven-night roundtrip itineraries out of Bali will offer a fabulous and unparalleled insight that you will never forget. And with itineraries commencing in May 2017, there is no better time to book.

Alternatively, Star Clippers are also operating Far East Asia itineraries throughout 2017, taking passengers to stunning destinations in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.