Doc Dancing to Bali, Borneo & Singapore with Orion Expedition Cruises
If you want to take a peek at Orion's document folder, watch the short video I made. (Note that I misspoke in one section. I refer to Sarina Bratton as Orion's founder and managing editor...she's actually the managing director not editor! Sorry!)
This cruise, Camp Leakey Faces in the Forest, embarks Bali, sails the southern and western coastlines of Borneo, and disembarks in Singapore and it's one that we've been looking forward to for a long time. We fell in love with Bali last September when we visited to celebrate our anniversary and my husband's birthday. We've also had Borneo on our "must visit" list since we are very keen on seeing endangered orangutans in their natural habitat.
I've been enamored with orangutans ever since I read Dr. Birute Galdikas' memoir, Reflections of Eden: My Years with the Orangutans of Borneo. Dr. Galdikas is to the red ape what Dian Fossey was to mountain gorillas and Jane Goodall is to chimpanzees. She is the foremost authority on orangutans and is the founder of the Orangutan Foundation International. She also founded Camp Leakey in 1971 at Tanjung Puting National Park and has been researching the red ape there ever since. This Orion expedition is named after her camp.
Camp Leakey is a place where scientists can research the behavior and ecology of wild orangutans and travelers can visit to interact with these apes as well as many other animals like pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, and macaques.
Sarina Bratton, founder and managing director of Orion Expedition Cruises, spent several years researching and developing a series of Borneo cruises. The voyages are unique...mixing the best a luxury expedition ship can offer with calls on very off-the-beaten path destinations. There are five different Borneo-centric voyages and each one of them is special in its own right. They're so unique that some travelers have booked them all back-to-back.
Camp Leakey Faces in the Forest 10-Night Itinerary
- Embark from Benoa, Bali (we'll spend a few pre-cruise days at the St. Regis Bali)
- Sea day
- Two full days at the Tanjung Puting National Park (Kalimantan) for a visit to Camp Leakey
- One day at Gunung Palung National Park (Kalimantan)
- One day in Pontianak (Kalimantan)
- Two days in Kuching (Sarawak)
- One day at Bako National Park (Sarawak)
- Sea day
- Disembark in Singapore (our post-cruise stay will focus on the InterContinental Singapore)
Access to the Internet will be sporadic throughout the trip but I'll be blogging, tweeting, and posting photos whenever I can. In the meantime, I'll spend the next few weeks telling you more about this expedition cruise.