Exploring Indonesia: Bali, Raja Ampat, and Papua New Guinea
Embark on an adventure to discover Indonesia’s rich tapestry of cultures and lush tropical islands. Watch for Komodo dragons in the wild; snorkel and dive at pristine coral reefs of the Moluccas, Raja Ampat, and West Papua; enjoy welcome ceremonies at secluded villages; learn about some of the fiercest battles of the Pacific theater during World War II; and experience the riverine world of the Asmat region, one of the least-explored places on Earth.
Encounter Indonesia’s vibrant cultures during traditional welcome ceremonies and visits to remote island villages and markets
Swim, snorkel, and dive at spectacular reefs, isolated atolls, and the ivory beaches of Kri Island and Misool in Raja Ampat and West Papua
Search Komodo National Park for Komodo dragons, prehistoric creatures that can reach a length of 10 feet
Discover the timeless traditions and exquisite art of the Asmat region while exploring its stilt villages by Zodiac
Get top photos with the help of a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor
Expedition Moment - An Impactful Return to the Asmat Region, Papua New Guinea
- Sep 2023
It has been years since any ships have visited the remarkably remote Asmat villages of West Papua, Indonesia. Recently, National Geographic Orion returned to the region and our guests were welcomed with the most jubilant celebration. “As we approached the river where the village was, we were met by dozens of war canoes,” recalls certified photo instructor Lisa Hornak of the soul-stirring moment. “There were hundreds of villagers there to greet us, painted, in their traditional dress, with their art, with their families, all dancing, singing, drumming....it was like time had stood still there.”
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National Geographic Orion
An authentic expedition ship, purpose-built for exploring the South Pacific and its surrounding regions
Featuring 53 cabins, the gracious and intimate National Geographic Orion takes travelers to little-known waters and isles in the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia to experience each location's natural and cultural wonders up close. With her high ice-class rating, National Geographic Orion is strong enough to explore the polar regions, yet her elevated maneuverability allows for navigation practically anywhere accessible by sea.
Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.
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