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2016 Indonesia & Borneo Eclipse

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Day 1,2 - March 2,3, 2016: Depart Los Angeles

Departure from Los Angeles (LAX).

Day 3 - March 04, 2016: Arrive Bali

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Bali is an island paradise, with lush rice field terraces, stunning volcano and lake views and beautiful beaches, but it is often the warmth and friendliness of the Balinese people, that make any stay on the island so memorable.

Upon your arrival in Bali, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Sanur.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 4 - March 05, 2016: Bali

Enjoy a free day at leisure. There are a number of excursions that can be booked locally or altrernatively you can relax in the one the hotel's many pools set in beautiful gardens.

Day 5 - March 06, 2016: Bali - Rural Village & Mt Batur Tour

In the morning after breakfast, depart from the hotel for a full day excursionof Rural Bali & Mount Batur.

A warm welcome waits at a Balinese home, where a traditional light snack is served with Balinese coffee or tea.

Walk through the local farms to experience the life of Balinese farmers working in the rice fields, learning more about the simple and traditional irrigation system called Subak, the process of rice growing, from planting the seedlings, to harvesting and even cooking the rice.

Next stop is Pura Kehen, constructed in the 13th century. Stepping through the “Kori Agung” (stone capped gateway, there are elephant sculptures, which is unusual for a building of that age, as Bali was never home to its own elephants.

Once inside the temple, there is a small compound, which is guarded by a mythical ‘Naga’ (dragon), which has a magic stone inside it. Apparently the stone glowed red hot once the site of the temple had been decided.

Following this fascinating local insight, continue to Kintamani, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking Mount Batur, an active volcano, and the picturesque Lake Batur, in the crater.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel (B)

Day 6 - March 07, 2016: Fly to Ternate

Today we fly east from Bali across the archipelago to the spice island of Ternate. Lying off the western side of the sprawling island of Halmahera, the ancient sultanates of Ternate and Tidore are islands rich with history and are visually spectacular with their near perfect volcanic cones enveloped in tropical forest.

The island’s rich and colourful history is the result of the spice trade and the enormous economic impact on them in the 16th and 17th century. At this time the islands were the world’s only source of cloves and the resulting spice trade made Ternate and Tidore’s sultans the most powerful rulers in the East Indies and brought the islands to the attention of the European powers of the time. Battles between the powers eventually lead to Dutch control, a legacy that can be seen in the three fortresses built in the early years of the seventeenth century.

At the northern end of town the Sultans Palace (Keraton) contains a museum of artefacts from the reign of the sultans, a lineage that dates back to 1257.

Ternate feels like, and indeed is, a far outpost of Indonesia visited by few western tourists. When travelling to the Moluccan islands there is a real sense of heading off the beaten track.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Day 7 - March 08, 2016: Ternate

Free day at laisure. Optional tour available. 

In the evening Dr. Scott Young will present a lecture in which he will give full details of the eclipse viewing location.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Day 8 - March 09, 2016: Eclipse Day

An early start will be required on eclipse day as we will be travelling across to the island of Tidore to gain an additional 20 seconds of totality and enjoy a truly unique experience. Explorers will be chartering a ferry and then driving around this beautiful island to reach the small town of Soasio where we have an exclusive agreement to access the grounds of the Palace of the Sultan of Tidore. The Palace is set in a large and enclosed open space which is perfectly suited for the eclipse viewing. During the eclipse we will provide soft drinks, water, snacks, parasols and chairs and toilets.

Accommodation: Bela International (B)

Event Time 
Start of Partial Eclipse 00:24:24
Start of Total Solar Eclipse   01:54:47
Maximum Eclipse 01:56:52
End of Total Eclipse 01:58:56
End of Partial Eclipse 03:30:08

 

 

 

 

Day 9 - March 10, 2016: Bali

Return to Bali by charter flight and transfer on arrival to Sanur.

Accommodation: Sanur Beach Hotel

Day 10 - March 11, 2016: Fly to Kota Kinabalu

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Borneo via Kuala Lumpur.

On arrival at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will be met and transfered to your hotel.

Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel

Day 11 - March 12, 2016: Kota Kinabalu to Kinabalu Park

At 09:00, depart from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu and travel 2 hours along the ridges of the Crocker Range to Kinabalu Park.

Here you will enjoy a guided nature walk with your naturalist guide. After lunch, you travel back to Kinabalu National Park for a video presentation and guided walk to the mountain garden to see a rare collection of mountain plants and flowers. Transfer to Poring hot springs walkway to observe the rainforest from the canopy.

Accommodation : Kinabalu Park (B,L,D)

Day 12 - March 13, 2016: Kinabalu Park to Sukau

This morning you'll leave Kinabalu Park and travel to Borneo Nature Lodge. In the late afternoon, there will be a river cruise to Menanggol River, a tributary of Kinabatangan River in search of wildlife, including the unique Proboscis monkey, Macaques, Hornbills, Kingfishers and many others. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in South East Asia to observe wildlife.

Accommodation : Borneo Nature Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 13/14 - March 14/15, 2016: Sukau

Wake up to the calls of birds, insects and animals. At 6.00am take a morning cruise up to the Kinabatangan River and onto Kelenanap Ox-Bow Lake for bird watching and in search of other wildlife. Take a short jungle walk (if weather permits) and experience the wilderness of Borneo before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Free at leisure to explore the surrounding areas or nearby village. In the evening, boat cruise along the river to see many species of flora and fauna of the rainforest.

Accommodation : Borneo Nature Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 15/16 - March 16/17, 2016: Sepilok/Fly home

Another early morning as you proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Learn about the rehabilitation of young or strayed orangutans before taking a boardwalk through the lowland rainforest to a viewing platform. Witness the feeding of orphaned orangutans at 10:00. An early Lunch is followed by a transfer to airport for your departure flight.