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zThe Best-Kept Island Secrets of Southeast Asia

16 days

16 Day Luxury Pacific Expedition

Small Ship Adventures for our World Travelers

  • Experience intriguing and diverse cultures.
  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come “face to face” with Orang-utans. Man's smartest relative is native to Borneo and - other than Sumatra - live nowhere else in the world.
  • Snorkel, dive or admire the incredible ocean habitats in Raja Ampat, considered to be the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity.
  • Enjoy numerous nature walks and Zodiac cruises, which reveal stunning scenery, pristine beaches, and luxuriant tropical landscapes throughout your Southeast Asian island adventure.

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Day
1

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Embark the Silver Discoverer and depart on your exciting 17-day Silversea Expedition - “The Best-Kept Island Secrets of South East Asia.” After settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and participate in a mandatory safety drill. Tonight we invite you to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travelers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant. 

Day
2

Pulau Tiga, Borneo, Malaysia

Today, we arrive in Pulau Tiga, also known as Survivor Island, having been the location for both the US and UK versions of the popular television program, Survivor. The small, unpopulated island in Kimanis Bay, off the Western coast of Malaysia, is famous for its active mud “volcanoes” at the highest part of the island. The mineral-rich mud is thought to have therapeutic properties and visitors are encouraged to slather themselves in it before diving into the ocean for a dip. Join your on-board ornithologist for a walk in search of several endangered species of bird, including the shy megapodes, which are chicken-sized birds that lay their eggs in the sand and leave the sun to incubate them.

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3

Kudat, Borneo, Malaysia

As we travel north to Simpang Magayau—for the opportunity to stand on the northernmost tip of Borneo, where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea—you’ll see coconut plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. Once there, we will have the unique opportunity to visit with the indigenous Rungus people, who are famous for the longhouses they build and the gongs they craft. The Rungus, a sub-group of the Kadazandusum, are Sabah’s most traditional ethnic group. Many of the Rungus still live in longhouses, which are communal dwellings where each family has their own sleeping and cooking quarters but shares a long veranda. These longhouses have a unique architecture, very different from the better-known longhouses of neighboring Serawak because they are built quite low to the ground and far away from rivers. 

Day
4

Sandakan, Borneo, Malaysia

Once a major port of call, Sandakan—the second largest city in Sabah, East Malaysia—played a significant part in Borneo’s history. Here, at this gateway to Eco-tourism, the city’s haunting past is evoked via religious relics and gorgeous colonial mansions.

Situated on the edge of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve (one of the few remaining virgin jungles in Sabah), just 26 kilometers outside of Sandakan, is the Sepilok orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC). The famous orang-utan sanctuary was founded in 1964 to rescue orphaned and injured orang-utans and rehabilitate them for living in the forest. Here, from a rain forest platform, we will have the unique opportunity to witness the feeding of Orang-Utans in their natural habitat.

After an inspirational visit we continue to the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, where we will see the endemic Proboscis Monkey. The Proboscis Monkey is best seen during feeding time; at other times they freely roam the 650-hectare area of their habitat. If you are lucky you will get to see other native animals, too, such as Leaf Monkeys, Macaques, and Hornbills. Along the way, witness workers going about their daily task of harvesting and weeding the Palm plantations that now occupy so much of the countryside. 

Day
5

Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Borneo, Malaysia

The Tun Sakaran Marine Park (also known as the Semporna Islands Park), just 20 kilometers off the Semporna mainland, is the largest marine park in Sabah and boasts the greatest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia.
Adding to the uniqueness of this world-famous diving spot are the Bajau Laut (sea gypsies), an indigenous nomadic tribe of boat dwellers.

Join your marine biologist for an underwater excursion while snorkeling from the Zodiacs. Alternatively, experience this unique world from the Silver Discoverer’s glass bottom boat. The scuba divers amongst us will have the opportunity to dive on unspoilt reefs. 

Day
6

Lahad Datu, Borneo, Malaysia

On a sprawling 438 square kilometer undisturbed land, 70 kilometers (44 miles) west of Lahad Datu, lies one of nature’s jewels: the Danum Valley Conservation Area. Here, in this lush preserved space, you will see over 200 species of tree and a vast range of Sabah’s lowland fauna. Recognized as one of the world’s most complex ecosystem, this forest serves as a natural home for endangered wildlife species including Sumatran rhinos, bantengs (Bali cattle), Asian elephants, clouded leopards, orang-utans, and proboscis monkeys. 

Day
7

Day At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of fields.

Day
8

Day At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of fields.

Day
9

Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

The volcanic island, Ternate, is steeped in history. Here, Alfred Russel Wallace wrote his pioneering account of evolution by natural selection, known as the “Ternate Essay,” which he famously sent to Charles Darwin, who published the essay alongside his own account of the theory. Once disembarked, we will jump on jeepneys for a sightseeing tour that will take us on an exploration of Benteng Oranye, the remains of a massive 1607 Dutch fortress, and Keraton, the Sultan's mosque and Palace, which still serves as a family home today. 

Day
10

Boo Islands, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is located on the northwest tip of Birds Head Peninsula, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The archipelago of over 1500 small islands, cays and shoals is an ideal destination for water sports and beachcombing. 

Day
11

Dwars in die Weg Islands, West Papua, Indonesia

Kokas, West Papua, Indonesia

Early this morning, join the on-board expedition team for a Zodiac exploration in the MacCLuer Gulf. You’re sure to be amazed by its breath-taking coastline of natural bays, tiny islets, pristine rain forest, and soaring mountains. Here, we’ll go in search of New Guinea’s finest examples of ancient Papuan rock art, which was first discovered by European adventurers in 1678. Some of the designs, which were stencilled by hand, feature hands, birds, angled boomerang-like objects and, presumably mythical, part human, part animal figures.

Come afternoon, we will set off to explore the charming port of Kokas a prosperous fishing community that’s home to about 4000 residents. Here, the majority of villagers are Muslim Papuans and belong to the Fak Fak Regency. They will welcome us with a presentation of their unique cultural heritage, which includes harmonic songs, rhythmic drumming, and the traditional Gabagaba, or stick dance.

Day
12

Misool Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Expedition Day.
Located in the Ceram Sea, West Papua, Misool, is one of the four major islands in the Rajah Ampat National Park. This celebrated snorkelling and diving hot spot is surrounded by a 1220 square kilometre/300,000 acre No-Take Zone, and inside the Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary.

Day
13

Kri Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Our morning snorkel, dive and glass bottom boat destination is Kri Island, located west of the Bird’s Head Peninsula (Doberai) and one of the four Raja Ampat Islands. The Raja Ampat, or “Four Kings “ archipelago lies in the Coral Triangle. This is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity—the seas around Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world.

For those that prefer to stay dry, the on-board expedition team will lead various walks at Gam Island and the village of Yenwaupnor, where, after a welcome sing-song, you might opt to join in the “hunt” for the “Lost Orchid” that’s endemic to the island. 

Day
14

At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields. 

Day
15

Palau Archipelago, Federated States of Micronesia

Palau (sometimes called Belau or Pelew) is a Micronesian island country in the western Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is comprised of 250 islands, which are home to approximately 21,000 people whose culture is a rich hybrid of their varied history and storied occupations. Today, however, Palau is most celebrated for being one of the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkeling hot spots. Get underwater and you will see coral reefs, blue holes, wartime wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels, and an astonishing spectrum of coral, fish, and rare sea creatures. However, unlike many of the other islands, Palau has plenty to offer those who prefer to keep their two feet on dry land. Explore the islands to experience exotic birds, preying crocodiles that inhabit the mangrove swamps, and cove table orchids, which sprout like wildflowers. 

Day
16

Koror, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, U.S.A.

Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

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