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Discover a wild corner of the world and enjoy the rare chance to observe endangered orangutans up close. Snorkel the coral reefs off the pristine Natuna and Anambas archipelagos, and explore the protected forests of Sarawak. Venture into Tanjung Puting National Park by local boat to spot orangutans and, sure to be a highlight, visit Camp Leakey, an orangutan research center founded by National Geographic grantee Dr. Biruté Galdikas—one of the “Trimates,” along with Diane Fossey and Jane Goodall—who will join part of our expedition as a guest speaker. On this expedition you’ll:
Have the rare experience of meeting with orangutans at Camp Leakey, a research station and conservation center established by National Geographic grantee Biruté Galdikas.
Discover the incredible array of Borneo's flora and fauna at Bako National Park, home to seven different ecosystems.
Explore the jungles of Tanjung Puting National Park in search of wild orangutans and other rare wildlife.
Swim and snorkel the coral reefs off the pristine, uninhabited isles of the Natuna and Anambas archipelagos.
Search for rare wildlife: primates and birds of paradise
Besides the incredible encounters with orangutans, we’ll likely see proboscis monkeys in abundance, the strange-looking monkeys with large noses and bellies, and we’ll search for seven other primate species. The region is also home to hundreds of species of birds including hornbills, deep forest birds, and many wetland species. In Tanjung Putting, explore the well-known bird lakes, which house seasonal rookeries and endangered water birds.
Discover intriguing and varied cultures
Explore Kuching, the capital and largest city on Borneo, with its delightful architecture including the palace of the White Rajah, plus temples, mosques, and a bustling Chinatown, site of the Cat Monument. You’ll discover old Colonial Law Courts and cross the Satok on a suspension bridges dating to 1926. Or choose an optional outing to visit the Sarawak Cultural Village, a site with an authentic longhouse and some recreated buildings in regional indigenous styles. Walk among people who share their traditional ways of life and learn from their artifacts and examples.
•Have the rare experience of meeting with orangutans at Camp Leakey, a research station and conservation center established by National Geographic grantee Biruté Galdikas. •Discover the incredible array of Borneo's flora and fauna at Bako National Park, home to seven different ecosystems. •Explore the jungles of Tanjung Puting National Park in search of wild orangutans and other rare wildlife. •Swim and snorkel the coral reefs off the pristine, uninhabited isles of the Natuna and Anambas archipelagos.
There are no future departures for this trip at this stage.
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 103 metres
Passenger Capacity: 102 (in 53 cabins)
Built: 2003 / Refurbished 2014
Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration.
National Geographic Orion meets strict specifications for environmental protection and the on board waste management systems meet the stringent Antarctic operational standards enabling us to travel to the most pristine environments. A host of advanced design features and technology ensures sustainable marine environmental practices.
National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.
Her public rooms include a dramatic window-lined main lounge, as well as an observation lounge and library perched at the very top of the ship, with plentiful observation decks. The spacious lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and is suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and our nightly tradition of Recap. In addition, a dedicated theater provides a unique setting for specialist presentations or films and slideshows. Both the main dining room and outside buffet easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining. On selected nights, weather permitting, our dining room menu is also available on the outside deck.
While Orion interiors are elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. And you’ll find shipboard services like laundry, in-room cabled internet, and public-area wifi make packing and traveling more convenient.