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Komodo, Indonesia

Islands & Wildlife of Australia & Indonesia Regent Seven Seas Cruises

20-day luxury ocean cruise from £8,505 pp incl. flights

Free pre- or post- cruise land programme


Short description

Contrast the natural and cultural wonders of Indonesia and Australia

British Airways Sale now on

The British Airways Sale is now on, with savings to a wide range of destinations from the USA and Canada to Asia and the Middle East. Book by 3 October 2023.


  • Enjoy a relaxed and unpretentious ship with good dining choices and unlimited beverages
  • Visit the stunning floating temple of Pura Ulun Danu Batur
  • Take the rare chance to see the legendary Komodo dragon in its natural habitat
  • Experience breathtaking views of colourful tropical fish in the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take a scenic helicopter tour over Thursday Island, observing the beautiful beaches and coral reefs from above

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Celukan Bawang
  • 1 Night Gili Mas (Lombok)
  • 1 Night Komodo Island
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Darwin
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Thursday Island
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Cairns
  • 1 Night Townsville
  • 1 Night Airlie Beach
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Mooloolaba
  • 1 Night At sea
  • 1 Night Newcastle


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Ocean cruise

This luxury voyage begins with Bali’s tropical paradise, taking in its lesser-visited north for rice terraces and Buddhist monuments. Then, your next island hops will see you on to Lombok’s water palace and Komodo’s eponymous dragons – genuine world wonders. You’ll next make land in Darwin, Australia, where crocodile cruises and a settlers’ past vie for your attention. Idyllic Thursday Island will then prefix visits to rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef, enjoyed from from the ports of Cairns, Townsville and also Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsundays. After beachy Mooloolaba and big-city Brisbane, the white sands of Newcastle and the vineyards of Hunter Valley will see you to Sydney’s icons.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Depart UK to Bali

Fly overnight from the UK to Bali and transfer to the port ready to embark the ship upon arrival. Offering the perfect balance between space and intimacy, the Seven Seas Explorer boasts modern high-end furnishings and luxury suites, all fitted with their own private balcony. The ship also offers a range of both formal and casual dining settings alongside a whole host of leisure facilities, including everything from a casino to a spa and fitness centre. Settle into your cabin in good time for a welcome dinner later this evening.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: D

Days 3-4
Celukan Bawang, Bali

Explore the road-less-traveled over the next couple of days from the busy port of Celukan Bawang in northern Bali. You'll have the chance to discover a different side of this famous island away from the crowds, with some fascinating natural and cultural Balinese sites on offer. Nearby Lovina beach is well worth a visit for a relaxing day on the black sands with nearby restaurants and boutiques. If you're feeling more adventurous, a trip to Bali Barat National Park allows you to immerse yourself in the brilliant coral reefs, mangrove forests and abundant tropical wildlife that includes over 160 different bird species. The stunning floating temple of Pura Ulun Danu Batur is also well worth a visit, located on the shores of Lake Bratan.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Gili Mas, Lombok

With white-sand beaches, cerulean seas and a verdant volcanic backdrop, Gili Mas on Lombok island is simply jaw-dropping. Known as a surfing paradise, it is the perfect spot to revel in the local culture, whether that's visiting the bustling markets in Mataram, or unravelling the island's historical and religious heritage at Mataram's many temples and mosques. Why not embrace the local way of life with a day visit to the charming Sukarara Craft Village, with a chance to purchase fine apparel made with local songket fabric. Lombok is also very well known for its many pristine beaches lined with coconut palms. Senggigi beach, or the quieter Sire beach are perfect for offering stunning views over Mt. Rinjani and the Gili islands.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Komodo Island, Indonesia

Home to the famed pre-historic Komodo dragon, Indonesia's isolated island of Komodo is a natural wonder in its own right. But, as the only place on earth where these giant reptiles can be found in the wild, it is understandable staunchly protected. The island itself is only about 60 square miles, with craggy mountains, tropical savannas and monsoon rainforests, surrounded by a rich marine environment of mangroves, seagrass and coral. On arrival to the island follow a park ranger, listening to ancient tales and blood-curdling stories of these relentless hunters as you seek Komodo dragons in the wild.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Cruising the Timor Sea

Today is a chance to spend some time relaxing on the ship as you cruise the Timor Sea. Why not enjoy a refreshing soak in the infinity pool, or indulge in a spot of pampering in the ship's spa and wellness centre. Make sure you also take the chance to experience the show lounge where you can enjoy Broadway style entertainment, or perhaps a concert of classical music.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Darwin, Australia

Wake up this morning with an early breakfast in time to watch the ship sail into northern-most Australia. Along the coast of the Northern Territory lies the city of Darwin, isolated by the vast Australia desert. Enjoy a drive through the city with visits to key venues where Darwin’s colorful history is the focus, with sights from its colonial past. For a more nature-focussed day, we recommend a day-trip to the nearby tropical wetlands with a chance to spot an abundance of exotic bird life as well as Darwin's famed jumping crocodiles on Adelaide River.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Cruising the Arafura Sea

With another day at sea cruising the Arafura sea between Darwin and your next port of call, you'll have plenty more opportunity to relax on board. For a pre-dinner drink,the elegant Explorer Lounge inspires intimate conversations over perfectly mixed cocktails, accompanied by resident musicians playing soothing live music. And, after enjoying one of a number the ship's restaurants for dinner - ranging from an American Grill to Pan-Asian specialty - you'll be able to watch the sun go down over in the Observation Lounge, or enjoy live music in the Meridian lounge.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Thursday Island, Australia

Your next port of call takes you to the beautiful Thursday Island, off the tip of Cape York Peninsula on the mainland. Here you can discover the distinct Torres Strait culture of this remote island and its people who follow a traditional lifestyle. Also on offer as an optional excursion is a chance to soar over Thursday Island in a helicopter, taking in the sights from your window seat and admiring the beautiful beaches and coral reefs from above.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Cruising the Coral Sea

Extending over 2000 km down the northeast coast of Australia, the Coral Sea contains dozens of small islands and reefs, as well as the world's largest reef system - the Great Barrier Reef. Today will be spent sailing through its warm fertile waters as your voyage gently continues towards Cairns.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Cairns, Australia

Arrive early into Cairns this morning, the capital of Far North Queensland. Before the establishment of the city in 1879, the only inhabitants of this region were the Aborigines, the ancient culture for which Australia is best known. Inland, much of Queensland's circa 700,000 square miles of land remains uninhabited, largely covered by miles of pristine rainforest. Why not explore a portion of this on an unforgettable 90-minute journey through the rainforest by heritage railway, passing impossibly scenic waterfalls, towering bridges and meandering tunnels. On this excursions you'll also get the chance to visit the Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, encountering free-roaming kangaroos and wallabies. It is also possible to visit the Great Barrier reef from here. A leisurely two-hour luxury catamaran transfer can take you directly from the ship to the Outer Reef. From here you can choose from a range of activities on offer, from independent snorkelling to an onboard underwater viewing chamber, optional scuba or escorted snorkelling.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Townsville, Australia

From the Great Barrier Reef and its tropical islands, to the lush rainforests and World Heritage listed national parks, this once tranquil coastal town has evolved into a modern metropolis, ripe for the discovery of its beautiful natural heritage. We recommend embarking on a scenic excursion to Paluma Range National Park where accompanied by a naturalist, you'll enter the UNESCO-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest for a trail walk. After your walk, relax over lunch served at an eco-friendly mountain lodge nearby. 

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 14
Airlie Beach, Australia

Soak up the laid-back, tropical atmosphere of the coastal village of Airlie Beach, with its palm-fringed shores and vibrant outdoor dining restaurants. As the gateway to the Whitsunday islands, we recommend paying a visit with an optional excursion, perhaps on a sleek catamaran taking in the gorgeous scenery. Those a little more adventurous can opt to fly over Whitehaven Beach by helicopter and take in the magnificent scenery from above. Do make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment. We also recommend taking the opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef from here if you haven't already done so.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 15
Cruising the Coral Sea

Continue along the Coral Sea as you pass the Tropic of Capricorn on your way south towards the Sunshine Coast. Spend the day at sea, allowing you more time to take advantage of the multitude of on board facilities. 

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 16
Mooloolaba, Australia

This delightful coastal town derives its name from the ancient Aboriginal word Mulu, meaning snapper fish - and aptly so, as the surrounding reefs are home to thousands of these red fish along with plenty of other marine life. Mooloolaba's alluring beachfront offers countless outdoor cafes, juice bars, alfresco restaurants and fashion boutiques. For a chance to interact with the region's indigenous wildlife, visit the famous Australia Zoo, home to animals such as koalas, wombats and kangaroos as well as orphaned animals cared for at the zoo’s wildlife hospital. The nearby Sunshine Coast and Noosa are also beautiful; a classic tour sees you pass classic beach towns with the ocean on one side and a national park on the other. 

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 17
Cruising the Tasman Sea

With a final day at sea on the cards, why not try out some of the ship's on board sports, with everything from a shuffleboard and bocce court to paddle tennis and a putting green. Or perhaps opt to read a good book at the coffee bar, walk the beautiful garden promenade or dip in the pool-side Jacuzzi for a day of relaxation.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Day 18
Newcastle, Australia

This welcoming beachside city boasts an intriguing maritime history along with beautiful coastline and diverse natural landscapes ranging from lush rainforests to preserved wetlands to coastal sand dunes. After arriving and disembarking, you'll choose from a number of excursions available. We recommend travelling into the Hunter Valley where a 4th-generation family-owned lodge offers one of the regions best vineyards. Enjoy a hearty food and wine-pairing lunch, with each dish accompanied by a Hunter Valley wine that brings out its eclectic flavours. If you're staying in Newcastle, opt for a guided orientation spin through the city, seeing landmarks such as the old Customs House and Christchurch Cathedral.

Stay: Seven Seas Explorer

Meals: B L D

Days 19-20
Arrival to Sydney & departure to the UK

Arrive early into Sydney this morning where your voyage comes to an end. A transfer will be waiting for you to take you to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. Speak to our specialists who will be able to advise you about extending your trip in Australia.

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


Accommodation rating: Deluxe

20-day luxury ocean cruise
from £8,505 pp incl. flights

Departure: 4 December 2023

Free pre- or post- cruise land programme
Book by: 31 October 2023

Special offers:

  • Enjoy a free 3-night Beautiful Bali pre-cruise land programme or a free 2-night Sensational Sydney post-cruise land programme


    • Scheduled flights from the UK to Bali and back from Sydney in economy class (upgrades available)
    • 17-night all inclusive cruise aboard Seven Seas Explorer
    • Unlimited shore excursions - your choice from up to 31 included
    • All beverages including fine wines and premium spirits
    • Speciality restaurants
    • Pre-paid gratuities
    • Unlimited WiFi throughout the ship
    • Price varies by departure date and suite availability, please call for details.

    Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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