Cruising this area of the world is compelling, with so much to
see and do.
The mountainous Indonesian islands are stunningly beautiful,
with wonderful temples such as Borobodur on Java, and Ubud on Bali.
In the rainforests of Borneo you can seek out the gentle
orang-utan, spot pygmy elephants and marvel at the astonishing
proboscis monkey. Komodo dragons dominate the ecosystems of five
small islands. And in Papua New Guinea over 700 tribes, dating back
to prehistoric times, live lives that have hardly been touched by
the modern world.
As for the ecosystems in the air, sea and on land, small wonder
that this region is so fascinating - right across the middle is the
boundary that separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia, with
distinct plant and animal groups on either side. The divide was
first identified by Alfred Russel Wallace, a contemporary of
Darwin, who arrived at the exact same conclusions about the origin
of the species, at the same time, from the other side of the
To make the most of your time here, local experts, guides and
naturalists are a must.