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Setting sail from Taipei
The Taiwanese capital draws on an interesting mix of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, and is home to attractive temples, a burgeoning street food scene and Taipei 101, which was the world's tallest building until it was eclipsed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa in 2010.
Laid back Hualien is one of the biggest cities on Taiwan’s mountainous east coast, and serves as the gateway to the beautiful Taroko Gorge. It’s also one of the world’s biggest producers of marble, and is home to a number of restaurants specialising in aboriginal cuisine.
Philippines: Basco (Batan Island)
Batan Island is the gateway to the Philippines’ northernmost province, Batanes, home of the indigenous Ivatan people. Batan’s beautiful landscape of undulating hills and pastures is dotted with little villages, where the houses are built in a traditional style using coral, limestone and cogon grass.
Philippines: Hundred Islands
There are actually 123 islands in the Hundred Islands National Park, ranging from mushroom-shaped limestone outcrops to larger islands fringed with sandy beaches. Native wildlife includes macaques, dolphins, dugongs, turtles and giant clams, and there are some excellent snorkelling spots.
Manila is a sprawling, chaotic conglomeration of soaring skyscrapers, faded colonial facades and ramshackle slums, and it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you have the stamina and an inquisitive nature, there is plenty to be enjoyed in the Philippines’ boisterous capital.
Philippines: El Nido (Palawan)
El Nido, in the northwest of Palawan province, is the gateway to the spectacular Bacuit archipelago. Dramatic jungle-covered peaks, karst cliffs and pristine beaches draw intrepid travellers to this remote corner of the Philippines, along with the incredibly clear waters, perfect for snorkelling.
Sandakan is the former British capital of Borneo, and is still home to a few old colonial mansions, but most visitors are here for the fantastic Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Other nearby attractions include Gomantong Caves, the Kinabatangan River and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.
Indonesia: Kakaban (Derawan Islands)
Indonesia: Pare Pare
Indonesia: Palopo (Sulawesi)
Palopo is the gateway to the highland region of Tana Toraja, famed for its stunning scenery and fascinating tribal culture. Toraja houses are instantly recognisable by their curved, boat-like roofs, and are often adorned with the skulls of water buffalo that have been slaughtered during the Toraja’s elaborate funeral ceremonies.
Indonesia: Tinabo Island
Indonesia: Komodo Island
Komodo Island is situated within an area of spectacular natural beauty, home to the famous Komodo dragon. The stunning beaches are tinged with pink thanks to the high concentration of red coral just offshore, and the waters draw intrepid divers from all over the world.
Arriving in Benoa (Bali)
It's no surprise to us that Bali remains Indonesia's most popular tourist destination; though the island is not the undiscovered gem it once was, it's still a wonderful place to travel. The beaches, spectacular volcanic scenery and lush green rice terraces lend Bali a natural beauty that seems to dovetail perfectly with the island's distinct Hindu culture, which adorns the landscape with stunning temples. We advise steering clear of the backpacker beaches around Kuta, and heading instead for the quieter south coast resorts or the charming inland town of Ubud, the spiritual centre of the island.
Bali is seriously busy – it’s a long way for us, but just on the doorstep for Australians. The central mountains, or north and west coasts, are quieter.
Your home from home
Get set for the arrival of Crystal Endeavor in 2020, the world's largest and most luxurious expedition yacht.
What we love
This is the coolest expedition operation yet. On board is the ultimate in luxury at the Crystal level we know so well, but even more exciting is what is going to happen off the ship, as they navigate first year ice in the polar regions and follow the route of migrating whales.
A wealth of extraordinary toys including submarines, helicopters and remote operated vehicles will ensure that a Crystal Yacht Expedition creates the most extraordinary memories even for the most jaded of travellers.
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Tailor-make your trip
If you have time, make the slightly complicated journey via Labuan Bajo on to Rinca to see the Komodo Dragons.