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This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travellers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

This 16-day cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, designed to explore the natural wonders of eastern IndonesiaTimor-Leste, and the Kimberley region of Australia, has been specially adapted to include observation of the total eclipse of the sun that will occur on April 20, 2023.

Setting sail from fabled Bali, your expedition begins with two days of swimming, snorkeling, and hiking in Komodo National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1989, and home to unique flora and fauna, including the emblematic Komodo Dragon.

A day at sea brings you to the northern coast of Timor-Leste, where your time is split between discovering the history and culture of this recently independent country in the capital city of Dili and enjoying the white sand beaches, music, and crafts of the small villages that dot the coast east of Baucau.

Heading south across the Timor Sea, you arrive in Wyndham, Western Australia, gateway to the Kimberley region. Devote three days to the exploration of this great wilderness area, including a Zodiac™ tour of King George River and a sampling of the aboriginal rock art of Swift Bay. You will also have the opportunity to cruise the Ord River, fly over the fascinating Bungle Bungle mountains, or explore one of the world's last remaining frontiers in El Questro.

Next comes the centerpiece of your expedition, as Le Lapérouse sails back into the Timor Sea to take up a position in the path of totality of the solar eclipse, which will last for more than three hours from late morning to early afternoon on April 20, with an approximate period of totality of just over one minute.

Returning to the Kimberley, enjoy three more days of exploration, including the world-famous Montgomery Reef, revealed each day by massive tides, the "Horizontal Falls" of Talbot Bay, described by Sir David Attenborough as 'one of the greatest wonders of the natural world', and the rich breeding ground for Green Turtles, Brown Boobies, Roseate Terns, and many other species in the Lacepede Islands.

Your voyage ends in the resort town of Broome in Western Australia.

     Detailed Itinerary 15 Nights 

  • Day 1:Benoa, Bali
    Sun 9 Apr 2023 | Depart 4:00 PM
  • Day 2:Komodo National Park
    Mon 10 Apr 2023
  • Day 3:Komodo National Park
    Tue 11 Apr 2023
  • Day 4:At sea
    Wed 12 Apr 2023
  • Day 5:Dili
    Thu 13 Apr 2023
  • Day 6:Baucau
    Fri 14 Apr 2023
  • Day 7:At sea
    Sat 15 Apr 2023
  • Day 8:Wyndham
    Sun 16 Apr 2023
  • Day 9:King George River
    Mon 17 Apr 2023
  • Day 10:Swift Bay
    Tue 18 Apr 2023
  • Day 11:At sea
    Wed 19 Apr 2023
  • Day 12:2023 Total Eclipse Observation
    Thu 20 Apr 2023
  • Day 13:Collier Bay
    Fri 21 Apr 2023
  • Day 14:Collier Bay
    Sat 22 Apr 2023
  • Day 15:Lacepede Islands
    Sun 23 Apr 2023
  • Day 16:Broome
    Mon 24 Apr 2023 | Arrive 9:00 AM

For more information on our BSolar Eclipse 2023 Ponant Cruise, call 1300 799 758 now.

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