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This unforgettable cruise will travel to remote exotic Indonesian islands in the wake of the legendary Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection and author of the most famous travelogue about the region, The Malay Archipelago. Like Wallace, we will go in search of the stunningly beautiful Birds of Paradise, which he regarded as “…one of the most beautiful and most wonderful of living things.” Our journey on-board the Ombak Putih will visit some of the places that most fascinated Wallace, including Ambon, Seram, and the remote Raja Ampat Islands with their pristine incredibly diverse coral reefs and glorious Birds of Paradise.
On-board the Ombak Putih we will have comfortable cabins and delicious food. For us there will be none of the hardships that Wallace experienced: more than once he had to make a small parakeet last for two frugal meals as he sat in his small leaking ant-infested hut in the pounding tropical rain. The Ship’s Naturalist will be Dr. George Beccaloni, a knowledgeable naturalist and a world expert on Wallace, who has visited Indonesia six times previously on natural history-related trips. George is the Director of the Wallace Correspondence Project (WCP), which aims to locate, digitize, transcribe, interpret all of Wallace’s surviving letters and other manuscripts. Its online digital archive and publications will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in the life and work of this great man.
SeaTrek will be donating a portion of the profits from this cruise to the project to help it continue its important work.
Note: The price of this cruise does not include any domestic airfares to and from our start and end points, however, our reservations specialists in Bali are more than happy to help arrange domestic flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability. If you are booking by yourself, please check with us first to find out the best routes to take, and to ensure that you arrive at your destination with plenty of time to spare. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included.