ALFRED WALLACE CRUISE - INDONESIA 2024
22 January 2023 - 03 February 2023 - 13 days - SOLD OUT
22 January 2024 - 03 February 2024 - 13 days
12 days aboard the beautiful sailing boat Ombak Putih.
A unique program of island exploration and evening talks.
Explore primary rainforests, marine ecosystems, and their flora and fauna, including several Bird-of-paradise species and Wallace’s Golden Birdwing butterfly.
In-depth insight into the life and work of Alfred Wallace plus the natural treasures of Indonesia.
No more than 22 passengers on-board allowing for close and frequent interaction with the accompanying experts.
Many opportunities to enjoy the water by kayak, paddleboard and snorkelling.
Alfred Wallace was undoubtedly one of the greatest naturalists of all time. Not only did he jointly publish the theory of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin in 1858, but he made very many other major contributions to biology and to subjects as diverse as glaciology, astrobiology, anthropology, and epidemiology. He spent 8 years in the region and the book he wrote about his journey, The Malay Archipelago; The Land of the Orang-utan and the Bird of Paradise, is one of the most highly regarded scientific travelogues of the nineteenth century.
Explore the several Spice and Raja Ampat islands as Wallace did, marvelling at the biodiversity and stunning beauty. Cruising aboard a 24-berth luxury crewed schooner and visiting several sites that were important to Wallace’s discoveries. We will help you find diverse species on land, in the air and at sea including several species of the Bird of Paradise, Golden Birdwing Butterflies and numerous sea creatures. Plus local culture, primary rainforests, geology, conservation projects and relaxation of the highest order.
Accompanying the cruise are three experts. George Beccaloni an entomologist, evolutionary biologist and Wallace expert. George helped devise this itinerary, which has the highest and most authoritative Wallace content of any Indonesian tour, and visits key places that aren’t on the itineraries of other tours.
Nita Cesar and Kees Groeneboer are the cruise directors, who between them cover marine biology, ornithology, marine conservation charities, linguistics and Indonesian history. All three experts will join the daytime activities, sharing considerable insight into the region’s history, the wildlife you will find and Wallace’s adventures.
For every guest, we will make a contribution to the Wallace Correspondence Project, whose aims are to locate, digitise, catalogue, transcribe, interpret and publish the surviving correspondence and other manuscripts of this important 19th century scientist.
This cruise is limited to 22 guests. 15 guests are required for this tour to run.
In partnership with New Scientist.