UNCOMMON INDONESIA

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Uncommon Indonesia

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Benoa to Singapore

Uncommon Indonesia
Begin your voyage in Benoa and be instantly entranced by Bali’s spectacular beauty, calm waters, small village atmosphere and Batik artistry. Bali Volcano is the first of four, followed by Gunung Rinjani on Lombok, Java’s Mount Bromo and the famous Krakatoa. In the rarely visited port of Lembar, experience true island life and savor a satay cooked over coals and topped with peanut sauce. Celukan Bawang offers the volcanic black sand Lovina Beach and Puri Agung Beleleng Compound, the home of the first king of Beleleng Regency. Java’s Probolinggo is home to Mount Bromo and the ethnic minority Tengger people who have held onto their traditions for centuries. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the private island feel of remote Pulau Menyawakan, where white-sand beaches, rainforests, coastal mangroves and a biodiverse reef system welcome snorkelers and divers with 35 types of corals and sponges. In Semarang, sample the fantastic Chinese food and climb to enlightenment at the 8th century Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. In the small port of Kepulauan Seribu, visit the secluded unspoiled beaches of Pantara Island featuring white-sand surrounded by emerald-green waters. Conclude your Indonesian adventure upon arriving in the world’s second busiest port of Singapore. After a day of exploring the Botanic Gardens, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam and shopping on Orchard Road, toast a Singapore Sling to the trip of a lifetime at the Raffles Hotel.
“So the opportunity to explore their homeland, now with Windstar’s own crew, makes this itinerary truly special.”
Our Storyteller: Steve Simao
Vice President of Sales
Steve Simao proudly proclaimed his intentions to work in the cruise industry at the tender age of 14 while disembarking his first voyage. For the past 25 years he’s done just that, serving as chief purser for Norwegian Cruise Line before rising to the top of the sales ranks at Seabourn and Holland America. He now oversees all sales for Windstar’s worldwide network, which continues to fuel his passion for travel on the high seas. His connection to Indonesia is fueled by another passion: He and his wife (who is of Indonesian descent) were married there, dressed in traditional garb, nearly a quarter-century ago. He regularly visits family in the region, and speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia.

Sure, this Indonesian island hop features plenty of amazing sights and natural wonders — everything from Pantara Island’s unspoiled beaches to the UNESCO-designated temple complex of Borobudur. Yet what really sets the region apart is its people, says Steve Simao who, as a boy, often interacted with Indonesian crewmembers during family cruises. “Even then I realized there was something unique about their service – friendly, heartfelt, and quite genuine,” he recalls. “So the opportunity to explore their homeland, now with Windstar’s own crew, makes this itinerary truly special.”

You’ll encounter plenty of warm, welcoming smiles among the master carvers and batik makers on Bali, vendors hawking satay in Lembar, and members of the ethnic Tengger community on Java. The island also is home to Mount Bromo — one of four active volcanoes you’ll witness, along with Mount Batur on Bali, Lombok’s Gunung Rinjani, and the famous Krakatoa. Celukan Bawang’s black-sand Lovina Beach and the biodiverse reef system surrounding Pulau Menyawakan are perfect spots for complimentary snorkeling and kayaking off Wind Spirit’s watersports platform before arriving in Singapore. An overnight allows time to experience its Botanic Gardens — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and thriving street food scene. Steve’s go-to: char kway teow, a popular stir-fried noodle dish “Slurping a bowl amidst the city’s buzz,” he says, “you’ll feel just like a local.”

IF I WERE THERE...
  • Test your bartering skills while shopping for ornate wood carvings and other Balinese crafts — “Make an opening bid around a quarter of the asking price, then settle for around half. Don’t feel awkward; it’s expected!”
  • Do more shopping in Singapore — Steve suggests heading to Haji Lane, “a quaint street filled with small caf├ęs, unique boutiques, and traditional shophouses … it’s quite a contrast to upscale Orchard Road and the Singapore of Crazy Rich Asians”
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple complex — “Wear comfortable shoes so you can climb to the top of the main temple for incredible photos of the 72 stupas, then enjoy lunch while sitting in awe of this amazing site”
  • Get an up-close peek of Mount Bromo, an active volcano near Probolinggo — “You’ll ride a donkey to the volcano’s base, then climb stairs to the rim of the crater — a true once-in-a-lifetime experience”
  • Interact with members of the native Sasak tribe during a village visit on Lombok — “Fascinating insight into this colorful and musical culture”

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