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L’Austral arrives in Bali

Early morning start as L’Austral approaches the port of Benoa in Bali. A massive LNG tanker berthed in the port is visible from miles away. L’Austral has some difficulty contacting the harbour pilot, so we […]

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Komodo Island, Indonesia

Komodo Island was the main reason for choosing to extend the Kimberley expedition with an Indonesian expedition on L’Austral. Fortunately it delivers seven dragons in an early morning hike, making it a highlight of the […]

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Pink Beach, Indonesia

Today’s destination is Pink Beach, which requires 24 hours of sailing time from Kalabahi. A crew member has been taken ill during the night, and L’Austral has to divert course to allow them to be […]

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Kalabahi, Indonesia

Kalabahi is a complete contrast to Ambon. The capital of the district of Alor, Kalabahi is located in the bay of Teluk Mutiara, surrounded by hills and mountains. L’Austral is able to berth at a […]

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Wakatobi Marine Park, Indonesia

After a couple of days of ho-hum snorkelling, Wakatobi Marine Park delivers in spades, with sunny conditions and a top temperature of 29⁰C. L’Austral arrives just after 8am, and passengers are in the water on […]

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Ambon, Indonesia

It’s something of a struggle to find something positive to say about L’Austral’s visit today to Ambon. A sprawling regional centre, it is overcast and gloomy on arrival. It’s a wet zodiac ride in the […]