Sydney to Sydney CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA 36 Nights Departs Dec 15, 2018 Seven Seas Mariner

  • Indonesia’s isolated Komodo Island is a natural wonder of tropical savanna and scrubland, home to the famed pre-historic Komodo dragon. Komodo National Park is the only place on earth that they can be found in the wild. The island of Komodo itself is about 60 squares miles in area with dramatic landscapes of 2,000 foot craggy mountains, canyons, Savannas and monsoon rain forests in the valleys. Human habitation is therefore limited to only one settlement in Slawi Bay.

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

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  • Komodo Dragons

    Tendering from the ship, you'll arrive at the Komodo Jetty where your exploration of Komodo National Park commences. The world-renowned great wildlife island of Komodo is the desolate domain of a fierce and very rare species of reptile that bears the looks of a prehistoric dinosaur and is appropriately called a Komodo Dragon. A clear indication of Komodo National Park's biological importance is its ranking with UNESCO as both a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve.

    The Komodo Dragon is thought to be the remnant of a once widespread ancient order of monitor lizards. Today, fewer than 300 of this protected species remains and its continuing existence hangs in the balance. Often measuring up to 11 feet in length and weighing in at over 300 pounds, this ominous looking creature, with its sharp, saw-like teeth and menacing eyes, leaves a lasting impression on all who have had the opportunity to see it up close. Living on deer and wild pigs that inhabit the island, it is surprisingly agile when covering short distances and a good swimmer.

    Once you are ashore, you will be met by your local tour guide to begin your walking expedition of the island. Traveling in small groups with your guide and a park ranger, you'll make your way down footpaths that lead through pockets of thorny vegetation and dry tropical grasslands, senses heightened with anticipation that the dragons will make an appearance. This first-hand look at Komodo will also serve to acquaint you with the other notable species that inhabit the island, as well as the rich surrounding marine environment. Informative commentary will be provided by your expert guides as you navigate this utterly unique locale. Following your guided tour, you'll return to the jetty for your tender transfer back to the ship.

    Please note: Total tour duration can vary, dependent on the location of the Komodo Dragons and the pace of the participants. The tour may include up to 1 1/2 hours of walking over uneven terrain, over fallen branches or protruding roots, dependent upon the trail to be followed that day which is determined by the Rangers who have scouted out potential sites where the Komodo Dragons may be found. Furthermore, the tour may travel over dirt paths that can become muddy and strenuous if there have been recent rains; therefore, it is not suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Caps, sun-protective clothing, sunscreen and comfortable, easily cleaned walking shoes are highly recommended. It is also suggested that a plastic bag be brought along for items you do not wish to get wet in the event of a sudden tropical downpour, which can be a common occurrence. As the Komodo Dragons are not artificially fed and roam the island freely in search of their own food, there is a possibility you may not see any during the course of your tour.

    IMPORTANT: Due to National Park safety regulations, only guests on tour are allowed ashore, no independent guests are permitted. Guests on tour need to stay with their group at all times and are asked not carry or wear any RED items. Do not attempt to get close to, or feed the dragons. As Komodo Dragons are easily attracted to blood, guests with any type of open wounds or bleeding are encouraged to stay onboard.

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    • Approx. DURATION:

      2 Hours
    • Tour Code:

      KOM-001 Free

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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