Heritage Expeditions Invites Guests to Join Professor Tim Flannery in Search of Mysterious New Mammals on its Indonesian Explorer Voyage

Heritage Expeditions Invites Guests to Join Professor Tim Flannery in Search of Mysterious New Mammals on its Indonesian Explorer Voyage

Pioneering small-ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is taking its citizen science programme to the next level giving guests the opportunity to join legendary mammalogist, conservationist, author and scientist Professor Tim Flannery in his search for mysterious new mammals on its upcoming Indonesian Explorer voyage (7-24 October 2023).

Professor Flannery, a regular special guest with Heritage Expeditions and famously described by Sir David Attenborough as being “in the league of the world’s all-time great explorers”, said he was excited by the opportunity for new discoveries while exploring some of the little-known and rarely visited Indonesian islands on the October expedition’s itinerary.

“There is a real sense of adventure for guests joining us on this expedition, very little is known about some of the places we are going and the wildlife that lives there,” he said.

“Part of my work on this voyage, with the assistance of fellow adventurers, is to gather more information on the wildlife residing there – this is real pioneering zoology,” he enthused.

The New Zealand family-owned and operated cruise company’s Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said Professor Flannery and Heritage Expeditions have an impressive history of scientific discovery.

“When Tim joined our first Indonesian Explorer voyage in 2019 he and our guests discovered 11 new mammal species when we visited Kofiau Island, providing the first scientific records for this island ever.”

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Tim back on board for this voyage of discovery,” said Aaron.

In addition to searching for new mammals with Professor Flannery, guests on Heritage Expeditions 18-day Indonesian Explorer voyage from Bali, Indonesia to Madang, Papua New Guinea, will also have the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks in Kwatisore Bay, walk with Komodo dragons, snorkel world famous Pink Beach, discover Jacques Cousteau’s “underwater nirvana” Wakatobi National Park, explore the turquoise waters and rainbow corals of Raja Ampat, observe incredible wildlife including several bird-of-paradise, enjoy incredible cultural exchanges with remote tribes, visit World War II relics and more.

Heritage Expeditions is pleased to offer an £800 per person discount on the published prices of Indonesian Explorer 7 – 24 October 2023, sailing from Bali to Madang with a charter flight between Madang and Port Moresby for onward travel included.  In addition there is a 15% discount on Worsley Suites and a 20% discount on Heritage Suites.

Price from £10,195 per person sharing a Deck 4 Superior Stateroom (discount applied) includes pre/post cruise transfers including charter flight from Madang to Port Moresby, one night Bali hotel accommodation in a twin share room (incl. dinner/breakfast), all on board ship accommodation with meals, house beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, all expedition shore excursions and lecture series by noted naturalists.

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About Heritage Expeditions

Every year Heritage Expeditions voyages with small groups of between 18 and 140 intrepid travellers to some of the most unique and remote islands, coasts and shorelines on earth aboard their expedition ships Heritage Adventurer and Heritage Explorer on voyages ranging from 5 – 29 days.

Founded in 1984 by the Russ family in Christchurch, New Zealand, Heritage Expeditions is still proudly family-owned and operated. Contributing to conservation through experiential learning and providing funds for research and management, they are pioneers in environmentally-responsible expedition travel offering intimate group excursions to Antarctica and the Subantarctic Islands, through the Pacific, Asia and around New Zealand on their purpose-built expedition ships.

Each expedition is meticulously planned and led by a team of botanists, ornithologists, naturalists and experts in their field, ensuring passengers maximise every opportunity to learn, discover and experience as much as possible, while minimising the impact of their visit and returning as ambassadors for these very special places.


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