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3 Unique Opportunities to Explore Raja Ampat by cruising on Salila Expeditions

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The 2016 Total Solar Eclipse will occur in Indonesia on 9 March 2016, at precisely 08.58.19 West Indonesia Time.

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Secret Retreats invites you aboard Salila Expeditions to participate in a private, luxury yacht cruise over 9 nights to the remote Raja Ampat Islands (in West Papua) during this magical moment. Experience a rare opportunity to witness, either from the deck or beneath the sea, how life reacts when the lights go out during the day. 

Guest lecturer, Dr. Lawrence Blair, will accompany you on the magnificent, 10-cabin, 160 foot, luxury Salila yacht, where you can experience the freedom, lifestyle and scenery of your most spectacular dreams. With Blair, you will explore the Raja Ampat and the heart of the Coral Triangle – a region with more marine-species diversity than anywhere else on Earth. You will also travel to the fabled volcanic ‘spice island’ of Ternate, where the great 19th Century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace had his malarial vision of the Evolution of Species.

British-born Bali resident, Dr. Lawrence Blair has witnessed and documented three decades of Indonesia’s history and evolution, as he revels in the archipelago’s diversity. An expert on the culture, geography and zoology of Indonesia, he earned his Ph.D. at Lancaster University (UK) with a doctoral thesis exploring and defining the field of Psycho-anthropology. In 2006 he wrote and presented, for Sky TV UK, the five-part series Myths, Magic and Monsters, which explores the stranger sides of both nature and the human mind. He is also the writer, presenter and co-producer of the internationally acclaimed series Ring of Fire winner of two Emmy awards in 1988. Lawrence Blair’s unusually broad and dramatic adventures as an explorer make him a memorable speaker.

Date of the Solar Eclipse cruise: 01-10 March 2016. Prices start from $US 2,640 per person (twin/double share) for this all-inclusive trip.

In addition, indulge in a unique opportunity to cruise with beautiful the Salila Expeditions yacht, on a cabin-rate basis. Normally booked for full charters only, these 4 nights’ cruises take place in December 2015 and January 2016, leaving from and disembarking in Sorong. Discover the richness of Raja Ampat biodiversity, on land and underwater. Diving, snorkelling, hiking are a few of the many activities to be enjoyed.

Dates of cabin based cruises: 07-11 December 2015 and 11-15 January 2016. Prices start from $US 2,200 per person (twin/double share) for these all-inclusive trips.

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