See the Total Solar Eclipse, March 9, 2016!
BALI & SULAWESI Indonesia Total Solar Eclipse
February 26–March 10, 2016
We invite you to join us as we explore Indonesia and see the Total Solar Eclipse, March 9, 2016! Indonesia is a nation of thousands of islands, with a fascinating, rich natural and cultural heritage!
For the 2016 Eclipse, we have created a program that combines an Eclipse viewing site on Sulawesi with sites on three other islands that are biologically and culturally world class.
On the island of Borneo, we will explore the world’s finest orangutan reserve for close looks at these magnificent primates, along with proboscis monkeys, gibbons, and more! We will visit Tanjung Puting National Park, which supports the largest wild orangutan population in the world, with the comfortable Rimba ecolodge as our base.
We will explore the cultural heritage of the legendary island of Bali, and the fantastic World Heritage Site of Borobudur on Java, which was covered by volcanic ash until the early 19th century. Bali’s culture is unique in the world and contrasts with traditions practiced in many other parts of Indonesia. We will also see iconic rice fields terracing the steep slopes, and enjoy local dances or ceremonies overlooking the Indian Ocean at sunset!
We will then fly to the island of Sulawesi to see the Total Solar Eclipse on the edge of the finest marine reserve in Indonesia! Here indigenous people are descendents of nomadic seafarers who live in “Bajo” villages along the coast. Fishing boats are small motorized outriggers crafted from local tropical hardwood. Houses line the shoreline, some stilted precariously over clear waters filled with colorful fishes, sponges, and corals.
The Total Eclipse will cross the island of Sumatra, then Borneo, and central coastal Sulawesi, before heading east across the Pacific Ocean. Our eclipse viewing location will be ideal, right on the path of Totality!
On the optional Trip Extension to the Togian Islands, we will ferry across Tomini Bay to the huge marine national park which surrounds the Togian Islands. Situated in the heart of the “Indo-Pacific Biodiversity Triangle,” within one degree of the Equator, this is a region with spectacular marine life. More coral and fish species occur in this part of the Indo-Pacific than anywhere else on earth. The bay supports more than 1000 species of reef fish (more than the entire tropical Atlantic!).
We invite travelers with an appetite for adventure and discovery to join us and discover the wonders of Indonesia and the Total Solar Eclipse!
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
$5,895 plus air.
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