Bitung, Indonesia - Far East Cruises

Lying on the north coast of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, Bitung is known for the incredibly vibrant, varied and often bizarre marine life that can be discovered on a muck dive in the Lembeh Strait, just off the shore.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Jungle Nature Trek

    An ideal tour for nature lovers, trekkers and those who want to experience the real ‘jungle’.

    Jungle Nature Trek

    Sit back and relax on a scenic drive passing through small villages as you head towards the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, one of Indonesia’s most important conservation areas. The reserve is located about 20 kilometres northwest of Bitung and is situated amongst rolling hills and valleys.

    Upon your arrival at the reserve, you will be greeted by local forest rangers before embarking on your guided trek, in search of a variety of wildlife that can be observed roaming free in the jungle. Have your camera at the ready as you can often see the Black Crested Macaque (the black tailless monkeys) and the Tarsius Tarsier (the world’s smallest primate) as well as Maleo birds, wild pigs and kuskus (large-eyed marsupials).

    At the end of your trek, you will reach a black sandy beach, where you will have some free time to relax on the beach or take a refreshing swim.

    Enjoy an Indonesian snack box and soft drink refreshment, before reboarding the bus for the leisurely drive back to your ship.

    At the end of your trek, you will reach a black sandy beach, where you will have some free time to relax on the beach or take a refreshing swim.

    Enjoy an Indonesian snack box and soft drink refreshment, before re-boarding the bus for the leisurely drive back to your ship.



    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance. ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkeling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.



    This tour will operate by bus and on foot and involves approximately three hours of walking over uneven ground. The drive to the Reserve is approximately 1½ hours. Guests should wear swimwear under their clothes, take a towel, sunscreen, a hat and insect repellent. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    BI3_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Minahasa Highlands Experience

    A full day tour exploring the Minahasa volcanic highland area.

    Minahasa Highlands Experience

    The Minahasan region covers an area of approximately 418,862 hectares. The word Minahasa means unification of the traditional tribes and was derived from the word ‘esa’ or ‘one’.

    Tomohon is an important town in North Sulawesi and was a part of the Minahesa Regency. It lies between two volcanoes, Mount Mahawu and Mount Lokon. Visit the traditional local market, where you can find an abundance of colourful flowers, fruits, vegetables and spices.

    Lake Linow is a sulphur lake with a rich thermal activity of fumaroles, sulphur steam, sulphur muds and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The lake is fed by a steaming volcanic spring and is famed for its colour changes from deep blue to turquoise, green and sulphur yellow. During your visit, refreshments of coffee, tea and a local snack will be served at the café adjacent to the lake.

    A short drive from Lake Linow is the Woloan village, famous for making traditional ‘Knock Down Houses’ that can be transported and reassembled anywhere in the world. The houses are made from local hardwood, and traditional methods are used that allow them to be easily disassembled and moved.

    An Indonesian buffet luncheon, will be served at a local resort before the return drive to your ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over gravel, paved and uneven surfaces. The drive to Tomohon is approximately 1½ hours. Guests are advised to take a hat and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.

    Tour code

    BI3_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • The City of Monado

    Discover the culture and history of the provincial capital of North Sulawesi on this city tour.

    The City of Monado

    Monado is located in the Bay of Monado and is surrounded by a mountainous area. The name Monado comes from ‘manadou’ or ‘wanazou’ meaning ‘on the far coast’ or ‘in the distance. It originally referred to the further of the two islands, which can be seen from the mainland.

    A traditional war dance of Minahasa will welcome you as you board your bus for your drive into the heart of Chinatown, in the city of Monado. Visit the Ban Hin Kiong Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples built during the Qing Dynasty. This red temple is elegant and attractive and covered with ornaments on every side. Head towards the centrum or city centre point and visit an old church, built by a Dutch East Indies company in the 19th century.

    Take in the scenic views as you enjoy a traditional Indonesian lunch at a local restaurant. After luncheon, you’ll have a shopping stop at Merciful Buildings to purchase souvenirs or buy traditional cookies and snacks.

    En route back to your ship, a visit will be made to the Monument of Christ Blessing that was inaugurated in 2007 and is considered one of highest monuments in Asia and fourth tallest statue of Christ in the world.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour over mainly paved and gravel ground. The drive to Monado is approximately 1½ hours each way. Comfortable,light clothing is recommended and modest dress is required inside the temple.

    Tour code

    BI3_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7½ hours

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