Orion Expedition Cruises has partnered with renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and her Orangutan Foundation International, giving Orion II passengers first-hand access to visit the Camp Leakey orangutan preserve in Borneo, Indonesia.
“This is something out of the ordinary and exclusive to Orion,” says Sarina Bratton, founder and managing director of Orion Expedition Cruises. “I am very excited to be able to take our guests to this remarkable destination in a responsible, controlled manner, and to help contribute to a positive future of an endangered species suffering from reduced natural habitat and poaching.”
Orion II’s first Borneo season features eight voyages, with three that include a visit to Leakey, departing Sept. 30, Dec. 29, 2011, and Jan. 8, 2012. Experiences for guests aboard the Orion sailings to Camp Leakey include personally escorted group visits by Dr. Galdikas to the camp’s Feeding Station, Infant Care Center and Rehabilitation area. Each guest will also receive an Orangutan Adoption Kit. Guests will also visit Tanjung Datu, Gunung Palung and Bako National Parks.
2011 Borneo Expedition 10-night fares start from $6,930 pp for an oceanview suite. Fares include all meals, landings, port charges, gratuities and selected activities ashore. For more information, visit orionexpeditions.com.