Exploring the Natural Wonders of Two Island Nations: Philippines & Indonesia

aboard SH Minerva

Exploring the Natural Wonders of Two Island Nations: Philippines & Indonesia

aboard SH Minerva

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Cruise Overview

Countries Visited: Philippines, Indonesia
Starts In: Manila (MNL)
Ends In: Bali (DPS)
Duration: 18 days
Cruise Date: June 1-18, 2024
Group Size: No Min. / No Max.
Accommodations: Luxury (5★)
Activity Level: Moderate
Experiences: Culture, Wildlife, Scenery, Food, Expedition, Natural History
Int'l Air Route: USA - Manila (MNL) | Bali (DPS) - USA


Highlights to come.

About SH Minerva

Cabins & Prices

Cabin CategoryDouble/TwinSingleCabin Square Footage
Oceanview staterooms with two large oval windows. Deck 4. 206 sq. ft. Staterooms 401– 404.$13990$Inquire206 sq. ft.
Oceanview staterooms with two large oval portholes. Deck 4. 206 sq. ft. Staterooms 405– 416.$14690$Inquire206 sq. ft.
Suites with balcony & living room area. Deck 5. 300 sq. ft. Suites 501 – 504, 530 – 533.$16290$Inquire300 sq. ft.
Suites with balcony & living room area. Deck 5. 300 sq. ft. Suites 505 – 514, 517 – 529.$16990$Inquire300 sq. ft.
Suites with balcony and living room area. Deck 6. 300 sq. ft. Suites 601 – 614, 617 – 627.$17990$Inquire300 sq. ft.
Suites with large balcony, separate bedroom & living room. Decks 5 & 6. Suites 515, 516, 615 & 616.$21990$Inquire500 sq. ft.

A deposit of $1,500 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Payment can be made by personal check or charged to a credit card.

Special Notes:
  • Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
  • Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
  • Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.


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Tour Map


  • Day 1 - June 1, 2024 | Depart the USA

    Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Manila. Cross the International Date Line.

  • Day 2 - June 2 | En Route

    Cross the International Date Line.

  • Day 3 - June 3 | Arrive Manila

    Arrive in Manila, the capital of Philippines. Transfer to the Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza (or similar).

  • Day 4 - June 4 | Tour Manila, board Minerva and sail

    Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and offers a mix of history, culture, and modern attractions. A tour of Manila will take us to Intramuros, the historic walled city. Explore the cobblestone streets, visit Fort Santiago, and admire the colonial-era architecture. Manila also boasts a vibrant culinary scene, with street food stalls, local eateries, and high-end restaurants offering a wide array of mouthwatering Filipino dishes, blending influences from Spanish, Chinese, and American cuisines.

  • Day 5 - June 5 | Boracay Island, Philippines

    Boracay Island is a world-renowned tropical paradise known for its pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

  • Day 6 - June 6 | Cagayan Islands, Philippines

    Cagayan province in the Philippines is a treasure trove of natural wonders, offering stunning landscapes, picturesque coastlines, and rugged mountains.

  • Day 7 - June 7 | Zamboanga, Mindanao Island, Philippines

    Known as the "City of Flowers," Zamboanga showcases a vibrant blend of Filipino, Spanish, and Muslim cultures, creating a rich tapestry of traditions, architecture, and cuisine.
    Zamboanga's pink sand beach, known as Santa Cruz Island, is a stunning natural wonder. Its unique pink hue, caused by crushed red organ pipe coral, creates a picturesque setting for swimming and snorkeling.

  • Day 8 - June 8 | At sea

    At sea.

  • Day 9 - June 9 | Ternate, Maluku Islands, Indonesia

    Ternate Island is renowned for its volcanic landscapes, with the majestic Mount Gamalama dominating the skyline.
    The island's historical significance as the former seat of the powerful Sultanate of Ternate is evident in its cultural landmarks. Explore the 16th-century Sultan's Palace (Kedaton) to learn about the region's rich heritage and witness traditional ceremonies.

  • Day 10 - June 10 | Ambon Island, Indonesia

    Ambon, the capital city of Maluku Province in Indonesia, is located on Ambon Island and offers a fascinating blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and vibrant marine life.

  • Day 11 - June 11 | Bandanaira, Banda Islands, Indonesia

    Banda Islands are steeped in history and were once the world's only source of nutmeg and mace, making them a significant hub for the spice trade in the 16th century.
    The islands are surrounded by pristine waters, offering excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. The coral reefs are teeming with marine life, including vibrant coral formations, tropical fish, and even the chance to encounter sea turtles.

  • Day 12 - June 12 | At sea

    At sea.

  • Day 13 - June 13 | Wakatobi Marine Park, Tukangbesi Islands, Indonesia

    Diving and snorkeling in the Banda Islands are exceptional experiences, with vibrant coral reefs and a diverse range of marine life. Explore the underwater world and discover an array of colorful fish, sea turtles, and even the elusive hammerhead sharks.

  • Day 14 - June 14 | Baubau, Buton Island, Indonesia

    Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Baubau by visiting the Sultan's Palace, a magnificent example of traditional Butonese architecture. Explore the palace complex and learn about the region's royal history and customs.

  • Day 15 - June 15 | Palopo, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia

    The city's bustling markets are the perfect place to experience the local way of life and sample regional delicacies such as ikan kuah asam, a tangy fish soup, and tumbu-tumbu, a spicy papaya salad.
    Buton Island is home to several pristine beaches with white sand and clear waters, including the popular Nirwana Beach and Pongkor Beach.

  • Day 16 - June 16 | Taka Bonerate National Park, Indonesia

    Taka Bonerate National Park is a diver's paradise, renowned for its vast coral reefs and incredible marine biodiversity. It is considered one of the most spectacular diving destinations in Indonesia.
    Snorkelers and scuba divers can explore the park's diverse underwater ecosystem, which is home to a wide variety of marine species, including colorful coral formations, schools of tropical fish, turtles, rays, and even dolphins.

  • Day 17 - June 17 | Moyo Island, Indonesia

    Moyo Island is a hidden gem located in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Moyo Island are perfect for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

  • Day 18 - June 18 | Bali — Disembark

    Bali. Disembark and transfer to the airport for the return flight.


What's Included

What's Included

■ One night hotel pre-voyage.
■ 14-night voyage aboard the Minerva, as described in the itinerary.
■ Complete program of tours and excursions and other activities ashore, with professional English-speaking
■ Program of lectures by ship staff/expedition team.
■ Airport/hotel/pier transfers and handling of luggage abroad.
■ All meals aboard ship, including wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
■ Open bar aboard ship throughout the voyage.
■ Port, embarkation, and all other local taxes.
■ Gratuities to guides, drivers and porters.
■ Experienced Thalassa Journeys trip director.
■ Comprehensive pre-departure material.

What's Not Included

■ Travel insurance is available through Coda Tours, upon request.
■ International airfare; expenses of a personal nature; any items not mentioned in the itinerary or the
above inclusions.

Travel Prep

Please request a quote if you would like Coda Tours to assist with international airfare bookings. We often can offer favorable rates for Business or Economy class at a standard fee of $35 per ticket.

No intra-tour airfare is required for this cruise.

A visa is required for Indonesia for American passport holders. Information on obtaining the visa will be sent to you prior to departure. No visa is required for the Philippines.

No special innoculations are required for the trip. Coda Tours assumes all travelers are fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

The weather will be hot and humid.

The cruise is guaranteed. A Coda representative will accompany Coda clients if 12 or more book through Coda Tours.

A portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed approximately three weeks prior to departure.




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