March 21st - April 4th, 2020

Explore Southeast Asia with Natural Exposures! Close encounters with the primates of Borneo—photograph wild and rehabituated orangutans and the clumsy, awkward proboscis monkeys. Visit the archipelago home to prehistoric Komodo dragons. Snorkel and swim with giant manta rays in one of the most diverse water ecosystems in the world. Special early and late access for the best light on Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta, the world’s largest Buddhist temple (model shoot included). Visit and photograph locals, villages, and green rice paddies far from the tourist scene.

Join us on a visit to a small part of the world’s largest island nation in order to get to know and photograph its people, culture, charismatic primates, and insurmountable nature. With private boats, boutique accommodations, and sublime food, we show you Indonesia the way we want to see it. And whether you’re an expert photographer or a novice with a point-and-shoot camera, Dan will show you how to get the best photographs of the wildlife, landscapes, and people of Indonesia. Can you feel that warm ocean breeze? Join Natural Exposures island hopping in March 2020!

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  • 2020 Orangutans, Dragons, and Temples Photography Tour II Travel Plans

    Imagine verdant green rice paddies, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, orangutans so close you could almost touch them, fearsome Komodo dragons, and colorful coral under turquoise water. Imagine Indonesia.

    This adventure is great for the photographer and non-photographing spouse with minimal, easy walking to the orangutan feeding stations.

    A little about our past visits in these areas…

    The locals are honest, friendly, and very family orientated. People are spiritual and calm, always smiling and accommodating. We’ve always felt very safe and invited. Where else in the world can you go with no guns or drugs, and not even knives on the dining table?! Beautiful tropical islands, aqua blue waters—some of the world’s best snorkeling is around Komodo Island. Airports are safe, efficiently run, and clean. Accommodations are clean and have air-conditioning and private bath. Many are luxurious. The food is fabulous.

    We’ve learned around 99% of orangutan tours are on the Malaysia side of Borneo, which is SUPER touristy. You might as well go to a zoo. Malaysia Borneo is easy to get to, which means everyone is there. We say NO, we will not see orangutans in these city parks with boardwalks of families, screaming children everywhere, and orangutans swinging on ropes. We’re visiting the Indonesian side of Borneo—rural and authentic, with simple yet comfortable accommodations.

    We’re going at the best time to see orangutans, both wild and released (and without the crowds!). In Yogyakarta (referred to as “Jo-gja”), we met a wonderful photographer. He will take us by car (not buses) and show us his favorite (non-touristy) places to photograph here. We will stay at boutique accommodations in Yogyakarta and on Flores Island (near Komodo Island) and also stay on private yachts.

    Orangutan, dragons, and temples—a very diverse and exciting tour of Indonesia!

    Saturday, March 21 (D)

    Arrive in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) any time of day.

    Secluded within the boundaries of exclusive Jimbaran Bay on the island’s southern coast and off the tourist strip, the five-star InterContinental Bali Resort was designed to blend modern convenience with traditional Balinese architecture. You can find amenities from sports to sophisticated dining, to the indulgence of Spa Uluwatu, and state-of-the-art business services at this luxury Bali beach resort. You’ll find great photo opportunities right at our resort.

    To unwind from traveling and to get inspired for our trip, we’ll gather for a welcome dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

    Overnight InterContinental Bali (10 minutes from DPS airport)

    Sunday, March 22 (B)

    Today is free to spend at your leisure. Relax and enjoy the amenities of the Intercontinental Bali. Lounge by one of six pools, take a walk along the white sand beach, work through jet lag with a massage at the spa, zen out in a yoga class, or sip on a glass of wine while watching the sunset on the beach.

    Or get out and explore Bali!  We will hire cars today to go sightseeing around the island, including a visit to Monkey Forest and Elephant Cave. Bali is a “tourist beach destination,” a great place to relax but also very busy and congested, so our time is limited on this island.

    Overnight Intercontinental Bali

    Monday, March 23 (B, D)

    Enjoy the morning at the InterContinental Bali and take advantage of what this luxury property has to offer.

    This afternoon we will fly one hour to Yogyakarta on Java. Our hotel is outside the city in rural Java, close to local villages and rice terraces.

    Surrounded by lush teak forests, Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa transports guests to another time and place, where days gently unfold against the backdrop of magnificent Borobudur Temple and the picturesque Menoreh Hills.

    Amid this unbelievably beautiful and atmospheric setting, experience utmost peace and privacy within traditional Javanese villas, spacious havens of supreme comfort with a private pool. Indulge in sublime, soul-soothing spa pampering and exquisite gastronomy with an unparalleled view of Borobudur Temple at every turn. Walk the long corridor that stretches between Patio restaurant’s Joglo and colonial buildings, and be awed by the feeling that wherever you stand, “Borobudur Follows” – an experience unique to Plataran Borobudur. Mystical, magical, and unforgettable.

    We’ll have dinner at sunset on a balcony overlooking Borobudur temple, the single largest Buddhist structure on earth—built between AD 750 and 842—with steaming Mount Merapi in the background. This is one of world’s truly great ancient monuments. Few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale and remarkable attention to detail that went into its construction. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama. 

    We will spend four nights at Plataran Borobudur to enjoy the luxurious setting and fully explore the area.

    Tuesday, March 24 (B, L, D)

    At sunrise, we’ll catch the morning light on Borobudur Temple as we shoot from the hotel balcony. The temple consists of six square and three circular platforms topped by a central dome and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. You could look at the temple all day and not see everything. The temple is a three-dimensional representation of the universe from a Buddhist perspective.

    The jungle will be active with monkeys and birds, and we will probably hear the call to prayer from the surrounding villages. Coffee (likely from locally roasted beans grown in Java) and tea will help us wake up and get ready for the day.

    After breakfast we’ll depart for the rice terraces to enjoy both culture and landscape as we photograph the locals working the terraces. The terraces shine emerald and are backed by thatched roof huts. After it is harvested, the rice is dried on wicker beds, creating an aesthetically pleasing tableau.

    We hope to see the local sport of pigeon racing. The male birds are released some distance away and come zooming back to their mates, held aloft by their trainers. Pigeon racing is an important part of Javanese life and participants spend a great deal of time and money on the sport.

    In the afternoon we’ll head over to the Borobudur Temple to capture the many platforms, Buddha statues, and intricate relief panels in the light of the sunset.

    Overnight at Plataran Borobudur

    Wednesday, March 25 (B, L, D)

    Today we’ll start the day with a morning shoot off the balcony or take a five-minute drive to nearby temples. We may spend the morning at the timeless rice paddy terraces, watching the light move over the verdant green and the locals tending their fields.

    Lunch is near the Prambanan Temple UNESCO world culture heritage complex. After eating, we’ll visit this temple, built in the 10th century, and the largest Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva in Indonesia. Shoot the afternoon light moving across the intricately decorated temples (there are actually three) and learn the epic story of the Ramayana as told in the reliefs in the temples.

    We will stay for the dinner show with VIP seating. This outdoor show combines music, theater, and dance to guide you through the story engraved in the temple. A light show illuminates the temples in bright, changing colors. The 200-member troop uses typical Javanese dance and gamelan music to share its culture and history with us.

    Overnight at Plataran Borobudur

    Thursday, March 26 (B, L, D)

    This morning either shoot the Borobudur Temple from the balcony again, now knowing its shapes and angles to catch the best photography opportunities, or utilize a special permit to visit the temple early. If we go with the latter, Indonesian models will enhance our photos.

    The afternoon offers several opportunities for photography or non-photography activities. We can visit a local market and experience the scents, colors, and energy, and perhaps pick up a souvenir or two. Another option is to take in a yoga class—Indonesia is known for yoga of every variety. If stretching your body isn’t your thing, take a Javanese cooking class and stretch your mind and culinary skills. To shoot Javanese street scenes, we can line up a Volkswagen and driver to show you the sights—you’ll feel just like the paparazzi.

    Tonight we’ll have a special dinner in the opulent and elegant Kastil Restaurant in our hotel. The regional cuisine is locally sourced and market fresh.

    Overnight at Plataran Borobudur

    Friday, March 27 (B, D)

    Today we fly to the island of Borneo! Make note, if you want to see orangutans in a city “park-like setting” with mass amounts of tourists, families, and children, you go to the Malaysian side of Borneo. We prefer to head to the Indonesian side, a more wild area of Borneo to see both wild and rehabituated orangutans.

    It’s about a two-hour scenic boat ride to Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge where we will check in, have dinner, and get an introduction to Rimba. Keep your eyes open for river dolphins. The lodge is perched over the Sekonyer River on the edge of the Tanjung Puting National Park, one of the few places on earth where you can still see wild orangutans.

    Overnight at Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge for three nights. This lodge is in the heart of orangutan habitat. Accommodations are simple and clean with private bathrooms, solar electricity, and air-conditioning. Rimba Lodge is run by locals who help protect orangutan habitat by purchasing more land for the wildlife.

    Saturday, March 28 (B, L, D)

    Eat early breakfast on a private wooden boat called a klotok as we travel upstream to two orangutan feeding stations.

    Our traditional boat is open-air, great for breezes when we are moving up and down the river. It has a cover to protect from sun and rain. The boat is very clean and has an onboard bathroom with flush toilet. Our meals onboard will be prepared by the cook who lives on the lower level of the boat. A generator can be turned on to charge batteries.

    One of the feeding stations is the famous Camp Leakey, established in 1971 by Professor Biruté Galdikas, a student of Professor Louis Leakey (together with Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey). The walk is an easy, flat 15-minute walk. We will get close-up views of the orangutans at the feeding stations which will make for an unforgettable experience, as well as amazing photographs. Enjoy watching and photographing the acrobatic young orangutans, affectionate mothers and babies, and massive, territorial, and dominant males.

    In addition to seeing the endangered orangutans, we have the opportunity to see (or hear) eight other species of primates including gibbons and proboscis monkeys, butterflies, and a host of birds.

    We will be back for dinner and wandering around the ecolodge. By following the boardwalks, you can take the bird walk and perhaps “meet” the resident macaque monkey troop.

    Overnight Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge

    Sunday, March 29 (B, L, D)

    Today will look much like the previous day with breakfast and lunch on the klotok and AM and PM visits to Camp Leakey. We may visit a local village nearby. You will forever remember these special encounters with these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

    Overnight Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge

    Monday, March 30 (B)

    Today we depart Borneo and return to Denpasar. Overnight at Intercontinental Bali

    Tuesday, March 31 (B)

    Today we’ll take the day to regroup and get ready to head to the islands for some Komodo dragons, manta rays, and incredible snorkel opportunities. Overnight at Intercontinental Bali

    Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 (B, L, D)

    Fly AM to Flores Island. Today we board our private yachts and spend the next three days and two nights exploring local islands, looking for Komodo dragons and flying foxes, snorkeling/diving, swimming with manta rays, and beach combing. We will enjoy our luxury air-conditioned cabins with private bath along with a little pampering and delicious food.

    Komodo National Park encompasses 669 square miles and includes three larger islands: Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones. It is home to 5,000 Komodo dragons and made up of rusty-red volcanic hills, savannahs, and forest. Offshore, the coral reefs draw divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

    We will stop at both Komodo Island and Rinca Island to photograph the world’s largest lizard—the Komodo dragon. In early morning they are most active, so we will look for them then, before they seek shelter from the heat and sun.

    On Rinca Island, a ranger will tell us about the biology of the Komodo dragon as well as island lore. We can walk to the top of a small hill to catch a picturesque view of Flores and of course, observe the 3-meter-long lizards.

    Not surprisingly, Komodo Island is, home to a whole bunch of Komodo dragons, and we will have a chance to see them and photograph them. It’s also an island of immense beauty. We can stroll along Pink Beach where the sand is actually a mix of white sand and bits of red coral. And because the island is gorgeous from the highest point on land to the abundant fish below the sea, we will snorkel in one of the top snorkeling destinations in the world.

    We will visit Kalong Island at sunset to see flying foxes, also known as fruit bats. Every evening thousands of bats fly to the mainland to feed. With the sunset behind them, this makes quite the picture.

    Overnight on Plataran Phinisi Felicia (Plataran Phinisi Ambassi will also be leased if extra rooms are needed depending on number of singles booked)

    Friday, April 3 (B, L, D)

    After our island hopping by yacht adventure, we will get situated at the Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa and enjoy an evening photo shoot of whipping dance on the beach at sunset. Caci whip fighting is a traditional Manggarai dance and an important part of the Manggarai culture. Our farewell dinner will be beachside this evening. Tonight, drift asleep as the sound of waves lap against the sandy beach outside our villas.

    Saturday, April 4 (B)

    Already reminiscing about our amazing trip, we will catch a flight back to Bali and depart for home from DPS in the evening.

    • Guest Limits

      12 Guests Maximum

    • Trip Cost

      EXPLORER RATE: 11,500 per person based on double occupancy

      NON-EXPLORER RATE: Add 500

      Single Supplement: 1650

      Pricing in US dollars

    • Deposit

      $1500 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      February 1, 2019: $4500 per person first installment
      October 1, 2019: Final payment

      Check only for first and final installments. Please make check payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:

      Natural Exposures

      810 N. Wallace, Suite E

      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Private small group travel with professional photographer Daniel J. Cox
      • Airport transfers on scheduled itinerary days, transfers throughout itinerary
      • All tours indicated on itinerary
      • Entrance fees to all locations indicated including early/late entrance permits, National Parks, orangutan feeding stations
      • Meals where indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) with beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks)
      • 14 nights of accommodations on land or vessel
      • All internal flights in tour itinerary
      • Gratuities for guides, drivers, boat staff
      • Snorkel gear on vessel
    • Not Included

      • International airfare
      • Airport transfers pre/post tour
      • Laundry, Internet charges, and other miscellaneous expenses
      • Any attractions/activities not listed on itinerary
      • Any extra costs due to travel disruption/delays beyond our control
      • Trip/medical emergency evacuation insurance insurance (recommended)
      • Gratuities for porters and room staff
    • Flights to Book

      March 21, 2020
      Arrive Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (DPS) any time of day.

      April 4, 2020
      Depart Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (DPS) in the evening.

    • Travel Insurance

      Travel/emergency evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:

      Global Rescue
      (use code natexp)

      Allianz Global Assistance 
      (use travel agency ID F203564)

      Insure My Trip

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2020 Orangutans, Dragons, and Temples Photography Tour II

    March 21, 22, 30, and 31, 4 nights
    Intercontinental Bali
    Secluded within the boundaries of exclusive Jimbaran Bay on the island’s southern coast, the InterContinental Bali Resort was designed to blend modern convenience with traditional Balinese architecture. This luxurious beach resort offers amenities from sports to sophisticated dining, the indulgence of Spa Uluwatu, and state-of-the-art business services.

    March 23-26, 4 nights
    Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa
    Surrounded by lush teak forests, Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa transports guests to another time and place, where days gently unfold against the backdrop of magnificent Borobudur Temple and the picturesque Menoreh Hills.

    Amid this unbelievably beautiful and atmospheric setting, experience utmost peace and privacy within traditional Javanese villas, spacious havens of supreme comfort with a private pool. Indulge in sublime, soul-soothing spa pampering, and exquisite gastronomy with an unparalleled view of Borobudur Temple at every turn. Walk the long corridor that stretches between Patio restaurant’s Joglo and colonial buildings, and be awed by the feeling that wherever you stand, “Borobudur Follows” – an experience unique to Plataran Borobudur.

    Get off the beaten path and discover the real Indonesia with tailored destination activities, enjoyed in the gaze of one of the most awe-inspiring ancient wonders of the world. Mystical, magical, and unforgettable.

    March 27-29, 3 nights
    Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge
    Rimba Orangutan Ecolodge is located in one of the few remaining places on Earth where orangutans can be seen in the wild. Perched over the Sekonyer River on the edge of the Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan, Rimba provides a unique base to explore the lush surrounding rainforest and encounter orangutans, eight other primate species, and rich bird life.

    April 1 and 2, 2 nights
    Plataran Felicia
    Plataran Ambassi
    Plataran Private Cruises offers an incredible journey through Flores and the Komodo Islands. Imagine exploring emerald forested islands and secluded beaches, seeing the fearsome Komodo dragon up close, and discovering spectacular diving and snorkeling sites that boast pristine reefs and unparalleled marine life.

    Ideally placed to explore these amazing destinations, this fleet of luxury yachts and phinisi ships are each equipped with their own private jetty to provide utmost privacy and convenience for guests.

    Experience a private, intimate, and unforgettable trip aboard Plataran Private Cruises, equipped to make your journey exceptional with luxury cabins, full kitchen facilities, and the warm pampering of their able and experienced crews.

    April 3, 1 night
    Plataran Komodo
    Secluded in a quiet cove on Waecicu Beach on the island of Flores, Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa is a true tropical paradise. A luxurious base for indulging in sun-kissed days of relaxation and adventure in one of Indonesia’s most beautiful and untouched regions.

    A million miles away from the daily hustle and bustle, luxuriate in the privacy of intimate yet spacious villa abodes that are a charming blend of luxurious comfort and Javanese style. Dine beside the ocean waves, on the beach, or on the jetty – all under the Flores sun or beneath a romantic canopy of stars.

  • Helpful Information for 2020 Orangutans, Dragons, and Temples Photography Tour II

    PASSPORT and VISA

    Your passport must be valid at least six months beyond your date of arrival. Two blank pages are required for the entry stamp. A visa is not required for stays of less than 30 days.

    Note: If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you will need to obtain a visa-on-arrival.

    Entry requirements may change prior to trip time. For the most up to date entry requirements, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs or Indonesian Immigration.

    FLIGHTS

    There are many flights to DPS. If you search your city to DPS on Google, it will give you a list of all airlines and flight times, and you can choose which suits you best and book on the corresponding airline’s website. We usually fly Delta. Garuda Airlines is a partner of Delta that flies to, from, and within Indonesia.

    Flights to/from Denpasar, Bali (DPS) with a stopover—including Sydney, Narita, Hong Kong, Qatar, Singapore, and many more—are available from many airlines. You may want to extend your trip with the stopover. Remember, if you spend any time in another country between flights, you may need to obtain a visa for that country (this includes Australia, which is very easy to get online and good for one year).

    The internal flights (included in the tour) are on larger planes with good overhead space, very organized and dependable.

    VACCINATIONS

    It’s always best to make sure you’re up to date with routine vaccinations and to check in with your doctor or a medical professional ideally 4-6 weeks before travel to discuss your personal needs.

    CDC Vaccination Recommendations

    Note: There is no risk of yellow fever in Indonesia. The government of Indonesia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the US. If you’re traveling from a country other than the US, check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

    CURRENCY

    The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia (symbol Rp).

    PHYSICAL CONDITION

    This trip is easy overall for most guests. The most strenuous parts of the trip would be:

    • If you climb to the top of the temples (uneven stairs) which is optional.
    • The rice terrace area has a gradual walk up and around them, but this is optional and you can do it at your own pace.
    • At some point we may not be able to dock our boat directly against the dock and will have to walk over/through another boat docked. We will try to avoid this but it may happen.
    • Flat walking for about 15 minutes to/from the orangutan feeding stations.
    • Snorkeling

    LANGUAGE

    Bahasa Indonesia, a dialect of Malay, is the official language of Indonesia. This is the primary language taught in schools and is used by most Indonesians to communicate outside of their homes. However, over 700 native languages are spoken throughout the archipelago by various local or regional residents!

    GENERAL INFO

    Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia and the largest archipelago in the world. It is comprised of 17,500+ islands and spans a distance equivalent to one-eighth of the Earth’s circumference! It’s known for its beaches, volcanoes, and of course the Komodo dragon and orangutan—Indonesia is the only place in the world these species can be seen in the wild! Indonesia is second only to Australia in terms of total endemic species and holds 20% of the world’s coral reefs.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE

    We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance due to the islands being volcanic; different volcanoes are often rumbling at any given time. All is unpredictable. Emergency medical evacuation insurance in case of a medical emergency is always good to have too, especially since we will be in some remote areas and on islands.

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  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • “Three trips in one! Spending time in the jungles of Borneo is not something we would normally consider but our past experience with Natural Exposures made us very comfortable joining this tour and we are very happy we did. We visited three distinct areas of Indonesia and photographed the best of each area. The Orang-utans in Borneo, the dragons in Komodo National Park, and the Hindu temples and rice paddies of Java. Every day had new photography opportunities, great food, as well as the ever-friendly residents, hotel staff, tour guides, and fellow explorers who elevated the trip to another level. Not only did I pick up new ideas to improve my photography but the cooking class at Boroburdur was a great way to learn new food ideas. It is those little extras that make Natural Exposure trips special. Thanks to Tanya for putting this unique experience together and thanks to Dan for his always helpful photographic advice.”

      Tom Stewart, Ontario

    • "This was my first time visiting the Asian side of the world. It was a very diverse trip with Temples, Komodo Dragons and Orangutans.  From very luxury resorts to wave rocking boats this trip had it all.  All the people we met from resort  staff to village residents were friendly.  We got to spend a lot of time in the muslim culture and that is a very positive eye opening experience.  For the first time ever, we were asked to be photographed many times.  Talk about reversing roles!  Another plus is the fantastic food plus the best chocolate desert ever (unanumously agreed to by all of us)  on the boat part of the trip.  And of course I will never ever forget my very first and second massage at the SPA at Plataran Borodour given by Tari - wow.  Dan and Tanya created another masterpiece of a journey and I highly recommend it."

      Fred Kurtz, Indiana

    • "If you ever want to travel to another country and you want to go first class, travel with Natural Exposures. They are number one in showing their guests the best time ever in the classiest way. I would recommend Natural Exposures Tours to everyone. If you want to go in style, go with NE!"

      Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts

    • "Tanya and Dan’s logistic skills provide a seamless photo tour where one can truly enjoy the experience. With unlimited photographic opportunities Dan’s instruction has taken my photography to a higher level."

      Linda Henry, Oregon

    • "I just wanted to again thank you for a wonderful week of photography and relaxation away from the office. It was a really a good group."

      Sue Wolfe, Texas

    • "What a trip
      What a group
      What a fabulous everything
      To our next encounters with nature"

      Maud and Leon Soriano, Florida

For additional information please contact Tanya at photo@naturalexposures.com or by telephone at (406) 556-8212

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