Indonesia Solar Eclipse

Maupora Island, Indonesia

SI
11 reviews
Apr 13 - 25, 2023
Group size: 15 - 36
Indonesia Solar Eclipse
Maupora Island, Indonesia

11 reviews

$NaN
Apr 13 - 25, 2023
Group size: 15 - 36

About this trip

Join Special Interest Tours, astronomer Bob Berman and SeaTrek Sailing Adventures on a nautical expedition like never before, as we sail out over the eastern seas of Indonesia to witness a total solar eclipse in the remote southern reaches of Indonesia’s Banda Sea. Travel aboard a small armada of traditional, wooden, pinisi liveaboard boats, handcrafted on the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi by local craftsmen using ancient techniques handed down from father to son over many centuries.


In addition to chasing one of the most profound of all nature’s celestial wonders, you will see and

experience some of the very best culture, nature and landscapes that Indonesia has to offer, including snorkeling some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

A note from Bob about the eclipse

A Very Unusual Eclipse

The totality of April 20, 2023 occurs when the Moon is closer to the far side than its near side (perigee) of its orbit, and when the Sun itself is about as distant from Earth as it ever gets. As a result, accurate instrumentation would show that the Moon and Sun are both smaller-looking than average, with both possessing very nearly the same angular size. The bizarre consequence is that if you can go to a place on Earth that is closer to the Moon – meaning, a spot where the Moon is highest-up in the sky so that your location is directly beneath it – it will then appear just large enough to completely block out the Sun and deliver all the legendary phenomena of a full total solar eclipse.

 So that old realtor maxim of “Location, location, location!” is truer during this eclipse than during any other of our lives to date. This time around, the Moon’s umbral shadow is just 34 miles (49 km) wide at its maximum! Well, we’ve previously been through such headache-producing planning agonies, and are happy to say we’ve happily found a perfect place to view this historic event -- a small, lovely, sandy-beach, undeveloped island that sits right on the centerline of this challenging eclipse.

 We will take you to a place where the length of totality, one minute, 16 seconds, will not be exceeded anywhere else on Earth by even as much as a single second!

 From our location within sight of a somewhat larger island, we will have privacy, quiet, and a Sun that will hover just 24 degrees from directly overhead. This matters because tropical locations such as this can easily suffer passing clouds, (with this region experiencing an average of 2/3 cloud cover at this time of year), so that the most effective way of avoiding them is by observing an object very high in the sky, where the sideways components of cumulous clouds are essentially eliminated.

 For those who wish to possess all the geeky specifications of this event and our location, we will be at latitude -7°, 35 m, 25s and east longitude 127°, 34’, 7” at sea-level, and with the time of maximum totality at 04:24 UT. The path width at our location is 49.2 km, the Sun/Moon altitude will be 66.3° alt, with their azimuth lying within one degree of 323.7°, meaning the Sun will be very high in the northwest. Our distance from the exact center line will be only 18 minutes of arc in declination and 4 minutes of arc in longitude. You could walk to the precise centerline in less than 20 minutes!

 Finally, the ratio of the Sun’s diameter to the Moon’s will be a mere 1.0131 at our location. This near-identical size aspect will likely produce viewings of the famed “Bailey’s Beads,” effect, among the fascinating aspects we’ll certainly talk about during the lectures scheduled for the days before the main event.

 We look forward to see you there with us!

What’s included

  • 2 Nights Accommodation
    Nusa Dua Sofitel Hotel
  • 10 Nights Accommodation
    Pinisi Liveaboard Boat
  • Bali-Maumere Airfare
    Roundtrip
  • Solar Eclipse Day
    Private Island Accommodation
  • Astronomy Lecture
    With Bob Berman
  • 2 Days Sightseeing Bali
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 11 Lunches
  • 11 Dinners
  • International Airfare
    We can help assist with travel arrangements
  • Personal Items
  • Additonal Meals
    Meals not included above
  • Additional alcohol
    Drinks are included while on the liveaboard
  • Travel Insurance
    Is available for Purchase

Available Packages

Single Occupancy

Upon request, when available we can match single travelers to room together.

$27,110
Deposit: $4,000
Double Occupancy
12 left
$16,450
Deposit: $2,000
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Itinerary

Total Solar Eclipse 2023
Total Solar Eclipse 2023

Join Special Interest Tours, astronomer Bob Berman and SeaTrek Sailing Adventures on a nautical expedition like never before, as we sail out over the eastern seas of Indonesia to witness a total solar eclipse in the remote southern reaches of Indonesia’s Banda Sea. Travel aboard a small armada of traditional, wooden, pinisi liveaboard boats, handcrafted on the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi by local craftsmen using ancient

techniques handed down from father to son over many centuries.

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Reviews

I would be better able to evaluate the tour if it occurred. I was informed that the tour was cancelled for this year because of COVID problems in Alaska. I was told that it will be run in2023. Maybe I will be able to rate the trip then.
By RANDALL S for 2022 Northern Lights Astronomy Tour with Bob Berman on 13 Mar, 2022
Our trip was cancelled due to covid, so I can't say anything about how good or bad it might have been. Kudos to the organizers for the prompt refund.
By Eric S for 2022 Northern Lights Astronomy Tour with Bob Berman on 13 Mar, 2022
We had a most memorable experience, with interesting train excursions, expert narration on the bus, plenty of food and very good accommodations. Fall foliage was great in many places, and snow on Mt Washington not a surprise to us. Hannah and Angeli were terrific hosts, with attention to details to keep us happy!
By Richard C for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 18 Oct, 2021
Of fourteen rail rides over ten days, only five or six were worthy of attention. The rest were a waste if time. Food at welcome and farewell dinners was disappointing, Four of the eight included bagged breakfasts featured poorly prepared, unappetizing breakfast sandwiches. Lunches and dinners were primarily chicken or turkey with few, if any, options. Accommodations varied. Four were excellent, but two were definitely marginal. We have taken more than a dozen organized tours with various companies, including two with SIT. This was by far the most poorly organized. I would give them a D for this trip.
By Jeremy M for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 18 Oct, 2021
This trip needed a leader. While Anjali and Hannah were present, they allowed Dave from Trains to give travel information to the group which was often contradictory to the final outcome. You are in charge, Anjali, please present that way. Communication and direction were poor. For example, the breakfast location in Bar Harbor was not communicated to the group and was challenging for some people to attend. Some were unaware of the direction to leave bags outside the door of the same hotel. Multiple times the group was asked to wear their masks in the bus, but it was not enforced. I would estimate a minimum of 75% of the people on the bus were over 65 and many with compromised immune systems requiring the enforcement of masks. I was uncomfortable with alcohol being consumed on the bus. As a result of this trip, I cannot give a positive referral to friends regarding Specialty Interest Tours and I will not use them again.
By Steven E for 2021 New England Fall Colors by Rail on 12 Oct, 2021
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