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Asia Pacific Superyachts to host the Orangutan Viewing Expedition

Singapore-based yacht agents Asia Pacific Superyachts has confirmed it will welcome 52-metre (171-foot) M/Y Latitude to Indonesia later this month, as it undertakes the agency’s tour ‘Orangutan Viewing Expedition’.

Jimmy Blee, captain of Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia, will host the tour which will commence in the Sekonyer River adjacent to the town of Kumai. From there – over a period of three days – tenders are taken towards some of the last remaining jungle, where the orangutans have been forced to relocate following the deforestation of their habitat in the Kalimatan jungles.

The Tanjung Puting National Park, a semi-protected area overseen by a devoted group of Indonesian rangers, is the location where the orangutans can be observed – one of the last bastions to see these intelligent animals within their natural habitat in Indonesia.

Blee, who has visited this area over the past 10 years, recently stated, "Bringing our clients to see the orangutans in this location has a threefold effect. We raise awareness of the plight of diminishing habitat for the orangutans and bring revenue into the local economy and into the local rangers’ station.

“This will hopefully allow their good works to continue and leave our guests with an everlasting memory imprint they will never forget. To see these human-type animals up close and personal is a truly moving experience.”

Due to monsoon seasons, in summer and winter, the best time of year to visit the great apes is in April and November. “From Southern Kalimatan it’s a quick run down from Singapore; or, easy trip across from Bali if the boat is in the country already," explained Blee when questioned on ideal access timing to the area.

Once the expedition finishes, Latitude will continue on to the Raja Ampat in Indonesia for a month of cruising and diving.

For further information or trip-planning advice for a potential Kalimatan orangutan viewing adventure, interested parties can contact captain Jimmy Blee by email: jblee@asia-pacific-superyachts.com.

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