Spice Islands 20 Sept or 01 Oct 2018
INCLUDES: Cruise | Guided Sightseeing Tours | Meals | Drinks | Flights | Accommodation
An exploration of the cultures and marine life of Indonesia & West Papua
- See Banda’s Kora Kora canoes welcome you to Banda Neira
- Learn the history of the colourful and vibrant Spice Islands and see the locals preparing spices
- Snorkel and dive on pristine coral reefs at Molana Island or dive the Japanese Zero wreck at Roon Island
- See traditional ceremonies and dances of Indonesia and West Papua
- Take in the spectacular lava flow at Mount Gamalama, Ternate
- Snorkel and swim with the magnificent whale sharks at Cenderawasih Bay
Board at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. In the evening, join your fellow travellers at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks in anticipation of a remarkable journey discovering the Spice Islands.
Spend the day at leisure as we cross the Timor Sea towards Banda Neira. Join our Expedition Staff in the lounge for an informative introduction.
BANDA NEIRA & SPICE ISLANDS
In the middle of the Banda Sea lies an enchanted fragment of history, the centre of the Spice Island trade. Originally the world’s sole source of nutmeg and mace, these nine tiny islands have attracted traders since at least 2,000 years ago. See Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action and enjoy lunch on board before exploring Fort Belgica, built in 1611. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the fort.
BANDA NEIRA & RUN ISLAND
This morning, choose to either wander through the streets of Banda Neira, past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism and enjoy morning tea along the water front, or spend the morning snorkelling or diving on the nearby lava flow reef system. Visit Run Island and learn about its strange connection to Manhattan, as forged on the Treaty of Breda between the English and Dutch.
MOLANA ISLAND & SAPARUA
Awake at Molana Island, with time for a morning snorkel over the pristine reef environment. Visit the historic town of Saparua; a crowd will lead us to 17th century Duurstede Fort, where a war party will dance for us.
BACAN ISLANDS: PULAU KASIRUTA
Today we visit the historic Bacan Islands. Go ashore at Pulau Kasiruta, the second largest island in the Bacan archipelago, with dense rainforest and a mountainous terrain. Visit a local fishing village before spending the afternoon enjoying water activities off white sand beaches.
Visit the Sultan’s Palace and Fort Tolukko, taking in the panoramic views of volcanic Mount Gamalama. A scenic drive will take us to a spectacular lava flow off the volcano, which has been active in recent years. Enjoy some free time to explore the local markets, or visit the Cengke Afo Clove Plantation. This afternoon there is time for a snorkel at a nearby reef system.
Round the northern tip of Halmahera and visit the humble town of Tobelo. The bay here is surrounded by lush green islands and a jigsaw of coral atolls. Visit the communal House or Hibualamo, where we will be entertained with traditional dancing, music and singing. If time permits we may enjoy water activities at nearby Karkara Island.
Spend a relaxing day at sea. Attend presentations by our Guest Lecturer and Expedition Team.
Roon Island is renowned for its nearby dive and snorkelling spots, including a Japanese Zero underwater wreck. Conditions permitting, take a glass bottom boat tour.
CENDERAWASIH BAY & KWATISORE
We enter Cenderawasih Marine Park and go in search of the biggest fish in the sea, the beautiful Whale Shark. This region is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to swim with these majestic animals and we may have a chance to snorkel amongst them. Visit Kwatisore Village to learn about the local culture through traditional dances and games and listen to their talented string band. You may view and purchase local handicraft.
Disembark at 8am and tour the town of Biak, with a visit to the Binsari Cave and other local attractions before boarding a charter flight back to Darwin.
|BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
|Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our six spacious Bridge Deck staterooms are 20sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding. Available now, and brand new, Bridge Deck Staterooms offer guests private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living.|
|PROMENADE DECK (CATEGORY A) STATEROOM
|Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our 19 spacious Promenade Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.|
|PROMENADE DECK (CATEGORY B) STATEROOM
|Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Promenade Deck (Category B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.|
|MAIN DECK (CATEGORY A) STATEROOM
|Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.|
|MAIN DECK (CATEGORY B) STATEROOM
|Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Main Deck (Category B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.|
20th September 2018 Departs Darwin
01 October 2018 Departs Biak
|Coral Discoverer||Twin Share||Sole Use|
|Bridge Deck Balcony||12,150||n/a|
|Promenade Deck Cat A||10,950||n/a|
|Promenade Deck Cat B||10,680||16,020|
|Main Deck Cat A||10,040||n/a|
|Main Deck Cat B||9,790||n/a|