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This 12-day cruise takes in some of the most remote of the Indonesian archipelago’s 17,000 islands. A leisurely passage that transits the Maluku (Moluccan) islands from Ternate and the Sula Archipelago to Sulawesi, which is the island draped like an orchid across the equator. Our voyage over ancient monsoon sailing routes on a traditional wind ship puts us in touch with the true nature of this island nation, a maritime crossroads of sea-borne trade, migration and cultures. This story of rare spices, traders and sea-gypsies, slavers and pirates will be unravelled day-by-day by Jeffrey Mellefont, our special guest expert from the Australian National Maritime Museum. With every new landfall, we will revel in the striking beauty, fauna and flora of the secluded Maluku islands, their shimmering white beaches, magnificent coral gardens and marine life and, best of all, their diverse local cultures. We will disembark in Kendari on the island of Sulawesi, home to the famous Buginese and Makassan shipbuilders who built our elegant floating home and expedition ship, the prahu pinisi, Ombak Putih.
The Expert's Advice
Richly illustrated by photography taken during research into Indonesia over the past 30 years, Jeffrey’s lectures and talks will cover a wide array of topics covering culture, history, and the traditions and navigational techniques of the maritime world of the Indies. In addition, there will also be possible opportunities to go aboard local boats, with a chance to sail, meet and engage with the crews, with Jeffrey translating as we go.
- Silk, Spice and Gunpowder
- Tanah Air Kita – Indonesia’s Land of Water
- Mighty Maritime Empires
- A Tapestry of Seafarers
- Celebes Ships: History Behind the SeaTrek Fleet
- Renown Europeans and the Prahus of Indonesia.
- Bahasa: the Unifying Utility of the Indonesian Tongue
Note: The price of this cruise does not include any domestic airfares to and from our start and end points, however, our reservations specialists in Bali are more than happy to help arrange domestic flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we know the best routes to take to ensure you arrive on time. We only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included. If you are booking flights by yourself, do not book any flights before checking with us first. Our first and last day programmes rely on strict time scheduling, so please confirm with us to ensure that you arrive and depart at your destination with plenty of time to spare and to avoid disruption to other guests' schedules.