12 days / 11 nights
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This 12-day cruise takes in some of the most remote of the Indonesian Archipelago’s 17,000 islands. Our voyage transits the Maluku (Moluccan) islands from Ternate and the Sula Archipelago to the island of Sulawesi, which dangles like a tropical orchid across the Equator. Our voyage over ancient monsoon sailing routes on the Ombak Putih, our traditional wooden pinisi boat, 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, 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 islands, their shimmering white beaches, magnificent coral gardens, marine life and diverse local cultures. We will disembark in Kendari on the island of Sulawesi, home to the famous Buginese and Makassan shipbuilders.  

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, please 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.