Banda Islands

Maluku’s 11 tiny and isolated Banda Islands were once the world’s only source of nutmeg, shaping the history of colonialism in the East Indies from the 16th century onwards. Here, you can visit old forts, stroll though nutmeg plantations, climb Gunung Api volcano, and marvel at the rich marine life.

Cruises Related to Banda Islands

The Scents of the Spice Islands II

Departing from Ternate this exciting voyage will first visit the remote Banda islands, where we will wander through the nutmeg plantations, before retracing ‘the marine spice route’ north through the Moluccan islands to the clove plantations of the fabled Sultanate of Ternate.
Oct 2018
12 days / 11 nights

The Scents of the Spice Islands II

Departing from Ternate this exciting voyage will first visit the remote Banda islands, where we will wander through the nutmeg plantations, before retracing ‘the marine spice route’ north through the Moluccan islands to the clove plantations of the fabled Sultanate of Ternate.
Sep thru Oct 2019
12 days / 11 nights

Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands Pre-Cruise

Travel with us by land to some remote villages on the island of Flores. Witness natural dyeing techniques, buy textiles from the villagers, taste local culinary favourites and see the famous towering Kelimutu volcano with its three, multi-coloured crater lakes.
May 2018
3 days / 2 nights

Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands with David & Sue Richardson

Together we will explore the extraordinary ancestral traditions and amazing landscapes of the Lesser Sunda Islands, where textiles are the predominant form of artistic expression. Every region has its own unique textile culture, its own style of dress, and its own motifs.
May 2018
13 days / 12 nights

Seabirds, Cetaceans and Spices

In the company of seabird expert, Gert de Jong, we will encounter Komodo dragons, the marine life of the Wakatobi National Park and the seabird colonies of the Banda Sea, while also exploring the illustrious history of the spice trade.
Sep 2018
12 days / 11 nights

The Scents of the Spice Islands I

Cruising between Ambon and Ternate in two directions, these exciting voyages will visit the remote Banda islands, where we will wander through the nutmeg plantations, and retrace ‘the marine spice route’ north through the Moluccan islands to the clove plantations of the fabled Sultanate of Ternate.
Sep 2018
12 days / 11 nights

Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands Pre-Cruise

Travel with us by land to some remote villages on the island of Flores. Witness natural dyeing techniques, buy textiles from the villagers, taste local culinary favourites and see the famous towering Kelimutu volcano with its three, multi-coloured crater lakes.
Apr thru May 2019
3 days / 2 nights

Tribal Weaving of the Lesser Sunda Islands with David & Sue Richardson

Together we will explore the extraordinary ancestral traditions and amazing landscapes of the Lesser Sunda Islands, where textiles are the predominant form of artistic expression. Every region has its own unique textile culture, its own style of dress, and its own motifs.
May 2019
12 days / 11 nights

The Scents of the Spice Islands I

Cruising between Ambon and Ternate in two directions, these exciting voyages will visit the remote Banda islands, where we will wander through the nutmeg plantations, and retrace ‘the marine spice route’ north through the Moluccan islands to the clove plantations of the fabled Sultanate of Ternate.
Sep 2019
12 days / 11 nights

Orangutans And Dragons

A two-in-one adventure that will take you on a river-boat cruise through Central Kalimantan in search of proboscis monkeys and orangutans, followed by a sea voyage from Bali to Flores, visiting beaches, villages, waterfalls, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo Dragons.
Apr thru Jul 2018
12 days / 11 nights

Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise I

This ten-day cruise follows in the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace and offers plenty of culture and snorkelling, with potential exciting encounters with whale sharks, manta rays, and birds of paradise in their natural habitat.
Oct thru Nov 2018
10 days / 9 nights

Raja Ampat Action and Adventure

On this action-focussed cruise through Raja Ampat, you’ll trek through jungles to spot birds of paradise, float with stingless jellyfish, explore caves, lagoons and waterfalls, and snorkel and paddle in search of large marine life.
Nov thru Dec 2018
10 days / 9 nights

Kingdoms of Coral, Karst and Cloves in association with ASA

Historian and seafaring expert, Jeffrey Mellefont, leads us though the spectacular marine landscapes of Raja Ampat – home to karst spires, birds of paradise, and the world’s most bio-diverse coral reefs – to the clove plantations of the fabled Sultanate of Ternate.
Jan 2019
12 days / 11 nights

Spice Traders, Island Tramps and Sea Gypsies

Seafaring history expert, Jeffrey Mellefont, leads an adventure through ancient monsoon sailing routes to some of Indonesia’s remotest islands, connecting us with the true nature of this island nation: a maritime crossroads of rare spices, sea-borne trade, migration and boat-builders.
Jan thru Feb 2019
10 days / 9 nights

Wonderful Komodo Cruise

A five-day cruise through the waters of Komodo National Park encountering an amazing variety of wildlife from Komodo Dragons to flying foxes, sea eagles and giant manta rays, while visiting white-sand beaches, snorkelling colourful reefs or ascending savannah-wrapped hills offering spectacular views.
Sep 2019
5 days / 4 nights

Wallace Trails & Sails

This expert-led cruise from Ambon to Sorong honours Alfred Russel Wallace – 19th century British naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the birds of paradise.
Oct 2018
12 days / 11 nights

Jewels of Raja Ampat 2019

Starting and ending in Sorong, West Papua, we will take you on a cruise through the natural splendour of Raja Ampat, home to the most bio-diverse coral reefs in the world, as well as a unique birdlife that includes the birds of paradise.
Nov 2019 thru Jan 2020
10 days / 9 nights

Dragons, Bats, Butterflies & Bugs

Encounter rare indigenous creatures, great and small, from Komodo Dragons to bats, butterflies and bugs, as we cruise through magnificent scenery, gently trek through river valleys and savannah grasslands, and snorkel in the clear waters of the Komodo National Park.
Sep 2018
8 days / 7 nights

Dances, Dragons and Magical Lakes I & II

Immerse yourself in the Komodo National Park and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands on a voyage of discovery from Bali to Flores, or Flores to Bali, visiting remote beaches, villages, jungle-clad mountain ranges, volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo Dragons.
Mar thru Aug 2019
16 days / 15 nights

Wallace Trails & Sails

This expert-led cruise from Ambon to Sorong honours Alfred Russel Wallace – 19th century British naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the birds of paradise.
Oct 2019
12 days / 11 nights

Raja Ampat Action and Adventure

On this action-focussed cruise through Raja Ampat, you’ll trek through jungles to spot birds of paradise, float with stingless jellyfish, explore caves, lagoons and waterfalls, and snorkel and paddle in search of large marine life.
Dec 2019
10 days / 9 nights

In Search of Wallace and His Living Treasures with Dr. George Beccaloni

In the company of Wallace-expert, Dr. George Beccaloni, we will voyage in the wake of the legendary naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, through Raja Ampat in search of the extraordinary birds of paradise en route to the clove-scented island of Ternate.
Jan 2020
12 days / 11 nights

Wallace Trails & Sails II

This expert-led cruise from Ambon to Sorong honours Alfred Russel Wallace – 19th century British naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the birds of paradise.
Nov 2018
12 days / 11 nights

Orangutans And Dragons

A two-in-one adventure that will take you on a river-boat cruise through Central Kalimantan in search of proboscis monkeys and orangutans, followed by a sea voyage from Bali to Flores, visiting beaches, villages, waterfalls, a mysterious lake, and the legendary Komodo Dragons.
Mar thru Jul 2019
8 days / 7 nights

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