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

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

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

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

Wallace Trails & Sails I

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