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 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

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 thru Sep 2020
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 2020
12 days / 11 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

East Indies Exploration: Culture, Sea & Spice

Follow in the footsteps of the maritime explorers on our expert-led cruise from Flores to Ambon, through Indonesia’s volcanic ‘ring of fire’ to the historically-famous Banda Islands, lined with clove and nutmeg trees, and blessed with pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs.
Sep 2019
12 days / 11 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 2020
12 days / 11 nights

East Indies Exploration: Culture, Sea & Spice

Follow in the footsteps of the maritime explorers on our cruise from Flores to Ambon, through Indonesia’s volcanic ‘ring of fire’ to the historically-famous Banda Islands, lined with clove and nutmeg trees, and blessed with pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs.
Sep 2019 thru Sep 2020
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

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
12 days / 11 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
5 days / 4 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.
Apr thru Sep 2020
6 days / 5 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 thru Oct 2020
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.
Feb 2020
12 days / 11 nights

Articles related to Banda Islands

The Spice of Life

Lynn Gail follows the Spice Trail to the Banda Islands, where the scent of cinnamon is on the breeze, and where traders became the richest people on the planet during the 16th century. Read More