Expert Led

Since its inception, our award-winning Expert-Led cruise program has provided recognised explorers, scientists, photographers, chefs and writers a platform for research and for the design of exceptional expeditions, which are exclusively available to those guests looking for something a bit extra that goes below the surface of this wonderful country.

Papua's Whale Sharks & Birds of Paradise II

Led by naturalist, Alexander Reeuwijk, this cruise honours Alfred Russel Wallace, the 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 beautiful birds of paradise.
10 days / 9 nights
Nov 2019

Raja Ampat through the Lens

Join master photographer, Thijs Heslenfeld, on this ten-day journey through the beauty of Raja Ampat as he shares his expertise on how to find wonder in the simplest of ways with just the click of a shutter.
10 days / 9 nights
Nov thru Dec 2019

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.
12 days / 11 nights
Feb 2020

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.
12 days / 11 nights
May 2020

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.
12 days / 11 nights
Sep thru Oct 2020

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.
12 days / 11 nights
Oct 2020

Wallace Trails & Sails with Dr. George Beccaloni

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.
12 days / 11 nights
Oct 2020