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.
Immersing ourselves in the unique nature and island culture of East Sulawesi, we will snorkel on magnificent reefs, explore remote villages, and go on jungle treks to spot endemic birds, before finally encountering the fearsome Komodo dragons on Rinca Island.
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.
Starting and ending in Sorong, West Papua, our Christmas cruises will introduce you to 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.
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.
To celebrate Christmas & the New Year, we will take you on a far-reaching exploration of Raja Ampat – one of the least visited but most memorable adventure-destinations on our planet – in search of wildlife, marine life and birds of paradise.
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.
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.
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.
Come see in the New Year as we 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.