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Various dates available

East Indies Spice Adventure

From £6396 Per person

Deposit Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Indulge in traditional Indonesian culture as you discover fishing villages, volcanic seamounts, colourful reefs as we journey around the Spice Islands.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Individual
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
11
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
42 metres
Skipper
Yes
Crew
Total crew of 14
Berth Style
24 guests in 12 cabins All cabins offer creature comforts and necessary amenities: Spacious twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower Washbasin and toiletries provided in your cabin Eac
Insurance Required
Yes

This region is a little-visited tropical paradise that seems almost too good to be true, with vibrant culture and stunning surrounding, it can't be missed

11 nights: Various dates September 2021

Fr $7,975 / £6,396 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

This exploration of paradise on earth will showcase the very best of the regions stunning beauty, with pristine reefs, empty stretches of powdery white sand and perfectly formed volcanoes there's always something to catch the eye. The locals will greet you with effusive, gentle charm, and we will have to chance to learn and take part in many of the local activities. You will have the opportunity to learn about the production of their famous local textiles, explore plantations and even be treated to a welcoming traditional ceremonial war dance.

The whole vessel is available for charter. Please enquire for details. 

DAY 1
– After arriving in the early afternoon from Bali, you will be meet at Maumere airport by our tour leader and be taken directly to the boat, where you will meet your fellow passengers and your crew.

– We will cruise out of the harbour and head off to the east giving you a chance to become familiar with your new home for the next 12 days, stopping for a snorkel and a swim along the way, before sunset cocktails and dinner as we cruise on into the night.

DAY 2
– The morning will find us moored offshore of the capital town of Flores – a Christian dominated island as a result of Portuguese influence – where we will go ashore and see the five Catholic churches and the ‘Stations of the Cross’ along the waterfront.

– During lunch, we will cross to a neighbouring island where we will visit a small local village and the ruins of an old Portuguese fort dating back to the 16th Century.

– Later in the afternoon we will get out our snorkelling gear and explore one of the richly vibrant nearby reefs.

DAY 3
– We will wake up on Lembata Island in a bite-shaped bay under the gaze of a massive live volcano called Ile Api – Island of Fire. We will be welcomed ashore in a local village with singing and dancing, and be witness to the production of their famous local textiles.

– After lunch on the boat, we will sail across the bay to snorkel on a vibrant local reef and to swim and paddle on a local beach. This evening, the crew will set up for a beach BBQ and party under the stars before heading off that night for our overnight cruise to our next destination.

DAY 4
– Today we visit a traditional village up in the mountains, where we will be welcomed by the chief and be witness to a ceremonial war dance in honour of our visit.

. We will see their traditional ‘Moko’ war drums and intricately designed ‘Ikat’ fabrics, which have been woven and dyed using age-old techniques, and used in local bridal dowries for centuries.

– We will weigh anchor and cruise east as we enjoy lunch on board, stopping in the late afternoon at a picturesque tropical island to snorkel and swim on a coral reef.

DAY 5
– We will wake up in a lovely bay on Wetar Island and go ashore to a local fishing village to meet the locals and see their way of life as they dry their catch on the beach.

– Spend the day swimming and beaching, snorkelling and exploring, and indulge in a bit of local culture by way of ‘sopi’, a strong alcoholic drink made from a local palm tree.

– Later in the afternoon we will weigh anchor and continue our journey east.

DAY 6
– This morning we will go ashore on a small island and be welcomed into a remote village where the locals will share with us their way of life as farmers and fishermen.

– After lunch we will continue cruising, stopping off at another tiny island, this one deserted, to swim, kayak, snorkel over the reef and relax on the sand.

– This evening the crew will set up for a beach BBQ and we will dance and sing our way into the night before heading off again for an overnight cruise to our next destination.

DAY 7
– Today is another day of cruising and exploring in one of the remotest parts of Indonesia. We will visit a very simple village where the people’s houses are made using the products of the sago palm, the staple crop in this part of the world. The villagers will demonstrate for us how they process the heart of the sago palm into the edible product that sustains them.

– After lunch, we will cruise around the island and stop off to explore the beaches and reefs, where we will snorkel along the way.

DAY 8
– Today will be a day at sea where we will pass four spectacular volcanic seamounts, explicit examples of Indonesia’s place along the Ring of Fire.- One of these islands is uninhabited by people and is home to tens of thousands of sea birds, (brown and red-footed boobies, and frigate birds), who will likely come out to encircle the boat in great numbers on our approach.

– If the tide allows, we will go ashore and investigate, and surely have a snorkel. In the late afternoon, we will proceed north to the fabled Spice Islands.

DAY 9
– By dawn, we should have the Banda Archipelago ‘Spice Islands’ in our sights, original home of the nutmeg and the scene of much bloodshed between the colonial powers of Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries over control of the spice trade.

– We will go ashore and go ashore and visit Fort Revenge, built by the Dutch, before snorkelling on the local reef.

– Later we will head across to the main island group and the main town, and anchor in the beautiful enclosed anchorage under the imposing gaze of a 600-metre-high volcano. If we get there in enough time before nightfall, we will go ashore and explore the town.

DAY 10
– Today is a day of exploring the history and beauty of the Spice Islands with a visit to the main town of the Spice Islands and its fort overlooking the harbour.

– We will wander through the streets and markets of this bustling town and meet the local people. After lunch on the boat, we will take a local boat over to the biggest of the islands, where we will walk among the vast nutmeg plantations, visit another Dutch fort, talk with the locals and visit one of the last ‘perkineers’, the farmers who still run the larger plantations on the island who will tell us about life on the islands.

– Later in the afternoon we can snorkel on a local reef and have a chance to see the rare and multi-hued Mandarin fish, who only comes out at dusk to mate.

– Dinner will be had ashore at a local restaurant that offers traditional and delicious local dishes.

DAY 11
– This morning we have time for a final stroll around the town or a last snorkel before we say farewell to the Spice Islands around lunchtime and head north.

– We will have lunch on the way, passing another major seabird island, before settling in for a relaxing afternoon on board as we scour the horizon for migrating whales.

DAY 12
– We will wake up just south of our final destination and our last few hours will be spent enjoying the majesty of the ocean, and we may very well see more whales along the way.

– As we drop anchor in the harbour, we will say farewell to our crew and tour leaders and be taken to the airport for our onward journeys, ending a magical 12 days of exploration and adventure.

  • Professional cruise directors
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Complimentary snorkelling equipment and two sea canoes (add SUP)
  • Free tea, soft drinks, juices, coffee and mineral water
  • Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian and special menus on request)
  • Television, DVD and music centre in the lounge
  • Dining in spacious air-conditioned lounge
  • Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
  • Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
  • Mooring fees
  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip
  • Fine selection of wines, beer and spirits for sale
  • Travel to and from the vessel (including internal/domestic airfares)
  • Open to beginner sailors.
  • Open to families.
  • Open to solo travellers.

Fly to Frans Seda Airport, Maumere

Fly from Pattimura Airport, Ambon

DAY 1
– After arriving in the early afternoon from Bali, you will be meet at Maumere airport by our tour leader and be taken directly to the boat, where you will meet your fellow passengers and your crew.

– We will cruise out of the harbour and head off to the east giving you a chance to become familiar with your new home for the next 12 days, stopping for a snorkel and a swim along the way, before sunset cocktails and dinner as we cruise on into the night.

DAY 2
– The morning will find us moored offshore of the capital town of Flores – a Christian dominated island as a result of Portuguese influence – where we will go ashore and see the five Catholic churches and the ‘Stations of the Cross’ along the waterfront.

– During lunch, we will cross to a neighbouring island where we will visit a small local village and the ruins of an old Portuguese fort dating back to the 16th Century.

– Later in the afternoon we will get out our snorkelling gear and explore one of the richly vibrant nearby reefs.

DAY 3
– We will wake up on Lembata Island in a bite-shaped bay under the gaze of a massive live volcano called Ile Api – Island of Fire. We will be welcomed ashore in a local village with singing and dancing, and be witness to the production of their famous local textiles.

– After lunch on the boat, we will sail across the bay to snorkel on a vibrant local reef and to swim and paddle on a local beach. This evening, the crew will set up for a beach BBQ and party under the stars before heading off that night for our overnight cruise to our next destination.

DAY 4
– Today we visit a traditional village up in the mountains, where we will be welcomed by the chief and be witness to a ceremonial war dance in honour of our visit.

. We will see their traditional ‘Moko’ war drums and intricately designed ‘Ikat’ fabrics, which have been woven and dyed using age-old techniques, and used in local bridal dowries for centuries.

– We will weigh anchor and cruise east as we enjoy lunch on board, stopping in the late afternoon at a picturesque tropical island to snorkel and swim on a coral reef.

DAY 5
– We will wake up in a lovely bay on Wetar Island and go ashore to a local fishing village to meet the locals and see their way of life as they dry their catch on the beach.

– Spend the day swimming and beaching, snorkelling and exploring, and indulge in a bit of local culture by way of ‘sopi’, a strong alcoholic drink made from a local palm tree.

– Later in the afternoon we will weigh anchor and continue our journey east.

DAY 6
– This morning we will go ashore on a small island and be welcomed into a remote village where the locals will share with us their way of life as farmers and fishermen.

– After lunch we will continue cruising, stopping off at another tiny island, this one deserted, to swim, kayak, snorkel over the reef and relax on the sand.

– This evening the crew will set up for a beach BBQ and we will dance and sing our way into the night before heading off again for an overnight cruise to our next destination.

DAY 7
– Today is another day of cruising and exploring in one of the remotest parts of Indonesia. We will visit a very simple village where the people’s houses are made using the products of the sago palm, the staple crop in this part of the world. The villagers will demonstrate for us how they process the heart of the sago palm into the edible product that sustains them.

– After lunch, we will cruise around the island and stop off to explore the beaches and reefs, where we will snorkel along the way.

DAY 8
– Today will be a day at sea where we will pass four spectacular volcanic seamounts, explicit examples of Indonesia’s place along the Ring of Fire.- One of these islands is uninhabited by people and is home to tens of thousands of sea birds, (brown and red-footed boobies, and frigate birds), who will likely come out to encircle the boat in great numbers on our approach.

– If the tide allows, we will go ashore and investigate, and surely have a snorkel. In the late afternoon, we will proceed north to the fabled Spice Islands.

DAY 9
– By dawn, we should have the Banda Archipelago ‘Spice Islands’ in our sights, original home of the nutmeg and the scene of much bloodshed between the colonial powers of Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries over control of the spice trade.

– We will go ashore and go ashore and visit Fort Revenge, built by the Dutch, before snorkelling on the local reef.

– Later we will head across to the main island group and the main town, and anchor in the beautiful enclosed anchorage under the imposing gaze of a 600-metre-high volcano. If we get there in enough time before nightfall, we will go ashore and explore the town.

DAY 10
– Today is a day of exploring the history and beauty of the Spice Islands with a visit to the main town of the Spice Islands and its fort overlooking the harbour.

– We will wander through the streets and markets of this bustling town and meet the local people. After lunch on the boat, we will take a local boat over to the biggest of the islands, where we will walk among the vast nutmeg plantations, visit another Dutch fort, talk with the locals and visit one of the last ‘perkineers’, the farmers who still run the larger plantations on the island who will tell us about life on the islands.

– Later in the afternoon we can snorkel on a local reef and have a chance to see the rare and multi-hued Mandarin fish, who only comes out at dusk to mate.

– Dinner will be had ashore at a local restaurant that offers traditional and delicious local dishes.

DAY 11
– This morning we have time for a final stroll around the town or a last snorkel before we say farewell to the Spice Islands around lunchtime and head north.

– We will have lunch on the way, passing another major seabird island, before settling in for a relaxing afternoon on board as we scour the horizon for migrating whales.

DAY 12
– We will wake up just south of our final destination and our last few hours will be spent enjoying the majesty of the ocean, and we may very well see more whales along the way.

– As we drop anchor in the harbour, we will say farewell to our crew and tour leaders and be taken to the airport for our onward journeys, ending a magical 12 days of exploration and adventure.

Temperature in this sailing area varies little (27° to 33° Celsius year-round) with mostly blue skies and light winds. We suggest you bring the following:

Light cotton/ linen clothes, including a pair of long trousers for visits in the villages

Water shoes (boots or plastic shoes)

Hiking shoes

Camera

A plastic / waterproof bag for your camera when disembarking

High protection suntan lotion

A hat

Insect repellent

Dive/ snorkelling equipment if you have your own (there is plenty on board)

A sweater for cool evenings