21st September 2023 to 2nd October 2023

Ambon to Sorong in the wake of Wallace

From $8790 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Cruise from Ambon to Sorong in the wake of Wallace.
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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Groups, Perfect for Solo Travelers
Difficulty
Open to novice sailors
Nights onboard
11
Vessel type
Traditional Indonesian Pinisi made from Ironwood
Vessel length
44 to 50 foot.
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single + double cabins, max 10.
Insurance Required
Yes

Cruise from Ambon to Sorong in the wake of Wallace.

11 Nights: 21 September - 02 October 2023

From $8,790 per person*

*Trips are priced in the operator's local currency. The amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

D A Y 1

Upon arrival in Ambon you will be taken straight to Katharina at Harbour. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarise you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

You depart for the island of Saparua, where you visit the Dutch built VOC-Fort Duurstede (1691) stormed in 1817 in a revolt led by Ambonese Kapitan Pattimura, a national hero and martyr. Later, you enjoy your first snorkelling near the small uninhabited island.

In the evening, you begin your voyage to the Banda Islands, the original source of nutmeg; in the 15th and 16th centuries, this aromatic spice spurred exploration and shaped colonial empires.

D A Y 2

Before breakfast, you use the tenders to explore the coastline of the Island of Suanggi, a small rocky island populated by an enormous, noisy colony of seabirds. You continue your journey to the Banda Archipelago, arriving first at the tiny outlying island of Run, where the English and Dutch vied bitterly for control of the nutmeg trade. In 1667, under the Treaty of Breda, Run was the subject of an unbelievable real estate deal when it was ceded by the English to the Dutch in exchange for Manhattan. After visiting the village and the remains of the British-built Fort Swan, you snorkel offshore.

After lunch, you continue to the pretty island of Pulau Ai, where you wander through the village and visit the remains of the Dutch-built Fort Revenge, followed by some more beautiful snorkelling.

In the evening you head to Banda Neira, the main island in the Banda chain, where you anchor in a small, protected bay in the lee of Gunung Api volcano.

D A Y 3

In the morning you do a walk on P. Banda Besar, also called P. Lonthor, the biggest island of the Bandas to see the clove and nutmeg cultivation that has been nurtured since the VOC times.

On the way, you pass Fort Hollandia, as well as some planters’ mansions from the old days. In the afternoon you snorkel near the Gunung Api, on the side where in 1988 the lava flew into the ocean and where now all kinds of new coral are growing.

D A Y 4

Those who are brave and fit enough can start the day before dawn by climbing 640-metre-high Gunung Api, following a narrow track to be rewarded by a stunning view over the Banda Archipelago.

After returning to the boat, you snorkel over the area where the lava flowed into the sea during the 1988 eruption of Gunung Api.

In the afternoon you explore the village of Banda Neira, visiting Fort Nassau (1600), Fort Belgica (1611), some restored planters’ mansions, a church, a cemetery and other remains of the Dutch colonial era, all of which will give us a feel for the rich history of this place.

D A Y 5

You wake up off the coast of Pulau Igar, an island in the north of the Watubela Archipelago, where you can enjoy morning snorkelling and beach activities. At midday, you continue north to Pulau Manawoka.

In the afternoon you visit the friendly villagers of Amar Sekaru, who will happily guide you through their beautiful plantations. Near the village, you find the two little lakes of Sole, connected to the sea by a small tunnel. Swimming in these lakes and tunnel evokes the feeling of discovering an unknown planet.

Overnight you continue your journey to Pulau Daram in Raja Ampat.

D A Y 6

You should arrive at the island of Daram by mid-morning, allowing you the opportunity for some trekking, snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up-paddle-boarding and beach activities.

At lunchtime you continue to Pulau Farondi, northwest of Daram, where you snorkel in the late afternoon.

In the evening you cruise to the village, where the Katharina will spend a quiet night at anchor in anticipation of our morning quest to see the lesser bird of paradise in the wildlife.

D A Y 7

You rise around 4 am and have a quick breakfast and go ashore, where local guides will be waiting to take you through the forest to hopefully see the Lesser bird of paradise as they dance around in their ‘lekking’ trees.

You have time for a look around the village and possibly a visit to the school and to learn about the way Nature Conservancy is working with the village to empower local women with a fishing practice called sasi. Mid-afternoon you set off to the eastern side of Misool to Tomolol Bay.

D A Y 8

You wake to see the sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the eastern part of the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides.

After an early breakfast, your tenders take you into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim and snorkel while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites.

You then move on to the mysterious jellyfish lake and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals.

In the afternoon, you use your tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric cave paintings, estimated to be anything between 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels.

D A Y 9

You emerge from our cabins in the southwest corner of Kabui Bay next to ‘Wallace’s Channel’ where Wallace emerged after his very challenging sail from Seram.

After breakfast, you take dinghies through the narrow channel, examine the vegetation clinging to the limestone cliffs, and snorkel at a few contrasting sites. You return to the ship and head out of the bay.

You spend the afternoon in a local village where Wallace spent some months and (if the tides are right) you’ll visit a faithful replica of Wallace’s small hut. Followed by a visit to a nearby small island where a local man has set up a coconut crab ‘sanctuary’. The island is home to a small number of the animals (Birgus latro, the world’s largest terrestrial arthropod.

Another late afternoon snorkel along a reef with some spectacular giant clams will lead you into dinner at anchor on board, ready for an early morning venture for the Red Bird of Paradise.

D A Y 1 0

After your encounter with the red bird of paradise, you make your way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. With a bit of luck, you hope to snorkel with some of the larger marine life attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich currents.

You end your day in front of a small village, where you can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and get a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living on this tiny isolated island. This village is also home to a local manta conservation project where volunteers will happily show you around and explain their efforts and programs in more detail.

D A Y 1 1

It will be an early morning start as the dinghy takes you in the dark over to the village and a local guide will take you on a 20-minute walk into the forest. As dawn breaks in the forest canopy, you should get good views of the bright Red Bird of Paradise. Back in the village, there will be time to meet with the community and perhaps visit the school.

You are back on the boat by mid-morning and if time permits you’ll travel over to Pef Island to snorkel and motor around the convoluted coast while learning the myth about the prehistoric handprint still visible high on a limestone cliff.

In the afternoon you head towards Sorong and should have time for a snorkel before dinner.

D A Y 1 2

After breakfast, you stroll around the island near Sorong with traditional transportation called Becak. During the First World War, Doom island served as an administrative center of Dutch Empire administration in West Papua and continued to become the core of Sorong for some time before the city grew in mainland Papua. During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied and fortified the island, building a network of tunnels and bunkers. The island was attacked by American and Australian aircraft throughout the war. Following the war, a fishing station was briefly established on the island before it was moved to Manokwari.

When back on the boat, you say goodbye to your tour leaders, crew and captain and transfer to the airport or hotel.

  • 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.

Pattimura International Airport Ambon

Domine Eduard Osok Airport Sorong (SOQ)

D A Y 1

Upon arrival in Ambon you will be taken straight to Katharina at Harbour. Once settled into your cabin, your cruise director will familiarise you with the vessel’s facilities and safety procedures.

You depart for the island of Saparua, where you visit the Dutch built VOC-Fort Duurstede (1691) stormed in 1817 in a revolt led by Ambonese Kapitan Pattimura, a national hero and martyr. Later, you enjoy your first snorkelling near the small uninhabited island.

In the evening, you begin your voyage to the Banda Islands, the original source of nutmeg; in the 15th and 16th centuries, this aromatic spice spurred exploration and shaped colonial empires.

D A Y 2

Before breakfast, you use the tenders to explore the coastline of the Island of Suanggi, a small rocky island populated by an enormous, noisy colony of seabirds. You continue your journey to the Banda Archipelago, arriving first at the tiny outlying island of Run, where the English and Dutch vied bitterly for control of the nutmeg trade. In 1667, under the Treaty of Breda, Run was the subject of an unbelievable real estate deal when it was ceded by the English to the Dutch in exchange for Manhattan. After visiting the village and the remains of the British-built Fort Swan, you snorkel offshore.

After lunch, you continue to the pretty island of Pulau Ai, where you wander through the village and visit the remains of the Dutch-built Fort Revenge, followed by some more beautiful snorkelling.

In the evening you head to Banda Neira, the main island in the Banda chain, where you anchor in a small, protected bay in the lee of Gunung Api volcano.

D A Y 3

In the morning you do a walk on P. Banda Besar, also called P. Lonthor, the biggest island of the Bandas to see the clove and nutmeg cultivation that has been nurtured since the VOC times.

On the way, you pass Fort Hollandia, as well as some planters’ mansions from the old days. In the afternoon you snorkel near the Gunung Api, on the side where in 1988 the lava flew into the ocean and where now all kinds of new coral are growing.

D A Y 4

Those who are brave and fit enough can start the day before dawn by climbing 640-metre-high Gunung Api, following a narrow track to be rewarded by a stunning view over the Banda Archipelago.

After returning to the boat, you snorkel over the area where the lava flowed into the sea during the 1988 eruption of Gunung Api.

In the afternoon you explore the village of Banda Neira, visiting Fort Nassau (1600), Fort Belgica (1611), some restored planters’ mansions, a church, a cemetery and other remains of the Dutch colonial era, all of which will give us a feel for the rich history of this place.

D A Y 5

You wake up off the coast of Pulau Igar, an island in the north of the Watubela Archipelago, where you can enjoy morning snorkelling and beach activities. At midday, you continue north to Pulau Manawoka.

In the afternoon you visit the friendly villagers of Amar Sekaru, who will happily guide you through their beautiful plantations. Near the village, you find the two little lakes of Sole, connected to the sea by a small tunnel. Swimming in these lakes and tunnel evokes the feeling of discovering an unknown planet.

Overnight you continue your journey to Pulau Daram in Raja Ampat.

D A Y 6

You should arrive at the island of Daram by mid-morning, allowing you the opportunity for some trekking, snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up-paddle-boarding and beach activities.

At lunchtime you continue to Pulau Farondi, northwest of Daram, where you snorkel in the late afternoon.

In the evening you cruise to the village, where the Katharina will spend a quiet night at anchor in anticipation of our morning quest to see the lesser bird of paradise in the wildlife.

D A Y 7

You rise around 4 am and have a quick breakfast and go ashore, where local guides will be waiting to take you through the forest to hopefully see the Lesser bird of paradise as they dance around in their ‘lekking’ trees.

You have time for a look around the village and possibly a visit to the school and to learn about the way Nature Conservancy is working with the village to empower local women with a fishing practice called sasi. Mid-afternoon you set off to the eastern side of Misool to Tomolol Bay.

D A Y 8

You wake to see the sunrise over the picturesque chain of islands that makes up the eastern part of the Misool archipelago. The topography is typical of ‘karst dissolution,’ featuring a great number of tiny islets whose bases have been eroded over time by the relentless motion of the tides.

After an early breakfast, your tenders take you into the heart of the bay to see this partially submerged cave where it is possible to swim and snorkel while gazing up at the cavernous grotto adorned with astonishing stalactites.

You then move on to the mysterious jellyfish lake and swim amongst the many thousands of stingless animals.

In the afternoon, you use your tenders to explore more of this impressive maze of karst islands, both above and below the surface, complete with mysterious skull cairns in sea-cave cemeteries, and prehistoric cave paintings, estimated to be anything between 3,000 to 5,000 years old and depicting various human figures and huge human palms, fish, flowers and plants, tools and vessels.

D A Y 9

You emerge from our cabins in the southwest corner of Kabui Bay next to ‘Wallace’s Channel’ where Wallace emerged after his very challenging sail from Seram.

After breakfast, you take dinghies through the narrow channel, examine the vegetation clinging to the limestone cliffs, and snorkel at a few contrasting sites. You return to the ship and head out of the bay.

You spend the afternoon in a local village where Wallace spent some months and (if the tides are right) you’ll visit a faithful replica of Wallace’s small hut. Followed by a visit to a nearby small island where a local man has set up a coconut crab ‘sanctuary’. The island is home to a small number of the animals (Birgus latro, the world’s largest terrestrial arthropod.

Another late afternoon snorkel along a reef with some spectacular giant clams will lead you into dinner at anchor on board, ready for an early morning venture for the Red Bird of Paradise.

D A Y 1 0

After your encounter with the red bird of paradise, you make your way through the Dampier strait, home of some of Raja Ampat’s premier reefs. With a bit of luck, you hope to snorkel with some of the larger marine life attracted to the strait’s nutrient-rich currents.

You end your day in front of a small village, where you can easily circumnavigate the tiny island by foot and get a sense of the Asai culture, which is still kept alive by the villagers living on this tiny isolated island. This village is also home to a local manta conservation project where volunteers will happily show you around and explain their efforts and programs in more detail.

D A Y 1 1

It will be an early morning start as the dinghy takes you in the dark over to the village and a local guide will take you on a 20-minute walk into the forest. As dawn breaks in the forest canopy, you should get good views of the bright Red Bird of Paradise. Back in the village, there will be time to meet with the community and perhaps visit the school.

You are back on the boat by mid-morning and if time permits you’ll travel over to Pef Island to snorkel and motor around the convoluted coast while learning the myth about the prehistoric handprint still visible high on a limestone cliff.

In the afternoon you head towards Sorong and should have time for a snorkel before dinner.

D A Y 1 2

After breakfast, you stroll around the island near Sorong with traditional transportation called Becak. During the First World War, Doom island served as an administrative center of Dutch Empire administration in West Papua and continued to become the core of Sorong for some time before the city grew in mainland Papua. During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied and fortified the island, building a network of tunnels and bunkers. The island was attacked by American and Australian aircraft throughout the war. Following the war, a fishing station was briefly established on the island before it was moved to Manokwari.

When back on the boat, you say goodbye to your tour leaders, crew and captain and transfer to the airport or hotel.

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