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Reefs, Rainforests, Spice Islands and Whale Sharks

Triton Bay to Ambon - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Katharina
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During this voyage, you can enjoy jungle trekking and swimming with whale sharks off Papua’s southwestern coast, dreamlike bays and beaches of the South Sea, and exploration of the remote archipelagos of Gorong and Watubela and their villages. To top all of this, pay a visit to the historical and mysterious Spice Islands of the Banda Archipelago. Search for evidence of the spice trade and colonial history, and there is an opportunity to climb a famous volcano, not to mention the exploration of amazing coral reefs for some exceptional snorkeling. This is a spectacular tour for explorers of nature and culture: A diverse and intense programme for all of those who like to explore “new territories”, learn about the history and connect with the local communities, as well as enjoying the species-rich flora and fauna below and above sea level.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Kaimana | Embark
Day 2 : Triton Bay
Day 3 : Lumira Village
Day 4 : Kiti-Kiti
Day 5 : Gorong Islands
Day 6 : Watubela
Day 7 : Banda Neira
Day 8 : Banda Besar
Day 9 : Gunung Api | Keraka
Day 10 : Pulau Ambon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Search for cliff paintings – glyphs and pictorial-signs on a speedboat
  • Snorkel and swim under the Kiti-Kiti waterfall
  • Tour in Banda Neira, visiting Fort Nassau, Belgica, and remains of VOC era
  • Climb the 640m high Gunung Api

Ship

Katharina

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traveler admiring a marine Indonesian view Volcano scenery at sunrise Tropical Island and Underwater Paradise for Divers Platter of Indonesian Ingredients Banda Run, Indonesia

Day 1 Kaimana | Embark

Arrived at Kaimana airport, you are taken to the harbor, where the Katharina awaits us. Depart straightaway for the island of Namatote. After lunch you can search by speedboat for cliff paintings – glyphs and pictorial-signs – left by ancient inhabitants high on the cliff galleries along the coast. The rest of the afternoon you'll have time for beach activities and snorkeling in the area. With some luck, you may have a chance to swim with the whale sharks that are often visiting this area.

Day 2 Triton Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, the ship sails to the nearby Triton Bay, one of the natural wonders of western Papua. You will be surrounded by small eroded cliffs mushrooming from the sea, like flying saucers landed from outer space. In the morning, explore the area and do some snorkeling at one of the reefs around. In the afternoon you may visit the village Lobo to experience village life in this remote area of Papua. If time allows, do some more snorkeling in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Lumira Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On this second day in the Triton Bay area, start early morning for a jungle walk from the village Lumira towards a beautiful mountain lake. The trekking will last till midday, strenuous but very nice. Enjoy lunch at the lake. During the night, sail up north along the coast in the direction of Kiti-Kiti.

Day 4 Kiti-Kiti

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning you can go snorkeling near the Kiti-Kiti waterfall and end up with swimming under this impressive waterfall running from the mountains into the sea. The rest of the day we spend at a nice beach in the area for snorkeling, swimming, relaxing, and all kind of water sport activities. Overnight, sail in south-west direction of Gorong Archipelago.

Day 5 Gorong Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit the Gorong Islands, first stopping at the village Amar Sekaru on Manawoka Island. The villagers will happily guide us to the two little lakes of Sole, connected with the sea by a small tunnel. Swimming in these lakes and the tunnel evokes the feeling of discovering an unknown planet. Midday, sail Southwards to the island Igar, the most Northern island of the Watubela Archipelago. In the afternoon you'll have the chance to snorkel from the beach or just walk around this uninhabited little island. Overnight, sail to Watubela.

Day 6 Watubela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The exploration in the Watubela area continues with a nice three hour walk starting from the village of Iliur on the island Kasiui, and leads through nutmeg and clove plantations. On the way you'll will visit caves that are the natural graves for possibly World War II fighters. The walk ends on the South side of the island in the village Lahema. In front of this village you can enjoy snorkeling at a fantastic reef. In the afternoon, start your sail too the Banda Islands, famous for its natural beauty and its cultural heritage from the times these Spice Islands were the target of the European colonizers.

Day 7 Banda Neira

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, anchor in a small, protected bay in the lea of the mighty volcano Gunung Api, just across the capital of the Banda islands: Banda Neira. Start the day with snorkeling near the volcano Gunung Api, on the side where in 1988 the lava flew into the ocean. In the afternoon, tour the village of Banda Neira, visiting Fort Nassau (1600), Fort Belgica (1611), some restored planters’ mansions, a church, cemetery and other remains of the VOC era. All of it will give us a feel for the rich history of the place.

Day 8 Banda Besar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, pay a visit to Banda Besar, also called 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 we pass Fort Hollandia, as well as some planters’ mansions from the old days. In the afternoon you'll have the opportunity to visit another beautiful reef nearby for snorkeling, or to wander around the historic streets of Banda Neira by ourselves and do some shopping.

Day 9 Gunung Api | Keraka

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For those who are brave and fit enough: before dawn you can climb the 640m high Gunung Api along a narrow track, to experience a stunning view over the Banda archipelago. An alternative can be a much easier and shorter walk on the island Gunung Api towards the fortress Colombo, followed by snorkeling in front of the nearby island Keraka. Before lunch, depart for the most western island of the Banda: Run, the source of much warfare between the English and Dutch in the 17th century. After visiting the village and the remains of the British built Fort Swan, there will be very nice snorkeling in front of the island. Early this evening depart for Ambon, overnight sailing.

Day 10 Pulau Ambon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the Katharina on P. Ambon. Depending on departure time for onward flights, you may visit Fort Amsterdam and the oldest mosque on Ambon (1414) in Wapauwe or do a city tour of Kota Ambon. Transfer to the airport of Ambon for the return flight to Bali, Jakarta or elsewhere.

Katharina

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Cabin Deck. Spacious, air-conditioned twin-share cabins with twin bunks or double beds. Private bathroom with toilet, washbasin, and hot shower.

Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.75 times the published rate.

Rates Include:
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private shower and toilet
  • Full board, tea and coffee, soft drinks, mineral water
  • Excursions
  • Use of towels
  • Use of snorkeling gear
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Transfer to and from the ship in all harbors with the exception of Serangan Harbor, Bali
Rates Exclude:
  • Domestic Airfares
  • Personal insurance
  • Social alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities
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