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Indonesia Limited Cross: Spice Islands to Flores

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Aqua Blu
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Board the Aqua Blu for a highly-limited 13-day limited cross voyage, which opens up the opportunity of exploring multiple destinations in East Indonesia on a single expedition and discovering lesser-explored treasures of the enchanting region.
This cruise also includes one-of-a-kind excursions, including visits to the intriguing Abui tribe of Flores at Alor, journeys to the multicolored Kelimutu volcano crater lakes in Flores, and explorations of the stunning marine environments of southern/central Raja Ampat and Pulau Koon.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ambon | Embark
Day 2 : Saparua
Day 3 : Banda Islands & Banda Neira
Day 4 : Banda Neira & Gunung Api
Day 5 : Pulau Run
Day 6 : Pulau Koon & Pulau Gorong
Day 7 : Manuk
Day 8 : Serua Island
Day 9 : Damar
Day 10 : Romang, Nyata, Telang ( The Forgotten Islands )
Day 11 : Wetar ( The Forgotten Islands )
Day 12 : Pantar & Alor
Day 13 : Maumere (Flores) | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover local pottery-making at Ouw village
  • Explore bird habitats in Indonesia
  • Visit the oldest nutmeg plantations in the world
  • Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools

Ship

Aqua Blu

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Indonesia
  • Alor Island
  • Ambon Island
  • Banda Islands
  • Banda Neira
  • Damar Island
  • Flores Island
  • Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Maluku
  • Maumere
  • Pulau Gorong
  • Romang Island
  • Run Island
  • Saparua Island
  • Serua Island
  • Wetar Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Dive among amazing corals Explore some of Indonesia's 17,000 islands Fruit on display at a Indonesian market Tide during sunset in Indonesia Unique wildlife Traditional village in Flores, Indonesia Banda Run, Indonesia Traveler admiring a marine Indonesian view

Day 1 Ambon | Embark

Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board Aqua Blu at Laha Bay, a famous muck diving site. There are also opportunities for trekking and bird watching inland.

Day 2 Saparua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early morning, depart for the island outpost of Saparua, sailing along the scenic north coast of Ambon. Disembark en route at the coastal town of Hila to explore the old Dutch fortification, Fort Amsterdam. Continue onto Sarapua, where a host of water activities await, or discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics or explore bird habitats. 

Day 3 Banda Islands & Banda Neira

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world in the 16th and 17th century, and learn about the colorful story of the Old World spice trade.

Day 4 Banda Neira & Gunung Api

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring the oldest nutmeg plantations in the world, learning about the cultivation and history of the spice. Hike the active volcano of Gunung Banda Api. In this remote part of Indonesia, experience local life with traditions unchanged for decades before departing Banda Harbour at night.

Day 5 Pulau Run

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Pulau Run, the westernmost of the Banda Islands, at sunrise. Swim, fish, snorkel, and dive in the crystal-clear waters, or go on village tours, trekking and birding. After finding the ruins of an old British fort, arrive at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits.

Day 6 Pulau Koon & Pulau Gorong

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools and over the sparkling coral reefs on the Koon Island, also known as the Marine Superhighway because of its location along a migratory route. Kayak into the narrow waterway entrance in Manawoka of Gorong island to view shallow reefs and deep dropoffs. Set sail to Misool after dinner.

Day 7 Manuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Savor a sunrise breakfast on board against the backdrop of 300-meter tall cliffs of Pulau Manuk, a volcanic island rising 3 kilometers from the seabed. This is a haven for fish-hunting birds, as well as sea snakes and reef sharks flocking to enjoy the area’s underwater thermal springs.

Day 8 Serua Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A playground for snorkelers and divers alike, Serua Island showcases an impressive array of reefs, walls and incredible soft coral spots. Vast schools of fish thrive around here and there is always a chance of seeing schooling hammerheads.

Day 9 Damar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship arrives in Damar by daybreak. Trek the active volcanos of Damar or kayak on a lagoon at Terbang Seletan when tides are favorable. Swim or snorkel next to the dazzling white sandy shore fringed by a shallow coral reef at Nusleur.

Day 10 Romang, Nyata, Telang ( The Forgotten Islands )

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dive around Nyata island in search of hammerhead sharks and rays. Romang and Nyata are not part of a National Park, therefore it is possible to fish here, both on the water and under the surface. Cruise south towards Telang for snorkeling and kayaking adventures. Spot rare silver-tip sharks here.

Day 11 Wetar ( The Forgotten Islands )

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There is plenty to do and see along this rarely visited rugged coastline of Wetar, which features impressive wall dives to meet sharks, schools of pelagic fishes, majestic manta and mobula rays. Other activities include fishing and trekking. On this largest island of the Forgotten Islands, experience local life with traditions unchanged for decades.

Day 12 Pantar & Alor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Alor, home to many picturesque fishing villages and surrounded by clear water over vibrant coral reefs that are a diver's and snorkeler's favorite. Centuries-old tradition comes to live in the traditional dance performances by the friendly Abui Tribe.

Day 13 Maumere (Flores) | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast onboard before your disembarkation at Maumere.

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Category III Suite
Averaging 12-14 square meters. Located on the Main Deck and on Lower Deck. Featuring twin beds, en-suite bathroom, and porthole windows.
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Category I Suite
Averaging 25-31 square meters. Located on the Bridge Deck or Forecastle Deck. Featuring a King bed, large windows, en-suite bathroom, and interior sofas.

Notes

Single Supplement: 25% in addition to the double rate as posted.

Third Person Rates: 20% discount for a third passenger sleeping on the sofa bed.

Children Discounts: Children under age 12 will receive a 20% discount. A child sleeping on the sofa bed as a third passenger in the room will pay $500 per night.

This trip includes:
  • All meals while on board
  • Premium selected wines and beer, non-alcoholic drink
  • Excursions with knowledgeable local guides
  • Group transfers between vessel on recommended flights
  • Snorkeling equipment and wet suits
  • Scuba diving
  • All available non-motorized water sports
  • Laundry
  • Internet connection (intermittent depends on locations)
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