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Indonesia Limited Cross: Flores to Spice Islands

Flores to Spice Islands - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Aqua Blu
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Take this opportunity to board Aqua Blu and explore multiple destinations in East Indonesia on a single expedition. Discover lesser-explored treasures of the enchanting region with 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 and central Raja Ampat and Pulau Koon. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Labuan Bajo | Embark
Day 2 : Ropa, Kelimutu Volcano Lake Excursion
Day 3 : North Lembata
Day 4 : Pantar & Alor
Day 5 : Wetar ( The Forgotten Islands )
Day 6 : Romang, Nyata, Telang ( The Forgotten Islands )
Day 7 : Damar
Day 8 : Dawera & Daweloor
Day 9 : Serua Island
Day 10 : Manuk
Day 11 : Banda Islands & Banda Neira
Day 12 : Pulau Run
Day 13 : Ambon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Snorkel to the extensive reef complex of Bacatan
  • Visit Alor, home to many picturesque fishing villages
  • Dive around Nyata island in search of hammerhead sharks and rays
  • Bike through islands and elevated settlements on Daweloor

Ship

Aqua Blu

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Indonesia
  • Alor Island
  • Ambon Island
  • Banda Islands
  • Damar Island
  • Labuan Bajo
  • Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Romang Island
  • Run Island
  • Serua Island
  • Wetar Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Volcano scenery at sunrise Explore some of Indonesia's 17,000 islands Explore the coral reefs Explore the culture of Indonesia Tide during sunset in Indonesia Sealife at Manuar Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Day 1 Labuan Bajo | Embark

Arrive at Labuan Bajo to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Gili Lawa Daut as the sun sets.

Day 2 Ropa, Kelimutu Volcano Lake Excursion

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Coloured lakes inside the three calderas of a long-dormant volcano are on an impressive display at the Kelimutu volcano, an otherworldly series of geologic cauldrons. The twisting road to the summit winds through incredible forests and crisscrosses mountain streams.

Day 3 North Lembata

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Snorkel the extensive reef complex of Bacatan or dive at the western end of the end for its spectacular deep drop-off. Trek or bike along a country lane between two villages in Lewoto. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner onboard before departing North Lembata for an overnight crossing to Alor.

Day 4 Pantar & Alor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrival 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. Sail overnight to Wetar.

Day 5 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 fish, 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 6 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 7 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 along the dazzling white sandy shore fringed by a shallow coral reef at Nusleur.

Day 8 Dawera & Daweloor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Diving around both islands is great and fairly easy, featuring gentle currents, spectular walls, and flat reefs. Bike through islands and elevated settlements on Daweloor. Spend a leisurely evening on the islands' white sand beaches bordered by beautiful coral reefs.

Day 9 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 here and there is always a chance of seeing schooling hammerheads.

Day 10 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. After sundown, cruise northwards to Pulau Run, a historic island traded by the British for Manhattan in 1667.

Day 11 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 12 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 13 Ambon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Awake to the bustle of Ambon and disembark after a sumptuous breakfast for your outbound flight.

Aqua Blu

Per person starting at
$11,600
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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 II Suite
Averaging 22-31 square meters. Located on the Main Deck and Lower Deck. Featuring a King bed or twin beds, oval or porthole windows, lounge area in selected suites, en-suite bathroom, and interior sofas.
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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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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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