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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. 
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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
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Indonesia
  • Ambon Island
  • Alor Island
  • Banda Islands
  • Damar Island
  • Labuan Bajo Tours
  • Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Romang Island
  • Serua Island
  • Wetar Island
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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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: Watublapi Village

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Following lunch, venture inland and explore the mountain village of Watubalpi. Experience a customary greeting by the local women. Take in the rich culture and lifestyle of the villagers, celebrated for their renowned Ikat textiles. Return to the ship for dinner as it navigates eastward through the night.

Day 3: North Lembata

These two bays are incredibly scenic, and smoke and dust can often be seen rising from the closest volcano, Lewotolo. The Bacatanheadland provides a stark contrast —low-lying and treeless, this bay runs down to an extensive coral reef system on the east side. There is a very pleasant trek on the Lewotoloside of the bay that runs along a country lane between two villages.

Day 4: Pantar & Alor

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 )

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 )

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

Arrive at Damar by daybreak. Trek the island’s active volcanoes or kayak in a lagoon in Terbang Seletanwhen tides are favorable. At Nusleur, swim or snorkel next to the dazzling white sandy shore fringed by a shallow coral reef

Day 8: Dawera & Daweloor

Diving around Dawera& Dawelooris a relaxing experience, featuring gentle currents, spectacular walls, and flat reefs. Bike through elevated settlements on Daweloorand spend a leisurely evening on the island’s white sand beaches bordered by beautiful coral reefs.

Day 9: Nil Desperandum Atoll & Serua

A tiny atoll located in the Banda Sea, Nil Desperandum is blessed with incredible hard coral formations perfect for diving and snorkeling. Revel in the experience as shoals of big fish such as tuna and Spanish mackerel swim by without worry. Seruais a playground for both snorkelers and divers, the island showcases an impressive array of reefs, walls, and beautiful soft coral spots. Schools of fish thrive in the area, and there is also a possibility of spotting hammerhead sharks.

Day 10: Pulau Manuk

Savor a sunrise breakfast aboard the ship against the backdrop of the 300-meter-tall cliffs of PulauManuk, 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 PulauRun, a historically significant island traded by the British in exchange for Manhattan in 1667.

Day 11: Banda Islands & Banda Neira

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 Ai

Arrive at Pulau Ai at sunrise. Swim, snorkel, and dive in the crystal-clear waters, where you’ll discover stunning coral gardens and reef fish. Afterwards, head ashore to PulauAifor a guided tour of Fort Revenge and its nutmeg storehouses. In the afternoon, sail north overnight towards Ambon.

Day 13: Ambon | Disembark

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

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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.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Entrance fee to the national parks
  • Laundry Service
  • Non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Group transfers between vessel on recommended flights
  • All available non-motorized water sports
  • All meals while on board
  • Small-group excursions with expert guides.
  • Internet connection (intermittent depends on locations)
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa
  • Private Transfers
  • Boutique purchases
  • Cocktails
  • Massage services

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