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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
  • Lesser Sunda Islands
  • Romang Island
  • Run Island
  • Serua Island
  • Spice Islands
  • Wetar Island
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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: 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 12 Nights Accommodations
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  • Scuba Diving
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  • Non-alcoholic beverages, house wine and beer. 
  • Group transfers between vessel on recommended flights.
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  • All available non-motorized water sports
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