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Indonesia Ambon and Spice Islands Cruise

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The focal point of the global spice trade in the 16th and 17th century, this region is endowed with well-preserved European relics alongside vibrant local traditions. Enriched by lava flows from the immense active volcano of Gunung Banda Api, nutrient-rich underwater gardens flourish in a kaleidoscope of colors. Watch for unique wildlife both on land and underwater, and experience the rich local culture. Explore the Spice Islands of Indonesia from the luxurious Aqua Blu. 
Unique wildlifeExplore the coral reefs in IndonesiaFruit on display at a Indonesian marketRelax on white-sand beaches with crystal blue watersExperience the beauty of the Spice IslandsSnorkel off stunning sand beachesExplore the culture of Indonesia
Highlights
  • Discover local pottery-making at Ouw village
  • Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira
  • Explore the oldest nutmeg plantations in the world, found in Indonesa
  • Watch out for wildlife while cruising like, fish-hunting birds
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Day 1: Ambon | Embark

Be greeted warmly upon arriving in Ambon. Embark on Aqua Blu and indulge in a delectable meal by acclaimed chef Benjamin Cross. Settle into your cabins and depart the harbor, cruising along Ambon's scenic northern coast.

Day 2: Hila

Begin your adventure by exploring the historic Dutch Fort Amsterdam in the coastal town of Hila. Spend the afternoon sailing and discovering the fascinating history of the spice trade. Later, relish a sundowner as Aqua Blu continues its sailing to the Banda Islands. While traversing the deep Banda Sea, participate in the traditional 'hands to bathe' ritual, diving in for a swim over waters thousands of meters deep.

Day 3: Banda Islands & Banda Neira

Approach the Banda Islands at sunrise, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes at the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Nassau on Banda Neira – which used to be most hotly contested island in the world back in the 16th and 17th century. Walk through ancient passageways now bustling with modern life, yet still showcasing a treasure trove of history. After lunch, head out for a snorkeling or diving excursion, and end the evening with a sundowner at Fort Belgica.

Day 4: Banda Besar & Pulau Hatta

Spend the day exploring the oldest nutmeg plantations in the world on Banda Besar. Learn about the history of the spice and the wars which were fought over it. Resume sailing at lunch to Pulau Hatta, for a dive and snorkel along beautiful walls inhabited by corals and schools of tropical fish. Return to Aqua Blu for a screening of the Ring of Fire documentary, followed by sunset drinks and the remarkable cuisine of chef Benjamin Cross.

Day 5: Pulau Manuk

Savor a sunrise breakfast against the backdrop of the 300-metertall cliffs of Pulau Manuk – a volcanic island rising 3 kilometers from the seabed. For those wishing for an early workout – oceanswimming from Aqua Blu towards the island’s active volcano is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Pulau Manuk is a haven for fishhunting birds, as well as sea snakes and reef sharks which flock to enjoy the area’s underwater thermal springs. At sundown, take the tenders out to sea and enjoy drinks at the makeshift floating bar.

Day 6: Pulau Ai & Pulau Run

Arrive at Pulau AI & Pulau Run, the westernmost of the Banda Islands, at sunrise. Swim, snorkel, and dive in the crystal-clear waters, where you’ll discover stunning coral gardens and reef fish. Afterward, head ashore to Pulau Ai for a guided tour of Fort Revenge and its nutmeg storehouses.
Spend the afternoon at a pristine beach on Pulau Run, which was traded for the island of Manhattan in 1667 by the British and the Dutch. Witness the sun setting into the sea while enjoying a cocktail party on these historic sands.

Day 7: Nusa Laut & Molana

Head out for an early morning ocean swim, followed by a diving or snorkeling excursion. On the north side of Nusa Laut, discover the scenic fishing villages of Ameth and Akon. This is also home of the dugong, the Southeast Asian cousin of the American manatee. Enjoy a cooking lesson before lunch, and cruise to Molana Island — a small but heavily forested island with fantastic reefs.

Day 8: Ambon | Disembark

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

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Aqua Blu

Aqua Blu Bar and Alfresco Dining Area
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Aqua Blu Sun Deck

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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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 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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