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Indonesia Ambon and Spice Islands Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Aqua Blu
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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. 

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 : Manuk
Day 6 : Pulau Run
Day 7 : Nusa Laut & Molana
Day 8 : Ambon | Disembark

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

Ship

Aqua Blu

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Indonesia
  • Ambon Island
  • Banda Api
  • Banda Islands
  • Banda Neira
  • Nusa Laut
  • Run Island
  • Saparua Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore the culture of Indonesia Unique wildlife Explore the coral reefs Fruit on display at a Indonesian market Relax on white-sand beaches with crystal blue waters Experience the beauty of the Spice Islands Snorkel off stunning sand beaches
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Day 1 Ambon | Embark

Arrive in a warm welcome in Ambon and board Aqua Blu at Laha Bay, a famous muck diving site. There are also opportunities for trekking and birdwatching 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. Discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics, explore bird habitats or go diving before departing Sarapua for an overnight crossing to Banda Islands.

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 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 6 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. Later, board the ship for an overnight crossing to Nusa Laut.

Day 7 Nusa Laut & Molana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the north side of Nusa Laut, bike through the scenic fishing villages of Ameth and Akon. This is also home of the dugong, the Southeast Asian cousin of the American manatee and a vulnerable species. 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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Averaging 25-31 square meters. Located on the Bridge Deck, Forecastle Deck, Main Deck or Lower 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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