Explore Indonesian eastern seas aboard one of two sailing yachts. One of them, a two-masted sailing ship measuring 52 metres from bow to stern was handcrafted by the Konjo tribe and launched in 2015. A traditional Phinisi vessel, it combines the ancient romance of the spice trade with cutting-edge contemporary amenities, sailing the vibrant waters of Indonesia. The other ship is a 32-metre, custom-built coastal cruiser. With three above-deck cabins, an expansive foredeck with bar for outdoor dining, and world-class diving facilities, it is equipped for journeys throughout the archipelago
Discover this cluster of seven tiny islands in Eastern Indonesia’s vast Banda Sea on a 10-night voyage. For centuries, the islands were the world’s only source of nutmeg, earning the Moluccas their nickname – the Spice Islands. Each tropical paradise is blanketed in dense forests, and the water surrounding the islands is teeming with sea life. Charming villages can be found on five of the islands, with traces of Dutch forts on Banda Neira, Banda Besar and Run.
DAY 1 & DAY 2: SET SAIL TO BANDA, SPOTTING DOLPHINS AND SPERM WHALES
Have lunch as the boat departs, observing dolphins and sperm whales along their migration route. Arrive at your first Spice Island, Ai, in the first light of dawn.
DAY 3 & DAY 4: SNORKEL AT RUN ISLAND AND HIKE GUNUNG API
Marvel at ocean panoramas and spend the day snorkelling, before exploring Malaki Islet. After anchoring at Banda Naire, hike Gunung Api for an extraordinary view of the Banda Islands. Enjoy a candlelit dinner on the ramparts of Fort Belgica and a music and dance performance
DAY 5 & DAY 6: SAIL TO PULAU HATTA FOR AQUATIC ADVENTURE & EXPLORE THE BEACHES OF THE GORONG ISLAND
Snorkel, dive, fish, kayak and paddleboard, then head out for guided walks and sunset drinks at Hatta Island. Cruise overnight to the Gorong Islands and take part in a wall dive. Set sail to Raja Ampat after lunch, and admire a sunset like no other en route to Misool Island.
DAY 7 & DAY 8: SNORKEL AT BOO ROCK & EXPLORE THE VIBRANT REEFS OF RAJA AMPAT
Marvel at the marine life of the Windows gully, then dive the Four Kings reef. Set off early the next day for Daram, to witness surgeonfish, barracuda, fusiliers and more amid the rising and falling tides.
DAY 9 & DAY 10: VISIT A PEARL FARM IN TOLOMOL, AND RIDE A DINGHY THROUGH SECRET CAVES
Kayak or paddleboard into a cavern, before returning to the boat. Dive the intriguing depths of Farondi Cave, before the final stop: Sorong.
Overnight anchorage takes place at Sorong.
DAY 11: FLIGHT DEPARTURE
Breakfast and airport transfer for departure to the next destination.
End of expedition.