This twelve night voyage from Spice Islands to Raja Ampat is the perfect combination of incredible wildlife and scenery experiences mixed with historical and cultural experiences. Snorkel in what is commonly considered some of the finest reefs on the planet and explore what was once the only place on the Earth to buy nutmeg. All of this whilst on board the comfortable and luxurious Aqua Blu.
Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board the Aqua Blu at Laha Bay, a famous muck diving site. There are also opportunities for trekking and birdwatching inland.
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 Saparua, where a host of water activities await, or discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics or explore bird habitats.
Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbour. 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 centuries, and learn about the colourful story of the Old World spice trade.
Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools and over the sparkling coral reefs on the Koon Island, also known as the Marine Superhighway because of its location along a migratory route. Kayak into the narrow waterway entrance in Manawoka of Gorong island to view shallow reefs and deep drop-offs.
The magnificent land and seascape of Misool are said to be home to some of the finest reefs on the planet. Take an easy trek on small sandy coves and land-locked lakes. Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools over the sparkling coral reefs.
Explore Wayil’s secret lagoons and limestone peaks on Aqua Blu’s fleet of tenders and discover your very own snorkelling/swimming spot or beach. Relax on the tranquil beaches with sunset cocktails.
Arrive at One Thousand Temples after breakfast. Explore the cave systems, mysterious moon jellyfish lakes and embark on unforgettable tender trips through karst island seascapes with the opportunity to discover ancient rock art. Venture into the inner sanctum of Tomolol Cave, Misool’s famed subterranean experience featuring a river-sized waterway that flows through its massive interior.
Explore the mesmerising terrains and lagoons of the Penumu Islands on a tender. Snorkel at Batu Burung (Melissa’s Garden) before ending the day at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits you. Enjoy dinner on board while cruising towards Arborek.
Watch the magnificence of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Climb to the top of Mount Pindito for a bird’s eye view of the stunning surroundings and attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before making the lagoons and reefs your home for the day.
Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and water sports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard tenders or kayaks. Arrive at Dayang Island for dinner.
Embark on a morning trek with your guides as you look for birds of paradise in the lush forest. Dayang island is known for plenty of marine life, especially manta rays. Snorkeling is excellent at Wai along the bordering reef systems. For adventurous divers, explore the sunken wreckage of a WW2 P47D fighter plane and the beautiful reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok.
Arrive in Birie, a group of islands, bays and lagoons that lie just off the coast of north Batanta. Discover mangrove-fringed bays and plenty of wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall on Batanta mainland.
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.