The Raja Ampat to Spice Islands is one of our favorite Indonesia Cruises - 12 Nights of luxury aboard Aqua Blu, this regions premier small ship.
Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, is Indonesia’s second easternmost province. Home to endemic and rare bird species, including the exquisite Wilson’s bird of paradise. As well as the most diverse marine habitats in the world.
The Spice Islands in the Maluku region was once the center of the global spice trade. Centuries-old traditions and European relics on Banda Neira, once a booming spice hub, sit against the backdrop of Gunung Banda Api (“Fire Mountain”), an active volcano that’s also a hiker’s and birdwatchers’ favourite. Lava flows into the sea has created magnificent underwater gardens.
Indian Ocean, Ceram Sea
Arrive at Sorong to begin your Raja Ampat to Spice Islands - Indonesia Cruises with a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Gam Island as the sun sets.
Embarkation time 8.00 am
Recommended Flight: Jakarta to Sorong, Garuda Indonesia – GA682
Birie is 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.
Embark on a morning trek with our guides to 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.
Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and watersports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard our tenders or kayaks. Arrive at Dayang Island for dinner.
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.
Explore the mesmerizing 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. Dinner onboard while cruising towards Arborek.
We arrive at One Thousand Temples after breakfast. Explore 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 Timolol Cave, Misool’s famed subterranean experience featuring a river-sized waterway that flows through its massive interior.
Discover Wayil's secret lagoons and limestone peaks on Aqua Blu's fleet of tenders and explore your own snorkeling/swimming spot or beach. Relax on the tranquil beaches with sunset cocktails to immerse yourself in the Raja Ampat to Spice Islands - Indonesia Cruises trip.
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.
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 Manawaka of Gorong island to view shallow reefs and deep drop-offs. Set sail to Misool after 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.
Early this morning, we 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, or discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics or explore bird habitats.
Sadly, this is your last day on the Raja Ampat to Spice Islands - Indonesia Cruises. Awake to the bustle of Ambon and disembark after a sumptuous breakfast for your outbound flight.
Disembarkation time 10:00am
Recommended Flight: Ambon to Jakarta, Garuda Indonesia – GA647 Batik Air – ID 6171
2020 Saturday Departure: February 22 - March 5
2021 Saturday Departure: February 20 - March 4
|Price Per Person in Double (USD) 2020||Category 1 Bridge & Forecaste Decks (25-31 SQM)||Category II Main and Lower Deck (22-32 SQM)||Category III Main & Lower Decks (12-14 SQM)||Charter Rates - Normal Season||Charter - Peak Season: Jan 4, 19 & Dec 26, 2020|
|7 Nights - Saturday Departures||10,675||9,625||7,525||258,000||286, 650|
|12 Nights - Saturday Departures||16,475||14,850||11,600||398,000|
Price Per Person in USD
|USD Per Person in Double||Category 1 Bridge & Forecaste Decks (25-31 SQM)||Category II Main and Lower Deck (22-32 SQM)||Category III Main & Lower Decks (12-14 SQM)||Charter Rates - Normal Season||Charter Rates - Peak Season: Jan 2, 18 & Dec 25|
|7 Nights - Saturday Departures||10,955||9,870||7,700||265,000||293, 930|
|12 Nights - Saturday Departures||16,900||15,200||11,870||408,000|
Price Per Person in USD
On the Aqua Blu there is plenty of room to get together or to get away. There are indoor and outdoor bars and indoor and outdoor dining areas. You can relax in the lobby lounge and bar or take in the views on the observation deck. The ship is complete with an outdoor jacuzzi with lounge day beds, a library, exercise zone and spa. Complimentary internet (subject to location) is available.
On board are diving equipment, kayaks, stand up paddleboards for passengers to explore independently. We also offer 2 Alson Flash tenders and 2 Zodiac RIB rescue boats for sports and discovery.
The ship was converted from a British Navy vessel to a private luxury yacht in 2006 and refurbished to join the exquisite Aqua Expeditions fleet in 2019. The vessel is powered by 2 660hp Lister Blackstones and develops a cruising speed of 12 knots. Electricity at 220V and 110V is supplied by 2 Volvo Penta 225 KW generators.
There are 15 Design Suites over 4 decks in three categories:
Cat 1: 25 - 31 sq meters or 269 ft sq (min)
Cat 2: 22 - 31 sq meters or 237 ft sq (min)
Cat 3: 12 - 14 sq meters or 129 ft sq (min)
We hope you are inspired to join us on the Raja Ampat to Spice Islands - Indonesia Cruises. Here are some Tourist Authority Links to help your research: Indonesia – Ambon – Spice Islands – Bali – Komodo – Raja Ampat
Note: This itinerary is for reference only. It is subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
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