Spice Islands Expedition
The Spice Islands & Banda Sea Journey
FOUR AND A HALF DEGREES SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR, THE BEAUTIFUL MALUKU ISLANDS WERE ONCE THE WORLD’S ONLY SOURCE OF NUTMEG, MACE AND CLOVES, EARNING THEM THE EVOCATIVE NICKNAME, THE SPICE ISLANDS.
The Spice Islands – known as Maluku these days – are a group of small islands to the north-east of Indonesia in the Banda Sea and the source of the European the 16th to 17th-century cloves, nutmegs and maces.
Sleepy, seldom-visited and seemingly lost in time, it is hard to imagine that this chain of idyllic islands in the Banda Sea between Celebes and New Guinea was once the centre of highly lucrative spices trade that were worth their weight in gold.
The European traders battled fiercely to gain control of the aromatic spices that proliferated here. Remote, pristine and well and truly off-the-beaten-path, these fascinating islands rife with scented nutmeg plantations, crumbling colonial mansions, historic forts and white sand beaches are best discovered by luxury yacht.
This liveaboard experience to the Banda Sea will take you to visit friendly villages on the Spice Islands and vibrant local markets, hike an active volcano, swim with manta rays and dive or snorkel to discover stunning coral reefs teeming with marine life.
STARTS FROM $5645 / night
Our team of luxury travel consultants will personalise every aspect of your expedition according to your preferences and budget, so contact us now to start creating your own fully customised Flagship luxury dream escape.
Pristine scenery, historical charm, unique culture, aromatic traditional cuisine, snorkelling and diving a subaquatic wonderland. All yachts are fully-crewed and include a private chef serving gourmet cuisine. We recommend a minimum of five nights to discover the sights and scents of the legendary Spice Islands, while longer journeys are recommended for those who wish to incorporate the stunning dive sites and scenery of Raja Ampat.
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