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Spice Islands Expedition

Indonesia

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.

Introduction

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.

swimming with friendly sharks of Banda Sea in the Spice Islands

Best For

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.

When to Visit

October and November

Sample Itineraries

Discovery Expedition

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS STARTING FROM USD 10,450 / NIGHT / YACHT

Spice Islands Discovery Expedition

Hike Guning Api, an active volcano on Fire Island • Explore fragrant nutmeg plantations and the historic streets of Run Island • Starlit barbecue and cultural entertainment at 17th century Fort Belgica
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Explorer Expedition

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS STARTING FROM USD 10,450 / NIGHT / YACHT

Spice Islands Explorer Expedition

Watch the sunrise over Guning Api, an active volcano known as Fire Island • Snorkel coral encrusted lava flows • Discover the amazing limestone karst formations and radiant reefs of Raja Ampat
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Dare to Dream

Contact our team of travel specialists now to start customizing your exclusive Flagship Luxury Expedition