Jewels of Indonesia, Torres Strait & Cape York

14 Days
Darwin to Cairns
From (CAD)
$ 14,149
Dates & Pricing

2024 Darwin > Cairns

Mysterious West Papua

Exotic and diverse, West Papua is the home to cerulean seas, remote tribes, and incredible wildlife and marine life. A land steeped in history, culture and tradition, this voyage will explore rarely visited volcanic islands strewn across pristine waters well beyond the tourist trail.
An exotic experience of a lifetime, this two-week expedition takes the incredibly scenic route from Indonesia to Australia. Explore the most diverse marine region in the world, Raja Ampat; the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island; and the far north Queensland home of Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders, Thursday Island. Sprinkle in a few Spice Islands to trace the history of this fascinating region, which also offers plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, diving and hiking into steamy jungles in search of rare and endangered birdlife.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
501F
Duration:
14 days
Departure City:
Darwin
Return City:
Cairns

Selected Itinerary

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Darwin, Australia

    Arrive at your hotel for your one-night stay.

  2. Day 2 - Darwin > Ambon, Indonesia

    Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Darwin to Ambon . Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board your Discovery Yacht Scenic Eclipse at Laha Bay. Ambon is the capital of the Indonesian province of Maluku, famed for its birdlife, beaches, hiking and colonial history. In 1513 the Portuguese were the first Europeans to land in Ambon but were dispossessed by the Dutch; the island was used as the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) from 1610-1619. Take in this intriguing background as you settle into your ultra-luxury suite.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Pulau Koon

    This islet in East Indonesia is a conservation area, renowned for its abundant marine life in crystalline waters. Due to its remote location, Koon is one of the region’s least visited dive sites, making it an even more incredible experience.

    Discovery

    Our team will guide you to the best snorkel, swim, kayak and stand-up paddleboard spots among the numerous blue pools and sparkling coral reefs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Comprising of more than 1,500 islands, Raja Ampat is one of the most spectacular spots in the world, with its striking scenery of mushroom-shaped, tree-covered islets, white-sand beaches, caves and lagoons. With more than 1,300 species of coral reef fish, 13 marine mammal species, five species of endangered sea turtles and around 600 types of hard coral, Raja Ampat offers plenty to see and do during the days you’ll be in this glorious haven. Explore the colourful life hidden within the turquoise waters and coral reefs; discover mangrove forests, secluded coves and tropical birdlife - see if you can spot the rare birds of paradise hidden in the jungle. 

    Discovery

    Enjoy multiple water sports: swimming, snorkelling and kayaking around this unique and unspoiled setting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arguni Island

    Located off the north coast of the Bomberai Peninsula, Arguni is a small, isolated island, which had trading relationships based on birds-of-paradise feathers. The area is home to 24 species of rainbow fish, Papuan rock art, mangrove swamps, limestone islets, burial caves and stilt villages. Take the day to discover the village’s cultural attractions, including traditional dance, music and crafts. Witness the daily life as you interact with the local people. 

    Discovery

    A Zodiac tour will explore the bays of these limestone islands in search of blood paintings, which are believed to be 6,000-7,000 years old. You can also swim, kayak and snorkel on a beautiful beach surrounded by stunning scenery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Banda Island

    As the epicentre of Indonesia’s Spice Islands, Banda Neira was prized by global traders until the late 1800s. Experience the old culture in action as you watch traditional war canoes guide us into Banda Harbour. 

    Freechoice

    Learn about the region’s Dutch colonisation at the well-preserved Fort Belgica. Be immersed in the local culture as you enjoy traditional dance and music performances or a guided tour to a nutmeg plantation and museum.

    Discovery

    Go on an adventure as you trek along a section of the active Gunung Banda Api volcano with your expert Discovery team, or snorkel its coral-encrusted lava flow.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Tanimbar Island

    Located in the far south of the Maluku province, the Tanimbar archipelago is a group of about 65 islands that separate the Banda Sea from the Arafura Sea. The landscape ranges from beaches to swamplands and densely forested hills, with unique fauna, especially endemic bird species. The locals’ unique culture is represented in music, dance and traditional crafts. Visit a village to see a folkloric show and a weaving demonstration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing break as we sail to Australia, making the most of the services and activities onboard. Indulge in the Senses Spa, relax in the cabanas, or simply view the spectacle of the ocean while enjoying a cocktail.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Thursday Island, Australia

    Thursday Island, in the Torres Strait, lies between Papua New Guinea and the northern tip of Queensland. With its deep anchorage, it became an important port in 1875, three years after the Queensland Government unlawfully annexed most of the Torres Strait islands for defence purposes and to protect British shipping interests. Today, Thursday Island is the administrative centre of all the Australian islands between Cape York and the New Guinea mainland. Almost 70 percent of the population of 3,000 are Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. See the cannons at Green Hill Fort, where underground tunnels house the Torres Strait Historical Museum, and Gab Titui Cultural Centre, which exhibits historical artefacts and contemporary Indigenous art.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Sandy Cay, Creech Reef

    Creech Reef, on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, is 60 kilometres from the mainland of Queensland’s Far North. Coral reefs spread 40 kilometres wide, comprising some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth. The secluded Sandy Cay is like your own private, tiny island in the middle of the Coral Sea.

    Discovery

    Go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or snorkelling around this unforgettable reef. You’ll feel like enjoying a perfect day in paradise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Lizard Island

    Lizard Island, the northern most island resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is uniquely placed at the centre of the inner and outer reef systems as well as fringing reefs. An amazing range of marine animal and plant life can be found within this extraordinary eco-system.

    Discovery

    Snorkel with your Discovery team to see the Clam Gardens, home to many different types of clams, or stand-up paddleboard in the tranquil waters of Anchor Bay. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook to Cook’s Look, the highest vantage point on the island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Cairns

    Say goodbye to your Captain and crew before disembarking in Cairns, the only place on Earth where two World Heritage sites collide – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Cairns after 12:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Tour inclusions

The perfect blend of expedition and cruise voyages with
  • Up to 228 guests on board for a truly exclusive Discovery Voyage
  • Up to 15-member specialist Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions and shore side expedition program
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Personalised Scenic Freechoice experiences

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