Grand Spice Routes: Spice Islands, Raja Ampat & Melanesia

37 Days
Darwin to Nadi
From (CAD)
$ 42,253
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2024 Darwin > Nadi

Mysterious Cultures & Exotic Wonders

Exotic, unspoiled and blanketed with spectacular natural beauty, this voyage along the Spice Route, Raja Ampat and Melanesia will delight. Uncover towering volcanoes, vibrant reefs fringed by powder-white beaches and remote rainforest, ready to explore. 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 beyond the tourist trail.
Exotic, unspoiled and blanketed with spectacular natural beauty, this voyage along the Spice Route, Raja Ampat and Melanesia will delight. Uncover towering volcanoes, vibrant reefs fringed by powder-white beaches and remote rainforest, ready to explore. Home to cerulean seas, remote tribes, and incredible wildlife and marine life, and a land steeped in history, culture and tradition, this voyage will explore rarely visited volcanic islands strewn across pristine waters beyond the tourist trail.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
403F
Duration:
37 days
Departure City:
Darwin
Return City:
Nadi

Selected Itinerary

37 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Darwin, Australia

    Embark in the Northern Territory’s multicultural capital of the ‘Top End’ of Australia. Despite surviving two cyclones and several air raids, Darwin is distinguished by its relaxed lifestyle. Your journey of wonder begins on board Scenic Eclipse. 

    Please book your flight to arrive into Darwin prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Saumlaki (Tanimbar Islands), Indonesia

    The landscape of this group of about 65 islands in the far south of the Maluku province ranges from beaches to swamplands and densely forested hills with unique fauna, especially bird species. It is also home to fascinating culture - visit a local village to learn about their music, dance and traditional crafts, or experience a unique folkloric show and an ikat (textile) weaving demonstration.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Sangliat Dol Village (Tanimbar Islands)

    White sand and turquoise waters surround this tropical-island village. As the hub of Maluku’s boat culture, Sangliat Dol is famous for its megalithic sites and an ancient stone boat built as a tribute to the original inhabitants who arrived by sea. This visit is a great opportunity to be immersed in the daily life of the locals.

    Enrich

    The local chief and singing villagers will welcome you on the beach before a fascinating ritual ceremony. Be amazed by the cultural dances performed by the locals adorned in colourful bird-of-paradise head-dresses, enjoy demonstrations of local handicrafts and traditional ways of cooking. See the old Dutch colonial Catholic Church that overlooks the stone boat. Families may also invite you as honorary ‘children of the village’ into their homes.

    Discovery

    Sail to beautiful Weluan Beach for a delightful afternoon of snorkelling, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking on calm waters, surrounded by forest and native flora.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kei Islands

    Made entirely of white sand and coral, the Kei Islands are completely flat, except for the coconut trees - a true relaxing paradise framed by the pristine waters of the Banda Sea. Enjoy the unforgettable beauty of Ngurbloat Beach and feel welcomed by the friendly locals who love to meet and share their culture with visitors.

    Discovery

    Take the day to swim and snorkel in this uninhabited tropical island known for its spectacular limestone scenery - the definition of a holiday dream.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Banda Islands

    The heart of the Old World global spice trade, Banda Neira has retained a unique historic mix of culture, nature and wildlife. At the focal point of Indonesia’s Spice Islands, Banda was prized by European, Arab and Chinese traders until the late 1800s. Experience a flashback to these times as you watch traditional war canoes guide us into Banda Harbour.

    Freechoice

    Explore well preserved Fort Belgica, providing a fascinating insight into Dutch colonisation and enjoy a traditional dance and music performance. Alternatively, explore Banda Neira on a guided tour before visiting a local nutmeg plantation and museum to learn about the spice that started it all.

    Discovery

    Hike a section of the still-active Gunung Banda Api volcano with your Discovery team, or snorkel and dive along its coral-encrusted lava flow.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sebakor Bay

    Located in the Bomberai Peninsula, Sebakor Bay is known for its network of water-filled caves, islets covered in forests and isolated beaches. Exploring this beautiful coast and its pristine waters teeming with marine life makes a perfect tropical day.

    Discovery

    Join a Zodiac tour of the water-filled caves with your Discovery team, or kayak along the shore to spot unique Papuan native birds. Alternatively, take a guided hike to be rewarded with a swim under the Mommon Waterfall, where freshwater flows from the jungle into the ocean.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arguni Island

    This small isolated island is a hidden gem located off the north coast of the Bomberai Peninsula. Known for its limestone formations, Papuan rock art and burial caves, the area has 24 endemic species of rainbow fish. Besides enjoying the nature, take the time to be immersed in Arguni’s culture: visit a stilt village on the shores of mangrove swamps, where you will be greeted by villagers, and discover the traditional music, dance, craft and food such as fresh coconut while meeting the local people. 

    Discovery

    Take a Zodiac in search of ancient blood paintings, believed to be up to 7,000 years old, found on limestone rock around the bays. Or enjoy a refreshing swim, snorkel or kayak at a peaceful beach ensconced in this stunning scenery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Raja Ampat

    Imagine getting access to the world’s most biodiverse marine region. This is Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, an archipelago that comprises of more than 1,500 islands, cays and shoals, including the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, known collectively as the Four Kings. Over these four days, explore this extraordinary environment blessed with turquoise waters, white sand beaches, hidden coves, limestone cliffs, and mangrove forests. Discover the underwater world of colourful coral, fish, and marine mammals beneath a sky of tropical birds and butterflies. Swim, snorkel and kayak in this unspoiled part of the West Papua province.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Raja Ampat

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Raja Ampat

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Raja Ampat

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Raja Ampat

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Ambon

    Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon. 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - 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

  15. Day 15 - 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

  16. Day 16 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - 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

  19. Day 19 - 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

  20. Day 20 - 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

  21. Day 21 - 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

  22. Day 22 - 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

  23. Day 23 - 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

  24. Day 24 - 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

  25. Day 25 - Cairns

    Arrive in Cairns, the only place on Earth where two World Heritage sites collide – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - At sea

    Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board our ultra-luxury Discovery Yacht. Choose a class in one of the fitness spaces, relax in a therapy lounge in the spa, or tempt your palate from one of the dining venues.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing break as we sail to the Solomon Islands, 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

  28. Day 28 - Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

    The largest island in the Solomon Islands is covered in tropical rainforest, with picture perfect coasts lined with palms and white sandy beaches. Surrounded by clear water and abundant wildlife, cool off in the ocean as you explore. Learn of the Battle of Guadalcanal while visiting the World War II relics and monuments.

    Freechoice

    Explore World War II relics and monuments to learn about the Battle of Guadalcanal, or visit the National Museum and an artefact market. Alternatively, join your local guide for a tour of the city and the Central.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Owaraha (Santa Ana Island)

    Stand out on the Observation Terrance with your morning coffee as we navigate through the picturesque channels on our way to Owaraha. Known for preserving ancient traditions, Owaraha is the ideal place to see the traditional dances and intricate handicrafts fashioned by the island’s villagers, dressed in ornate costumes, body paint and masks. At Nafinotoga, Spirit Houses contain ancient skulls and bones of the Snake Clan and Turtle Clan chiefs.

    Discovery

    Snorkel or kayak around the Owaraha’s beautiful coral reefs before exploring the island’s cultural activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  30. Day 30 - Ndende Island

    Also known as Santa Cruz, Ndende Island offers stunning lagoons brimming with marine life, stretches of reef, remote islands sprinkled with deserted beaches, crystalline caves, and many picturesque villages. You will be warmly welcomed onshore by a traditional cultural bamboo band and dancers.

    Discovery

    Walk across the island to see the schoolhouse and the traditional spirit houses, go kayaking and snorkelling, or explore the outer reefs and other islands by Zodiac. Alternatively, search for the endemic Santa Cruz Shirkbills with your on board Ornithologist.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  31. Day 31 - Vanikoro Island

    The five islands of Vanikoro are encircled by a spectacular barrier reef that offers excellent snorkelling. French explorer Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, disappeared in this archipelago after his vessels, La Boussole and Astrolabe, struck the reef in 1788. Visit a monument to Le Pérouse, erected by explorer Dumont Durville in 1827.

    Discovery

    Take a forest walk with your on board Naturalists to spot the endemic Vanikoro white-eye, the Vanikoro monarch and the delicate Vanikoro orchid, or enjoy kayaking, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding with your Discovery team.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  32. Day 32 - Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

    The largest island in the archipelago of Vanuatu, north of New Caledonia, is Espiritu Santo. While its main industries are fishing and farming, you will be dazzled by the beauty of Champagne Bay, one of the world’s most exquisite beaches. A freshwater spring flows into the lagoon, creating a spa-like bubbling sensation at low tide. Espiritu Santo has been inhabited for many years by Melanesian people known as Ni-Vanuatu, who still observe many ancient traditions.

    Freechoice

    Take the scenic route via coconut plantations local villages to the freshwater Blue Hole, or dive among the wrecks of American naval and military craft at Million Dollar Point. Or, witness a demonstration of tribal dances, ancient arts, traditional cooking and an awe-inspiring fire-walking ceremony. Alternatively, spend the day relaxing on this powdery beach, set among mountains, plantations, farms and lowland forest.

    Discovery

    Enjoy kayaking, snorkelling or stand-up paddleboarding.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  33. Day 33 - Ambrym Island

    Unlike the white sand of Espiritu Santo, the volcanic island of Ambrym is the place to sink your toes into black-sand beaches. Witness the work of woodcarvers who create art out of breadfruit trees and huge tree ferns, and see intriguing displays of the local black magic. Watch the Ambrym Islanders’ famous Rom dance, performed by chanting men in elaborate costumes.

    Discovery

    Hike through the rainforest with your Discovery team to reach the rim of an active volcano, or snorkel in the clear waters to find dugongs, sea turtles and many colourful species of fish.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  34. Day 34 - Port Vila (Efate Island)

    Ringed by blissful beaches and packed with waterfalls, the dream of a tropical paradise is brought to life on Efate Island. Along this remarkable coastline is an abundance of bays, beaches, islands and inlets just waiting to be explored.

    Freechoice

    Marvel at the breathtaking waterfalls of Rarru Cascades, swim with turtles at Naiwe Beach or learn about Pacific Island life on a tour of the Pepeyo Cultural Village. Alternatively, watch warrior dances who dare to walk on heated volcanic rocks on this amazing tribal tour.

    Discovery

    Hike along jungle trails, beaches and plantations, or join a guided kayak trip to the tropical rainforest.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  35. Day 35 - Tanna Island

    Tanna’s erupting Mount Yasur is regarded as the world’s most accessible active volcano. Known for its continuous activity since Captain James Cook observed ash eruptions in 1774, it’s considered a sacred area by members of the John Frum cargo cult, who believe their deity resides inside.

    Discovery

    Soak in the Sulphur Bay hot springs at the base of Mt Yasur, or explore Tanna’s Blue Cave. Alternatively, see one the island’s most magnificent waterfalls, taste the world-renowned Tanna coffee, or venture up to the smoking rim of Mt Yasur for an unforgettable experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  36. Day 36 - At sea

    After a busy week, this is your opportunity to unwind, socialise and make the most of ship life.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  37. Day 37 - Lautoka, Fiji

    Disembark in the second largest city of Fiji, Lautoka is located on the western side of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometres north of Nadi. As the gateway to Fiji’s Sun Coast, it’s a pleasant mix of sugar-cane fields, grass-covered peaks, rural villages and market towns. Farewell your new friends, the crew and the Scenic Eclipse.

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

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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