Secrets of Indonesia: Spice Islands & Raja Ampat

13 Days
Darwin to Darwin
From (CAD)
$ 14,107
Dates & Pricing

2024 Darwin > Darwin

In the Footsteps of Wallace

Exotic, unspoiled and blanketed with spectacular natural beauty, the Spice Islands will delight. Uncover towering volcanoes, vibrant reefs fringed by powder white beaches and remote rainforest, ready to explore. Experience pure exhilaration as you voyage through the remote Raja Ampat Islands with their pristine coral reefs and countless marine life. They will simply take your breath away.
Spice up your life with this extended voyage in the ultimate paradise of Indonesia. As the epicentre of the global spice trade in the 16th and 17th centuries, this region is rich in history and vibrant local traditions. Spend an indulgent four nights in Raja Ampat, a world leader of marine biodiversity, offering unparalleled diving and snorkelling. Enriched by lava flows from an active volcano, coral gardens flourish underwater in the Banda Islands. Swim across the equator, laze on beaches and hike in the jungle to find the red bird of paradise.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
401F
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Darwin
Return City:
Darwin

Selected Itinerary

13 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 - Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia

    The first stop, at one of the outer islands of Indonesia, is rich in customs and cultural heritage. In Tanimbar traditional societies, women are highly regarded as givers of life, so families are grateful to have daughters. The landscape ranges from beaches to swamplands and densely forested hills, with unique fauna, especially bird species.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Tanimbar Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kai Islands

    In the south-eastern part of the Maluku Province, the Kai Islands are home to more beautiful and deserted beaches such as Pasir Panjang in Kei Kecil. The quieter Kei Besar is largely hills and rainforest, with almost no roads or accommodation. Kei Dulah connects to Pulau Bair, where you can snorkel and dive among incredible limestone scenery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Banda Islands

    At the focal point of Indonesia’s Spice Islands, Banda was prized by European, Arab and Chinese traders until the late 1800s. It was so valuable that in 1667, Holland traded New Amsterdam (now known as Manhattan) to the British for tiny Run Island. Traditional war canoes will lead us into Banda Harbour before a guided tour of Banda Neira Island’s nutmeg plantation and museum. This is also the special place to snorkel and dive on a coral-encrusted lava flow, created by the still active volcano Gunung Api.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sebakor Bay

    In the Bomberai Peninsula, in the the Indonesian province of West Papua, Sebakor Bay is known for its network of water-filled caves, islets covered in forests and isolated beaches.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arguni Island

    Off the north coast of the Bomberai Peninsula, Arguni is a small, isolated island. The area has 24 endemic species of rainbow fish and, in the 7th century, had trading relationships based on birds of paradise feathers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Raja Ampat

    Languish for four nights in Raja Ampat, a global leader of marine biodiversity. Cape Kri’s reef holds the world record for most fish species recorded during a single dive (374). Diving and snorkelling are exceptional in numerous sites across this stunning archipelago, which surrounds the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. At the Equator Islands, there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim across the equator, usually followed by a party onboard. The Wayags is another breathtaking location of unusual island formations and idyllic beaches edged with palm trees. Other attractions include hiking in the steamy jungle, particularly on a mission to find the rare and endemic red bird of paradise.

    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 > Darwin, Australia

    Your memorable journey ends in Ambon, capital city of the Indonesian province of Maluku, famed for its birdlife, marine gardens, pretty beaches and colonial history. Disembark after breakfast and fly to Darwin, Australia, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Darwin after 08:00 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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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