Secrets of Indonesia: Spice Islands & Raja Ampat

13 Days
Darwin to Darwin
From (CAD)
$ 14,228
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 - 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 > 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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