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Moluccas or Maluku Islands – the vast archipelago stretching between Celebes and Papua are the best proof that Indonesia’s best is hidden on its remote, eastern part; far from beaten track of Bali or Java.

Historical Moluccas are the famous Spice Islands – the place of legendary wealth searched by all greatest explorers of Europe which was one of the initial pushes for the Age of Discovery. Bandanese island of Rhun once become the first British colony in Asia which was later swapped with Dutch for another island called…Manhattan. Yes, Spice Islands are full of surprising mysteries.

Welcome on a culinary journey around The Spice Islands complete with local market tours and food preparation workshops by our onboard private chef and/or end up in Bali to sail through workshops led by the Top Star Chefs.  Ready for your culinary life’s adventure in the paradise on Earth?

What will you experience

  • Visit one of the most pristine islands in South East Asia

  • Dive into Mentawais’ unique, tribal and ritualistic culture whilst staying with Mentawais shaman in a traditional Mentawai uma (ceremonial longhouse)

  • See firsthand ancient traditional tribal rituals

  • If you’re interested in hand-poked tattooing and planning give it a try – do it here! Traditional Mentawai tattoo artists draw their tattoos by using a needle that they beat with a small mallet. The tip of the needle is dipped into ink made from sugarcane fluid and soot.
  • See all tones of green colours of the rainforest and river mangroves in central Siberut Island

  • Relax by the perfect beach and snorkel, fish or surf whilst staying in a local homestay resort

Who is this trip for

  • Adventurers looking for something beyond the ordinary
  • People who aren’t affraid of getting wet n’dirty
  • Those who are OK with a “bush toilet” and “river bathroom”
  • Drama-free adventure hunters
  • Active and open-minded travelers
  • People at any age with average physical fitness and health
  • Tattoo anthropologists and hand-poked tattoo artists
  • Culture lovers who dream of discovering faraway tribes
  • Photographers who want to capture the soul of the tribe
  • People who love nature and prefer outdoor activities
  • Those who can bear simple traveling conditions
  • Those for whom authentic experiences are more important than a comfy couch.

What to prepare

“Always be prepared! The scout’s motto is simple, but true.  An expedition is something a bit more special than normal travel so make sure you have:

proper jungle trekking boots, quick-drying, long jungle trekking pants, quick-drying, long sleeve trekking shirt, light waterproof jacket, light sleeping bag, light air mattress, training gloves, flipflops or sandals, trekking hat, comfortable, waterproof backpack (60L), personal, waterproof backpack (10L), dry-packs, mosquito repellent, own first aid kit, “Malarone” or other anti-malaria pills, torch and spare batteries, personal knife or multitool, vitamin supplements, power bars.

What do we offer

  • Duration:
    12 days / 11 nights (incl. 3n in “uma”, traditional longhouse of Mentawais)
  • Best time to travel: IV – IX
  • Weather:  hot & humid with frequent rainfall
  • Difficulty (1-10): 7
  • Comfort (1-10): 4
  • Be ready for: spending some nights in basic conditions, electricity from a small generator, mosquito net, thin sleeping mattress, basic bathroom with water from the well.  
  • Departure location: Jakarta, Java
  • Price range: from 4000 USD/per person
  • The number of participants in the group: 2-10
  • Availability of the tour: on request




West Sumatra Capital
Total area
62 946.04 km²
 1 768 500
Population density
 28 /km2

day-by-day itinerary



Selamat Datang; welcome to Indonesia! Our representative will warmly welcome you upon your arrival at the international airport in Jakarta, Java (GMT +7), assisting you with baggage and the transfer to domestic terminal. You will catch another, connecting flight to Ambon in Maluccas (direct flight duration: approx. 3h30m; GMT +9), which is the capital of the Maluku Province

There will be still some time to grab a quick dinner at the airport before the departure for Ambon.

Accommodation: overnight flight – you’ll spend this night at the plane.

Meal plan: dinner.



You’ll arrive to the airport of Ambon early in the morning and our driver will transfer you to the local harbor. Here you’ll board your private speedboat to set out on a few hours long sea journey to Banda Islands. Upon your arrival in Banda Neira – the main town of this tiny archipelago; you’ll feel like literally back in time. Every house is like a museum. Cannons are still set in front of the gates and walls are decorated with XVII and XVII century inscriptions.

After accommodation in a located in the old, colonial Dutch House Hotel, you’ll have some time for rest, shower and late lunch. Afterwards, you will head on some sightseeing in the city, followed by lunch that will be served in a local restaurant. Later on, you’ll enjoy a most delicious buffet dinner and overnight hotel stay.

Accommodation: uma (traditional longhouse)

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 3-4


Today you’ll awake among Mentawais. First, enjoy the local breakfast. Then, you can join in with the locals in their daily activities; fishing, sago processing, making the sago (the staple food of the Mentawaians), and baking it; manufacturing a bow and arrows, and making the poison for the arrows, bark cloth processing. If you’re lucky there may be a chance to witness a shamanic ceremony. Mentawais have developed truly unique culture with the important role of tattoo making and teeth sharpening. Next day you will leisurely hike around the area and get to know a number of the local clans and get to learn about their cultures. It is recommended to bring gifts and provide them to the village heads as we enter into each village, small trinkets are fine and are mostly just a sign of your intention to come as a peaceful visitor.

Accommodation: uma (traditional longhouse)

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.



In the morning you’ll start going back to Muara Siberut where your private speedboat will be awaiting. Time to set course to beautiful island of Sinai where you’ll be accommodated in Macaronis Resort 4*. This is an ideal place to enjoy the true, tropical paradise!

Accommodation: hotel (local 4*)

Meal plan: breakfast & lunch.

DAY 6-7


Two days of leisure on a paradise island! Snorkelling, surfing, swimming in a crystal clear waters or maybe just lying on the beach with your favourite book in hand? Take your time and enjoy your holidays. You deserve it.

Accommodation: hotel (local 4*)

Meal plan: breakfast.



In the morning you embark your speedboat and return to Padang. We will drive you to the airport where you catch your flight to Medan. Here you will be accommodated in the five stars hotel in the city.

Accommodation: hotel (local 5*)

Meal plan: breakfast.



The day’ll start with a quick sightseeing city tour. You will visit the Great Mosque, the Sultan’s palace and beautiful Chinese temples. After lunch you will drive to Tangahan (approximately 4 hours); on the way stopping by in traditional villages of Binjai and Batang people. Tangahan can only offer accommodation in a simple lodge but it’s beautifully located on the edge of the jungle and by the river. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: lodge

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 10


Time for another adventure. After breakfast you’ll go for a trekking through Sumatran jungle. Keep your eye out for various kinds of monkeys, parrots and other wildlife! Maybe you will get lucky enough to spot the Rafflesia – the world’s biggest flower? Volunteers can also try “tire white water rafting” – very popular amusement here. Don’t worry – someone will catch you up before the river will bring you to the ocean! Afternoon will be free to enjoy with a cold beer at hand. Overnight in the lodge.

Accommodation: lodge

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 11


Get ready for exciting off road drive to Bukit Lawang. You can pick 4×4 jeeps or a motocross as your ride. The trip will take around 3 hours and you will enjoy beautiful, tropical landscapes on the way. Upon arrival you will be accommodated in the best hotel in town ***. After lunch we will take you to the nearby Gunung Leuser National Park where the orang-utan rehabilitation and research centre is located. You will get on a special platform to see orang-utans during feeding time and later you will have a chance to encounter wild orang-utans during few hours long trekking in the jungle. In the evening you will be back in your hotel.

Accommodation: hotel (local 3*)

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAY 12


In the morning you’ll be transferred to Medan’s airport where you’re gonna catch your flight to Jakarta and then to your next destination.

NOTE: You’ve heard of Bali, right? Known for its stunning scenery, tropical climate, and kind hearted people over cultural richness. We’ll be happy to extend your stay in Bali for an extra cost, so think of staying for a bit longer in Indonesia, making sure you enjoy Bali’s laid-back atmosphere, beach and fantastic food!

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Note: according to your wish, we can extend the tour by more days in West Java or/and Bali.

Happy Customers

“We spent 5 days with the Korowai people, lived with them in tree houses. This was anything like we have ever done before. Far Horizon & Adam were terrific I can recommend them highly. They have planned a trip of our lifetime. ”
- Rakib Hassan

Independent Traveler