MALUKU EXPEDITION
Spice Islands: Ambon, Banda, Seram

MALUKU EXPEDITION - SPICE ISLANDS

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.

Are you ready for your life’s adventure in the paradise on Earth?

HIGHLIGHTS

Banda Islands – colonial heart of Moluku Islands.

Rhun Island – once traded for New York.

Nutmeg plantations.

Pristine beaches and crystal clear water.

Endemic flora and fauna.

30+ meters up jungle observation platforms.

MALUKU EXPEDITION: ITINERARY AND DETAILS

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X – IV

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14D 13N

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DAY 1

MEALS DURING THE TRIP

SELAMAT DATANG! – WELCOME IN INDONESIA!

Welcome to Indonesia! You will arrive to the international airport of Jakarta from where you will catch another, connecting flight to Ambon in Maluccas. There will be still some time to grab a quick dinner on the airport. You will spend this night at the plane.

DAY 2

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AMBON

In the morning you will land in the Ambon’s airport, from where our driver will pick you up and transfer to the Swissbell **** hotel, where you can have a good rest after long trip. Afternoon time, we will take you on a short sightseeing of Ambon City. In the evening dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 3

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COLONIAL HEART

Ready for adventures? We bet you are! Early morning small plane will take you to Banda Islands. Time of departure strictly depends on the weather, so you must be patient. After arrival in Banda Neira, you will feel like literally back in time. Every house is like a museum. Cannons in front and walls decorated with XVII and XVII century inscriptions.

After accommodation in a located in old, colonial Dutch House Hotel, you will have some time for rest, shower and second breakfast. Afterwards, you will head on some sightseeing in the city. Lunch will be served in local restaurant. Later on, you will do a boat trip to “Lava Flow” and snorkeling over fantastic coral gardens. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a most delicious buffet dinner and overnight hotel stay.

DAY 4

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ISLAND TRADED FOR NEW YORK

Finish breakfast and take a boat trip to Rhun Island – the first British overseas colony ever. This tiny piece of land, which used to be the subject of a long and bloody conflict between European colonial powers, was finally transferred to the Dutch after the English came into an agreement that this small island would be swapped for another island called… New York! We will have a short walk around the island and see the forgotten ruins of old forts and chitchat with the local villagers. Next, we’ll be taken by boat to the no-man island of Nailakka and set up a picnic lunch on its pristine beach and later relax or snorkel on the amazing coral wall around the island. Afterwards return to Banda Neira in late afternoon for dinner and stay overnight in the hotel.

DAY 5

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MOUNTAIN OF FIRE

Get ready early this morning and prepare to climb the mighty Gunung Api. It takes about three hours to get to the 666-meter above sea level peak as the final part of the path leads you through thick rainforest and fields of lava rock. Be rewarded for this effort with a breathtaking view of the entire archipelago; from the top with a panoramic view, it can be seen just how isolated the Banda Islands are. Return from the volcano to have lunch in the local restaurant and relax after climbing. Later in the afternoon, take a boat trip to Pulau Pisang (“Banana Island”) for snorkeling or just relax on the virgin beach with a view of the volcano. Afterwards return to Banda Neira for dinner and an overnight stay.

DAY 6

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NUTMEGS!

In the morning, take a boat trip to Banda Besar to see the historical plantations of nutmeg – once the most expensive spice in the world. You will learn about the techniques of growing and harvesting spices, which haven’t change since the 16th-century. Walk through old almond trees and grab the opportunity to see how local people make a living while also observing various species of endemic birds. This is followed by lunch and a transfer to Pualu Hatta – an island named after Indonesia’s first vice-president and legendary fighter for this country’s independence. Snorkeling or diving is charged extra here but it also happens to be one of the best coral reefs in Indonesia. Return to Banda Neira for dinner and an overnight in the hotel.

DAY 7

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RELAX TIME!

Morning time, our driver will take you to the airport, from where you will catch a small plane back to Ambon. As before, flight time depends from the weather, so just in case – you will have one more day for relax in Ambon. You will be accommodated in Collins Beach Hotel. If you are still hungry for snorkelling – we can organize some trip for you. In the evening dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 8

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SERAM – THE SCARY ISLAND

Good morning! After breakfast our guide will transfer you to the harbor to catch a speedboat to the port of Amahay in Seram Island. Here you will be taken on a wonderfully scenic drive of Seram Island through the impervious inland mountains. Mount Binaiya, with an elevation of 3000 meters, creates a peculiar microclimate. “Seram” means “scary” in local dialect – the island was named that due the practice of head hunting which was still alive among local tribes until late 50’s of 20th century. Once we reach the village of Saka, a small boat will take us to Ora Beach – a small but charming resort located directly on pristine beaches. Accommodation is provided in huts built on piles over azure waters and beautiful coral reef where you can jump in straight from your private terrace. Before diner, have a swim and relax in the clear waters of Seram and snorkel along the coastline where mountains melt into the sea forming an amazing coral covered slope. The beauty of this remote island is astonishing and even became the center of clove production for the fabled Dutch East Indies Company.

DAY 9

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JUNGLE MAN

The adventure begins. Early in the morning, accompanied by our expert naturalist guide, we will cross the gulf with a small boat to reach the mouth of the Lusiala River. Heading up river, the immense jungle becomes thicker and thicker above our heads (it can get so thick that we might need to use a motor saw to continue onward). Birds of every kind can be seen everywhere as Seram is famous for having the biggest variety of Equatorial birds in all of Indonesia. Along the way we will stop to meet sagu flour producers that work under incredible conditions: they filter flour with their hands while using their feet to chase away the threatening crocodiles below that might get too close. The exploration of this magnificent rainforest is an incredible experience. Mangroves, palm trees, plants, mosses and ferns literally engulf the landscape. Wild boar, deer, crocodiles and thousands of birds, some of which are endemic, make up the typical wildlife of this Wallace Line area as well. Eventually we will reach a point where it will be impossible to continue our journey by boat. Here porters will guide us to our base camp located in the jungle next to a fantastic lagoon where swimming is possible. This incredible two-hour walk through rainforest environment is difficult to describe for its beauty and majestic natural splendor. The wonders continue with our next stop for a terrace picnic next to a waterfall where thick vegetation stretches skywards for more than 100 meters. Go for it, jump in for a swim and have some fun! In the early afternoon, we’ll arrive at the base camp and set up tents for the next part of our unique experience: having your group lifted 30+ meters up to the top of a towering tree by a pulley. Here, our friends have built wooden platforms that provide a truly great panoramic view above the rainforest. For sunset the endemic birds of Seram begin to fly around the platform while clouds surround the mountains creating a marvelous effect seen in few places around the world. Even the option of spending the night on the platform above the treetops is available and completely safe. If heights get the better of you, rest assured overnight in tents below.

DAY 10

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EYE TO EYE WITH WILDLIFE!

At dawn, our local guide organizes a bird watching trip that specializes in finding the most rare species. Platforms are built in prime spots for bird watching and if you keep quiet enough, there’s also a pretty big chance to spot deer or boars. Return to the camp for breakfast and afterwards, continue trekking through the jungle among natural monuments such as the massive Marante, Kelimbin or Ficus trees (which is almost impossible to see their tops because of their incredible height). Their winged roots are so big that in the past, men living in the forest used them for shelter. A few hours walking in this rainforest and you’ll notice something quite peculiar – the clear ground below your feet. Because the vaults formed by treetops are so thick, sparse light penetrates through leaving little chance for the brushwood underneath to grow. Later visit the forest wildlife restoration center situated next to the Masihulang village. Workers there try to re-adopt wounded or captured animals back to their natural environment. Recently they had the arduous task of taking care of a 9-meter long python! To end this day, return to Ora Beach in the evening for dinner and sleep.

After breakfast we depart from Ora Beach to Ambon – a 4-hour drive through Seram, and then another three hours by ferry arriving to Ambon late in the afternoon. Once there you will check-in to the Swiss Bell – the best hotel in town – and have an evening dinner in the local restaurant.

DAY 11

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MEETING WITH THE TRIBE!

After breakfast, you will take a boat and go to Sawai, from where, after one hour drive, you will reach Hoaulu. Then, you will trek towards upstream, to a village, inhabited by living far away from civilization Alifuru tripe – original Maluku people. Back in 40’s of XX century, when Seram was full of fights aliants with Japaneese – red painted Alifuru were head hunting. Lunch will be served in the village, where you will spend some time for observation their everyday life. In the evening you will come back to Ora Beach for dinner and overnight.

DAY 12

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RELAX IN PULAU TUJUH ATOL

In the morning, we will take you to Pulau Tujuh – beautiful atol, created by seven uninhabited islands with magnificent and spectacular white beaches surrounded with colorful corals. You can do some snorkeling swimming or simply relax on the beach. Afternoon time, you will come back to Ora Beach.

DAY 13

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THE END OF THE ADVENTURE

After breakfast we depart from Ora Beach to Ambon – a 4-hour drive through Seram, and then another three hours by ferry arriving to Ambon late in the afternoon. Once there you will check-in to the Swiss Bell – the best hotel in town – and have an evening dinner in the local restaurant.

DAY 14

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BACK HOME

In the early morning, prepare for transfer to the airport and check-in for flights to Jakarta or other destinations that await you

MALUKU EXPEDITION - SPICE ISLANDS: PRICE

PRICE:

  • Group 2 pax: 2474 USD/pax
  • Group 4 pax: 2394 USD/pax
  • Group 6 pax: 2226 USD/pax
  • Group 9-10 pax: 2104 USD/pax

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation during the trip
  • Domestic plane tickets
  • Meals marked in the itinerary
  • Local guides services
  • All transfers
  • Entrance tickets and attractions marked in the itinerary

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Taxes and airport bills
  • Visa to Indonesia
  • Tips
  • International plane tickets
  • Travel Insurance

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