The Moluccas are the original Spice Islands, a magical destination, beautiful, remote and unspoiled, with a long, fascinating and turbulent history. For millennia these fertile volcanic isles were the world’s only source of the ‘holy trinity’ of rare spices; cloves, nutmeg, and mace, which were once worth their weight in gold. On this 12-day cruise will transport you back in time as you discover the colonial history of Indonesia and its role in the international spice trade during the 17th century. Along the way you will wind your way through dramatic volcanic islands interspersed with stops at pristine white-sand beaches where you can swim and snorkel in waters rich in marine life. You will also visit historic outposts and island villages and the rich cultures of the local people and experience the marketplaces and inhale the aromas of the spice plantations in this most beautiful and untouched part of the world.


Our mission is to provide the best experience possible for our guests given the current conditions and when unexpected opportunities for adventure may present themselves along our cruise routes. Sometimes weather conditions, tides or other local factors dictate that we need to vary from the published route, and at times there are special opportunities to explore and discover new locations, events and activities. These explorations will always be a definite enhancement to the published itinerary and will be undertaken after discussion and agreement among guests. Ultimately, the boat captains and your tour leader will make decisions to maximize trip safety and your overall enjoyment, so please come prepared to be flexible!

The More You Know The More You See

Our tour leaders are a wealth of information on the regions we visit and will prepare you for each activity with on board talks and presentations to give you a greater understanding of the different experiences you will have each day. They will also act as your cross cultural bridges to all the people we meet along the way, so feel free to ask them to translate when talking to local Indonesian people on your travels.


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