Man holds out nutmeg fruit during the Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise in Indonesia.
Brightly colored green, orange and yellow mandarin fish seen while snorkeling or diving during the Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise in Indonesia.
A seaside village of weathered homes tucked into Run Island's green hillside, seen during the Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise in Indonesia.
Aerial view of the Gunung Api volcano, covered in bright green vegetation & surrounded by deep blue sea, seen during the Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise in Indonesia.
Bright red lory bird sitting on a mossy branch in the rainforest, seen during the Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise in Indonesia.
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Asia / Pacific Indonesia Cruise

Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise

Embrace culture, nature and wildlife on this 8-day Banda Sea cruise aboard the 30-passenger luxury Indonesia yacht Aqua Blu. Cruise among the Spice Islands, famous for their nutmeg with some of the oldest spice plantations on Earth. Enter a living museum where time appears to have stood still for decades and centuries-old relics, such as the Dutch Fort Belgica, exist alongside rich Indonesian local traditions such as nutmeg cultivation and kora-kora war canoe racing.

Trek the Gunung Banda Api volcano; swim, snorkel and dive (great wall or reef) almost daily; visit local markets; participate in village tours and try your hand at fishing. Set out in search of unique bird species first identified by Alfred Russell Wallace; watch for the dugong, or Asian manatee; and visit the easternmost volcano of Indonesia, Pulau Manuk, whose terrain rises from nearly 10,000 feet deep in the Banda Sea.

Three alternative departures complete positioning routes, each offering unique stops over 13 days, for a longer cruise that blends two of Aqua Blu’s regularly occurring itineraries. Motor between Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands to seek out endemic and rare bird species, experience the most diverse marine habitats in the world and discover centuries-old traditions at the former center of the global spice trade. Alternately, cruise from Flores to Ambon to discover intriguing native tribes, active volcanoes, rare and unusual marine habitats, and the epicenter of the Old World spice trade.

Cruise Indonesia in style aboard the 30-guest, all-suite, luxury yacht Aqua Blu. Her brass-and-beige appointments, 5-star cuisine, inviting Jacuzzi, collection of adventure gear and attentive crew will ensure an unforgettable experience. And her history as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle means she is equipped for this expedition to lesser-visited parts of Indonesia. This vessel is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to her private yacht feel and size.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Indonesia cruises.



Itinerary

Ambon & Spice Islands Itinerary

The main 8-day Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise operates round-trip from Ambon, Indonesia, with visits to Fort Amsterdam, Saparua, Banda Neira, Pulau Manuk, Pulau Run & Molana for an itinerary full of culture, nature and wildlife.

Route map of Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise, operating round-trip from Ambon, Indonesia, with visits to Fort Amsterdam, Saparua, Banda Neira, Pulau Manuk, Pulau Run & Molana.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark Ambon, Indonesia

Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board the ship at Laha Bay, a famous muck diving site. There are also opportunities for trekking and birdwatching inland.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
SUN - Saparua

In the early morning, depart for the island outpost of Saparua, cruising along the scenic north coast of Ambon. Disembark en route at the coastal town of Hila to explore the old Dutch fortification, Fort Amsterdam. Continue onto Saparua, where a host of water activities await. Discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics, explore bird habitats or go diving before departing Saparua for an overnight crossing to the Banda Islands.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Banda Islands & Banda Neira

Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world in the 16th and 17th century, and learn about the colorful story of the Old World spice trade.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Banda Neira & Gunung Api

Spend the day exploring the oldest nutmeg plantations in the world, learning about the cultivation and history of the spice. Hike the active volcano of Gunung Banda Api. In this remote part of Indonesia, experience local life with traditions unchanged for decades before departing Banda Harbor at night.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Pulau Manuk

Savor a sunrise breakfast on board against the backdrop of 985-foot-tall cliffs of Pulau Manuk, a volcanic island rising nearly two miles from the seabed. This is a haven for fish-hunting birds, as well as sea snakes and reef sharks flocking to enjoy the area’s underwater thermal springs. After sundown, cruise northwards to Pulau Run, a historic island traded by the British for Manhattan in 1667.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Pulau Run

At sunrise, arrive at Pulau Run, the westernmost of the Banda Islands. Swim, fish, snorkel and dive in the crystal-clear waters, or go on village tours, trekking and birding. Attempt to search for the ruins of an old British fort before arriving at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Nusa Laut & Molana

On the north side of Nusa Laut, bike through the scenic fishing villages of Ameth and Akon. This is also home of the dugong, the Southeast Asian cousin of the American manatee and a vulnerable species. Cruise to Molana Island, a small but heavily forested island with fantastic reefs.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SAT - Disembark Ambon, Indonesia

Awake to the bustle of Ambon and disembark, after a sumptuous breakfast, for your outbound flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; non-alcoholic beverages, premium wines and beer; all excursions; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; SCUBA diving (certified divers age 10 and over only); laundry; satellite internet (limited connection); and group transfers to/from vessel on recommended flights.

Exclusions

All air tickets; visas; private transfers; spa services, boutique purchases and items of a personal nature; guide and crew gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Aqua Blu Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise begins and ends in Ambon, Indonesia (AMQ). Plan flights to arrive to Ambon by 2:00pm, ahead of the 3:30pm embarkation. On day 8, disembarkation in Ambon is at 6:30am. Plan flights to depart Ambon no earlier than 8:00am on day 8. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level.  Adventure activities may include: tender rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, snorkeling, diving and visiting local communities.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount. To book one of four interconnecting suites, please contact your Adventure Specialist.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Save 20% per child under the age of 12 years old. A child under 12 years old sleeping as the third person on a sofa bed pays $700 per night (2020).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Raja Ampat to Spice Islands Itinerary

The 13-day Raja Ampat to Spice Islands cruise positions south from Sorong to Ambon. Begin with Raja Ampat’s rare bird species and world-renowned dive sites, then explore relics and centuries-old traditions at the former center of the global spice trade.

Route map of Aqua Blu Raja Ampat to Spice Islands Indonesia cruise, operating from Sorong to Ambon, with visits to Birie Island, Dayang Island, Aljui Bay, Pulau Pef, Pulau Wayg, Penemu Islands, One Thousand Templates, Wayil, Misool, Pulau Koon, Pulau Gorong, Band Islands, Banda Neira & Saparua.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark Sorong, Indonesia

Arrive to a warm welcome at Sorong. Board the ship and cruise to Gam Island as the sun sets.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SUN - Birie Island

Arrive in Birie, a group of islands, bays and lagoons that lie just off the coast of north Batanta. Discover mangrove-fringed bays and plenty of wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall on Batanta mainland.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Dayang Island

Embark on a morning trek with the guides to look for birds of paradise in the lush forest. Dayang island is known for plenty of marine life, especially manta rays. Snorkeling is excellent at Wai along the bordering reef systems. For adventurous divers, explore the sunken wreckage of a WW2 P47D fighter plane and the beautiful reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Aljui Bay & Pulau Pef

Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and watersports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard the tenders or kayaks.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Pulau Wayag

Watch the magnificence of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Climb to the top of Mount Pindito for a bird’s-eye-view of the stunning surroundings and attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before making the lagoons and reefs home for the day.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Penemu Islands

Explore the mesmerizing terrains and lagoons of the Penumu Islands on a tender. Snorkel at Batu Burung (Melissa’s Garden) before ending the day at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits. Enjoy dinner on board while cruising towards Arborek.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - One Thousand Temples

Arrival at the One Thousand Temples group after breakfast. Explore cave systems and mysterious moon jellyfish lakes, and embark on unforgettable tender trips through karst island seascapes with the opportunity to discover ancient rock art. Venture into the inner sanctum of Tomolol Cave, Misool’s famed subterranean experience featuring a river-sized waterway that flows through its massive interior.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SAT - Wayil

Explore Wayil’s secret lagoons and limestone peaks on the ship’s fleet of tenders and discover your very own snorkeling/swimming spot or beach. Relax on the tranquil beaches with sunset cocktails.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
SUN - Misool

The magnificent land and seascape of Misool are said to be home to some of the finest reefs on the planet. Take an easy trek on small sandy coves and land-locked lakes. Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools over the sparkling coral reefs.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
MON - Pulau Koon & Pulau Gorong

Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools and over the sparkling coral reefs on Koon Island, also known as the Marine Superhighway because of its location along a migratory route. Kayak into Manawoka, the narrow waterway entrance of Gorong island, to view shallow reefs and deep drop-offs. Set sail to the Banda Islands after dinner.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
TUE - Banda Islands & Banda Neira

Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world in the 16th and 17th century, and learn about the colorful story of the Old World spice trade.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
WED - Saparua

In the early morning, depart for the island outpost of Saparua, sailing along the scenic north coast of Ambon. Disembark en route at the coastal town of Hila to explore the old Dutch fortification, Fort Amsterdam. Continue onto Saparua, where a host of water activities await, or discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics or explore bird habitats.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
THU - Disembark Ambon, Indonesia

Awake to the bustle of Ambon and disembark, after a sumptuous breakfast, for your outbound flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; non-alcoholic beverages, premium wines and beer; all excursions; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; SCUBA diving (certified divers age 10 and over only); laundry; satellite internet (limited connection); and group transfers to/from vessel on recommended flights.

Exclusions

All air tickets; visas; private transfers; spa services, boutique purchases and items of a personal nature; guide and crew gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 13-day Raja Ampat to Spice Islands cruise begins in Sorong, Indonesia (SOQ), and ends in Ambon, Indonesia (AMQ). Plan flights to arrive to Sorong by 6:30am, ahead of the 8:00am embarkation. On day 13, disembarkation in Ambon is at 6:30am. Plan flights to depart Ambon no earlier than 8:00am on day 13. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level.  Adventure activities may include: tender rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, snorkeling, diving and visiting local communities.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount. To book one of four interconnecting suites, please contact your Adventure Specialist.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Save 20% per child under the age of 12 years old. A child under 12 years old sleeping as the third person on a sofa bed pays $700 per night (2020).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Spice Islands to Raja Ampat Itinerary

The 13-day Spice Islands to Raja Ampat cruise positions north from Ambon to Sorong. Begin with the Spice Islands’ relics and centuries-old traditions, then discover Raja Ampat’s rare bird species and world-renowned dive sites.

Route map of Aqua Blu Spice Islands to Raja Ampat Indonesia cruise, operating from Ambon to Sorong, with visits to Birie Island, Dayang Island, Aljui Bay, Pulau Pef, Pulau Wayg, Penemu Islands, One Thousand Templates, Wayil, Misool, Pulau Koon, Pulau Gorong, Band Islands, Banda Neira & Saparua.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark Ambon, Indonesia

Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board the ship at Laha Bay, a famous muck diving site. There are also opportunities for trekking and birdwatching inland.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
SUN - Saparua

In the early morning, depart for the island outpost of Saparua, sailing along the scenic north coast of Ambon. Disembark en route at the coastal town of Hila to explore the old Dutch fortification, Fort Amsterdam. Continue onto Saparua, where a host of water activities await, or discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics or explore bird habitats.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
MON - Banda Islands & Banda Neira

Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world in the 16th and 17th century, and learn about the colorful story of the Old World spice trade.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 4
TUE - Pulau Koon & Pulau Gorong

Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools and over the sparkling coral reefs on the Koon Island, also known as the Marine Superhighway because of its location along a migratory route. Kayak into Manawoka, the narrow waterway entrance of Gorong island, to view shallow reefs and deep drop-offs. Set sail to Misool after dinner.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 5
WED - Misool

The magnificent land and seascape of Misool are said to own some of the finest reefs on the planet. Take an easy trek on small sandy coves and land-locked lakes. Snorkel, swim, kayak and spear-fish in the numerous blue pools over the sparkling coral reefs.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 6
THU - Wayil

Explore Wayil’s secret lagoons and limestone peaks on the ship’s fleet of tenders and discover your very own snorkeling/swimming spot or beach. Relax on the tranquil beaches with sunset cocktails.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
FRI - One Thousand Temples

Arrive at the One Thousand Temples group after breakfast. Explore cave systems and mysterious moon jellyfish lakes, and embark on unforgettable tender trips through karst island seascapes with the opportunity to discover ancient rock art. Venture into the inner sanctum of Tomolol Cave, Misool’s famed subterranean experience featuring a river-sized waterway that flows through its massive interior.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
SAT - Penemu Islands

Explore the mesmerizing terrains and lagoons of the Penumu Islands on a tender. Snorkel at Batu Burung (Melissa’s Garden) before ending the day at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits. Enjoy dinner on board while cruising towards the next stop.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
SUN - Pulau Wayag

Watch the magnificence of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Climb to the top of Mount Pindito for a bird’s eye view of the stunning surroundings and attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before making the lagoons and reefs home for the day.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 10
MON - Aljui Bay & Pulau Pef

Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and watersports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard the tenders or kayaks. Arrive at Dayang Island for dinner.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
TUE - Dayang Island

Embark on a morning trek with the guides to look for birds of paradise in the lush forest. Dayang island is known for plenty of marine life, especially manta rays. Snorkeling is excellent at Wai along the bordering reef systems. For adventurous divers, explore the sunken wreckage of a WW2 P47D fighter plane and the beautiful reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
WED - Birie Island

Arrive in Birie, a group of islands, bays and lagoons that lie just off the coast of north Batanta. Discover mangrove-fringed bays and plenty of wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall in Batanta mainland. The ship will cruise eastwards towards Sorong during dinner.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
THU - Disembark Sorong, Indonesia

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast on board in Sorong before your outbound flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; non-alcoholic beverages, premium wines and beer; all excursions; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; SCUBA diving (certified divers age 10 and over only); laundry; satellite internet (limited connection); and group transfers to/from vessel on recommended flights.

Exclusions

All air tickets; visas; private transfers; spa services, boutique purchases and items of a personal nature; guide and crew gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 13-day Spice Islands to Raja Ampat cruise begins in Ambon, Indonesia (AMQ), and ends in Sorong, Indonesia (SOQ). Plan flights to arrive to Ambon by 2:00pm, ahead of the 3:30pm embarkation. On day 13, disembarkation in Sorong is at 6:30am. Plan flights to depart Sorong no earlier than 8:00am on day 13. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level.  Adventure activities may include: tender rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, snorkeling, diving and visiting local communities.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount. To book one of four interconnecting suites, please contact your Adventure Specialist.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Save 20% per child under the age of 12 years old. A child under 12 years old sleeping as the third person on a sofa bed pays $700 per night (2020).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Flores to Spice Islands Itinerary

The 13-day Flores to Spice Islands cruise positions north from Flores to Ambon. Move west along the chain of Flores’s neighboring islands which offer intriguing native tribes, active volcanoes and unusual marine habitats. Then move north to visit the Spice Islands, including Banda Neira, the focal point of the Old World spice trade.

Route map of Aqua Blu Flores to Spice Islands Indonesia cruise, operating from Labuan Bajo to Ambon, with visits to Ropa & Kelimutu Volcano Lake; North Lembata; Pantar; Alor; The Forgotten Islands of Wetar, Romang, Nyata & Telang; Damar; Dawera; Daweloor; Serua Island; Pulau Manuk; Band Islands; Banda Neira & Pulau Run.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia

Arrive at Labuan Bajo to a warm welcome. Board the ship and cruise to Gili Lawa Daut as the sun sets.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
SUN - Ropa & Kelimutu Volcano Lake Excursion

Colored lakes within the three calderas of a long dormant volcano are on impressive display at the Kelimutu volcano, an otherworldly series of geologic cauldrons. The twisting road to the summit winds through incredible forests and crosses back and forth over mountain streams.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - North Lembata

Snorkel the extensive reef complex of Bacatan or dive at the western end for its spectacular deep drop off. Trek or bike along a country lane between two villages in Lewoto. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board before departing North Lembata for an overnight crossing to Alor.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Pantar & Alor

Arrive at Alor, home to many picturesque fishing villages and surrounded by clear water over vibrant coral reefs that are a diver’s and snorkeler’s favorite. Centuries-old tradition comes to life in the traditional dance performances by the friendly Abui Tribe. Sail overnight to Wetar.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - The Forgotten Islands: Wetar

There is plenty to do and see along the rarely visited rugged coastline of Wetar, which features impressive wall dives to meet sharks, schools of pelagic fish, majestic manta and mobular rays. Other activities include fishing and trekking. On this largest island of the Forgotten Islands, experience local life with traditions unchanged for decades.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - The Forgotten Islands: Romang, Nyata & Telang

Dive around Nyata island in search of hammerhead sharks and rays. Romang and Nyata are not part of a national park, therefore it is possible to fish here, both on the water and under the surface. Cruise south towards Telang for snorkeling and kayaking adventures. Hope to spot rare silver-tip sharks here.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Damar

The ship arrives in Damar by daybreak. Trek the active volcanoes of Damar, or kayak on a lagoon at Terbang Seletan when tides are favorable. Swim or snorkel next to the dazzling white sandy shore fringed by shallow coral reef at Nusleur.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SAT - Dawera & Daweloor

Diving around both islands are great and fairly easy, featuring gentle currents, spectacular walls and flat reefs. Bike through islands and elevated settlements on Daweloor. Spend a leisurely evening on the islands’ white sand beaches bordered by beautiful coral reefs.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
SUN - Serua Island

A playground for snorkelers and divers alike, Serua Island showcases an impressive array of reefs, walls and incredible soft coral spots. Big fish and schools of fish thrive around this island and there is often the chance to see schooling hammerheads.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
MON - Pulau Manuk

Savor a sunrise breakfast on board against the backdrop of 985-foot-tall cliffs of Pulau Manuk, a volcanic island rising nearly two miles from the seabed. This is a haven for fish-hunting birds, as well as sea snakes and reef sharks flocking to enjoy the area’s underwater thermal springs. After sundown, cruise northwards to the Banda Islands.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
TUE - Banda Islands & Banda Neira

Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world in the 16th and 17th century, and learn about the colorful story of the Old World spice trade.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
WED - Pulau Run

Arrive at Pulau Run, the westernmost of the Banda Islands, at sunrise. Swim, fish, snorkel and dive in the crystal-clear waters, or go on village tours, trekking and birding. Attempt to search for the ruins of an old British fort before arriving at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits.

Accommodations

Aqua Blu

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
THU - Disembark Ambon, Indonesia

Awake to the bustle of Ambon and disembark, after a sumptuous breakfast, for your outbound flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board; non-alcoholic beverages, premium wines and beer; all excursions; snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; SCUBA diving (certified divers age 10 and over only); laundry; satellite internet (limited connection); and group transfers to/from vessel on recommended flights.

Exclusions

All air tickets; visas; private transfers; spa services, boutique purchases and items of a personal nature; guide and crew gratuities; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $400 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – full refund except for $200 service charge
120 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 13-day Flores to Spice Islands cruise begins in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia (LBJ), and ends in Ambon, Indonesia (AMQ). Plan flights to arrive to Labuan Bajo by 3:00pm, when embarkation begins. On day 13, disembarkation in Ambon is at 6:30am. Plan flights to depart Ambon no earlier than 8:00am on day 13. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most any expedition to suit your skill level.  Adventure activities may include: tender rides, kayaking, hikes/walks, wildlife viewing from the ship, swimming, snorkeling, diving and visiting local communities.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 25% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Third person sleeping on sofa bed will receive a 20% discount. To book one of four interconnecting suites, please contact your Adventure Specialist.

Families & Children

Kids 7 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates. Save 20% per child under the age of 12 years old. A child under 12 years old sleeping as the third person on a sofa bed pays $700 per night (2020).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Oct 24 - Oct 31, 2020
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Nov 07 - Nov 14, 2020
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Nov 21 - Nov 28, 2020
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Nov 28 - Dec 10, 2020
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Mar 06 - Mar 18, 2021
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Oct 02 - Oct 14, 2021
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Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2021
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Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2021
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Oct 30 - Nov 06, 2021
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Nov 06 - Nov 13, 2021
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Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2021
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Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2021
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The recently renovated Aqua Blu carries her 30 guests in high luxury, comfort and safety while sailing through Eastern Indonesia. Embrace history and luxury on this unique cruise ship.

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