Sailing Indonesia: The Spice Islands
Be transported back in time on this 10- to 12-day Indonesian cruise as the 24-guest Ombak Putih or 14-guest Katharina sailing vessel winds her way among remote palm-fringed coral islands, majestic rainforests and huge smoking conical volcanoes. The Moluccas are the original Spice Islands of Indonesia: 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. Sail Indonesia and relish the opportunity to swim, snorkel, kayak and stand-up paddleboard in waters rich in marine life.
On the main itinerary, go in search of Wallace and his living treasures, taking in firsthand experiences of unique ecology. Each departure is lead by Dr. George Beccaloni – naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace expert and head of the Wallace Correspondence Project. Visit some of the places that most fascinated Wallace: the Spice Island of Ternate, Wallace’s base for his eastern travels and once the center of the world clove trade; the mysterious island of Halmahera where Wallace discovered evolution by natural selection; and the remote Raja Ampat Islands with their pristine, incredibly diverse coral reefs and up to five species of Birds of Paradise. Also hope to see giant clams, massive manta rays, humongous coconut crabs, endangered black macaque monkeys and possibly dugongs.
On the alternative Exquisite Birds of Paradise itinerary, seek out Indonesia’s vibrant and unique birds in their hotspots. Amateur birders to experienced ornithologists will appreciate this fantastic sailing expedition through the remote, rainforest-clad islands of northern Raja Ampat and North Maluku, including a two-night stay at the famed Weda Resort on Halmahera. Guest expert Dr. Kees Groeneboer joins each departure to help spot and educate on the myriad species to be seen. Raja Ampat is one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet and Halmahera is where some of the world’s rarest and least-known birds occur.
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