Spice Islands Expedition
Embark on a ten-night voyage to discover the Spice Islands, a cluster of seven tiny islands in Eastern Indonesia’s vast Banda Sea. Known for their raw natural beauty, the islands were once home to the world’s only source of nutmeg, drawing tradesmen from far and wide. Today, traces of this past lie hidden beneath the blanket of dense forest, discoverable on foot led by expert guides.
As you sail between the islands on Amandira, dive into the clear turquoise waters to see the abundant marine life. Closer to shore, vibrant multi-coloured coral reefs lie in the shallows off the serene white beaches. Whether on shore or at sea, experienced staff offer intuitive service and expert guidance throughout your journey.
Sparkling seas and wide-open skies
Experience the pure exhilaration and freedom of the ocean as you sail or cruise towards the islands with dolphins and sperm whales in your wake. At night the stars are scattered like glowing seeds across the sky and in the first light of dawn, the verdant isles appear mirage-like on the horizon.
Climb a volcano for prehistoric views
Brooding over the islands is magnificent, Gunung Api, Banda’s “Fire Mountain”. At 666m it is easily summited and provides unrivalled views of the archipelago. Walk around the rim of the jungle-filled crater, then descend to the shoreline for a well-earned swim or snorkel in crystal clear waters.
Beach bliss and sunset dreams
Explore secluded beaches, kayak and paddleboard. Explore the islands’ verdant interiors with guided nature walks and toast spectacular sunsets. After anchoring at Banda Neira one evening, enjoy a candlelit dinner on the ramparts of Fort Belgica with live music and a traditional dance performance.
World class snorkelling and scuba diving
Spot Napolean wrasse off Hatta Beach and explore the vibrant reefs of Pulau Ai and Koon Island. Marvel at the marine life of Batu Udang and witness surgeonfish, barracuda, fusiliers and more with the rising and falling tides. Turtles, manta rays, eels and a proliferation of dogtooth tuna and mobula rays call the region home.
Pearl farms and secret caves
Visit the pearl beds of Tolomol and discover the secrets of farming these precious salt-water gemstones. Ride a dinghy through secret caverns, then dive the intriguing depths of Farondi Cave. Every adventure can include a picnic lunch on a beautiful beach, or a sit-down, alfresco feast aboard Amandira.
Discover Our yacht
Each expedition is bespoke, tailored to guest preferences, and can last for as few as seven nights or as many as you like. Our team would be happy to plan your perfect getaway.
Day 1 Fly to Ambon, transfer to Amandira (approximately 45 minutes) and depart the island of Maluku around noon. Travel overnight to the Banda Islands.
Day 2-5 Explore the Banda Islands aboard Amandira. Please note the seven islands are all within 15 miles (25 kilometres) of each other and therefore easily accessible from the main natural harbour at Banda Neira. Itineraries will vary according to guest preferences and weather conditions.
Day 6 Travel from Banda to Ambon, arriving in Ambon late evening. Overnight aboard Amandira.
Day 7 Deboard Amandira and depart Ambon to next destination