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Spice Islands

The Spice Islands Luxury Expeditions

Rediscover the lost Spice Empire on Banda Neira island


  • Hike Guning Api, an active volcano on Fire Island
  • Explore fragrant nutmeg plantations and the historic streets of Run Island
  • Shop for spices and local handicrafts at a vibrant local market on Banda Neira
  • Snorkel coral reefs teeming with marine life
  • Starlit barbecue and cultural entertainment at 17th century Fort Belgica
  • Luxury accommodation and superlative service on board your yacht of choice
  • Private chef serving gourmet cuisine tailored to your preferences
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6 Days / 5 Nights Itinerary


Day 1


Enjoy an alfresco lunch as you sail towards the Maluku Islands, keeping an eye out for pods of dolphins and sperm whales along this ancient migration route.

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Day 2


Wake up to a dramatic vista of Gunung Api (Fire island) a live cone volcano that rises from a deep blue sea. Take a leisurely afternoon stroll around Ai island to visit fragrant nutmeg plantations and discover the ruins of ancient forts and bastions now overgrown with forest.

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Day 3


Wake early for an exhilarating predawn hike up Gunung Api, which stretches to a height of 665 meters. Sulphur clouds can be seen escaping from vents in the crust, and the earth is warm to the touch at the summit.

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Day 4


Take a tour of Fort Belgica, visit the historic church and the Governor’s house, then browse the vibrant local market to purchase freshly dried Banda nutmeg, sun dried cinnamon quills, and local delicacies made from island spices.

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Day 5


Pulling anchor, your yacht will be greeted by local kora-kora – traditional ceremonial canoes that hold up to 30 men – which will race you out of the harbour.

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Day 6


Arriving in Ambon Harbour, say farewell to your yacht and crew, before being chauffeured to Pattimura International Airport for your onward flight.

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