Our expedition tracks northwards from Australia to explore the Spice Islands of the renowned Coral Triangle and Raja Ampat, through the Republic of Palau and the remote and little-visited small islands of Micronesia. Be touched by genuinely warm welcomes as we experience cultural traditions and performance shaped by the rich cultural history of Melanesian and Micronesian customs. Amidst striking natural landscapes and seascapes boasting vibrant marine biodiversity, learn about centuries-old navigational practices from seafaring islanders who still navigate by the stars in simple craft much as their ancestors did. Follow the spice trail to Banda Neira which was once the centre of the nutmeg trade, to be greeted by a fleet of Kora Kora canoes paddled by warriors in traditional dress. Wander through local markets and hear stories related to the centuries-old spice trade while enjoying sunset drinks amongst the ancient remnants of 16th century Fort Belgica.