Board your small expedition ship Coral Adventurer in Darwin, Australia for a Spice Islands & Raja Ampat 12-night voyage to Biak, Cenderawasih Bay, Indonesia.
Coral Expeditions’ Spice Islands and Raja Ampat itineraries combine extraordinary natural beauty and rare wildlife encounters with Indonesian culture and Batavia-era seafaring history. Retrace the ancient trade routes of spice merchants trading Chinese silks for cloves, Indian cotton for nutmeg and Arabian coffee for pepper. Embrace the heady aromas, colourful spices and vibrant characters at Spice Island markets and small villages.
Explore some of the 1,500 remote, rarely-visited islands of Raja Ampat where a crystal clear ocean harbours over 75% of the world’s coral and fish species and coastal villages are reached by long-boat. Swim with the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, the largest fish in the sea, snorkel over coral reefs and shipwrecks or look for birdlife in the forest canopy.
Be welcomed into West Papuan villages and learn about cultural traditions through vibrant ceremonies and dance performances. Admire the spectacle of Moluccan paddlers propelling kora kora canoes with their elaborately carved figureheads. Follow in 17th-century Dutch colonial footsteps of Fort Belgica, a pentagonal shaped fortress atop a hill.
Explore Indonesia and Raja Ampat on an unforgettable Spice Island voyage steeped in colonial history where nature takes centre stage and cultural adventures abound.