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Coral Discoverer <br> 11 Night Spice Islands <br> Darwin to Biak

Coral Discoverer
11 Night Spice Islands
Darwin to Biak

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DAY 1: DEPART DARWIN

Board at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.  In the evening, join your fellow travellers at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks in anticipation of a remarkable journey discovering the Spice Islands.

DAY 2: AT SEA

Spend the day at leisure as we cross the Timor Sea towards Banda Neira.  Join our Expedition Staff in the lounge for an informative introduction.

DAY 3: BANDA NEIRA & SPICE ISLANDS

In the middle of the Banda Sea lies an enchanted fragment of history, the centre of the Spice Island trade.  Originally the world’s sole source of nutmeg and mace, these nine tiny islands have attracted traders since at least 2,000 years ago. See Banda’s famous Kora Kora canoes in action and enjoy lunch on board before exploring Fort Belgica, built in 1611. Join the locals for a traditional dance and music performance before enjoying a glass of champagne as the sun sets over the fort.

DAY 4: BANDA NEIRA & RUN ISLAND

This morning, choose to either wander through the streets of Banda Neira, past the remnants of mansions constructed during Dutch colonialism and enjoy morning tea along the water front, or spend the morning snorkelling or diving on the nearby lava flow reef system. Visit Run Island and learn about its strange connection to Manhattan, as forged on the Treaty of Breda between the English and Dutch.

DAY 5: MOLANA ISLAND & SAPARUA

Awake at Molana Island, with time for a morning snorkel over the pristine reef environment. Visit the historic town of Saparua; a crowd will lead us to 17th century Duurstede Fort, where a war party will dance for us.

DAY 6: BACAN ISLANDS: PULAU KASIRUTA

Today we visit the historic Bacan Islands. Go ashore at Pulau Kasiruta,  the second largest island in the Bacan archipelago, with dense rainforest and a mountainous terrain. Visit a local fishing village before spending the afternoon enjoying water activities off white sand beaches.

DAY 7: TERNATE

Visit the Sultan’s Palace and Fort Tolukko, taking in the panoramic views of volcanic Mount Gamalama. A scenic drive will take us to a spectacular lava flow off the volcano, which has been active in recent years. Enjoy some free time to explore the local markets, or visit the Cengke Afo Clove Plantation. This afternoon there is time for a snorkel at a nearby reef system.

DAY 8: TOBELO

Round the northern tip of Halmahera and visit the humble town of Tobelo. The bay here is surrounded by lush green islands and a jigsaw of coral atolls. Visit the communal House or Hibualamo, where we will be entertained with traditional dancing, music and singing. If time permits we may enjoy water activities at nearby Karkara Island.

DAY 9: AT SEA

Spend a relaxing day at sea. Attend presentations by our Guest Lecturer and Expedition Team.

 

DAY 10: ROON ISLAND

Roon Island is renowned for its nearby dive and snorkelling spots, including a Japanese Zero underwater wreck.  Conditions permitting, take a glass bottom boat tour.

DAY 11: CENDERAWASIH BAY & KWATISORE

We enter Cenderawasih Marine Park and go in search of the biggest fish in the sea, the beautiful Whale Shark. This region is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to swim with these majestic animals and we may have a chance to snorkel among them.  Visit Kwatisore Village to learn about the local culture through traditional dances and games and listen to their talented string band. You may view and purchase local handicraft.

DAY 12: BIAK

Disembark at 8am and tour the town of Biak, with a visit to the Binsari Cave and other local attractions before boarding a charter flight back to Darwin.

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