Expedition Spice Island & Raja Ampat

14 Days
Darwin to Cairns
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$ 11,231
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2024 Darwin > Cairns

Mysterious West Papua

Exotic and diverse, West Papua is the home to cerulean seas, remote tribes, and incredible wildlife and marine life. A land steeped in history, culture and tradition, this voyage will explore rarely visited volcanic islands strewn across pristine waters well beyond the tourist trail.
An exotic experience of a lifetime, this two-week expedition takes the incredibly scenic route from Indonesia to Australia. Explore the most diverse marine region in the world, Raja Ampat; the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island; and the far north Queensland home of Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders, Thursday Island. Sprinkle in a few Spice Islands to trace the history of this fascinating region, which also offers plenty of opportunities for snorkelling, diving and hiking into steamy jungles in search of rare and endangered birdlife.
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14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Darwin, Australia

    Arrive at your hotel for your one-night stay.

  2. Day 2 - Darwin > Ambon, Indonesia

    Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Darwin to Ambon . Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board your Discovery Yacht Scenic Eclipse at Laha Bay. Ambon is the capital of the Indonesian province of Maluku, famed for its birdlife, beaches, hiking and colonial history. In 1513 the Portuguese were the first Europeans to land in Ambon but were dispossessed by the Dutch; the island was used as the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) from 1610-1619.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Pulau Koon

    Today our Discovery Team will lead a day of exploration above and below the water of this islet and dive site, known as the marine super highway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Comprising more than 1,500 islands, Raja Ampat is one of the most spectacular spots in the world, with its striking scenery of mushroom-shaped, tree-covered islets, white-sand beaches, caves and lagoons. The wildlife is another drawcard, especially the rare birds of paradise, hidden in the jungle.  Raja Ampat has more than 1,300 species of coral reef fish, 13 marine mammal species including the dugong, five species of endangered sea turtles, and around 600 types of hard coral.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Raja Ampat Islands

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Arguni Island

    Arguni, a small island off the coast of the Indonesian province of West Papua, is less than 5 sq.km. The local language is spoken by as little as 150 people. Fishing is the main industry. The area has 24 endemic species of rainbow fish, and pearl farm buoys and cages are commonly found in south of the island.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Banda Island

    At the focal point of Indonesia’s Spice Islands, Banda was prized by European, Arab and Chinese traders until the late 1800s. It was so valuable that in 1667, Holland traded New Amsterdam (now known as Manhattan) to the British for Run Island, one of the smallest in the group. Banda Neira has a nutmeg plantation and a museum. This is also a unique place to snorkel and dive on a coral-encrusted lava flow, created by the still-active volcano Gunung Api.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Tanimbar Island

    Tanimbar is group of 65 islands separating the Banda Sea from the Arafura Sea. The landscape ranges from beaches to swamplands and densely forested hills, with unique fauna, especially endemic bird species such as the Tanimbar Scrubfowl, Boobook and Dusky Cuckoo-dove.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - At sea

    Enjoy a relaxing break as we sail to Australia, making the most of the services and activities onboard. Indulge in the Senses Spa, relax in the cabanas, or simply view the spectacle of the ocean while enjoying a cocktail.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Thursday Island, Australia

    Thursday Island, in the Torres Strait, lies between Papua New Guinea and the northern tip of Queensland. With its deep anchorage, it became an important port in 1875, three years after the Queensland Government unlawfully annexed most of the Torres Strait islands for defence purposes and to protect British shipping interests. Today, Thursday Island is the administrative centre of all the Australian islands between Cape York and the New Guinea mainland. Almost 70 percent of the population of 3,000 are Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. See the cannons at Green Hill Fort, where underground tunnels house the Torres Strait Historical Museum, and Gab Titui Cultural Centre, which exhibits historical artefacts and contemporary Indigenous art.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Sandy Cay, Creech Reef

    Create an unforgettable memory at your own private cay, surrounded by nothing but sparkling water in the middle of the Coral Sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Lizard Island

    One of the most gorgeous spots on the Queensland coast is best viewed from the top of its highest peak, Cook’s Look. If the hike is too strenuous, enjoy swimming, snorkelling or walking on the sandy beach. Depending on availability, we may be invited to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, dedicated to help understand and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.   

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Cairns

    Say goodbye to your Captain and crew before disembarking in Cairns, the only place on Earth where two World Heritage sites collide – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Cairns after 12:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Tour inclusions

The perfect blend of expedition and cruise voyages with
  • Up to 228 guests on board for a truly exclusive Discovery Voyage
  • Up to 15-member specialist Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions and shore side expedition program
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Personalised Scenic Freechoice experiences

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