Sailing the Spice Islands
LUXURY PHINISI YACHT TIGER BLUE IS offering an opportunity to journey through the remote Banda Islands of Indonesia – also known as the Spice Islands – as part of an 11-night itinerary. The region was the world ’s only source of nutmeg and mace until mid 19th-century, making it the scene of copious bloodshed and treachery as the major colonial powers of the day vied for control. Tiger Blue will set sail from Maumere Bay, located on the north coast of Flores Island and finish at Pulau Ambon. En route, the ship will drop anchor so guests can enjoy the white sandy beaches; fish, swim or dive in the straits of Alor, teeming with reef sharks, tuna, grouper, manta rays and whale sharks; and discover the reef and marine life of remote islands such as Pulau Reong and the Lucipara Atoll. Kayaking, snorkelling and fishing are all also on offer. On land, you can hike volcanoes such as Kelimutu (famous for its multi-coloured lakes), visit a traditional whaling village in Lamalera and meet with the tribes of Alor. For those who want to delve deeper into colonial history of Banda Neira, one of the main islands in the Banda archipelago, there’s a chance to visit the historical homes and buildings of Fort Belgica and Nassau, former strongholds of the Portuguese and Dutch colonists. Then, on Banda Besar, you can see what all the fuss was about by hiking up to explore a 200-year-old nutmeg plantation. The trip takes place from September 30- October 11, with the price starting at US$18,762 per couple sharing one of five airconditioned, en-suite cabins. Visit www.ampersandtravel.com for more information and to make bookings.