Sail­ing the Spice Is­lands

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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.

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