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Breathtaking Cruise from Maumere to Ambon

Experience Indonesia like never before with this luxurious 14-day cruise. Start the tour off by sailing to the picturesque island of Kumba. Here, you’ll snorkel off its shores and discover an underwater world full of beautiful coral gardens. Continue to Wetar and relax in the soothing waters of local hot springs. Next, visit the remote volcanic islands of Teun, Serua and Nila and be captivated by the scenic landscape that surrounds you. Finish the tour in the Banda Archipelago, a region bursting with spectacular sea gardens, tropical beaches and rugged volcanic mountains. Here, you’ll visit the famous spice islands and learn about Indonesian history.

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  • Dive under the sea and take a look at alluring coral reefs and exotic schools of fish in Kumba
  • Meet welcoming locals in Moapora and learn about Indonesian culture and customs
  • Hike the volcanic islands of Teun, Serua and Nila and be captivated by its natural beauty
  • Discover historic fortresses and ancient plantations in the beautiful Banda Archipelago
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Maumere to Kumba

Begin your journey by boarding a luxurious private schooner in Maumere. Set sail and watch a stunning sunset from the deck before traveling overnight to the island of Kumba. Relax onboard and spend the night gazing at millions of twinkling stars from the deck.

Day 2
Kumba Island

Begin the day by anchoring at Kumba Island, which is home to an active volcano. Head for land and take a stroll along a gorgeous pebble beach. Next, grab your snorkel, jump into clear turquoise water and swim among beautiful coral reefs and exotic schools of fish. After, return to the boat and sail overnight to the island of Lembata.

Day 3
Lembata Island

Arrive on Lembata Island in the morning, and journey to the traditional hunting village of Lamalerap. Here, you’ll witness a community whose livelihoods depend entirely on the sea. Fishermen practice whaling in the area and you’ll see them busy at work in their tiny sailboats. In the evening, take in another beautiful sunset while we cruise towards the Alor Archipelago.

Day 4
Alor Island

Stop in Alor and reach the shores of Kalabahi, the main town on the island. Enjoy hiking through lush hills and continue until you reach the village of Takpala. Here, you’ll spend the rest of the day experiencing local Indonesian life and learning about their culture. In the late afternoon, return to the schooner and stay the night in Alor.

Day 5

Spend the day at sea and rest onboard as you cruise from Alor Island. We will depart from Alor in the morning and sail past the picturesque islands of Sunda and Maluku. During the journey, gaze at the endless islands that pass you by from the deck of the vessel. Continue overnight and reach Wetar Island in the morning.

Day 6

Wake up and step onto the island of Wetar. From there, make your way to the tiny islet of Reong and trek to the mainland. Here, you’ll indulge in a dip in the natural hot springs. In the afternoon, you’ll visit a traditional village sparsely populated with hunter-gatherers. After, return to the cruise and marvel at the beautiful landscape as you sail to the north coast of the island.

Day 7

Arrive in Moapora and spoil yourself with a beach day on the idyllic island. Grab your snorkels and discover alluring coral gardens and vibrant tropical fish. In the afternoon, make your way to a local village full of ripe orange and coconut groves. Take this opportunity to meet the friendly locals that live on the island and enjoy a cup of sweet tea with them in the afternoon.

Day 8

In the early morning, visit the exciting island of Danmar. Go ashore and stop at the traditional village of Beber, where you’ll admire impressive huts made from sago palm leaves. In the afternoon, choose to hike around a majestic volcano or travel to the untouched island of Pulau Terbang Utara.

Day 9
Teun, Serua, & Nila

Today will be spent visiting the remote volcanic islands of Teun, Serua and Nila. Head to shore and hike through lush jungles. At the end of the journey, prepare to be captivated by an amazing view of the active volcanoes. After, rest onboard the boat as you sail overnight to Manuk.

Day 10

Begin the day on the pristine island of Manuk, where you’ll spend time admiring exotic wildlife. Keep your eyes open for rare birds. There’s a good chance you’ll spot frigate birds, gannets and more. In the evening, make another overnight crossing to the Banda archipelago, a region famous for its natural beauty and cultural history.

Day 11
Banda Islands

In the morning, anchor at the Banda Islands and step into the old town of Banda Neira. Spend the day learning about the fascinating history of this part of Indonesia. Centuries ago, the Dutch used the island as a headquarters to control plantation production. Here, you’ll take a tour through ancient fortresses and historic houses. Continue your hike and admire the active Gunung Api volcano looming in the distance.

Day 12
Banda Islands

Return to the island after breakfast and embark on an unforgettable hike up Mount Gunung Ap. Take in the beautiful sights of endless green forest and smoke spewing from the top of the active volcano. After, take a stroll through the last operating nutmeg plantation in the archipelago. Here, you’ll witness how nutmeg and lace are grown, harvested and processed.

Day 13

Depart from Banda and sail to Run when the sun rises. Once on land, walk through the historic island, which is blanketed with nutmeg trees. Hundreds of years ago, nutmeg and mace production made Run an important economic resource. After a tour of the island, lift anchor and enjoy one last overnight voyage to Ambon.

Day 14

On your final day, arrive in Ambon in the morning and depart the cruise ship. Here, we say farewell and are more than happy to assist you with your next travel plans. For the remainder of the day, we recommend relaxing on the stunning beaches of Liang or Latuhalat. Be sure to snorkel off the coasts to discover more colorful coral reefs


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Private Schooner

Private Schooner

Navigate the waterways and explore the islands in luxurious style and comfort on your private schooner. Remote Lands offers a range of vessels for your stay, with air-conditioned cabins, en-suite bathrooms and spacious decks on which to relax and admire the views. With your own private boat, you will have the freedom to explore this amazing territory at your leisure, stopping off for diving, island-hopping, snorkeling, swimming and trekking. Schooners are equipped with a full crew, in order to make your stay as comfortable and special as possible.

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Our co-founder Jay Tindall travels regularly to Indonesia. As well as relaxing in beautiful Bali, he loves visiting more remote areas such as Torajaland, Sumba & Kalimantan.
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