Explore the far reaches of Indonesia, in a watery region seemingly untouched by modernity and passage of time. Cover 1,250 miles on this exhilarating, illuminating 14-day tour. Set sail from Maumere, heading toward the breathtaking island of Kumba, where you will have time to snorkel in the turquoise waters at the base of a smoldering volcano. Your journey will take you through to Buton Island, home of the ancient Wolio Palace. Onward, explore the limestone caves and traditional villages of Muna. Take a captivating riverboat tour through the virgin forests of Morowali National Park and witness the daily lives of Wana tribe members before reaching your final destination, Manado.
Shortly after sunset on your second day, drop anchor in stunning Waienga Bay. Notice the mighty Ile Api volcano that towers high above the coastline amongst rolling, forested hills. Take a step onto dry land and stroll through the traditional village of Jontona, famous for ‘ikat,’ a unique dyeing process used to pattern textiles. Head back to the ship for an overnight sail back to Maumere.
By day four, you will have reached the first islands of the Tukang Besi archipelago. Here you will meet the Bajau people; these ‘sea gypsies’ live in stilted homes over the water. Formerly a nomadic group, they have now adopted a more static way of life. Learn about their resourceful ways of sustenance and daily life, so removed from all that is modern.
Make your way to the Buton Island harbor of Bau-Bau. Take to shore and explore the harbor, once an important point on the trade route between Sulawesi and the Moluccas, infamous for a history of pirates and slave traders. Visit the palace at Wolio, where two-meter-high stone fortifications still encircle the royal hilltop abode. Within the walls of the palace, you will find one of the oldest mosques in eastern Indonesia.
Enter the narrow strait between Buton and Muna, by daybreak of day six. It takes careful navigation to move between the islands until you reach the main village of Raha on Muna Island. Go ashore and explore the limestone caves and their ancient wall painting adornments. In the nearby village of Bolo, you can get a sense of authentic island life and interact with the friendly locals.
Charter a local boat in Kolondale this morning and visit the virgin forests of Morowali National Park. Deep in the untouched rainforest, meet members of the Wana tribe. Watch as the locals hunt with blowpipes and forage for sustenance materials. Before evening falls, return to the ship and sail away from Tolo Bay.
Sail to the remote Banggai Islands on day ten. Rarely-visited by tourists, the region encompasses an archipelago of more than 100 small islands. Visit the central town and port of Banggai, a 13th century locale with the palace of the former sultan still intact. Proceed to Peleng and anchor in one of the quiet bays for the night.
Spend today exploring the largest island of the Banggai group, Peleng. The island’s dense forest, high mountains and hemline of mangroves, teeming with avian life makes for a gorgeous sight. Anchors away, set a northerly course across the Gorontalo Basin, crossing the equator during the night.
It’s day thirteen of your whirlwind adventure over the Indonesian waters. Drop anchor off the shore of Nuangan village, a small fishing town with a beautiful beach. Spend your last day swimming and snorkeling. Soak it all up! On the thirteenth day, you could drop anchor in front of the village of Nuangan, a small fishing village with a nice beach, a superb spot for a last day of swimming and snorkeling.