As the focal point of the global spice trade in the 16th and 17th century, this region is endowed with well-preserved European relics alongside vibrant local traditions. Enriched by lava flows from the immense active volcano of Gunung Banda Api, nutrient-rich underwater gardens flourish in a kaleidoscope of colors. A series of world-class diving and snorkeling sights await, as do discoveries of fantastic native bird species in the lush forests.

Highlights


• Banda Neira. The epicentre of the Old World global spice trade, Banda Neira is a kaleidoscope of tradition, culture, nature and wildlife.

• Pulau Run. It’s difficult to imagine now, but this remote island village was once worth as much as Manhattan.

• Nusa Laut & Molana. With its fair share of historical artifacts, this is a picturesque paradise for both water- and land-based adventures and home to the dugong (Asian manatee).

• Ambon & Sarapua. The vibrant capital of Maluku province offers a fantastic introduction to the region

• Pulau Manuk. This lone volcanic crater island in the Banda Sea rises 3,000 from the sea floor.

Arrive to a warm welcome in Ambon and board Aqua Blu at Laha Bay, a famous muck diving site. There are also opportunities for trekking and birdwatching inland.
Early morning, depart for the island outpost of Saparua, sailing along the scenic north coast of Ambon. Disembark en route at the coastal town of Hila to explore the old Dutch fortification, Fort Amsterdam. Continue onto Sarapua, where a host of water activities await. Discover local pottery-making at Ouw village, visit a local market, see European relics, explore bird habitats or go diving before departing Sarapua for an overnight crossing to Banda Islands.
Approach the Banda Islands as the sun rises, greeted by Kora-Kora war canoes as the boat enters the harbor. Stroll through history at the Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Neira, once the most hotly contested island in the world in the 16th and 17th century, and learn about the colorful story of the Old World spice trade.
Spend the day exploring the oldest nutmeg plantations in the world, learning about the cultivation and history of the spice. Hike the active volcano of Gunung Banda Api. In this remote part of Indonesia, experience local life with traditions unchanged for decades before departing Banda Harbour at night.
Savour a sunrise breakfast on board against the backdrop of 300-metre tall cliffs of Pulau Manuk, a volcanic island rising 3 kilometres from the seabed. This is a haven for fish-hunting birds, as well as sea snakes and reef sharks flocking to enjoy the area’s underwater thermal springs. After sundown, cruise northwards to Pulau Run, a historic island traded by the British for Manhattan in 1667.
Arrive at Pulau Run, the westernmost of the Banda Islands, at sunrise. Swim, fish, snorkel and dive in the crystal-clear waters, or go on village tours, trekking and birding. Attempt to search for the ruins of an old British fort before arriving at a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits.
On the north side of Nusa Laut, bike through the scenic fishing villages of Ameth and Akon. This is also home of the dugong, the Southeast Asian cousin of the American manatee and a vulnerable species. Cruise to Molana Island, a small but heavily forested island with fantastic reefs.
Awake to the bustle of Ambon and disembark after a sumptuous breakfast for your outbound flight.
All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.

Cabin. From

$ 7525 USD pp
Cabin. From
15 individually-designed suites in 3 categories across four decks. 2 pairs of interconnecting suites available.

Cabin. From

$ 7525 USD pp
Cabin. From
15 individually-designed suites in 3 categories across four decks. 2 pairs of interconnecting suites available.

Cabin. From

$ 7525 USD pp
Cabin. From
15 individually-designed suites in 3 categories across four decks. 2 pairs of interconnecting suites available.

Cabin. From

$ 7525 USD pp
Cabin. From
15 individually-designed suites in 3 categories across four decks. 2 pairs of interconnecting suites available.

Cabin. From

$ 7525 USD pp
Cabin. From
15 individually-designed suites in 3 categories across four decks. 2 pairs of interconnecting suites available.

Cabin. From

$ 7525 USD pp
Cabin. From
15 individually-designed suites in 3 categories across four decks. 2 pairs of interconnecting suites available.

Aqua Blu

Vessel Type: Yacht

Length: 198 feet / 60 meters

Passenger Capacity: 30

Built/Converted/Refurbished: 1968/2006/2019

Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago, Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.

Where modern luxury meets naval heritage

With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is a compelling maritime statement. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications. Guests can expect to embrace an distinguished sense of history and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind cruise ship.

Inside the four-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Cor has tastefully paired with a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck.

Unlocking access to the Earth’s most intriguing destinations

Faster, further, greater safety and comfort — Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes it the perfect vessel to navigate East Indonesia’s vast seas. Having attained the highest international classifications (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) in safety, the vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for optimal comfort at rest or while sailing.

Aqua Blu’s range stands heads and shoulders above that of its peers in East Indonesia. Able to cover vast distances in a short span of time — and in any sea condition — the vessel enables explorers on board to experience the most varied, enjoyable and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and stunningly beautiful region of the world.

On Board Living and Social Areas

Sun Deck with Outdoor Seating, Lounge Sofa and Barbecue

Bridge Deck with Jacuzzi, Outdoor Lounge Area, Spa and Exercise Zone

Forecastle Deck with Outdoor Dining and Seating Area, Indoor Lounge Bar, Library and TV Room

Main Deck with Outdoor Seating, Salon and Dining Room

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