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exotic and richly biodiverse

Combining scenery of outstanding natural beauty, diverse wildlife and storied histories, our Spice Islands and Raja Ampat expedition is a unique journey of discovery and adventure like no other.

Aboard Coral Discoverer, cruise these exotic islands where villagers have remained shielded from the outside world and communities are only now emerging into the 21st century.

The centrepiece of our expedition is a five day exploration through the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat. Snorkel or dive pristine and brightly coloured reef systems that offer perhaps, the very best snorkelling and diving in the world today.

Retrace the great European explorer routes that set out to discover the Spice Islands, which in the 12th to 15th centuries supplied the world’s nutmeg and mace. This is a remarkable voyage of discovery.

 

 

SPICE ISLANDS AND RAJA AMPAT (DARWIN - BIAK), 11 NIGHTS

Our 11-night voyage from Darwin to Biak is an adventure like no other. Enjoy outstanding natural beauty, diverse wildlife and storied histories, all from the comfort of our flagship vessel, Coral Discoverer.

> Departs 15 March 2017

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SPICE ISLANDS AND RAJA AMPAT (BIAK TO DARWIN), 11 NIGHTS

Board Coral Discoverer for the journey of a lifetime through the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat. Snorkel or dive pristine and brightly coloured reef systems that offer perhaps, the very best snorkelling and diving in the world today.

> Departs 26 March 2017

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The Indonesian Spice Trade

In the early sixteenth century, Portuguese ships could be found encroaching into Indonesia waters in search of highly valuable spice for world trade. They soon established a monopoly. The wealth of spices; pepper, nutmeg, ginger, mace and cinnamon, drove this lucrative spice trade and attracted competition in the form of the Dutch who followed them into the region towards the latter part of the century. The Dutch having recognised the potential of the East Indies spice trade, soon established their power in the region.

The spice trade was at the time, the world’s biggest industry. It established and destroyed empires and led to the discovery of new continents. Some would say it helped lay the foundation for the modern world.