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Raja Ampat &  Spice Islands

Exotic and richly biodiverse. Retrace ancient trade routes as you sail on the Coral Adventurer for a remarkable voyage combining history, nature and culture.  In the early sixteenth century, pioneering Portuguese explorers ventured east to the ‘Indies’ in search of highly desirable spices.  They soon established a monopoly in the region around the Spice Islands of Indonesia which had an abundance of pepper, nutmeg, ginger, mace and cinnamon.  This presence drove the lucrative spice trade and eventually attracted competition in the form of the Dutch who followed them into the region towards the latter part of the century.  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.

Vestiges of this period in history, when the world spotlight shone on a small corner of Indonesia, can be seen on our annual voyages through the Spice Islands and Raja Ampat.

See a trip diary from our recent expedition in this region here.

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Our Raja Ampat & Spice Islands Cruises:

Spice Islands & Raja Ampat (Darwin to Biak), 12 Nights

Board Coral Adventurer for a cruise that combines extraordinary natural beauty and rare wildlife encounters with Indonesian culture and colonial history. Explore remote archipelagos and follow the routes of Spice Island traders and 17th century explorers. Be welcomed into ancient kingdoms and colourful villages on unforgettable Spice Islands and Raja Ampat adventure cruises.

> Departs 06 January 2021



The centre-piece of this expedition onboard Coral Adventurer is a 3-day exploration through the nature lover’s paradise that is Raja Ampat. Harbouring over 75% of the world’s total coral and fish species, Raja Ampat’s pristine and brightly coloured reef systems offer perhaps the very best snorkelling and diving in the world today.

> Departs 18 January 2021



Be one of a special few to join us on our full circumnavigation voyage around New Guinea. This one-off voyage is packed with highlights. Sailing in comfort aboard the brand-new Coral Adventurer, you will experience many diverse cultures from the Spice Islands to the Sepik River, marvel at untouched landscapes, explore the wonders of Raja Ampat, and be immersed in one of the world’s last frontiers.

> Departs 02 October 2020


Guest Lecturer Ian Burnet

Explorer, Historian and Author – Ian Burnet will be joining us as Guest Lecturer onboard our Raja Ampat and Spice Islands expeditions in 2020. Ian has spent over 30 years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia and his three published books show his fascination with the diverse history and cultures of the archipelago. His book titled “Spice Islands” tells the 2000 year history of the spice trade from the Moluccas of Eastern Indonesia until the spices reached Europe. It was the lure of the fabled Spice Islands and exotic spices such as cloves and nutmegs that drove ‘The Age of Discovery’ and the first circumnavigation of our planet.