The Bucket List Family on Tiger Blue

Our latest guests on board Tiger Blue were the Bucket List Family and friends, who explored the pristine waters of Raja Ampat. Take a look at some of their adventures ...

 


SUITCASE magazine in the Spice Islands

Suitcase Magazine joined us on board Tiger Blue last October as we sailed across the Banda Sea. From Maumere, Flores via the Banda Islands to Ambon in the Malukus, this trip covered some of the most remote and unchartered waters of the Indonesian archipelago. Click below to read more.

The Explorers' Expedition to West Papua aboard Tiger Blue

"After exploring the Raja Ampat islands, our team went into the heart of the second biggest forest in the world after Amazon. There, we encountered different tribes, including the Asmat people, known for their wooden sculptures. We also met the Korowais, the tree people, whose houses can be perched up to 40 metres high." - The Explorers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=CoQKnG4BTAI


The remote Indonesian island swapped for Manhattan

Do you know that it has been 350 years since the Run - Manhattan swap in 1667?

Back in the 17th century, when nutmeg was such a valuable trading property, England and The Netherlands were literally at war with each other to be the sole conqueror of Run Island. The little island, produced the most nutmeg among the other islands in Banda. Back then, Banda Islands was the center of the world's spice trade.

Under the Treaty of Breda, The Dutch secured a worldwide monopoly on nutmeg, by offering Manhattan in return for England's giving up claim on Run island.

Now, in the 350 years anniversary of the Treaty of Breda, we want to remember the great international history, happened in this beautiful remote island, by sharing the history for the world to know.

Beside the unique history, Banda has its natural beauty to be exposed to the world. Have you ever tried diving in Banda? It's a once in a lifetime experience, not just because of the beautiful lava flow from the volcano eruption in 1988, the biodiversity of the marine life is not to be missed if you are a diving lover!


Komodo Dragon Blood : New Antibiotic?

An alternative module to the existing antibiotic for infected wounds, researchers modeled after one that occurs naturally in the blood of Komodo dragons, protecting the reptiles from infection.

https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/komodo-dragon-blood-inspires-new-antibiotic

Banda night diving : the fish that hunt with flashlights

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/fish-hunts-flashlights-embedded-its-face/

 


New Policy designed to sustain marine resources

http://www.eubulletin.com/6793-leader-for-a-living-planet-our-nations-future-is-in-the-ocean.html

8 Things You Should Know About Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park, located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, consists of three main islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous small islands. Read on to discover Komodo's highlights.

1. The Komodo Dragon

The Komodo Dragon is a living dinosaur, a magnificent, prehistoric-looking creature which has inhabited the earth for four million years. This enormous species of lizard can only be found in their natural habitat on the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Padar and Gili Motang. Reaching up to 10 feet in length and weighing more than 300 pounds, they are fine swimmers and regularly move between islands. Tiger Blue's island of choice is Rinca. Far less visited, it is well off the usual tourist route and provides an authentic adventure away from the crowds.

The Komodo Islands are also famous for other ancient indigenous species..... The flightless bird called the megapode that can be spotted in the undergrowth on your hikes, & the amazing flight of thousands of flying foxes at dusk. View this amazing natural phenomenon from the top deck of Tiger Blue.

2. Trek to Padar

The breathtaking view of Padar. Image : peekholidays.com

The breathtaking view of Padar. Image : peekholidays.com

Komodo is great for hiking. The grassy slopes tempt you ashore. Hiking up the paths on Padar Island is invigorating but when you get up there, it’s beautiful! It’s like looking out over a 3D map of Komodo. Padar’s peak is one of the most famous photo locations, so please expect a few people on top.

3. Big Fish

Swim with This Beauty. Image : Mark Rosenstein

Swim with This Beauty. Image : Mark Rosenstein

For marine-life fans, Komodo National Park offers big fish! Whether snorkelling or diving at Manta Point, near Karang Makassar (Makassar Reef), you can find Manta rays, some up to 3 meters long. Other biggies are the Grey Reef Shark, White Tip Shark, Giant Trevalley, Napoleon Wrasse, and many more. If we're lucky, we can attract large pods of dolphins to ride boat's bow wave.

4. Crystal Rock

Beautiful Corals. Image : Martin Klein

Beautiful Corals. Image : Martin Klein

Crystal Rock is underwater heaven for divers. It is an undersea mount of beautiful soft coral. At low tide its tip is exposed above water.  Black Tip and White Tip sharks, Giant Trevalley, Dogtooth Tuna, Seahorse, Turtle are a few of the wide range of species found here.

5. Castle Rock

The underwater life. Image : Jeff Mullins

The underwater life. Image : Jeff Mullins

Castle Rock is another great dive spot, located about 300 meters from Crystal Rock. It’s a great location to swim with sharks. It is not too deep, with great visibility & generally has the same marine species as Crystal Rock

6. Trekking Gili Lawa Darat

Gili Lawa Darat in Komodo National Park

Gili Lawa Darat is one of the smaller islands within Komodo National Park. It takes approximately 40 minutes to hike its highest peak, but the view is just too great to miss. Trust us!

7. Calm Seas

Komodo National Park Calm Seas

The ultimate way to explore Komodo National Park is to use a phinisi liveaboard. In season, Komodo promises calm seas & mild currents......great for sailing, snorkeling and diving!

8. Your own private island

Besides the three main islands, tiny dots of land are sprinkled across the archipelago, creating the perfect backdrop for your own castaway experience. Away from it all and with no one else around, you can have your own private island! The Tiger Blue team know all the best spots and have numerous surprises up their sleeves: a parasol, a BBQ, a stunning sundowner, the perfect cocktail locations, a starlit bonfire. These are once in a lifetime experiences.


Banda, the 17th century spice trade centre

Rhun Island, the smallest island in Banda with the most nutmeg trees.

The Forgotten Island

The Banda Islands, located about 2,000km east of Java, in the Banda Sea, consist of 10 volcanic islands with jaw-dropping peaks, covered in lush green vegetation. Besides their undeniable natural beauty, the Banda Islands preserve a history which extends back hundreds of years.

In the 17th century, the Banda Islands were the world’s only source of nutmeg and mace. Besides being an important ingredient in Indonesian cuisine, mace was used as a cure for bubonic plague. As a rare commodity, these spices were worth almost 300 times their original price across the international market. This highly profitable spices trade attracted the attention of colonialists including Portuguese, Dutch and British, all of whom attempted to conquer the Islands and monopolise the world’s spice trade. The ultimate prize was Rhun island, a small island with the highest concentration of nutmeg trees, producing almost one third of the world's supply. At one point, the Dutch offered to trade Manhattan for Rhun Island.

Historic Sites

In order to maintain their hold over the Banda Islands, the Dutch built Fort Nassau in 1609, as a way to control the nutmeg trade. The Fort later functioned as a military base and an administrative centre. In 1611, they built the larger, more strategic Fort Belgica, located above Fort Nassau, with the stunning background of Gunung Api. Whilst the Forts have been damaged by age, the walls are still standing, offering great historical appeal.

Marine Biodiversity

The Banda Islands' marine biodiversity is perhaps its most prized possession, with the fastest growing and most resilient reef on the planet. Snorkel or dive in the Banda Sea, and you’ll have the chance to see myriad underwater species, from Redtooth Triggerfish, Mandarin fish and Ambon Scorpion fish to dolphins, orcas, hammerhead sharks and whales.

Part of the beauty of the Islands is their sheer remoteness from civilisation. Water transportation is the only way to get there and back - local ferries, traditional boats or phinisi yachts, like Tiger Blue.