Journeys of Discovery
JOURNEYS OF DISCOVERY | OCTOBER TO EARLY DECEMBER
Our Journeys of Discovery are ideal for solo travellers, couples or a family looking to book an individual cabin on board as well as being available for private charter. These trips travel from Komodo to the Banda Islands and up to Raja Ampat to relocate the boat as the weather changes. Activities range from discovering the history of the spice trade, exploring a colonial fortress, hiking up a volcano, snorkelling on lava flows, looking out for whales and dolphins to watching thousands of fruit bats fly inland at sunset.
Journeys can be 9 to 10 nights or 12 to 15 nights.
In order to secure control of the nutmeg trade in the early 1600s, the Dutch built their first fort on the island of Banda - Fort Nassau. This followed a failed attempt by the Portuguese to secure the location, due to hostile local inhabitants. The fort served as the main military and administrative base of the Dutch in the Banda Islands for many years.
In 1611, the first director-general of the Dutch East Indies ordered a larger fort, Fort Belgica, to be constructed behind Fort Nassau to fortify the hill. It was surrendered to the British in 1796, then returned to the Dutch only to be captured again by the British in 1810.
KELIMUTU VOLCANIC LAKES
Set at 1000m above sea level are three crater lakes, which change colour according to the volcanic activity and varying mineral content. The water tends to be red or green.
KOMBA VOLCANO (BATU TARA)
The remote island of Komba offers a rare opportunity to watch an active volcano in all its glory. From the comfort of the deck, marvel at fiery eruptions and lava cascading into the sea - at a safe distance, of course.
There are over 100 tribes living on the islands of Alor. Set in relative isolation, a traditional way of life continues in many of its villages. Wooden houses with thatch roofs are typical - sometimes these are tiered in the trees. The traditional lego-lego dance binds young and old, with everyone dancing hand in hand.