Embark on a Journey of Discovery with Explorer, Dr Lawrence Blair, Aboard a Phinisi Boat in Iridescent Indonesia
Luxury safari and adventure specialist, Explorations Company, is thrilled to introduce an extraordinary adventure in the captivating Banda Islands of Indonesia. Dr Lawrence Blair, a seasoned explorer, author, filmmaker, and public speaker, will guide travellers through the rich history and natural wonders of this picturesque archipelago.
The Explorer’s Retreat, launching in October 2024, promises an immersive experience aboard a hand-picked phinisi boat, offering luxury and comfort while traversing the historic spice route.
Discovering the Enchanting Banda Islands
The journey commences in Ambon, where travellers catch a morning flight from Jakarta. Dr Lawrence Blair, a seasoned guide with unparalleled knowledge of the Banda Islands, welcomes guests aboard the luxury vessel.
As the phinisi gracefully glides towards the Banda Islands, guests are treated to a unique welcome by Kora-Kora war canoes. Dr Blair unveils the island’s history at Dutch Fort Belgica on Banda Naira, transporting visitors back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
The island’s past as a global hub for nutmeg and mace trade unfolds, leaving traces of Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences.
Nutmeg Plantations and Volcanic Adventures
Delve into the world’s oldest nutmeg plantations, gaining insights into the intricate cultivation methods and historical significance of nutmeg. Lace up your hiking boots for an exhilarating ascent of Gunung Banda Api, an active volcano offering panoramic views.
The morning adventure includes a dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Lava Flow site, revealing vibrant marine life thriving amidst volcanic remnants.
Witness the stunning cliffs of Pulau Manuk as you enjoy breakfast onboard. Explore the island’s unique underwater thermal springs, attracting marine life like fish-hunting birds, sea snakes, and reef sharks. Sail northward to Pulau Run, steeped in historical significance, blending natural beauty with colonial exploration.
Cultural Immersion at Pulau Run and Maulana’s Marvels
Experience the vibrant marine life surrounding Pulau Run through activities like swimming, fishing, snorkelling, or diving. Village tours, trekking, and bird watching offer deeper connections to the island’s surroundings.
A relaxed cocktail party on the pristine beach provides the perfect setting for Dr Blair to share captivating stories from his Indonesian adventures.
Explore the charming fishing villages of Ameth and Akon on a cycle ride through Nusa Laut. Witness the daily rhythms of life in coastal communities, keeping an eye out for dugongs in their natural habitat.
Cruise to Maulana Island, renowned for lush greenery and fantastic coral reefs. Journey to Saparua, where cultural exploration and underwater adventures await.
Launching in October 2024, the Explorer’s Retreat promises a journey beyond imagination, blending luxury, history, and natural wonders. Dr Lawrence Blair’s expertise ensures an unparalleled exploration of the Banda Islands, offering a truly transformative experience from October through to March.
Don’t miss the opportunity to sail through time and uncover the secrets of Indonesia’s hidden gems.