An exclusive journey to paradise
"Nutmeg flavour" immerses you into the History of spices and the beauty of a still forgotten archipelago. A 10 days trip into paradise that will surely dazzle you…
Day 1 • Arrival in Ambon
Arrival in Ambon and transfer to The Natsepa Resort. Overnight at The Natsepa.
Day 2 • Ambon – Banda Neira
You'll leave the hotel early morning to catch the boat to Banda Islands at Tulehu harbour. After the 6h journey and a snack at Maulana Hotel, you'll have a chance to visit Belgica Fort and enjoy the view from its ramparts. Overnight at Maulana Hotel.
Day 3 • Banda Neira – Pulau Hatta
In the morning, you'll walk around Banda Neira to discover some of its historical buildings. After lunch, you'll head to Pulau Karaka to enjoy a short walk and some snorkelling. You'll then reach Pulau Hatta. Overnight and dinner at local guesthouse.
Day 4 • Pulau Hatta
Entire day to snorkel and be lazy on the beach. If walking interests you, you can follow the only road of the island that goes through nutmeg plantations to the new Hatta village. Overnight and dinner at local guesthouse.
Day 5 • Hatta – Neilaka - Rhun
Early morning, you'll head to Pulau Rhun, which the Dutch got back from the Brits in 1667 in exchange for… Manhattan! ! You'll first stop at the splendid Neilaka Island for some snorkelling, a lunch on the beach and a little bit of idleness before reaching Rhun and its fantastic sunsets. Overnight and dinner at local guesthouse.
Day 6 • Pulau Rhun
A walk through the village will take you to clove and nutmeg plantations where you'll collect some and learn how ot open it. Overnight and dinner at local guesthouse.
Day 7 • Pulau Rhun – Banda Neira
Back to Banda Neira, you'll have a free day to wander around. After lunch, hikers will have the possibility to climb the 666m of Gunung Api. A quite difficult hike that will award you with stunning views. Overnight at Maulana Hotel.
Day 8 • Pulau Lonthoir
In the morning, you'll cross the channel to reach Pulau Lonthoir, which you'll circle on amotorbike-taxi. Dinner will then be served at Banda Neira inhabitant's house where you'll discover how nutmeg jam is made. Overnight at Maulana Hotel.
Day 9 • Pulau Pisang
Late in the morning, you'll head to Pulau Pisang. You'll walk from the back of the island to the village where you'll have lunch before going to its beach for some snorkelling and last bit of idleness. You'll then sail back to Banda Neira for your last evening in paradise. Overnight at Maulana Hotel.
Day 10 • Banda Neira – Ambon
The morning boat will take you back to Tulehu harbour where a car will await for your transfer to The Natsepa Resort. Overnight at The Natsepa.
On request, depending on the guide (local/expat)
Decreasing with number of participants (minimum 2, maximum 6).
WHEN TO GO
October–November are the best months. Avoid July when the sea can be rough from Ambon.
- Local English speaking guide or Expat Biologist-photographer guide
- Transfers, visits, entrances and excursions according to the programme
- Nights in double room (Single suppl. on request)
- Meals in Hatta, Neilaka, Rhun, Lonthoir, Pisang and local house in Banda Neira
- Flights to/from Ambon
- Meals in Ambon and Banda Neira
- Lunch/snacks during transfers to/from Banda
- Snorkelling material
- Dives (~50$ per dive)
- Personal expenses
- Tips for drivers and local guide
- Cancellation insurance
- Unforeseeable programme changes
The general conditions of Kasoar TRAVEL apply.