2-11 NOVEMBER TO BANDA NEIRA

 

Day 1. 
8.00am. Meet at Tulehu harbour, Ambon, to catch the fast boat (5/6 hours) with a picnic lunch on deck. Arrive in Banda Neira around 2pm and check into the iconic Hotel Maulana where Bill Bailey was married and Mick Jagger, Princess Di, Sarah Ferguson, Jacques Cousteau and Valerie Taylor spent time. Enjoy afternoon tea followed by a tour around the town. Dine under the stars with a view of the bay and a discussion about Banda Neira and the coveted nutmeg trade with Tanya Alwi, daughter of Des Alwi, unofficial King of Banda Neira.

Day 2. 
Morning tour of Mohamad Hatta’s cottage, Indonesia’s first vice-president who was exiled in Banda Neira before Independence and the nearby Governor’s office. Late morning visit to Pongky Van Den Broeke’s nutmeg plantation in Banda Besar island and home-cooked lunch. Snorkeling in the afternoon. Dinner and cooking class at the Nutmeg Tree Hotel joined by Reza Tuasikal, owner, dive master and photographer.

Day 3.
Visit the picturesque Island of Run that was exchanged for Manhattan in the Treaty of Breda. Meet the village head who will discuss the history of this tiny island. Walk through the nutmeg plantation that still yields the world’s finest nutmeg and Nathaniel Courthope’s mountain hideaway of
Nathaniel’s Nutmeg fame. Snorkeling at Ay island. Cooking class with dinner.

Day 4. 
Morning soft trekking to Gunung Api and Karaka Island, followed by snorkeling in the island’s pristine waters. Return to hotel for cooking class. Late afternoon visit to Fort Belgica to watch a magnificent sunset over Banda Neira and then dinner in the fort with an expansive view of the harbour.

Day 5. 
After breakfast, visit to nearby Hatta Island, snorkelling, traditional lunch, and soft trekking. Dinner with cooking class.

Day 6 . 
Catch the 9 am fast boat to Ambon. Afternoon tour of Australian memorial centre, Martha Christina Tiahahu monument and the renowned Cibu-Cibu café. Dinner in the grounds of Natsepa.

Day 7. 
Transfer to Pattimura airport.

Cost 
USD 1,750.00 For single deluxe occupancy.
USD 1,650.00 For deluxe share occupancy.
USD 1,550.00 For twin share occupancy.
To secure your place,  full payment  is required.

Services included:
• All transfers
• Snorkelling equipment
• Speed boat
• Local guide
• Accommodation for 6 nights
• All meals
• Passenger fast boat return ticket
• Conservation fees
For more information on the Tour please visit www.kurabesiexplorer.com