Spice Routes/Spice Wars -- Ambon to Ternate -- October 8 to 19, 2014

Our twelve day voyage departing from Ambon will first visit the remote Banda islands which were the original source of nutmegs.  Here we visit the nutmeg plantations, the VOC forts and buildings, and the historic town of Banda Neira.

From there the Ombak Putih retraces the marine spice route north through the Moluccan islands to the clove plantations of the fabled sultanates of Ternate and Tidore. Here we will visit the Sultans Palaces, and the historic forts of the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch who fought for control of the spice trade.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to snorkel at some of the best dive sites in the pristine waters of the Moluccas and to visit the sea villages of these remote islands.

Posted on January 28, 2014 .