Ambon to Kendari

Departures: Indonesia

Indonesia: Islands in the Stream

Embark on a multi-island sailing adventure to some of the most remote islands in the east Indonesian archipelago—following the ancient sailing routes of spice merchants and traders. Board the sailing schooner Ombak Putih in Ambon for a leisurely 12-day passage to enjoy quiet coastal villages, emerald seas, shimmering white beaches, magnificent coral gardens and marine life.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to a non-profit organization we support that is having a very positive impact in Indonesia—PATH who is working on maternal and child health and immunization services.

Itinerary

December 28-January 12, 2015

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Day 1-2

DEPART FOR SINGAPORE

Depart U.S. and fly to Singapore, losing one day due to time zone changes. Transfer directly to your hotel for overnight.

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Day 3

SINGAPORE

Relax and enjoy the day in Singapore. This evening depart for an overnight flight to Ambon.

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Day 4

AMBON — BOARD OMBAK PUTIH

Morning arrival in Ambon where you board the sailing schooner Ombak Putih. After a welcome drink settle into your en-suite cabin and set sail from one of the most beautiful natural harbors in Indonesia. One the way to Manipa drop anchor at a quiet beach for a swim in the clear warm waters of the Banda Sea. Enjoy the sunset and your first dinner on board.

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Day 5

MANIPA ISLAND

Today stop at the remote island of Manipa. In the fishing village of Tumalehu you can observe the processing of sago—a staple food all over the Moluccas and Papua.

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Day 6

BURU ISLAND

Awake in the Bay of Tayeti, Buru—a scarcely populated, rugged, remote and mountainous island. After visiting a distillery for kayu putih oil (used as an antiseptic) for which Buru is known, explore up-river aboard a local boat and see village life along the river. Time for a swim before dinner on board.

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Day 7

MANGOLE ISLAND

The next island stop is Mangole where the best anchorage is in the Bay of Vesuvius. Go ashore at a small village called Auponhia, meet the village head, pay your respects and ask permission to take a walk along the river and the village gardens.

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Day 8

TALIABU ISLAND

Arrival at Taliabu, the third island of the Sula Archipelago. Walk into one of the villages in the interior where the people are semi-nomadic and known for their weaving. In the afternoon explore the island coastline, stopping for snorkeling and a look at the local coral.

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Day 9

BANGGAI ISLANDS

This grouping of dozens of large and tiny islands offers many lovely beaches and reefs for explorations. On the main island village, visit the palace of the former Sultan. Enjoy a comfortably paced tour of the sites on the island in a becak (pedicab).

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Day 10-11

SULAWESI ISLANDS

Spend two days exploring the different island groups of east Sulawesi looking for unspoiled beaches and snorkel spots. On the island of Manui visit the local village to catch a glimpse of day-to-day life.

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Day 12-13

WAKATOBI ISLANDS

Today reach the island group of Wakatobi also referred to as the Tukang Besi archipelago, which stretches over 30 miles and is famous for its pristine reefs and beautiful islands. Spend your days beachcombing or snorkeling.

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Day 14

DISEMBARK KENDARI, SULAWESI

Arrive in the busy harbor town of Kendari. After breakfast say farewell to the crew and transfer to the airport for your flight to Singapore and connections home.

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Day 15

ARRIVE HOME

Arrival time will depend on airline and routing chosen.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at HOW TO BOOK. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.