An Insider's Indonesia

16 days
FROM £ 4241
Countries Visited: Indonesia

An Insider's Indonesia

Journey from Makassar in Southern Sulawesi, to the Spice Isles of Ambon & Seram in Maluku, before diving into Raja Ampat's magical underwater world at the heart of the Coral Triangle.

Maluku (once known as the Moluccas) is sandwiched between Sulawesi and Papua. This isolated chain of islands played a vital role in the trade of nutmeg, cloves and mace between the 16th and 18th century. Echoes of colonial history permeate the region. The islands offer a wild escape with pristine reefs, palm-fringed beaches, forested peaks, ancient forts and a wealth of culture.

Seram, the largest, is an untamed beauty with a wildlife-rich mountainous interior melting down to meet idyllic white sand beaches.

Bustling Sorong in Western Papua is the gateway to Raja Ampat - a pristine waterworld where dramatic volcanic peaks rise up from the gin-clear ocean, home to an unrivalled diversity of marine life.

If you're attracted to remote corners of the world, then this is a trip to spice up your life.

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Holiday Itinerary

DAY 1-2

Welcome to Sulawesi! You'll be met by your private guide on arrival and accompanied to your hotel, Favehotel Daeng Tompo, in Makassar. At the centre of the spice trade, and an important gateway to eastern Indonesia, Makassar has been welcoming travellers for centuries.Echoes of it's colonial past can still be seen, although a modern skyline dominates these days. Head out by bacak or bus to visit two of Makassar’s local markets with your guide.Laden with fresh produce, take a local ferry along the river to the village of La’kkang, surrounded by paddy fields. Here, in a local house, you'll enjoy a cookery lesson before returning to your hotel via the colourful harbour of Paotere.

DAY 3-4

The Moluccas - Ambon
Catch your flight to Ambon in the Moluku islands, with its lush mountains and clear water. You'll be staying at the Amans Hotel. Find your feet in the streets of Ambon with a bacak ride (cycle rickshaw) before driving 3,000 feet up to the village of Soya Atas, on the slopes of Gunung Sirimau. Here you'll hike to the hilltop for magnificent views before descending via fruit orchards and fields of crops to the coastal town of Hukurila.

DAY 5-8

The Moluccas - Seram Island
Seram is a 340km long wild beauty - the largest of the Moluku islands. You have 4 nights in this magical place with a chance to explore by foot, various boats and snorkel, of course! Look out for the extraordinary wildlife, including endemic species, Australasian marsupials and brilliant birdlife - parrots, lory and cockatoo to name a few. A longboat will deliver you to your secluded waterside guesthouse, Lisar Bahari . Highlights of your stay include the cystal waters of Batu Supun, the uninhabited islands of Pulau Tujuh, cruising the Salawai River - home of Sago Palms, saltwater crocs and waterfalls and meeting the Alifuru community in the animist village of Alfuro Haulu. your final night's stay is at Irene Guesthouse.


The Moluccas - Ambon
Return to Ambon where you leave the city behind and base yourself on the island’s quiter north coast at The Natsepa, Natsepa Beach. Your guide will introduce you to the north's little gems.

DAY 10

Sorong Island
Fly to Sorong in Western Papua and check in to the Swiss Belhotel Sorong. Sorong is Papua’s second largest city, perched on the island’s western tip, and is known as a key access point for visiting the Raja Ampat archipelago, and boasts one of the best vantage points for panoramic views across the bay. Relax at your hotel, or take a hike up Stone Hill. Western Papua is a sparsely populated place but its lush jungle interior is a biodiversoty hotspot with birdwing butterflies, Australasian marsupials, and several extraordinary varieties of Bird-of-Paradise.

DAY 11-14

Raja Ampat - Kri Island
Today you board a shuttle boat to the small Raja Ampat island of Kri. Check in to the Kri Eco Resort where you'll be staying in a simple stilted cottage positioned on the idyllic shoreline. Raja Ampat is world-famous. Around 1500 islands and cays making up the archipelago at the heart of the Coral Triangle, where the Pacific and Indian Oceans meet, creating an incredible density and diversity of marine life.

DAY 15

Boat back to Sorong
Today you boat back to Sorong. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
Not Included: Flights to/from Asia, entry visas, international airport departure taxes, any meals not listed in the itinerary, drinks ( other than water on activity days), personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips etc.), travel insurance, all other services, Any Covid testing or certification required for travel and/or quarantine costs.

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Price per person from £4,241 based on two people sharing.

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