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Culinary Cruise, Ambon to Ambon 8 Days Cruise with Janet de Neefe

$ 4,250$ 7,475

Discover the Indonesian Spice Islands with all your senses. Your sense of smell and taste will be peaked and fed as well as your sense of adventure on this exclusive eight-day culinary tour and rare look at the tiny islands that shaped a world of flavor.
Once worth their weight in gold, at one time spices were once the most sought after commodity in the world. From Asia to Europe, the demand for fiery flavor drove merchants, entrepreneurs and explorers across the globe in search for these valuable items. The more remote a source of a particular spice, the more the spice was worth, and none was so dear as the clove, mace, and nutmeg that hailed from the remotest area imaginable: the minuscule specs of land in the seas of the Moluccas, known as the Spice Islands.

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Culinary Adventure With Janet de Neefe

Sailing Adventure Cruises Discover the Indonesian Spice Islands with all your senses. Your sense of smell and taste will be peaked and fed as well as your sense of adventure on this exclusive eight-day culinary tour and rare look at the tiny islands that shaped a world of flavor. Once worth their weight in gold, at one time spices were once the most sought after commodity in the world. From Asia to Europe, the demand for fiery flavor drove merchants, entrepreneurs and explorers across the globe in search for these valuable items. The more remote a source of a particular spice, the more the spice was worth, and none was so dear as the clove, mace, and nutmeg that hailed from the remotest area imaginable: the minuscule specs of land in the seas of the Moluccas, known as the Spice Islands. It was the search for these mysterious Spice Islands that pushed European naval powers and explorers such as Magellan and Columbus and Magellan beyond their nearest shores to begin the “Age of Discovery.” Though their secret location has long been revealed, the Spice Islands remain remote and exotic as very few travelers get a chance to explore this culturally rich and historically fascinating region.

Lined with clove and nutmeg trees, the islands are as fragrant as they are beautiful, boasting dramatic volcanoes, pristinebeaches, and crystal clear waters lined with teeming and vibrant coral reefs. Come follow in the footsteps of maritime explorers and quench your untamable taste buds as we indulge in all that the fragrant and fiery Spice Islands have to offer.

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Day to Day Itinerary

DEPARTURES: Nov 21 - Nov 28, 2015 As we would like to start early we recommend our guests to arrive in Ambon one day before embarkation or take the very early morning flight from Makassar at 3.35 AM. Day 1 This morning we will pick you up from your hotel or the airport and transfer you to Ambon harbour for embarkation on board ‘Ombak Putih’. After you are settled we will have a quick briefing, before Janet and our professional guides will take you to the town for a visit of the local market. we will have lunch at a local restaurant to try some of the local specialities. Ambon was the centre of the historic Dutch clove monopoly and continues, to be a commercial centre and the seat of the Moluccan government today. Apart from being a spice hub Ambon is one of the biggest hubs for fish and seafood in the area. After lunch we will embark the Ombak Putih again we set sail and enjoy the view of Ambon bay around us while our chefs, and Janet will give you the change to help prepare the first dinner of the cruise. Offcourse you can choose to sit back, relax and watch the sunset instead. Day 2 Today we will arrive at the remote island of Manipa. We will visit a distillery for kayu putih oil (similar to “eucalyptus” and known for its antiseptic qualities) for which the area is famous. We explore the village to learn more about the local life and their diet and specialities. During lunch we set sail for the Pulau Tiga Island for some exceptional snorkelling and beachcombing. In the evening we will enjoy and talk more about all the culinary items that Indonesia has to offer and their rich history. Day 3 Our next destination is the island of Nusa Laut. This is the smallest of the Lease islands to which also Ambon and Saparua belong. Nusa Laut is rarely frequented by outsiders. We will see how life in the villages still reflect some of the custom of the forefathers, the island is still filled with, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon trees and sago palms, and an abundance of fruits. The sago palm produces a flour that is the biggest staple food in the area, it is used in many dishes the most famous one is called papeda. Apart from that the palm is used as building material for roofs and bricks, the villagers will show us the process of distrecting the flour from the three. In the afternoon we will be warmly welcomed by one of the the local villages; they will show us around and will prepare a feast of local dishes for us right on the beach. Day 4 This morning is dedicated to exploring Saparua, one of the former strongholds of the Dutch in colonial times. In the early 19th century Fort Duurstede, located in the heart of Saparua, was attacked and conquered by Pattimura, one of the heroes of Indonesia. This story is told in the museum inside the fort in a realistic diorama. The island boasts a vibrant morning market where we can discover exotic ingredients and stock up on fresh supplies In the afternoon we pay a visit to a local earthenware-pottery maker. Day 5 Our arrival in the renowned Banda Archipelago generates a true sense of historical excitement. These Islands, world famous for their natural beauty and cultural heritage from the time the Portuguese/Dutch/English colonization era, are among the highlights of Indonesia. The flow of nutmeg, mace and cloves from the Bandas and Ternate to the West, can be traced to destinations around the world dating from several centuries BC. The Spice Islands dramatic and difficult history is well documented through these times. The current, quiet colonial ambiance, coupled with world class biodiversity, makes this destination special. We will anchor near the hacienda style colonial era hotel in Bandanaira, the only (small) city of Banda. . We will stroll through the city, visit old fortresses and admire the planters’ mansions from the old days. Day 6,7 These days will be filled with visits to a few of the other islands of the archipelago, perhaps Run, Ai, and Hatta where we will see what remains of the ancient plantations, churches and cemeteries. We will breathe the atmosphere of the time that the Banda youth were sent to the most expensive boarding schools of Europe and dream about the splendid, but short-lived glory during this remarkable episode in world history. We should be able to see how the nutmeg trees are still grown today, learning about their harvesting, hopefully taste some of the dried fruit of the nutmeg tree and enjoy baked goods flavored with fresh mace and nutmeg. We will also have several opportunities to explore the pristine waters and bountiful reefs of the islands. We will then proceed from Banda northeast, perhaps with a war canoe called a kora-kora, escorting our departure out of the harbor in the direction of Ambon. Day 8 After breakfast we say goodbye to the crew and your home of the past few days. Your transport will comfortably move you to the Ambon airport for your onward travel.

MSY Ombak Putih Specification

Ombak Putih Vessel Description The Ombak Putih is a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built from Iron wood by Buginese ship builders . Her keel was laid in Batulicin Kalimantan in 1995, and she became operational in 1997. The Ombak Putih is 42 meter long, and provides accommodation for up to 24 guests in 12 comfortable cabins. With approximately 400 square meters of public space divided over 2 main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space in abundance, allowing for privacy and serene relaxing. All cabins are located below deck and offer private bathroom, portholes, individually controlled air conditioning, and ample storage space including safety deposit box. Led by Captain Feri, 14 dedicated crew members coming from all regions of the archipelago make your stay with us a memorable experience. Safety and Seaworthiness The vessel is fitted with all internationally required safety and communication equipment such as SSB and VHF radios, life jackets, life rafts, and satellite telephone. Apart from that we carry an extensive first aid kit, Defibrillator (AED) and emergency oxygen supply. Experienced navigators consider it an axiom that the seaworthiness of a vessel depends on the seaworthiness of the crew. Our ship has a well seasoned all licensed Indonesian crew of fourteen and an experienced cruise director . We have have multiple first aid trainings per year and drills are done on a regular basis according to the Marine Safety Codes.
Services Profile
  • Spacious twin shared cabin with twin bunk beds or double bed Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower
  • Washbasin and soap toiletries in your cabin
  • Cabins have individually controlled air conditioning
  • Towels and beach towels that are regularly changed
  • Valuables and travel documents can be stored in the ship’s safe
  • Dining in spacious air conditioned lounge
  • Teak wooden furniture in lounge, cabins and on deck
  • Spacious sun and semi-covered decks
  • Free tea, coffee and mineral water Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian food on request)
  • A selction of wines, cold beer and other alcoholic drinksare offered for sale
  • Fresh water on-deck shower
  • Outdoor sleeping facilities
  • Professional cruise director
  • Unlimited use of our snorkeling equipment and 2 sea canoes
  • Television, DVD and music center in lounge
Ombak Putih Technical Specifications
  • Construction: Kalimantan, Indonesia, 1996/7
  • Registry: Indonesia
  • Length over deck: 36 Meter
  • Length over all: 42 Meter
  • Beam:10,5 meters
  • Draft: 3.5 meters
  • Engine: Mercedes 12 cylinder marine engine
  • Rig: Gaff rigged ketch – 600 m2 sails, 2 mains, two tops, three jibs
  • Cruising speed: 7-10 knots
  • Maximum speed: 12 knots
  • Voltage: 220 volts
  • Tenders: 2 both with 40 hp yamaha
  • Decks:1 main deck, 1 sun deck,1 cabin deck
  • Capacity: 24 guests
  • Cabins: 12
  • Water capacity: 25000 Liter
  • Fuel Capacity: 14000 Liter
  • Watermaker: capicity 2500 liters per day
  • Auxiliary Power: 2 generators 45 kva and 25 kva
Safety:
  • 2 x lifeboat capacity 25 people.
  • liferings with lights
  • 50 lifejackets with lights
  • Children lifejackets
  • fire alarm system
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire pump
  • Emergency mobile fire pump
  • Extensive first aid kits
  • Defibrillator (AED)
  • Medical oxygen supply
Navigation:
  • Furuno gps
  • Koden radar
  • Second gps with chart plotter Hainan
  • Koden echosounder
  • Max sea computer based navigation system
  • VHF and sbb radios
  • Satellite phones
  • Epirb emergency Beacon
  • Paper charts and manual utilities
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is this tour offers Diving? A. No this cruise is a leisure cruise, offers themed excursion and unlimited snorkelling opportunity. Q. How can I arrange my flights to and from starting/end port ? A. Please inform us that you would like us to arrange the domestic air tickets for you Q. How can i get from Airport to The boat and vice versa ? A. Once you arrive at starting port/end port of cruise, transfer to and from airport is include in the service. Q. How much cash do i need to carry in this cruise ? A. Since this is a full board cruise, during the cruise you may only need money (cash in local currency) when you are purchasing souvenir. You may also needs to pay your bar bill (alcoholic drinks are not included in the service) after the cruise, you can also pay onboard the ship using Credit Card (Visa & Master Card only) Q. What is Included in this cruise ? A. Full board meal, english speaking guide service, free flow coffee and tea, use of our water activities equipment (snorkel, fins, goggles, sea canoe), Limited laundry. Q. What is not included ? A. Personal expenses, Alcoholic drinks consumed from boat bar during the cruise, domestic airfares (unless mentioned included). Q. Do I Need Travel Insurances? A. Your cruise tour purchased from allaboutbali.com may include your worldwide travel insurance, please Look at the product description. Q. What about safety precaution and medic ? A. Crew of the boat are certified for the Basic Safety Training, and they are also regularly train for medical first aid officer. Q. What about emergency support ? A. The boat office and allaboutbali.com monitors movement of thenbboat and regularly receiving report from boat captain, should there is something emergency support needed, Theres hould be a plan already, even for an airlift emergency evacuation. Q. What time will the boat leave port, in case i only get the latest fllight to be in the starting port ? A. Depends on the itinerary program, if you are arriving late, you may missed the morning attraction, boat leave at 12.00 noon, so guest able to have lunch onboard the ship. Please arrange your ticket by consulting us to assure you are not missing any program by arriving the latest. Q. What time the boat will arriving at the end port? A. Boat will arrive early morning and depend on the itinerary whether we have morning program/attractions or not, if not we will then transfer you directly from boat to the airport for your return flight. Q. Are domestic flights sometime delay and cancelled ? A. Though nowadays air transport departure and arrival time has been increasing in term of quality, but there is always possibility of weather-caused delay. There you could missed your connecting flight. Please have at least one day stay in Bali /Jakarta before connecting to your Int'l flight. Please also consult us whether travel insurance is included in the tour you purchased from www.allaboutbali.com IF This does not yet cover what you would like to ask us before you make purchasing, please contact support on the next tab in this page. Thank you.

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