In the wake of Wallace II: Ternate - Banda - Ambon

       

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This special itinerary honors one of the first prominent scientists who dared to raise concerns over the environmental impact of human activity...150 years ago...
Alfred Russel Wallace(1823-1913)was a British naturalist and explorer.He is best known for independently proposing a theory of evolution due to natural selection that prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own theory.
From 1854 to 1862, Wallace travelled through what is nowadays Malaysia and Indonesia in order to study its nature.

GIORNO 1 - -

You will arrive on the island of Ternate and be transferred from the airport to the Ombak Putih.
Today the island of Ternate is still a major administrative center of the Moluccas but the peak of its power and importance was in the fifteenth and sixteenth century when the sultans of Ternate and nearby Tidore ruled an empire that stretched all the way from the eastern part of Sulawesi to Ambon, Seram and parts of Papua. The islands were the world's major producer of cloves and the sultans who controlled the spice trade were celebrated through the East for their power and regal magnificence.
Wallace claims in his autobiography that it was on Ternate that he wrote his initial paper proposing a theory of evolution by means of natural selection. He describes his arrival on the island on page 312 of “The Malay Archipelago” ” On the morning of the 8th of January, 1858, I arrived at Ternate,

the fourth of a row of fine conical volcanic islands which skirt the west coast of the large and almost unknown island of Gilolo. The largest and most perfectly conical mountain is Tidore, which is over four thousand feet high—Ternate being very nearly the same height, but with a more rounded and irregular summit. The town of Ternate is concealed from view till we enter between the two islands, when it is discovered stretching along the shore at the very base of the mountain. Its situation is fine, and there are grand views on every side…”.
After exploring the town during the remainder of the afternoon we spend the night at anchor.

GIORNO 2 - -

We leave Ternate and after sailing past Tidore and several other beautiful islands in the same chain, we proceed to Kayoa Island, which Wallace reached in October 1858. In the virgin forests he found colorful beetles, 'so abundant that they rose up in swarms.' We will look for the endemic racquet-tailed Kingfisher of Kayoa.

GIORNO 3 - -

We cross the equator and enter the southern hemisphere. Our voyage will continue through narrow straits and past several small islands to Bacan. In Maluku every island is a treasure by itself and this is where in 1858 Wallace discovered the marsupial cuscus, ‘cuscus ornatus’, which belongs to a curious genus peculiar to the Australo-Malayan region. They have small heads, large eyes and a dense covering of woolly fur, which is often pure white. On Bacan Island, parrots and fruit pigeons are also abundant. Endemic to the island is the roller Eurystomus azureus, a sunbird, Nectarinea auriceps and a racquet-tailed kingfisher, Tanysiptera isis. A bonus prize would be the endemic bird of paradise, Wallaces Standard Wing, Semioptera wallacii.

GIORNO 4 - -

As the day breaks we lift the anchor and we will be sailing all through the day and the following night for the 150 mile passage to Sanana.


GIORNO 5 - -

We reach the Island of Sulawesi and visit its principal town Sanana, where we find an ancient Portuguese fortress, with its characteristic pinnacles at the four corners of the walls still reasonably intact. Outside the main town we will visit a Bajao village where we wander through a maze of wooden foot-bridges that connect the houses, all built on stilts over the sea The Bajao are a nomadic tribe of ‘sea gypsies’, originally from Sulawesi.

GIORNO 6 - -

We will be visiting Buru. This island is harsh and mountainous. Like all the islands of Maluku, Buru has its own collection of endemic birds, such as pittas, sunbirds and kingfishers. In general it must be noted that Maluku is indeed a major hub of global bird diversity with 94 bird species found nowhere else on earth - more birds than for any other similar area. In addition Buru is home to the peculiar Babirusa - an animal that looks part pig, part deer. It is found only in Sulawesi and Buru and its ancestry is lost in the mists of time.

GIORNO 7 - -

In the early morning the captain will move the ship to nearby Kelang Island where we will go ashore for a trek through small villages, vegetable gardens and tropical rainforest all the way to the top of the island; we will have a good chance to encounter wildlife and the view over the surrounding islands and toward Ceram and Buru is breathtaking. The coral reefs on the north coast of the island are exceptionally beautiful. During the night the captain will take the vessel on a southerly course again and we will round Cape Hatamata, the extreme southeasterly point of Ceram.

GIORNO 8 - -

We will first explore the Bight of Hitu on the North Coast of Ambon Island which was a favorite anchorage of the early navigators. Then we go beach-combing and snorkeling around the islands in Piru Bay. We will also take the tenders to explore the coastline and villages of Ceram itself. In the late afternoon we pass through the Horuke Strait and start our 110 mile passage to the Banda archipelago.
The days that follow are dedicated to the Banda archipelago, considered by some to be “the most beautiful islands on earth'. Tiny specks in the vast Banda Sea, the three main islands enclose a harbour with water so transparent that living corals and even minute objects are plainly seen on the volcanic sand at depths of tens of meters. The reefs surrounding the island are healthy and lush with fish and colorful invertebrates, so Banda is one of the world's finest spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.

GIORNO 9 - -

We will reach the first of the Banda Islands, Run. An amazing historical footnote is the fact that in 1667, under the Treaty of Breda, this small island was ceded by the English to the Dutch in exchange for Manhattan. After rounding Run we will reach the Island of Ai.
Here we go ashore on a beautiful beach to meet with the villagers. A short walk brings us to Fort Revenge, a reference to the wars that were waged here between the colonial powers in the 17th century. Behind the fort, we find the first nutmeg plantations. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to go snorkeling over one of the most beautiful coral reefs of Eastern Indonesia, off the coastline of Ai. In the course of the afternoon we set sail for close-by Bandaneira. With the Ombak Putih moored on the waterfront, we can get our first look at the small colonial town. At the end of the day we will dine and spend a quiet evening in the lagoon.

GIORNO 10 - -

The day is available for strolling through the old town of Bandaneira to get a feel for its incredible history. Until today the population is an interesting mix of Malay, Arab, Dutch and Melanesian We can view the restored planters’ mansions, fortifications and churches, and perhaps take a look at the local museum. We will find that Fort Belgica was an early blueprint of the Pentagon. We will also have an opportunity to visit the markets and find the special nutmeg fruit jellies and syrups which are specialties of the region.

GIORNO 11 - -

We invite the fit and ambitious to come along for an early morning ascent of the Gunung Api volcano. While this is a challenging climb up a narrow track to an elevation of about 600 meters, the reward to reach the top of the “Fire Mountain” is more than worth it: a stunning and unforgettable view over the Banda sea, the surrounding islands and the crater itself. The Banda islands are in fact the remainder of a large volcano that sank into the sea and the curved edge of the largest island clearly traces out the rim of its massive sunken caldera.
Around noon we cross over to visit Lonthor, the largest island in the chain. On our way out the
‘Sonnegat” (sun’s gap) between Bandaneira and Gunung Api we hope to be escorted by one or
two so-called ‘Kora-Kora’, long sea canoes, rowed by over a dozen muscled men and used in ancient times to attack the invading colonists. On Lonthor we visit Fort Hollandia, the Groot Walingen estate and a nutmeg plantation. Wallace: …”Few cultivated plants are more beautiful than nutmeg trees. They are handsomely shaped and glossy-leaved, growing to the height of twenty or thirty feet, and bearing small yellowish flowers. The fruit is the size and color of a peach, but rather oval. It is of a tough, fleshy consistence, but when ripe splits open and shows the dark-brown nut within, covered with the crimson mace, and is then a most beautiful object. Within the thin hard shell of the nut is the seed, which is the nutmeg of commerce. The nuts are eaten by the large pigeons of Banda, which digest the mace but cast up the nut, with its seed uninjured.”
In the late afternoon we hoist the anchor for the 115 nautical mile crossing to Ambon.

GIORNO 12 - -

Ombak Putih will sail into the Harbor of Ambon and we will spend the day exploring the capital of the Province of Maluku. Ambon is a bustling city. There are many things to see and great markets from which to buy local crafts and produce. Perhaps we will search the markets for breadfruit. Wallace spent three periods in Ambon, between December 1857 and April 1861. His advice:” During the time I resided in this place Amboyna I enjoyed a luxury I have never met with, either before or since—the true breadfruit. It is baked entire in the hot embers and the inside scooped out with a spoon. I compared it to Yorkshire pudding….” In the evening we have a farewell dinner on the good vessel that took us a thousand miles through history.

GIORNO 13 - -

We say goodbye to captain and crew before the cars will come that take us to the airport for the flight to Denpasar or Jakarta.

Participants should be aware that itinerary and program of our sea voyages occasionally may have to be modified, due to factors beyond our control: unfavorable weather conditions, delay in processing harbour clearances, modified schedules of domestic flights. The cruise director and captain of the Vessel will adjust the program accordingly in the best interest of all. Please note that the domestic flights are not included.
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