Embark on an exciting new culinary cruise to Raja Ampat in January, 2020, on board the good ship Kurabesi Explorer, a boutique phinisi boat with a ‘social conscious’. Join Janet DeNeefe in a once in a lifetime adventure in one of the world’s most breathtaking jungle wonderlands. Dates 16-22 January, 2020. 
Day 1. 

We meet in the morning at a local hotel in Sorong for snacks and refreshments. Then we start our journey to Waisai, Raja Amat’s capital city,  with KLM Kurabesi and explore Waisai Market. In the late afternoon we dive/snorkel at Saonek Island and then sail to Mioskun.

Day 2. Mioskun – Sawingray 

Diving and snorkeling in the morning and afternoon. We will then be presented with a Traditional Welcome Dance at Sawingray Village. From here we depart to Fam. A lunchtime cooking class of fresh fish will be enjoyed by all.

Day 3. Fam – Piaynemo

The third day includes visiting a traditional coconut oil/soap maker at the village in Fam, exploring lagoons / snorkeling / kayaking at Piaynemo, and sunset hiking to Piaynemo Hills. Cooking class at lunchtime.

Day 4. Arborek (Manta Island)

In between snorkeling and kayaking, we will take an island tour and local Cooking Class at Arborek. The day concludes with dinner before sailing to Sapokren. 

Day 5. Sapokren

We start the day with bird-watching, continued with breakfast. After that, we will snorkel and kayak. We then depart for Mayalibit Bay and enjoy a cooking class on board. 

Day 6. Mayalibit Bay

The sixth day is packed with exciting activities, ranging from island tour, exploring the Mayalibit mangroves forest, cooking class with a traditional Papuan feast and exploring the blue water spring before returning to Sorong.

Day 7. Sorong

We have a light breakfast before transfers to the airport.


AUD4,700.00. To secure your place a 50% non-refundable deposit per person of AUD 2,350.00 is required.

Services included:

It includes 6 nights accommodation, all meals, guides, cooking classes, snorkeling/water sports and park permits. Alcohol is not included.

  21 – 24 APRIL 2020 TO KOMODO

We’re delighted to welcome you on board the Mutiara Laut, a 7-cabin luxury phinisi, with 3 nights and 4 days of adventure in Flores. Daytimes include snorkeling, kayaking, swimming in turquoise waters and trekking in Rinca Komodo Park. Evenings include sunset cocktails and star-lit evenings of thoughtful conversation, stargazing and extraordinary food.

Included in your itinerary is a ranger-led visit to the Rinca Island in search of the renowned Komodo Dragons, visits to coastal villages and local markets, trekking the lofty hillsides, walking along secluded pink sand beaches, as well as, snorkeling in the most bio-diverse marine ecosystem on the planet. The ranger-led visit is an additional cost of approximately Rp 350,000.

Meals include a feast of local flavours and nutritious dishes from Casa Luna. Start the day with freshly baked sourdough breads, homemade yoghurt, tropical fruits and cooked favourites followed by languorous lunches and dinners with casual cooking classes and food discussions on deck that focus on the healing properties of spices. Fresh seafood grilled, wrapped in banana leaves or braised in lemongrass-scented curry sauces, greens and edible flowers mixed with roasted coconut, salads and Indonesian desserts are part of the exotic menu. 


AUD 2,500


Services included:

It includes 3 nights, 4 days accommodation, all meals, non-alcoholic refreshments, snorkeling and water sports. Komodo Rinca Island Park entry fee not included. Alcohol is not included.


Join Janet DeNeefe on an adventure to the fabled spice islands, from Ambon to Banda Neira, Eastern Indonesia. We sail on a teak Phinisi Boat and spend 9 unspoiled days trekking, snorkelling, exploring, swimming, dining and absorbing the history of this fascinating part of Indonesia.
Day 1. 

We meet at the Natsepa Resort in the morning and then explore the local market. After our market tour we set sail from Natsepa across the Ambon Bay towards the open seas making new friends and sharing stories in the beginnings of a voyage like no other.

Day 2. 

We arrive at the small, picturesque island of Manipa and visit a distillery for Kayu Putih (eucalyptus oil) and then witness the art of making sago. A cooking class will be held on deck at lunchtime, using spices, fresh fish and ingredients bought at the market. Afternoon is for snorkeling and relaxation. The cocktail hour follows with a discussion about the region’s history, and then, a lavish dinner under the stars will be presented by Janet DeNeefe and team.

Day 3.

Begin the day with followed by a cooking class on deck and a visit to Nusa Laut, the smallest among the Lease Islands, where clove, nutmeg, cinnamon trees and sago palms grow in abundance.

Day 4. 

Exploring Saparua, a former Dutch stronghold in colonial times, with a fascinating history. The historic Fort Duurstede, located in the heart of Saparua, was established by the Dutch East Indies Company in 1691 and is now a museum that tells a tale of colonial rule and freedom fighters. The village market, nearby, will be explored and provisions bought for lunch and dinner. Snorkelling in the pristine waters of Molana Island will follow.

Day 5. 

We arrive in the renowned Banda Archipelago, a network of small islands that were once the world’s only source of nutmeg and mace. The Dutch secured the coveted nutmeg trade in the 17th Century, thus, changing the course of Indonesian history, but not without resistance.

Despite their illustrious history, the Banda Islands are a place that time seems to have forgotten. We will anchor in Banda Neira the only city in the Bandas, and spend the morning in this charming colonial-style town.

Day 6 -8.

These days will include a visit to the other islands of the archipelago, namely, the tiny island of Run – which the English traded with the Dutch for Manhattan – as well as the islands of Ai and Hatta, where we will see what remains of the Dutch colonial houses and land parcels known as perken, which were handed to Dutch planters, ‘perkeniers,’ to manage. We will see forts, churches, cemeteries and nutmeg plantations. Afterward we will also explore the pristine waters and bountiful reefs of the islands.

Day 9. 

After breakfast on the deck, and a wrap-up of our voyage into 17th century Indonesia, we will say goodbye to the crew before transferring you to Ambon airport for your onward travel.


TBA – you can include the cost with early bird price

Services included:

It includes 8 nights, 9 days accommodation, all meals, guides, cooking classes, snorkeling/water sports, non-alcoholic refreshments and park permits. Alcohol is not included.