Indonesia is home to some of the most intrepid travel destinations on the

planet. Among them are the Spice Islands, also known as the Moluccas or

Maluku islands, an archipelago of more than 1,000 islands set on a vast

canvas of ocean that today, as in centuries past, is best explored by boat.

The roots of Indonesia’s spice trade trace back to ancient times, when

shipping routes between Africa and Indonesia were first initiated (the first

people to settle in the Spice Islands are in fact related to the people of

Madagascar), and it continued with the Portuguese, Spanish, English and

Dutch trade routes in the 16th Century. Today, these islands are still the

world’s top producers of nutmeg, mace, cloves and pepper.

Discover them with Mava Holidays!