The casualties suffered in the Philippines left the expedition with too few men to sail all 3 of the remaining ships. Consequently, on 2 May, they abandoned and burned Concepción. Reduced to Trinidad and Victoria, the expedition fled westward and later anchored off the Brunei coast.
Magellan's assistant, Pigafetta, recorded the splendour of the court of Brunei's ruler, Rajah Siripada in his journal. The king was said to have many luxurious possessions, from 2 pearls the size of hens' eggs, porcelain from China, eyeglasses from Europe, gold and many others. In addition, Brunei also boasted their tame elephants and an armament of 62 cannons, more than 5 times the armament of Magellan's ships.
From Brunei, they finally reached the Maluku Islands (or famously known as the Spice Islands) on November 6, 1521. After trading with the Sultan there, the 2 remaining ships, laden with valuable spices, decided to return to Spain by sailing westwards.
However, as they left the islands, the Trinidad began to take on water. The crew tried to discover and repair the leak, but failed. They concluded that Trinidad would need to spend considerable time being overhauled, however the small Victoria wasn't large enough to accommodate all the surviving crew.
As a result, Victoria with some of the crew sailed first for Spain. Several weeks later, Trinidad departed and tried to return to Spain via the Pacific route, but the attempt failed as the ship was wrecked in a storm.
Picture 1 — "Reception of the Spaniards in the court of Rajah Siripada of Brunei"
Picture 2 — "The Spaniards' arrival at the Spice Islands", 20th-century illustrations.