Experience the wonders of the Indonesian natural world as you meet with Komodo dragons, whale sharks and the largest ray species in the world.
Spend eight days in a tropical paradise as you sail, trek and explore the islands of Indonesia from Komodo. Swim with whale sharks, the giants of the sea, float alongside sea turtles, play in the bubbles from volcanic vents and explore vibrantly bright coral reefs.
This nine day voyage is one of untamed treasures with no two days the same. See how local lives here are intricately woven into the natural world with the communities striving to work harmoniously with the precious habitats surrounding them.
Keep camera’s and snorkels at the ready as we voyage across warm, enticing waters, walk with Komodo dragons and fall in love with this remote, untouched paradise.
- Komodo Dragons
- Whale Sharks
- World famous Coral Reefs
- Rainforest trekking
- Private ensuite cabins
- All-inclusive board
- Package Travel Cover
A day to day guide
D A Y S 1 – 2
Taking the early morning flight from Bali, you’ll be met at the airport in Komodo by your tour leaders who will take you straight to Katharina. And as you settle into your new home, we will head to our first snorkelling spot; a coral restoration project where you will see how the corals and fish populations have grown since they were first transplanted in 2014.
Step ashore on Komodo Island in search of the fearsome Komodo dragons, found only in the Komodo National Park. This is the world’s largest lizard, growing up to a length of three metres and weighing up to approximately 70 kilograms.
After, enjoy some magnificent snorkelling on some of the Komodo Park’s best reefs, swim with manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. There’s even the chance to snorkel with sea turtles as they gently cruise along the shallow water of the reef.
D A Y 3 – 4
Wake up off the coast of a beautiful uninhabited island with a beach of pure white sand, sparkling with powdered red coral, creating the effect of a “pink beach”. We will spend the morning here swimming, paddle boarding and snorkelling on the beautiful coral reef that lies parallel to the beach.
Over lunch we will cruise to a nearby active volcanic island to tour a large wooden pinisi boat with the same pedigree and history of SeaTrek’s very own ships. Walking around this small village you’ll soon get a feel for their simple way of life, talking with the locals and maybe buying some handmade textiles as a souvenir.
There will also be the chance to spend the day at a strange and mystical volcanic island with a sunken crater lake in its centre that was filled with saltwater when the nearby Mt Tambora catastrophically erupted in 1815. Here we can swim, kayak, and paddleboard on the lake, and the more adventurous can go trekking around the crater rim!
During one of the evenings you will have the chance to experience one of our famous beach BBQs under a night sky filled with millions of stars. Feast on amazing local delicacies, freshly prepared by our chef, and enjoy the live musical entertainment from our talented crew.
Another highlight of our visit to this island will be the sight of thousands of flying foxes that fly at dusk from the island to feed on the mainland.
D A Y 5 – 6
Experience an early morning swim with whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea. These massive but harmless animals have long congregated here but now, thanks to travellers like you, we have formed a mutually beneficial alliance with the local fisherman who have their traditional small floating fishing platforms placed in the bay to attract the sharks. We can’t make any promises, as we don’t have these wild animals on a leash, but fingers crossed we will see them.
Spend time on a pretty beach set on a small limestone island, go kayaking, swimming and snorkelling to explore the local karst formations.
Cruise to Labuan Aji village on the island of Moyo to visit the village and walk to a scenic waterfall where we can bathe in the refreshing cool water.
D A Y 7 – 8
Enjoy a unique snorkelling experience where volcanic gasses escape in the form of bubbles from the sea floor among the corals. The metallic black volcanic sand below is home to an abundance of interesting invertebrates and makes for a rare snorkelling backdrop.
Re-entering the Komodo National Park, go drift snorkelling in one of the best and healthiest coral reefs in the park. For those keen on a land-adventure to another level, take a sunset hike up to a gorgeous viewpoint overlooking the entire park.
Visit Rinca Island, well known for its diverse wildlife and perhaps spot dragons, monkeys, wild buffaloes and deer. From the top of the hills, the scenery is utterly breathtaking.
D A Y 9
Following breakfast on our last day we will take you on a scenic drive towards Melo Village, to witness the traditional Caci dance performance. This entails local strongmen performing a ritual whip-fight between two rivals in which the players, each armed with a rattan shield and a whip, will try to hit each other while dancing to the rhythm of traditional acoustic instruments.
After lunch on Katharina, we will say farewell to the crew and your fellow shipmates as you disembark and continue onto your next destination.
Please note that this is a guide as to what to expect from your sailing holiday in Indonesia. With the ever changing wind and tides, flexibility is key. Our mission is to provide the best experience possible for our guests given the current conditions and when unexpected opportunities for adventure may present themselves along our cruise routes. Sometimes weather conditions, tides or other local factors dictate that we need to vary from the published route, and at times there are special opportunities to explore and discover new locations, events and activities. These explorations will always be a definite enhancement to the published itinerary and will be undertaken after discussion and agreement among guests. Ultimately, the boat captains and your tour leader will make decisions to maximise trip safety and your overall enjoyment, so please come prepared to be flexible!
All voyages for Katharina
Guest berths: 14 Rig: Gaff Ketch
Built in 1995 on the Indonesian portion on the island of Borneo, Katharina was originally planned for use a commercial freighter but caught the eye of her current owner with her elegant sailing lines and sleek hull shape.
They saw her transformation into a charter vessel as an exercise to conserve her Indonesian authenticity and in 2014, employed local craftsmen to complete a beautiful interior refit. Working alongside her sister ship Ombak Putih, (larger but equally as beautiful!), they are both fine examples of some of the few original boats that still sail these waters.
Now led by Captain Ferdi, Katharina takes guests on skippered sailing holidays to explore the cultural heritage, natural wonders and wildlife of the Indonesian islands.
The top deck is a raised sun-lounging area sitting on the roof of the saloon and bar, giving guests secluded relaxation and stunning views. On the main deck, Katharina is rigged traditionally to make best use of the wind as the weather permits. A generous and comfortable saloon and bar sit to the stern of the boat while a large dining table sits under a canopy at the bows, perfect for alfresco dining under the stars.
Below decks, her interior refit has been to a high standard with spacious cabins and campion-ways. Hand-crafted beds using local timber and locally made soft furnishings give the boat an authentic Indonesian feel. There are six private ensuite cabins for guests in a combination of double beds, twin bunks and three berth cabins.
The galley sits to the stern and is really where this boat comes to life. With 12 crew on hand, you won’t have to a lift a finger with freshly-prepared meals showcasing the very best of Indonesian cuisine and hospitality.
Deck planMore about Katharina
Life on board
Indulge in a world of adventure as you discover the natural beauty of the Indonesian archipelago from the water. Walk barefoot along sandy shores, enjoy delicious local cuisine and wonder at the endemic wildlife species across the islands.
Life on-board Katharina is one of traditional Indonesian culture, from the welcoming local crew to the fresh local delicacies, fascinating endemic species and breath-taking Indonesian landscapes. The local people are at the heart of everything that Katharina does. From employing local people to sail her to the traditional craftsmen that built her, the networks and connections that have been nurtured by the crew are heart-warming. Visit remote villages where you’re greeted by running children, laughing and joking, sharing their local crafts. Dance around the fire, play music, exchange gifts and wonder their fascinating corner of paradise.
Sleeping and Relaxation
With six private, air-conditioned en-suite cabins full of traditional Indonesian charm, spacious communal area, alfresco dining areas and sun-lounge deck, Katharina offers plenty of seclusion and relaxation. There are kayaks, snorkel gear and SUP’s for guests to use and the crew can arrange extra activities ashore from kite-surfing to cookery classes.
There are a total of 12 crew on Katharina so you really won’t have to lift a finger. From home-made cocktails, freshly prepared Indonesian cuisine, there is even a host to take care of any extra excursion planning.
- Full board including all meals, soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks. (Starting and ending with lunch on first and last days)
- All Indonesian tour leaders
- All park fees, cultural performances, local guides and off-boat activities.
- Welcome drink, cold towel upon boarding and each time guests return from off-boat excursions.
- Daily room cleaning
- Two pieces of laundry each day
- Towels and linens
- Complimentary cotton backpack, luggage tag, fan and stainless steel water (which guests are encouraged to take home)
- First aid kit containing all major medicines
- Sunscreen lotion
- Soaps, shampoo and conditioner
- Beach BBQ
- Free wine, beer and selected cocktails at the beach BBQ
- Selected wines with special farewell dinner
- All port fee
- Use of on-board TV and multimedia facilities
- Library of books, kids games and TV documentaries
- Use of all facilities on board including snorkelling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, board games
- Use of sleeping bags for sleeping on deck
- All transfer to and fro the boats
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Domestic flights
- Transit hotels
- Alcoholic drinks outside of specials dinners and beach BBQ
- Crew and tour leader tips
- Incidental expenses on land (souvenirs, private purchases etc)
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will likely be more than 12miles offshore.
Package Travel Regulations
This trip is covered by our Package Travel Regulations (PTR) Insurance. Please click here to view the Terms & Conditions.
Are all meals included?
Yes - all meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks)
Are there any added extra's?
No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Vegetarian, halal, kosher, children’s fare, low fat dishes, allergies, etc. However, we must be notified in advance of any special needs so we can make arrangements.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
(All cabins are ensuites) 2 x double cabins, 2 x triple cabins (one double bed & one upper single bunk), 2 x twin bunk cabins.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
There are six ensuites with each cabin.
Is there WIFI?
No! Time to disconnect from the modern conforms and reconnect with nature!
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a need for adventure.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure. Ginger tea and biscuits also help with sea sickness.
Is bedding included?
All bedding and shower towels are included. Please bring your own swimming towels.