KLM Katharina

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Cruising The Full Indonesian Archipelago
SeaTrek Programs KLM Katherina 2014

The vessel KLM Katherina is one of the finest vessels in our Traditional Fleet, her lines are truely classic and the service aboard is seasoned. KLM Katherina is offering a series of departures this year that cover some of Indonesia's most poplular cruise destinations and some truely adventurous ones to the far eastern reaches of the archipelago.

Cruising in this GREAT ARCHIPELAGO is changing. The old standby destinations like Komodo, Sumbawa and Lombok are NOT THE ONLY PLACE for you to explore. As you look at the schedules of this vessel, you might want to consider some of the other special destinations offered. We can assure you that cruising in places you might have not heard of, will provide more than just interesting, rather they might just become the absolute highlite of your holiday !


Advance Bookings are recommended for this vessel.


Dive equipment is available with prior arrangements !


All Cruises Include: All Cruises Exclude:
Full Board
Tours
Use of Facilities On Board
English-speaking Tour Guide
Transfers
Air Fares
Insurance
Drinks
Tips

The vessel KLM Katherina is one of the finest vessels in our Traditional Fleet, her lines are truely classic and the service aboard is seasoned. KLM Katherina is offering a series of departures this year that cover some of Indonesia's most poplular cruise destinations and some truely adventurous ones to the far eastern reaches of the archipelago.

Advance Bookings are recommended for this vessel.

Dive equipment is available with prior arrangements !

 

Schedule 2014

Departure Date Return Date Days Cruise Description Stateroom Upper Deck Stateroom 
22/April/14 28/April/14 7 Bali - Komodo - Flores $2,380 $2,880
30/April/14 06/May/14 7 Flores - Sumba - Flores $2,380 $2,880
09/May/14 15/May/14 7 Flores - Komodo - Bali $2,380 $2,880
20/May/14 28/May/14 9 Bali - Flores - Bali $3,060 $3,560
31/May/14 08/June/14 9 Bali - Flores - Bali $3,060 $3,560
12/June/14 18/June/14 7 Bali - Komodo - Flores $2,380 $2,880
20/June/14 26/June/14 7 Flores - Bonerate - Kelimutu - Flores $2,380 $2,880
29/June/14 05/July/14 7 Flores - Komodo - Bali $2,380 $2,880
09/July/14 17/July/14 9 Bali - Flores - Bali $3,060 $3,560
20/July/14 28/July/14 9 Bali- Flores - Bali $3,060 $3,560
31/July/14 08/August/14 9 Bali - Flores - Bali $3,060 $3,560
12/August/14 18/August/14 7 Bali - Komodo - Flores $2,380 $2,880
20/August/14 26/August/14 7 Flores - Bonerate - Kelimutu - Flores $2,380 $2,880
28/August/14 03/September/14 7 Flores - Komodo - Bali $2,380 $2,880
14/September/14 20/September/14 7 Bali - Komodo - Maumere $2,380 $2,880
23/September/14 04/October/14 12 Maumere - Alor - Tanimbar - Banda - Ambon $4,980 $5,480
07/October/14 18/October/14 12 Ambon - Ternate $4,980 $5,480
21/October/14 01/November/14 12 Ternate - Halmahera - Raja Ampat -  Sorong $4,980 $5,480
06/November/14 15/November/14 10 Sorong-Sorong $4,150 $4,650
19/November/14 28/November/14 10 Sorong-Sorong $4,150 $4,650
02/December/14 13/December/14 12 Sorong - Kei $4,980 $5,480
17/December/14 26/December/14 10 Kei-Seram-Misol-Ambon $4,150 $4,650
30/December/14 10/January/15 12 Ambon-Kendari $4,980 $5,480

 

"Advance Bookings are Suggested"

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"Your Program to the Komodo National Park"

Bali To Komodo One way

Bali - Komodo - Bali
10 Days/9 Nights
2013 : 2,745 USD Per Person Sharing Double or Twin Cabin

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Few areas in Asia can match the cultural and natural diversity as can be found following the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands: towering active volcanoes, jungle clad mountain ranges, alternated by dry savannah lowlands, both teeming with wildlife… quiet coastal villages, emerald seas, megalithic cultures, colorful market places, tribal rituals and in addition a world of kaleidoscopic beauty under water.

Day 1 Leaving in the morning. We transfer you from Sanur in the south of Bali to the anchorage of ‘Katharina’ off the village of Amed, in the north-east Bali, a pleasant and beautiful drive of about 2 hours. After we board the vessel and settle in, the captain gives the orders for the anchor to be lifted and we cross the Lombok Strait. This stretch of water between Bali and Lombok marks a very important ecological boundary, first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the British naturalist.  He noticed that the flora and fauna of the islands to the west are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands to the east of that “line” have a greater similarity to species found in Australia. In the afternoon we make a first stop at one of the gili islands, just off the Lombok coast, for a couple of hours of swimming, snorkeling, and beach-combing. In the late afternoon we go on a north-easterly course again for the overnight passage to Sumbawa.


Day 2 We first go ashore at Pulau Bungin, a small settlement of ‘sea-gypsies’ (bajao) on the coast of Sumbawa. We stroll through narrow streets lined up by houses on stilts that are underwater at spring tides.  Here we witness a first performance of traditional music and dance. Afterwards we continue to Pulau Moyo. At the Southern point of Moyo we spend a few hours relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. During the night we follow the coast towards the East of Sumbawa.


Day 3 Today we visit Wera on the east coast of the island of Sumbawa. Wera is a Buginese settlement famous for its boatbuilding. Here we will see all kinds of craft in various stages of construction, much the way the Katharina was built in 1998. During lunch we proceed to Gili Banta, an island uninhabited and a perfect place for some excellent swimming and snorkeling. During the night Katharina sails to Komodo Island.


Day 4 We wake up with the ship at anchor off Komodo island, the largest of the eighty islands in the Komodo Natinal Park.We will go trecking looking to view wild boar,wild deer,birds and of course the famous ‘Komodo dragons’.After trecking we sail to pink beach whice called as red beach a famous reef with a huge variety of live coral and beautiful fish. It is a dream location for snorkeling, or just beach combing.after lunch if the wind alows we hoist the sail toward west of Flores where we anchor for the night in the bay of Labuhan Bajo.


Day 5 We arrive in Labuhan Bajo in the course of the morning. Here we will go ashore and visit a nearby village to attend the so-called caci (whip-) dance for which the Manggarai district of Flores enjoys national fame. At noon we leave to explore some nearby islands, for swimming, snorkeling and beach combing. In the afternoon we proceed towards Rinca anchor in the bay of Loh Buaya.


Day 6 Shortly after sunrise we go ashore on the island that has given the dragon as well as the National Park its name. Accompanied by a ranger, we will hike for about 2 to 3 hours in open savanah a few of the wild beasts are always seen, as are deer and wild buffalo, monkeys. The ranger shows us the dens and nests of the dragons and we learn a lot more about this mysterious creature. In the course of the afternoon we also visit Gili Lawa, the northern most island in the Park so we can snorkeling and hike to its summit and enjoy a last look over the eighty islands of the Komodo Archipelago and the mainland of Flores. As the sun sets Katharina goes again on a westerly course.


Day 7 We visit Satonda, the top of an extinct volcano, just to the North of Tambora. (Tambora is well known for its eruption in 1815, the year the world had no summer).  On Satonda we will visit the Crater Lake in the center of the island and explore the reefs in front. At noon we sail on to Moyo or as far as Kromo Island if time allows and enjoy sunset and dinner before leaving toward east Lombok.


Day 8 Docked in Labuhan Lombok, east Lombok, after breakfast we will board a local bus for a tour into the interior of east Lombok, we will visit a pottery village, attend a local dance performance and enjoy a real Sasak (indigenous people of Lombok) lunch on the way. After re-embarkation we move to the small island of Kondo, where we will visit a coral conservation project and have a refreshing swim and will snorkel inspecting the local reef. Long night sail to the southwest coast of Lombok Island.
 


Day 9 The last day on board the Katharina starts with a relaxing morning on a desert beach at Gili Nanggu (just off the coast of southwest Lombok). While snorkelling, local fish will eat rice out of our hands. Unperturbed by the crowds on Kuta Beach, 70 km from here as the crow flies. Around lunch time we will depart for the six hour sail back to Bali. In Serangan (Turtle Island), east Bali, we will disembark in front of the Dolphinarium and say goodbye to the crew and be headed for transfer to your next destination.

 


Flores - Komodo - Sumbawa - Bali
10 Days/9 Nights
2013 : 2,925 USD Per Person Sharing Double or Twin Cabin

The leisure part of our visit of the National Komodo Park includes snorkelling, beach combing and hiking around some of the most beautiful locations Indonesia has to offer. Entering the Flores Highlands you have an opportunity to hike to some remote villages and witness the tedious process of ‘ikat’ weaving, practiced amid unsurpassed scenery of gigantic volcanoes, bamboo forests and intriguingly colored crater lakes. It is the very best introduction to the soul of Indonesia

Day One, Early afternoon arrival by air from Denpasar, Bali in Maumere. east Flores. After boarding and settling in on Katharina, we will pay a visit to the small village of Watublapi where we will witness a cultural performance and a demonstration of the traditional hand weaving process typical for Flores. After the performance and dinner on board we will set sail headed for Ropa headed west along the north coast of Flores.

Day Two, Early morning we reach Ropa, Central Flores, the starting point for our excursion to Kelimutu. The Kelimutu is a volcano with 3 coloured crater lakes. Situated in the midst of forest-covered mountains, the colors of the lakes are a surprise, as they change from time to time. They may be turquoise, black and a reddish brown, but don’t be surprised if you find a white one or a red one! We take our time to experience the spooky atmosphere surrounding this natural phenomenon, quite unique in the world. On the way back we stop in villages to admire the architecture of the traditional houses of the Lio people with the typical high thatched roofs. We will have lunch n the village of Moni.
At night we will sail from Ropa to Riung

Day Three, Today we take our time to explore the Riung Archipelago, a group of (17) non-inhabited islands surrounded by white sandy beaches and beautiful coral gardens just off the coast of Flores. Here we will spend the whole day beachcombing, swimming and snorkeling. A hike up to the hill warrantees the spectator of a spectacular view of the main island. We will visit a colony of fruit bats, hanging on the branches of mangrove lining up the coast. Time permitting we may make a stop at Riung village located on the opposite side on the mainland of Flores. Night sailing to Labuhanbajo, west-Flores

Day Four, Early morning arrival in the beautiful bay of Labuhanbajo, the western-most tip of Flores. After breakfast we will board a bus, following a winding uphill road to the village of Melo where local ‘strongmen’ will perform the whip-dance, typical for west Flores. Armed with a rattan shield and whip, two men try to hit each other on the back. He who first inflicts a bleeding wound on the back of his opponent is announced the winner. After re-embarkation we sail to the island of Kelor and Kukusan, twin islands close to Labuhanbajo. In Kelor we will swim and snorkel and while the crew is preparing a BBQ and collects dead wood for a bonfire we will visit the island of Kukusan where we visit a settlement of the Baju, the ‘Sea Gypsies’ who are indigenous to the area and live in houses on wooden stilts protecting the residents from being flooded during high tide. In the evening we will continue our journey to the island of Rinca

Day Five, We wake up while the boat is at anchor off Rinca island, the second largest of the eighty islands of the Komodo archipelago and the richest in terms of fauna. We will go trekking through spectacular scenery of savannah, looking for wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar, monkeys, and of course the famous ‘Komodo dragons’. While walking we will make stops at certain viewpoints to enjoy the beautiful vistas over the mainland of Flores and the surrounding islands. From Rinca we proceed to a beach, called ‘red beach’ because of the particles of red coral mingled with the sand. Here we will swim and snorkel over one of the ‘richest’ reefs in Eastern Indonesia. We will be stunned by the incredible variety of coral and fish on display underneath our arms and legs.

From the red beach we will look for anchorage off the island of Komodo proper. With our dinghy will go ashore at the ranger station in Loh Liang for an afternoon trek through the Park searching for more of the infamous Komodo Lizards. In the setting of a dry and rugged landscape we will meet the enormous creatures that come closest to anything you ever fancied of prehistory. Shock and awe will be our part!  .

To complete the day time allowing, we make a last stop in the Park at Gili Lawa Darat, another paradise in its own right, where the swimming and snorkeling is great and where we may go for a hike. The view from the 350 m top of Gili Lawa Darat may be one of the true highlights of your cruise.  As the sun sets we hoist the anchor for the passage to the east side of the island of Sumbawa.

Day Six, In the morning we stop at the island Banta, all deserted and perfect for conducting explorations over and under the water. From Banta it is a short crossing  to Wera on the east coast of the island of Sumbawa. Wera is a Buginese settlement famous for its boatbuilding. Here we will see all kinds of craft in various stages of construction, much the way the Katharina was built in 1998. We stroll through the village and experience the friendliness of the population. If weather prohibits a safe landing, we sail to Sangean, an active volcano towering 1800 meters above the surrounding waters. We will meet the people of the tiny settlement on the island and make a short hike testing the steepness of the volcano. Evening and night sailing along the north coast of Sumbawa.

Day Seven, In the morning we set our eyes on the island of Satonda, an extinct volcano. We walk over a tiny ridge hiding the crater lake of the volcano and sense the eery atmosphere surrounding this big pond, all silent except the sound of a lonely bird or a gecko exercising his unique vocal chords. Swimming over the stunning reef just off the island enlightened by a rainbow of aquarium fish, we enter a world entirely different in colours but similar for the absence of sounds.

From Satonda we proceed to Moyo, approximately three hour sailing. We stop at the west side of the island where we will try and detect a local waterfall hidden in the dense shrubs. The ice cold, fresh water pool at the bottom of the cascade makes swimming a totally different experience!
Continuing our sailing west we may make a final stop at Pulau (island) Panjang or Pulau Kramat for enjoying the sight of sun setting behind the Rinjani volcano in north Lombok. Onward night sailing to east Lombok.

Day Eight, Docked in Labuhan Lombok, east Lombok, we board after breakfast a local coach for a tour into the interior of east Lombok, untouched by the crowds spotted in west Lombok. We will visit Masbagi, a pottery village, attend a local dance performance and will have a real Sasak (original residents of Lombok) lunch on the way. From east Lombok we will follow the road to the northern part of the island.  We will pass through spectacular landscape along the foothills of the majestic volcano Rinjani (3900 m), monkeys staring at us from the wayside insisting to get some peanuts, a banana or a cookie We will re-board Katharina on the north side or on the east side of Lombok, depending on weather and sea conditions.

Day Nine, Your last day aboard Katharina starts with a relaxing morning on a beach at Gili Nanggu (just off the coast of South west Lombok), the closest paradise to be found in Bali’s vicinity.
Around lunch time we will depart for a four hour sail back to Bali, crossing the stretch of water between Bali and Lombok.  The Lombok Strait marks an important ecological boundary, first described by Sir Alfred Russel Wallace, the 19th century British naturalist.  He noticed that flora and fauna of the islands west of this boundary are home to Asiatic animal and plant species, whereas the islands east of that “line” have a greater similarity to species found in Australia. After our arrival late afternoon in Serangan (Turtle Island) in Bali, we say farewell to the crew, disembark the Katharina and proceed with our onward journey to our next destination.


Flores - Wakatobi - Banda - Ambon
14 Days/13 Nights
2013 : 4,420 USD per person sharing double or twin cabin

Once having left the bustle of Labuhanbajo at the East end of Flores followed by a quick dragon encounter at Rinca Island, the next significant population to be met will be in the Banda Islands, steeped in historical spice intrigue. While having a couple of long sailing legs, your encounters will mostly consist of crystal clear water, magnificent coral gardens, white sands, plentiful sea life and quiet spaces.

 

 Day 1, upon arrrival in Labuhanbajo we’ll transfer to the harbour and be welcomed aboard the Katharina. After settling into our cabins, lunch and a short sail to Rinca to observe the famous Komodo dragons, we’ll find a quiet spot for a swim and dinner then sail overnight to the Bonerate Islands.

Day 2, we arrive at Bonerate in the middle of the Flores Sea, and visit the main village with its sandy streets and houses built on stilts in typical Makasserese style. On the beach we may be able to observe the construction of elegant Lambo boats. Afterwards we can swim, snorkel and enjoy the beaches at the northwest side of the island. Tonight we’ll sail northeast arriving for breakfast in the Macan Islands.

Day 3, After breakfast, a brief exploration of islands and an opportunity for a swim/snorkel, we’ll depart for Batuata Island, southwest Sulawesi.

Day 4, we should arrive early morning at Pulau Batuata, southwest Sulawesi. After setting foot ashore, we’ll pay our respects to the local Chief, ask for permission to explore the island. We may visit the local school, hear the children singing the latest local hits, drink tea in the ‘cityhall’ and experience the remoteness of this place. In the evening we sail onward to the Tukang Besi archipelago, southeast Sulawesi.

Day 5 and 6, Arrival in the Tukang Besi archipelago, also known as Wakatobi, is world famous for its pristine coral reefs. We will have two days to wander around this uniquely diverse ecologic area inhabited by a tribe of daring seafarers, shipbuilders and maritime traders. We will look for small coves and inlets, the best soft corals, meet fishermen, admire the local blacksmiths (tukang besi) working high up steep rock plateaus, visit local markets and may come across the perfect location for a beach barbecue. This evening we’ll depart Tukang Besi headed for Moromaho Island.

Day 7, We’ll awake to the view of Moromaho Island and after breakfast and an excursion on the island or a swim, we’ll embark on our longest leg of the cruise, our journey to world famous Gunung Api (‘firemountain’ ) a huge volcano in the middle of the Banda Sea, arriving on the morning of Day 8.

Day 8, We arrive to see the towering volcano of Gunung Api, perhaps the most famous of the Banda Sea Ring of Fire volcanos.  First recorded in the 14th century, it now rises some 6000 feet and last erupted in 1989.  Now quiet for 20 plus years we’ll encounter an enormous, noisy colony of seabirds, predominantly Frigate birds and Gannets. The birds may circle and swoop toward the Katharina expressing protectiveness of their habitat. We’ll sail around the island In our tenders and in the evening sail onward to the Lucipari archipelago.

Day 9, Our arrival at the Lucipari archipelago, presents a group of four wooded islands, wich are uninhabited, but occasionally are visited by fishermen from Buru and Ambon. These volcanic outcroppings in the northeastern part of the Banda Sea are populated by terns and spoonbills, salamanders, crabs and butterflies, living in perfect harmony and apparent absence of fear, reminiscent of the Galapagos. We spend some time wandering and pondering this secluded space.  Sailing on to the Banda Archipelago, we may see Palau Maisel which has the dubious honor of having an average elevation of -125 feet below sea level.  Understandably, the island is reputed to have zero people per square mile.  We then continue with our night sail to Banda.

Day 10, Our arrival in the renowned Banda Archipelago generates a true sense of historical excitement. These Islands, world famous for their natural beauty and cultural heritage from the time the Portuguese/Dutch/English colonization era, are among the highlights of Indonesia.  The flow of nutmeg, mace and cloves from the Bandas and Ternate to the West, can be traced to destinations around the world dating from several centuries BC.  The Spice Islands dramatic and difficult history is well documented through these times. The current, quiet colonial ambiance, coupled with world class biodiversity, makes this destination special. We will tie the bowline of the Katharina to a palm-tree in the garden of a hacienda style hotel in Bandanaira,  the only (small) city of Banda. We will stroll through the city, visit old fortresses and admire the planters’ mansions from the old days.

Day 11/12, These days will be filled with visits to a few of the other islands of the archipelago, perhaps Run, Ai, and Hatta where we will see what remains of the ancient plantations, churches and cemeteries. We will breathe the atmosphere of the time that the Banda youth were sent to the most expensive boarding schools of Europe and dream about the splendid, but short-lived glory during this remarkable episode in world history. We should be able to see how the nutmeg trees are still grown today, learning about their harvesting, hopefully taste some of the dried fruit of the nutmeg tree and enjoy baked goods flavored with fresh mace and nutmeg.  We will also have several opportunities to explore the pristine waters and bountiful reefs of the islands.  We will then proceed from Banda northeast, in the direction of Ambon.

Day 13, Early morning arrival in Ambon bay. After a short sightseeing of the city of Ambon and a visit of Fort Victoria, another fort dating back to colonial days, we say farewell to the captain and crew of the Katharina and will be transferred to the airport for our onward journey.

 


Sorong - Raja Ampat - obi - sula - kolonadale - kendari
13 days/12 nights
2013: 4,420 USD per person sharing double or twin cabin

This cruise is a westward sojourn across the very centre of the eastern Indonesian Archipelago. We sail from the world renowned region of Raja Ampat  through the Maluku archipelago to the east coast of Sulawesi.  A cross section of biodiversity, history and culture coupled with remote uninhabited, small places makes this an exceptional voyage.

Day 1  Our morning flight arrives in the town of Sorong, the capital of the east Indonesian provence of West Papua.  As the gateway to the Raja Ampat, an area considered the most biodiverse coral reef areas in the world, it allows us to embark from the heart of the region.  Upon arrival in Sorong we transfer to the harbor and embarkation aboard the Katharina. After we have settled in on board, we leave this busy oil industry support town and set a course to the quiet beauty of island of Waigeo. Here we spend the night off the village of Sawinggrai

Day 2 We will rise early morning. The tender will ferry us in the dark to the village and a local guide will take us on a 20 minute walk into the forest. As dawn breaks in the forest canopy, we hope to catch sight of the remarkable Red Bird of Paradise. Back in the village we will have time to meet with the community and perhaps visit the school. The rest of the day we will wander about the numerous inlets coves scattered all over the area. A night sailing is headed toward the tiny archipelago of the Boo islands.

Day 3  This  morning we reach Boo, a number of tiny islands covered by a rich vegetation, a true birder's paradise. We drop anchor in the lovely horseshoe bay of Boo Kecil. While snorkeling in the bay of Boo Kecil the world above and under water is all ours. Many parrots and seabirds fly past. In the evening we will make sail for the tropical paradise of Gomumu Island, located south of Obi Island.

Day 4  This day spent at Gomumu, an island virtually unknown to the outside world contains coral gardens perhaps never seen by human eyes, fish fearless of men, eagles eying it all…a stunning place to revel in a day of utter relaxation. In the late afternoon we are setting sail to Buru...  

Day 5   We will awake in the Bay of Tayeti, Buru. Buru is a scarcely populated, rugged, remote and mountainous island.  After visiting a distillery for kayu putih oil (known for its antiseptic qualities) for which Buru is famous, we may choose to explore up-river aboard a local boat allowing us to experience hornbills wildly flapping their wings, women washing clothes, children jumping and splashing, houses on stilts. We can go ashore to visit a resettlement village where transmigrates from Java, Bali, and Lombok are building a new life on this former political detainee’s island.   We will certainly find an opportunity to relax and swim before evening cocktails and dinner. Perhaps the crew will entertain us with an evening of song and dance.

Day 6  we arrive in the Sula Islands. Our first island stop is Sanana. Here we find remnants of an old fort, built by the Portuguese in 1534 and further occupied by the Dutch in 1652.  Sanana town is a typical market center of the region inhabited by many Chinese traders and Bugis and Makassarese shopkeepers. North of the town is a Bajao village, featuring construction of wooden perahu (local boats). Our next island is Mangole where we may anchor in the Bay of Vesuvius. We can go ashore at a small village called Auponhia, meet the village head, pay our respects and ask permission to take a walk along the river and the village gardens. Hordes of singing children may accompany us, shrieking parrots joining the excursion. Within walking distance there are two jungle rivers which can be explored aboard a local boat. We encounter a dense jungle along the river sporting flocks of multicolored birds, dense jungle along the river. Up river we may encounter members of the Kabai tribe and observe their lifestyle.

Day 7  We arrive at Taliabu, the third island of the Sula Archipelago, and anchor at Bobong. We take a walk into the interior, pass village gardens reaching the village of Wayo. The people here are semi-nomads. Their traditional dance and singing is known under the name Yusa. If sufficient performers are around we may witness a demonstration of the local culture.  The afternoon can be spent snorkeling at Pulau Limbo.

Day 8  we will tour  Banggai, the main town of the group of islands bearing the same name. We will spend two days in Banggai and the nearby Wokon Islands exploring the dozens of pristine islands and places of interest of the area. The palace of the former sultan is within walking distance of the harbor and can be visited. The sultan used to receive Maleo eggs as a tribute from his vassals. Transport on the island is mainly by becak (pedicab) in which we can take a leisurely tour of the sites.  In Desa Matuba we may visit a waterfall, the water seemingly coming straight out of the rock. A plunge in the pool beneath the waterfall will refresh us with its cool fresh water as compared to the surrounding sea!  Around Banggai there is an abundance of good beaches and reefs with the area famous for its pearl divers. On Pulau Taulan Kecil we will visit a Garopa Farm. Garopa is a a kind of ink-fish and its taste is highly prized by many Asians. We will check out a few more coral reefs before proceeding in an easterly direction toward Kolonodale.

Day 9  We maneuver through a number of tiny islands meeting fishermen and perhaps securing a fresh catch for our next meal. This day finds us exploring coves and inlets as we work our way to the entry of the narrow Bay of Tomori midway along the eastern Sulawesi coast and arrive at Kolonodale.        

Day 10  Kolonodale, a town nestled deep into the Bay of Tomori. Our aim is a visit to the Morowali National Park. On a local boat we go up a river into the park where we meet the Wana tribe. These semi-nomads who still hunt using blowpipes are in jeopardy of losing their natural habitat due to government population programs. We try to get some insight into the problems of land rights, development, and indigenous population preservation.   

Day 11/12 - Leaving the area of Kolonodale and the Bay of Tomori we gradually float down the East coast of Sulawesi, stopping at the sea gypsey village of Bajao and perhaps other villages as well. It may be possible to join fishermen on their hunt using trident harpoons for catching giant shells, groupers or  barcuda. At Pulau Burung Mas (‘Golden Bird’) we will explore the mangrove forests searching for the nests of the indiginious bird population. As we cruise along, we reach the twin islands of Manui and Pandea Kecil which are separated by a beautiful strait where they lay East of Kendari. We will snorkel off Pandea Kecil and explore the coastline of both islands for and enjoy our last plunge in these extrodinary waters.
 

Day 13 Today we arrive in the busy harbor town of Kendari. We follow the harbours meandering channel which has been devloped in front of the town. After our breakfast and finishing our packing, you say farewell to the crew and your recent water borne home and be transferred to the airport. 

* Opportunity for optional diving; to be booked in advance.

 

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