Daily snorkeling trips amongst remote coral reefs and pristine waters
Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Rather than four seasons, Indonesia has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of temperature between winter and summer. In most parts of Indonesia, the wet season falls between October and April and the dry season between May and September. December and January see Indonesia at its most humid and rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours, but it can also rain for more prolonged periods.
The elegant, 38-meter Katharina is a traditional Phinisi vessel, built to sail to the most remote corners of the Indonesian ‘ring of fire’, discovering unique wildlife, unspoiled beaches and the pristine marine environment.
The Katharina’s six cabins are situated below deck, with two double bed cabins, two triple cabins which house one double bed one upper single bunk and two twin bunk cabins. Natural wood contrasts with crisp white linens to create a relaxed space, complete with private bathrooms, air conditioning, wardrobe and safe.
Children over the age of two are welcomed on board the Katharina, with plenty of games and activities to keep them entertained. The triple cabins are perfect for families wishing to share a room with younger children, and the chefs pride themselves on creating delicious, fresh child-friendly cuisine. Due to the nature of the environment and the fact that the Katharina is a working vessel, parental supervision is required at all times.
Meals are served on deck around the large communal table, freshly prepared by the team of on-board chefs and often created from a bounty of locally sourced produce. Below deck is a small lounge, complete with a library of books and television, however there is no internet or satellite signal on board.
Daily snorkeling excursions are the highlight of many cruises onboard Katharina, exploring the pristine marine environment and remote coral reefs of the Indonesian archipelago. Shore excursions to local villages, markets, museums and unspoiled beaches occur each day, guided by the cruise director’s intimate knowledge of the archipelago.
Arrive into Sorong, gateway to Raja Ampat, and meet your waiting vessel. Weigh anchor and set sail bound for the Misool archipelago, stopping for a swim en-route, before dining under the stars.
Stopping for a final swim this morning, you'll come ashore in Sorong once again, bound for the airport and your onward journey.
Spend the day exploring the limestone karst island of the Misool archipelago, swim and kayak through the crystal clear waters before spending a night at anchor in Tomolol Bay.
Explore the domed cave of Tomolol Bay, swim amongst the giant golden medusa jellyfish in the jellyfish lake and visit ancient cave paintings and sea cave cemetaries, dating back thousands of years.
Wake to a view of Batanta Island, your destination for the day. Hike along the riverbed to jungle waterfalls, visit local villages and end the day swimming and snorkeling off the coast of the island.
Today will be spent exploring Waigeo, Raja Ampat's largest island. Explore underground caves, swim and snorkel around the shoreline and visit a local NGO and learn about community and ecology based projects underway amongst the islands of Raja Ampat.
Wake before dawn to trek through the lush jungle in search of the elusive Red Bird of Paradise, before snorkeling amongst the pristine corals of the Dampier strait and visiting the tiny island of Pulau Arborek with its vibrant Asai culture.
Explore the west coast Of Waigeo, with is tiny coral islets, vibrant reefs and deserted beaches. Visit the Cendanda Pearl Farm in Aljui Bay and learn about the saltwater pearl industry here in Indonesia.
Spend the day amongst the beauty of the Wayag Islands, a collection of limestone islands scattered across deep blue waters and turquoise lagoons. Explore the reefs, climb the sheer rock faces or simply relax and marvel at the 'poster child' of Raja Ampat.
Enjoy a final morning amongst the beautiful Wayag Islands, before setting sail for the Southern Hemisphere once more, bound for mainland West Papua.
Katharina sails the more remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago, from the Spice Islands of Malaku and the volcanic peaks of Flores to the infamous dragon-inhabited Komodo and the otherworldly jungle islands of Raja Ampat. Cruise itineraries follow the wind and sea changes, staying ahead of the rains to ensure optimum conditions for exploring the archipelago.
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