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Best Tour in Asia in 2013

Seatrek   June 04 , 2017 
National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s 2013 – Tours of a Lifetime.
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Lisa Baddock spreads the word about travelling off the grid in Australia's most respected travel trade site, ETB Travel News.
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A Rarity: Whale Shark Researchers Tag Female of the Species

Erfa Canisthya - Courtest Of Conservation International    July 26 , 2018 
In March, a team of scientists from Conservation International Indonesia tagged a female whale shark — the first ever tagged in West Papua. The shark, named “Susi” after Indonesia’s Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Susi Pudjiastuti, will give scientists new insight into how the diving and movement behaviours of female whale sharks differ from those of male whale sharks. In this report, Erfa Canisthya, a project officer at Conservation International Indonesia, describes how the scientists tagged the female whale shark and what information they hope to learn.
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A lovely tale of keeping yourself young at heart by getting stuck in and playing at every opportunity life throws at you. As told on the website www.sixtyandme.com
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Expert Review: Indonesia's Jewels of Raja Ampat

Justin Massoni   May 29 , 2018 
Justin Massoni is the Director of Sales & Operations for AdventureSmith Explorations, a global leader in small ship expedition cruises and wilderness adventures and a valued partner of SeaTrek Sailing Adventures. This post contains excerpts from his review originally published on the AdventureSmith Explorations travel blog.
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Wallace was undoubtedly one of the greatest naturalists of all time. Not only did he jointly publish the theory of evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin in 1858, but he made very many other major contributions to biology and to subjects as diverse as glaciology, astrobiology, anthropology, and epidemiology.
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Recycling for a Better Tomorrow

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   April 09 , 2018 
Here in Bali, Waste Collection & Recycling company, ecoBali, promotes responsible waste management and creates green awareness and eco products with the aim towards achieving zero waste. It is a service that SeaTrek uses in its own office and operations.
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The Mysterious Caves of Tomolol

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   June 23 , 2017 
The spectacular destination of Raja Ampat features karst topography, with limestone and small karst islets so undercut by waves that they look like mushrooms, covered with rich green jungle to create an extraordinary landscape of rock islands.
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The Manhattan Transfer and the Rhunhattan Tearoom

Ian Burnet   June 13 , 2017 
The 31st of July, 2017 will see the 350-year anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Breda in 1667 which ended the second Anglo-Dutch war. In one of the clauses in this document the Dutch exchanged the island of Manhattan for the nutmeg growing island of Rhun in what was to become the Dutch East Indies and therefore gained a complete monopoly over the nutmeg trade.
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The Birth of Frankenstein from the Belly of a Volcano

Rachel Lovelock   June 04 , 2017 
Just over two hundred years ago, a little-known mountain on a relatively obscure Indonesian island became the epicentre of the ‘mother’ of all volcanic eruptions. It was the most powerful eruption in recorded history; more ferocious than Krakatoa with its 18-metre tidal wave, and more violent than Vesuvius, which buried alive the city of Pompeii.
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Birds of Paradise

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   October 29 , 2016 
No other bird family is as beautiful or as rich in diversity of plumage and courtship behaviour as the flamboyant birds of paradise, of which there are 39 species, ranging from the size of a starling to the size of a crow, with certain types sporting tails of up to one metre in length.
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In Search of the Five Holy Springs

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   October 06 , 2016 
It used to be called the “Lost Coast”, a string of fishing villages, collectively known as Amed – the start-point and finish-point for SeaTrek’s Komodo cruises – on Bali’s eastern tip.
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In March 2016 a total eclipse of the sun tracked across the Indonesian archipelago, from Sumatra in the west to the remote, eastern group of islands called the Moluccas. It was some three hundred years since a total solar eclipse had taken the same track through these historic islands of spice.
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The Prettiest Flight

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   July 15 , 2016 
If you’re lucky enough to be flying from Bali to Labuan Bajo for the start of SeaTrek’s ‘Dances, Dragons & Magical Lakes’ cruise, make sure you get a window seat and don’t even think about reading a book. Instead, sit back and relish one of the world's prettiest flights.
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Komodo Dragon Trivia

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   June 23 , 2016 
Komodo dragons, called ‘ora’ or ‘land crocodile’ by the locals, are the world’s largest living lizards. They can grow up to 3m long and weigh up to 100kg.
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Balinese Feasts and Travel Tales Aboard Katharina

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   January 04 , 2016 
I was recently a lucky guest on board The Katharina on Seatrek’s ‘2015 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival’ (UWRF) cruise, an annual event, which started in 2014, for which a writer (or two) attending the festival is invited to join.
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Bali’s Secret Fleet: a Glittering Armada

Jeffrey Mellefont   September 28 , 2015 
These could be the world’s most spectacular traditional fishing craft, but their home port is a remote estuary on the Indonesian island of Bali that few visitors ever see. ANMM research associate, Jeffrey Mellefont, unveils a boatbuilding tradition steeped in ritual, religion and magic.
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Island to Island – Textile Tour in Eastern Indonesia

Catherine Mortensen   July 01 , 2015 
How does a journey begin? I know how my early travels in Turkey evolved but in this case this journey began not with a single step but instead with a book. How in fact does a book on Qaraqalpaq textiles of western Uzbekistan lead to a journey in Indonesia?
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Wallace Trails and Sails

Dr Tony Whitten   December 05 , 2014 
A journey across the Indonesian archipelago in the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace.
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Here be Dragons – Komodo National Park

Jennifer Hayes   April 23 , 2013 
In a time when the shape of the world and its boundaries were shrouded in mystery, ancient mariners and map-makers would scrawl the warning “Here be dragons.” along the borders of their parchment charts.
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It is often our journeys on land that stoke our passion to explore the seas, and perhaps no other stop on Sea Trek’s island-hoping itineraries provides a more striking difference to the open ocean and salty air than a visit to the village of Masbagik.
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Julia Hubbel offers more sage advice on how to pick your holidays at 50
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The future looks bright for one of Raja Ampat's most famous areas, the Dampier Strait - and for the fishing communities that rely on its bounty.
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So Beautiful, They Can Only Have Come From Paradise.

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   July 03 , 2018 
There's no experience in birding quite like seeing these exquisite animals in their natural habitat.
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Total Detox...Are You Up For It?

Julia Hubbel   June 06 , 2018 
Read on as journalist Julia Hubbel explains the joys of being off the grid with SeaTrek.
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Six Tips for Isolating Yourself in Paradise

Julia E Hubbel   May 29 , 2018 
Travel expert, Julia Hubbel aka The Galloping Gaia, shares her secrets of staying out of the shadows of the tourist hordes when on holiday.
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What To Bring On Your SeaTrek Cruise

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   April 24 , 2018 
Packing for a SeaTrek cruise in the tropics is easy, just follow the simple guidelines below and it will all be plain sailing.
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Island Etiquette: The Protocols of a Village Visit

Rachel Lovelock   March 08 , 2018 
New countries, new cultures, new surroundings, new manners - all the complicated bits of the Art of Travel. Here's your how-to guide of travelling in Indonesia and not putting a foot wrong.
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Whale Sharks - Gentle Giants of the Seas

Rachel Lovelock   June 23 , 2017 
Whale sharks are the largest living fish species, and swimming alongside these magnificent creatures is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences.
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The Dutch Church in Banda Neira

Ian Burnet   June 12 , 2017 
The church in Banda Neira was established in the 1600s to serve the residents of the Dutch colonial occupation of the remote Banda Islands. Behind the building can be seen the summit of the volcano named Gunung Api, or Fire Mountain.
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The Life-Giving Lontar Palm

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   November 05 , 2016 
The lontar fan palm can be seen all over Indonesia, yet many of us are unfamiliar with it, mistaking it, perhaps, for the coconut palm. Its versatility is extraordinary. Its trunk, which can grow to 30 metres in height and to a thickness of about 90cm.
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Subak – The Cultural Landscape of Bali

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   October 28 , 2016 
Bali is renowned for the beauty of its sculpted rice terraces. These vibrant green plantings and layered mirrors unfold like giant stairways from the mountains to the sea. Known as ‘sawah’, the padi fields of Bali are a thousand years old.
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A Trip to Tenganan Village in East Bali

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   August 31 , 2016 
Hidden in the hills, 5km from Candidasa in East Bali, is a remarkable 700-year-old walled village called Tenganan, where the residents practice a time-honoured lifestyle based around ritual and ceremony.
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Komodo’s Cockatoo

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   August 02 , 2016 
When you’re visiting Komodo, make sure you’re not so busy looking for dragons that you miss out on observing some of the beautiful birdlife. A notable white-feathered resident of Komodo Island is the yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea).
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Flying Foxes

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   July 07 , 2016 
At Satonda Island, off the north coast off Sumbawa, we witnessed an arcane sunset mission as hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerged in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection.
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Beware Of The Boogeyman: He’ll Catch You If He Can.

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   March 21 , 2016 
Ever wondered about the origin of the term ‘boogeyman’ – that shapeless mythical monster, which jumps out of the wardrobe at night to frighten little children?
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The Funeral of a King

Sue Richardson   November 23 , 2015 
Guests on our Textile Tour get to meet many Indonesian people wearing fabulous local costumes and ask us if this is what they wear every day. The answer is no – just like us they keep their best costume for special occasions for ceremonies.
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A Magical Wishing Lake

Rachel Lovelock   September 07 , 2015 
In April 2015, almost exactly 200 years to the day since Tambora had erupted and caused the tsunami that had filled Satonda’s crater with seawater, I was standing at the side of the lake, and I had a dilemma. Read on...
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Festive Recipe: Tomato Sambal

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   December 10 , 2014 
Long time Bali resident, Janet de Neefe, founder of the UWRF, writer, owner of Casa Luna Cooking School and two restaurants in Ubud, delights us with a hot recipe, a traditional favourite of Indonesia, sambal.
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Sumba Heart and Soul

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   March 31 , 2014 
Still clinging tightly to its animist traditions, Sumba Island is a destination seductive to the soul. Here are a just a few reasons why we find Sumba such a sensational destination.
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Home of the Bugis Boat Builders – Wera, Sumbawa

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   October 10 , 2012 
With its long, elegant bow, towering twin masts, streamlined wooden hull and seven billowing sails, the traditional Indonesian sailing ship known as a pinisi evokes a bygone era.
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The Last of the Sea Nomads

Johnny Langenheim - The Guardian   September 18 , 2010 
For generations they have lived on the ocean, diving and fishing, and rarely setting foot on land. But now these marine nomads risk destroying the reefs that sustain them.
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AI Identifies Heat-Resistant Coral Reefs in Indonesia

Johnny Langenheim - The Guardian   August 13 , 2018 
The Coral Triangle could be key to conserving the world’s reefs as Indonesia corals survive worst coral bleaching event in history. 
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Made's Magical Margaritas

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   July 30 , 2018 
The perfect margarita for the perfect moment.
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Bali's Mt. Agung Volcano Updates

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   July 02 , 2018 
While Bali continues its conversation with the great God of the Underworld residing under Mt. Agung, a conversation that seems to have started again in July 2018, we at SeaTrek Sailing Adventures want you all to have a better idea of what is going on here from our perspective.
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Collaborating to Create Cleaner Seas

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   June 04 , 2018 
Indigo V Expeditions partners with SeaTrek Sailing Adventures to clean Indonesian seas of microplastics.
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Swimming with Whale Sharks

Rachel Lovelock   May 07 , 2018 
Swimming with whale sharks is one of the most amazing and tranquil experiences you will ever have in your life. Read on to hear what it can do for you through the eyes of one who knows.
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"For me, there is no more admirable character in the history of science." - Sir David Attenborough on Alfred Russel Wallace.
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Pinisi and the Art of Boatbuilding in Sulawesi Recognised by UNESCO

Jeffrey Mellefont   February 10 , 2018 
Across the 17,000 equatorial islands comprising the Republic of Indonesia, the ingenious arts of timber boat building have been a crucial enabler of human ventures from prehistoric times until today.
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Nutmeg: Facts & Figures

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   June 21 , 2017 
In the sixteenth century it was worth its weight in gold. The early history of Southeast Asia was driven and moulded by the Arab, Chinese, Malay and European adventurers who sailed in search of the fabulous wealth that it offered. The exotic nutmeg – or 'pala' as it is known in Indonesia – has a very rich heritage.
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Ten Tales Of Ternate & Tidore

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   June 12 , 2017 
Ternate and neighbouring Tidore are ancient Islamic sultanates. They were once the world’s only source of cloves, through which their rulers became among the wealthiest and most powerful sultans in the region. Much of their wealth, however, was wasted on fighting each other.
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Pearl Culture

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   October 29 , 2016 
The magic secret of the pearl is a mystery of origins. Believed to reflect the soul of an oyster, a natural pearl is an accident of nature, formed when an irritant – such as a parasite or a piece of debris – causes the mollusc to secrete a fluid that that coats the invader, forming the pearl.
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Because of its steep cliffs and rocky coast it is almost impossible to land on the island, which makes it a perfect sanctuary for seabirds. Frigate birds, gannets, brown boobies, white boobies and other marine birds have their nests in the trees.
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A Day at the Races

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   August 16 , 2016 
At Negara's bull races, the rough narrow racetrack through the rice fields was lined with thousands of people; illegal betting was rife, and I had just escaped being trampled to death by a pair of magnificently decorated bull buffaloes.
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In a Nutshell

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   July 24 , 2016 
Visit the fabled Banda Islands on any one of SeaTrek’s spice cruises and at some point you will find yourself wandering through the beautiful and bountiful nutmeg forests, each one a vast orchard tucked beneath a towering old-growth canopy.
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Swimming with Manta Rays

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   July 03 , 2016 
One of the highlights of a SeaTrek Komodo trip is the opportunity to snorkel with giant manta rays at Karang Makassar or Manta Point, which despite – and because of – the strong currents, is one of the most interesting places in the Komodo National Park.
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Keeping Traditions Alive with Marine Tourism

Jeffrey Mellefont   February 12 , 2016 
In December 2015 I joined a mixed group of American, European, Australian and New Zealand guests on this handsome motor-sailer, during a 12-day voyage through some of the most historic – and most remote – islands of our vast, archipelagic neighbour.
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Indonesia’s Living Dinosaurs

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   November 02 , 2015 
On Komodo Island, our guide, armed with a forked stick, led us inland through the hot and dry monsoon forest surrounded by open savannah grasslands. Timor deer and wild boar darted nervously through the prickly palms; prey to the dragons.
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The Fabulous Flying Fox

Jennifer Hayes   August 03 , 2015 
Gazing towards the horizon you see fluttering activity, and soon enough that blazing sky is filled with graceful creatures taking wing. You can’t believe your eyes! It’s a sky full of giant fruit bats!
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Snorkelling the Reefs of Raja Ampat

Jennifer Hayes   December 09 , 2014 
A marine area often described as ” The Amazon of the Seas.” the Coral Triangle is a geographical term used to describe the waters stretching from Borneo to the Philippines and East to the Solomon Islands.
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The Garden of Good and Evil – Indonesia’s Fabled Spice Islands

Seatrek Sailing Adventures   October 08 , 2013 
Imagine if you will, a tropical paradise: a minuscule string of emerald green islands immersed in an aquamarine equatorial waters, far from the cares of outside world, but lurking within is the most potent aphrodisiac of them all - spices.
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Water World – Indonesia’s Beautiful Boats

Seatrek   September 30 , 2012 
Welcome to the watery world of Indonesia, a diverse island nation comprised of a myriad of cultures, ethnicities and eco systems, where just a short voyage across the water can transport a traveler into an entirely new world.
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