Blogs & Awards

Best Tour in Asia in 2013

Seatrek   June 04 , 2017  00:00
National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s 2013 – Tours of a Lifetime.
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Sea Gypsies to Sultans: Meeting the Mariners of the Java Sea

Jeffrey Mellefont   July 22 , 2017  00:00
Read on as Jeffrey Mellefont takes us deep into the maritime traditions of Indonesia after his 2017 trip to the Kangean Islands and Madura.
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NUTMEG: FACTS & TRIVIA

Michael   June 21 , 2017  00:00
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   June 12 , 2017  09:40
Several of SeaTrek’s cruises – Wallace Trails & Sails; Spice Routes/Spice Wars; Raja Ampat Adventure Cruise; Spice Traders to Bugis Shipbuilders – commence or conclude at the clove-perfumed island of Ternate.
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The Life-Giving Lontar Palm

Seatrek   November 05 , 2016  00:00
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 90…
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Subak – The Cultural Landscape of Bali

Seatrek   October 28 , 2016  00:00
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, and achiev…
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Sari Temple in Central Java

Seatrek   September 09 , 2016  00:00
One of the many highlights of our recent ‘Journey Across Java’ was a visit to the Candi Sari temple near Prambanan. It is quite unusual for Javanese temples as it also provided accomodation for the Buddhist monks and served as a monastery. The Sari t…
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ANMM research associate Jeffrey Mellefont leads a voyage on board a traditional Indonesian sailing ship, to view a total eclipse of the sun in the historic spice islands.
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The Prettiest Flight

Seatrek   July 15 , 2016  00:00
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…
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Swimming with Giant Manta Rays

Seatrek   July 03 , 2016  00:00
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 P…
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Maritime tourism helps keep Indonesian traditions alive

Seatrek   February 12 , 2016  00:00
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 – Rachel Lovelock

Seatrek   November 02 , 2015  00:00
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 that have no…
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ANMM Chairman visits key maritime history sites in Indonesia

Seatrek   September 28 , 2015  00:00
Candi Borobodur, the great 8th-century Buddhist stupa in central Java, is rightly considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. With its backdrop the spectacular, active volcano Gunung Merapi, Borobodur is an hour and half drive from Yogyakarta…
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Island to Island – Textile Tour in Eastern Indonesia

Seatrek   July 01 , 2015  00:00
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’: Well, I Don’t Know About Anyone Else, but I Certainly Had Fun! Dr Tony Whitten, Seatrek ‘Wallace Expert’ and Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Fauna & Flora InternationalThis year’s ‘Wallace Trails and Sails’ cruise has…
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Live-Aboard Life

Seatrek   May 02 , 2014  00:00
Come seniors, come juniors, come honeymooners! Whether it’s cruisin’, boozin, or just plain snoozin, there are plenty of ways to spend your time between activities onboard a Sea Trek Cruise. All that snorkeling, trekking, village visits and beach…
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PARADISE LOST Imagine if you will, a tropical Paradise: a miniscule string of emerald green islands immersed in an aquamine equatorial waters, far from the cares of outside world. The shorelines of these lush island gems playfully alternate between d…
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A Wonder of Nature One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Komodo National Park is both famous for its spectacular marine life and for it’s unique population of giant lizards that roam the savannas whose appearance and aggressive behavior have led t…
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The Sea Trek Smiles Project

Seatrek   October 22 , 2012  00:00
Moments of beauty are everywhere. It is the job of a photographer to capture those moments in a way that speaks the moment to others. I was trained as a painter, but I turned to photography to fufill my artistic need while on the road. Although th…
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Spinning the Earth – The Ceramic Craftsmenship of Masbagik

Seatrek   September 25 , 2012  00:00
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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FREE TRAVEL APP GIVEAWAY

Seatrek   December 15 , 2017  00:00
We are glad to offer our guests a special prize! Any of you who book a tour with Sea Trek Sailing Adventures before January 10, 2018 may be eligible for a very special prize from InfoHub's sister-company GPSmyCity - publisher of travel apps for Apple and Android.
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THE MYSTERIOUS CAVES OF TOMOLOL

Seatrek   June 23 , 2017  00:00
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  00:00
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

Michael   June 04 , 2017  00:16
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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Pearl Culture

Seatrek   October 29 , 2016  00:00
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…
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Manuk Island – A Bird Sanctuary in the remote Banda Sea

Seatrek   October 12 , 2016  00:00
The last stop on our East Indies Spice Exploration Voyage 2016, before reaching the Banda Islands, is the tiny island of Manuk which is just the tip of a volcano which pokes itself above the Banda Sea.
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Tenganan Village

Seatrek   August 31 , 2016  00:00
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. Tenganan is one of Bali’s original pre-Hindu s…
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Komodo’s Cockatoos

Seatrek   August 02 , 2016  00:00
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) also k…
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Pulau Kumba is Erupting!

Seatrek   July 13 , 2016  00:00
Kumba Island lies in the Banda Sea of Eastern Indonesia and north of the island of Lembata. The island must be sitting over a hot spot in the earth’s mantle as it seems to have been active over many years. The sailing ship Vega stopped at Pulau Kumba…
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Komodo Dragon Trivia

Seatrek   June 23 , 2016  00:00
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. Although the komodo can run briefly at speeds up to 20 kilometres per hour, its hunting strateg…
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Balinese Feasts and Travel Tales Aboard The Katharina

Seatrek   January 04 , 2016  00:00
I was recently a lucky guest on board The Katharina on Seatrek’s ‘2015 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival’ (UWRF) cruise. The UWRF cruise is an annual event, which started in 2014, for which a writer (or two) attending the festival is invited to join…
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Video: Whale Hunters in Lamalera

Seatrek   October 01 , 2015  00:00
This is Lamalera, a village of 2,000 people and one of the last communities to hunt sperm whales in the traditional way, with harpoons and ropes. Once a year, when whales migrate past their shores, they head out in their small outrigger boats to try…
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A Magical Wishing Lake – Rachel Lovelock

Seatrek   September 07 , 2015  00:00
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. In 2000, I had visited the lake for the f…
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Festive Recipe : Tomato Sambal

Seatrek   December 10 , 2014  00:00
Festive Recipe Longtime 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 favorite of Indonesia, Sambal ! We hope this spices up your…
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Raja Ampat: Heaven on Earth

Seatrek   September 03 , 2014  00:00
Small groups of uninhabited islands rise abruptly from the sea to form a spectacular panorama of rugged karst cliffs that tower over tiny mushroom-shaped rocks dappled along crystal blue waters. The wild jungle vegetation that clings to the rocks p…
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Sumba Heart and Soul

Seatrek   March 31 , 2014  00:00
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. SUMBA- WHERE ANCIENT TRADITIONS RUN DEEP Hanging precariously off…
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A Song of Fire and Spice

Seatrek   August 29 , 2013  00:00
“Please pass the pepper.” It’s a common request we might hear anytime we sit down for a meal. As with most of the everyday items we find in our spice cabinet, most of us take their aquisition and use for granted. However, the next time you add a da…
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Here Be Dragons – Introducing Komodo National Park

Seatrek   April 23 , 2013  00:00
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. The indication of giant lizards and sea serp…
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Home of the Bugis Boat Builders – Wera, Sumbawa

Seatrek   October 10 , 2012  00:00
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. SeaTrek’s vessels Ombak Putih and Katarina are built in the pinisi styl…
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BALI’S MT. AGUNG VOLCANO UPDATES

Seatrek   December 06 , 2017  00:00
While Bali continues its conversation with the great God of the Underworld residing under Mt. Agung, 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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WHALE SHARKS – THE GENTLE GIANTS

Seatrek   June 23 , 2017  00:00
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

Seatrek   June 12 , 2017  10:29
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. The original woo…
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SeaTrek Sailing Adventures depart from Maumere in Flores on September 22 for a 12 day voyage around the outer islands of the Indonesian archipelago to finish in Ambon on October 3, 2017.
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Birds Of Paradise

Seatrek   October 29 , 2016  00:00
“Birds of paradise glisten like seldom glimpsed denizens of an Asiatic harem, who are clad in gold of many hues and dipped in the purple of dawn.”––Thomas Forrest, The Breadtree Fruit, 1784. No other bird family is as beautiful or as rich in diversit….
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In Search Of The Five Holy Springs

Seatrek   October 06 , 2016  00:00
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. Hugging a dramatic coastline of steep headlands, coves and coral…
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A Day at the Races

Seatrek   August 16 , 2016  00:00
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. We were at Negara in West Bali, watch…
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In A Nutshell

Seatrek   July 24 , 2016  00:00
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. The nutme…
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Flying Foxes

Seatrek   July 07 , 2016  00:00
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   March 21 , 2016  00:00
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? In many cultures, the allusion to the boogeyman is used by parents to frighten their child…
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The Funeral of a King

Seatrek   November 23 , 2015  00:00
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. Fortunately for our guests, our visits during the Textile Tour count as a special occasion. The importance of textiles for ceremonial occasions was drummed into us on our latest visit to the island of Sumba.
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Bali’s Secret Fleet: A Glittering Armada

Seatrek   September 28 , 2015  00:00
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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The Fabulous Flying Fox

Seatrek   August 03 , 2015  00:00
The sky rapidly changes to glowing golden hues and the sun sets on yet another incredible day at sea. You sit back on the top deck with your drink in hand and imagine that it just can’t get any better than this. Sure enough, it can and it does. 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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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. This is the center of the world’s marine bio…
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Tales from the Trip – A Journal of Adventures at Sea

Seatrek   August 01 , 2014  00:00
So you’ve done your research online, combed through the trip itinerary, or even scoured the sea charts like a modern-day Magellan off to discover the world, but what’s it really going to be like on a Sea Trek Sailing Adventure? What can you expect f…
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IN THE WAKE OF WALLACE Anchored at the foot of Mount Gamalama Volcano on the island of Tenate, the Sea Trek fleet made preparations to celebrate the evening of November 7th, the day that marked 100 years since the death of Alfred Russel Wallace. S…
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Sea Trek from the Sky

Seatrek   June 19 , 2013  00:00
There’s nothing to put things into a new perspective like taking to the air. On a recent flight from Bali to Labuhan Bajo, Flores, I was lucky enough to have both good weather and a window seat to shoot a fun ariel series. For those of you who have j…
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Dive into 2013 with Sea Trek

Seatrek   February 02 , 2013  00:00
SELAMAT TAHUN BARU or HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our Sea Trek friends and family! Our trusty fleet and crew are now enjoying some well-earned rest in Bali after their safe return from Indonesia’s remotest islands. While the Ombak Putih and Katharina r…
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Water World – Indonesia’s Beautiful Boats

Seatrek   September 30 , 2012  00:00
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. Although geographically…
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