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The great evolutionary scientist, J B Haldane was once asked what he had learned from his study of nature and all of its wonders. He replied that if indeed a Creator existed then he had “an inordinate fondness for beetles”.

How right he was, for there are over 350,000 species of beetle and counting, and it is because of this that Ray and Angela Hale, both highly experienced and well-travelled naturalists, are leading a cruise with us as guest experts for the second time to explore and share the richness of this often-unnoticed cornucopia of bugs, beetles and beasties

The nature of Indonesia is indeed unique. Whether your interest is in beetles, butterflies, or just natural history in general, then this is the cruise for you. This world holds many beautiful surprises, all of which are waiting to be discovered. On this eight-day inclusive voyage of discovery aboard our 12-passenger-boat, Katharina, you can immerse yourself in the Komodo National Park and walk side by side with the mighty Komodo Dragon.

We will explore the Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, and visit remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, rivers, waterfalls, volcanic islands and a mysterious crater lake, all awash with amazing creatures waiting to be found. In addition to all of this, we will spend time snorkelling on some of the most beautiful coral reefs on Earth. Swim with sea turtles and marvel at the giant and gentle Manta Rays as they effortlessly “fly” beneath you. Unlimited use of the stand-up paddleboards and sea kayaks onboard will add yet another dimension to your nature explorations.

Note: ‘Dragons, Bats, Butterfies and Bugs’ travels outbound from Bali to Flores; guests meet the ship in Bali and later return to Bali by air from Labuan Bajo in Flores. The airfare is not included in the cruise price but our SeaTrek office will be happy to assist you with any information and local flight reservations. In order to ensure that you are able to enjoy the full programme, please do not book any return flights that are scheduled to leave before midday on Day 8. SeaTrek recommends flying with Garuda Indonesia.