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The great evolutionary scientist, JB 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 and counting, and it is because of this that Ray and Angela Hale are leading a cruise with us for the first time to explore and share the richness of this oft unnoticed cornucopia of bugs, beetles and beasties. Whether your interest is in beetles, butterflies or dragonflies, this is the cruise for you. The macro world holds many beautiful surprises, all of which are waiting to be discovered. On this eight-day inclusive voyage of discovery aboard the 12-passenger Katharina you can immerse yourself in the Komodo National Park and Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands from an intimate perspective, as we visit remote beaches, quiet coastal villages, rivers, waterfalls, volcanic islands and a mysterious crater lake. In addition to all of this, you will have the chance to see the legendary Komodo dragons, photograph them in their natural environment and spend time snorkelling on some of the most beautiful coral reefs on Earth. 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.