In The Press

Bugis Shipbuilders of Sulawesi

July 05 , 2018  The Travel Blog 
This is a wonderful piece about the Konjo boatbuilders of South Sulawesi, a place we have visited many times to stand in awe of these wonderful craft.
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Ungewöhnliche Barfuss-Route

July 05 , 2018  Cruisetip Magazine 
Der Osten der Insel Sulawesi in Indonesien ist ein schwer zugängliches Reiseziel. Am besten kommt man mit einem Pinisi hin.
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Join Julia Hubbel as she lays back under the light-pollution-free skies of Indonesia to back in the glow of the Southern Night Sky
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Fragrance of Past Lingers in Isles of Spice

April 05 , 2018  Senior Traveller 
LYNN GAIL explores centuries-old maritime routes where adventurers fought and died for spices more profitable than gold.
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Kreuzfahrt zu den vergessenen Trauminseln indonesien

March 23 , 2018  Die neue Reiselust 
Mit Sea Trek Sailing Adventures segeln Gäste kreuz und quer durch Ostindonesien – und können erleben, wie der Reiseveranstalter abgelegene Dörfer mit Hilfsgu?ternversorgt.
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The Best Way to See Indonesia

August 31 , 2017  Travel Pulse 
For most travellers, Indonesia starts and ends with Bali, but there's so much more to see.
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The Archipelago Journal: Ternate to Sorong

June 04 , 2017  Colours - Inflight Magazine Garuda Indonesia 
Colours hops on a cruise in eastern Indonesia to trace the travels of Victorian British explorer Alfred Russel Wallace, the co-discoverer with Charles Darwin of the theory of evolution through natural selection.
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Komodo to Bali – Our Voyage Continues!

July 03 , 2016  thestarfish.com.au 
By Peter Rigby & Jacqueline Lang. Continuing the account of our sea voyage from Flores to Bali.
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Better Than New

May 20 , 2016  Asia Pacific Boating 
Choosing to do a refit or full restoration is a popular way to obtain the yacht of your dreams. By Glen Watson.
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People of the Forest

April 07 , 2016  Colours - Garuda Indonesia Inflight 
from Colours Magazine for March 2016, Garuda InFlight…
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Boats, Books and Flying Machines

December 15 , 2015  Exotiq Magazine 
Once described as “The trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travellers,” Tony Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet guides hasn’t stopped travelling since he sold the company. He has a fascination with Bad Lands, Dark Lan…
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In Search of Dragons

September 19 , 2015  Cruising Magazine 
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Yachts to Charter Now

July 19 , 2015 
From a 170-foot sailing ship in Indonesia to a Caribbean superyacht cruise, here are nine new ways to get on the water this season, in some of the world’s dreamiest yachting destinations.
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Flores, Indonesia: A literary mini-festival at sea

March 27 , 2015  Sydney Morning Herald 
SeaTrek was pleased to be featured in The Sydney Morning Herald and Traveller.com this February. Susan Wyndham truly captures the beauty and fun of this specialty culinary cruise with Janet DeNeefe and fellow writers from the Ubud Writers and Reader…
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Between the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi in Indonesia, there is an undiscovered gem that people need not confuse with Bali: Makassar, the fifth largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and Medan is one of the uncongested islands of this wonderful country.
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The Spice of Life

June 07 , 2018  International Traveller 
Lynn Gail follows the Spice Trail to the Banda Islands, where the scent of cinnamon is on the breeze, and where traders became the richest people on the planet during the 16th century.
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Carry on Snorkelling

April 21 , 2018  The Australian 
The creaking timbers of the wooden ship punctuate the idyllic cruise to underwater wonderlands and jungle haunts. John Borthwick sails in the wake of the Bugis seafarers of Indonesia on a traditional pinisi ship.
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Far from being the special result of insular evolution, Komodo dragons are the last survivors of a group of huge lizards that ranged over much of Australasia.
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The Loss of a Friend

December 12 , 2017  The Guardian 
It was with heavy hearts that we learned of the death of our esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Tony Whitten in early December.
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8 Adventure Cruises for People Who Hate Cruises

August 01 , 2017  Travel Channel 
Cruises have had a bad rap for a long time. Voyages tend to appeal to an older crowd with the tackiest entertainment imaginable. But that's not the whole story. Come onboard one of these smaller adventure cruises with just as much to offer off the boat as they do at sea.
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Adventure Through The Spice Islands

May 02 , 2017  The Starfish 
The fabled Banda Islands in Maluku, Indonesia, are so far off the tourism map that few people know of either their existence or their major historical importance.
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Close encounter met de dragons in Komodo

October 18 , 2016  Reisbijbel.ne 
De lucht komt al van verre tegemoet. De enorme buffalo ligt op de zij in een plasje water, in het droge seizoen een zeldzaamheid op Komodo geworden. En dan lijkt die massa te bewegen. Het is echter niet de buffalo, maar drie tot zelfs zes komodo varanen die zich letterlijk een weg eten door het dier. Een kadootje tijdens onze reis.
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Cruising the Komodos and Beyond

June 23 , 2016  thestarfish.com.au 
The ship’s bell rings. Like school kids racing to recess, we tear out of our cabin, and spring on to the tender whisking us out to a snorkelling hotspot.
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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

May 20 , 2016  Asia Pacific Boating 
The region offers many great places to visit, and an even greater selection of vessels to make your boating holiday perfect. By Craig Hurst.
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Ambon Sacred Spears and Magic Eels

February 08 , 2016  NOW!Jakarta 
Ambon Island was once a powerhouse of the world with the Portuguese establishing control over the clove trade in the early 16th century. However, long before the Portuguese sailed in with their tall ships, conquered the Spice Islands, built towering…
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Catching the Dragon Boat

September 30 , 2015  Escape Magazine 
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The Launch Of A Pinisi

September 04 , 2015  Exotiq Magazine 
Almost a year since Mt Sangeang spectacularly erupted, I am desperately seeking shade from the sun on a blacksand beach within striking distance of the still-active volcano. Separated only by a narrow shipping channel, the 1800-metrehigh volcanic isl…
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Indonesia’s Spice Islands by Schooner

July 16 , 2015  Destinasian 
From Banda Neira to Ternate, a cruise aboard a Bugis-style ironwood schooner proves the ideal way to tour Indonesia’s fabled Spice Islands, whose long-faded fortunes have given way to fascinating ports of call
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My Old Man and the Sea

March 27 , 2015  AFAR 
SeaTrek’s very own Katharina graced the cover of the Jan/Feb “Where to go in 2015” issue of AFAR Magazine. Accompanying her is a lively article by Josh Dean entitled, “My Old Man and the Sea.” He says: “Watching scenery from a more traditional cruise…
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Schiffsbau Wie Sonst Nirgendwo

July 05 , 2018  Marina-ch-Magazine 
Seit Dezember 2017 gehört die Schiffsbaukultur der indonesischen Pinisi zum Unesco-Weltkulturerbe. Die Auszeichnung ehrt eine Tradition, die im Su?den der Insel Sulawesi vor Jahrhunderten begann. Und lebt! «marina.ch» war vor Ort.
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How a centuries-old craft has now changed tack to keep sailing in the seas of modernity. As seen in the pages of Silkwinds In-flight Magazine. Words and Photography by Justin Eeles.
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Meeting Ring of Fire Explorer Lawrence Blair

April 05 , 2018  The Starfish 
Journalist, Rachel Lovelock sits down for lunch with one of her childhood heroes, Dr Lawrence Blair, and finds out how the past, present and future has helped shape the man behind the myth.
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Paradise takes many forms on this Indonesian archipelago.

March 26 , 2018  Chicago Tribune 
HIs goal was to trace Wallace’s journey through the four main islands of Raja Ampat and find his beloved birds-of-paradise. Along the way, Mark Johanson would discover a startlingly virgin archipelago that remains little changed in the 150 years since Wallace left.
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From pilots to travel photographers, train aficionados to tour guides, these globe-trotting experts have seen the world. They share their favourite destinations, and why they think they shouldn't be missed for your next holiday.
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My Jungle Dream: Meeting a Bird of Paradise.

February 02 , 2017  The Starfish 
No other feathered family is as beautiful, or displays such diversity of plumage, extravagant decoration, and courtship behaviour as the ostentatious Bird of Paradise.
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Dancing The Cakalele

October 05 , 2016  NOW!Jakarta 
The two proud Maluku young men, dressed in ceremonial red garb started their war dance against a perfect backdrop of crystal clear languid ocean waters. With parang (sword) in one hand and salawku (shield) in the other, they engaged in a mock battle showcasing their skills and bravery to the audience gathered in a semi-circle on the beach.
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Spice Islands Eclipse

June 10 , 2016  Signals Magazine 
ASTRONOMY, CELESTIAL NAVIGATION AND SPICE-TRADE HISTORY. By Jeffrey Mellefont. 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 Moluccas – the historic…
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Ternate Tales of Natural Selection

April 23 , 2016  Indonesia Expat 
The Spice Islands are wrapped in an aromatic history of cloves, mace and nutmeg, Kings and Sultans, spice wars, and the rise and fall of invading armies. By Stephanie Brookes As I travelled through the Spice Island chain, I saw massive groves of clov…
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Dragons, Mantas And Pink Sand

December 15 , 2015  FRV Bali 
Something keeps drawing me back to Komodo National Park, and it’s not just the lure of the dragons, there’s so much more…
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Ship Shape – Giving Katharina a Facelift

September 28 , 2015  Exotiq Magazine 
Renovating a house is easy. Call a contractor, buy the materials, and get them delivered to your house – all you have to do is pay for it. But what do you do when that project is a 40m long, wooden phinisi schooner named Katharina that still needs to keep sailing and she’s moored in the harbour off Bali? You plan your time with military precision, you get creative, and you bring in the Bugis Men.
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In Search of Dragons

August 03 , 2015  Expat Magazine Malaysia 
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7 Days to Komodo

June 08 , 2015  FRV Bali 
Looking at a map of Indonesia you can come to a couple of quick conclusions. One, it’s vast. Two, there’s a lot of water to cross if you want to have a good look at it and you are probably going to need a boat. FRV Bali finds a very nice one with Sea…
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Sailing Off The Grid

February 25 , 2015  Exotiq Magazine 
Sailing Off The Grid : by Exotiq Magazine, December 2014 If the idea of sailing through tropical seas and islands on a traditional wooden schooner floats your boat then eastern Indonesia is definitely the place you need to go. With 15 – 18,000 island…
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