Encounter rare indigenous creatures, great and small, from Komodo Dragons to bats, butterflies and bugs, as we cruise through magnificent scenery, gently trek through river valleys and savannah grasslands, and snorkel in the clear waters of the Komodo National Park.
This 10-day expert-led cruise on board the Katharina, takes us along the coast of West Papua through Raja Ampat in search of the extraordinary birds of paradise, while visiting remote Papuan villages and snorkelling magnificent coral reefs along the way.
Together we will explore the extraordinary ancestral traditions and amazing landscapes of the Lesser Sunda Islands, where textiles are the predominant form of artistic expression. Every region has its own unique textile culture, its own style of dress, and its own motifs.
Seafaring history expert, Jeffrey Mellefont, leads an adventure through ancient monsoon sailing routes to some of Indonesia’s remotest islands, connecting us with the true nature of this island nation: a maritime crossroads of rare spices, sea-borne trade, migration and boat-builders.
A six-day cruise through the waters of Komodo National Park encountering an amazing variety of wildlife from Komodo Dragons to flying foxes, sea eagles and giant manta rays, while visiting white-sand beaches, snorkelling colourful reefs or ascending savannah-wrapped hills offering spectacular views.
Birdwatchers will relish this specialist cruise up the east coast of Sulawesi, with the chance to spot some rare indigenous birds including hornbills, eagles, doves, malkohas, fantails, kingfishers and bee-eaters. Meanwhile the coral reefs teem with a huge diversity marine life.
This expert-led cruise from Ambon to Sorong honours Alfred Russel Wallace – 19th century British naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution. We will explore, on land and underwater, what captivated Wallace about this part of the world, including the birds of paradise.
In the company of Wallace-expert, Dr. George Beccaloni, we will voyage in the wake of the legendary naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, through Raja Ampat in search of the extraordinary birds of paradise en route to the clove-scented island of Ternate.
Historian and seafaring expert, Jeffrey Mellefont, leads us though the spectacular marine landscapes of Raja Ampat – home to karst spires, birds of paradise, and the world’s most bio-diverse coral reefs – to the clove plantations of the fabled Sultanate of Ternate.
Immersing ourselves in the unique nature and island culture of East Sulawesi, we will snorkel on magnificent reefs, explore remote villages, and go on jungle treks to spot endemic birds, before finally encountering the fearsome Komodo dragons on Rinca Island.