Anasia Cruises (Katharina)
Welcome to Sea Trek Sailing Adventures and Katharina
We invite you to embark on a truly adventurous cruise of a lifetime exploring the exotic islands of the ‘Southern Seas’ on board the sailing schooner Katharina. Our scheduled leisure expeditions will take you to the unknown and the extraordinary, to dragons in Komodo, whale hunters in Lembata and to warrior tribes in Papua. We retrace the ancient spice routes to the gorgeous Banda Islands, follow in the wake of historic adventurers and admire the treasures of the underwater world.
Our sailing cruises are primarily focusing on Eastern Indonesia. Highlights during our sailing adventures are the islands of Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo, Rinca, Flores, the Moluccas, and Irian Jaya (West-Papua) where we will visit among other places the famous Asmat tribe. Our exploratory cruises will bring you to the unknown and extraordinary, to dragons in Komodo, whale hunters in Lembata, warrior tribes in Papua. We follow the ancient spice routes to the gorgeous Banda’s, trace the vestiges of Captain Cook in the Lesser Sunda Islands and marvel at undiscovered coral reefs the tropical treasures of the underwater world.
Cruising in Indonesia aboard Katharina means sailing adventures to the end of the world, truly exploratory voyages in the wake of ancient discoverers like Magellan, Cook, and Tasman. Our home base is Lombok from where sailing charters may be organized tailored to your needs. Rejoice this exclusive experience on Planet Earth light years away from the maddening crowds!
The Early Days of Sea Trek
Sea Trek Sailing Adventures began its small vessel cruise operations in 1985 and for more than a quarter of a century, without interruption, has been instrumental in opening the Eastern regions of Indonesia to several generations of travelers. Our continued vision is to provide personalized sea voyages offering exceptional hospitality to unique destinations, including places rarely visited by Westerners, with untouched sites of astonishing natural beauty, where it often seems that time stands still.
Sea Trek operates two 30+ meter (100+ feet) schooners, Katharina and Ombak Putih, on scheduled departures of leisure expeditions for much of the year and promotes custom charter voyages as well. In response to the yacht cruising community, Sea Trek provides the high performance and luxurious 23+ meter (75 foot) Motor yacht, Merry Makin’, for scheduled departures during cruising periods in the renowned Komodo Islands and also for custom charters for private cruises and group events in and around Bali.
At the head office in Bali, Sea trek Sailing Adventures has a small multinational team of experienced professionals who efficiently and courteously service all client inquiries and special requests. One of our greatest assets is the vast amount of knowledge we have acquired about the anchorages and the islands in the eastern archipelago, the customs of their inhabitants and the special places worth visiting. Our network of contacts and friends throughout the region is second to none. Sea Trek embarks on sailing adventures to ‘the end of the world’, truly exploring untouched lands in the wake of historic discoverers like Magellan, Cook, Tasman and Wallace. The sailing cruises are primarily focused on the ‘Ring of Fire’ volcanic islands of Eastern Indonesia. Itineraries include the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa, dragons and coral gardens in Komodo, rare volcanic lakes of Flores and visiting traditional whale hunters in Lembata.
For those with a true taste for adventure, Sea Trek voyages drift into timeless regions of Irian Jaya in West-Papua where it is still possible to meet the ancient warrior Asmat tribes. And for those with more historical interests, we follow the spice trade to the Banda Islands and north to Ternate and from Halmahera all the way to Raja Ampat, following in the wake of Wallace’s discoveries.
The deck area of Katharina is dominated by the 25m tall main and top masts and a large central table around which we enjoy our meals alfresco. Just aft is the main lounge and bar, accessible on the port side. On top of this main cabin there is a sun deck, where you find several additional deck chairs and comfortable day beds.
Below decks there are 4 double cabins (with one extra single upper berth) and 2 twin cabins (upper/lower berth). In addition there is one family cabin on the aft deck behind the wheelhouse. This cabin has one king size bed (1.80m wide), a normal single upper bed and an additional smaller bench/bed). All cabins are air-conditioned (individually controlled) and have private bathrooms with warm and cold water. Obviously, we provide all hotel amenities you may require.
Each cabin has a wardrobe, a built-in mini safe, individually controlled cooling systems and soft lightning. All cabins have their own private bathroom with (warm & cold water) shower and toilet. Unlike typical ship accommodation, your cabin provides ample space to store your stuff and still move about with ease.
We know from experience that during a cruise in the tropics some of our guests discover the pleasure of sleeping under the stars and there is plenty of room to sleep on the upper deck. Mattresses as well as light blankets are available for that purpose.
Katharina is a mix of traditional and modern design. Her hull and rigging are traditional, while the deck house and interior were custom designed to adapt to Western tastes of space, privacy and comfort. While Indonesian traditional sailing vessels are customarily referred to as Bugi Schooners, strictly speaking Katharina is rigged as a Ketch, the foremast being higher than the aft mast.
Specifications & Deck Plans
- Construction: Kalimantan, Indonesia, 1998
- Registry: Indonesian flag
- LOA : 33 meters
- LOD : 28 meters
- Beam : 8.5 meters
- Draught: 3.5 meters
- Engine : 10 cyl. Mercedes Benz OM 403
- Rig : Gaff rigged ketch – 600m2 of sails
- Cruising speed : 8 knots
- Top Speed : 10 knots (under engine & sail)
- Cabins: 7 air conditioned, with private en-suite heads
- Water tanks: 6000 liters
- Water maker: 4 tons/day
- Fuel tanks : 9000 liters
- Auxiliary Power : 49 KVA generator MWN, 59 KVA generator Mitsubishi
- navigation : MWM 24 volts emergency supply solar panels and wind turbines
- Safety: Furuno Radar (range 24NM), Depth Sounder, GPS, VHF, & SSB radio, satellite Phone
- Navigation: radar, GPS, depth sounder
- Tenders: 2 life rafts(20/25 pax), flares, 36 life jackets, EPIRB beacon
Safety and Seaworthiness
The vessel is fitted with all internationally required safety and communication equipment such as SSB and VHF radios, life jackets, life rafts, and satellite telephone. Experienced navigators consider it an axiom that the seaworthiness of a vessel depends on the seaworthiness of the crew. Our ship has a well trained and well seasoned Indonesian crew of sixteen, We are proud of the fact that several of the crewmembers who joined us when the vessel was launched are still on board today.
- Spacious twin shared cabin with twin bunk beds or double bed
- Each cabin has a private bathroom with toilet and hot shower
- Washbasin and soap toiletries in your cabin
- Cabins have individually controlled air conditioning
- Towels and beach towels that are regularly changed
- Valuables and travel documents can be stored in the ship’s safe
- Free tea, coffee and mineral water
- Excellent food and snacks (vegetarian food on request)
- Excellent wine selection, cold beer and other alcoholic drinks for sale
- Fresh water on-deck shower
- Chilled towels and a welcome drink upon arrival
- Outdoor sleeping facilities
- Unlimited use of our snorkeling equipment and 2 sea canoes
- Television, DVD and music centre in lounge
We offer cruises all year round. Please see our Leisure Expedition program for the details. The Ombak Putih does most of the sailing in the afternoon or at night, which leaves plenty of time during the daytime to visit the islands, to get to know the various cultures of this fascinating country, to enjoy the beautiful nature or to simply stay on board and relax. We have been traveling throughout the region for many years and we like to show you the very best on every island.
Traveling by boat gives you the opportunity to reach places, where there are no roads and that are truly “off the beaten track.” From the feared Jurassic dragons and beautiful coral reefs at Komodo island to the rich traditional cultures and historical heritage of the Moluccas and New Guinea, the Ombak Putih will take you there in perfect comfort and show you the very best. However please do keep in mind that due to unexpected weather and sea conditions, local authorities and government regulations, availability of safe anchorage and other factors beyond our control, occasionally itineraries might slightly be modified.
As a result of the shift from the East to the West Monsoon and the change of the general sea conditions during the course of the year we vary our sailing itineraries in order to offer the best possible combination of islands to visit and a comfortable voyage while at sea. From April to November we mainly cover the Bali – Komodo – Flores route with an occasional foray into the Savu Sea. In November we move to the Eastern part of the archipelago to explore the Spice Islands, the Moluccas and New Guinea. In February we take the vessel into dry dock for her annual maintenance and refurbishing.
Condition of Online Booking
From the moment you have made this reservation request we will hold your booking for 10 days, during which time you should arrange the payment. Unfortunately many banks consider Indonesia as a weak link in the international system of credit card payments and the “Sign on File” procedure usually results in failure so it is best that you make a bank transfer to one of our accounts. The costs of this transfer must be borne by the booking party. Beyond the 10 day period the space will only be held if we have received a faxed or scanned bank transfer statement or if you have contacted us to advice of a different arrangement. Final confirmation will only be given once we have received the payment. At that point we will also be sending you the necessary documents to board the cruise.
If you make a reservation for a departure date more than sixty days in the future, you need to make a down payment of 20% of the fare only in order to secure the reservation. However the remaining 80% should be in our account two months before the departure.
Prices are inclusive of accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private shower and toilet, full board, tea and coffee, mineral water, excursions, use of towels, use of snorkeling equipment, use of sea canoes and the assistance of the European tour guide. Exclusive are airfares, alcoholic beverages, crew gratuities and the transfers to and or from the boat. Please note that children aged 12 or above are charged as adults.
By making a reservation the passengers certify that they do not have a physical condition that would create a hazard to themselves or other passengers.
It is essential that passengers arrange a comprehensive personal and baggage travel insurance to cover any eventuality, including charges arising from any flight cancellations. PT. Ombak Putih does not accept any liability for matters such as baggage loss or damage, expenses or inconvenience caused by delayed or cancelled transportation services, change of schedule, strikes or other conditions beyond PT. Ombak Putih’s control. A copy as proof of our Protection and Indemnity insurance is available on request.
If passengers have to cancel their cruise, PT. Ombak Putih will make a refund minus the following cancellation fees:
Outside 60 days prior to sailing 20% of the total amount.
From 60 days up to 30 days prior to sailing 40% of the total amount.From 30 days up to 7 days prior to sailing 60% of the total amount.
From 7 days up to and including one day prior to sailing 80% of total amount
Cancellation on or after the day of departure 100%.
In principle departures are guaranteed once two passengers have reserved a cabin, but in case PT Ombak Putih is forced to cancel any departure, for whatever reason, our liability is strictly limited to a refund of the fare already paid. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, but sailing itineraries and daily programs are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions, availability of safe anchorage, government regulations and other factors. In addition program changes may take place during the cruise to take advantage of local cultural events, to adapt to sailing conditions, or in response to other factors. Should any cruise have to be aborted during its course, for whatever reason, PT Ombak Putih will take responsibility to transfer the passengers back to the point of departure or to the destination of the cruise but will only refund the amount pro rata for the days of the cruise that were not delivered.
PT. Ombak Putih reserves itself the right to apply surcharges in the event of extraordinary circumstances due to economical instability and governmental approved sudden Rupiah price increases or currency devaluation in the country. Any surcharges encountered, shall be announced by PT Ombak Putih and applied on all existing and future bookings within a time frame determined by the government’s policies application or within a two weeks time frame of any currency fluctuation.
Safety and Health
Paramount for us is the safety of all aboard. The vessel is fitted with all internationally required safety equipment and all crew members have received comprehensive safety training. Shortly after the departure on the first day of the cruise the Cruise Director will do a safety drill with all the participants. The vessel is stocked with a well appointed first-aid box to treat all kinds of minor ailments. It is however always advisable for guests to bring their own first-aid box. We have an agreement with an air-charter company in Bali using a sea-plane in case of emergency evacuation. We recommend that all participants take out a personal travel insurance that would cover such evacuation.
The tropical sun in our cruising area is hard on white skins, all the more so because of the additional exposure due its reflection by the sea. Guests must make sure to protect themselves with a hat, sun lotion and we advise wearing a t-shirt when snorkeling.
Never let even the tiniest cut or coral bruise untreated as it can quickly get infected in the tropical climate. We have all that is needed on board to treat such cuts.
Guests should not be overly worried about seasickness. Waters in our sailing area are generally calm. Even in case of swell, seasickness usually passes quickly once one gets used to the motion of the boat.
We do not recommend the use of any prophylactic for malaria prevention. Malaria has very little incidence offshore. Besides, our guests will spend the better part of the voyage on board, where mosquitoes do not venture at all. Insect repellent is sufficient when going ashore.
What To Take
Temperature in our sailing area varies little – 27° to 33° Celsius year round – with mostly blue skies and light wind. We suggest you take light cotton / linen clothes – including a pair of long trousers for visits in the villages – as well as the following items: water shoes (booties or plastic shoes), hiking shoes, a plastic bag for your camera when disembarking, high protection suntan lotion, a hat, insect repellent, dive / snorkeling equipment if you have your own (we have plenty on board, too), as well as a sweater for cool evenings.
Special dietary request
We can cater to special requests such as a vegetarian menu, children’s fare, diet dishes etc. However we must be notified in advance of any special dietary requests.
Insurance and Liability Release
It is important that all passengers contract personal travel insurance in order to be covered in case of accident, sickness, flight cancellation, evacuation etc…
We do require all passengers to sign a strict and comprehensive liability release and scuba divers to sign an additional declaration of good physical condition.
Copies of these liability releases can be sent on request.
Voltage on board is 220 volts. There is a socket in each cabin suitable for European type plugs, but we do have a selection of adaptors for non European type plugs. Additional sockets are located in the saloon.
Visa and Travel Documents
Guests have to make sure that their passport has a minimum of 6 months validity when entering Indonesia. Most foreign nationals can obtain 30 day tourist visa on arrival but the citizens of some countries do not enjoy this privilege and have to apply for visa in the country of origin or elsewhere outside of Indonesia. We recommend that all our passengers double-check on the requirements as they are in force at the time of their arrival.
During the cruise you will enjoy the incomparable service of 16 well-trained, efficient Indonesian crew members. It is a time-honored tradition on all cruise vessels of the world to tip the crew at the end of the voyage, provided of course the guests have been satisfied with their services. On the last day of the cruise, a special box will be passed around out for that purpose and its contents will be distributed evenly among all members of the crew. We believe that about 50 USD is an appropriate amount; however, this remains entirely up to the judgment of the guests.