Doing the Coastal Crawl on Small Ships
Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands lie in a region rife with active volcanoes, coastal villages, megalithic cultures, jungle-clad mountain ranges and dry savannah lowlands, all teeming with wildlife. AdventureSmith Explorations is making it available to American travelers on a new seven-day cruise, Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores. The cruise operates nearly weekly departures through mid-September using the Katharina, a 14-guest, traditional Indonesian “phinisi” and the 28-guest Ombak Putih, a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built by Buginese ship builders. The classic sailing sloops of the Spice Islands, known as phinisi, carried the cargo of the Indonesian spice trade.
All of the Katharina’s cabins have private bathrooms, AC and storage space including a safe. The vessel is manned by a crew of 12 and a captain. The Ombak Putih has 12 cabins. With approximately 400 square meters of public space divided over two main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space, allowing for privacy. The cabins offer private bathroom, portholes and AC.
Included in the per person double seven day rate of $2,380 are accommodations, all meals aboard the ship, transfers in Flores, non-alcoholic beverages, limited laundry service, guided shore excursions and use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes. Children under 12 are charged 25 percent of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with parents. Children above 12 will be charged 50 percent of the cruise fare. The price includes such activities as trekking, cultural tours, snorkeling, swimming and nature exploration. Other activities may include beach volleyball with the crew and fishing (a simple spool of fishing line and hooks are available on board).