Accommodations and meals as indicated in itinerary; airport transfers in Flores and Ternate; beverages including coffee, cocoa, tea, soft drinks and fruit juice; limited laundry service (2 items per day free of charge, service stops 2 days before disembarkation); guided excursions; use of snorkeling gear and sea kayaks/canoes; outdoor sleeping facilities.
International flights; transfers in Bitung; alcoholic beverages; pre- and post-trip hotel accommodations; gratuities; a 2.5% foreign credit card transaction fee if using a credit card to pay for any onboard purchases.
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations’ Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
Arrival & Departure
The Corals, Cultures & Dragons: Bitung to Flores cruise begins in Bitung, Indonesia, accessed from Manado City, Indonesia (MDC), and ends in Labuan Bajo, Flores (LBJ). Transfers to and from the vessel will be provided. Plan flights to arrive to Manado City anytime prior to day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Labuan Bajo no earlier than 4:00pm on day 14. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.
Opportunities to explore the land and sea are made available most days of your trip and might include trekking, cultural tours, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or nature exploration. Although all activities are inclusive, they are always optional, just inform your Tour Leader if you prefer to stay on board. Other activities may include jumping off the boat, beach volleyball with the crew and fishing (a simple spool of fishing line and hooks are available on board). Katharina is equipped with a sea canoe and stand-up paddleboard for guests to enjoy.
Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 75% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabins, with age as a consideration. The third passenger in a room will be charged 50% of the cruise fare (discount for all cabins calculated from Stateroom rate), though 3 adults are not recommended in triple cabins due to space restraints.
Families & Children
Families with children age two and older are welcome. Both boats have been built with child safety in mind and the side railings on both ships have been built higher than on normal traditional Buginese schooners. Keep in mind that this is an adventure cruise and parents must watch their children at all times. Children 11 years and younger will be charged 50% of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with parents.
Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.