Sailing Indonesia: The Undiscovered Frontier
On this off-the-beaten-path Sulawesi cruise, travel from the spice port of Ternate to the shipbuilding port of Bitung in North Sulawesi while sailing through the islands that fringe the Molucca Sea. Enjoy 14 days sailing Indonesia, with numerous highlights including remote island cultures, Bajau sea gypsies, exotic birdlife, volcanic peaks, and ample opportunity for snorkeling on fantastic coral reefs and in lakes filled with freshwater stingless jellyfish. Experience Halmahera, the island where famed naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace developed the idea of natural selection via survival of the fittest, then wrote and sent it on to Charles Darwin. An astounding array of wildlife can be found in this, one of the most remote and least-visited parts of the Indonesian archipelago, including birds of paradise, black-crested macaques and rare maleo birds.
Cruise in proximity to Manado in North Sulawesi, a major hub for Indonesian air travel that allows for convenient access from Bali, Jakarta and Singapore. Passage is aboard the 24-guest sailing vessel Ombak Putih or 12-guest motorsailor Katharina. These traditional pinisi-style ships are each an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter cruises due to their romance, Indonesian culture, rustic charm and superior service. Complimentary onboard snorkeling equipment, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, fishing gear and tender boats equip guests with daily adventures among a string of Indonesian islands.
The main route begins in Ternate and ends in Bitung Harbor with a transfer to Manado City. There is also a 14-day Corals, Cultures & Dragons cruise that operates from Bitung Harbor to the Komodo region’s Labuan Bajo, Flores, that includes time seeking out Komodo dragons on Rinca Island in Komodo National Park. Additionally, a 12-day East Indies Spice Exploration route cruises from Flores to Ambon, offering opportunities for cultural exchanges, underwater exploration and visits to historic sites.
Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Indonesia cruises.