Small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations has engaged two ships for its new “Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores” Cruise.
From now through mid September, the nearly weekly departures of this seven-day cruise alternate between Katharina (pictured), a 14-guest, traditional Indonesian “Phinisi”, an elegant and speedy yacht built in 1995 of iron wood, and the 28-guest Ombak Putih, a traditional Indonesian schooner custom built from iron wood by Buginese ship builders . Her keel was laid in Batulicin Kalimantan in 1995, and she became operational in 1997.
Katharina’s overall length is 40 meters. All cabins offer private bathrooms, individually controlled AC and storage space including a safe. This vessel is manned by an all-Indonesian crew of 12 and a captain.
The Ombak Putih at 42 meters long offers 12 cabins. With approximately 400 square meters of public space divided over two main decks, the Ombak Putih offers both open and covered space. The cabins offer private bathroom, portholes, individually controlled air conditioning and storage space including safety deposit box. Fourteen crew members coming from all regions of the archipelago assist the captain.
Although cruises aboard these vessels aren’t recommended for under age four, the ships are child friendly. The side railings are adjusted to a higher level than normal for traditional Buginese schooners. Children under 12 years are charged 25 percent of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin with their parents. Children above 12 will be charged 50 percent of the cruise fare if they share a triple cabin.
Optional but always-inclusive activities include 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). Although scuba diving is not offered on board, with advance notice arrangement can be made through local dive shops.
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California.
(Photo courtesy of AdventureSmith Explorations)