who we are

At SeaTrek Sailing Adventures we have made it our trademark to offer unique and authentic, small-ship cruising experiences that embrace the traditional wooden pinisi boat culture of Indonesia and the fascinating cultural and natural beauty that the remote part of this mighty archipelago in which we cruise has to offer. Throughout the year, and with an eye on the weather and the seasons, we run seven- to-twelve-day voyages across the eastern half of indonesia offering plenty of land- and sea-based activities, each with a full crew and headed by a highly skilled tour leader to ensure a smooth and stress-free trip.

We are especially proud of our Expert Led cruise programme, which offers guests a more immersive opportunity to delve deeper in a range of disciplines that includes culture, history, literature, cuisine, natural history, botany and zoology whilst in the company of expert tour leaders, who are masters in their chosen fields.

Our boats boast the highest levels of safety, service and comfort, and we stop often to snorkel on pristine coral reefs, swim, kayak, paddle-board and sunbathe on white sand beaches, trek in the jungle, search for birds of paradise and Komodo dragons, swim with manta rays and whale sharks, and visit tiny remote islands to meet with local people and gain a firsthand experience of their lives.

Travelling with like-minded companions from all corners of the world contributes to convivial and spirited exchanges, enriching the entire experience, and we take pride in all the friendships which are born and blossom on our boats, both between guests, and between guests and our crews, whether for a moment or for a lifetime.

Our Ships

Offering all the creature comforts of the modern world, our two wooden pinisi ships, Ombak Putih and Katharina, are part of a beautiful, centuries-old maritime tradition of hand-crafted boatbuilding in Indonesia. Built by the highly-skilled seafaring peoples of Borneo and Sulawesi, using hand tools and traditional methods of construction, the design of these gaff-rigged ketches has been adapted and passed down from father to son for centuries. Interestingly, the pinisi fleet still forms the massive bulk of Indonesia’s cargo and transport network today.

Our boats are outfitted with the most up-to-date safety equipment and communications technology, and equipped with high-quality tenders, kayaks, stand-up-paddle boards and snorkelling gear. Our comfortable cabins are located below decks and offer all the necessary amenities, including double beds or twin bunks, private en-suite bathrooms, lots of natural light, individually controlled air-conditioning, ample storage space, and plenty of electrical and USB outlets.

In 2014 and 2015 respectively, working with the unique legacy these vessels represent, Katharina and Ombak Putih both had major refits. Their transformation was an exercise to conserve their authenticity, using only the best traditional materials, and shaped by highly skilled Indonesian craftsmen of the same heritage that built them.

Our Crews

Our boats are led by our two highly competent captains, Iwan and Fery, who are Class 4 certified, and ably supported in the day-to-day running by great teams of sailors, engineers, electricians, steering mates, chefs, pursers and cabin attendants, each fully dedicated and committed to the smooth running of every cruise. Our crew members all hold the necessary certificates and qualifications required by Indonesia’s strict laws regarding maritime trade and tourism, and we ensure that they get all the ongoing training they need to not only keep up with the legal requirements, but to also support their own desire for personal development.

Our Tour Leaders

Our all-Indonesian tour leaders are all highly experienced and competent in the ways of the sea, the islands, and the cultures we visit. They all speak English very well, and are on hand to look after you and ensure you have a very safe and enjoyable time with us.

Indonesia through Indonesian Eyes is our motto, and with this combination of crew and tour leaders you will have the perfect Indonesian experience.

 

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