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Sulawesi & Maluku Liveaboard Ombak Putih & Katharina
Sulawesi & Maluku Liveaboard
Exploration Cruise with
OMBAK PUTIH or KATHARINA
From: Ternate To: Bitung
Cruise Rate starts from 9.750 US$ – 14 Days / 13 Nights
“Rare Species, Remote Cultures & Remarkable Corals”
Sample itinerary: 14 Days/13 Nights
Rare Species, Remote Cultures & Remarkable Corals – Exploration Liveaboard Cruise
We reserve the right to change the travel itinerary or any agreed services, if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.
Day 1: Ternate
Starting your adventure today we will have a tour of Ternates historical highlights before boarding our SeaTrek ship and meeting the crew and settling into your new home for the next two weeks.
Over lunch, we will set sail for for the short journey to Halmahera Islands Dojinga Village, a pivotal place in scientific history, where the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace first came up with the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection.
Later that afternoon, we will enter the water for the first time and snorkel and swim on our first coral reef before heading south as the sun sets behind the perfectly conical volcanic islands peaks of the northern Moluccas.
- Ternate, Ternate City, North Maluku, Indonesia
- No swimming & snorkeling
Day 2: Halmahera
Waking in the early morning, we will go ashore on Halmahera for a car journey to an eco-resort famed for its natural forest and bird life. Here you will be witness to the early morning mating rituals of the Wallace Standardwing Bird of Paradise, and enjoy the full dawn chorus of the forests many different species of birds.
We will head back across the island to the ship in time for lunch as we set sail to the south. Once we reach the Equator you will be in for a treat as the crew welcomes you to the middle of the planet with some fun and games and a most unique ocean swim.
Late in the afternoon we will snorkel once more before heading to the island of Bacan.
- Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia
- Swimming & snorkeling
Day 3: Bacan Island
Today we will be searching for some very special species of butterfly, some unique birds and some quirky mammals.
We will explore the deep forest and rivers of Bacan Island, where Wallace first saw what he called ‘the most beautiful butterfly in the world, the Golden Birdwing. During our trek the other species that we might see here include cuscus, the black-crested macaque and some hornbills.
After lunch we will spend the afternoon snorkeling and swimming on the nearby reef and beaches.
- Pulau Bacan, South Halmahera Regency, North Maluku, Indonesia
- Wildlife Exploration
Day 4: Obi Latu Island
Culture and spice will fill our day as we find ourselves off the coast of the white sand island of Obi Latu, a place filled with clove and nutmeg plantations.
Obi Latus steep hillsides are covered in clove and nutmeg forests, reaching back to the rich and heady days of the spice trade, which saw many a European power vying for control of the East Indies. While the spice trade might not be what it once was, the growers can still make a good living on this remote island in the Banda Sea.
We will go ashore and walk through the villages and plantations and see the fruits and spices growing on the trees and drying in the sun ready for market, in the same way it has for centuries.
- Pulau Obilatu, South Halmahera Regency, North Maluku, Indonesia
Day 5: Banda Sea
Today is be a day for snorkeling, culture and history as we find ourselves in the middle of the Banda Sea in the remote and breathtaking Sulu Archipelago.
We will spend the morning exploring the beaches and reefs of Mangoli Island, where the reefs are teeming with fish and other marine life. True to the desert island locale, we will also kayak, paddle, swim, explore and relax on the white-sand beaches.
Later that day, we will feast on some history and culture as we visit the local village market and visit the ruins of a 17th century Dutch fort, which once protected the spice trade along these routes.
- Banda Sea
Day 6: Taliabu Island
The cultural experiences ratchet up a notch today with a war dance performed in our honor, while the night time will be filled with Indonesian music.
We will go ashore on Taliabu Island, where we will be treated to a traditional dance known as the cakalale, by local warriors. We will also have a chance to explore the local village and meet the people of this remote isle.
The afternoon will see us snorkeling on a reef teeming with fish before moving to another deserted island, where we can swim, kayak and relax. This evening the crew will prepare a beach BBQ for us, and they will entertain us with traditional Indonesian folk songs and sea shanties as we party by firelight late into the night.
- Pulau Taliabu, Taliabu Island Regency, North Maluku, Indonesia
- Swimming & snorkeling
Day 7: Bokan Islands
The Bokan Islands are an area of unsurpassed beauty and today will be a day of marine exploration and relaxation as we snorkel, swim, paddle and kayak around the glorious reefs, beaches and islands with many caves and snorkeling spots.
We also have the rare privilege to swim in a small marine lake filled with stingless jellyfish, the exotically named Danau Piasu Botangan, one of only 20 lakes of its kind in the world.
- Pulau Bokan, Ndindibung, Banggai Laut, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Swimming & snorkeling
Day 8: Banggai Islands
A trio of unique experiences await us today involving culture, conservation and wildlife.
We will visit the bustling Indonesian island port town of Bangai, a place filled with activity and commerce. Here on Banggai Island we will visit the local market, explore the neighborhoods, the sultans palace and the maleo bird egg museum, and all from our fleet of brightly-colored motor rickshaws, which will be on the dock awaiting our arrival.
We will pay a hands-on visit to LINI, an NGO doing great work with coral restoration on the surrounding reefs, in addition to working with local fishermen in finding sustainable solutions for supplying fish for overseas markets and the live aquarium fishing trade.
The last of the days highlights will be a snorkel on a local reef where we will see the most elegant, but very threatened, Banggai Cardinal Fish – a darling of saltwater aquarium lovers worldwide.
- Banggai Islands Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Swimming & snorkeling
Day 9: Togian Islands
Today you will have the chance to see possibly one of the strangest and most unique flightless birds found in the world – the Maleo.
After a morning snorkel, we will sail north to visit the endemic Maleo in their beachside environment, the symbol of the province within which it lives. We visit a conservation project on the mainland where scores of Maleo live and breed. Entering in twos, we can watch them at their sandy nesting sites from a camouflaged hide as they go about their business.
Later that afternoon, we set sail for the Togean Islands National Park, for some island hopping and spectacular snorkeling, wildlife and culture.
- Togian Islands, Tojo Una-Una Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Day 10: Kabalutan Village
The Bajau sea gypsies of Southeast have a very unique way of life living in harmony with the water, and today you will get to see it up close.
We will go ashore to Kabalutan Village, where a population of about 2500 Bajau call home, and we will be welcomed into their world to meet and talk with them about their lives.
In the afternoon we will snorkel and swim on some pristine coral reefs before moving on further into the park.
- Kabalutan, Tojo Una-Una Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
- Swimming & snorkeling
Day 11: Malenge Island
Some great wildlife experiences await us today both in the water and the air, with birds, fish and invertebrates as the main features.
We will enjoy a snorkel on the lush reefs near the island of Malenge, before taking our snorkels and masks for a rare second swim with stingless jellyfish in nearby Lake Mariona, the second jellyfish lake on our route.
We will visit a local village and meet the people, and enjoy a late afternoon walk in the local forest before being witness to a most amazing show of nature as flocks of hornbills come flying in to roost in the trees – a once in a lifetime sight only accessible with SeaTrek.
- Pulau Malenge, Malenge, Tojo Una-Una Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
Day 12: Sulawesi
Waking up in the east of the park, we will go snorkeling and visit a local village before setting sail on a long crossing towards the Sulawesi mainland, where we can relax, watch the world go by and take in the beauty of the sea from the decks of our ship.
In the afternoon, our chef will offer a cooking class for those interested in learning how to prepare some traditional Indonesian dishes. For the rest of us, it is sunbathing, reading, relaxing and reflection.
To finish the day, cocktails will be served on the back deck before a specially prepared dinner is served, followed by a party with the crews band providing the music and entertainment.
- Sulawesi, Indonesia
Day 13: North Sulawesi
This morning we are on the outside elbow of North Sulawesi and we will have the chance for some more cultural exchanges and some impressive snorkeling.
After breakfast we will go ashore to a remote village and meet the local people as they invite us into their village to share in their way of life. We will also go for a walk in the nearby forest on the lookout for birds.
We will snorkel a local reef before we head north, stopping off en-route for another snorkel and a swim towards the end of the day before the crew throw us a final beach BBQ, where we will dance and sing into the night under the stars next to a roaring bonfire.
- North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Day 14: Bitung
Waking up just off the coast near the Tasikoki Rescue Centre, we will go ashore and have a short tour of the impressive facilities at this NGO and hear all about their conservation program and also have the chance to see orangutan, cockatoos, sun bears, monkeys, and other endangered wildlife.
After a final swim and snorkel on the beach and then a short sail into Bitung Harbour, we will say a fond farewell to our crew and tour leaders and head to Manado City for either your onwards flights, or to start one of our special SeaTrek add-on programs. Whatever your schedule, it will have been our pleasure having you on board.
- Pelabuhan Bitung, Indonesia
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