Set sail around the Indonesian archipelago aboard either the Ombak Putih or the Katharina. The billowing sails of these traditional Phinisi boats powers an adventure to some of the more inaccessible - and beautiful - places in Indonesia.

The Ombak Putih is a traditional Indonesian schooner that cruises through some of the least explored waters on the planet. There are 12 cabins onboard, each with ensuite bathroom as well as portholes to allow natural light and a glimpse of the tropical surrounds.

SeaTrek's second vessel, The Katharina, is another beautiful option for exploring the waves and islands around this archipelago. The Katharina is a typical phinisi design created using the traditional materials and techniques to make her a characterful and authentic sailing experience. Hosting a maximum of 14 guests within six comfortable cabins, The Katharina offers an intimate sailing experience. For larger groups of friends or family travelling, both vessels can be privately chartered.

With prior arrangements, diving can be organised for those qualified to explore the depths of the pristine waters below (but please note this is facilitated by dive centres on land), while snorkelling and swimming in the gin clear waters is possible for those without a PADI. Daily excursions make the most of trekking through the tropical jungle and discovering remote fishing villages.

Both the Ombak Putih and the Katharina also host Expert Led cruises, to allow a deeper insight into Indonesian flora, fauna and culture. Keen foodies will revel in the chance to explore the remote spice islands with renowned Bali-based chef Janet DeNeefe, whilst the naturalists among you may like to explore the flora and fauna of the Wallace Line in Eastern Indonesia, with Dr Tony Whitten, director at conservation and research charity Flora and Fauna International.

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The Ombak Putih and Katharina offer travellers the chance to explore some of Indonesia's more remote corners in comfort, and without the need to pack up and move on every few days.

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