SEATREK LAUNCHES A NEW ITINERARY in Indonesia that will take visitors from Bali to Kangean and Madura Apr 13-20 2017. The journey will be led by Australian National Maritime Museum Research Associate Jeffrey Mellefont, who has made a lifetime study of the marine world of Asia. The cruise places a heavy emphasis on shipbuilding and historic maritime trade in Indonesia.
This exclusive eight-day itinerary traverses some little-visited island cultures and introduces visitors to the Indonesian archipelago’s most famous maritime ‘suku’ seafaring tribes. The first destination is an overnight cruise from Bali.
The ship The Katharina will take passengers far away from the tourist routes into the Java Sea, stopping first at the remote Kangean island group with its maze of inhabited and uninhabited islands, coral reefs and cays. Close to Indonesia’s geographical centre, this is the meeting point for many living maritime traditions.
Visitors will encounter the legendary Sea Gypsies as well as Mandar, Makassar, Bugis and Buton mariners from Sulawesi, while enjoying island hospitality, beachcombing and snorkelling. Cruising onwards to the nearby island of Madura, visitors can see an ancient royal palace and harem baths, and a monumental mosque and tombs that recall a turbulent history of dynasties, princes and prophets, alliances and sea-borne invasions. Once renowned as warriors, the Madurese remain hardy seafarers, inventive and artistic boat-builders. On Madura, people can see the spectacular traditional fishing fleet, stunningly decorated and steeped in ritual, religion and magic.
Seafarers and sultans depart from Sanur in Bali and end at Benoa Harbour, which is just eight kilometres from Bali’s International Airport.