Oozing with Indonesian charm and an old world sense of simple luxury, the Katharina Yacht is a traditional Indonesian phinisi (two-mast sailing ship) handcrafted in tropical hardwood with teakwood decks and working rigging. This beautiful 131-ft vessel is small enough to be intimate with personalized service, and large enough to provide comfort and privacy. There is simply nothing like being aboard a phinisi ship in Indonesia; these classic boats are truly at home in the seas they sail.
Your Floating Home
Katharina’s six cabins are all situated below deck, accommodating up to 12 adults and two children. There are two twin cabins, two double cabins and two triple cabins for parents traveling with a child. Each is equipped with air-conditioning, a private bathroom and modern conveniences such as USB charging ports, lighting options for bedside reading and ambient overhead, multiple baskets for storage and keyed personal item storage built right into the bed’s headboard. But since you’re cruising in the tropics, why not discover the pleasure of sleeping on the Top Deck under the stars with the selection of light sleeping bags and mattresses also available?
Katharina’s Main Deck is dominated by her 82-foot-tall main and top masts and a large and shaded alfresco dining table around which you can enjoy the chef’s delicious creations. Another alfresco area is the Sun Deck, furnished with sun loungers, beanbags and cushions, perfect for watching the scenery drift by while cruising the Indonesian archipelago. The inviting air-conditioned salon offers ample cushioned seating, games, a TV screen, DVD player, and music center. There is also a fully-stocked bar for sundowner drinks.
Dining aboard the Katharina Cruise offers a locally sourced and well balanced mix of Indonesian, Asian and other international dishes. You can expect various meat and vegetarian choices, as well as the freshest fish, with rice and salads being the daily constants among the offerings. Meals are always casual buffet style. Serve yourself to what you wish and come back for more as you please.
You can enjoy unlimited use of the snorkeling equipment aboard as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The Katharina is fully equipped with the latest in personal safety equipment − life-rings, swimming noodles, lifejackets, and inflatable life-rafts, as well as navigational equipment including radar, depth sounder, GPS, VHS, all band radios and satellite telephones. Katharina is essentially a motor vessel but if the wind is favorable, the crew will raise her deep red sails.
Fun And Insightful Activities For Adults And Kids
Katharina journeys to some of the most gorgeous islands and national parks within the Indonesian Archipelago. Swim or snorkel in clear turquoise waters, hike up a volcano, visit remote villages, observe local cultures, go trekking and birdwatching, see conservation work in action, or relax on a deserted beach while the crew prepare a picnic or a barbeque, later entertaining you with music and song.
The team are deeply committed to the integrity and the preservation of the Indonesian Archipelago and its peoples, taking pride in their ethics and respecting the environment in which they sail, and making sure their respectful intrusions leave only footprints—their only traces their contributions to the local communities who will enrich your itinerary so much.
Indeed, as well as various social initiatives including their Peek Under The Surface initiative whereby they distribute educational books and swimming goggles to teach local children about life under the sea, you can also purchase beautifully illustrated books on board about the famous naturalist Alfred Wallace, and for each English version of the book bought, ten books in the Indonesian language are printed and provided to local children.
A Voyage To Remember
Each Katharina cruise is led by multilingual, local guides who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about Indonesia and the need to conserve nature. The crew and the guides’ affability, expertise and skills will ensure an authentic adventure and a voyage to remember for couples, families and groups of friends. The Katharina is also a good option for solo travelers as they pay no single supplement if they are willing to share a cabin.
*Want to experience a nautical expedition like never before and witness a total solar eclipse in Indonesia? In April 2023 Katharina will sail together with her sister ship Ombak Putih on a once-in-a-lifetime, 10-day round-trip ‘Eclipse of The Sun’ cruise from Maumere to witness one of the most profound of all nature’s celestial wonders, as well as some of the very best culture, nature and landscapes the region has to offer. More information about the total solar eclipse cruise can be found here.
Suites & Cabins
Double Bed Cabin
These rooms are designed with modern conveniences like USB charging ports, lighting options for bedside reading, several baskets for storage, and a keyed-in storage unit for personal items. The private bathrooms come with basic amenities such as a hairdryer, slippers, and a basket of toiletries.
These rooms are designed with modern conveniences like USB charging ports, lighting options for bedside reading, several baskets for storage, and a keyed-in storage unit for personal items. The private bathrooms come with basic amenities such as a hairdryer, slippers, and a basket of toiletries.There are 2 are triple cabins with one double bed and one upper single bunk suitable for children 12 years or under.
Twin Bunk Cabin
These rooms are designed with modern conveniences like USB charging ports, lighting options for bedside reading, several baskets for storage, and a keyed-in storage unit for personal items. The private bathrooms come with basic amenities such as a hairdryer, slippers, and a basket of toiletries.There are 2 twin bunk cabins with single bed above the other.