The Katharina is a traditional two-masted phinisi with spacious air-conditioned, en-suite cabin and recreational area and large deck-space are furnished with comfortable deck chairs and sun benches makes the Katharina perfectly suited for extended exploration and leisure cruises. Offering an exquisite balance of traditional atmosphere and modern services to travellers seeking a once in a lifetime experience. The Katharina sail specialized in culture and adventure cruises along inaccessible and remote areas of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It has been conceived and equipped to accommodate small groups of passengers for cruising along the Indonesian archipelago, offering an excellent standard of reliability, safety and comfort.
Not only is the Katharina very elegant on the water, she is also fast becoming a classic yacht, as very few of these original designs remain. Katharina’s overall length is 40 metres, providing comfortable accommodation for up to 14 guests in six cabins located below decks. All cabins offer creature comforts and necessary amenities including double beds or twins, private en-suite bathrooms, natural light, safety boxes, individually controlled air-conditioning and storage space including a safe. Led by Captain Iwan, the Katharina is catered to by an all-Indonesian crew of 12, with each member dedicated to making your stay aboard truly memorable.
Katharina sails across the archipelago all the way from Bali to Papua, and Sumba to Sulawesi and beyond, following the seasons and the winds, and staying one step ahead of the rains so as to provide optimum cruising conditions for guests. From April to September she sails in the area between Bali, Flores and the Lesser Sundas, before heading east to Maluku, Papua, Raja Ampat and Sulawesi around October thru March.
Each day on our voyages, we offer plenty of optional off-boat activities to keep our guests occupied. We place a significant emphasis on snorkelling, and aim to get in the water at least once a day to explore the colourful coral gardens that we encounter along the way, especially in the national parks. In addition to this, we always make plenty of opportunities for island visits, during which we stroll through local towns and villages and delve into their cultures. We embark on quests to find Komodo dragons and birds of paradise, trek to hilltops to be rewarded with spectacular views, explore hidden caves and remote islets, swim with manta rays or whale sharks, kayak and paddle in pristine bays, and laze contentedly under shady coconut palms on white sand beaches.
The Katharina provides luxury accommodation for up to 14 guests in 6 six cabins located below decks. All cabins offer creature comforts and necessary amenities including double beds or twins, private en-suite bathrooms, natural light, safety boxes, individually controlled air-conditioning and storage space including a safe. If you prefer to sleep out on deck, a number of light sleeping bags and mattresses are available. Bath towels and beach towels are provided on board.
Katharina sports the following services and facilities: six superior cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a saloon & bar, outdoor covered dining area, rooftop lounge area, kayaks, stand-up-paddle boards (SUP), snorkelling equipment, fishing gear, two tender boats, and a full complement of crew (engineering and service).
Katharina has many on-board facilities and activities to help guests unwind and get the most out of the tropical playground, such as snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddling, or simply lazing in the sun with a good book. For specialised pursuits such as cooking classes, free-diving, rock climbing, kite surfing, wake boarding and so on, simply ask and we will do our best to accommodate.
The galleys are staffed with talented individuals who pride themselves on being able to conjure up all manner of dishes and delicacies from across the world, using only the best quality meat, seafood and fresh produce available – with the latter often sourced from local markets and the fishermen we meet along the way. Vegetarian dishes and kids’ meals are a specialty, and most special dietary requirements can be accommodated with minimal fuss. Pursers are on hand all day to serve meals and make sure you have all you need; from cold towels and fresh juices to a full plate of food and an iced drink whenever you need it. Katharina has a fully bar stocked with local and imported wines, imported spirits and domestic beer, which are charged at pretty much cost price, while all non-alcoholic drinks are inclusive.
Katharina was built in 2005 and spans 40m with a beam of 8.6m and a draft of 3.5m. 6 cabins accommodate up to 14 guests. She cruises at a maximum speed of 12 knots.