INDONESIA

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Navigable all year
    • Empty Beaches 
    • World-class Diving 
    • Multi cultural
    • Seafood 
    • BBQ on the beach
    • Komodo Dragons.

Indonesia

There are over 17,000 islands in Indonesia, making the diversity within this region truly spectacular. A melting pot of cultures shows it one of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world. Indonesia is located in Southeast Asia and is placed between both the Indian and Pacific Ocean. Visiting Indonesia offers tourists a wide array of options ranging from the mountains to the sea, densely populated bustling cities to famous surf beaches and rice paddies filled villages. 

Sailing onboard a luxury yacht in some of Indonesia’s most adored regions such as Raja Ampat, Komodo and Flores and the Spice Islands of Banda Neira in Maluku will offer guests a chance to meet beautiful people, swim in the crystal clear waters, indulge in delicious local gourmet cuisine and be taken care of by an experienced and knowledgeable crew. 

Indonesia is an attractive travel destination with year-round tropical weather and somewhere to visit during each high season. Here you can discover the warm and welcoming hospitality, white-sandy beaches, hidden caves, hammock filled coastlines and clear nights for gazing at the stars. Sailing Indonesia is a unique way to explore some of these far off islands that are relatively untouched and are still keeping the local culture and native wildlife in mind. The National Parks, coastlines and dive sites of Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda Neira are very special and touring them by sea is sure to provide you with wonderful memories of your journey here.

Komodo

Komodo National Park is located in East Nusatenggara Indonesia and was recently selected as one of National Geographic Magazine’s Top Ten Destinations in the world. Travelling to Komodo and Flores is a short one hour direct flight from Bali and allows visitors to quickly escape the tourist crowds, infact, much of Komodo is yet to be seen by tourists making it even more special for those who do. 

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There is no shortage of magic in this far off place – everywhere you go is mesmerising. Here you can have a unique experience and meet the Komodo Dragons in their natural environment; the world’s largest lizard. A rare species to see in its natural habitat, over 2500 live across the Komodo National Park which is made up of three main islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar.

The famous Pink Beach of Komodo is another rare sight that you can visit when travelling the region, in fact, it is one of only seven places in the world where you can visit a pink sand beach and it is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. For scuba divers, Komodo attracts divers from all over the world who want to explore and swim alongside giant mantas, sea turtles, dolphins, dugongs and some of the oceans most overwhelmingly beautiful corals.  

The people of Komodo come from across many regions including Sape, Madura, South Sulawesi and Manggari and bring with them a variety of cultural influences and backgrounds. Many men make a living as a fisherman and it is known as a place of simplicity and you may experience women who are weaving or a traditional village welcome dance. It is important that visitors are sensitive in regards to the local people when walking around the island and in the villages. Tourists can be comfortable with covering up knees and shoulders and by using a beautiful sarong to cover swimwear. Visitors are warmly welcomed and whilst not mandatory it is greatly appreciated.  

Sailing this region will make sure you have the best possible view as you blissfully take in every sunrise and sunset with a tropical paradise as your backdrop. This is an adventure you won’t forget.

Raja Ampat

Sometimes referred to as the Last Paradise, with pristine beaches, rainforest-covered mountains, incredibly healthy reefs with stunning marine life; you can be sure to fall in love with this distant region of Indonesia. Raja Ampat is a true paradise and is comprised of around 1500 small islands and is a place where you can get lost in nature. Raja is easily known as one of the most impressive scuba diving locations on earth and is without a doubt one of the more untouched and lesser travelled parts of Indonesia. 

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Travelling to Raja Ampat is best accessed by the major city of West Papua in Sorong by flight, commonly via Jakarta or Surabaya. You can then make your way to the port and transfer from Sorong Harbour by Ferry to Waisai, the main city on the island of Waigeo. This is the gateway for you to enter the islands of Raja Ampat and it’s remote location makes it even more beautiful than you could ever truly imagine. The best way to truly explore Raja Ampat is by boat.

The culture of Raja Ampat is diversified, like most of Indonesia, there is a fusion of ethnic groups, religious beliefs, languages and amazing cuisine. The English language is not yet widely spoken across this region and many communicate in their native language which is derived from Papua or Bahasa Indonesia. It is important that visitors are sensitive in regards to the local people when walking around the island and in the villages. Tourists can be comfortable with covering up knees and shoulders and by using a beautiful sarong to cover swimwear. Visitors are warmly welcomed and whilst not mandatory it is greatly appreciated.  

Typical food of Raja Ampat offers guests a wide array of incredible spices and flavour and some of the main ingredients are cassava, sago and rice. If you are interested in trying a local dish the main menu would be a breakfast of bananas, plantains or yams often fried in a dough and then served hot, for lunch it might be a rice based meal served with vegetables and fish or perhaps a soup made with local herbs, and dinner is commonly similar to lunch as many meals across Indonesia feature rice. The local food is one of the best ways to connect with the destination. 

The highlight of Raja Ampat is of course – mother nature! Here in the remote jungle islands in the far east you can really marvel at the landscape, the fresh air and the unbelievably clear waters. It is difficult to explain just how vast the islands really are; exceeding 9.8 million hectares of land. The area is known for its rich diversity on both land and sea, but also, its rich hospitality where visitors are commonly met with a traditional welcome dance. Sailing throughout Raja Ampat is where just a few tourists will ever go, a special expedition for anyone who journeys through here. A friendly paradise that will have you never wanting to leave.

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