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Chartered Sailing in Indonesia

Sailing the Flores Sea aboard a traditional teak phinisi boat is an unusual, unbeatable experience. Standing on deck, sails billowing in the wind and exotic islands passing by on both sides, you’ll feel like a true adventurer. Spend anything from two nights to two weeks exploring the waters surrounding Flores and Komodo, Raja Ampat or the wider archipelago. Along the way, you can stop off to snorkel amongst manta rays, and disembark to discover Komodo dragons, smoking volcanoes, and hidden coves…

Flores beach
Plataran Felicia
Komodo dragon
flores sunset

Komodo, Padar and Rinca are the Galapagos Islands of South-East Asia, packed with astonishing natural landscapes and diverse exotic wildlife. Together, they make up the Komodo National Park. With hazy volcanic cinder cones, tropical forests, wild savannah and natural beaches, both parks seem almost prehistoric. Add to this the population of three-metre long Komodo Dragons and you might feel like you’ve wandered straight onto the set of Jurassic Park!

Underwater, the National Park is a shining example of great preservation practice, with thriving reefs and colourful, diverse marine life. The snorkelling here is some of the best in Asia, with clear, glassy waters, sharks, manta rays, turtles, colourful coral species and barely a soul in sight. During your sailing expedition, you’ll make strategic stops at superb spots for diving, snorkelling and kayaking.

To sail these waters in style, spend a couple of nights aboard a traditional wooden phinisi - a design which dates back over 500 years, and beautiful to look at, which has been updated to include air-conditioned cabins, sunny portholes and full en-suite facilities. Communal meals are prepared by expert chefs, and onboard dive masters can help you explore the stunning underwater world. Snorkel from the side of the boat, or explore the surroundings in a sea canoe. If it’s a warm night with clear skies, sleep on deck under a blanket of stars.

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