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. During this trip, you’ll spend two to four nights exploring the waters surrounding Flores and Komodo. Along the way, you can stop off to snorkel amongst manta rays, and when you disembark you’ll be met by Komodo dragons, smoking volcanoes, and maybe even the giant Flores rat!
Underwater, the National Park is a shining example of great preservation practise, 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 the Plataran Felicia, a traditional wooden phinisi with a design dating back over 500 years. Beautiful to look at, the Felicia is a craft of fine tastes, with six luxury air-conditioned cabins complete with sunny portholes and full en-suite facilities. Communal meals are prepared by expert chefs and there’s even an onboard dive master to help you explore the stunning underwater world.
Alternatively, the Katharina is a little less decadent but nonetheless delightful, and offers 4 night sailing adventures around the National Park. A modern 40 metre yacht built to a classic phinisi design, she is sleek and commanding on the horizon. The six cabins are cosy - even a little ‘cottagey’ - with air-conditioning, portholes and small en-suite bathrooms.
Snorkelling gear is available to all guests, and there are sea canoes so you can explore independently. If it’s a warm night with clear skies, you can even choose to sleep on deck under the impressive blanket of stars.