Sailing through the waters of Komodo National Park is an inspiring prospect. This protected area of over 1,700 km² of crystal sea, pristine islands and hidden coves encompasses some of Indonesia’s most enigmatic locations (many of which are only accessible by boat) and, of course, the extraordinary Komodo Dragons. Further north east, the unspoilt shores and reefs of Raja Ampat make up one of the most beautiful marinescapes in the world. Head away from shore with a full crew and staff to take you across the waves in style. Search for reefs rich in biodiverse marine life, dolphins breaching the surface, manta rays gliding just below it, and rainbow-hued birds soaring overhead.
The ships themselves are floating pockets of tranquillity, perfect for romantic getaways, family adventures or small group trips. Each cosy cabin is furnished with warmth and character, with wooden bunks, traditionally-patterned soft furnishings, bijou shower rooms and bright portholes. Hop between island beaches, go snorkelling near the surface, dive into the depths, and relive each day’s adventures up on deck over delicious meals as the sun sets.
Various vessels sailing through the waters of Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat and other regions of Indonesia, taking in some of the archipelago’s most unspoilt islands.
Private charters with attentive crews
Island hopping & wildlife watching
Diving & snorkelling
There were many highlights, but snorkelling over manta rays was unbeatable.
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The chic Plataran brand operates several yachts and traditional Indonesian phinisi around Komodo, including the small but stately Ambasi and the slightly more spacious Felicia. They both come replete with spacious air-conditioned cabins, and an expert divemaster to help you discover some of Indonesia’s fantastic marine life. Quaint portholes let in the sunshine and emphasise the thrill of being on board a sailing ship whose historic design has been used in this region for over 500 years. Up on deck there are cosy areas to nestle down in and enjoy the views, and a communal dining area under the canopy where guests can gather for meals and mingling.
Cruising the waters between Bali and Komodo aboard one of SeaTrek Bali’s two traditionally-built phinisi is an extraordinary way to experience Indonesia. The cosier cabins are ideal for couples to nest in, while the larger quarters, with bunk beds and extra space, are perfect for families. Sail through the waters of Komodo National Park, pausing in secluded bays for swimming, snorkelling and excursions to the shore. With a less than 2:1 guest-to-crew ratio, the service on board is smooth and attentive. Enjoy contemporary Indonesian cuisine, relax on a lounger in the sun, catch glimpses of the famous Komodo dragons during island stops, and end each day with a cool sundowner on the deck.
Handcrafted in South Sulawesi from teak and chengal wood, Tiger Blue is 7-sail-powered, and diesel assisted, making it one of the fastest traditional boats in the region. Twelve guests can be comfortably accommodated in five air-conditioned, en-suite cabins, and for those who fancy sleeping out under the stars (highly recommended for a night), a bed can be made up on deck. The experienced crew includes a dive master, who can help you explore the wonder-filled world beneath the waves, and a chef who works wonders in the galley, rustling up gourmet breakfasts, picnic lunches and beach BBQ dinners. Cruise by the cabin, or book a private charter.
Imagine sailing through the picturesque islands of the Komodo National Park aboard your private boat, dropping anchor wherever and whenever you please. Now imagine having someone else concentrating on actually sailing that boat, leaving you free to relax on deck, watching marine life skimming along in the water beneath you, with a small, friendly crew on hand to attend to your every whim. This is life aboard the Alexa - an ultra-luxurious yacht, with the spirit of traditional phinisi and cutting-edge design and facilities. Sail around Komodo or further afield to the reefs of Raja Ampat, in search of extraordinary life above and below the waves, making the most of the on-board spa therapist, dive master and chef who are on hand to take your whole experience to another level.
Snorkel, dive and swim from the boat, moor up and head to deserted bays, watch the shoreline for more wildlife on land, and take time to breathe deep and take in your stunning surroundings. Dine on freshly prepared dishes cooked to your tastes, relax with spa treatments and on-board therapies, and head to shore for picnics around campfires and beach BBQs.
Some of these vessels are well-suited to holidays with older children and teens, offering a good helping of adventure alongside guaranteed smooth sailing and excellent service. Tempt teens away from screen-time with spectacular real-life scenery. Discover dolphins, manta rays and whales gliding past, swim in crystal clear waters, and take the chance to explore hidden coves…
We won’t be taking you to each of Indonesia’s 17,500 diverse islands, but this trip will have you exploring four of Indonesia’s islands - Java, Kalimantan, Bali and Komodo. From cruising the jungle waterways of Kalimantan’s rainforest and spotting orangutans, to soaking in the culture in Java to a few days relaxing on Bali and Komodo island - this is a trip full of beautiful contrasts.