Cruising Itinerary for Indonesia
Why choose the Indonesian cruising grounds?
An Indonesian luxury yacht charter is not to be missed by those serious about water toys and wildlife encounters as it is a diving and snorkelling haven like no other for families of all ages. Some of the world's top dive sites are situated in this region, boasting species of all shapes and sizes as well as awe-inspiring coral reefs made up of corals just as diverse as the species that inhabit and visit. Witness manta ray and turtle cleaning station in action, dive among unusual nudibranchs and delicate sea horses and then unwind on board while your expert chef prepares a sumptuous meal that caters to everyone's dietary preferences.
Whether you choose a sailing yacht or motor yacht to cruise through this magnificent region, you'll have the chance to rest and spend time on personal pursuits, celebrate a special occasion and leave all the details to your professional crew.
Spend time on land sampling mouth-watering local cuisine and learning more about the island geography and history with guided tours.
Explore in depth above and below the water the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the endemic Komodo dragons and end each watching a magnificent sunset over uninhabited isles.
Day 1: Sangeang
Begin your cruise to the beautiful blue waters of Sangeang within the Lesser Sunda Island group and get up close to the magnificent island volcanoes, the taller and more active one last erupting in 2015. The fertile soils are used by local farmers on the south western side, however the rest of the island is deserted for you to choose a beautiful black sand beach. Hidden lava creates a few hot patches in the sand that are best avoided, however in the water the snorkelling and Scuba diving is sublime: geothermal vents surround onlookers with bubbles as they encounter large and vibrant sea creatures around the pastel-coloured reefs.
Use your Seabobs, water slide and towable toys to your heart's content, then rest on your sunbeds while your professional on board chef creates a mouth-watering three course meal for dinner.
Location highlights: Sangeang Volcano
Day 2: Gili Banta
This island to the North west of the Komodo National Park is a paradise for those looking for peace in untouched surroundings: Rest on the long crescent beaches that line the bays, kayak and paddleboard along the cliffs to discover caves, or snorkel and Scuba dive to the sandy bottom and coral reefs, where there are lionfish, nudibranchs, lobsters and colourful fish aplenty to surround swimmers.
Location highlights: Banta Island reefs, Banta Island beaches
Day 3: Lehoksera & Langkoi
Langkoi Bay and Manta Alley are enchanting for all ages, the latter holding a reputation as one of the world's top 10 dive sites where guests swim around thriving reefs and encounter mandarin fish, lion fish, clown fish and the manta rays for which the location is named. Langkoi Rock dive site is the place to go for experienced level divers to have shark encounters: Hammerheads, bronze whales, whitetip, blacktip and reef sharks congregate around the pinnacle.
At the Lehoksera dive site, guests can expect to have encounters with reef sharks, grouper and turtles. Black sand beaches skirt the shores and Komodo dragons laze in the sun.
Location highlights: Lehoksera dive site, Langkoi Rock dive site
Day 4: Komodo National Park
Take a guided tour of the Komodo National Park and learn more about the wildlife in and around the protected reserve in a private briefing and video presentation given by a guest lecturer in the research centre. Use your newfound knowledge on your adventures as you view the 3m-9.8ft long Komodo dragons or swim with eagle rays and the unusual Napoleon wrasse fish, crocodile fish and porcupine fish in some of the world's best dive sites. Experienced divers can drift dive from The Lighthouse and Castle Rock, while the Three Sisters dive site is three rocks along a sandy bottom where nudibranchs, lion fish and scorpion fish swim through the gaps in vibrant pink corals.
End your day with a well-deserved round of cocktails on your sundeck as you watch the sun sink below the horizon, then spend the night in blissful serenity easing tired muscles in your Jacuzzi as the stars come out in unpolluted night skies.
Location highlights: Komodo National Park, Lighthouse dive site, Castle Rock dive site, Three Sisters dive site
Day 5: Padar
Just a short cruise south east there awaits the romantic island of Padar, where verdant green hills roll down into pink sand beaches and clear turquoise waters colour the bays. Padar is the perfect port for a day unwinding on the beach and spending time with loved ones while making use of your full complement of water toys. Kayak or tender to see some of the more breath-taking coastal features around Padar and hike up the hills for a spectacular view of the Komodo National Park.
In the evening, set the mood for a proposal with a candlelit dinner on the beach prepared by your expert on board chef, or party at sunset using the on board systems.
Location highlights: Padar Island reefs, Padar Island beaches
Day 6: Linta Strait
Day 6: Linta Strait The snorkelers and Scuba divers in the group will be in their element within the Linta Strait, which is dotted with islets and rocky outcrops that offer sites of varying depths.
The Karang Makassar reef complex is situated on the western side of the strait and is a mesmerising sight teeming with schools of silvery fish and living coral that is home to a variety of impressive marine creatures.
Mauan Island is a cleaning station for rays and visitors won't need to head far out to sea for a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.
For guests who don't intend to set a toe in the water, there are many beautiful beaches that you'll have all to yourselves, or while the other members of the group are off diving, you'll have the entertainment systems and sunbeds all to yourself for an hour or more.
Location highlights: Karang Makassar reef complex, Mauan Island
Day 7: Gili Lawa Laut & Gili Lawa Darat
Play in the transparent sea close to more gorgeous white sand beaches on the twin islets of Gili Lawa Laut and Gili Lawa Darat. Scuba divers should visit the Shotgun and Crystal Rock dive sites for their colourful critters and impressive coral formations, while snorkelers and swimmers are treated to numerous bays tranquil bays.
There are excellent hiking trails to take you to the tops of the hills and watch the blazing colours of sunset above the Komodo National Park.
Location highlights: Shotgun dive site, Crystal Rock dive site
Day 8: Sebayur
Finish your luxury yacht charter in Sebayur and savour one last day of peace and quiet along deserted beaches. Dive deep to find gorgonians, sea fans and other incredible coral formations that are called home by a massive variety of fish species.
The Sebayur Kecil dive site is a relaxing dive down to a depth of 20m/65.6ft and has a gentle current along a breach around the northern part of the island. As you immerse yourself in this underwater paradise, you'll come across garden eels, sea cucumbers and the occasional octopus on the hunt, while the massive coral outcrops feature a white lace-like structure that is used by coral trout and grouper as cleaning stations.
After a morning of diving, have lunch prepared one last time by you expert on board chef and dine on board or ashore, then warm up and rest on the sun loungers listening to the ambient sounds of nature.
Cruise back to Komodo or moor in Bajo and fit in some souvenir shopping before catching your flight back home from the international airport.
Location highlights: Sebayur Kecil dive site
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