Leave behind the world you know and find a place where time stands still amongst the myriad Indonesian islands on a luxury yacht charter.
Why should I go to Indonesia?
This luscious archipelago between Asia and the South Pacific is a haven for magnificent flora and fauna. Magnificent temples can be found atop verdant cliffs and resting beside mirror-like lakes, while local festivals and vibrant nightlife will immerse you in local culture as you let off some steam.
Bali is one of the best-known destinations in Indonesia, where there is an amazing creative scene for culinary treats, modern and traditional art as well as museums. When it comes to shopping, the variety covers everything from local markets and batik centres to international brands and boutiques.
When you explore away from the city, you’ll come across picturesque villages set into terraced hillsides, an adventure paradise in the verdant jungle and along sandy beaches, plus nature sanctuaries such as the Komodo National Park.
For all the wonders on land, it is the rich biodiversity under the water which makes Indonesia so coveted by outdoor adventurers and nature lovers: Starfish, seahorses, multicoloured nudibranchs, various sharks, dugongs and sea turtles inhabit this widely diverse and ever-captivating seascape. All you have to do is go and explore.
Why should I choose to travel by luxury yacht?
Luxury yachts – be they motor yachts or sailing yachts – are one of the fastest, most efficient and most convenient ways to travel across island destinations: Even travel by private chartered flights means getting to and from the airfields when you could be relaxing in your own spacious salon, watching the changing views over coffee with friends or sleeping in after a raucous night of revelry.
Depending on which vessel you choose, the onboard amenities might include spa and wellness facilities, a beauty salon, a beach club, alfresco cinema, a DJ setup and so much more. A Jacuzzi and outdoor wet bar are becoming increasingly standard for charter yachts of all sizes, creating a social hub where you can connect to the natural wonders while having life’s little indulgences on hand.
You have the option over who you invite on board and whether or not you disembark at busy ports or wait until you encounter one of the luscious deserted beaches. Sunbathe and socialise while your professional crew takes care of the children, sees to all meals and refreshments and sorts out such routine tasks as the laundry and storage of the water toys.
Some crew members might be instructors in health and fitness, Scuba diving or jet skis, letting you earn an internationally recognised diving licence or jet ski licence during your activities.
Which destinations should I visit?
Bali has a bit of everything, from the culture and entertainment of the city to the satisfaction of trekking deep into nature for spectacular views and a glimpse into a more traditional life. Mount Batur is an excellent example of the latter, where a hike to the summit will have you pass by a lake at its base, picturesque villages and sacred sites.
Bali’s western tip is home to a black sand beach, snorkelling and Scuba diving locations and temples, the most impressive of which is the Lempuyang Luhur Temple at the mountain peak. Another sacred site, Borobudur Temple on Java is exceptional. It is the biggest Buddhist sanctuary in the world and once you’re done observing the stone carvings, you can look out across the tranquil landscape in a meditative moment.
The Raja Ampat region is one of the most famous Scuba diving sites where there are more than 1,300 fish species and over 500 types of coral. The variety of locations has something for all experience levels, from beginners through to advanced. Once you return to the silky sand beaches and dry off with a nap in the shade, the native birdlife will serenade you as you sleep.
Scuba divers from across the world come to Indonesia for its much diving, and Lembeh in North Sulawesi is the location of choice. While the reduced visibility and silty surroundings may not sound appealing, it is the perfect place to find pygmy seahorses, the blue ring octopus, the wonderous, flamboyant cuttlefish and many other incredible and colourful species.
With the freedom to cruise at your leisure, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made famous for the Komodo dragons which roam its shores. In addition to some of its land species, the park’s surrounding waters can boast a diverse array of marine life, including whale sharks, eagle rays sunfish, dolphins and the rare dugongs.
After a long day absorbing all of these majestic creatures and locations, head to the pink sand beach on nearby Padar for some well-earned rest and a memorable sunset supper prepared by your talented crew.
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To extend a luxury yacht charter in the region, there are plenty of other enticing destinations to capture your curiosity: Malaysia and Thailand to the north are perfect for adventurous souls who want sunshine, sensational beaches and nightlife as vibrant as your days.
Further, into the South Pacific, there are many other idyllic destinations away from the beaten track: Scuba dive in volcanic Vanuatu, head to the Cook Islands for care-free beach life free from distractions, and cruise deep into the French Polynesian archipelago for meditation and wellness in untouched sapphire bays.
Luxury yacht charters have endless possibilities for itineraries tailored to your interests – and Indonesia is ready to provide you with as much stimulation and serenity as you desire.
Trina Howes is a Director of CharterWorld America. CharterWorld is a luxury private yacht charter company that creates outstanding vacations with excellent yachts at amazing prices – worldwide.
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