Sailing Holidays in Indonesia
Home to more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is truly an island nation and it is impossible to travel here purely on land. Climb aboard our traditional wooden pinisi ships for the sailing holiday of a lifetime.
Our sailing holidays in Indonesia provide the chance to uncover this inviting destination from a totally different perspective. Known for its backpacking mass tourism from Bali to Lombok, our skippered sailing holidays offer guests the chance to escape the tourist hotspots and explore secluded island paradise’s.
Each island cluster varies from the next, with differing characteristics, ways of life and landscapes. The world’s largest archipelagic state, with four times more ocean than land, the only way to explore is by boat and our sailing holidays in Indonesia have been carefully selected to ensure our itineraries cover the very best of this beautiful country on board traditional wooden pinisi ships.
We offer varying itineraries around this pristine part of the world and as there is so much to take in, it is impossible to see everything during one trip. Sister boats Katharina and Ombak Putih sail from a variety of Indonesian ports, offering sailing adventures to discover the Orangutans of Borneo, the dragons of Komodo, and the infamous whale sharks. Indonesia has a large endemic species range covering both land mammals and marine life, protected coral reefs and ancient rainforests.
EXPLORE THE KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Komodo National Park can be found in the very centre of this tropical archipelago and features on several of our sailing holidays in Indonesia.A fascinating set of volcanic islands, they are inhabited, as their name apply suggests, by a population of Komodo Dragons. Here, the islands are mainly dry and arid, with craggy hillsides dominated by savannahs and thorny, unwelcoming vegetation. Lined by beautiful beaches, the islands offer fabulous snorkelling and was identified as a ‘global conservation priority area’ due to its unparalleled terrestrial and marine ecosystems which cover a total area of 219,322 ha.
VISIT RAJA AMPAT NATIONAL PARK
For many, Raja Ampat is considered the pinnacle for sailing holidays in Indonesia. Referred to as ‘one of the world’s last wild place’ this jaw-dropping cluster of islands proffer outstanding beauty both above and below the water. Magnificent lush forests unfold onto white powder soft sandy beaches from where crystal clear waters teem with life – if recent research figures are correct, these seas are home to 75% of the world’s marine species!
The entire set of islands are incredibly precious and in 2007 the government declared a network of marine parks which are today known as the Raja Ampat National Park. Guests who have joined us for sailing holiday in Indonesia are always spell-bound by the natural wonders experienced in this phenomenally special part of the world.
BEST SNORKELLING IN INDONESIA
Without doubt, Indonesia is one of the best snorkelling and diving destinations in the world. With sea water temperatures hovering between 26-28 degrees year round, hands will go wrinkly before any cold ever sets in! Our sailing holidays in Indonesia come with plentiful opportunities to mask-up and discover the world beneath the waves.
Home to some of the world’s finest coral reefs, there are numerous hotspots each with lagoons, drop-offs and a varied range of marine species. In the more remote areas, the reefs are in impeccable condition, far from the busier tourist spots they have escaped the destruction that other habitats closer to the islands of Bali and Lombok have sadly experienced and are rich in their diversity. Each of our sailing holidays in Indonesia will uncover some of these pristine waters, enabling our guests to snorkel in Indonesia’s best snorkelling sites.