Life on Board Ombak Putih

Indonesian hospitality and cuisine, spectacular endemic wildlife species and breath-taking natural beauty...

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Our sailing holidays in Indonesia on board traditional pinisi vessel Ombak Putih are one of simple pleasures, tropical paradises’ and unforgettable locations. Indulge in a world of adventure as you discover the natural beauty of the Indonesian archipelago from the water. Walk barefoot along sandy shores, enjoy delicious local cuisine and wonder at the endemic wildlife species across the islands.

Have fun!

Ombak Putih has ample on-board facilities and a professional crew on-hand to organise activities, as guests un-wind and relax in a tropical playground. Snorkelling, swimming, paddle-boarding, fishing or even kayaking are all included in the ticket price. (For those wanting a private charter in Indonesia, scuba diving can be arranged up to 2x a day for a maximum of eight divers per charter.)

Kick back and relax in the sun with a good book, either on the sun deck, in the cool of your air-conditioned cabin or on a sandy beach ashore. The crew can also help to arrange further activities (at an additional cost) from Indonesian cooking classes, rock climbing to kite surfing and wake-boarding.

A typical day

Start your day with buffet style breakfast before setting off to explore another island and anchorage. If the wind permits, watch as the sails are set (or get involved if you’d like) and this graceful vessel glides through crystal clear waters. Depending on the wishes of the group, perhaps head ashore to explore an island or harbour village or arrange an excursion with the crew. Each voyage has a dedicated guest host who knows the area well and will be on-hand to make local connections.

Enjoy lunch on-board or take a picnic, make use of the boats water activities or relax on the sun-deck with a book. The choice is truly yours. Evening meals are prepared on the boat and night-time beach bonfires, dancing and local music are a great way to end the day!


The generous galley sits in the stern of the ship where the dedicated on-board chef conjures up freshly-prepared meals showcasing the very best of Indonesian cuisine and hospitality. Explore the colourful Indonesian markets in the local villages as the chef picks the freshest produce and local delicacies. The Indonesian Ocean is a vast resource for local fishing too so whether your picking up the catch of the day from the local fishing boats or running your own line from the stern, fresh seafood is certainly top of the menu!

Sleeping and Relaxation

The top deck is a raised sun-lounging area sitting on the roof of the saloon and bar, giving guests secluded relaxation and stunning views. On the main deck, Ombak Putih is rigged traditionally to make best use of the wind as the weather permits. A generous and comfortable saloon and bar sit on the deck of the boat while a large dining area sits under a canopy at the bows, perfect for alfresco dining under the stars.

Below decks, her interior refit has been to a high standard with spacious cabins and campion-ways.  Hand-crafted beds using local timber and locally made soft furnishings give the boat an authentic Indonesian feel. There are 12 private ensuite cabins for guests in a combination of double beds, twin bunks and three berth cabins (a double and a single bunk). Each cabin offers plenty of natural light with individually controlled air-conditioning, ample storage space, and plenty of electrical and USB outlets.

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Ombak's Crew

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Ombak Putih

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Ombak Putih

Built in 1995 as an Indonesian commercial charter vessel..

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