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Indonesia… over 17,000 islands scattered like a trail of breadcrumbs 3,000 miles across the breadth of Southeast Asia, as if purposefully placed to lure curious explorers to lands unknown. And what unrivalled beauty and exceptional wildlife that one will find…

But with such a vast space and countless islands, one can only, truly explore this magnificent archipelago by boat. We have scoured the area with a fine-tooth comb and found that the epitome of comfort, style and elegance can be found on open water, and we’ve done the research to prove it.

Private charters are the ultimate definition of luxury travel, giving passengers exclusive accommodation along with the freedom to explore whichever shores they choose, all tailored to personal pace and interests. Each private yacht comes with a fully trained crew including professional chefs, dive masters, local tour guides and skilled sailors, who know the seas, sunrises and secret locations of sandy beaches better than anyone else. So why stay on land when you can wake up in a new paradise each morning? Here’s a list of our favourite private yachts, to inspire your sea legs to run…

Yachts

Best for Families: Rascal & Mischief
Wonderfully chic décor and nautically themed, these boats are all about fashionable fun. With spacious cabins all above deck, providing ample sunlight and 360 views, outdoor seating areas and welcoming lounges with in-built bar, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to convene each evening after a day of diving, water sports and island trekking.
Capacity: Rascal – 5 Cabins, 10 Guests. Mischief – 3 Cabins, 6 Guests.
Size: Rascal – 31 metres. Mischief – 30 metres.
Crew: Rascal – 9 Crew. Mischief – 6 Crew.

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Best for Luxury: Lamima
This is the ultimate in yacht royalty. Stylish to the end and equipped with every luxury that you’d find in a 5-star hotel, she will be sure to impress even the most travelled guest. With every possible water sport accommodated for, you will never be short of things to do. Or if you feel like relaxing under the open skies, she has an outdoor bar and lounge, and a dedicated area purely for spa treatments from your onboard masseuse… does life get any better than that?
Capacity: 7 Cabins, 14 Guests.
Size: 65 metres.
Crew: 20 Crew.

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Best for Romance: Alexa
For those special occasions, nothing beats side-by-side to the one you love, on your very own sailing yacht, whilst watching the evening glow of the sun dip below the waves. Alexa is the only yacht made exclusively for two people, and comes with a rooftop private balcony, indoor lounge and dining area, and a large bedroom with windows on all sides so you can wake up to a new view of Indonesia every morning. The crew also include a private chef, dive master and a masseuse to cater to your every whim.
Capacity: 1 Cabin, 2 Guests.
Size: 31 metres.
Crew: 7 Crew.

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Best for Adventure: Silolona
This phinisi yacht is something truly special. Built in the time-honoured Indonesian way by Konjo Boat builders, she is a picture of strength, elegance and history. Inside you’ll find each room decorated with historical artefacts from the ancient tribes of Indonesia, cultural trinkets and maps, books and art collections by the owner, who is somewhat of a local expert and social anthropologist. This boat is luxurious, with every modern amenity you could possibly want, and yet it also remains rustic and traditional. It is the perfect place in which to indulge in the Indonesian culture, whilst sailing its seas in comfort.
Capacity: 5 Cabins, 10 Guests.
Size: 50 metres.
Crew: 17 Crew.

Silolona
Best for Small Groups: Si Datu Bua
The smaller and younger sister of Silolona, Si Datu Bua has the same regal tone and elegance, yet is a more manageable size for smaller groups with just three cabins. She, as with Silolona, has a fantastically fun and friendly crew who all have pride and enthusiasm for their culture and country, and are on hand to show you the best the archipelago has to offer. It is a beautifully crafted boat with a charming and unfaltering Indonesian spirit.
Capacity: 3 Cabins, 6 Guests.
Size: 40 metres.
Crew: 11 Crew.

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Best for Large Groups: Mutiara Laut
This yacht is sleek and modern; the definition of style, and the devil is in the detail! You can see as you enter that much thought has been given to her design and layout, with a beautiful big open air deck as you enter, perfect for group dinners under the stars. She has two more spacious decks, a large bar, seven cabins, a lounge and library, so you can either party the night away with friends or find a quiet corner to soak up the atmosphere. And with plush interiors it won’t be hard to find a cosy spot to relax.
Capacity: 7 Cabins, 14 Guests.
Size: 47 metres.
Crew: 13 Crew.

Mutiara Laut
Best for Parties: Dunia Baru
The yacht with every gadget and mod-con you can imagine, from jet skis to professional show kitchen, Sonos Sounds Systems to DJ deck, Dunia Baru has it all. Built to the highest standard with beautiful dark teak wood and embellished with futuristic lighting and technology, you will want for nothing here. She has seven large cabins and so this phinisi-style yacht is perfect for parties up to 14. And remember, at sea you can have the music as loud as you want!
Capacity: 7 Cabins, 14 Guests.
Size: 51 metres.
Crew: 18 Crew.

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Best for Diving: Raja Laut
Raja Laut is one of the best luxury yachts for diving in Indonesia. Installed with the best dive equipment possible, you and your group will be able to explore the underwater worlds of the Komodo Islands and Raja Ampat until your heart’s content. And at the end of your excursions come back to your warm and inviting yacht, with traditional design and comforting interiors, for calm nights and active days.
Capacity: 6 Cabins, 12 Guests.
Size: 31 metres.
Crew: 7 Crew.

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Best for Value: Mantra
One of the smaller boats on our roster, this is perfect for close friends and family looking for adventure and world-class diving. This boat has great top deck space and communal dining areas, along with three cabins and exceptional diving equipment and dive master. A perfect option for smaller budgets or simpler tastes.
Capacity: 3 Cabins, 6 Guests.
Size: 30 metres.
Crew: 7 Crew.

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Best for Cabin Trips: Alila Purnama
Hop aboard an organised cruise, scheduled for particular weeks of the year. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other seafarers and dive enthusiasts, while having the comfort of your private cabin. This is a great option for those not wanting to charter their own yacht but to be in the company of likeminded guests, while visiting the far-off shores of Indonesia’s archipelago.
Capacity: 5 Cabins, 10 Guests.
Size: 46 metres.
Crew: 16 Crew.

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Sailing Seasons

Komodo Islands
The best time to visit is between May–September during the dry season when showers are rare and underwater visibility is at its best. This also applies to the islands lying west of here (Lombok, Sumba, Bali etc.)

Raja Ampat
Sail Raja Ampat in the winter months of November–March. While the rest of Indonesia is going through the tropical wet season, Raja Ampat sees dry and sunny days with calm seas.

Ambon & the Moluccas – these islands are best visited in the shoulder seasons between March–April and September–October.

Rates

Private charter rates start from £2,420 per night.
Cabin Trip rates start from £11,650per cabin for a 6-night journey.

* Rates vary depending on the yacht, location and season in which you sail. These rates are guideline costs for Komodo National Park charters and do not include discretionary service at 10%. For more remote areas such as Raja Ampat, a supplement may also be applied.

For more information or to start planning your tailor-made holiday to Indonesia please contact Emily:

emily@ampersandtravel.com // +44 (0) 207 819 9770