Indonesia Yacht Charter Guide

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Indonesia Yacht Charter Overview and Sailing Holiday Destinations

About Indonesia | Chartering destinations in Indonesia | Bali and Lombok | Flores and the Komodo National Park | The Banda Islands and Raja Ampat | Climate and Sailing Seasons | Getting There | Indonesian Cuisine

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About Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, straddling the equator with over 17,000 islands and 80,000 km of coastline to explore. Many of the islands are remote and uninhabited and have an amazing variety of volcanic scenery, marine life, vibrant cultures, and sailing & diving adventures to be experienced.

From a sailing perspective, this region is very under-developed compared to the well-known destinations in Asia and around the world. However, the yachts that do operate in these waters are often luxurious and well-equipped, and can offer an incomparable range of experiences – from the nightlife of Bali, to the fauna of 2 continents, amazing volcanic scenery, and the most diverse marine life anywhere on the planet offering truly world-class diving.

Very few sailing experiences can compare with the culture, history and scenery that Indonesia has to offer, so why not come and be one of the few to properly explore the magical waters and charter one of our spectacular luxury charer yachts! Have a read of our blog for more in depth information...

Chartering Destinations in Indonesia

Indonesia Floral Sea View

Komodo and Raja Ampat are the 2 big "destinations" for sailing, but with 17,000 other island destinations interspersed in thriving coral reefs, a charterer could spend a lifetime discovering Indonesia. Below are some of the highlights of Indonesia that provide the perfect location to charter one of our luxury yachts. 

Flores and the Komodo National Park

Lombok Underwater Sea Life
 

The area around the Komodo National Park, just to the west of the larger island of Flores, must be one of the most bio-diverse in the world, both on land and underwater. The national park includes the lightly populated island of Komodo, plus several other smaller islands.

On land, the park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon (population over 5000!), and expanded over the years to protect other species and fauna. In 1991, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it now covers over 1800 square kilometres of land and sea.

Scuba diving is extremely popular in Komodo National Park because of its high marine biodiversity, including whale sharks, ocean sunfish, manta rays, eagle rays, pygmy seahorse, false pipefish, clown frogfish, nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, sponges, tunicates, and coral.

However, the good news is that it is remote enough that it has not been overdeveloped, so the amount of marine life to be seen is quite spectacular. This area has everything from ripping currents to shallow reefs, and fauna and corals up to dolphins, sharks and manta rays - everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable charter experience on one of our luxury yachts!

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The Banda Islands and Raja Ampat

Head northeast from Flores into the Banda Sea for some truly virgin sailing and diving. Here are a small group of islands in the middle of nowhere, and its remoteness has left a vibrant, healthy reef system with huge volumes and variety of large and small fish species, as well as numerous sea fans, sponges and hard corals - and watch out for the whales!

On land, the islands consist of volcanic mountains covered in tropical rainforest. If you are feeling energetic, some of the mountains can be climbed, providing some stunning views of the deep blue oceans below.

And finally further northeast to the Raja Ampat Islands, just off the coast of West Papua. This area of ocean has the highest marine diversity on earth, with underwater topography to take your breath away. This is real frontier sailing and diving, since so few yachts visit the area - so why not get stuck in and explore this spectacular area of the world on one of our luxury charter yachts!

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Bali and Lombok

Bali Temple, Indonesia
 

Bali is by far the most popular tourist destination in the country, due to the volcanoes, beaches and surfing, also the areas of Kuta and Legian, around the capital Denpasar, have a well-developed tourist infrastructure.

People might fly into Jakarta or Bali, but then take another domestic flight to Komodo or Raja Ampat due to the better array of yachts. The rugged coastlines and volcanic interior of the island provide a picturesque backdrop for your trip if Bali is where you choose to be, and with some superb local dive sites to explore as well. Bali is also one of the world's top surfing destinations.

Sailing east from Bali, and into the Lombok Straits, you pass the imaginary 'Wallace Line', where the natural habitat changes from that of subtropical Asia to that of Australasia.

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Climate and Sailing Seasons

Indonesia
 

Sitting on the equator, there is no hot and cold season - it is warm and tropical all year round, with temperatures varying between 27 to 32°C.  The big variable in the tropics is rainfall, which can vary a lot at different times of year. 

Very broadly speaking, the good sailing weather seasons ie low average rainfall are May to October – Komodo, Bali, Lombok, and October to April – Raja Ampat. Typhoons and large scale storms pose little hazard to mariners in Indonesia waters. However, being positioned between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, large swells can develop, so small charter yachts are few and far between – this is the land of the large Phinisi! 

This is where most of the charter yachts will be based most of the year ie following the good weather. This means that yachts can truly offer all year round sailing charters because of the opposite seasons in different parts of the country.

Winds are moderate and generally predictable, with monsoons usually blowing in from the south and east in June through September and from the northwest in December through March. Typhoons and large scale storms pose little hazard to mariners in Indonesia waters.

Lembongan Bay
 

Getting to Indonesia

The positive and negative about the amazing cruising waters of Indonesia is its remoteness. Komodo and Raja Ampat are not easy to get to, which means you are not likely to see another charter yacht during your cruise. 

Here are a few route outlines that might be useful to begin planning your Indonesia yacht charter. The flight information presented here is aimed at international travellers looking for the quickest route to Raja Ampat, Komodo and Bali both from within and outside of Indonesia. 

For charters beginning in Raja Ampat:

- Fly to Sorong airport (Domine Eduard Osok) on the west coast of Papua 

- From here you can take a short minibus ride to your yacht

- Domestic flights only- most people tend to fly from Bali, Jakarta, Manado or Makassar

For charters beginning in Komodo:

- Fly to Komodo airport near the town of Labuan Bajo, on the west coast of the island of Flores. There are direct flights from Jakarta and Bali, but not many!

- From here you can take a short minibus ride to your yacht

- Domestic flights only- most people tend to fly from Bali or Lombok

For charters beginning in Bali/ Lombok:

- Fly to Bali Denpasar (also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport)

- From here you can take a short minibus ride to your yacht

- International flights available from European countries, U.S and Indonesia

Indonesian Cuisine

Experience the exotic tastes of Indonesian Cuisine

Mirroring the diversity of its islands, there is no single "Indonesian" cuisine, but many local cuisines that derive from local produce and history. Indonesia has been involved in trade with India, the Middle East, China and Europe, all having an influence on their cuisine. Similarly, Indonesian dishes are now common across most of Asia.

Key ingredients of Indonesian food are rice, peanut sauce and coconut milk. These give rise to favorite Indonesian dishes include as satay (spiced chicken grilled on a long stick), beef rendang, and gado-gado. Soy-based dishes, such as variations of tofu (tahu) and tempe, are also very popular. Tempe is viewed as a Javanese invention.

You will, of course, find excellent and exotic fruits in Indonesia, including rambutan, mangosteen, Jackfruit, Durian, and Bananas.

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Indonesia is a fascinating and growing charter destination, for all the reasons listed above. Boatbookings knows the region and boats, and can find you the ideal charter yacht. Click here to see our Indonesia Charter Yachts or simply contact us and we'll recommend the best boat for you.

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