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Sailing the Indonesian archipelago is a deeply seductive and magical way to start the next chapter of your life with your loved one. Sailing through this ancient archipelago you will be deeply disconnected from both telecommunications and reality – this is an unplugged tranquil escape at its best.
With so many of its 18,000 cays, shoals and islands only accessible by sea, sailing has long been the best way to reach remote parts of the archipelago. Known as phinisis the iconic sailing ships of the seafaring Bugis people have plied these waters for centuries and we think your epic honeymoon deserves a private charter of one of these dreamlike vessels. With their towering twin masts and seven billowing sails these elegant timber ships continue to be built by hand yet today modern-day adventurers will find authentic but comfortable en suite cabins.
Thanks to UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the island of Komodo will leave you speechless with its dragons – 3,000 giant lizards roam the grassy island, so exploring here is like stepping into a mythological tale. Sea eagles soar through the cloudless skies, turtles pop up to the surface next to the bow and manta rays glide above colourful pinnacles covered in soft corals. Dive or snorkel the endless reefs before relaxing with a cocktail and a barbecue on a secluded beach, watching a multitude of stars pepper the clear night skies.
Indonesia Honeymoon Highlights
- Private charter the phinisi for just the two of you.
- Discover Komodo, the Banda Islands or Raja Ampat to see different sights and cultures of Indonesia ; your trip can be tailored to suit both of you.
- Explore secluded bays and remote lagoons, some which may have never been visited by foreigners and are teeming with marine life.
- All the equipment you’ll need for diving and snorkelling, water-skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking is available on board.
- With no mobile phone lines or internet access this is the ideal place to spend some quality time, just the two of you.
Shouldering the Equator, the islands of Raja Ampat are incredibly remote and almost undisturbed by humans. Best known for their amazing diversity of marine life, they encompass perhaps the richest coral reef systems in the world. Verdant limestone outcrops dot the landscape, with pristine white sandy beaches at their feet and wild orchids hanging in the canopies. In the depths of the jungle, exotic red birds of paradise perform an elaborate courtship ritual at dawn. It’s a magical place.
Choose to sail around Raja Ampat and feel as if you are floating in a private aquarium – the visibility is crystal clear and an incredible array of tropical fish inhabit the delicate coral reefs and blue-water drop-offs, inviting you to don a snorkel and join them. Continue your journey south to gaze at the crumbling fortresses of the Banda Islands, once rich in spices and prized by the colonial powers of the 16th and 17th centuries. During a quiet wander through the remaining nutmeg plantations you’ll feel dwarfed by giant kenari trees, some of which have stood watch for more than 250 years.
Komodo and Moyo