Two interesting Southeast Asia yacht charter options landed in my in-box during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the States.
The first is from Ocean Independence, which is now offering the 131-foot Konjo sailing Phinisi yacht El Aleph for charter in Southeast Asia. Like all boats that the Indonesian Konjo people build, El Aleph is made entirely of wood (including her hull). She’s decorated throughout with Indonesian antiques, too. She will take 12 guests at an inclusive weekly rate of $85,000.
The second Southeast Asia opportunity is from 37 South Yacht Charter, which tells me the 167-foot Konjo-built Phinisi yacht Dunia Baru has had a cancellation. She’s now available for a New Year’s charter in Indonesia at a 20-percent discount off her usual weekly rate. With the incentive pricing, the rate is $75,600 for 14 guests.
I took the photograph above of Dunia Baru last year for an article in Yachts International magazine. I was one of the yacht’s first-ever charter guests, and the program needed some wrinkles worked out at that time. I’ve heard from the team at 37 South in the past month that the owner has addressed all of the comments he received from top international brokers and media, and that the team aboard is looking forward to building a strong reputation for charter in the region. As you can see in the photograph, Raja Ampat offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. I shot this with a basic GoPro camera during a morning snorkel. The reef seemed to go on for miles, absolutely teeming with colorful fish.
Any reputable charter broker can tell you more about El Aleph or Dunia Baru, or help you book either yacht this winter in Southeast Asia.