With a series of large islands and island chains that stretch over 2000 miles from east to west, there are fabulous areas to cruise and explore in this diversely cultural country. While yacht charter is yet to be developed in western Indonesia, there are great yacht charter cruising areas available in eastern Indonesia including the Komodo Archipelago, home to the Komodo Dragon, the Eastern Flores Archipelago to visit the Ikat Textile weaving villages, and the islands of Raja Ampat.
Indonesia does enforce their maritime borders, and therefore for legal charter in Indonesian waters the yacht charter should take place on an Indonesian flag vessel with an Indonesian Captain and crew. Eastern Indonesia is an extraordinary and very varied cruising area both in visual topography and history and the culture of the people on shore, however throughout are long expanses of pristine beaches, with outstanding coral gardens for snorkeling and scuba diving. Shelling and fishing are terrific outside of protected national park areas.
On shore the terrain ranges from being dry and arid with cliff sides striated in various shades of orange and red colored by mineral deposits, such as the islands in the Komodo Archipelago, to being lushly green and full of vegetation such as the islands on the “ring of fire”, where dinner can be eaten on deck in the shadow of a puffing volcano.
Nutmeg was first discovered by Europeans in the Banda Islands in the 15th century which was a hotly contested area in the 1500 to 1600’s. The Komodo Archipelago off the western end of the island of Flores is the only known home of the Komodo Dragon. In the Eastern Flores Archipelago, villagers are still dyeing and weaving Ikat Textiles by hand. The ancient Sultanate of Ternate, off the western shores of Halmahera, has a long history of growing and trading spices. In the Four Kingdoms of Raja Ampat scuba diving is a must do with both fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling. In southern Sulawesi, in the boat building areas, traditional Phinisi’s can be seen on the beaches being built by hand.
There are a great number of villages with no ferry or air service that can only be visited by private yacht and where every day living is still quite basic and reliant on the natural world surrounding and visitors from the outside are rarely seen.
For the adventurous charter client looking for an out of the ordinary and outstanding charter experience on land and sea, Eastern Indonesia is an excellent charter location to explore.
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