Komodo Voyage 2016

Komodo is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature
Komodo is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature

One of the 7 Wonders of Nature, as voted by travellers, the Komodo National Park is one of the most inspiring place we have ever been to, both under and above the water.

Discovery Channel had a slogan back in the noughties:  “The World. Is. Just. Awesome.”  This phrase really sums up our feelings when we think of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park.   To reach Komodo we sail east from Bali across the imaginary ‘Wallace line’, where the flora and fauna of subtropical Asia make a sudden and dramatic change into those typical of Australasia.

Few places in the world could possibly match the cultural and natural diversity we will experience in the islands beyond Bali: towering volcanoes, dry savannah landscapes, quiet coastal villages, emerald seas, and megalithic cultures.  It was Burden’s 1932 voyage through this volcanic landscape that inspired the 1933 classic film King Kong..

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Raja Laut – Our 10 Year Anniversary

Raja Laut 10 Years

What makes boats and sea going so magical and addictive? We will probably never find the reason nor the antidote. We only know that seventy percent of the earth is ocean, and that this vast expanse of blue seems to have a magnetic attraction on humankind. Try standing at the edge of land and stare out to sea – check the horizon – you might feel that “pulling” inside your mind and soul. It could be the “ocean’s call”, and Raja Laut was probably created to answer it. Our’s is a blue planet after all.

Over the last decade we have had the pleasure of seeking out-of-the-ordinary experiences, whether it’s meeting the Moken sea gypsies in Burma’s Mergui archipelago, or watching descendants of the Konjo shipwrights craft hulls on the beach as their ancestors have done for years in Sulawesi. We have felt the presence of history, of the schooner and the spice trade. We have discovered that probably several lifetimes are not enough to explore all the places we want to see!

More than anything, we have understood that the experience of Raja Laut has always been about the emotion of the voyage, the connection of the people aboard, who come to sail together and make unforgettable memories…

Bali Day & Sunset Charters

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Bali Sunset Cruise

There are few better ways to spend an evening in a tropical paradise than aboard Raja Laut. We depart at 5.30pm and a sumptuous buffet and drinks awaits. As the sun goes down take in the beauty of the harbour, the refreshing night air and relax and enjoy the sunset and scenery into the evening before returning at 9.30pm.

Bali Day Cruise

Departing at 9am this day charter sets sail for the peaceful Lembongan Bay. En route guests can fish, relax with a drink or help Raja Laut’s crew to raise our sails by traditional methods rarely used today. Before lunch guests are free to explore the beaches and coral reefs. On board we have 2 kayaks, water skis and a wakeboard as well as a small banana boat for the children. A buffet lunch is served onboard, or indulge in a BBQ on a beautiful private beach. After a buffet lunch served on board guests can enjoy a drink whilst sun bathing on our sundeck, swim and test your bravery by diving from many of the diving spots on our boat, or explore the bay. As we up our anchor relax with a drink before returning before sunset.

Yacht Charter in Bali

Regularly voted the world’s best island, Bali, is the ideal starting point for your yacht charter holiday to Komodo National Park.

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Despite its popularity, Bali retains its magical charm, cultural richness, and breathtaking beauty. Its exotic status began in the early 20th century when it was discovered by artists and became the backdrop for their creativity. Bali’s ominous volcanoes, terraced rice fields, gold sand beaches and flashes of cultural color make it an inviting place for any yacht charter adventure departing to Nusa Tenggara and the Komodo National Park.

Starting from Bali you can charter a yacht and sail across the imaginary Wallace line to the Komodo National Park and beyond, where the flora and fauna of subtropical Asia make a sudden and dramatic change into those typical of Australasia. In the islands of Nusa Tenggara (also known as the Lesser Sunda Islands) a fantastic diversity awaits the adventurous: climbing mountains, peering into volcanoes, trekking up to beautiful waterfalls, visiting rural villages, enjoying world-class surfing or scuba diving, exploring pristine beaches, or simply relaxing aboard the yacht while anchored in idyllic bays.

A yacht charter holiday here will show you that Indonesia’s cultural diversity is as varied as its natural diversity. Bali itself is a Hindu island with 1000’s of temples, and offers luscious green landscapes, terraced fields of Padi, and mountainous retreats that serve as a relaxing alternative to the buzzing parties found in and around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. The neighbouring island of Lombok, on the other hand, is a muslim island with 1000’s of mosques and where shades of green turn to shades of brown and vast landscapes open up.

Bali Komodo Yacht Charters – Sample Itinerary

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Location: Bali and Komodo (Indonesia)
Embarkation: Bali
Disembarkation: Labuanbajo
Duration: 7 days
Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Spa/Massage, Trekking

Day 1: Embarkation aboard yacht Raja Laut in Serangan. After sailing into the Lombok Straits, with views of the majestic Agung volanco, the yacht settles on an course to arrive at the Gili Islands, northwest Lombok. The Gili islands have suberb white sand beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 2: The uninhabited island of Satonda is separated by a narrow strait from the Tambora volcano on the Sumbawa mainland, the site of the largest eruption in recorded history. Satonda itself is a small volcano and a salty lake fills its crater. At sunset one can enjoy the spectacle of a large colony of fruit eating giant bats flying over. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 3: Sangean island is an active volcano towering 1800 meters above the surrounding water. Here one can stop to visit the tiny settlement on the island and swim in crystal-clear waters. Opposite the island of Sangean, on the Sumbawa mainland is the village of Wera, a Buginese village known for boatbuilding. Here one can see all kinds of craft in various stages of construction, including the “Phinisi” trading ships of Indonesia. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 4: Gili Banta is the first of the islands in the Komodo Archipelago. This island provides a crescent shaped bay that offers a beautiful anchorage from where you can jump into turquoise water and swim to the white sandy beach. The islands of Gili Lawa Laut, on the northeast tip of Komodo, are another stunning location for anchoring, with beautiful moon-scape scenery, fantastic little bays and beaches, and the best dive sites of the entire Komodo National Park. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 5: Unesco World Heritage site, Komodo Island is famous for the local inhabitants: giant lizard known as the Komodo Dragon. One can go hiking and looking for the ‘dragons’, and also wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar, and monkeys in spectacular scenery of savannah and emerald coves. Climb up a local summit and one can enjoy a splendid panorama over the moon-scape islands of the Komodo Archipelago. Red beach, directly across the bay from Komodo village, has a unique pink-red coloured sand. The color of the sand is caused by pulverized fragments of the red coral species. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 6: The serene anchorage of Labuanbajo is the main arrival point for visitors into the Komodo National Park. Here one can make a tour to a nearby village where, if the time is right, one can attend the ‘whip-fight dance’ ceremonies. Unique to the Manggarai people of West Flores is a dance called the “caci”- a whip and shield duel. This fascinating display of dance and war is never over until blood is drawn and these warriors wear their lacerations with pride, as they are the marks of bravery. The yacht anchors here overnight.

Day 7: After your breakfast you are transferred from the yacht Raja Laut to the port where a private car will be on hand to take you to the Labuanbajo airport for a return flight to Bali.

BEST TIME TO GO: The Lesser Sunda Islands are a year round yacht charter destination.

NOTE: Keen divers can begin their yacht charter from Labuan Bajo, on the door step of the Komodo National Park. With enough time scuba diving trips here can also encompass Maumere (Flores island) and some spectacular sites in Alor. Our sample itineraries may be subject to change; extended, shortened, or re-arranged to suit your private yacht charter preferences or the weather conditions, captain’s advice, and so on.