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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.

 

Indonesia yacht charter

Indonesia hosts the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands. The entire region is filled with stunning picture postcard sandy beaches to explore, many still uninhabited islands with a number even still unnamed, and a true feast of nature and beauty.

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The entire region offers a truly rich diversity of ancient temples, music that ranges from the traditional to modern pop and live music, dances, rituals and ways of daily life that vary from island to island. Yet everywhere, visitors are welcomed by the warmth of the Indonesian people and their gracious innate friendliness.

Among the most well known islands of Indonesia are: Papua, Flores, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (better known as the Moluccas, the original Spice Islands).

Indonesia’s natural history is widely regarded as the world’s most varied and perhaps the most precious. Some 20% of the bird species found in Indonesia are not to be found anywhere else in the world, while 40% of the archipelago’s mammals are unique to this region

Indonesia’s location and geology means that the region is blessed with the most diverse landscape: from fertile ricelands on Java and Bali to the luxuriant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, to the savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara Islands to snow-capped peaks of West Papua.

The region of Indonesia offers the world’s second highest level of biodiversity. Her wildlife ranges from the prehistoric giant Komodo lizard to the Orang Utan and the Java rhino, to the Sulawesi Anoa Dwarf Buffalo, to birds with exquisite plumage like the cockatoo and the famous Bird of Paradise. This is also the habitat of the Rafflesia, the World’s largest flower, wild orchids, an amazing variety of spices and aromatic hardwood and a large variety of fruit trees.

The underwater world here is a paradise for divers and snorkelers and is subsequently, world renowned. The waters here are an epicentre of biodiversity hosting the most diverse marine life than anywhere else on Earth!

Scientists have found in North Sulawesi the prehistoric coelacanth fish (a “living fossil” fish) that predates dinosaurs living some 400 million years ago. Whales migrate yearly through these waters from the South Pole.

Indonesia offers outstanding and exhilarating experiences for divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers of all levels.

Borneo, Bali and Beyond

Spring is turning into summer and this indicates the time of the year when Raja Laut sets her sights southwards from the Mergui Archipelago, to the magnificence of Borneo, Bali, and the Komodo National Park.

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Another highly enjoyable Nov-April season in the Andaman Sea draws to a close, with the Raja Laut docked in Langkawi, and our crew on R&R – quite rightly so after a busy season in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago.

Our next stop will be the port of Kota Kinabalu, on the north coast of Malaysian Borneo. Well-endowed by Mother Nature, lush rainforests, swollen rivers, a smattering of idyllic islands, natural charm and friendly locals, we can never talk too highly of Malaysian Borneo – one of our favourite places in the world – and an area that offers up a highly rewarding cruising experience for those who know where to go.

Borneo is the birthplace of many inspiring, impossibly-romantic, adventure stories. The writer Joseph Conrad is the probably the most famous novelist to have traced a path to Borneo, many times, both as a sailor and writer. Conrad did more than any other to make Borneo legend, and we like to think of the journey from the Andaman sea to Borneo, and then Bali as ‘Conrads Voyage’.

Borneo is also Raja Laut’s birthplace, and her spiritual home. The schooner was built on these shores, and with it our dream of exploring Borneo, Bali and beyond!

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