Project Description

Luxury Cruise Through Indonesia’s Idyllic Islands

Natural Focus is excited to promote a new vessel offering exclusive, luxury cruising in remote corners of the Indonesian Archipelago.

Refurbished in 2019, the Aqua Blu has had a rich history as both a private yacht and formerly a member of the British Navy as an exploration vessel. Now a four-deck luxury cruiser, the vessel features 15 exquisite suites with brass-and-ivory interiors. Built for comfort with the highest safety standards and large indoor and outdoor social areas, the Aqua Blu is also equipped with top-of-the-range stabilizers allowing it to cover vast distances in a short space of time.

A combination of colliding tectonic plates and volcanic activity in the region over millennia has created some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Cruise through picturesque island landscapes home to a myriad of colourful fish and other marine wildlife.

Cruise from island to island exploring this spectacular region, hiking through incredible mountain scenery, and exploring pristine National Parks home to unique wildlife. Marvel at the astounding abundance of marine life as you pick and choose between scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming. Visit local communities to gain an insight into traditional island life.

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Itinerary

There are three 7-night itineraries available exploring different regions of the Indonesian Archipelago:

  • Bali to Komodo National Park Cruise
  • Ambon & Spice Islands Cruise
  • Raja Ampat Cruise

*The below itinerary is based on the 7-night Komodo National Park cruise:

Day 1        Bali

Arrive in Bali to a warm welcome. Transfer from the airport to the Aqua Blu and cruise to Moyo Island as the sun sets.

Day 2       Moyo Island

Enjoy this remote, picturesque island dotted with a handful of fishing villages. Take a walk to beautiful Mata Jitu Waterfall in the centre of the island. In the afternoon snorkel the shallow waters of Angel Reef providing an unforgettable experience.

Day 3       Saleh Bay, Sumbawa

Cruise early this morning to Saleh Bay. Guided by fantastic conservation rangers, you will have the chance to get up close and personal to Whale Sharks and host of other marine wildlife. Tonight visit Sattonda Island and witness the flight of the fruit bats.

Day 4       Gili Banta – West Komodo

Start your day with a breathtaking sunrise and breakfast with Sangeang Volcano as your backdrop. Spend the morning at Gili Banta, a picture-perfect haven for beach-lovers, snorkelers and divers. Here you will find some of the world’s best diving sites. This afternoon sail to nearby West Komodo and experience an encounter with Komodo Dragons in the wild.

Day 5       Linta Strait – Padar

This morning explore Linta Strait, a renowned spot for drift snorkelling and diving (transported by the water current or tide). Common sightings include large pelagic fish, manta rays and big schools of barracuda. In the afternoon visit Padar Island, hiking up Savanna Hill for stunning views.

Day 6       Horseshoe Bay – Pink Beach

Sail to Horseshoe Bay, a stunning curved section of land and the remains of an ancient Volcano caldera. Explore this magnificent island by skiff or on foot and visit known haunts of Sea Eagles and Komodo Dragons. This afternoon explore the unique Pink Beach. Go hiking through the forests, visit a local community or simply relax and enjoy your time on the sand.

Day 7         Rinca – Gili Lawa Laut

Discover Komodo National Parks largest Komodo dragon population at Rinca, before sailing on to beautiful Gili Lawa Laut inlet. Here explore the expansive beaches and shallow reefs by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Diving and snorkelling is also available with the chance to spot sea turtles.

Day 8        Labuan Bajo

Transfer to Labaun Bajo, where you anchor and disembark for your outbound flight.

8 days /7 nights 
Prices from $11577* per person twin share

*Year-round departures are available. Contact us for specific dates and rates.

Conditions apply. Single prices on request.

Highlights

  • Marvel at the pristine scenery of the Indonesian archipelago
  • Explore some of the world’s best snorkelling and scuba diving sites
  • Get up close and personal to rare wildlife species
  • Hike through pristine jungle and interact with local communities
  • Kayak and paddle-board around the many beautiful islands and inlets

Inclusions:

  • All meals while on board
  • Premium selected wines and beer, non-alcoholic drinks
  • Excursions with knowledgeable local guides
  • Group transfers to/from vessel on recommended flights
  • Use of snorkelling equipment and wet suits
  • Scuba diving
  • All available non-motorized water sports
  • Laundry
  • Internet connection (intermittent depends on locations)

*Conditions apply. Price based on twin share cabins. Single travellers on request.