One of the best way to explore the famous Indonesian frontier, Komodo National Park, is by yacht sailing. The park consist of more than twenty stunning little islands, separated by the sea. Say Komodo Island, home of the dragons; Rinca Island, second home of the dragons; Padar Island, a hike out of this world; and many more. Sailing in Komodo yacht charter allows you to just sit back and relax, surrounded by creature comfort and luxury when the yacht make the journey for you. Yacht is just like a private resort and privileged holiday in one. Chartering a yacht gives a blissful relaxation and flexbility that no other type of vacation can. Here are some essential things to consider if you plan to charter a yacht on our trip to Komodo.
Types of Komodo Yacht Charter
As sailing skyrocketing its popularity in Komodo, the national park is now overflowed by sailing ship of all kinds. Considering the type and size of the yacht for your Komodo vacation should be a number one discussion before anything else. Who will embark on the sailing trip with you? You’ll want to make sure that each guest has a room. The size of the vessel will directly impact the cost of your sailing trip. And for sure, your preference of liveaboard would finally dictate on the type of yacht you choose.
Phinisi liveaboard is probably the most popular sailing vessel in Komodo and around. The Phinisi ship is basically a heritage from Indonesian ancient, prominent sailing tribe, the Bugisian. Phinisi is a beautiful two masted schooner, constructed entirely of ironwood and teakwood. They are built with large sails, several storeys of decks and modern amenities. Phinisi offers a regal feel especially in a land as remote and pristine as Komodo.
The Mega Yacht
If the Phinisi looks like something emerge from the set of “Pirates of the Carribean”, the mega yacht is something you would see on luxury holiday magazine. Mega yacht is usually more than 30 meters (100 feet) in length—which is about the same as large phinisi. Unlike phinisi, mega yachts are build from steel and fibers. It’s like a small cruise ship with full crews and several options of watersports! Some mega yachts operates in Komodo waters, offering the true modern, luxurious adventure in frontier safaris.
The Komodo National Park is a mini archipelago and it has dozens of mindblowing destinations to visit. A three days or even a week of sailing trip won’t be enough to explore it all. However, you have the biggest advantage of booking a Komodo yacht charter: you can tailor your destination as you want. Do your homework and see which islands and dive spots (if you are a diver) you want to see during the trip. If you are travelling with a group where everyone is chriping in, maybe you’ll need a discussion to decide on destinations.
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Your Komodo Yacht Charter Itinerary
This is another privilege of Komodo yacht charter. It’s so relaxed that nothing is written in stone. If you suddenly have this idea of having a tropical lunch in a deserted beach, the crew could work on the itinerary to make it happen. However, it’s best to have a pre-arranged itinerary prior to embarkation as a base ground. Do you want to visit the Padar Island for sunrise or on noon? Which one come first in the morning; diving or hiking the quiet Gili Lawa? What do you want to do after having a walk with the dragons on its lair?
What’s Included and What’s Not
Finally, learn your yacht charter contract to know what’s included in the package and what’s not. All yacht trip usually includes full board meals, means you don’t have to worry about what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most yacht trip offers airport transfer, hotel transfer, drinking water, tea and coffee, excursion guide, dive guide, snorkel gears, and complimentary toiletries. Yachts which offers diving package usually has basic dive gears rent and divemaster included on the package. However, dive insurance, alcoholic beverages, nitrox, travel insurance, and visa are usually sold separately.