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Setting sail from Benoa (Bali)
It's no surprise to us that Bali remains Indonesia's most popular tourist destination; though the island is not the undiscovered gem it once was, it's still a wonderful place to travel. The beaches, spectacular volcanic scenery and lush green rice terraces lend Bali a natural beauty that seems to dovetail perfectly with the island's distinct Hindu culture, which adorns the landscape with stunning temples. We advise steering clear of the backpacker beaches around Kuta, and heading instead for the quieter south coast resorts or the charming inland town of Ubud, the spiritual centre of the island.
Bali is seriously busy – it’s a long way for us, but just on the doorstep for Australians. The central mountains, or north and west coasts, are quieter.
Indonesia: Moyo Island
Mostly uninhabited and rarely visited by tourists, Moyo lies off the north coast of Sumbawa, and the majority of the island is a protected nature reserve. Look out for long-tailed macaques, wild cattle, boars and 20 different species of bat, amongst a landscape of white sand beaches, savannah, forests, caves and idyllic waterfalls.
Indonesia: Saleh Bay (Sumbawa)
Saleh Bay is a vast expanse of sea on the northern side of Sumbawa island, semi-enclosed and scattered with uninhabited islands. The main attraction here is the marine life, and in particular the chance to see magnificent whale sharks in their natural habitat.
Indonesia: Banta Island
Just to the northwest of Komodo National Park lies Banta Island, a small and uninhabited volcanic island fringed by lovely beaches and with some truly world class snorkelling and diving sites just offshore. Look out for tuna, sturgeon, barracuda, white tip and black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks and even hammerheads in deeper water.
Indonesia: Horseshoe Bay (Rinca Island)
Rinca is one of the largest islands in Komodo National Park, and it’s a great place to see the famous Komodo dragon in the wild, with fewer tourists than neighbouring Komodo Island. Other wildlife here includes wild pigs, buffalo and a variety of birds, and there are some excellent dive sites around Horseshoe Bay on the south coast.
Indonesia: Gili Lawa Laut
The volcanic island of Gili Lawa Laut is situated amongst some of the best dive sites in Komodo National Park, and the shallow waters are ideal for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. A 30-minute trek to the island’s summit will reward you with great views, and the island also has some lovely secluded beaches.
Arriving in Komodo Island
Komodo Island is situated within an area of spectacular natural beauty, home to the famous Komodo dragon. The stunning beaches are tinged with pink thanks to the high concentration of red coral just offshore, and the waters draw intrepid divers from all over the world.
Your home from home
Aqua Blu is Aqua Expeditions' first ocean ship, a former British Navy vessel that has been transformed into a luxurious superyacht designed to explore the Indonesian archipelago.
What we love
Combining luxury and exploration isn't easy, yet Aqua Expeditions have balanced locally inspired design with modern sophistication and a focus on the destination to create once in a lifetime experiences.
|Crew||25 International Staff|
|Style||An informal yet chic atmosphere on board driven by the communal spirit of shared exploration.|
Tailor-make your trip
If you have time, make the slightly complicated journey via Labuan Bajo on to Rinca to see the Komodo Dragons.