Climb aboard a traditional sailboat Serangan, Indonesia
The idea of a cruise is enough to make us want to jump overboard, but we’d make an exception for this beauty. Once this pinisi (a traditional Indonesian sailing boat) named Al likai carted backpackers around the Indonesian islands, but with a change of owner – Amanda Zsebik used to run private villas and a restaurant in Bali – came a complete refit. Now there are just five king-size bedrooms, all with an en suite, plus one family bunk room, to accommodate a maximum of 16 people. But it’s the places you’ll see – itineraries include a cruise to West Nusa Tengarra, Komodo or around the uninhabited islands near Lombok and Gili – that will take your breath away. There’s plenty of time for snorkelling, lying on deserted beaches or visiting far-flung attractions like pearl farms.
- Getting beyond Bali – this trip will take you to some of the best hidden corners of the Indonesian archipelago
- Being able to charter the boat among yourself and family or friends should you want to make an occasion out of your next trip
- It’s great for families too, with a bunk room that caters for up to five people
- There’s no wi-fi, TV, video games or DVDs, so those who aren’t up for a digital-free adventure need not apply
Prices start at US$1458 a person for the seven-day Island Explorer cruise. During 2017, anyone booking a sailing itinerary will also receive three nights’ complimentary accommodation in a private two-bedroom Bali villa.