INDONESIA is the world’s largest archipelagic state. It is the world’s fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation. Indonesia’s 17,508 islands, about 6,000 of which are inhabited, are scattered over both sides of the equator.
The region surrounding the island of Bali in the south is the most popular superyacht cruising destination. The cruising highlights include: Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi holds a diverse marine life of both coral, fish and mammals. With sheltered bays, deep water areas, wall dives, barrier reefs and mangrove reefs this is an excellent cruising ground; Raja Ampat Islands, Papua (Irian Jaya) are said to have the world’s richest reef systems.
The archipelago consists of four large islands and up to 600 smaller islands. The scenery is diverse steep mountain cliffs, dense jungle forests and deserted white sandy beaches. There is virtually no tourism in this area, so if you are looking for an untouched, natural cruising and diving location this is it; Lesser Sunda Islands Indonesia is comprised of Bali, Lombok, Komodo and onwards to Timor.
There are amazing dive sites, snorkeling and clear waters on this route. The scenery is spectacular from white sandy beaches to the three coloured lakes of the Kelimutu volcano and the chance to see the Komodo dragon. For those who wish the ‘best of both worlds’ in this cruising ground you can find luxury hotel resorts, spas, world class restaurants and shopping.
Captain’s log: Indonesia – Island of the Gods