Introducing Star Clippers Indonesia Itineraries
13th October 2016
With itineraries currently being operated in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, 2017 marks the start of a new beginning for Star Clippers. From May next year, passengers will be able to experience the elegance of tall ship sailing during Indonesia cruises. Sailing out of Bali, passengers will sail to a number of gorgeous islands and untouched beach paradises that are inaccessible to larger vessels. We take a closer look at just some of the fascinating destinations that guests will be able to experience while sailing on board the beautiful Star Clipper.
One of the first ports of call is Java - Indonesia’s fifth-largest island and home to around 130 million people. It is also home to a large number of fascinating geological and geographical features including 121 volcanoes, national parks, rainforests, and tea and rice plantations. Undoubtedly, one of the island’s most iconic landmarks is Mount Bromo – a 2,329-metre volcano which forms part of the Tengger Semeru National Park and offers unparalleled natural beauty. A hiking tour up the side of the mountain and around the 6-mile wide inner caldera will take your breath away.
Komodo National Park
Situated on the island of Komodo, a visit to this national park will undoubtedly be the standout highlight of any Indonesia itinerary. The park was founded in 1980 with the aim of preserving the unique Komodo dragon and its natural habitat. Today, these dragons, which bare resemblance to the dinosaurs, dominate the island. They can grow up the three metres in length and weigh as much as 150kg, and despite their fearsome appearance, they are patient predators. Passengers on board this cruise will have the option to embark on a short or medium trail in the company of professionally-trained park ranger.
A series of minuscule islands make up the Gilis, which offer powdery white sand beaches which are lined with coconut palms, brushed by turquoise blue waters, and surrounded by coral reefs. These corals make for fabulous snorkelling and will certainly leave you with many happy memories. Many of these islands are uninhabited and there is no public transport. The islands are only a few kilometres in diameter, however, and offer a secluded atmosphere.
To the south of Madura lies a small island known as Gilgenteng – which is home to a community of four fishing villages. Situated in an unbelievably tranquil spot, this village is covered by a barrier of mangrove and is home to a plethora of wildlife and marine species. There are no tourist facilities on the island, which further adds to the sense of authenticity and cultural insight. The Gilliteng beach is one of the finest in Indonesia and the untouched nature of the island makes it all the more special.
Located between the islands of Bali and Timor; Sumba is a mysterious and curious island that has escaped Hindu, Muslim, and Christian influence, therefore remaining culturally intact. Many villages are dotted across the island and the people of these settlements still follow Marapu – the indigenous ancestral form of worship.
There is a real sense that this island has been locked in time, with many of the locals having never met anyone from the western world. A visit to the village of Ratenggaro will cement this idea and visitors are often humbled by the sheer resourcefulness and welcoming nature of the locals. Be sure to head down to the beach and admire the view of the ocean, which is largely untouched.
Sadly, in 1815, a volcanic eruption completely destroyed the island of Sumbawa. Since the mid-19th century, immigrants came from other neighbouring islands and repopulated the area, which today relies on fishing and farming to get by. In the northern tip of the island lies the village of Wera – which has a unique boat-building heritage. Here, the Buginese people have passed their knowledge down through the generations and today, this is one of the only places on earth where boats are built entirely out of wood – without the use of mechanical tools or metal apart from the keel.
With the first cruise set to depart out of Singapore on May 6th, 2017, there is no better time to start thinking about booking an authentic Indonesian adventure with Star Clippers. If you are seeking a winter escape, you will be glad to know that Star Clippers will also be introducing a range of Far East Asia cruises along the coast of Thailand from December 2016.