Fancy something a little different? Try an exotic Indonesia cruise

20th April 2017

Summer is just around the corner and the Star Flyer and Royal Clipper have begun operating itineraries around the Mediterranean. The former will operate itineraries around the gorgeous Greek Islands, while the latter will sail to sumptuous destinations across France, Italy, Spain and beyond.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice the absence of the Star Clipper from the range of Mediterranean sailings this season. Instead, the classic three-masted vessel has been positioned in Far East Asia, operating cruises out of Phuket, Thailand. These itineraries have proven immensely popular, with passengers having the chance to experience a number of fabulous beach paradises that are generally inaccessible to larger vessels.

From May 2017, Star Clipper will be repositioned to a different part of Far East Asia, offering cruises a new range of unique experiences across the islands of Indonesia. Starting on 20th May 2017 and continuing throughout the summer and autumn seasons, the Star Clipper will operate seven, ten and 11-night roundtrip sailings out of Bali.

So – without further ado – we take a look at the four options available which will offer an exotic cruising alternative.

Eastbound

Each Indonesia cruise will depart out of the Indonesian island of Bali, via the port of Benoa, which is renowned for the beaches of Kuta and Nusa Dua. This area offers a fine blend of beach relaxation with traditional temples and palaces that are sure to ignite your intrigue. After spending the rest of the day getting a feel for traditional tall ship sailing, the next morning will see you arrive on the beautiful shores of Gili Kondo, on the island of Lombok.

In the Sasak language, Gili means “small island”, and you will find little in the way of distraction on this remote paradise. As well as Gili Kondo, you will also visit Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan and Gili Naggu – all of which offer tranquil beaches with waters that hold an array of brightly-coloured marine life.

Undoubtedly, one of the most fascinating destinations on the itinerary is the Komodo National Park on the island Komodo. Here, visitors will be able to enjoy up-close encounters with komodo dragons in one of the species’ only natural habitats on earth.

Westbound

The westbound itinerary takes passengers to the islands of Giligenteng, Java and Lombok – each of which offers beautiful beaches and unparalleled cultural experiences. After departing out of the bustling port of Benoa, passengers will get a unique cultural insight on Gilgenteng Island, which offers little in the way of tourist facilities but offers a fascinating window into everyday life.

Passengers will also be given a cultural insight in Probolinggo, on the much larger island of Java. This is the nearest town to the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park and forms part of an area which is inhabited by the Tenggerese ethnic minority – one of the last remaining Hindu communities on Java.

The beaches incorporated on this itinerary are inaccessible to larger vessels and will provide you with a sense of blissful tranquillity. Lovina, on the island of Bali, stretches for over 12km and incorporates a number of coastal villages – many of which are fringed by lovely black-sand beaches with waters that are ideal for swimming. Senggigi Beach has attracted visitors for years, with spectacular sunsets that dip behind the volcanic Mt. Agung of Bali.

10-night and 11-night itineraries

In addition to the alternating eastbound and westbound itineraries, the Star Clipper will also be operating a series of extended 10 and 11-night sailings. These will incorporate a mixture of some of the destinations listed above, as well as a number of hidden gems.

Sumba is one of these – presenting visitors with an island of contrasting lush green hills with arid grasslands, glistening waterfalls and – of course – deserted beaches. The island’s capital, Waingapu, is known specifically for producing some of the finest Ikat fabric in all of Indonesia, making for an ideal souvenir.

Labuan Haji, on Moyo Island, is a nature-lover’s delight, with 86 rare types of bird native to the region making their home here. This gorgeous untouched paradise also offers a range of stunning natural features including the beautiful Brang Rea Waterfall. The surrounding waters are protected against fishing and pollution, making the white-sand beaches and the coral reefs of the surrounding waters all the more special.


If you would like to find out more about the full range of Far East Asia sailings with Star Clippers, contact us via the number above or chat with an advisor.