On a Traditional Phinisi
The Komodo National Park is made up of numerous tiny islands, so it is no wonder that the best way to explore the park is by boat! The trend there is to opt for a “liveaboard” option, where you could stay in an entire yacht or a boat with your friends; sleep, dine, wine, relax and enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful vistas from the comforts of your sailing ship.
In Indonesia, a traditional sailboat is called a Phinisi, and this has a long and interesting history as the Phinisi was used to transport jewels, pearls, spice, silk and everything precious to and from Flores to the rest of the world.
One of our most favourite Phinisis here in Komodo is definitely the Aqua Luna Selini. Part of the Selini Group, Aqua Luna Selini means the water moon; the sailboat boasts 5 spacious cabins, all well-equipped and with air-conditioning, two fully-equipped bathrooms with running hot and cold water, toilets and sinks, a kitchen, a dining area and relaxing areas decorated with cushions and throw pillows.
Aboard the Aqua Luna, you can be sure that you’ll be experiencing one of the most exhilarating ways to discover the Komodo National Park. Choose from 1-day trips from Labuan Bajo the surrounding islands to 2 days 1-night trips, 3 days 2 nights’ trips and 4 days 3 nights’ trips to islands within the Komodo National Park.
Your trips aboard the Aqua Luna would include excursions to Bidadari, Rinca, Padar, Pink Beach, Manta Point, Kalong, Kanawa and Gili Lawa. Snorkel, visit coves, islands and quaint fishing villages from the comforts of the Aqua Luna and let the crew pamper you with meals, drinks and anything else that you may need.
By being atop a floating vessel, you could slip in and out of islands, dip underwater and explore with over 1000 species of fish and 350 reef building corals whenever you desire before you escape back onto your own private space when you need to unwind.
Aqua Luna Selini is part of the Selini Group, also offering a breathtaking villa experience for guests at its Selini On The Hill Villas, a unique 7 villa compound in Labuan Bajo, Flores.