Sailing Aboard A Phinisi at the Komodo National Park
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. There are tons of certified cruise and boat charter operators available to take you away to an ocean expedition on magnificent ships that could sail the entire length of the NTT if you so wish. Prices would vary depending on the total number of persons, days and destinations, so we suggest that you conduct your due diligence before confirming your reservations.
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.
Read also how Laura Grier from The Huffington Post experienced sailing in Flores with the Aqua Luna Selini:
“As we sailed back to Flores on our Phinisi boat, I realized that to really experience life in Flores or on any of the 200 islands in the area, that you must do it on a boat. The water culture there is how everyone lives. You have the freedom to dip in and out of the islands yet always have a calm place to return back to.The best way to gain respect for the land really comes from the perspective of seeing it from the water. It is reassuring to know that places like this still exist on Earth. That there are still lands untouched by humans and ruled by nature. Places where the days and nights stretch out into infinity and where you can still go back and find a simpler place in time.”
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In this section, you’ll find interesting tips and articles on everything Flores related over a wide range of topics including culture in Flores, people of Flores, destinations in Flores including the Komodo National Park, wildlife in Flores including the Komodo Dragons, diving and snorkeling in Flores, sailing around Flores, dining in Flores, accommodations in Flores, shopping in Flores and so much more. Flores Plus is part of the PT. Trijaya Dewata family, a premier publishing and media brand in Bali and Indonesia. Established in 1996, it has decades of experience with multiple titles in three languages published over the years. With the launch of Flores Plus, the company now will lead the way as one of the pioneers of tourist media in Flores and Komodo. Available now in English and soon in Japanese, the magazine has a strong online presence and engagement via its website, daily e-newsletters and social media platforms which are updated daily.