Raja Luat, Labuan Bajo Indonesia, Flores
The Raja Luat is a popular, large privately chartered yacht combining practicality and comfort. It is one of the more spacious yachts Experience Travel offers with each of the six double or twin cabins having their own en suite for privacy, hence a great boat to charter for those travelling in larger groups. With a rich timber interior and subtle ethnic accents the lower deck is elegant and functional, with a communal lounge area for those wanting to escape the sun.
The majestic thirty-one metre white schooner Raja Luat offers a wide range of itineraries throughout Indonesia. Destinations for this six birth boat include Bali, Komodo National Park and Nusa Tenggara, though ultimate freedom to design routes lies with the guests of this privately chartered boat.
The vast upper deck offers plenty of sun loungers, seats and hammocks to take in the views, with a detachable canopy offering the option of shade. An inside dining room is found on this deck, where guests may eat from a wide menu of Western, Asian and Fusion cuisines. Fresh fish caught directly from the boat often proves a popular choice for guests, though the chef will always tailor his menu to the client’s tastes.
Cruises orientated around culture, wildlife or scuba diving are available from the Raja Luat. Guests may also go swimming, snorkelling, fishing and diving amongst Indonesia’s impressive marine ecosystems, guided by Raja Luat’s full time PADI dive instructor.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
- Scuba Diving
Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.