A stunning luxurious vessel operating expeditions to the little known corners of the Indonesian Archipelago
Superb facilities onboard, including a fully equipped PADI dive operation
Four beautifully appointed suites with no luxury spared
Enjoy spa treatments on board following a day of diving amidst some of the most magical underwater landscapes on earth
Expeditions allow you to encounter native tribes and ancient reptiles that seem unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs
Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Rather than four seasons, Indonesia has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of temperature between winter and summer. Given the different climates throughout the archipelago, the vessel is able to operate different expeditions at different times of year. Between December and March, the Alila Purnama operates expeditions to explore the magical waters of Raja Ampat, and from April to November, the expedition changes course for the mythical island of Komodo.
The Alila Purnama is a luxury wooden Phinisi sailing boat, taking guests on tailor-made voyages of discovery throughout the stunning, undiscovered waters of the Indonesian Archipelago, including Raja Ampat and Komodo.
The 46-metre long Alila Purnama consists of three decks and has been built by hand in the traditional style of a Phinisi, as used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi in Indonesia. In keeping with Alila’s emphasis on style and sustainability, the furniture throughout the boat is custom-made from teak, rattan and other locally sourced materials from Indonesia.
Between December and March, the Alila Purnama operates several expeditions to explore the magical waters of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat translated means “four kings”, referring to the islands Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool. These are in turn surrounded by a myriad of amazing, untouched smaller isles with picture postcard beaches and sheer, ragged limestone cliffs. 70% of the world’ s total number of coral species is said to be found in the amazing underwater world of Raja Ampat . This area is home to the world' s most bio-diverse marine region, an underwater shangri-la for diving enthusiasts and marine biologists. Above the water, kayak in secret bays enclosed by jagged limestone pinnacles covered with orchids and tropical vegetation. The Alila excursion combines well a visit to the Dani people of the Grand Baliem Valley of Papua Guinea.
From April to November, the expedition changes course for the mythical island of Komodo. Komodo National Park is located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. This spectacular national park contains hundreds of unique species such as wild boar, water buffalo, deer, monkeys and the infamous Komodo Dragons. The Komodo Dragon is the largest land-dwelling reptile in the world (the largest found was 3.13 meters long and weighed 166kg). Their footprints are often seen along pink sandy beaches, or while hiking in the hills with knowledgeable park rangers. They stalk, ambush and devour wild deer, pigs, buffalo and even horses for sustenance. An encounter with one of these ancient reptiles is an unforgettable experience. The World Heritage site is also blessed with secluded beaches, amazing coral reefs and crystal clear water. The area has over 260 coral species and more than 1,000 species of fish, marine reptiles, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, whales and dugongs . Komodo is considered one of the best dive sites in the world - diving or snorkelling in this area will truly leave you with extraordinary memories.
Four well-appointed suites, all air-conditioned with queen size beds, en-suite bathrooms with shower, separate toilet, double wardrobes and writing desk. The Master Suite, expansively designed with large, wraparound windows offers 270-degree views of the ever-changing landscape. The bathroom features a shower, bathtub, two washbasins and an enclosed separate toilet, whilst a private balcony and large sundeck with a daybed and deckchairs provide the ultimate space for relaxation.
With 180 degree views, a private balcony and large sundeck, the Sriwijaya Master Suite is the perfect spot to unwind. The suite has its own bathroom complete with shower, bathtub, two washbasins and a separate enclosed toilet.
Measuring over 17sqm, the Madura Suite features a Queen-size bed and en suite bathroom with separate shower and toilet.
The Cirebon Suite is a standard suite at 17.9sqm. The suite boasts a separate en suite bathroom with separate shower and toilet as well as a Queen-size bed.
Spread across 16.8sqm, the Bali Suite on the Alila Purnama is fitted with polished wooden floors, a Queen-size bed and separate en suite bathroom with separate shower and toilet. There's plenty of light here with two windows. This suite can also be configured with two twin beds if needed.
The Jawa Suite boasts a separate shower and toilet as part of the en suite bathroom. There's also a/c throughout like the other suites and the suite features a Queen-size bed. This suite can also be configured with two twin beds if needed.
Children are welcome on board the Alila Purnama and the crew of 16 are great at ensuring the safety and entertainment of children is a priority, allowing the parents to enjoy some R&R whilst knowing their little ones are in great hands.
Guests can dine at leisure in the air-conditioned dining room or on the outdoor deck. Meals and an extensive list of non-alcoholic beverages are all-inclusive while alcoholic beverages including wines, beers and cocktails are available for an additional charge.
Development diving courses offered onboard range from Advanced Open Water Diver to over 16 specialties, including Enriched Air Nitrox, Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift and Underwater Naturalist.
There is plenty of equipment for all guests onboard as well as a dedicated freshwater rinse tank for camera equipment . For those with a taste for adventure, yoga, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling, visiting local islands and pearl farms, picnic lunches or BBQ dinners by the beach are among the many other pursuits on offer.
Onboard is a library, lounge, bar, indoor dining area seating up to 10 and plenty of space outside to unwind and enjoy the views . The vessel is also equipped with complimentary WiFi access, enabling guests to upload their trip photos on a daily basis.
The main outdoor deck has large over sized daybeds shaded by umbrellas – perfect for relaxing day or night and enjoying the fresh sea breezes . And with a spa therapist aboard the vessel, guests can succumb to the soothing pleasures of a signature Alila massage onboard or on a secluded, deserted beach.
Raja Ampat is an absolute gem - simply paradise! The children are certain that James Barrie must have been there and based Peter Pan and Neverland on it. The Alia Purnama was once again magnificent. Mario and his team are the most wonderful hosts. It really is a hard call between Raja Ampat and Komodo. I thought they were very different and probably also due to the time of year that we visited each, but the Komodo Islands are dryer and not covered in lush vegetation, more grasslands and bushes. In Raja Ampat every tiny area has a tree or plant growing out of what appears to be rock, so they are densely covered in jungle. I preferred the diving at Raja Ampat but I think that was largely because I was a nervous diver when we were in Komodo. It really is thanks to Mario that I have relaxed and started to truly love diving. I think if I could only choose one it would be Raja Ampat but Komodo is a really close second. The beauty of both is that you stay on the Alila Purnama with Mario and his team who truly are special people.
All expeditions require a short domestic flight from Bali to some of the smaller outlying islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. As a general rule, due to flight times, you will need to spend a few nights either side of the expedition in Bali. For the Raja Ampat expeditions, fly from Bali to Sorong. For Komodo Island expeditions, fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo.
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Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park, Komodo and Flores, Indonesia
Komodo and Flores, Indonesia
Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
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