Shore excursions to local villages, deserted beaches and steamy jungles
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.
Following in the footsteps of Indonesia’s nomadic seafaring people, sail the remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago on board the Ombak Putih, a 42-meter traditional phinisi yacht that sleeps up to 24 in 12 spacious comfortable cabins.
With her name meaning ‘white wave’ in the traditional Indonesian language, the shapely curved bow of the Ombak Putih echoes the design of a traditional Buginese schooner. Crafted by hand from tropical hardwood, with a vast main deck and lofty masts, this liveaboard phinisi yacht is a spacious and comfortable vessel from which to explore the beauty and majesty of the Indonesian archipelago.
Days on board are spent snorkeling on remote coral reefs, visiting unspoiled islands for hikes and beach picnics, or seeking out rare and elusive wildlife, from whale sharks and dugongs to birds of paradise and Komodo dragons. In between shore excursions and snorkeling trips, the vast main deck is perfectly laid out for relaxation and watching the stunning landscapes pass by. Sun loungers and bean bags are scattered across the ship, with a comfortable area located at the bow of the ship, perfect for spotting dolphins. The main dining area is shaded by a large canopy, and the location for three delicious daily meals, prepared by the on-board chefs. Feast on locally caught fish and exotic fruits and vegetables from local markets, and an array of snacks throughout the day.
Located below deck, the Ombak Putih can accommodate a total of 24 guests across its 12 cabins. Equipped with either double or bunk beds, air conditioning, a safe and a private en-suite bathroom, each cabin has a porthole allowing guests to watch the islands pass by from the comfort of their cabin. On a balmy night, beds can be set up on deck for a night under the stars.
Children over the age of two are welcomed on board the Ombak Putih, with plenty of games and activities to keep them entertained. The triple cabins are perfect for families wishing to share a room with younger children, and the chefs pride themselves on creating delicious, fresh child-friendly cuisine. Due to the nature of the environment and the fact that the Ombak Putih is a working vessel, parental supervision is required at all times.
Whilst on board the Ombak Putih, guests can enjoy some fine dining in the spacious air conditioned lounge. The dedicated staff will be on hand and will prepare sumptuous food for you during your trip. Enjoy the spacious sun and semi-covered decks with a cocktail in hand.
Days on board the Ombak Putih center around the spectacular marine environment, be that snorkeling or diving amongst pristine coral gardens, fishing the abundant waters or staying above water on a stand-up paddle board or kayak. Shore excursions to hidden beaches, traditional communities and wild islands area always a highlight, particularly encounters with the local wildlife, including the notorious Komodo Dragon.
Arrive into Sorong, gateway to Raja Ampat, and meet your waiting vessel. Weigh anchor and set sail bound for the Misool archipelago, stopping for a swim en-route, before dining under the stars.
Stopping for a final swim this morning, you'll come ashore in Sorong once again, bound for the airport and your onward journey.
Spend the day exploring the limestone karst island of the Misool archipelago, swim and kayak through the crystal clear waters before spending a night at anchor in Tomolol Bay.
Explore the domed cave of Tomolol Bay, swim amongst the giant golden medusa jellyfish in the jellyfish lake and visit ancient cave paintings and sea cave cemetaries, dating back thousands of years.
Wake to a view of Batanta Island, your destination for the day. Hike along the riverbed to jungle waterfalls, visit local villages and end the day swimming and snorkeling off the coast of the island.
Today will be spent exploring Waigeo, Raja Ampat's largest island. Explore underground caves, swim and snorkel around the shoreline and visit a local NGO and learn about community and ecology based projects underway amongst the islands of Raja Ampat.
Wake before dawn to trek through the lush jungle in search of the elusive Red Bird of Paradise, before snorkeling amongst the pristine corals of the Dampier strait and visiting the tiny island of Pulau Arborek with its vibrant Asai culture.
Explore the west coast Of Waigeo, with is tiny coral islets, vibrant reefs and deserted beaches. Visit the Cendanda Pearl Farm in Aljui Bay and learn about the saltwater pearl industry here in Indonesia.
Spend the day amongst the beauty of the Wayag Islands, a collection of limestone islands scattered across deep blue waters and turquoise lagoons. Explore the reefs, climb the sheer rock faces or simply relax and marvel at the 'poster child' of Raja Ampat.
Enjoy a final morning amongst the beautiful Wayag Islands, before setting sail for the Southern Hemisphere once more, bound for mainland West Papua.
Following the trade winds and the best of the Indonesian weather, the Ombak Putih sails the eastern reaches of the archipelago to Komodo, Flores, the Eastern Sunda Islands and the magical Raja Ampat, amongst other wild and remote destinations rich in culture, wildlife and spectacular natural beauty.
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