Alor and Wakatobi

Sailing Alor Boat Trip | Wakatobi Cruising | Packages Diving Alor | Wakatobi Dive Sites | Private Yacht Charter | Sewa Kapal Phinisi

Wakatobi National Park is located southeast of Sulawesi between the Banda Sea to the northeast and the Flores Sea to the southwest. It consists of four larger Indonesia islands: Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia and Binongko, as well as many small islands such as Tokobao, North Lintea, South Lintea, Kampenaune, Hoga and Tolandono. The water depth varies, with the deepest parts reaching 3425 feet.

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The Wakatobi National Park is the third largest marine park in Indonesia islands. Legendary underwater explorer, Jacques Cousteau called the Wakatobi Island – then known as the Tukangbesi islands an “Underwater Nirvana”. Now a national marine park covering the entire Waktobi District, 900,000 hectares are decorated with different, colorful species of tropical coral reefs. Wakatobi is widely recognized as having the highest number of reef and fish species in the world. The islands are also famous as the largest barrier reef in Indonesia, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with large and small fish species, including dolphin, turtles and whales. The island group comprises 143 larger and smaller islands where only 7 are inhabited.

During the cruising season in Nusa Tenggara, Sailing Trip Indonesia will bring you to visiting the most colourfull, interesting and diverse dive destinations; Buton Island, Wakatobi Island, Alor Island, Lembata Island and East Flores Island. These trips are scheduled one way in two directions – starting and finishing in two different locations (Buton, South Sulawesi and Maumere in Flores) offering a splendid cross-section of Indonesian scuba diving: dazzling coral reefs and walls in crystal clear water, as well as a many cryptic critter dives, some that can reach only by liveaboard cruising like provided Sailing Trip Indonesia.

Sample Itinerary Sailing Boat Sewa Kapal Phinisi Alor and Wakatobi

Please note, this is a sample itinerary. Each Cruise is different and the detailed day to day itinerary and sites will be tailored to suit guests’ preferences and weather and ocean conditions, Private Charters offers more flexibility in terms of itinerary compared to Scheduled Trips. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. The program available to change depend on you needed. Our Expert team of Sailing Trip Indonesia will work with you on the detailed day to day planning once onboard.

These “combination cruises” are split into two different sections: Buton and the Tukang Besi Islands (Wakatobi) to the north and the collection of islands, cruising from Alor to Flores, the eastern end of Nusa Tenggara in the south. On the surface, these combined destinations are very different, with the Alor to Flores section featuring towering volcanoes almost everywhere you look, while at Buton and Wakatobi, the change in scenery is dramatic and dominated by idyllic coral atolls and surface reefs rising up from the deep Banda Sea.

The mid-point of the cruise includes a live volcano display: the permanently erupting Komba, 30 miles north of the Lembata coast – an explosive experience both above and below the water. Both areas offer supreme reef and wall diving. The walls of Alor, in particular, plunge into the depths from shallow coral gardens, while the Wakatobi region has been described by Jacques Cousteau as “one of the best reef systems we have ever dived”.

The major areas the yacht visits; running from north to south, Buton to Maumere

After landing at Kendari Airport in south Sulawesi, it is just a short trip to Kendari Harbour where the boats will be moored and ready to start your trip. Buton Island and particularly Wajo Bay are becoming increasingly popular as a diving destination on their own.

Wakatobi: The Wakatobi island complex some 50 nautical miles southeast of Buton is known as one of Indonesia’s premier dive destinations. Rising from the north west perimeter of the Banda Sea, the Tukang Besi National Marine Park benefits from the upwellings of nutrients from its depths, as well as the strong currents that surge and swirl around the islands. Its signature sea fan covered walls, coral reefs and sea mounts are some of the most active in Indonesia. Diving at the well-known sites like the razor thin ridges of Blade or the spread out collection of undulating sea mounts at Roma and the barracuda-patrolled sites of north Hoga are first-rate marine experiences.

After our visits to Buton and Wakatobi, the boats cruising moves south across the Flores Sea to Alor and Flores and the islands in between – after making a stop at the fearsome volcano island of Komba that pushes angrily some 600 meters up and out of the Flores Sea some 30 nautical miles out from the north Flores coastline. Creeping up on this smoke puffing beast just before dark huge dust and ash clouds can be seen blasting out into the sky from deep inside the island at regular intervals. When darkness falls, we are presented with the even more awesome sight of huge molten red rocks and ash bouncing and scattering down the mountain side before plunging with a loud hiss into the sea, underlined from time to time with deafening staccato explosions – an incredible experience. It’s now that you know you are well and truly in the “Ring of Fire”.

Alor, Pantar, Lembata, Adonara & Flores: Waking up the next morning, we are presented with even more volcanoes, running in a line along the East Nusa Tenggara islands east to west from Alor to Flores. We are on the north side of an island chain and can explore the new critter sites in the Kalabahi Sound and the pristine walls and reefs of the Alor Strait, or navigate the super deep wall complex in Teluk Waihinga for the most prolific Rhinopias dive at Lembata Island.

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