Indonesia’s intrepid private charter yacht

Phinisi-style Lamina will take guests into West Papua to dive with mantas

The Lamina moored just off the island of Wayag in northern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, with its tender bringing guests to the beach.
The Lamina moored just off the island of Wayag in northern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, with its tender bringing guests to the beach. | Image: Brendan Veary

Not at all long ago, eastern Indonesia was a fairly unexplored place, its miles of jungle-lined beaches connecting wide blue-green canvases of seas all but devoid of humanity, with only a few intrepid charter yachts and phinisi plying them – among them the hotel-operated Amanikan (www.amanresorts.com) and Alila Purnama (www.alilapurnama.com), and the two stunning Silolona Sojournsboats (www.silolona.com), Silolona and Si Datu Bua.

Amandira's master cabin
Amandira's master cabin | Image: Aman

Cut to summer 2015, and if you fancy a last glimpse of that era, best hurry, because these waters are filling up. Besides the buzzy debut of a second Aman boat, Amandira (from $50,050 per week private charter; second picture), there is the arrival of Lamina(from £8,850 per person for a seven-day cruise; first picture), a luxury private charter designed vaguely along custom phinisi lines, with seven berths for 14 people. She’ll take guests deep into West Papua and Raja Ampat to dive with mantas and the thousands of other endemic species that thrive there, or just moor off Sumba, should their interests skew more towards social adventures than marine ones. Book her through Lightfoot Travel (www.lightfoottravel.com).

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For another luxury phinisi in Indonesia, try the Alexa with its single perfect suite, while for an action-packed Indonesian adventure, see fly fishing for Papuan black bass, the world’s hardest-pulling freshwater fish.

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