Discovering an archipelago cannot be done any better than hoping from one island to another. But now and then, all marine enthusiasts need to step on land, experience the local life, and dig a little deeper into the history and culture of each place. Lucky you, travelers can now mix liveaboard and land excursions; so pack your bags and let’s explore Indonesia on land and at sea!
Why would you pick Indonesia for a liveaboard experience?
We know, the choice is hard to make when the world has so many beautiful things to offer. Does it help you to know that Indonesia is home to one of the earth’s most diverse marine ecosystem as it is located in the middle of the Coral Triangle? We bet it does.
Whether you choose to cruise the Komodo National Park only, or to extend your Komodo route to the North of Sumbawa (West) or Alor archipelago (East); Adelaar has just the right itinerary ready for you. In 2021, we are opening new trips to the Forgotten Islands and Banda Sea for those who are looking for a more remote experience! Whatever you decide, be sure you’ll be stunned by breathtaking sceneries above and below water. From the volcanic topography to the most colorful & diverse coral reefs, to incredible species such as Manta Rays, Sharks, Whales and macro life, every diver’s bucket list will be ticked up!
Explore the archipelago aboard an historic ship
First things first, a great cruise starts with a great ship. And can it get any better than cruising aboard a vessel which has been sailing the seven seas for more than 120 years? That is right, Adelaar was born in the Netherlands in 1902 and sailed the Mediterranean and the Caribbean before crossing the Pacific Ocean to reach New Zealand. She finally ended her journey in Indonesia and has been exploring the wonders of the Archipelago ever since.
Even though the ship went through a complete renovation in 2011 to ensure a high standard of comfort to its guests & fellow adventurers, Adelaar kept its charm and historic look. It is now in a luxurious but nevertheless authentic vessel that you will spend your unforgettable holiday.
Extend your trip on land to get a full overview of what Indonesia has to offer
For your journey to be complete, you could decide to start or pursue it inland. Depending on where you hop on and off the boat, many different options and places open to you.
Indonesia & the ring of fire
If you enjoyed the underwater reliefs, you will be happy to hear that the ones on earth are just as impressive. Indonesia, in addition to be the world’s largest archipelago, is also home to the most numerous volcanoes. Amongst the renown ones: Mount Bromo (East Java) and Mount Agung & Batur (Bali).
Either you are a novice or an experienced trekker, wake up in the middle of the night and start the ascension to the top of those giants. You’ll be up there by the time the sun rises to enjoy stunning views. What a beautiful way to start the day, don’t you think?
Discover the wildlife
Due to its size, tropical climate, and archipelagic geography, Indonesia supports a high level of biodiversity. The wildlife on land is almost as rich as the one below the surface. Species endemic to Indonesia are numerous, to mention a few: the massive Dragons of Komodo, the protected orangutans of Borneo & the spectacular tropical birds of Menjangan National Park (Bali).
Whether you’re the adventurer type or your prefer the “glamping “ type of accommodation, the wildlife in Bali is accessible with all levels of comfort!
Take some time to relax
Subsequently to all these adventures, you may wish to slow down for a bit, relax and take some time for yourself. And you would be right! Practicing self-care is a very important part of the Balinese culture.
Fortunately, you will find many resorts, spa and eco lodges where you can sit back and enjoy time off the bugs, touristy brouhaha as well as Indonesian traffic.
Here’s a few places we recommend:
Bali Eco Stay is a mountain resort surrounded by the tropical forest and rice terraces where you can opt for restful retreats and valuable workshops. Whether you want to treat yourself to a massage in a scenic jungle, learn new Balinese artistic skills, attend the “Balinese offerings workshop” or walk to the nearby waterfalls, this Eco Stay will fulfil your desires for authenticity.
Located in Canggu, Serenity Eco Guesthouse will allow you to enjoy the village’s beachy vibe while staying at a sustainable guesthouse where permaculture, eating healthy and treating your body well are at the center of all concerns.
Last but not least, you could choose to spend a few nights in one of Hideout Bali cozy bamboo houses. Whatever type of hideout you choose, you will definitely feel like time has stopped. Far from any digital-friendly areas, these 0 4G zones, will enhance tranquility of nature in your very special little nest.
Immerse yourself in the local culture
Indonesian culture and heritage are well represented by the hundreds of ethnic groups living the Archipelago. The story of the country has been shaped by interactions between the indigenous and foreigners for Indonesia to become a very unique social and religious place. With six religions, hundreds of traditional beliefs and legends, there are so many things to learn and appreciate. We could say the spiritual ambiance is extraordinary as all this people, even though they are separated by many beliefs and habits, are able to co-live peacefully. Quite the life-model…
You must be convinced by now, there is no reason why you shouldn’t start planning your trip to Indonesia. Adelaar will be waiting for you to come on board and tell us all about your adventures across these paradisiac islands.
If you would rather have someone tailoring your very own experience, travel agencies, like Bluewater Travel, offer all those different kinds of services and allow you to make the most of your trip.
Morgane, professional learner