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Sails set: Entrepreneurs, government look to ride wave of marine tourism

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14, 2019   /  09:21 am
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Ocean adventure: The Amaya Explorer is docked at the Ancol Marina in North Jakarta on Sept. 19.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Cruising through sparkling blue waters, diving with colorful fish and island-hopping from sandy shore to sandy shore might soon be on everyone’s vacation to-do-list with more and more tourism players taping into the uncharted waters of marine tourism amid the government’s efforts to promote the sector. Founder and owner of phinisi tourism company Jelajah Bahari Mulia, Bobby Wiliyanto, one of the few players in the industry, said the little-known concept of live-aboard boats was appealing for tourists. “The advantage of a live-aboard boat is that people can wake up next to a different island and cover more areas of interest, instead of going back to shore after exploring the seas,” the 42-year-old told The Jakarta Post on Sept. 19. Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), in particular, is famous for this form of accommodation and travel,...