The Jakarta Post
Bird's eye view: Raja Ampat in West Papua is a popular tourist destination in Indonesia known for its pristine waters. (The Jakarta Post/Jerry Adiguna)
Those seeking to explore some of Indonesia's most breathtaking islands in style may consider hopping on a cruise ship.
Boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions' recently introduced first coastal ship, Aqua Blu, allows just that and is to set sail for Raja Ampat, Bali and the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara as well as Ambon and the Spice Islands on Nov. 16.
The long-range explorer yacht was British naval explorer HMS Beagle before it was turned into a private ship, now used for cruses of typically seven-12 nights. Following a refurbishment this year, the four-deck ship boasts 15 suites of contemporary interior design and with plenty of indoor and outdoor space.
Rendering of Aqua Blu interior (Aqua Expeditions/File)
According to Travel Weekly, Aqua Blu will embark on 10 departures a year to Raja Ampat from December to February; 23 departures a year to Bali-Komodo National Park from April to September and 7 departures a year to Ambon and the Spice Islands from October to November. (sop/kes)