Board a stunning Phinisi vessel called Amandira, a two-masted sailing ship measuring 52 metres from bow to stern, was handcrafted by the Konjo tribe and launched in 2015. Amandira combines the Sanskrit words for ‘peace’ and ‘intrepid’. This particular ship combines the ancient romance of the spice trade with cutting-edge contemporary amenities. The expedition sails on the vibrant waters of Indonesia; from Amanwana to Komodo National Park and the Raja Ampat islands.
This old school meets new school boat transports you across to a time of yore and fills you with a sense of adventure. Without compromising luxury. The entire ship can accommodate up to ten guests, with three spacious king bed cabins and two bunk bed cabins. Inside the cabin, you have your choice of an air-conditioned lounge, library and entertainment room with soft sofas and state-of-the-art technology like portable Bose docking stations. Each of Amandira’s luxurious cabins also has a large ensuite bathroom outfitted with marble and wood, twin vanities and a separate shower and toilet.
With 14 crew members onboard each of Amandira’s expeditions, you have them available on your beck and call. which means there is always someone on hand to attend to your every need. The crew includes your cruise director, who will take you to spectacular spots and cater your journey to your travelling style; a private chef who will whip up delicious gourmet meals; a masseuse to soothe aching muscles after long treks through rainforests and up volcanoes; and a dive guide who can help new divers get their PADI certification and provide expert divers with Nitrox for longer bottom times. The experienced staff aboard Amandira caters to every guest’s individual needs. The foredeck is ideal for sunny midday lunches or alfresco dinners, while the indoor dining area boasts wraparound windows. Guests can also dine in the privacy of their cabins. Menus are designed by Amanwana’s executive chef and special requests are welcomed. Meals are prepared from the freshest ingredients and include both international and local fare. Morning and afternoon snacks are always available, and there is a wide selection of wines on-board. There are also kayaks, fishing equipment and snorkelling and dive gear available.
Your expedition to Komodo National Park will instil a sense of adventure as you trek through to spot the infamous Komodo dragon. The isles of the park are reached through the azure waters and white sand beaches of the Nusa Tenggara islands. As part of your journey, you can enjoy massages on deck, a curated diving experience and many other excursions that can be made for you and your family’s enjoyment. You can climb volcanoes, dive with mantas and bask in rose-hued sunsets from the deck.
Edited by Aneesha Rai