KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
When choosing a luxury Indonesian yacht charter, ALEXA can only be described as the perfect vessel for romantic sailing within the archipelago. Komodo National Park is one of our top destinations within the Wallacea Region of Indonesia. Identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, Komodo has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar are located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores.
Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km2. As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest living lizard, the park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species.
As far as the marine fauna is concerned, Komodo National Park is one of the world’s richest marine environments. It contains over 260 species of reef-building coral, 70 different species of sponges, crustaceans, cartilaginous (incl. manta ray and sharks). Also contained within the eco-sphere is 1,000 different species of bony fishes, as well as marine reptiles (incl. sea turtles), and marine mammals (dolphins, whales, and dugongs).
Located to the East of Flores, Alor archipelago is formed by 20 pristine islands and is finding fame for its world-class diving, scenic underwater rock formations and abundant fish life. The main attractions are the seasonal passage of whales and diving with such unique underwater creatures as Mola Mola (Sunfish), Thresher sharks and more.
Cruising the archipelago with a luxury Indonesian yacht is pure bliss, most of this huge chain of islands enjoy calm seas and warm sunny weather throughout most of the year.
The cruise to Alor would not be complete without venturing deep into the countryside and visiting some of the friendliest and most authentic tribes and traditional villages in Indonesia. Time appears to have stopped here centuries ago, a unique experience in our busy world.
Marine biologists consider eastern Indonesia to be the world’s epicentre of marine life, and Raja Ampat harbours probably the greatest diversity of all. At last count 1223 species of coral reef fish, 565 hard corals and some 700 molluscs had been discovered living here. A luxury Indonesian yacht charter is the best way to experience this vastly inhabited body of water.
The reefs of Raja Ampat have hundreds of brilliantly coloured soft and hard corals. The marine topography varies from vertical walls and pinnacles to reef flats and underwater ridges. You can get up close with huge manta rays and giant clams, watch schools of barracudas, peer at tiny pygmy seahorses and encounter a wobbegong or epaulette shark.
This group of 610 mostly inhabited islands offers some of the best diving in the world. Raja Ampat’s sheer number and variety of fish and it’s huge reef systems have divers in raptures. It is like swimming in a tropical aquarium.
MOYO & SUMBAWA
The island of Sumbawa Besar is all volcanic ridges, jungle peninsulas and sheltered bays. The southwest coast is where Sumbawa is most spectacular, with pristine white beaches that offer incredible surfing opportunities. There are several less known diving spots along its coast, and many more to be discovered.
The island of Moyo floats atop the gorgeous azure seas just north of Sumbawa Besar. Most of the island and the rich coral reefs off-shore form a nature reserve laced with hiking trails, dripping with waterfalls and offering some of the best diving west of Komodo National Park.