6 Reasons to Explore Indonesia’s Seas Aboard the Alila Purnama

01. Unique Destination – Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat, located in Indonesia’s West Papua province, is an archipelago comprised of 1,500 small islands that surround the four major islands of the area; Miscool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. Raja Ampat extends over 40,000km2 of land and sea and is home to Indonesia’s largest marine national park near Cenderawasih Bay, translated as “Bird of Paradise Bay”. Now that we’ve got some geographical insight, let’s get down to the specifics. As you may know, Raja Ampat is renowned worldwide for its outstanding marine biodiversity. Marine surveys suggest the marine biodiversity in the area is the highest recorded on Earth and is considerably greater than in other areas of the “Coral Triangle”. This is partly due to the area being bordered by both the Pacific and Indian Oceans allowing for shared species between the two oceans. It also appears to be less prone to coral bleaching and disease and could therefore play a major role in replenishing depleted neighbouring populations. Astonishingly, the first comprehensive scientific survey conducted in the area was in 2001 when they found close to 1000 fish species, many of which were new to science.

 

02. Unique Destination – Komodo
The Komodo National Park is a national park located within the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. The park includes the three larger islands; Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with an area totalling 1,733 km². The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard and was later dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species as well. In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. As the park is a protected area where industrial fishing boats are prohibited, local fishing communities are able to practice sustainable fishing using traditional methods. This has promoted substantial growth in both diversity and the number of marine animals found in the area.

 

03. Customisability
When you embark on a voyage aboard the Alila Purnama, you may rest assured the experience will be tailored to your own preferences.  Your journey begins with your “Personal Preference Menu”, a document that you may fill in prior to your arrival allowing us to prepare everything to your liking. This ranges from your food preference to the activities you are most interested in undertaking. Once on board, our cruise director will be more than happy to discuss further details with you in order for him to determine his course of action for the following days. Each trip aboard the Alila Purnama is therefore different from the next and our crew pride themselves in being able to accomplish this consistently. This point is very important to us as we think you deserve to experience these destinations to their fullest on your own terms. Other ships in the area tend to have a strict schedule to follow and in the wake of this, leave guests feeling that they were submitted to the experience instead of fully living it.

 

04. Journeys
This is where the Alila Purnama experience really shines. When you join us aboard, you are embarking on a journey full of wonders just waiting to be explored. From the varied cultures the area has to offer, the majestic landscapes, the private beaches to the immense diversity of marine life, we’ll escort you on the trip of your lifetime. There is such a wide variety of activities to undertake, ones that really make your trip that much more special. Above all, we’ll make sure to take you off the beaten path and allow you to experience the destination in a way unmatched by others.

 

05. The Historical Phinisi Ship
The Alila Purnama is hand crafted using the finest materials available by Indonesia’s master seafarers, the Bugis from South Sulawesi. The ship was built using traditional methods that have been honed to perfection over the last four centuries resulting in a majestic and very robust vessel. The first Phinisi ships are said to have been built after the example of the Dutch “pinas” introduced to the region by the V.O.C. in the 17th century. Traditional Buginese lontara manuscripts and stories document the use of Phinisi ships by Buginese for transport, as a sailing boat, and a warship. During the alliance with the Dutch colonialists, Phinisis were mainly used as trade ships, transports, and for fishing. Some sources say that at the time of the Indonesian National Awakening, Phinisis were used by the Buginese and people of Sulawesi as warships during the Indonesian struggle for independence.

 

06. Luxury Accommodation
Seafaring is a wonderful activity that can sometimes be tarnished by the uncomfortable accommodation commonly associated with the activity. That’s why we furnished the ship with 5 star quality rooms and service parallel to Alila luxury resorts on land. You’ll be able to experience the wonders of waking up each morning in a new and exciting location, all while being pampered and well rested along the way.

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