|16 Nov 2019||
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
|17 Nov 2019||
Moyo Island, Indonesia
|18 Nov 2019||
|19 Nov 2019||
Gili Banta, Indonesia
|20 Nov 2019||
Batu Islands, Sumatra
|21 Nov 2019||
Komodo Island, Indonesia
|22 Nov 2019||
Komodo Island, Indonesia
|23 Nov 2019||At sea|
|24 Nov 2019||
Gili Lawa Darat, Komodo National Park
|25 Nov 2019||
Kelimutu National Park, Indonesia
|26 Nov 2019||
Kelimutu National Park, Indonesia
|27 Nov 2019||
Pomana Islands, Indonesia
|28 Nov 2019||
Maumere, Flores (Indonesia)
12 Night cruise departing from Benoa to Flores (Maumere) onboard Aqua Blu.
Located in the Coral Triangle between the major landmasses of Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east, the waters of Komodo National Park is embraced by fast flowing currents from the Indian Ocean and warm tropical Indonesia seas enriched with volcanic nutrients. The result is a vibrant marine environment home to more than 1,000 species of fish, including the manta ray, sea turtles and mola mola (ocean sunfish), as well as over 200 species of coral. From shore to shore, the sheer number of marine life makes this region endlessly rewarding for both divers and non-divers alike.
Complemented by a sunny and idyllic tropical climate, Komodo National Park’s variety of land and sea experiences makes cruising an ideal way to discover the region. Built to world-class luxury cruising specifications, the speed, stability and long-range capabilities of the Aqua Blu cruise ship guarantees five-star comfort, utmost exclusivity and an unrivalled immersiveness in the Park’s natural wonders. Access otherwise hard-to-reach marine sites and trekking routes where nature and wildlife flourish, often without another boat or human in sight.
Elsewhere, the gifts of Moyo Island and Saleh Bay can also be easily accessed on an Aqua Blu voyage. Situated between Bali and Komodo National Park, Moyo Island is a Nature Reserve featuring unspoiled nature and marine habitats virtually untouched by outside influences. Within green bursts of jungle, explorers are presented with a large variety of flora and fauna with the picturesque Mata Jitu cascading waterfall as the reward.
At Selah Bay, seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the congregation of rare whale sharks who have made the bay their sanctuary, and hold your breath at seeing tens of thousands of fruit bats take flight come nightfall.
Aqua Expeditions’ Komodo National Park cruise aboard the Aqua Blu cruise ship sails every year from April to September, the best season to discover the region. The cruise sets sail on 7-night itineraries, alternating departures from the popular resort destination of Bali to Labuan Bajo (in Flores) and the reverse direction from Labuan Bajo to Bali.
Come sail with us on the Aqua Blu and experience the coastal adventure of a lifetime.
Highlights of this cruise:
Benoa ( Bali )
Arrive at Bali to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Moyo Island as the sun sets.
Arrive in Moyo, a remote hilly island with a handful of fishing villages. Discover wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall at the center of the island and snorkel at the shallow Angel Reefs for an unforgettable experience.
Saleh Bay, Sumbawa
Depart early in the morning for Saleh Bay. On arrival, prepare for an up-close encounter with friendly whale sharks while guided by Conservation International Rangers. In the evening, witness a dramatic flight of the fruit bats at Sattonda.
Sangeang Volcano – Gili Banta
Arrive at the dramatic 1,900-metre tall Sangeang Api, a twin-peaked active volcano on an island inhabited by locals living a subsistence lifestyle. Snorkel off the island’s unique black sand beaches or dive at ‘Hot Rocks”, where volcanic gases are ejected from the black sand bed.
Sail to Gili Banta in the afternoon, trek through the rough trails to reach the high ridges or snorkel in the clear waters. End the day on a pristine beach where a cocktail party awaits.
Batu Moncho – West Komodo
At daybreak, depart eastwards towards the incredibly scenic Batu Moncho, a relatively unexplored habitat for wild Komodo Dragons and bird species. Look out for dolphins and manta rays while snorkeling and diving along the north shoreline of Batu Moncho.
Langkoi – Lehosera
At daybreak, depart southwards towards the incredibly scenic Langkoi Bay. Hike up the massive wedge shaped island of Tala or dive with magnificient creatures of the oceans at the Manta Alley. For snorkelling options, explore the sunken wreckage of an wooden shipwreck at Lehoksera Bay. Overnight onboard in Lehoksera Bay.
Savour sunrise breakfast onboard as we cruise towards Horseshoe Bay, where Komodo Dragons are known to swim near the beach! Snorkeling and diving is a must on Nusa Kode, featuring world-class sites from fantastic shallow critter and coral sites to open sea pinnacles.
Padar Island – Linta Straits
Depart early in the morning to Padar Island, arguably the most scenic island in Komodo National Park. This is a great place for snorkeling, diving, trekking, watersports and, of course, photography.
Gili Lawa Islands
Wake up to the sight of fisherman casting their nets at a traditional fishing village. Depart Padar Island for a leisurely cruise north-west towards the Gili Lawah islands. Snorkeling is a highly recommend to view colorful reefs around Lawa Darat and Lawa Laut.
The Seventeen Islands comprises of several small, low-lying sandy islets. Savour coconuts freshly plucked from the trees by villagers of Riung, a small town on the Flores mainland. Spend a leisurely evening party on amazing deserted beaches of fine white sand.
Kelimutu Volcano Lake Excursion
Coloured lakes inside the three calderas of a long dormant volcano are on impressive display at the Kelimutu volcano, an otherworldly series of geologic cauldrons. The twisting road to the summit winds through incredible forests and crisscrosses mountain streams.
Pomana, Gosong Bone
Arrive at the island group of Pomana, which includes Pomana Besar, Pomana Kecil and the atoll of Gosong Bone that sits at the top of Maumere Bay. Snorkelling and diving are great all around this island and atoll group, especially around the north-east part of Pomana Kecil and Gosong Bone atoll. Spend the final night on the eastern side of the island’s fabulous white sand and blue water with a memorable farewell party.
Maumere ( Flores )
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast onboard in Maumere before disembarking.
Presenting a new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago, Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.
Where modern luxury meets naval heritage
With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is a compelling maritime statement. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications. Guests can expect to embrace an distinguished sense of history and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind cruise ship.
Inside the four-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Cor has tastefully paired with a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck.
Unlocking access to the Earth’s most intriguing destinations
Faster, further, greater safety and comfort — Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes it the perfect candidate to navigate East Indonesia’s vast seas. Having attained the highest international classifications (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) in safety, the vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for optimal comfort at rest or while sailing.
Aqua Blu’s range stands heads and shoulders above that of its peers in East Indonesia. Able to cover vast distances in a short span of time — and in any sea condition — the vessel enables explorers on board to experience the most varied, enjoyable and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and stunningly beautiful region of the world.
Aqua Blu will set sail on its inaugural voyage on 16 November 2019. Be among the first to cruise East Indonesia like no ship has ever done before.
Ship Profile & Stats
- Length: 60 metres
- Maiden Voyage: 1968
- Refurbished: 2019
- Passenger Capacity (dbl): 30
- Crew Nationality: Peruvian
- Officer Nationality: Peruvian
- Dining Staff Nationality: Peruvian
- Ship Registration: Indonesia
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- In Room Safe
- Sun Deck
- Sky Lounge Bar
- Dining Room
- Watersports Equipment
Aqua Expeditions was launched in 2007 by founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, to fulfill his dream of bringing unparalleled travel experiences, in the utmost comfort, to modern-day adventurers cruising the world’s greatest rivers.
Beginning with the Peruvian section of the Amazon River, one of the world’s last great unexplored regions, Galli Zugaro commissioned the custom design of the Aqua Amazon, the first cruiseship to set sail on this stretch of the Amazon.
Increased demand for Aqua Expeditions uniquely intimate, life enriching river safari led to the launch of a second custom designed vessel, the Aria Amazon in 2011, with 16 suites designed by Puig with a similar five-star boutique hotel sophistication, and cruising the same captivating stretch of the Peruvian Amazon amidst equally thoughtful comforts and fascinating wildlife. With hand-crafted Amazon River itineraries from and to the remote Amazonian city of Iquitos, the Aria Amazon carries travelers to the source of the Amazon and the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve. Expert professional naturalist guides lead guests in small groups by skiff up Amazon River tributaries to first-hand encounters with Amazon wildlife from pink dolphins and piranha, to capuchin monkeys and three toed sloth hiding in the rainforest canopy, and hoatzin, toucans and macaws gliding seemingly effortlessly across the cloudless, cerulean sky.
Success on one of the world’s great rivers encouraged Galli Zugaro to set off across the continents in search of the next once-in-a-lifetime luxury river experience for Aqua Expeditions. On the Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam, he found that elusive journey, one that would capture imaginations as profoundly as did the Peruvian Amazon. In October 2014, Aqua Expeditions launched a third luxury vessel, the 20-suite Aqua Mekong on the historic Mekong River between Siem Reap, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Floor to ceiling picture windows aboard Aqua Mekong allow guests to enjoy captivating panoramas of emerald flooded forests, colonial churches and stilt villages in the privacy of their suite. Guided shore excursions include enlightening visits to remote Buddhist temples and onto Cambodia’s vast Tonle Sap Lake before continuing on to Angkor Wat.
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