Sailing from Bali to Labuan Bajo and vice versa, this voyage uncovers the best of the Nusa Tenggara archipelago, including Moyo Island and the iconic Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its native population of Komodo Dragons and the volcanic-sculpted Pink Beach as well as Horseshoe Bay. The region’s pristine waters are home to larger-than-life creatures such as the manta ray, dugong and whale shark.
• Rinca and Padar Island - Discover the two key islands of the Komodo National Park.
• Moyo Island and Saleh Bay - An off-the-tourist radar nature reserve with hidden rewards for the explorer.
• Linta Strait - Known as Current City, this narrow channel is a nourishing force for marine life.
• Horseshoe Bay - This is a surreal Jurassic landscape where adventure awaits.
• Gili Lawa Islands - A prime haven for leisure within Komodo National Park.
• Pink Beach - A wonder of nature and one of the best beaches in the world.
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.
Arrive at Saleh Bay. Depending on the time of the month, you’ll have the chance to encounter friendly whale sharks up close while guided by Conservation International Rangers. In the evening, witness a dramatic flight of the fruit bats at Sattonda.
Enjoy a spectacular sunrise and breakfast with Sangeang volcano as the backdrop and arrive at Gili Banta, a remote haven for beach lovers, snorkelers and divers alike. Or hike the Eastern Ridge for stunning views.
In the afternoon, sail to nearby West Komodo to encounter Komodo Dragons in the wild.
In the morning discover Linta Strait, a famous spot for drift snorkeling and diving. Large pelagic fish are very common as well as manta rays, giant trevallies and big schools of barracuda.
In the afternoon, arrive at the picturesque Padar Island. Hike up the savannah hill for iconic views before a sunset cocktail on the beach.
After a morning sailing through a spectacular sea passage, arrive in Horseshoe Bay, a dramatic curvature of land that is the remains of an ancient volcano caldera. Visit sea eagles’ and Komodo dragon’s favourite haunts aboard Aqua Blu’s skiffs or choose to dive or swim.
In the late afternoon, the iconic Pink Beach awaits. Trek, witness the flight of bats or visit the local village. Or simply relax on the beach
Discover Komodo National Park’s largest Komodo Dragon population on land at Rinca before sailing to Gili Lawa Laut, an islet that features expansive beaches and shallow reefs for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Meanwhile, diving and snorkeling spots that offer the chance to spot turtles.
Depart Gili Lawa Daut anchorage for Labuan Bajo and disembark for your outbound flight.
All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions.
10 December, 2022 to 17 December, 2022
15 individually-designed suites in 3 categories across four decks. 2 pairs of interconnecting suites available.
Vessel Type: Yacht
Length: 198 feet / 60 meters
Passenger Capacity: 30
Presenting a brand-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 vessel 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.
On Board Living and Social Areas
Sun Deck with Outdoor Seating, Lounge Sofa and Barbecue
Bridge Deck with Jacuzzi, Outdoor Lounge Area, Spa and Exercise Zone
Forecastle Deck with Outdoor Dining and Seating Area, Indoor Lounge Bar, Library and TV Room
Main Deck with Outdoor Seating, Salon and Dining Room
All meals while on board
Beverages on board - Selected wines and beer, non-alcoholic drinks
• Internet on board (limited connection, subject to coverage)
• Snorkelling equipment and wet suits
• Scuba diving
• All available non-motorised water sports
• NOTE: Scuba diving is limited to qualified scuba divers, aged 10 and above, only (PADI, SSI, NAUI, BSAC)
International and domestic flights
Passport and visa costs if applicable
Gratuities (Recommended USD20-30 per persom per day for crew. Guide gratuities additional)