Monday, 11 July 2016

Cruising the Komodos and beyond by Pinisi schooner

#expeditioncruising

By Jacqueline Lang and Peter Rigby

The ship’s bell rings. Like school kids racing to recess, we tear out of our cabin, and spring on to the tender whisking us out to a snorkelling hotspot.

Soon we’re kicking away in the Komodo Sea, gliding over reefs teeming with multi-coloured tropical fish.

We’re in a remote part of eastern Indonesia; our new home, the Ombak Putih, a glorious 12-cabin wooden schooner built in the traditional pinisi-style.

For seven days, we’re island hopping with 18 passengers and 13 crew, exploring parts of the Indonesian archipelago most tourists never get to see.