A new flotilla of all-inclusive and more luxurious ships is taking the sailing experience to Indonesia up a notch. Back in 2015, the company Aman changed the game by introducing Amandira, one of the first luxury charter yachts in Indonesia featuring comforts like AC guest cabins and water toys like stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. The ship also retained an old-age romantic allure with the traditional phinisi styling, highlighting gaff-rigged sails and a timber hull. Now, several phinisi-styled elegant and exclusive yachts are voyaging the island chain between Papua and Sulawesi. Here are a few handpicked best ones.
Vela offers curated well-being services, workouts and open-air yoga sessions on deck, guided meditation, massage treatments, etc. Operated by the team of Nirjhara, the eco-minded resort in Bali, this six-cabin luxury yacht can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Throughout its trips to various destinations including the Komodo National Park, Vela also offers ample scuba-diving opportunities to its guests to enjoy swimming through marine life-rich underwater caverns and above beautiful corals.
Featuring seven en-suite cabins and a spacious deck with lounge areas and daybeds, Dunia Baru can accommodate up to 14 guests. It’s among that handful of yachts specially designed by Dierdre Renniers Interior Design, the farm responsible for designing Amandira. Hand-carved ironwood and natural fibers are emphasized in shaping and decorating the ship. After chartering in the Komodo region for a week, the yacht sets sail for a six-week voyage from Indonesia to Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago.
Celestia is one of the most noteworthy upcoming luxury yachts. Debuting in January 2023, this phinisi is the passion project of Indonesian siblings fashion designer Jasmine Chong and financier Jason Tabalujan. With the romance of slow travel in nature, this seven-cabin yacht will offer three-night trips around Komodo and a two-week voyage in the coral-fringed Moluccas. Celestia promises its onboard passengers an immersive and luxurious experience.
Travelers, especially hikers and trekkers, can never be sure where their next sip of water will come from after they have emptied their current reserves. Enter water purification tablets, an essential item for survival in the wild. These tablets, once added to the water, kill the microorganisms present in the water, saving you from diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery, etc.
The Right Tablet
Choosing the right tablet can make all the difference in your journey. So, here are some things to remember while selecting the one that suits you best. Initially, check how long it takes for the tablet to purify the water. Next, know how the water will taste and smell after the usage of the tablets. Also, ensure that you thoroughly research the different microorganisms killed by various tablets. These criterias will help you determine what type of tablet will be the best for your journey. To make things even easier, here are three of the best water purification tablets of 2022.
Katadyn Micropur MP1
Katadyn Micropur MP1 tablets are one of the best in the market. They kill all microorganisms, including cryptosporidium, making them one of the most effective and functional choices. The packaging for this tablet is durable and fairly easy to open, they have the best taste of all crypto-fighting tablets and they’re affordable too!
Potable Aqua With PA+Plus
These water filtration tablets are the best tasting ones in the market! Often, drinking chemically treated water continuously can make you crave the normal, sweet taste of water. These come with and without PA+plus, so you can buy whichever you prefer. It’s effective against Bacteria and giardia cysts.
Aquatabs are one of the best value for money tablets available for outdoorsy people. The taste of the tablet is decent, and the smell is only mildly chemical. The tablets only take 40 minutes for purification, and are very lightweight to carry! Even though they don’t have the most durable packaging, these may probably be the best for buying in bulk without burning a joke in your pocket!