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Set sail for adventure in the stunning islands of eastern Indonesia on board Tiger Blue, a traditional gaft-rigged phinisi, hand-crafted by the master ship builders of Sulawesi from gleaming teak and ironwood.
Though this type of craft has been navigating the archipelago’s blue waters for centuries, the luxurious facilities below deck leave no doubt that Tiger Blue was created for the modern era, with king size beds, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. Long, lazy days are spent relaxing or exploring just some of the many island treasures, while starry nights will often find you curled up on a comfortable deck bed, looking up at an endless indigo sky.
For many travellers, an Indonesian holiday begins and ends in Bali, but with over 17,500 islands in the archipelago at last count, there are many wonderful treasures just waiting to be explored.
From the dragons of Kimodo to the breathtaking remote beauty of Raja Ampat, you’ll discover a new favourite every day.
On board the Tiger Blue, there’s also plenty of fun to be had – snorkeling over luminous coral gardens with our on-board divemaster, eating delicious, fresh food (such as sushi caught from the back of the boat), or simply surrendering yourself to the balmy Pacific breezes and sweet dreams of Paradise.
One thing’s for sure – whatever those dreams may be, the reality of this magical island nation won’t be far off.
Tiger Blue has five cabins. There are two Master double bedded cabins that have a kingsize bed and a pullout bed for a small child. The twin cabin has two single bunks while the deluxe / family cabin contains a kingsize bed and two single beds plus a pullout bed for a child. All cabins have airconditioning and en-suite bathrooms with hot and fresh water showers. Other on-board spaces include spacious deck beds, a dining deck, a top sun deck with four sun loungers and an indoor lounge with audio video equipment and a satellite phone. Daily housekeeping and complimentary laundry services are provided.
The Tiger Blue crew is a mix of Indonesian and European members: a captain, a dive master, 2 housekeepers, 2 engineers, and 1 deckhand.
Food is an important part of anyone’s holiday and it is certainly a big part of the Tiger Blue experience. The chef can cater to European or Asian taste and never fails to please and surprise. Guests can be served, amongst other things, steak, satay, delicious salads, curries, local gadogado, local rice dishes, noodles, chicken cordon bleu, crème caramel and ice cream. Fresh fish of course is on the menu: sushi, fabulous fish and chips, peppered fish, ceviche and lots more. Adi, the wonderful chef’s assistant, makes cakes for celebrations. Chef is happy to cook for children and will provide for vegetarian or gluten free meals. A walk-in freezer ensures a great variety of ingredients for your culinary pleasure and menu planning ensures that you don’t have the same meals twice – unless requested of course! Diving, hiking, snorkelling and being on the sea makes everyone hungry and the team will make sure you look forward to each mealtime.
Tiger Blue has two RIB tenders (5.8m 4-stroke 140HP and 4.6m 40HP) and complete dive sets on board. Everything necessary for diving is there : weights, 20 tanks, 1 small tank for youngsters, 2 compressors, BCDs, snorkels and fins for everyone. Youngsters may want to bring their own mask to ensure a good fit. There are also 2 sea kayaks (one single and one double seater), a kneeboard, a wakeboard, waterskis, multiple fishing gear, inflatable tubes and toys for youngsters. Tiger Blue has rash vests and dive suits for at least 6 people.
Tiger Blue has been designed with families and different ages groups in mind. One of the real bonuses of a family holiday on board is the opportunity to spend time together, whether it’s water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, kayaking, snorkelling, swimming, diving in crystal clear blue waters or building bonfires. It’s the ideal setting for a family marking a special occasion, for two families or for a gathering of friends.
A journey on board Tiger Blue will be full of unforgettable moments, be it finding dragons on the Komodo Islands, searching for the Bird of Paradise in West Papua, snorkelling with huge manta rays or kayaking over coral gardens in Raja Ampat.
Each region and itinerary offers a different diving experience with magnificent coral reefs and unparalleled marine life. Komodo has very unusual reefs and diving conditions, together with inquisitive dolphins, which love to play around divers. Banda offers unbelievably clear water, wonderful wall dives and sharp drop-offs. A chance meeting with whales, dolphins or hammerheads is sure to raise the adrenaline levels. Last but not least, Raja Ampat is one of the finest places in the world to dive. The abundance of sea life and clarity of the water along all the Eastern Indonesian Islands is simply amazing.
Tiger Blue has three main itineraries, which can all be tailored to suit a charter group:
Komodo (May – September) sails through a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the world’s largest lizard – the Komodo dragon. The three largest islands, Komodo, Padar and Rinca are surrounded by 26 smaller ones, which are only accessible by boat and offer stunning views and easy hikes on grassy terrain. Guests can enjoy diving and snorkelling in warm turquoise waters abudant with marine life as well as dramatic white sandy beaches. This itinerary can be extended to include Sumba.
Journeys of Discovery – The Banda Islands (Mid September to mid October & March/April) are a small group of volcanic islands in the Banda Sea about 2,000km east of Java and are part of the Indonesian province of Malaku. Until the mid 19th century, the Banda Islands were the world’s only source of the spices nutmeg and mace and were thus hugely valuable to colonialists including the Portuguese, Dutch and British, who have all left their mark here.
The islands are also superb for diving and snorkelling. Tiger Blue travels between Komodo, Banda and up to Raja Ampat to relocate to different areas as the weather changes and offers the chance to experience different sights and cultures.
Raja Ampat (November – March) is located off the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsular on the island of New Guinea in Indonesia’s West Papua province. Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. These islands are incredibly remote and almost undisturbed by humans. They are best known for their amazing diversity of marine life with perhaps the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world – hugely popular for scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, bird watching and beautiful views.