Aqua Blu, Indonesia
Travelling through Indonesia’s most remote islands often means stepping aboard one of the traditional sailing yachts, many of which are exclusively available for charter. The new yacht by river cruise specialist Aqua Expeditions offers a different style of boating and the option to book a single cabin as well as chartering the whole boat. Aqua Expeditions launched its first coastal ship, Aqua Blu, in November for cruising through the marine-life rich waters of the Coral Triangle. The renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover refurbished this yacht to celebrate its heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle. Minimalist in style, the yacht is now home to 15 sea-facing suites, a sundeck, indoor lounge and bar, library and spa, decorated with objects such as vintage maps collected from around the archipelago. You’ll be able to travel between Bali and the Komodo Islands April through September, through Raja Ampat from December to February and to Ambon and the Spice Islands in October and November. Equipment for scuba diving, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, among other water sports, is on board and cruises include exploration on land.