Sailing Indonesia in style

Cruise the far reaches of the archipelago, dive with manta rays, paddleboard at sunrise or get a massage - the itinerary is yours to map out on ultra-luxe liveaboards there

Get a massage aboard the Prana by Atzaro (above), a high-end phinisi liveaboard hand-built in ironwood and teak that sleeps 18 in nine sumptuous en-suite cabins.
Get a massage aboard the Prana by Atzaro (above), a high-end phinisi liveaboard hand-built in ironwood and teak that sleeps 18 in nine sumptuous en-suite cabins.PHOTO: PRANA BY ATZARO
Get a massage (above) aboard the Prana by Atzaro, a high-end phinisi liveaboard hand-built in ironwood and teak that sleeps 18 in nine sumptuous en-suite cabins.
Get a massage (above) aboard the Prana by Atzaro, a high-end phinisi liveaboard hand-built in ironwood and teak that sleeps 18 in nine sumptuous en-suite cabins. PHOTO: PRANA BY ATZARO
Get a massage aboard the Prana by Atzaro, a high-end phinisi liveaboard hand-built in ironwood and teak that sleeps 18 in nine sumptuous en-suite cabins (above).
Get a massage aboard the Prana by Atzaro, a high-end phinisi liveaboard hand-built in ironwood and teak that sleeps 18 in nine sumptuous en-suite cabins (above).PHOTO: PRANA BY ATZARO
Paddleboarding at sunrise.
Paddleboarding at sunrise. PHOTO: FIORENZO NISI
An oceanic manta ray in Raja Ampat.
An oceanic manta ray in Raja Ampat. PHOTO: MAVIS TEO
Hike up Mount Pindito in Wayag for a panoramic view of the conical karst islands that have become the poster children of Raja Ampat.
Hike up Mount Pindito in Wayag for a panoramic view of the conical karst islands that have become the poster children of Raja Ampat. PHOTO: FIORENZO NISI

With more than 17,000 islands, there is much to explore in Indonesia. The catch - most of it can be accessed only by boat.

Travellers seeking to visit the most far-flung parts of the archipelago still want their luxuries, but there, few hotels exist.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 04, 2019, with the headline 'Sailing Indonesia in style'. Print Edition | Subscribe