The Great Southern Route : 2013 - 2014
every 20 mins a loud explosion was followed by a spurt of lava shooting stars into the night sky, before cascading into the sea around us. Backing off a safe distance of a mile or so, we enjoyed the show and a fresh fish dinner on the aft deck." Dick Beaumont; S.Y.Moonshadow. BALI Fabled "Island of the Gods". Benoa is a large sheltered commercial harbour (Sea Buoy: Lat 8°45' 14 S Long 115°14' 55 E ) with limited Superyacht alongside or stern-to berthing (at the Big Boat Quay; 7m MLWS). Smaller yachts up to 30m and less than 3m draft can tie alongside the Bali Marina; which is rather run down. There is also a busy anchorage at Serangan island (tricky entrance from 08°43' 52 S 115°16' 4 E, involving transits) with 7m depths. Bali has very good provisioning, easy access via the international airport, plenty of high end hotels & restaurants, and offers many shore based delights, from temple tours to spas to lively nightlife. Dive to see Mola Mola, luxuriate on private beaches attached to chill out clubs, or head up to Ubud, the sacred monkey forest. BALI TO KOMODO Indonesian equivalent of the Monaco to St Tropez "Milk Run" -- although covering 300 nm. Lombok and Sumbawa have great fishing & scuba diving along their northern shores. Surfers will relish the southern route. Komodo, home of the legendary dragons, takes you back into prehistoric times. "The best cruising sailing I have ever done..." Owner; S.Y. Bristolian. International clearance in/out can be done at Kupang if coming from or going to Darwin, Australia, but there is not much cruising near Kupang, as far as I am aware. WESTERN INDONESIA As most Superyachts travel from either Phuket or Langkawi when coming from the West, it is usual to bypass Sumatra. However a visit to the Mentawai islands is a must for surf aficionados. Clearances can be done at either Sabang, Banda Aceh or Padang, W. Sumatra. Yachts departing Singapore may wish to visit Riau or Anambas island groups (note that separate permits apply) which have become a favorite playground for Singapore based yachtsmen. There is a marina at Nongsa Point that can cater CIQP clearances but most Superyachts are too large to fit inside. Kumai can be interesting for it's river cruise through the jungle (by small local craft) up to the Orangutan sanctuary. Jakarta has three marinas (mostly too shallow for Superyachts) but some vessels have anchored off Batavia Marina when a trip to the nation's capital was required. IN GENERAL The people of the world's 4th most populated country are generally very friendly and welcoming; the kids are wide eyed and curious. In remote areas it is customary to seek the Village Head's permission to visit & dive; in developed places there are often local by-laws to follow. Flaunting wealth will generate the same jealousy as in other poor parts of the world, and is to be avoided. In bygone days, piracy was a real threat but this seems to have been reduced and managed by cooperation between Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia (at least for the Malacca Straights). The Indonesia Superyacht Association report that in seven years of members operations, they have not heard of Superyachts being pirated in Indonesian waters. It is becoming easier to solo cruise Indonesia but the services of a dedicated Superyacht agency such as www. indoyachtsupport.com will ensure you make the most of this huge playground. IYS also organize targeted charity donations to remote primary schools along the littoral; which visiting Superyachts can assist by taking the requested supplies on- board and delivering to the appropriate schools.
2010 - 2011