SET SAIL WITH ALILA PURNAMA – LAUNCHING TWO NEW SAILING EXPEDITIONS IN 2016
11 March 2016
Alila Purnama, one of the most luxurious Phinisi ships in Asia, is putting fresh wind in her sails with the launch of two new exciting routes in September and October. Guests can step onboard the 150ft two-masted ship and sail to lesser-known corners of Indonesia in the lap of luxury. The two new sailing adventures include travel to the volcanic island of Ambon, a visit to the world-famous Banda Islands and exploration of the exotic UNESCO protected islands of Raja Ampat in West Papua.
Maumere - Ambon Expedition Launching on 26 September – 6 October 2016
The first ten-day expedition launching in September will depart from Maumere, on the eastern coast of Flores Island, and set sail to the fertile and mountainous island of Ambon. Cloaked in tropical rainforest, Ambon Island is part of a chain of volcanic islands on the northern side of the world-famous Banda Islands. Renowned historically for their strategic role in the spice trade, the Banda Islands are also well known today for their breath-taking landscape, incredible marine life and astonishing coral reefs. Guests will discover the rich cultural traditions of the people of Lembata Island and dive in the straits of Alor, rated as one of the best dive destinations in the world, offering sightings of big fish such as white tips, grey reef sharks, tuna, grouper, manta rays, whale sharks and pilot whales.
The ten-night Maumere-Ambon Expedition starts from $12,085 per person based on two sharing a suite
This includes exclusive live-a-board arrangements, all land transfers, scheduled excursions and meals, refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited dives, activities such as snorkeling, shore excursions and island hopping, all equipment, admission fees and permits to the National Parks. There is a crew of 16, including the cruise director and dive instructor, both of whom are PADI-certified, resident chef and spa therapist. Valid for travel from Monday 26 September – Thursday 6 October.
To book visit www.alilahotels.com/purnama or call +62 361 236 384.
Ambon - Raja Ampat Expedition Launching on 9 October – 16 October 2016
The island of Ambon will be the starting point for the second seven-night voyage departing in October. Alila Purnama will then continue north to the archipelago of Raja Ampat, described as the last paradise on earth, where crystal clear waters teem with an astonishing diversity of marine life. Next, the ship will cruise through stunning dives sites and islands on the Banda Sea and Ceram Sea. Guests will journey through a remote land of almost unimaginable beauty, spotting dolphins and pilot whales at Nusa Laut, diving in waters around Misool, one of the ‘Four Kings’ of Raja Ampat and can take a dip in the Dampier Strait where fish school in their hundreds.
The seven-night Ambon - Raja Ampat Expedition starts from USD 8,460 per person based on two sharing a suite
This includes exclusive live-a-board arrangements, all land transfers, scheduled excursions and meals, refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited dives, activities such as snorkelling, shore excursions and island hopping, all equipment, admission fees and permits to the National Parks. There is a crew of 16, including the cruise director and dive instructor, both of whom are PADI-certified, resident chef and spa therapist. To book visit www.alilahotels.com/purnama or call +62 361 236 384.
Alila Purnama provides ultra-modern and relaxing accommodation for up to ten guests in five well-appointed cabins including one master suite. Handcrafted in the traditional style of a Phinisi, as used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi in Indonesia, the 46-metre long Alila Purnama consists of three decks. In keeping with Alila’s emphasis on style and sustainability, the furniture throughout the ship is custom-made from teak, rattan and other locally sourced materials from Indonesia. On board there is a fully licensed PADI dive centre, spa therapist and plenty of space for wining, dining and relaxing while enjoying the sea breeze and breath-taking scenery.