Le Figaro recommande le Kudanil Explorer

Kudanil Explorer Luxury Yacht Drone Shot Banda Island

Chers lecteurs,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que Le Figaro nous a recommandé dans le Figaro magazine du 15 Juillet 2019.

Ils ont écrit sur les aventures de Thibaud et Remi Epstein, les fondateurs du Kudanil Explorer. Plus exactement, comme ils ont “reconverti un navire de service offshore en un exceptionnel bateau de croisière d’exploration sillonnant les archipels oubliées à l’Est du pays.”

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Exploring Triton Bay with Traveller Magazine

Kudanil Explorer luxury yacht anchored in beautiful Triton Bay in West Papua

Kudanil Explorer back in Raja Ampat and Triton Bay

Dear reader,

after our season in the Komodo National Park, Flores, Alor and Sumba, we are now sailing again in the North-east of this wonderful archipelago called Indonesia.

Last March, Traveller Magazine’s writer Julie Miller embarked on a Kudanil Explorer journey to Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Papua. The Raja Ampat Marine Park is arguably the epicentre of the coral triangle. Swimming with whale sharks in Namatote, diving Misool and exploring the magnificent Triton Bay were only some of the journey’s highlights.

Our dear friend and lecturer Bruce W. Carpenter led the trip in order to add a cultural as well as historical dimension to the experience. Bruce is author and co-author of more than 20 books and numerous articles on Indonesian art, culture and history. He is considered a leading expert in the field of Indonesian studies.

This very Papua trip was a cabin trip meaning that we hosted several individual parties aboard our expedition yacht. The comfort and safety of the Kudanil Explorer is ideal for these kind of trips due to its robustness, eight identical cabins and 1000 sqm of space. Therefore, come aboard and contact us for an exclusive charter or a cabin trip in Eastern Indonesia in 2020.

For the full Traveller Magazine article, please click here.

Kudanil Explorer featured in FT’s “How To Spend It”

Kudanil Explorer guests relaxing at white-sandy beach and turquoise water in West Papua Indonesia

Fortunately, in March 2019, we had the pleasure to welcome Kendall Hill aboard. Kendall is a Melbourne-born journalist specializing in food, travel, food, and people features. He wrote the best-selling recipe book Coast and founded The Sydney Morning Herald Café & Bar Guide. Hill came aboard the Kudanil Explorer for an article in “How To Spend It”, the award-winning luxury lifestyle magazine of the Financial Times. Kendall arrived all the way from Australia to cover his Kudanil Explorer experience in the remote waters of North-East Indonesia.

The journey begins

The route was very unique and a bit out of the ordinary, a great example for our sense of exploration and going beyond the well-travelled paths.

On the first day, we embarked in Sorong, the capital of Raja Ampat, and headed west towards Batanta. Next, we stopped for several days in wonderful Misool, an island and area in Southern Raja Ampat. Given the abundance of marine life, we could have easily stayed longer. From Misool, we slowly set our course for the spectacular Kiti Kiti Waterfalls that drop straight into the Indo-Pacific Ocean.

Namatote and Triton Bay

Another highlight were the days spent in Namatote where we swam and dived with the resident whale sharks. Guests as well as our staff had a memorable encounter with these peaceful giants.  From Namatote, we continued on to magical Triton Bay, a magnificent area in West Papua with an array of options for watersport activities as well as breathtaking scenery. We could spend a week here alone, however, all good things come to an end. Eventually, we departed for Tual and the Kei Islands where we spent the last day beach-combing and relaxing (as if we hadn’t done so before).

12 fantastic days with new friends, experiences and forever-lasting memories. And we couldn’t be happier about the words Kendall found for this adventure.

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Kudanil Explorer in Centurion Magazine

Kudanil Explorer Hiking Komodo Flores Pulau Padar

Centurion Magazine is one of the leading magazines for luxury lifestyle, travel, culture, fashion, travel destinations, art and gourmet trends. Now, it has featured the Kudanil Explorer acknowledging its unique approach to luxury cruises in Indonesia. In contrast to the Phinisis, the Kudanil Explorer is synonymous for safety, space and comfort with an unrivalled 1000 …

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Safety Vessel Becomes Luxury Yacht

Kudanil Explorer sunset safety luxury yacht

Safety Standby Vessel Becomes Luxury Exploration Yacht

Remi Epstein, founder of the Kudanil Explorer, is an adventurer at heart. Remi has made many voyages across Indonesian waters, falling more in love each day with the islands and the seas surrounding them. He has always dreamt of offering a way for others to comfortably experience the natural beauty of Indonesia. Subsequently, he came up with the idea to convert a safety standby vessel into a luxury exploration yacht: the Kudanil Explorer. 
The ship embarks on expeditions throughout Indonesia to experience the rich culture and breathtaking scenery of the area. One of the main beauties of stepping on board is the unrivalled safety provided by the Kudanil Explorer. However, the real beauty is the adventure that awaits. 

The Early Days of the Kudanil Explorer

Before its transformation into a luxury expedition yacht, the Kudanil Explorer served as an oil-supply vessel. She was built in Japan for seafaring against the toughest weather conditions and the roughest waters. The fact that Kudanil was built as a heavy-duty offshore vessel means that she is capable of safely traveling to the furthest reaches of the world. 
“I knew it could offer the perfect base from which to explore and discover the most remote areas of this fascinating country. Combining the luxury of an expedition yacht coupled with the built-in safety of a true offshore vessel,” says Remi. After 15 years of operating the boat in her original configuration, she underwent a dramatic transformation. 


The Ship’s Transformation into a Luxury Yacht

After a two-year conversion period, the expedition yacht where safety meets luxury was born. With extensive renovations made to the Kudanil Explorer, it now features much more than just safe sea transport. The ship still offers the same safety features but within its industrial shell it features the comfort of a luxury boutique hotel.
The new-and-improved Kudanil Explorer has space for up to 16 guests per expedition. They have access to an impressive 11,000 square feet of space while cruising through the clear Indonesian waters. Guests can rest easy in their luxurious onboard accommodations knowing that the Kudanil Explorer will bring them safely to the next, exciting corner of Indonesia.  

Watch the conversion of Kudanil Explorer in fast-forward. To travel Indonesia on board our expedition yacht soon, please fill out our contact form.

Kudanil Explorer crosses the Banda Sea

Kudanil Explorer Ship Sunrise Banda Neira Luxury Cruise

In September 2018, we welcomed our returning guests on a unique journey deep in the Eastern Indonesian archipelago. After disembarkation from Maumere / Flores, we cruised for over 800 nautical miles with finish in Ambon. The route led us via Alor and many tiny, remote islands in the Banda Sea to the colonial city, rich in history and culture.

Along the way, we enjoyed world-class dives and absolutely forgotten islands with villages where time stands still. We seeked and found Hammerhead sharks, Manta rays and plenty of rare underwater species. In-between dives, we tried our luck fly fishing and kissed the days goodbye with sunset drinks on the beach.

After twelve magnificent days on board, we finished this wonderful journey with an exploration of the Ambon Fort. Ambon is the capital of the Spice Islands which are famous for not only its richesse in Nutmeg but also a famous trade centuries ago. It is the land the Dutch colonists once traded with the British for a now famous place called Manhattan.

Please have a look at the video and get in touch with us for your customized trip on board our luxury expedition yacht.

Secret strike mission on Kudanil Explorer

Kudanil Explorer Surfing Papua Deus Ex Machina Harrison Roach

Earlier this year, we set out to a secret mission with Harrison Roach, one of the world’s finest free surfers. Conditions weren’t blue skies and calm seas but our surf guide was spot on and we scored. Just us, for days.

Not even a handful of surfers, among them DEUS teamrider Harrison Roach, teamed up on Kudanil Explorer to find some hidden waves somewhere in Indonesia. Being an ex-oil supply ship, it made for the perfect expedition vessel to explore remote surf breaks far away from civilization. And a little bit of comfort and space certainly never hurt nobody. Be it the massage therapist, the en-suite bathrooms, the private balconies or the delicious food – we had the guys covered.

Accompanied by Andy Gough and Woody Gooch, some of the most featured and renowned photographers and videographers in the surfing world, we left the harbor and ventured out. The forecast was tricky but our guide was confident. We weren’t sure what exactly to expect but this is what this trip was all about. Tap the unknown, explore the uncharted.  Watch the video and send us a message for your very own surf trip now! Whether you want to explore with us for waves never ridden before or just benefit from our already done research – it’s up to you. Find all other surf videos on our YouTube Channel.

Kudanil Explorer Robb Report’s favorite

Kudanil Explorer Robb Report's favorite luxury yacht Flores Komodo Beach

Kudanil Explorer Robb Report’s favorite

We are proud to inform that – just months after our launch – Robb Report has ranked us among its top 5 yachts to explore Southeast Asia.

Robb Report is an American lifestyle magazine synonymous around the world with affluence and luxury. It is widely regarded as the single most influential journal of living life to the fullest. What is more, besides it’s US-edition, Robb Report publishes in 18 other countries across the globe. Therefore, we are very excited about Robb Report including us into their exclusive list.

Chosen for two main reasons

Precisely, we convinced the Robb Report editors for two main aspects. On the one hand, our on-board comfort with 1000m2 of space for guests to use and our 8 en-suite cabins with private balconies. On the other, our history as an oil supply vessel and it’s robustness. In other words, the ship’s structure and original purpose makes for unrivalled safety and the Kudanil Explorer Robb Report’s favorite ultimate luxury exploration yacht.

Less rocking, more well-being

Luxury is often measured in design, amenities or space. On yachts, especially first time yacht guests often overlook another dimension to luxury aboard. While we certainly score on design, amenities and space, too, there is another element that really sets us apart. Due to the ship’s hull and original purpose, the boat rocks and moves a lot less than your usual charter yacht. This is especially important for guests getting sea sick easily or, for any guest, if the ocean conditions get a bit rougher during a crossing or at anchorage. The Kudanil Explorer will still sail through the Indo-Pacific ocean with ease. Rest, assured, and wake up at a new destination in the morning.

Safety, space and comfort – welcome to Kudanil Explorer. Enquire now for your private journey.

Check it out: Robb Report’s Top 5 Most Luxurious Yachts for Exploring Southeast Asia

Explore Indonesia on Kudanil Explorer

Kudanil Explorer Luxury Cruise Volcano Alor

A nautical journey through the archipelago of Indonesia offers a chance to encounter sights, sounds, and people unlike those in any other place on earth. On the Kudanil Explorer, you have the opportunity to cruise through the most remote reaches of this fascinating country, balancing adventurous encounters with the relaxation of life aboard a luxury …

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