Kudanil Explorer explored Raja Ampat and Papua with FT’s “How to Spend it”
In March 2019, Kudanil Explorer explored Raja Ampat and Papua with FT’s “How to Spend it”.
For this journey, we had the pleasure to welcome Kendall Hill on our converted luxury yacht Kudanil Explorer. 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 our ship to explore Papua for an article in “How To Spend It”, the award-winning luxury lifestyle magazine of the Financial Times. Therefore, Kendall arrived all the way from Australia to cover his first-class experience in the remote waters of North-East Indonesia.
The luxurious journey begins in Raja Ampat
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 from Sorong, the region’s capital, and headed west towards Batanta. Raja Ampat translates as the “Four Kings”, representing the four main islands Misool, Waigeo, Salawati and Batanta. The latter shines with two beautiful waterfalls, deep mangrove forests and the chance to dive with Manta Rays.
An unforgettable journey with FT’s “How to Spend it”.
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. Built originally for exploration and emergency operations in the oil industry, our converted luxury yacht Kudanil Explorer crossed this passage with ease.
Diving deep into Triton Bay
Another highlight were the days spent in Namatote where we swam and dived with the resident whale sharks. Undoubtedly, guests as well as our staff had a memorable encounter with these peaceful giants. Whereas whale sharks are regular guests during third particular dive, a school of dolphins joined the underwater party making for a truly unique experience.
Next, we continued on to magical Triton Bay, a magnificent area in West Papua with an array of options for water sports activities as well as breathtaking scenery. Frankly, we could spend a week here alone, however, all good things come to an end.
Overnight, 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).
Eventually, 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. Therefore, contact us if you would like to relive these adventures. Or, alternatively, let’s prepare a tailor-made itinerary – just for you.
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