Travel: Sail Indonesia

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We take a look at a company that allows you to travel in style. Set sail for Indonesia with Star Clippers.

When it comes to setting sail, putting all the pressures and worries of your daily life behind you and setting forth on the ocean waves for beautiful, exotic locations, it doesn’t get much better than boarding an authentic Star Clippers four master.

With Star Clippers, based in Sweden, you can hoist the sails in Bali and set sail for the most beautiful islands of Indonesia, with perhaps the most idiosyncratic, exciting and relaxing cruise line. The Swedish owner, passionate about traditional sailing, has the most beautiful and authentic four and five masters in the world. Modern ships with every comfort provided, they are nevertheless entirely based on the sailing ships of the epoch. As soon as your ship hits the water, the sails go up and you will enjoy a unique experience.

In summer 2019, the hospitable island of Bali is the home port of the eponymous ship Star Clipper, a four masted barquentine built as a cruise ship. She is the first clipper ship in this class since 1912 – a luxury vessel, she sails under the Maltese flag. From June to September, the ship will be your starting point for an exciting exploration trip along the three major Indonesian islands, Bali, Lombok and Java.

And, don’t worry about becoming seasick – all ships are equipped with stabilizers! With its thousands of islands, Indonesia is nothing less than a joy awaiting your discovery by sea. It is the world’s largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, and modern-day Indonesia has a multicultural, multilingual and multi- ethnic society, with a complex cultural mixture that differs significantly from the original indigenous cultures.

Indonesia currently holds nine items representing UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, which include wayang puppet theatre, kris, batik, education and training on making Indonesian batik, angklung, saman dance, noken, and the three genres of traditional Balinese dance.

With Star Clippers, you can avoid the stress of luggage and transfers, or taking rickety ferries – your captain will take you to magical destinations every day. The itineraries are full, with a wonderful mix of Indonesian culture and nature. Moreover, the ship offers many sporting possibilities, such as snorkelling and diving, kayaking, swimming, or even mast climbing (if you dare).

And, what about doing nothing apart from relaxing on exotic beaches and enjoying wonderful food and drink at the barbecue? It’s all waiting for you – joy ahoy!

www.starclippers.com