Superyacht Dunia Baru sets sail once more, voyaging across world’s most biodiverse waters.
SINGAPORE – It is in these times that the dream of a longer, slower-paced and more thoughtful journey is the pinnacle of luxury. The romance of the high seas beckons as superyacht Dunia Baru (Indonesian for ‘the new world’) sets sail once more, voyaging across Southeast Asia’s enchanted archipelagos of Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar, some of the world’s most biodiverse waters.
Far off the beaten track and anchoring in waters rarely visited by other yachts, guests unwind and revel in utter solitude as the days pass in cinematic slow motion. “You get to explore parts of the world that very, very few people get to see,” says Singaporean owner Jing-Yi Wee. Immersive cultural programming with specialist experts on everything from botany and marine biology to local indigenous textiles and regional history can be pre-arranged.
Guided by an experienced cruise director and a crew of 18, guests are encouraged to create their own bespoke island-hopping itineraries. These incredible adventure expeditions can range from snorkelling in the Banda Archipelago of volcanic, nutmeg-scented isles to nature treks across savannahs. From beach barbecues on deserted white-sanded islands, to exploring the wild reefs of Saparua. From eyeballing the legendary dragon lizards at the Komodo National Park, to spotting hammerhead sharks and manta rays around Kisar Island. From scuba-diving with barracudas in Manuk and dugongs in Nusa Laut, to just lounging under a sun umbrella on an island with a book and a perfectly chilled cocktail. Avid divers may prefer to steer the Dunia Baru east towards Raja Ampat, where Indonesia meets Papua New Guinea and the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans forms a ravishing backdrop for mangroves, pearl beds, lagoons filled with wildly lurid marine-life, and coral reefs that are jaw-dropping in their colour and variety. Longer expeditions can be chartered farther north through the spellbinding waters and islands of Thailand and Myanmar.