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Ikan Kayu

A homely, phinisi-style yacht designed with authentic Indonesian charm exploring Komodo and beyond.

Overview

Ikan Kayu – which translates as “wooden fish” – is a hand-built and homely traditional phinisi-style yacht designed with authentic Indonesian charm which offers comfortable and affordable escapes around the Lesser Sunda Islands.

Based year-round in Labuan Bajo, she is perfectly placed for exploration of the nearby magnificent Komodo National Park and neighboring deserted island of Gili Banta, to explore pristine beaches, thriving coral reefs and come face to face with real-life dragons.

Exclusively available for private charter, Ikan Kayu offers the perfect base for island hopping, with a variety of itinerary options from 3 to 6 nights or more, all customizable to your preferred charter duration, interests and requirements.

Life on board

Spread across 3 decks and accommodating up to 13 guests, her six comfortable cabins include a double cabin on the upper deck, master and three more doubles on main deck, and a triple cabin located below deck that kids will love.

Indeed children are more than welcome onboard, and the amiable crew are experts in planning family-friendly itineraries and always happy to arrange all sorts of fun activities suitable for the whole family.

The spacious sundeck is the hub of activity on board, with guests taking in the spectacular, unrestricted sea views from her many ample areas that are ideal for relaxation and socializing. The large, shaded outdoor dining table is the location for all meals on board – you may enjoy a beach picnic or visit local beach bars when off the boat too, subject to your itinerary – and Ikan Kayu’s chef is skilled at tailoring menus to your tastes, a master in crafting delicious dishes from locally sourced produce.

Adventurous Activities

Her experienced crew will take you to some of their favorite hidden beaches, where you can relax under the shade of a palm tree, go for a hike, or explore local villages for a glimpse at traditional life in Indonesia.

Embark on a spectacular sunset or sunrise trek on Padar Island with its magnificent views over the Komodo National Park and ever-changing spectacular sky. Explore the Pink Beach of Komodo island, with its incredible pink-hued sand and breathtaking vistas.

Try paddle-boarding in the near closed-off, sheltered bay at Gili Lawa Darat, or take a magnificent trek instead to get a panoramic view of the surrounding islands. Or snorkel and dive in the crystal clear waters at Manta Point, home to the longest reef in the National Park, schools of colorful reef fish, turtles, rays, and its famous year-round gathering of giant Manta Rays. Surfing itineraries can also be catered for upon request.

Whether you’re planning an epic escape with friends, an exclusive party, or a fun family vacation, Ikan Kayu is the perfect private phinisi with plenty of activities for everyone.

Itineraries & Prices

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3-Day
4-Day
5-Day
6-Day

3 Day - Komodo

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to the tiny uninhabited island of Kelor. This is a perfect first stop for a short hike to the top of the hill, where you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Flores, Rinca Island, and many other small islands within the Komodo National Park. Please note that although it is a short hike, the route is rather steep with loose scree making it a bit slippery, so be sure to wear suitable shoes or hiking sandals. Afterward, you can cool off with a refreshing swim off the white sandy beach. Then we are heading to Rinca island to see the famous Komodo.

PM: At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo - Day
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 3

Manta Point - Taka Makassar - Sebayur Besar

AM: In the morning we start our day at Manta Point. Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. The next destination is Taka Makassar where the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, the crescent-shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling, or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

PM: In the afternoon, we're going to Sebayur Besar. Sebayur Besar Island offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

Ikan Kayu - Komodo - Day 2
Location
Manta Point
Day
2 / 3

Disembarkation

AM: Breakfast will be served after morning swimming then return to Labuan Bajo. All our team will be waiting for you on the main deck to say goodbye and let you take our shuttle back.


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo - Day 3
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
3 / 3
1 / 3

4 Day - Komodo National Park

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to Sebayur Besar Island which offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

PM: Not far from Sebayur Besar, there is also a smaller island that we call Sebayur Kecil. We will overnight at Sebayur Kecil Bay.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo National Park - Day 1
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 4

Manta Point - Taka Makassar - Padar

AM: In the morning we start our day at Manta Point. Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. The next destination is Taka Makassar where the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, the crescent-shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling, or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

PM: In the afternoon, we're going to Padar Island for trekking. Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint, you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent-shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand. 

Ikan Kayu - Komodo National Park - Day 2
Location
Padar
Day
2 / 4

Pink Beach - Rinca - Kalong

AM: We start our day at Pink Beach in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming, and snorkeling.  Then we are heading to Rinca island to see the famous Komodo.

PM: At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo National Park - Day 3
Location
Pink Beach
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: Breakfast will be served after morning swimming then return to Labuan Bajo. All our team will be waiting for you on the main deck to say goodbye and let you take our shuttle back.


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo National Park - Day 4
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day - Best of Komodo

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to Sebayur Besar Island which offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

PM: Not far from Sebayur Besar, there is also a smaller island that we call Sebayur Kecil. We will overnight at Sebayur Kecil Bay.

Ikan Kayu - Best of Komodo - Day 1
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 5

Gili Lawa Darat - Gili Lawa Laut

AM: Today is dedicated to the islands of Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut. After a hearty breakfast onboard, we'll head ashore to hike to the lookout for postcard-perfect views of the bay.

PM: The rest of the day is yours - relaxing beach time, kayak, SUP, snorkel, or any fun activities of the fantastic sites surrounding the islands. 

Ikan Kayu - Best of Komodo - Day 2
Location
Gili Lawa Darat
Day
2 / 5

Manta Point - Taka Makassar - Padar

AM: In the morning we start our day at Manta Point. Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. The next destination is Taka Makassar where the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, the crescent-shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling, or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

PM: In the afternoon, we're going to Padar Island for trekking. Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint, you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent-shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand.

Ikan Kayu - Best of Komodo - Day 3
Location
Taka Makassar
Day
3 / 5

Pink Beach - Rinca - Kalong

AM: We start our day at Pink Beach in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming, and snorkeling.  Then we are heading to Rinca island to see the famous Komodo.

PM: At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Ikan Kayu - Best of Komodo - Day 4
Location
Rinca
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: Breakfast will be served after morning swimming then return to Labuan Bajo. All our team will be waiting for you on the main deck to say goodbye and let you take our shuttle back.


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Ikan Kayu - Best of Komodo - Day 5
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

6 Day - Komodo Long Trip

Sample Itinerary
itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Departing from Labuan Bajo, we will cruise to Sebayur Besar Island which offers fantastic snorkeling with a reef full of life, including schools of bump head parrotfish and fusiliers, leaf scorpionfish and stonefish, morays, batfish, damselfish, butterflyfish, anthias, giant spiny lobster, cuttlefish, octopus, and electric clams. 

PM: Not far from Sebayur Besar, there is also a smaller island that we call Sebayur Kecil. We will overnight at Sebayur Kecil Bay.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo Long Trip - Day 1
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
1 / 6

Gilii Banta

AM: Wake to Indonesia's beautiful seascapes. After a relaxing morning and delicious breakfast, we will start our full day of exploring Gili Banta. Our signature beach setup will be waiting for a day of barefoot adventures including diving some of the amazing sites surrounding the island. 

PM: This evening is a special treat to enjoy sundowners and a delicious beach bbq.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo Long Trip - Day 2
Location
Gili Banta
Day
2 / 6

Gili Lawa Darat - Gili Lawa Laut

AM: Today is dedicated to the islands of Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut. After a hearty breakfast onboard, we'll head ashore to hike to the lookout for postcard-perfect views of the bay.

PM: The rest of the day is yours - relaxing beach time, kayak, SUP, snorkel, or any fun activities of the fantastic sites surrounding the islands. 

Ikan Kayu - Komodo Long Trip - Day 3
Location
Gili Lawa Laut
Day
3 / 6

Manta Point - Taka Makassar - Padar

AM: In the morning we start our day at Manta Point. Manta Point presents the opportunity to snorkel with the giant manta rays that come here to get cleaned by parasitic copepods and a variety of small cleaner wrasse species, which pick parasites from the mantas’ hovering bodies. The next destination is Taka Makassar where the longest reef in the Komodo National Park. This tiny, emerged, the crescent-shaped sandbar is smaller than a football field and surrounded by shallow turquoise waters. It is an ideal spot for relaxing, snorkeling, or simply taking a dip in the sea. Exploration here is limited due to the sandbar’s minuscule size – in fact, it disappears at high tide – but it makes for great wanderlust-inducing photographs. Plentiful marine life can be seen just 30 feet from the sandbar. The location attracts large numbers of manta rays. 

PM: In the afternoon, we're going to Padar Island for trekking. Padar is the third largest island within the Komodo National Park. It offers beautiful short treks and is a hotspot for photographers. The hike to the peak takes about 20-40 minutes, and from the viewpoint, you will be rewarded with a knee-jerking vista of a series of crescent-shaped bays and curved ribbons of sand.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo Long Trip - Day 4
Location
Padar Island
Day
4 / 6

Pink Beach - Rinca - Kalong

AM: We start our day at Pink Beach in the Komodo National Park. The striking pink sand is formed by white limestone mixed with tiny particles of deep red, coral-like foraminifera. This is a beautiful beach for relaxing, swimming, and snorkeling.  Then we are heading to Rinca island to see the famous Komodo.

PM: At the end of the day, we will moor off Kalong Island, where after what will hopefully be magnificent sunset, you will witness hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest, reminiscent of a fleet of enemy aircraft intent on avoiding radar detection. Unlike their smaller cave-dwelling cousins, these large fruit bats hang out in camps high above the rainforest floor, keeping cool by fanning themselves with their huge wings, which can measure up to 5ft 6 inches from tip to tip. They feed on a diet of fruit and nectar from night-opening flowers, thereby playing an essential ecological role by pollinating the plants and dispersing their seeds. As darkness grows near, the fox bats become increasingly restless, leaving the roost in enormous numbers, and navigating not by echolocation but by sight and smell, to fly to a feeding site on the mainland that may be as far as 25 miles away.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo Long Trip -Day 5
Location
Kalong Island
Day
5 / 6

Disembarkation

AM: Breakfast will be served after morning swimming then return to Labuan Bajo. All our team will be waiting for you on the main deck to say goodbye and let you take our shuttle back.


*** The destinations on this itinerary may be subject to change depending on requests, beach lunch/dinner set up, flight timetables, weather, dry/rainy season, sea currents, and restrictions without prior notice from the National Park.

Ikan Kayu - Komodo Long Trip - Day 6
Location
Labuan Bajo
Day
6 / 6
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Sundeck
Relax Area
Dining
Deck Sitting
Day Bed
Bean Bed

Suites & Cabins

Ikan Kayu - Double Cabin Ikan Kayu - Double Cabin Ikan Kayu - Double Cabin Ikan Kayu - Double Cabin
4 Cabins

Double Cabin

Guests
2
Size
12 m² / 129 ft²
Beds
Double

Spacious and comfortable cabin equipped with a double bed, private bathroom with shower. Located on the main deck with windows that offer a panoramic view of the sea.

Ikan Kayu - Master Cabin Ikan Kayu's Master Cabin Ikan Kayu - Master Cabin Ikan Kayu - Master Cabin
1 Cabin

Master Cabin

Guests
2
Size
12 m² / 129 ft²
Beds
Double

Spacious and comfortable cabin equipped with a double bed, private bathroom with shower. Located on the main deck with windows that offer a panoramic view of the sea.

Ikan Kayu's Triple Cabin Ikan Kayu's Triple Cabin
1 Cabin

Triple Cabin

Guests
2 - 3
Size
12 m² / 129 ft²
Beds
Single

Comfortable cabin equipped with 3 single beds, private bathroom with shower. Located on the lower deck with porthole.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Cinema
  • WIFI available
  • Hot showers
  • Family Room (Triple or Quadruple)

Equipment

  • Diving gear
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Fishing equipment
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details