Offering seasonal cruises through some of the least-explored waters on the planet, the Ombak Putih, meaning ‘White Wave’, is a traditional, Indonesian phinisi schooner. Her shapely curved bow and elegant lines are the embodiment of the centuries’-old handcrafted boat-building skills of the Bugis people from the island of Sulawesi.
With a maximum capacity for 26 guests, the Ombak Putih presents 12 private, air-conditioned double and twin cabins located below decks, some of which are equipped with a third bed for families traveling with a child. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, ample stowage space, and a large porthole that fills the room with natural light and allows for a glimpse of the tropical surroundings. If the weather is balmy, the crew will set up a bed for you on the Top Deck for a night under the stars.
Life On Board
In between shore excursions and snorkeling trips, life on board is one of pure enjoyment, with top-class service. The vast wooden Main Deck is all about relaxation. From here, you can watch the dramatic volcanoes, breath-taking landscapes and seascapes of Indonesia pass by. You will almost certainly spot flying fish or dolphins cavorting alongside the boat from the cushioned seating at the bow. A canopy-shaded outdoor dining and seating area is where all meals are served.
The spacious, air-conditioned salon includes the ship’s library, a presentation TV, small bar, and coffee station. On the Top Deck, an uncovered bow facing area and a covered viewing area aft of the wheelhouse provide a plentiful supply of benches, loungers, couches and bean bag chairs for reading, napping and socializing.
Three delicious daily meals are served buffet style, prepared by talented on-board chefs, who pride themselves on being able to create a selection of Indonesian, Western and Asian delights, using only the best quality meat, seafood and fresh produce available. You can expect to feast on the day’s catch of fish, exotic fruits and vegetables from local markets. Snacks are always available, as well as afternoon tea.
All About The People
Each Ombak Putih cruise is led by professional, multilingual tour leaders who will escort you in all activities both on land and at sea, answer your questions, provide in-depth daily briefings, and ultimately ensure the smooth running of every aspect of the cruise. Look forward to musical entertainment and some highly attentive service from the crew, whose smiles and friendly personalities offer an even greater insight into the Indonesian way of life.
The team are deeply committed to the integrity and the preservation of the Indonesian Archipelago and its peoples, taking pride in their ethics and respecting the environment in which they sail, and making sure their respectful intrusions leave only footprints—their only traces their contributions to the local communities who will enrich your itinerary so much.
Indeed, as well as various social initiatives including their Peek Under The Surface initiative whereby they distribute educational books and swimming goggles to teach local children about life under the sea, you can also purchase beautifully illustrated books on board about the famous naturalist Alfred Wallace, and for each English version of the book bought, ten books in the Indonesian language are printed and provided to local children.
A World Of Water-Based Adventure
The 138-foot Ombak Putih is outfitted with up-to-the-minute safety equipment and communications technology, and equipped with high-quality tenders, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling gear for water-based fun. The vessel is powered by a reliable “workhorse” engine, which is assisted by sails when and if the wind is cooperating.
Charting a course through some of the more remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago, in search of pristine coral reefs, rare native birds and wildlife, and traditional cultures, the Ombak Putih’s old-world charm will imbue your voyage with a magic that harkens back to the days of the spice traders.
These adventurous, expert-led cruises are family-friendly (indeed there are even special dedicated family adventure departures!), great for groups of friends, romantic for couples, and are also a good option for solo travelers who pay no single supplement if they are willing to share a cabin.
*Special guest expert departures are available throughout the season:
> 12-Day East Indies Exploration: Culture, Sea & Spice departing 6 Sep 2023 – Jeffrey Mellefont (specialist marine writer and photographer, seafaring history expert and research associate of the Australian National Maritime Museum)
> 12-Day The Scents of the Spice Islands departing 20 Sep 2023 & 12-Day In Search of Wallace and His Living Treasures departing 4 Oct 2023 & 4 Oct 2024 – Dr. George Beccaloni (zoologist, evolutionary biologist, historian of science, and founder and director of the Wallace Correspondence Project)
> 10-Day Jewels of Raja Ampat departing 29 Dec 2023 & 10 Jan 2024 – Vincent Chalias (marine biologist)
> 8-Day Whale Sharks, Corals & Dragons (Family Adventures) departing 30 Jul & 10 Aug 2024 – Ray & Angela Hale (UK-based conservationists and naturalists—Angela is also a painter and illustrator)