A beautifully crafted, 132-foot, phinisi boat, Si Datu Bua (her name means Beloved Princess) blends modern luxury and traditional, authentic spirit. Offering private charters, she is the perfect choice for those looking to explore the Indonesian archipelago (and beyond) with family or friends.
Life On Board
Si Datu Bua liveaboard offers accommodation for up to six guests in three air-conditioned king-bedded suites designed for the utmost in privacy and comfort. The warm wooden floors, ceilings and shelves create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, harmonized with Indonesian textiles and artifacts. These cabins also feature en-suite bathrooms with twin washbasins and all the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel.
Spread out below Si Datu Bua’s wine-colored sails are expansive wooden decks and a cozy bowsprit lounge, where you can relax, sunbathe, curl up with a book, or nap on the soft sun loungers, while gazing out at the jungle-covered isles, volcanic peaks and deserted beaches passing by. Enjoy gourmet meals in the dining room, which is lit by large windows that show off the stunning views in every direction, and kick back in the multimedia room with all the latest entertainment technology.
At your request, massages and spa treatments can be administered by a professional therapist, as well as yoga sessions. Take a break from the heat of the sun on the shaded aft deck and enjoy seafood barbecues under the stars at the alfresco dining tables. Your personal chef specialises in international gourmet cuisine with an Asian flair, and you can also specify your own menus to ensure a variety of familiar foods, and your favorite dishes prepared in the way that you like them best. Indonesian cooking classes with the chef are also available.
Si Datu Bua has a crew of 12 who are all experts in their respective fields and include the top-class chef, an experienced local expedition leader, and a qualified dive instructor. They know the areas they cruise better than anyone and will provide five-star service onboard and become your guides ashore, ensuring that you will want for nothing during your charter. Furthermore, the crew are kid-friendly and have an endless imagination for fun, safe adventures, and experiences.
Destinations & Activities
In common with the spice traders of centuries gone by, Si Datu Bua travels in accordance with Southeast Asia’s monsoon seasons to ensure the smoothest ocean experiences and spectacular diving and snorkeling opportunities. Depending on the time of year, you could explore the white sand beaches, jungles and traditional villages of Sulawesi, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Komodo National Park, the historically intriguing Banda Islands, or the unrivaled dive spots of Raja Ampat. Si Datu Bua also sails to Papua, the Andaman Islands, the Mergui Archipelago, western Thailand, and Langkawi.
Si Datu Bua is a fully licensed and equipped PADI Dive Center, with two tenders to transport you with ease. The boat also has plenty of water toys on board, including water-skis, wakeboards, kayaks, donuts, sport fishing equipment, stand up paddle-boards and snorkeling equipment to satisfy even the most adventurous of explorers.
Chartering both Si Datu Bua and her sister-ship, Silolona, together in tandem is a popular option as it enables large groups of 16-20 to enjoy holidays together, with programmes customised to guests’ preferences.
Suites & Cabins
Master Cabin Suite
Si Datu Bua has three classically decorated, romantic guest cabins. Adorned with traditional woven textiles and Indonesian artefacts, these suites combine the warmth of solid wood with neutral cream tones, creating an elegant, relaxed ambiance. All suites feature air-conditioning, king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms. An extra bed suitable for a child can be installed for triple occupancy.