A Private Luxury Yacht Charter is different from yacht charters anywhere else in the world. Not only does the Indonesian Archipelago with its more than 17,500 islands boats a beauty and diversity that can not be found anywhere else in the world, also the Yachts used to explore this stunning Islands are different from anywhere else. The great age of sail, which ended in the West in the early twentieth century, never quite ended in Indonesia and traditional wooden Yachts, the Phinisi Schooners, still cruise Indonesian waters – nowadays outfitted with modern safety and comfort facilities.
Traditional 2-masted wooden Schooner in Indonesia are called Phinisi Yachts and are modeled according to the design of the vessels that transported spices from the islands known as the “East Indies”. Indonesian Yachts have sailed around the Indian Ocean and beyond for centuries and nowadays offer a holiday like no other.
Exploring Indonesia on a Phinisi Yacht is like a travel back in time: a return to classical sailing, giving one a feeling of real adventure and discovery.
Barefoot Yachts Indonesia works in close partnership with a limited number of hand-picked boats and yachts. We offer flexibility to cover a wide variety of routes while catering to different budgets and cruise styles.
Barefoot Yachts Indonesia is an established expert in the field of private luxury yacht charters. We provide excellent service and are more than happy to assist you with organizing everything you may require around your cruising experience with us.
In today’s era of mass tourism and bulk-produced holiday packages, cruising on a traditional schooner offers a greatly contrasting experience. Customized itineraries and personalized service help you to create an adventure of a lifetime.
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Barefoot Customer Reviews
Have just finished a fabulous 6 night private charter on LEYLA into mid and northern Raja Ampat. Roman, Dody, Chris and the rest of the crew were totally first class. Nothing was too much trouble. We dived (spectacular albeit viz was not as good as I had hoped), kayaked, paddle boarded, dinners in the beach, hiked up to amazing viewing platforms and lots lots more. All in all, a really memorable family holiday (3 adults and 5 teenage kids), with little to no WiFi (a relief!). Sebastian was first class across all the planning stages and everything went by seamlessly. We shipped in some wine from Bali (recommended) and brought our own spirits (recommended). Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) was excellent. Highly recommend these guys. Michael and Fiona
Michael M.Leyla, 2023
Truly the most wonderful trip! My husband and I joined Barefoot Yachts in Raja Ampat for our honeymoon and we wished we never had to leave. We traveled from the States and the trip coordinators were so so helpful for every detail. The crew on the ship were friendly and professional. As seasoned travelers, we have to Raja Ampat is by far the most pristine beauty we have ever experienced. The diving was just spectacular! We hope to travel with Barefoot Yachts again soon! Cannot recommend it enough!
Grace G.Raja Ampat, 2022
Amazing boat, attentive crew, dream itinerary, Delicious food (ate too much). I couldnt ask for more, it exceeded all expectations. I look forward to doing another destination trip using this company. I recommend them without reservation. We were on the splendour.
Thanks to Barefoot Yachts, we could enjoy an unforgettable yacht trip from Bira to Komodo. The journey was smooth and well structured from the beginning to the end, it was an amazing adventure! Our boat, Duyung Baru, was super spacious, it is an elegant and well thought-through boat which allows comfort and privacy if needed. The crew been super helpful and friendly, we haven't had to think or worry about anything. Big thanks also to the kitchen chef Yani, she was the star on the boat and comforted us with her super delicious meals throughout the day.
BalintDuyung Baru, 2020
Our yacht trip on Senja has made this Indonesia vacation the best holiday we have ever been on. Thank you Barefoot Yachts! Sebastian saw us through 3 years of planning because of covid and we are so lucky he is as good as he is! Then this wonderful boat and crew. Senja is a true work of art and highly recommended if you want to do a more private cruise. The crew was efficient, extremely well trained and excellent at what they do. Anay our massage therapist was one of the best we have ever had. Then Alberto our cruise Director. We cannot praise and thank him enough. As a master diver and instructor, his professionalism, warmth, extensive knowledge and teaching talent is extremely rare to find. Alberto's love of what he does was evident and it rubbed off on all of us. Throughout our 8 day trip, we were wined and dined, loved the fireworks and the special Anniversary and Birthday dinners master chef Khalil came up with. This was truly an exceptional experience. We will be back!
Nathalie R.Senja, 2022
Bucket list holiday, superbly supported by advice from Barefoot and hosted by Tony and the crew on A'boya! This is a remote holiday so you aren't going to get cocktails delivered by the pool, but you will eat like a king and see places and experience things that are all too rare these days.
Carrie S.A`boya, 2022
Why Go On A Private Luxury Yacht Charter in Indoneisa?
Our customized private charters are suitable for adults and children alike. Each private charter will be tailored according to your interests and personal preferences.
A private luxury charter in Indonesia offers an escape for families and groups beyond the reach of common holiday tours. Private cruises are available throughout the diverse Indonesian Archipelago including destinations such as Komodo, Sumbawa, Raja Ampat, West Papua and the Moluccas. Indonesia is the world’s largest island country with more than 17,000 islands, boasting vast areas of wilderness supporting high levels of biodiversity. Our yacht charter destinations go everywhere from Bali to Lombok and Gili Islands, Moyo Island and Sumbawa, the UNESCO World Heritage site Komodo National Park to Sulawesi, Moluccas and Banda Sea and all the way to Raja Ampat and West Papua.
Komodo National Park
Explore Komodo National Park on a private yacht charter. Discover this beautiful region in Indoesia and visit famous sites such as Padar Island, Moyo Island and Banta Island. Hike with the Komodo Dragons and dive with Mantas. Komodo is an exceptioal holiday experience.
Raja Ampat - The Four Kings
Private charters in Raja Ampat are surly one of the most sought after holiday experiences in the world. Enjoy the luxury and comfort on board a private yacht and explore this stunning region. Raja Ampat offers the best dive sites in the world, and it's beautiful landscape will leave you speechless.
World-class luxury experience
Emabrking on a private yacht charter is a luxury experience that is hardly comparable with any other holiday adventure. The crew onboard is well-trained and provides you with the highest service standards, so that you will not miss out on any comfort during your joirney.
Tailor-made private charters
Cruising Indonesia on a private yacht allows you to customize your journey in accordance with your preferences. Private boat charters are suitable for families with small children or a group of adventures divers. Your cruise director and we will ensure that your journey is something that you will never forget.
Booking Process of a Private Yacht in Indonesia
Step 1 - Inquire With Us for Your Luxury Boat Charter
Inquire now with Barefoot Yachts Indonesia for your Private Yacht Charter. To get the outcome, best to tell us a little bit about yourself and your family or friends. Most interesting is if you have any dates in mind already, if you have been to Indonesia before, what is your overall holiday plan in Indonesia, and what are your expectations and interests? Also, please let us know whether your charter should have a specific focus, such as scuba diving, freediving, snorkelling, surfing, land sites, or simply a blend of different activities. Please let us know in case you have guests with special needs, like elderly people or young kids, in your group. Giving all these details gives us the chance to understand your situation and come up with the best option for your holiday.
Step 2 - Evaluate your Charter Options
Once you begin to do some research about Boats in Indonesia, you will notice that there is a “jungle” of routes, destinations, and yachts available. We are experts with years of charter experience and will give you unbiased advice for your charter. We work closely with a selected range of Yachts in Indonesia – each with own features and specialities. We believe the Yachts listed on our website w offer the best value and service to you. We might offer you different options in terms of routes and Yachts for your evaluation – guaranteed always for the for the best price.
Step 3 - Confirm and Pay
Once settled on a yacht, route, and dates, we will send you a transparent pro forma invoice along with all details and our Terms & Conditions. Usually, a deposit payment of 20-50 % is due on confirmation of your booking (Balance 30-90 Days before departure), depending on the timeframe and yacht. We accept Euros, USD and IDR. Credit Card Payment is available on request.
Step 4 - Plan Details of your Yachting Adventure in Indonesia
Once your charter is confirmed, book domestic flights and arrange details such as hotel stays before or after your cruise. We will assist you along the process and provide suitable recommendations. As your charter dates draw near, we will collect your passport details (for the harbour clearance), food restrictions/preferences, as well as, diving & Snorkelling equipment sizes. Meanwhile, we can also fine-tune your yacht charter in terms of itinerary and additional services.
Step 5 - Embark on your private cruising experience
Embark for your private boat trip in Indonesia. We are available via phone/email/Whatsapp for any assistance needed.
Step 6 - Take Home Photos, Memories and plot your Next Charter with us
Time to return home with many memories and photos. Of course, we are excited to hear about your trip. Having booked your charter with us before, we are already familiar with each other and looking forward to planning your next trip. We offer additional benefits to our repeat guests. Indonesia is huge and diverse. The various regions offer a variety of amazing areas and routes. Certainly, a destination to return to, and many of our guests do so every year.
Private Yachting FAQs - General Questions
Below, we provide you with a list of frequently asked questions in regard to booking a private yacht charter in Indonesia.
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Whats Means Chartering A private Boat in Indonesia?
Chartering a private boat in Indonesia means you rent the vessel, including crew and all facilities for your personalized leisure experience with friends or family. Depending on the area a normal charter duration is 4-11 Nights. We also provide yacht charters for a weddings, bachelor/hens parties, private company events, product launches or photo shoots.
Why charter a PrivAte Yacht?
Chartering a private yacht gives you the greatest privacy, freedom and flexibility for your boat cruise in Indonesia. It’s just going to be you, your friends or family on the boat, hence the route itinerary, as well as the daily scheduled activities, can be tailored to your needs and preferences. A private yacht charter in Indonesia means ultimate freedom and privacy during your cruise experience. You can choose your cruise destination, route as well as the activities according to your personal preferences and style.
What activities are possible on a private Charter?
Activities on a boat trip in Indonesia may include Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Yoga, Freediving, Sea Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Fishing, Bird Watching, and Beach Bonfires.
What is included and excluded on a Private Luxury Charter?
- Towels and general toiletries
- Coffee, tea and drinking water
- Food and Snacks
- Airport/Hotel transfers
- Watersports & Snorkeling equipment
- Diving Equipment Rental
- Harbour & National Park Fees
- Travel and Diving Insurance
- Alcohol and Soft Drinks
- Crew Gratitude
- International and domestic flights
- Hotel stays before or after your charter
Please note, each yacht is different and we will send exact inclusion and exclusion prior booking.
Whats is the best Season for your Charter?
As operator, we have chosen Indonesia not only for the broad range of adventures, beautiful boats and ocean sites, but also for the great weather conditions that are typical for the Indonesian archipelago. The charter season in Indonesia is all year-round, only the destinations vary depending on the time of the year. As a guideline, the best time to visit Komodo and the Sunda Islands in Central Indonesia is April to November. The best time to cruise Raja Ampat in East Indonesia is considered November to April. Indonesia has many microclimates, and the best season also depends on the activities you like to do during your charter. All our yachts schedules are adjusted and planned according to the seasons.
How about children on Board a Yacht?
We welcome families with children of all ages on our private cruises. Most crews are quite used to having children onboard and will be of great help to you. See here for more Tips and tricks for parents cruising with kids children. For more information or if you would like to chat about your specific needs, please contact us. If bringing very young children, the cruise destination and boat will be chosen accordingly. From the age of 10 years, you might also consider a Junior Scuba Diving Course when on board.
Luxury Boat Charter FAQs - Planning Your Cruise
Below, you will find a more general list of frequently asked questions in regard to planning your private yacht charter and cruising holiday in Indonesia.
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Where does the Boat depart?
Most of our charters start from International Airports in Denpasar, Bali or Jakarta. From there, you can take a domestic flight to Labuan Bajo for Komodo, Sorong (via Jakarta or Makassar) for Raja Ampat or Makassar for Sulawesi.
Do I need A Visa for my trip?
All Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of departure to Indonesia. Many countries receive a free 30-day non-extendable visa upon arrival to Indonesia (Jakarta/Bali). If, however, your country is not included on this list, then arrival to Indonesia costs $35 for a one-time renewable tourist visa; Please take a look at visa requirements for your country before booking a flight.
What about travel Insurance?
Travel Insurance such as World Nomads is highly recommended when going on boat trip in Indonesia. For divers, please make sure to be covered for a hyperbaric treatment in a chamber and other diving incidents.
What about Seasickness?
The yachts sail in mostly calm seas without large waves, so seasickness is rarely an issue. It always depends on the route, size of the boat, season and weather, of course. Motion sickness tablets are available on board and can be taken to ensure your comfort. In case seasickness mighty be a concern of yours, kindly let us know, and we will plan the route accordingly.
Should we be concerned about mosquitoes/malaria?
Depending on the size of the yacht, it may moor somewhere around 50-150 m to shore. There are very few mosquitoes, if not none at all, on sea. While Raja Ampat is generally an area with Malaria risk, we have not experienced this concern so far, but bringing some insect repellant and good clothing for land visits and hiking tours is highly recommended. In case you prefer to take Malaria tablets, keep in mind that there might be side effects.
FAQs - Before Departure
Our last list of frequently asked questions concerning post-departure issues. Feel free and ask any questions that are not mentiond in these sections. The Barefoot Yachts Team will answer them with pleasure and to the best of their ability.
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What should I bring to yacht charter?
Most of our guests Cruising Indonesia start their trip from International Airports in Denpasar, Bali or Jakarta. From there, you can take a domestic flight to Labuan Bajo for Komodo, Sorong (via Jakarta or Makassar) for Raja Ampat or Makassar for Sulawesi. For Bali Cruise departures, you can reach Serangan harbour via local transportation. For getting to the Gili Islands in Lombok, take a fastboat transfer from Bali, Serangan or Padang Bai including pick up from your hotel.
How much cash do I need onboard?
In general, it is recommanded to have some pocket cash on you for drinks, crew tips, souvenirs and
Harbour & National park fees (if applicable).
What about tipping onboard the yacht?
Tips are not mandatory. However, if you perceive the service as good, it is common to tip 3-10 % of cruise prices to our hard-working crews. Commonly, tips are shared equally among the Indonesian crew. Western staff, when available, may be tipped separately. When receiving any service from locals during island visits, you may give some money to appreciate their service, but keep it in relation to their income. Over tipping will create baggers, jealousy and inequality. IDR 20,000 – IDR 100,000 per person are adequate; depending on the kind of service received.
Catch & serve fish during cruise?
We consider catching and eating fresh fish as a part of the life on a boat. However, the Indonesian Seas, source of life and income, are depleting, and we are highly committed to conserving this valuable resource for future generations. We encourage all boat crew members and guests to treat fish as a valuable resource. Do not fish in protected areas! Do not catch or eat fish that are endangered! Please do not catch more than you can eat. Fishing activities are not available in National Park areas.
Can I charge Electronics?
Yes, there is voltage 220 V available on all yachts. On some boats the electricity may be limited during late night hours. In case you come from the US or Australia, please bring an adopter for your plug Indonesia uses Type F.
Is there wifi on board?
There is only limited Wi-Fi provided onboard, and we believe a cruise is a good chance to disconnect from our devices for a few days. However, there is 3G network available, depending on the position of the yacht. It is accessible with an Indonesian TELKOMSEL Network. Tourist SIM Cards can be bought in Bali or Jakarta airport, and some Yachts also have mobile Wi-Fi routers onboard.
Enjoy your Private Luxury Charter Experience and Contact Us!
Embarking on a cruising holiday in Indonesia is a wonderful experience and will give you insights into one of the most wonderful and diverse countries on this planet. Our dedicated team will make sure that everything runs smoothly and according to your needs and wishes. We have been providing Indonesian yacht charters and liveaboard experiences since 2016. Our great goal is to create the ultimate holiday experience and the highest level of service to find in the industry.
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