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June Montagne, charter broker with Superyacht Sales and Charter in Fort Lauderdale (superyachtsalesandcharter.com), spent two weeks last summer scouting Bali and the Komodo islands of Indonesia aboard 164-foot (50-meter) Silolona, 132-foot (40.2-meter) and 167-foot (51-meter) Dunia Baru, all built by Indonesia’s Konjo Boat Builders. Interest in the region has grown thanks to its natural beauty, exotic culture and tropical climate.
“There is a sense of ancient history everywhere,” Montagne says. “Interacting with Indonesians, you can sense the depth of respect and pride in their cultural heritage—always with a smile and genuine friendliness. Diving is a dream with excellent visibility, healthy reefs and fish we’ve never seen before. The colors of the coral, starfish and the pink beaches are spectacular. From hiking to the top of a hill, assisted by the crew, who offer water and cold facecloths along the way, to seeing Komodo dragons up close, it was an adventure never to be forgotten.”
The best cruising time is in the summer months for the Komodo area. Anchorages are well protected, and the waters are perfect for cruising.