By Dian Hasan | July 21, 2010
Few people realize that Bali’s immense popularity as a world travel destination has made it into a cruise center, transporting divers and surfers ply the oceans east of Bali to explore Lesser Sunda Islands of Sumba, Sumbawa, Flores, West Timor, and further afield. The leading attraction in these waters is of course the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) giant monitor lizard that inhabits the island that forms the Komodo National Park.
Bali’s cruise industry is mostly made up of the smaller, human-scale live-aboard ships fashioned from the traditional Phinisi schooners and converted into modern ocean-plying sail boats.
Until recently, however, most of these majestic crafts were better looking on the outside. The interior was reduced to an afterthought. Mostly rustic and traditional, not that much different from the ambience in the fishing villages where the Bugis seafaring people craft Phinisis by hand.
Luckily, some forward-thinking liveaboard operators, understood that the market was looking for something better. Something with an umph! Hence, designers were commissioned, some style quotient got kicked in, and voila!… a new crop of luxury phinisi emerges. El Aleph clearly belongs to this club of lookers.
El Aleph offers among the most spacious traditional sailing yacht plying the exotic Indonesian archipelago and beyond, in sheer luxury. Broad-beamed and well-ballasted, El Aleph offers unmatched stability and comfort. A symphony in 100-year old tropical hardwoods – her teak finishes more reminiscent of a fine guitar than of a ship – no detail has been left to chance in ensuring your comfort, safety and enjoyment.
Bringing together traditional Phinisi design and 21st century technology, El Aleph was built in South Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia’s hub of traditional handcrafted schooner ship-building. Featuring tropical hardwoods by Bali’s finest cabinetmakers who spent more than 200,000 man-hours on the final fit-out.
El Aleph offers a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating Indonesian archipelago – and beyond, to Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and the Andamans – in luxury and total privacy, far from the crowded marinas and touristed beaches of the standard Asian cruising destinations.
Fully crewed with gourmet chef, cabin staff, and scuba and leisure facilities, El Aleph offers every modern convenience – from air-conditioned cabins and lounges to satellite communications and powerful battery banks allowing for quiet-boat operation with all engines shut down. She is now available for private luxury yacht charters – diving the rich coral reefs, anchoring in secluded lagoons, and experiencing the fascinating cultural and natural diversity which is East Indonesia.
You can choose among an almost unlimited range of activities – from the most adventurous: diving some of the world’s richest coral reefs, climbing smoking volcanoes or hiking through villages rarely seen by outsiders, to the most relaxing – land on a virgin tropical islands with not another ship on the horizon, or lounge on our sweeping teak decks, enjoying the cuisine, and letting the tropics flow slowly past.
El Aleph offers: 5/6 guest cabins, for a maximum 12 guests. Full air-conditioning throughout, with individual controls in each cabin. Traditional Asian design, rich, sober, sublime – a symphony in fine tropical woods, painstakingly hand polished and decorated with Indonesian artifacts and antiques. Unique among the traditional boats, El Aleph has full marine battery capacity, allowing prolonged operation with electric power in “quiet boat” mode with all engines off.