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Cruising the Azure Waters of Komodo Island in pursuit of the Dragons

By Dian Hasan | September 29, 2009

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As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is home to over 17,508 islands (the actual count varies between low and high tides!), that stretches an eighth of world’s mid-section, the diversity of her landscape is simply staggering.

Lush tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife, many of which are among the world’s most critically endangered species, volcanic peaks that are never quite dormant, and a choice of tropical isles surrounded by sandy beaches and waters of all imaginable hues. Sailing is therefore a natural attraction, and most activities take those with a zest for adventure eastward towards Lesser Sunda Islands, to the Land of the Komodo Dragons! Komodo Island forms part of Indonesia’s protected Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only known habitat of the Komodo giant monitor lizards.

Here’s a brief look at look at the beauty of this far corner of the world from aboard the indomitable traditional double-masted Phinisi Schooner, which to this day is still handcrafted by the Bugis people of South Sulawesi (Celebes) . Another day in Paradise, no doubt!

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Dive Destinations | Derawan Island, East Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia ~ 2 of 2

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Dive Destinations | Derawan Island, East Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia ~ 1 of 2

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Dive Destinations | Bunaken, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Dive Destinations | Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

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Sail the splendor of Eastern Indonesia on the elegant Dewi Nusantara

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When you wish to experience the wonders of the underwater world and you are seriously in search of the purest habitat that can be found on the planet, most likely you will end up in the Eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia Cruises with a fleet that includes the elegant Dewi Nusantara is the leading experienced operator of fine Phinisi Schooners, handcrafted wooden sail boats that ply the Eastern Indonesia waters.

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